IMS for Newcomers

Hello! We've created this page to help newcomers (or newbies) to the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) get the most out of what is widely regarded as the most prestigious microwave industry gathering in the world. We're not selling microwave ovens here (although we have received that question and some pretty cool versions have been demonstrated at our prior symposia), we're talking about RF/microwave/mm-wave/THz technology and applications.

The following information is provided to give an overall perspective on attending IMS for the first time, but may still prove useful for repeat attendees. IMS is part of the larger Microwave Week, which includes the Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuit Symposium (RFIC) and the Automatic Radio-Frequency Techniques Group Conference (ARFTG). In addition, co-located with Microwave Week this year is the International Microwave Biomedical Conference (IMBioC) Please visit the RFIC ARFTG, and IMBioC websites to learn more about what they offer.

Three Main Elements of IMS:


Microwave Industry Exhibition - commonly refereed to as the Exhibition or Show, attendees are provided access to over 500 exhibiting companies in one location for three days

Technical Program - six consecutive days of the latest developments in RF/microwave technology and applications in the form of workshops, short courses, plenary session, technical sessions, interactive forums, panel sessions, and other formats

Networking (Social) Events - various receptions, awards ceremonies, and company-sponsored events where attendees can interact and network outside of the exhibition or technical program