About AVS

As an interdisciplinary, professional Society, AVS supports networking among academic, industrial, government, and consulting professionals involved in a variety of disciplines - chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, all engineering disciplines, business, sales, etc. through common interests related to the basic science, technology development, and commercialization of materials, interfaces, and processing area.

Each year, AVS hosts local and international meetings, publishes four journals, honors member through its awards and recognition program, provides training, and offers career services.

Founded in 1953, AVS is organized into technical divisions and technical groups that encompass a range of established as well as emerging science and technology areas. There are also regional chapters, international chapters and  affiliates, and student chapters that promote communication and networking for professionals and students within a geographical region. AVS is comprised of approximately 4,500 members worldwide.

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AVS Diversity Statement

AVS is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in our membership, as well as in all activities, events, and programs, and services. Scientific and engineering innovation requires bringing together both diverse ideas and people from varied backgrounds who may have different world views and ways of solving problems. AVS seeks to include and engage members of all groups in our professional society and seeks to remove obstacles to their professional growth and advancement. Through our actions at the international, national, and local levels, we strive to promote inclusion in academic, industrial and government institutions for both current and future members of our organization.
 

AVS Mission 

The American Vacuum Society is an international community of scientists, engineers and instrument manufacturers, which strives to promote research and communicate knowledge in the important areas of surface, interface, vacuum, and thin film science/technology for the advancement of humankind. 
 

AVS Vision 

The American Vacuum Society endeavors to be the premier organization specializing in understanding and applying the science and technology of materials, interfaces and processing with outstanding benefits for members. 
 
Goal 1: Advancing Knowledge and Communication 
Provide a frontier learning and communication environment for members through the flagship international symposium and exhibition, prestigious journals, short courses, and a support infrastructure for technical meetings relevant to the society. 
 
Goal 2: Outstanding Benefits to Members 
Foster a culture of support, networks, and resources for career advancement. The Society stimulates an active, engaged, and diverse membership involved in both local chapter and international activities. 
 
Goal 3: An International Society 
Promote and welcome international participation. The society provides leadership and cooperation with other likeminded international societies and organizations. 
 
Goal 4: Support Industry, Innovation, and Competitiveness 
Engage with industry and academia to ensure continuing relevance and stimulation of innovation and competitiveness