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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Event: Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics
    Location Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
    Contact: David Seiler; e-mail:

    The FCMN will bring together scientists and engineers interested in all aspects of the characterization
    technology needed for nanoelectronic materials and device research, development, and manufacturing.
    All approaches are welcome: chemical, physical, electrical, magnetic, optical, in-situ, and real-time
    control and monitoring. The conference will summarize major issues and provided critical reviews of
    important semiconductor techniques needed as the semiconductor industry moves to silicon
    nanoelectronics and beyond. The conference consists of formal invited presentation sessions and poster
    sessions for contributed papers. The poster papers cover new developments in characterization and
    metrology especially at the nanoscale.

    Abstract Deadline: November 14, 2016

  • Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - Friday, April 07, 2017

    Event: AIV-Italian Association of Science and Technology - XXIII Conference
    Location Covitto della Calza; Piazza della Calza, Firenze, Italy
    Contact: Luciano Scaltrito; e-mail:

    The AIV XXII Conference represents in Italy the reference on vacuum and related applications.
    The Conference collects almost 100 scientific works, coming for researchers and technicians to
    present the most relevant developments, and Scientific Committee organizes their presentation in 6
    sessions (60 oral communications and related poster sessions). Each session will proposes a special
    overview by invited scientific speaker and a high tech application by invited industrial speaker. The
    interest of AIV in materials, in interfaces, in processes for industrial and basic research applications
    will showed by the Scientific Committee in the various scientific groups as Micro and Nano Scale
    Engineered Coatings and Films, Biointerfaces and Surface Science, Nuclear Fusion Technology,
    Materials and Technology for Additive Manufacturing, Vacuum Technology and Ultra Cold
    Atomic Trap and Non Linear Spectroscopy.

    Abstract Deadline: February 15, 2017

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 8AM-4PM

    Event: AVS Board of Directors’ Meeting
    Location San Diego, California
    Contact: Yvonne Towse;

    In conjunction with the Annual ICMCTF meeting

  • Monday, April 24, 2017 - Friday, April 28, 2017

    Event: ICMCTF'17 - International Conference On Metallurgical Coatings & Thin Films
    Location Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, CA
    Contact: Phyllis Greene, Conference Manager;

    The ICMCTF is internationally recognized as a vibrant technical conference that integrates fundamental and applied research focused on thin film deposition, characterization, and advanced surface modification techniques.  ICMCTF is the premier international meeting in the field promoting global exchange of information among scientists, technologists, and manufacturers.  The conference draws more than 800 attendees each year with multiple oral technical sessions and a well attended poster session which is a major component of the technical program.

  • Monday, May 15, 2017 - Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Event: New Mexico Chapter Symposium, Short Courses and Exhibition
    Location Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
    Contact: David Adams, e-mail:

    Our local symposium draws between 100 and 200 scientists who participate in short courses, technical sessions and the vendor exhibit. The technical sessions include invited presentations by nationally recognized experts in vacuum science, surface chemistry and physics, as well as contributed presentations by Chapter members and others. Short courses are offered on a wide variety of topics. Displays of state of the art vacuum, surface analysis, plasma etching and thin film deposition equipment from approximately 65 vendors can be found at the equipment exhibit. A substantial portion of the Symposium proceeds is channeled into a scholarship program for deserving students interested in the physical sciences. Members of the Chapter also act as judges for the New Mexico and Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fairs, the New Mexico Junior Academy of Science and Regional Science Fairs.

  • Monday, May 22, 2017 - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Event: Organic Bioelectronics
    Location Convention Centre of Strasbourg - France
    Contact: Wolfgang Knoll,, Sabine Szunerits,

    It is our great pleasure to announce the 2017 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society
    (E-MRS) to be held in the extended and modernized Convention Centre of the beautiful city of Strasbourg
    (“Palais de la Musique et des Congrès”).
    In line with the previous conferences, it is expected that this event will be the largest in Europe in the field of
    Materials Science and Technology. Indeed, the E-MRS Spring Meeting is a major conference with over 2500
    attendees coming from all over the world every year.
    The 2017 Spring Meeting will consist of 26 parallel symposia with invited speakers, oral and poster presentations,
    as well as a plenary session. In parallel with the technical sessions, approximately 80 international
    exhibitors will display a large variety of equipment, instrumentation, products, software, publications and
    services from May 23 to 25 at the Strasbourg Convention Centre.
    The high quality scientific program will address different topics covering the fields of Energy, Biomaterials,
    Semiconductors, Nanomaterials and Functional Materials. The latest scientific results will be presented and
    authors are invited to submit papers in the selected journals that fit the scope of each symposium. It is worth
    noting that the papers are peer-reviewed at a high scientific level, according to a process and timetable that
    are at the discretion of the symposia organizers.
    The focus of the scientific program will be both on fundamental investigations and technological applications,
    providing an international forum for discussing recent advances related to the different aspects to be considered
    to promote innovation.
    This very exciting program is complemented by the plenary session on Wednesday afternoon. Two outstanding
    speakers, Prof. Zhenan Bao, of Stanford University, USA, and Prof. Patrice Simon of Université Paul
    Sabatier, Toulouse, France, will address the “hot” topics “Synthesis and applications of functional organic
    and polymer materials” and “Electrochemical energy storage – supercapacitors”, respectively.
    This central session will continue with the EU-40 Materials Prize, a prestigious award presented to researchers
    under 40 that demonstrate exceptional promise for leadership and have made outstanding and innovative
    contributions to Materials Research in Europe. Everyone who complies with such a profile is encouraged
    to apply by January 31, 2017. The presentation of Graduate Students Awards, delivered for each one of the
    26 symposia, will conclude the plenary session. We encourage these junior researchers to apply to these

    Abstract Deadline: January 18, 2017

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 9AM-6PM

    Event: AVS Michigan Chapter Spring Symposium
    Location NCRC - University of Michigan, 2800 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    Contact: Pilar Herrera-Fierro; e-mail:

    "Nanomanufacturing: From Fundamentals to Scale-Up"

    Organizers: Neil Dasgupta and Pilar Herrera-Fierro

    Invited speakers, student poster competition, vendors

  • Sunday, June 04, 2017 - Wednesday, June 07, 2017

    Event: 8th Symposium on Functional Coatings and Surface Engineering
    Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    The symposium focuses on the following topics and subjects:
    • Thin films with tailored optical, mechanical, tribological, electrical, thermal and other functional properties
    • Smart coating materials and film systems
    • Vacuum and non-vacuum deposition processes and process control and diagnostics
    • Plasma processes and plasma-surface interactions
    • Thin film systems for passive and active optical filters and waveguides
    • Modeling and predictive tools for processes and coating system performance
    • Protective tribological coatings with enhanced wear, scratch abrasion, erosion and corrosion resistance, hydro- and icephobicity and other functionalities
    • Characterization methods: microstructure and the functional properties
    • Thin film materials and systems for optical, optoelectronic, aerospace, outer-space, energy-control, biomedical, micro-system, sensor, energy and other applications
    • Surface and interface engineering approaches for the control of adhesion, stress and environmental stability

    The symposium features:
    • Invited lectures of leading experts
    • Oral and Poster original presentations
    • Short courses
    • Hands-on workshops
    • Table top exhibit
    • Social networking events

  • Thursday, June 08, 2017 - Friday, June 09, 2017

    Event: AVS New England Chapter Short Course Program
    Location UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warrant St., Lowell MA 01852

    AVS short courses provide training for technicians, scientists, and engineers in three broad categories:

    • Vacuum and Equipment Technology
    • Materials and Interface Characterization
    • Materials Processing

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017

    Event: 44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
    Location Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
    Contact: Jeremiah Mcnatt; e-mail:

    We invite you to join us for the 44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), being held June 25-30, 2017, in Washington, DC. The PVSC brings together researchers, scientists, and technology leaders from industry, academia and government in an interactive environment conducive to strengthening collaborations and sharing knowledge across the field of photovoltaics. With a technical program focused on the leading advances in PV materials, devices and systems in conjunction with its industry exhibition, the PVSC provides an ideal forum to advance the scientific, technological, educational and business base of the international PV community. We hope to see you in this Summer!

  • Monday, June 26, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017

    Event: 77th Physical Electronics Conference
    Location Portland Sate University, Portland, OR
    Contact: Tony Chen; e-mail:

    This topical conference provides a yearly forum for the dissemination and discussion of novel and fundamental theoretical and experimental research in the physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces. Presentations of PhD thesis research, made by young contestants for the prestigious Nottingham prize ($1,500), are highlighted. Representative topics include electronic, chemical, magnetic, and structural properties; energetics, kinetics, and dynamics of physical, chemical, and biological transformations; electron correlations; interactions of biological materials; mechanisms of film growth, interface evolution, and reduced dimensionality; and processes of energy, electron, ion, and molecular transfer.

    Abstract Deadline: February 1, 2017

  • Sunday, July 02, 2017 - Friday, July 07, 2017

    Event: FEBS Workshop – Biological Surfaces and Interfaces: Interface Dynamics
    Location Hotel Eden Roc,Sant Feliu de Guixols, Catalonia, SPAIN
    Contact: Manuel Salmerón-Sánchez, e-mail:

    This conference covers research into the dynamics of biological interfaces. The goal of the meeting is to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines who are actively working on this topic and to engage young scientists at the doctoral and postdoctoral level, nucleating new ideas and new directions.
    The concept of biological interfaces is at the cornerstone of research areas as diverse as implant design and control of stem cell differentiation, biocatalysis, nanomedicine, cancer, drug delivery and systems biology. In applications that range from precision medicine to biotechnology and bioengineering, the future is behind systems that interact with the biological environment in a specific manner at the molecular and cellular level, engaging well-defined signalling pathways and responses. In view of the complexity and dynamic nature of biological processes, artificial interfaces themselves have to become dynamic and highly adaptative to external stimuli.

    Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2017

  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - Friday, July 07, 2017

    Event: The 14th International Symposium on Sputtering and Plasma Processes (ISSP 2017)
    Location Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Nonoichi, Japan
    Contact: Yasusei Yamada; e-mail:

    International Symposium on Sputtering and Plasma Processes (ISSP) was established in 1991. The main subject of the 1st symposium was “Reactive Sputtering”. It was the time that some new approaches to improve deposition rate and stability of the reactive sputtering process were started to be addressed. Since then, the symposium has been held biennially. At each symposium, the current topics and trends concerning sputtering and plasma processes have become the main focus and such topics have been discussed intensively.
    This symposium has two characteristics. One is that the program committee is formed mainly by members from related industries. Hence, the general tendency of papers presented in the symposium is practical use of the sputtering technology and industrial relevancy. The other is that all the oral speakers including invited ones are requested to present their papers also at the poster session of the day of the oral presentation, giving unique opportunities for attendees to discuss details of the oral presentations with speakers.
    We hope that every engineer and researcher in the world who is interested in sputtering and plasma processes attends this exciting symposium. We look forward to seeing you in Kanazawa.

    Abstract Deadline: January 16, 2017

  • Monday, July 10, 2017 - Friday, July 14, 2017

    Event: 30th International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference
    Location Herzogssaal Regensburg,Germany
    Contact: Rupert Schreiner; e-mail:

    The conference aims to promote the understanding of physics, chemistry, electron emission and beam properties of nano-emitters based on various electron emission mechanisms, as well as the materials, growth, and fabrication technologies of novel cathodes and vacuum electronic devices.

    Abstract Deadline: February 22, 2017

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Event: ALD 2017: 17th International Conference Atomic Layer Deposition | Featuring the Atomic Layer Etching Workshop
    Location Sheraton Denver, Denver, Colorado
    Contact: Della Miller, e-mail:

    The 17th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD 2017) will be a four-day meeting, featuring the Atomic Layer Etching Workshop.

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 8AM-4PM

    Event: AVS Board of Directors’ Meeting
    Contact: Yvonne Towse,

    In conjunction with a visit to AVS Headquarters

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 - Friday, August 25, 2017

    Event: 38th Brazilian Congress on Vacuum Applications in Industry and Science (CBRAVIC 2017)
    Location National Research Institute, Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

    The XXXVIII Brazilian Congress of Vacuum Applications in Industry and Science (CBrAVIC) will be held at the National Research Institute In São José dos Campos / SP.

    In keeping with the traditions of the event, this format facilitated the exchange between researchers from teaching and research institutions, students and industry professionals who use science and technology of vacuum as a tool for the development of academic teaching and research activities, as well as activities Industries. The target audience of the event is made up of professors, researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, among others.

  • Thursday, September 07, 2017 - Friday, September 08, 2017

    Event: Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Symposium
    Location Corvallis, OR
    Contact: Mark Engelhard,e-mail:

    The 28th Annual Symposium of the PNWAVS Science and Technology Society will be held  on September 7- 8, 2016.
    This symposium will hold two days of invited and contributed sessions that include talks and poster presentations. A welcome reception will start the symposium on Thursday evening.  A vendor and equipment exhibit will be held during the symposium on Friday, September 8th.

    The PNWAVS symposium has a long tradition of providing a stimulating interdisciplinary program in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The meeting attracts a broad representation of government, corporate, and university researchers from throughout the Pacific Northwest, Western Canada and Alaska.

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

    Event: Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS21)
    Location The Auditorium Maximum of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
    Contact: Zbigniew Postawa; e-mail:

    The conference will provide a global forum for researchers and users from academia, research organizations and industries to exchange results and new ideas on Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry and related techniques. The conference will cover advancements of scientific knowledge from fundamental understanding to new applications.
    The motto of the conference is "New frontiers": it will focus on recent advances and breakthroughs in Fundamentals and Applications, participation by young researchers is particularly encouraged and this is the first time the International SIMS conference will be located in one of the former eastern block countries.
    The low student conference fee and inexpensive housing at University dormitories are provided to strongly encourage students to participate in the meeting.
    We cordially invite you to attend SIMS21 in Kraków. We hope that you will enjoy not only the scientific atmosphere during the conference, but also a beautiful city with its outstanding historical heritage and modern cultural activities.

    Abstract Deadline: April 30, 2017

  • Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Event: Bloodsurf 2017
    Location Madren Conference Center, Clemson, SC
    Contact: Ilya Reviakine,, Robert Latour,

    Limited understanding of the mechanisms underlying adverse reactions to foreign materials upon contact with blood continues to hinder the development of new clinical devices and advanced treatment options for cardiovascular disorders. Addressing the problem will require the efforts of practitioners from diverse fields – clinicians and engineers, biologists and physicists. The goal of this - second - meeting, is to bring them together. Platelets will form the central theme of this meeting in view of their key role in defining blood response to biomaterials.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Friday, September 22, 2017

    Event: AVS Rocky Mountain Chapter Short Course Program
    Location Westminster DoubleTree Hotel, Westminster, CO

    Taught by industry professionals, AVS Short courses offer training for technicians, scientists, and engineers in three broad categories:
    Vacuum and Equipment Technology Topics related to vacuum and processing equipment design, operation, and maintenance.
    Materials and Interface Characterization Topics covering chemical, physical, and electrical characterization of films, surfaces, particles, and interfaces.
    Materials Processing Topics covering materials processing, modification, and integration.
    AVS courses not only facilitate student/instructor interaction, but provide networking opportunities with your peer

    Short Course Schedule:  TBD

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 9AM-6PM

    Event: AVS Rocky Mountain Chapter Symposium and Vendor Exhibit
    Location Westminster DoubleTree Hotel, Westminster, CO

    The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the AVS is holding its annual symposium and equipment exhibit on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Westminster (Denver), Colorado

  • Monday, October 02, 2017 - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

    Event: SCCAVS Exhibit & Short Course Program
    Location Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel & Conference Center
    Contact: Anna Corinne D'Ambrosio, e-mail:

    The Equipment Exhibition will be given by the Southern California Chapter of AVS (SCCAVS) on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel & Conference Center. In conjunction with the Exhibit are a Student Poster Session and an AVS Short Course program. The Exhibit will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm. Exhibitor information will be available in Spring 2017.  Poster Session: Poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students from Southern California colleges and universities, showcasing their recent research results will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on October 3, 2017. Details are coming soon to

    Short Courses: The SCCAVS will be offering a Short Course program with courses of varying topics varying.  The Short Course Program will be held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from October 2-4.

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Event: TACT2017 International Thin Films Conference
    Location National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan
    Contact: Jyh-Ming Ting; e-mail:

    TACT 2017 will cover a wide spectrum of aspects related to thin film and coating technologies for sustainable energy, semiconductor, optoelectronic, tribological, organic, biological, protective, and functional coatings.
    The TACT 2017 features seven important symposia, namely
    A. Coatings for sustainable energy (CSE)
    B. Nanostructured and nanocomposite coatings (NNC)
    C. Optical, Semiconductor and optoelectronic films
    D. Tribological and protective coatings (TPC)
    E. Organic and biological coatings (OBC)
    F.  Metallic coatings (MC)
    G. Topical Symposia: Theory, Simulation, and Modeling ; Quantitative Surface Analysis

    Abstract Deadline: May 31 2017

  • Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 8AM-4PM

    Event: AVS Board of Directors’ Meetings
    Location Tampa, Florida
    Contact: Yvonne Towse,

    In conjunction with the AVS 64th International Symposium & Exhibition

  • Sunday, October 29, 2017 - Friday, November 03, 2017

    Event: AVS 64th International Symposium and Exhibition, Tampa, Florida
    Location Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida
    Contact: Yvonne Towse; e-mail:

    The AVS International Symposium and Exhibition has been developed to address cutting-edge issues associated with vacuum science and technology in both the research and manufacturing communities. The Symposium is a week long forum for science and technology exchange featuring papers from technical divisions and technology groups, and topical conferences on emerging technologies. The equipment exhibition is one of the largest in the world and provides an excellent opportunity to view the latest products and services offered by over 200 participating companies. More than 3,000 scientists and engineers gather from around the world to attend. Short courses are offered in conjunction with the International Symposium providing specialized training in specific areas of vacuum science and related technologies. A Career Workshop and Job Center are also offered to all attendees. The Workshop covers such topics as résumé preparation, job search skills, networking, interviewing skills, and more. The Job Center provides the opportunity for job seekers to submit their résumés and meet with potential employers.

  • Sunday, October 07, 2018 - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Event: The 14th International Conference on Mid-IR Optoelectronics: Materials and Devices
    Location High Country Conference Center, Flagstaff, AZ
    Contact: Yong-Hang Zhang,, Shui-Qing (Fisher) Yu,

    Abstract Deadline: Spring of 2018

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Friday, October 26, 2018

    Event: AVS 65th International Symposium & Exhibition
    Location Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.
    Contact: Yvonne Towse,

    The AVS International Symposium and Exhibition has been developed to address cutting-edge issues associated with vacuum science and technology in both the research and manufacturing communities. The Symposium is a week long forum for science and technology exchange featuring papers from technical divisions and technology groups, and topical conferences on emerging technologies. The equipment exhibition is one of the largest in the world and provides an excellent opportunity to view the latest products and services offered by over 200 participating companies. More than 3,000 scientists and engineers gather from around the world to attend.
    Short courses are offered in conjunction with the International Symposium providing specialized training in specific areas of vacuum science and related technologies. A Career Workshop and Job Center are also offered to all attendees. The Workshop covers such topics as résumé preparation, job search skills, networking, interviewing skills, and more. The Job Center provides the opportunity for job seekers to submit their résumés and meet with potential employers.