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VASSCAA-9: Our first international conference

The VSA in collaboration with  ANSTO will be hosting the 9th Vacuum and Surface Science Conference of Asia and Australia. It is the first such IUVSTA international conference to be presented in Australia. This biennial conference aims to bring together industry, education, development and research in vacuum science and technology within the Asian, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. It is a conference of the vacuum societies of Australia, China, IndiaIranJapanKoreaPakistanPhilippines, and Taiwan. VASSCAA-9 is one of the main conferences supported by the International Union of Vacuum Science, Techniques and Application (IUVSTA).

As part of VASSCAA-9, which will run through National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival, the VSA in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum in Sydney) will hold an event on Sunday the 12th of August at 2pm at the MAAS to  introduce the general public to the concepts of vacuum and the technologies that drive much of modern society. More information about this event under VSA-Powerhouse Sydney Science Festival Event.

Areas covered by VASSCAA-9, like all Vacuum Society events are based around the science done in our 9 Scientific Divisions. In VASSCAA-9 these areas have been slightly expanded to the following:

  • Accelerator and Radiation Sciences and Technology
  • Applied Surface Science
  • Biosurfaces, interfaces, nanostructures
  • Electronic Materials/Processing
  • Magnetic surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures
  • Nanometer Scale Science & Technology
  • Catalytic materials and processes
  • Plasma Science & Techniques
  • Surface Engineering
  • Surface Science
  • Thin Film
  • Vacuum Science and Technology
  • Renewable Energy Technologies

Focus will be given and highlighted in those areas that overlap with the strategic research priorities set by the Australian government which currently are:

  • Environment
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Food and water resources
  • Security
  • Productivity and growth

More on VASSCAA-9 in upcoming issues of Australian Vacuum

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