About AVS
AVS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) scientific association established for the purpose of providing services, disseminating information, and providing support  to the scientific community-at-large.

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 Divisions

AVS Technical Groups

AVS Vision 

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 Mission 

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.


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 



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Upcoming Events  | 

find all AVS technical meetings in our Events Calendar

All times are Eastern Time zone.

6/05/2024 8:00 AM | 6/05/2024 8:00 PM
6/10/2024 8:00 AM | 6/13/2024 5:00 PM
7/21/2024 7:00 AM | 7/26/2024 6:00 PM
7/30/2024 9:00 AM | 7/30/2024 3:00 PM
8/11/2024 12:30 PM | 8/11/2024 4:00 PM
9/18/2024 9:00 AM | 9/20/2024 6:00 PM
9/18/2024 9:00 AM | 9/20/2024 6:00 PM
11/03/2024 7:00 AM | 11/08/2024 12:00 PM
11/03/2024 8:00 AM | 11/03/2024 4:00 PM
12/01/2024 7:00 AM | 12/06/2024 6:00 PM
2/02/2025 8:00 AM | 2/02/2025 4:00 PM
5/16/2025 8:00 AM | 5/16/2025 4:00 PM
9/21/2025 7:00 AM | 9/26/2025 12:00 PM
9/21/2025 8:00 AM | 9/21/2025 4:00 PM
12/07/2025 12:30 PM | 12/07/2025 4:00 PM
11/08/2026 7:00 AM | 11/13/2026 12:00 PM