Event: Microscale systems, sensors and devices, and machines workshop

9:45am to 4:00pm UK time
Registration deadline:
Registration closed
Online and at a venue to be confirmed in Manchester
Event type:
Researchers at any career stage, businesses and industry stakeholders

Engineering research in microscale systems, sensors and devices, and machines, collectively known as microsystems, is incredibly diverse and delivers key enabling technologies underpinning a broad range of sectors.

It encompasses the development of microfluidic, microelectromechanical systems, micro-structured and micro-fabricated devices. The research of which can be of a generic nature or focused on the development of a specific device targeted at a particular end use.

EPSRC will be holding this workshop to bring the microsystems community together to explore:

  • the current state of microsystems research
  • future directions of microsystems engineering
  • how best the community can be supported to deliver positive impact across various sectors and the UK research and development landscape.


The workshop will consist of:

  • keynote talks from community leaders and EPSRC
  • facilitated discussion sessions around research challenges facing the microsystems community, and future applications of microsystems research
  • networking opportunities.

An exact agenda will be circulated to attendees in due course.

Who can attend

We anticipate this event will be of interest to researchers working in fundamental microsystems research, as well as those who engineer micro-scale devices with particular applications in mind.

Colleagues from industry and the third sector are also encouraged to apply to:

  • foster relationships between industrial needs and fundamental microsystems research
  • support EPSRC to ensure non-academic drivers are reflected in future priorities and scoping activities.

The event will be in an accessible format.

Whilst we highly encourage in-person attendance, we will be offering opportunities to attend online or in-person in Manchester (venue to be confirmed).

Please note there is no funding associated with this activity, but key outputs will be collated from the workshop and key findings will be disseminated with attendees.


The overarching objectives of the workshops are:

  • to conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of microsystems engineering to assess the current state of the discipline and identify common research challenges
  • to consider the future direction of microsystems engineering
  • to develop a greater understanding of the support needed across the microsystems ecosystem to ensure that research in the area delivers maximum impact
  • to encourage interaction and networking between a wide range of stakeholders in microsystems research.

How to apply

To apply, please submit an expression of interest following the instructions in the call document.

Expressions of interest will open at 9:00 on 7 March and will close at 16:00 on 4 April 2022.

All expressions of interest will be assessed by an EPSRC internal panel and in the event of oversubscription an appropriate number of participants will be selected to attend.

Successful applicants will be notified by 8 April 2022.


This is a hybrid event.

There will be opportunities to attend online via Zoom or in-person in Manchester (venue to be confirmed).

Other opportunities

The quantum theme at EPSRC will be running a separate workshop event on 10 May 2022 about engineering new quantum devices.

Applications to both workshops are encouraged where expertise is relevant.

Supporting documents

SmartSurvey: expression of interest form

Workshop call guidance document

Equality impact assessment

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