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.

Each year, AVS hosts local and international meetings, publishes five journals, honors members 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.

AVS is a member society of the American Institute of Physics with additional benefits for our members.
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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 Strategic Plan 




AVS 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.


AVS 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 and technology for the advancement of humankind. 

Core Values

  • Multidisciplinary
    We believe that solving today’s most challenging problems requires a multidisciplinary approach and AVS membership reflects this philosophy.  We bring together a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines to gain new perspectives and insights into topics of common interest.
  • Education
    We provide education opportunities to members through short courses, webinars, and both international and regional conferences.
  • Innovation
    We spur innovation by enabling new knowledge to be shared in our journals, topical conferences, and International Symposium.
  • Networking
    AVS brings together experts in science, engineering, and instrument manufacturing to advance the fields of materials, interfaces, and processes.


Goal 1: Advance Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processes
AVS provides high-quality publications, scientific conferences, training, and authoritative databases to make it the premier destination for researchers in materials, interfaces, and processes. AVS is a leader in the identification and communication of advances in science and engineering that enable new technological breakthroughs.  On behalf of its members, AVS advocates for strong national funding of engineering, science, and innovation.

Goal 2: Empower our Members' Success
AVS provides education, professional development, and networking opportunities to enable its members to succeed in the global scientific and engineering communities. The Society provides these opportunities both in-person, through its conferences and workshops, and on-line through webinars, publications, and videos.

Goal 3: Foster International Collaborations
AVS helps members form and maintain worldwide communities interested in common areas of science and engineering.  AVS supports international members by providing professional development opportunities, managing international conferences, and growing relationships with international affiliates and chapters.

Goal 4: Build a Diverse and Inclusive Society
AVS is committed to be a diverse society and which provides an inclusive environment for its members to interact with each other. This is achieved by developing and providing resources to enable early career professionals, technical specialists, and under-represented groups to succeed within AVS and in the global scientific and engineering enterprise.


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Upcoming Events  | 

find all AVS technical meetings in our Events Calendar

All times are Eastern Time zone.

10/24/2021 8:00 AM | 10/24/2021 4:00 PM
10/25/2021 7:00 AM | 10/28/2021 12:00 PM
11/12/2021 8:00 AM | 11/12/2021 8:00 PM
11/15/2021 7:00 AM | 11/18/2021 7:00 PM
11/28/2021 7:00 AM | 12/03/2021 6:00 PM
12/09/2021 1:00 PM | 12/09/2021 5:00 PM
1/30/2022 8:00 AM | 1/30/2022 4:00 PM
4/21/2022 8:00 AM | 4/22/2022 8:00 PM
4/25/2022 8:00 AM | 4/25/2022 4:00 PM
7/24/2022 12:30 PM | 7/24/2022 4:00 PM
8/07/2022 7:00 AM | 8/10/2022 7:00 PM
11/06/2022 7:00 AM | 11/11/2022 12:00 PM
11/06/2022 8:00 AM | 11/06/2022 4:00 PM
11/05/2023 7:00 AM | 11/11/2023 12:00 PM
11/03/2024 7:00 AM | 11/08/2024 12:00 PM