Electronics Materials & Processes for Space (EMPS) Workshops


25 -26 April 2018

The ninth Electronic Materials and Processes for Space workshop will be held in Switzerland, at Y-Parc in Yverdon-les-Bains. The workshop is hosted by the Swiss Welding Institute (SWI).

The timetable of events leading to the workshop is as follows:

  • Extended deadline for submission of Abstracts: 18 February 2018.
  • Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts: 2 March 2018 - Workshop Programme published.
  • Deadline for registration: 30 March 2018 (Download the REGISTRATION FORM)
  • Full presentation slides provided to the organisers: 13 April 2018
  • Deadline for payment of the registration invoices: 15 April 2018.

Organising Committee
Co- Chairmen: Jussi Hokka, ESA/ESTEC; and Misha Filip, University of Portsmouth (UoP) with Randoald Múller and Christian Benoit from the SWI.
Programme Committee
Co- Chairmen: Barrie Dunn, UoP; and Jussi Hokka, ESA/ESTEC; and Members: Martin Wickham (NPL), Tommaso Ghidini ESA/ESTEC, Stan Heltzel ESA/ESTEC, Carole Villette ESA/ESTEC.

Workshop Timetable

The workshop will open on 25 April from 8:30 in the morning. It is advisable to arrive to Yverdon-les-Bains on the previous day. The workshop will have around 20 presentations and will close in the afternoon of the 26th April, allowing evening travel home.

On the evening of the first day, there will be a social event organised by the hosts. It will start with a coach trip to the International Centre of Art Mechanics in Sainte-Croix and be followed by a gala dinner at the Grand Hôtel des Rasses. It will be a most memorable occasion.

Workshop Registration

The workshop registration for all participants is CHF200 (or EUR170). This essentially covers the direct costs for the provision of catering (coffee breaks and lunches over both days), coach tour and the social dinner. The facilities and services of the hosts are sponsored by the hosts themselves. Participants will be able to bring a guest to the social event at the additional cost of CHF70 (or EUR60). All costs are inclusive of taxes.

Please download the Registration Form (Save link as...), open in Adobe Acrobat Reader, complete and return as soon as possible, but before 30th March 2018. The hosts (SWI) will invoice you for the appropriate amount in the currency of your choice (CHF or EUR). All invoices must be paid before 15th April 2018.

Local Information

Yverdon-les-Bains is an attractive old city renowned for its thermal baths. It lies on the southern edge of Lake Neuchâtel. The city is best reached by express train, these run regularly from Geneva Airport and Geneva City, journey time is one hour. Taxi services and public buses operate from Yverdon-les-Bains station, but most hotels are within walking distance of the train station. Air fares to Geneva from most European cities are relatively cheap when booked in advance (many competing airlines). The EMPS Workshop will be held in "Y-Parc – Swiss Technopole" which is 2 km from the station, or about 1 km from the recommended hotels. Public buses run to Y-Parc and there are plenty of car park spaces close to the Workshop venue. Signs at Y-Park will lead to the lecture hall.

Workshop Venue

Y-Parc Swiss Technopole
Rue Galilée 15, Buildings CEI 1 & CEI 2
CH – 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains

Location maps:
Downloadable PDF
Web page

Public transport to the Y-Parc is available - Bus line : 106 – Bus station : Avenue des Sciences. However, a shuttle bus system will be organised for workshop participants from the railway station, via the main hotels, to the Y-Parc.


Main Hotel 1 - La Source: Around 40 rooms are reserved in Hôtel La Source, price 125 CHF/night, offer valid until: 28 February 2018 http://hoteldelasource.ch/ Promotional code : ESA 2018

Main Hotel 2 - Les Bains: 40 rooms are reserved in Hôtel des Bains, price 170 CHF/night, offer valid until: 28 February 2018 https://www.bainsyverdon.ch/ Promotional code : ESA 2018

Other recommend hotels, but in towns close to Yverdon-les-Bains:



Tourism Office of Yverdon-les-Bains


Public Transport in Switzerland