The 51st Annual Microwave Power Symposium (IMPI 51)
June 20-22, 2017
The Sonesta Hotel - Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida USA

The 2017 Call for Papers is now available for download! The abstract submission deadline is January 20, 2017.

Companies interested in exhibition and sponsorship opportunities should contact

Registration will open the first week of November.

Fall 2016 Short Course: A Roadmap to Microwavable Food Success

Hosted by IMPI, Sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company
October 25-27, 2016
The Penn's View Hotel, Downtown Philadelphia, PA, USA


Press Release on IMPI Fall Short Course

Who's Attending IMPI's Fall Short Course? Here's the current Attendee List as of October 4th!




1:00pm-5:00pm: Pre-Short Course: Microwaves 101: The Fundamentals of Microwave Heating
Instructor, Bob Schiffmann, R.F. Schiffmann Associates Inc. 

5:00pm-7:00pm: Welcome Reception


8:30am-9:00am: Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am: Welcome and Introductions

9:15am-10:15am: Keynote: A Fresh Look at Microwavable Foods
Darren Seifer, The NPD Group
The last decade has proven to be a period of changing behaviors and it’s not just Millennials who are driving those changes. Fresh and natural are in and one-size-fits all is out, so how can frozen food marketers navigate through these changes? Using The NPD Group’s 30+ years of consumption tracking, we will examine the conditions leading to today’s behaviors as well as provide recommended actions to stay relevant with changing consumer demands.

10:15am-10:30am: Coffee Break

10:30am-11:15am: GMA Updates
FSMA: Are you Ready for Implementation Day?
Holistic Waste Reduction: What Does it Mean?
Karina G. Martino, Ph.D., Grocery Manufacturers Association, Processing Specialist, Grocery Manufacturers Association
This presentation will give the industry an overview of the latest on the FSMA landscape,  and what else you need  to be ready for implementation day. As well as, GMA latest efforts and results from its holistic waste reduction and recycling solutions.

11:15am-12:00pm: Overview: The Physics of Microwave Cooking
Prof. Ray Boxman, Tel Aviv University
This lecture will review heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation as well as heat distribution in food heated by microwave radiation.

12:00pm-1:00pm: Networking Luncheon

1:00pm-4:30pm: Product Considerations: A Road Map from Inception to the Shelf, Part 1: Developing Microwavable Products
It is important to set up the proper product development laboratory, including choosing the right microwave ovens and associated equipment. It is also critical to understand ingredient functions and the role of packaging in the product development scheme.

Introduction: The Roadmap Development
Setting up the Microwave Product Development Lab
Bob Schiffmann, R.F. Schiffmann Associates Inc.

  • Microwave ovens required
  • Other equipment required

Latest State-of-the-Art Emulsion Science Applications for Frozen Microwaveable Foods
Dr. Brian Degner, Research Quality Innovation Research Fellow, ConAgra Foods

The Ingredients Matter: Gums and Starch Considerations for Microwavable Food Products
Ingredion Incorporated

Designing Your Package for Optimized Performance
Dr. Jeyam Subbiah, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Approaches to designing new product and packaging formats for microwave processing technology, and implications around food formula construction for optimized processing, and consumer reheating. What type of decisions need to be made by the company:
- what kind of product is it? - frozen, refrigerated, ambient?
- single product like mac & cheese, or multiple like a 3 component dinner - stack, protein, veggie?
- size, weight volume, etc.

6:00pm-8:00pm: Group Dinner


8:30am-9:00am: Continental Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm: Product Considerations: A Road Map from Inception to the Shelf, Part 2: Testing Microwavable Products
All microwave ovens need to be qualified, i.e. thoroughly tested to determine such critical things as wattage output, heating uniformity, etc. it is also important to determine the temperature profile of products when microwave heated; this can be done both during the microwaving, or externally as will be demonstrated

Qualifying Microwave Ovens: Bob Schiffmann

Fiber-optic Thermometry: Marc Dore, Neoptix

Infrared Thermography: Dennis McCabe, FLIR Systems

Thermocouple Hedgehogs: Steve Drucker, Microwave Science JV LLC

12:00pm-1:00pm: Networking Luncheon

1:00pm-1:45pm: Comparing Nutritional Levels in a Commercially-Available Meal using Microwave versus Conventional Oven Heating
Dr. Ricardo R. Gonzalez, Research Fellow, Senior Director of Analytical & Applied Sciences, ConAgra Foods, Inc
Consumers, when confronted with microwave and conventional oven heating instructions, often ask which method best preserves the nutrients in the meal.  The objective of this study was to address this question with a representative sample containing various macronutrients and thermally labile micronutrients. The quantitative results for the nutrient analytes and the correlation to the thermometry will be presented.

1:45pm-2:30pm: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Microwave Packaging Design
Mark Watts, Senior Packaging Manager, The Campbell Soup Company
One company provides as inside glimpse of lessons learned through decades of microwave packaging.

2:30pm: Program Concludes


Registration fee includes: All course materials, a Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening, continental breakfasts, coffee breaks and networking luncheons on both Wednesday and Thursday. There is also an optional Group Dinner at a local restaurant (includes the meal, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity).

Registration Pricing: $595 for IMPI Members/ $695 for non-Members/$400 Employees of sponsor company, Campbell's Soup Company (early bird by September 25, 2016). The registration fee will go up to $695 members/$795 for non-members on September 26th. Optional Add-Ons: Microwave 101 Pre-Short Course is $150. Group Dinner is $50 inclusive per person.


Venue and Hotel Rooms: The Fall Short Course will take place at the Penn's View Hotel located at 14 North Front Street in downtown Philadelphia, PA. We  have a block of rooms at a special group rate of $169 per night; please call 1-800-331-7634 and give the following code #104595 or Int’l Microwave Power Institute to get the $169 rate.

Exhibitors: Do you have a product or service you would like to share with our attendees? Exhibition at our Fall 2016 Short Course is an excellent platform for this. Contact if you are interested in more details.


The 51st Annual Microwave Power Symposium (IMPI 51)
June 20-22, 2017
The Sonesta Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, USA

Call for Papers will be released on September 15, 2016!




The 50th Annual Microwave Power Symposium (IMPI 50)
June 21-23, 2016
The Caribe Royal All Suite Hotel and Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, USA

Statement on Orlando Tragedy: 

The International Microwave Power Institute (IMPI) was founded 50 years ago to link issues of science, engineering, technology, education and other disciplines related to microwave and radio frequency applications. The science behind each of these has been used to address challenges in medicine, agriculture, food safety, and food science. We are mindful of what can be accomplished with science, however human actions can negate these positives.

Please know that on behalf of our membership, IMPI extends our condolences to the Orlando, Florida community. As host city for IMPI 50 next week, we know that the days ahead will require Orlando and the global community to rely on prayer and reserves of strength, during this very difficult time.


Registration is now open! Your registration fee includes: All sessions on June 21-23, a Welcome Reception on the evening of June 21st, continental breakfasts, coffee breaks and networking luncheons on June 22  & June 23, an online AND COLOR PRINT copy of the Proceedings. You will be given the option to add-on short courses on June 21st and/or a group dinner on June 22nd.

We are up tp 95 attendees from 16 countries registered!

Who will be there? View our  Registrants as of June 9th

The IMPI_2016_Marketing_Brochure_50 contains the full schedule of events, details on registration, hotel rooms, etc. Speakers and times are subject to change.


The IMPI 50 Spouse/Guest Program consists of the following options:

Tuesday, June 21st: Welcome Reception (5pm-7pm) at the Caribe Royale. Join the IMPI 50 Attendees for appetizers, beer and wine. Cost $30.

Wednesday, June 22nd: Group Dinner (6:30pm-8:30pm) at Jack's Hideaway Restaurant. Join the IMPI 50 Attendees for dinner at a local restaurant.  Includes transportation to and from the restaurant, appetizer, salad, choice of entree, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. Alcohol may be purchased. Cost $50.

Thursday, June 23rd: Brunch (9am-10:30am) at The Tropical Restaurant, located on the Caribe Royale property. Join other spouses/guests for a farewell brunch. Cost: Each spouse/guest will pay for his/her own meal.

Register for the Spouse/Guest Program here.


Special thanks to our Symposium Sponsors!

SILVER SPONSORS: Richardson Electronics & Ampleon
BRONZE SPONSOR: Ferrite Microwave Technologies

Confirmed exhibitors to date include: Ampleon, Ferrite Microwave Technologies, Graphic Packaging International, L-3 Electron Devices, MKS, Muegge GmbH, PSC Inc., Richardson Electronics, Taylor and Francis Publishing and RF Energy Alliance.

There are a limited number of Sponsorship Opportunities and Exhibition Packages left for purchase. These are selling out quickly!

If you are interested in Sponsorship or Exhibition at IMPI 50, please contact


At the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center, business and pleasure go hand in hand. From the very beginning, we’ve redefined and elevated the standards of the meeting, conference and family vacation experience in Florida.

Here among our more than 53 lush, tropical acres, guests will discover 1,218 spacious, well-appointed one-bedroom suites, 120 luxurious two-bedroom lakeside villas, expansive state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, unmatched hospitality and service, and a wealth of desirable dining options and hotel amenities that will appeal to both families and business professionals alike. And it all can be found just minutes from the area’s world famous theme parks and attractions. The Caribe Royale is located just 1.5 miles from the Walt Disney World® area.

ROOMS ARE SELLING OUT QUICKLY DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS! IMPI 50 has a special group rate of $149 per night for a one-bedroom suite. Please click on this link to book your room directly or call 1-888-258-7501 and ask for the IMPI Group Rate before May 20th. !


Are you bringing your family with you to IMPI 50 and looking to visit Walt Disney World? Click here to see the special promotions and discounted tickets.  These discounted tickets are available to anyone coming to Orlando for IMPI 50 and their families/guests!


The 2016 Call for Papers is now closed. Acceptance notices were sent out on February 22nd, 2016; if you did not receive a notice please contact

Extended abstracts for the IMPo 50 Proceedings are due by March 28th. Extended Abstracts must be in the approved format. The IMPI 50 Word Template can be downloaded here.

GUIDELINES FOR ORAL PRESENTERS and GUIDELINES FOR POSTER PRESENTERS are now available for download. The MicroAbstract template will be updated shortly.

All presenters must register for the Symposium by March 28, 2016. REGISTER NOW.

The Author_Contact_form_in_Word, or the Author Contact form located on the last page of the Call for Papers, must be submitted with your abstract submission.




REFUND POLICY: Refund of 50% if cancellation is made prior to April 21, 2016. After that time, no refunds can be made, however, substitutions can be made at any time.


Fall 2015 Short Course 

October 27-29, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, Washington State University, the USDA and PSC

The Fall Short Course Brochure is now available for download!

IMPI 49 Symposium

The 49th Annual Microwave Power Symposium was held June 16-18, 2015 at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, California, USA! Eighty-four attendees participated in this event!

Proceedings from the 49th Annual Microwave Power Symposium are available for purchase. $75 for an electronic copy of the Proceedings; $150 for a hard copy. Please contact Molly Poisant if you would like to make a purchase.

The Schedule of Events/Marketing Brochure from the event can be accessed here. The Call for Papers is now available for download.  Please note the submission deadline has expired.

Exhibition/Sponsorships: IMPI 49 had a record number of exhibits this year: Gerling Applied Engineering, Graphic Packaging International, L-3 Electron Devices, MKS ALTER Products, Muegge GmbH, NXP, Photon Control, PSC Inc. and Richardson Electronics. Special thanks to our Sponsors: Liverpool John Moores University, Washington State University and the USDA!

Instructions for Presenters: 

1) The SCHEDULE OF EVENTS is now available for viewing. Please check the title of your paper and the spelling for your name.

2) Each author is asked to submit an extended 2 page abstract using the  IMPI 49 Word Template by April 1st.  Extended abstracts should be emailed to and these will be reviewed, and if accepted, published in the conference Proceedings.

3) Presenters are also required to submit a Micro-Abstract for use in our Onsite Program. Oral Presenters can download this form; Poster Presenters can download this form. Save the Micro-Abstract as "Paper # - Micro-Abstract" and email to by April 1st.

4) Guidelines for Oral Presenters_IMPI 49 can be downloaded here. Guidelines for Poster Presenters IMPI 49 can be downloaded here.

5) All authors are required to register for the conference by April 1, 2015. Registration will confirm your place in the program.

6) We are no longer requesting 4-page papers. Please consider submitting longer, more in depth papers, to the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy.

Fall 2014 Short Course

The Fall 2014 Short Course was held October 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Sixty-one attendees participated in the 2 day event. Special thanks to our sponsors: Nestle, Washington State University, the USDA and PSC Inc.

IMPI 48 Symposium

IMPI 48 was held June 18-20, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. 83 attendees from across the globe attended the Symposium. Click here to view a copy of our program: IMPI-2014-SymposiumBrochure48_June 2014 and  Spouse/Guest Program

Proceedings from the 48th Annual Microwave Power Symposium are available for purchase. $75 for an electronic copy of the Proceedings. Please contact Molly Poisant if you would like to make a purchase.

Conference attendees will receive an email by July 3rd with details on how to access both the online Proceedings and PPTs (free of charge).

IMPI-2014-Proceedings_Final Website Version

Special thanks to our Sponsors

Washington State University, the USDA, Liverpool John Moores University, BEST Research Institute

And Exhibitors

Gerling Applied Engineering, Muegge GmbH, Neoptix, PSC Inc., Richardson Electronics and  SAIREM

Please contact Molly Poisant at