Joint 22nd International Conference &
50th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts 2004

To provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest developments in the field of electric contacts and the application of recent advances in materials and processes in electric, electronic and telecommunication equipment. The International Conference is a bi-annual event that is hosted by countries in Europe, Asia and North America in rotation. 2004 will be an exciting joint conference with the North America IEEE Holm Conference event. Typically, up to 60+ technical papers will be presented in the conference with extra opportunities for international networking.

For Whom
Practicing designers, engineers, physicists and research scientists - those new to the field and those experienced. The 2004 Joint Conference will include excellent papers authored by some of the outstanding technical people in this field. The international contributors come from USA, Austria, Canada, Japan, China, France, Switzerland, Russia, Germany and United Kingdom. These papers will provide the attendees with up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects that makes this conference so attractive to the practicing engineer.
Additionally, the 2004 Joint Conference will make it possible for any attendee to discuss personally, with any author, either additional details concerning the work presented by the author at the conference or any subject related to the authors field of expertise.


The Holm Conference began in 1953 as a forum for the discussion of electrical contact phenomena and related fields. In 1968, the conference was named the Holm Conference in honor of Dr. Ragnar Holm. Dr. Holm, whose contributions to the field of electrical contacts spanned 50 years and form the foundation of the electrical contacts field, was the inspiration and guide of the Conference from its inception until his death in 1970.  In 1985, IEEE society started sponsoring the conference as a recognition of its importance in the field of electrical engineering.  In addition to the Annual Conference, the Conference Organization regularly conducts an intensive one-week course on contacts and participates in the biannual International Conference on Electrical Contacts.

The International Conference on Electrical Contact started in 1961 with an International Advisory Group from the industrial nations. The last 3 International Conference were held in  Nurembery (Germany) in 1998, Stockholm (Sweden) in 2000 and Zurich (Switzerland) in 2002. In 2004, it will be Seattle (USA).


The conference is sponsored by the Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Four days of presentations normally includes over 60 Technical Papers, the Ragnar Holm Scientific Achievement Award, and the Dr. Morton Antler Lecture. They highlight the most recent electrical contact work all over the world.

Contacts Properties and Performance, Connector Contacts, Sliding Contacts, Aluminum Contacts, Arcing Contacts, Silver Metal Oxide Contacts, Micorelectromechanical Systems, Automotive Switches and Relays, Superconductor Contacts, and Real world Design and Applications Problems are familiar themes in the presentation.

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