The FTM series began in July 1995 with the NATO Advanced Research Workshop entitled Future Trends in Microelectronics: Reflections on the Road to Nanotechnology. A "NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series" book under the same title, edited by Serge Luryi, Jimmy Xu, and Alex Zaslavsky, is still available from Kluwer Academic [ISBN 0-7923-4169-4]
In addition to NATO, the 1995 Workshop was sponsored by a number of agences, including ARO (US), DRET (FRANCE), ONR (US), PHANTOMS Network (EU), Motorola (US), Nortel (Canada) and the US DoD European Office.
on a French island (Ile de Bendor) in a wonderful
It was judged a great success. The partial list of
only) included Herbert Kroemer, Klaus von Klitzing, Karl
Arto Nurmikko, Paul Solomon, Horst Stormer, Armin Wieder,
... a number of R&D directors and VPs of large
corporations and the
of Cambridge University ... total of about 60 people.
Comments from the respondents have also been very encouraging. All enthusiastic, many offering suggestions, often very thoughtful and detailed. Comments from attendees of the previous meeting at Bendor are extremely positive. Examples: "One of the best meetings I ever attended...", "I do think the first meeting was a great success", "the previous one was one of the best I have participated in", "the 1st Bendor was one of the most enjoyable meetings in my life", "I'd be interested..., especially if it proves to be as enjoyable and stimulating as the last one", "your Bendor meeting was one of the most unusual and stimulating scientific meetings I have ever attended", "excellent memory from the Bendor meeting ...", etc.
An attractive idea suggested by several participants of the first meeting is to make the "Future Trends in Microelectronics" workshop a regular event, perhaps with a three year period. Note that three years seemed at the time to be the doubling period in some versions of Moore's Law. The second FTM workshop took place in 1998 at Ile des Embiez [FTM-II]. The third in 2001 again at Ile de Bendor [FTM-III] and the fourth (2003) on Corsica [FTM-IV]. All four of the above meetings were held on French islands and were fortunate to have the most wonderful local organizers, Alix and François Arnaud d'Avitaya. For the first time and with a considerable trepidation, our fifth meeting moved beyond French Mediterranean islands, to the ancient island of Crete [FTM-V]. At least we stayed in the same sea. Our sixth meeting was on the island of Sardinia [FTM-VI] and the seventh meeting was in the same place as the 4th, in the southern Corsica [FTM-VII]. The eighth meeting went to the Spanish island of Mallorca [FTM-VIII]
Our next FTM gathering will be back on
the Italian island of Sardinia [FTM-IX] in the same
venue that we enjoyed so much in 2009.
We look forward to
another great meeting!