Global vacuum conferences — A status update as of April 2021

Posted by Dieter Müller on Apr 22, 2021 11:45:00 AM

Many vacuum conferences scheduled for 2020 were either cancelled, postponed to 2021, or shifted online. Unfortunately, we’re still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, and even conferences postponed by a full year are facing further postponement or cancellation.

Here’s a quick status update on some of the most important conferences related to vacuum technology and its applications:


The 47th International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films is organized by the AVS. Originally scheduled for April 25–30 in San Diego, it will now be held virtually on April 26–31, 2021. Get your latest updates or register on their homepage.

The 22nd International Vacuum Electronics Conference will be held virtually, April 28–30. Explore their program here.

SVC TechCon2021
The 64th Annual Technical Conference organized by the Society of Vacuum Coaters is now a virtual conference, and takes place on May 3–7, 2021. Find out more on their homepage.

The International Particle Accelerator Conference will be held as a virtual conference from May 24–28, 2021. IPAC 21 is hosted by LNLS/CNPEM in Campinas/Brazil. Register your interest here.

The 4th International Conference on Applied Surface Science will be streamed online, June 29–30, 2021. Register to join the livestream or watch the event on demand, here.

VASSCAA-10 & CVS 2021
The 10th Vacuum and Surface Sciences Conference of Asia and Australia (VASSCAA-10) joined with the Chinese Vacuum Conference 2021 (CVS 2021). The combined event will be hosted by the Chinese Vacuum Society (CVS) from 11–14 October 2021 in Shanghai, China. Find out more here.

AVS 67
The 67th International Symposium and Exhibition of the American Vacuum Society is planned for October 24–29, 2021 in the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Explore their program here.

The 69th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry has been rescheduled for October 31 to November 4 in Philadelphia. Get venue and program details on their event page.

TACT 2021
The International Thin Film Conference will be held in Taipei/Taiwan November 15–18. Keep abreast of the latest developments through their conference website.

EVC 16
The 16th European Vacuum Conference was scheduled for May 31 to June 4. The organizing committee has decided against an online event, to ensure participants get the opportunity to network in person. The conference has been postponed to November 21–26, 2021, and will be held in Marseille, France. Find out more here.

TOKYO Vacuum Show 2021
The Tokyo Vacuum Show is organized by the Japanese Vacuum Industry Association. It's scheduled for December 1–3, 2021, at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. Keep an eye out on the Big Sight events calendar for details, as the conference website is still under construction.

Pumps & Valves Antwerp 2021
The premier trade event for industrial fluid and gas technologies in Antwerp/Belgium was originally scheduled for April 28–29. It’s been rescheduled for March 23–24, 2022. Register, or find out more on their homepage.

VS 11
The 11th Vacuum Symposium UK was originally planned for autumn 2021. However, the organizers have announced they’re postponing it to spring 2022. Confirm dates and their program, here.

The PITTCON 2021 conference and expo was held virtually on March 8–12, 2021. Keep an eye out for next year’s event on their website.

Thankfully, the growth of online platforms means we’ll still have some opportunity to meet as a global community during this next year. In the meantime, click the button below to browse our resource library and keep your finger on the pulse of vacuum science.



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