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.
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.
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 1 Achievements:
• Presentations on Demand (2012+)
• Symposium Mobile App (AVS 60+)
• Impact Factors: JVST A 2.322, JVST B 1.464, Biointerphases 3.374
• New PacSurf Conference (2014)
• Sponsors 20+ Conferences (2015)
• 25 Science teachers attend SEW each year
Challenges and Opportunities
Distinguish AVS from other scientific societies to deliver unique value and content.
Enhance the quality of the AVS family of journals and build cross-journal collaboration.
Increase international and under-represented group participation in the symposium and topical conferences.
Strengthen ties to local chapters with strong industrial participation, especially in emerging areas.
Emphasize STEM education and need for qualified educators presents opportunities for AVS education workshops (e.g. Science Educator’s Workshop).
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 2 Achievements:
• New expanded AVS web site
• Industrial Advisory Board (2014)
• Complimentary membership for first and corresponding authors of papers submitted to AVS journals
Challenges and Opportunities
In some regions, substantial numbers of non-members participate in local Chapter events.
In today’s fiscal environment, industrial membership is challenging to maintain or grow.
One opportunity for longer-term impact and membership growth in the Society is to increase the emphasis on organizing student chapters.
Increase International membership through an expansion of overseas Affiliates and Chapters.
Post to the AVS website an updated list of international affiliate societies, along with contact information for affiliate leaders. AVS members can then more easily learn about international activities.
AVS sponsored visitors to International Society meetings provide brief reports on their visits to the International Interactions Chair and Board of Directors.
Participate in IUVSTA conferences and ISO TC 201.
Nominate an international member for election to AVS leadership positions.
Start an international AVS Chapter or International Affiliate.