Education & Outreach

AVS promotes communication, dissemination of knowledge, recommended practices, research, and education in a broad range of technologically relevant topics. The Society conducts various local and national educational programs for engineers, scientists and technicians and supports numerous outreach activities aimed at teacher enhancement and student science awareness and education. Through these various outreach programs, AVS is able to share the collective individual expertise of its members with practicing professionals, students, schools, and science teachers.

AVS Short Courses

AVS short courses provide training for technicians, scientists, and engineers in three broad categories: Vacuum and Equipment Technology; Materials and Interface Characterization; and Materials Processing. Courses are scheduled regionally throughout the year or can be customized and taught onsite at your facility. more

AVS Webinars

AVS webinars will be offered quarterly, in addition to our AVS National and Chapter short course programs offered throughout the year. AVS webinars will be a live, half-day course, taught by leading professionals in their fields and are open to all. Topics will fall under the same three broad categories listed above in our AVS Short Course description. more

AVS Science Educators Workshop

The AVS Science Educators’ Workshop is a fully CEU accredited 2-day pedagogical workshop on low-pressure experiments and modeling for  high school science teachers. Attendees' travel is sponsored by regional Chapters of the AVS. more

AVS Career Services

Connect with skilled job seekers and top companies in physics, engineering, vacuum science, and technology. more

Professional Outreach Activities

Each year the Professional Leadership Committee hosts several outreach events at the AVS International Symposium and Exhibition. Presentations from some of these events are available below.

Federal Funding & other Professional Development Opportunities

JVST Writers Workshop Webinar

Why: Science is a long-term activity with long-term benefits, but funding is eroding and its integrity, appreciation and efficacy are being challenged. Stable funding and scientific information exchange are necessary to realize the full potential of R&D that leads to life-changing technological breakthroughs.

Who: You! Every AVS member has a story to tell about the impact of science and engineering activities in their Congressional district.  Every voice matters!

What: A concise message with personal stories on the importance of science funding and education to be shared with your elected public officials. 

When/Where: Any time you can meet with your congresspersons, either in their local office, at a public function or in their Washington, DC office. Make an appointment, build a relationship.

How: Contact your representative or senator, make an appointment, and prepare using the guidelines described below.  Make a difference!