About AVS > Strategic Plan, Mission & Vision


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 Mission 

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. 

AVS Vision 

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. 
Goal 1: Advance Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processes 
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 2: Empower our Members Success 
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 3: Foster International Collaborations
Promote and welcome international participation. The society provides leadership and cooperation with other likeminded international societies and organizations. 
Goal 4: Build a Diverse and Inclusive Society 
Engage with industry and academia to ensure continuing relevance and stimulation of innovation and competitiveness.