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IMS2023 (International Microwave Symposium)

June 11, 2023 - June 16, 2023

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Welcome to IMS2023 in sunny San Diego.  It is the first time since 1994 that IMS has been held in San Diego, and we aim to make IMS2023 a show to remember.  We are planning a live, in-person conference with an exciting technical program, with the Coolest Ideas under the Sun, and great networking opportunities for attendees and exhibitors, to re-establish old connections and make new ones.

IMS Microwave Week | 11 - 16 June 2023 in San Diego, California

At IMS2023 we will have several focus themes to highlight a number of areas of RF and microwave engineering that are of topical interest or impact.  These themes are:

Systems & Applications

The development of RF, microwave, mmWave, and THz systems continues to expand in several areas, with many application examples.  This broad topic can encompass design from semiconductor through device/module to the overall system and applications.  We are giving particular focus to:

Wireless Communications, including 6G developments, Wi-Fi, RF and microwave system-on-chip integration, massive MIMO systems and subsystems, and more;

Wireless Power Transfer;

Automotive Systems;

Model-Based Systems Engineering, including Digital Twins;


In this area of Aerospace, we are specifically calling out ‘Space’ as a focus theme. This can include such topics as satellite communications, design for reliability, radiation hardness, internet of space systems, CubeSats…

Biomedical Applications

Illustrating the use of RF and microwave techniques and technology in biomedical applications.

These technical themes will be identified with different days of the conference, to form a ‘Systems Forum’, and will comprise special Focused Technical Paper Sessions, Panel Sessions, Invited Speakers, and Workshops.  The Exhibition will feature a Systems Pavilion illustrating several practical examples of RF through THz systems and applications.

We are encouraging more participation from industry, as attendees, as exhibitors, and as presenters of technical papers and workshops.  We will continue the Industry Showcase, which is a reception where presenters from industry can present a poster to highlight their work and their company.   There are also contests for best industrial paper, and best advanced practice paper, with the top three ranked papers awarded a full-page ad in IEEE Microwave Magazine or Microwave Journal.  And new this year we have the ‘Early Career’ best paper competition for authors with less than ten years’ professional experience, to encourage our young engineers. Of course, we have a full menu of student events, including design competitions, best paper awards, and social events, and continue to welcome our academic participants.

IMS is co-located with the RFIC  Symposium, and the ARFTG microwave measurement Conference, and in 2023 we are also co-locating with the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, IMS2023 conference headquarters.

The location of IMS2023 is the San Diego Convention Center, located on the bayfront, adjacent to the Gaslamp Quarter, which is the lively social center of San Diego, with plenty of restaurants for all tastes.  San Diego is home to some famous landmarks: USS Midway, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld; and cool beaches.  San Diego is also at the border between North America and Latin America. One of our conference themes is to highlight RF and Microwave research in Latin America, and we will have a Latin America flavor to social events throughout the week.

We look forward to meeting you in San Diego, 11-16 June 2023!

IMS Microwave Week | 11 - 16 June 2023 in San Diego, California

Why Should You Attend IMS2023?

IMS2023 is the premier event where thousands of RF and microwave professionals will gather this June for networking, education, and to visit the exhibition. For 70 years, IMS has brought together a unique mix of international experts presenting the latest research and showcasing the newest products and services. In addition to IMS, this week of learning and networking also includes the RFIC conference, 99th ARFTG conference, and numerous workshops, technical lectures, and boot camps.  You can gain the knowledge you need to achieve your professional goals in one single week.

Networking: There are numerous formal and informal networking opportunities throughout the week designed to help you connect with fellow members of the RF & microwave community. No other event in the industry offers access to as many technical experts, peers, and product representatives, or provides as good a forum to exchange ideas and meet the people who truly move our industry forward.

Education: Explore current best practice principles, recent tools, and techniques. Learn about cutting-edge theories and practice from around the world. Attend and participate in stimulating and thought-provoking discussions.

450+ Exhibiting Companies: This is the only opportunity to talk shop with hundreds of exhibitors and discover the latest trends and advancements in materials, devices, components, design and test solutions, and services. You will be able to test drive equipment and ask questions along the way. This will set you up to make more informed decisions all year long.

Registration Options: Choose from numerous and diverse training courses, theme forums, technical sessions, and topic-specific workshops in your customized registration.

Paper Submission at a Future IMS: Observe technical presentations and consider submitting a paper for your peers at a future IMS.

How to Justify Your Attendance?

  • Explore all the options for technical sessions and courses available and make a list of all the classes that align with your current objectives.
  • Create a sample agenda to display to your organization that your time will be used wisely.
  • Make a list of all the exhibitors that you wish to meet and discuss how relationships with these companies could be beneficial to your organization.
  • Outline a few overarching objectives that you hope to fulfill at IMS2023 and Microwave Week.
  • Articulate how your attendance to IMS can benefit your current goals.

With all these benefits of attending, it is hard to imagine a more productive way than spending one week at IMS2023 in San Diego, CA!

Need more reasons to attend IMS2023? Below are additional resources for your reference:

Read the article “Why Going to Engineering Conferences is Important”.


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