Call for Abstracts

23rd International Vacuum Congress 2025

Join us at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation at the esteemed International Vacuum Congress (IVC), hosted by IUVSTA (International Union of Vacuum Science, Technique, and Application). Since 1959, IVC has been a cornerstone event, convening the global community of scientists, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders working at the intersection of vacuum science and technology. 

We invite abstract submissions from researchers, practitioners, and innovators across the spectrum of vacuum science and its applications. Whether you’re delving into advancements in medical and food technologies, exploring the frontiers of quantum computing, or pioneering breakthroughs in space flight propulsion systems like plasma thrusters for deep space exploration, IVC provides a platform to showcase your work and contribute to the global dialogue.

Key Dates:

  • Abstract Open – open now!
  • Abstracts Close – 13 January 2025
  • Abstract notification to author – 25 March 2025
  • Author Registration deadline – 15 July 2025

Abstract Submission Portal

Abstract proposal submission guidelines: 


How to submit an Abstract
  1. Click here to commence your abstract submission through Arinex One (the IVC23 submissions portal).
  2. Click the ‘Create an Author’ button on the bottom right-hand side.
  3. After completing your author account details, you will be sent an email to verify your account for login. Please check your ‘junk folder’ if not received.
  4. Log in to your account after it has been verified using your email address as username, and your nominated password. Please complete your user profile by selecting ‘Edit My Profile’ prior to submitting your abstract. Do note that your photo and biography will be displayed in the Conference program and Conference app if selected for presentation, thus please include relevant details you wish to be included.
  5. Click on the ‘Submit Abstract’ button to access the submission page.
  6. Indicate your preferred presentation type: a. Oral Presentation b. Poster Presentation
  7. Select the theme that best represents your abstract.
  8. Once all fields are completed, click ‘Preview and Submit’. You will be able to preview your abstract and make any changes up until 5 November 2024.
  9. If you do not receive a confirmation email that your abstract was successfully submitted, please contact the Congress Managers via email at
Abstract format and layout guidelines
  • Abstracts must not exceed a 300-word limit. The word limit relates only to the text of the abstract and does not include title, authors and institutions.
  • Use single line spacing.
  • Abstracts must be free of typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used for common terms only. Otherwise, any abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.
  • 1 image is permitted.
  • Presenters must disclose any potential conflict of interest.
  • You will be asked to provide a short biography (up to 150 words) with your submission.
  • You will be asked to nominate your preference for oral or digital poster presentation.
  • Please include degrees or professional titles (e.g. Dr, Prof., etc).
  • It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the title, author and affiliation details entered in the paper submission site are correct and exactly as they should be published on the abstract and all Conference materials.
  • The abstract should be a summary of the whole paper, briefly outlining the key features, results, and conclusions of the work together with their significance. Authors are requested to indicate the conference theme that their abstract relates to.
  • Authors are entered separately within the abstract submission portal and will format automatically to the required standard.
    NOTE: The order of the authors entered in the portal will be reflected in final publications.
Presentation Types
  • The following presentation types will be available for selection upon submission of an abstract:

    Oral Presentation
    Oral Presentation: 15-minute presentation, comprising of 12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions.

    Poster Presentations
    Digital Poster: available to view on smartphones, tablets and interactive kiosks provided in the exhibition space throughout the duration of the Conference. There will be a dedicated poster session to allow for delegates to ask questions of poster presenters.

    At the time of submission, you will be asked to select your preferred format of presentation. However, not all requests can be accommodated, and the final format will be selected by the Program Committee. Every effort will be made to honour presentation requests.

Notification of submission outcome
  • Notification of provisional acceptance will be sent via email to the submitting author by Tuesday 25 March 2025. Shortlisting of abstracts will be carried out based on research quality and anticipated interest to the attendees. Provisional acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Program Committee whose decision is final.
  • All presenting authors must register and pay to attend the Congress by Wednesday 30 April 2025. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the title, author and affiliation details entered in the paper submission site are correct and exactly as they should be published on the abstract.
  • Please note: Any abstract that does not comply with these specifications will not be accepted by the online submission process. The Congress Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.
  • Thank you for your help in making the IVC 2025 Congress a success! For further information, please contact the Congress Managers via email at
Reviewing criteria
  • Abstracts should be in paragraph form, without bullet points. Additionally, the abstract body should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also indicate the theory/analytical framework for the work and provide a description of the research methods used.
  • Each paper will be reviewed based on the below criteria:
  • Clarity of the paper with respect to its objectives, method, (expected) findings and their significance
  • Quality of the paper with respect to its significance and relevance to the conference themes
  • Is the methodology appropriate for the research question/aims?
  • Overall quality of paper and anticipated interest to the conference attendees

Abstract Submission Portal

Congress Themes

Quantum Science and Technology (QST)
  • Quantum computers and algorithms.
  • Communication protocols
  • Sensors for ultra-precise measurements in various fields, including medicine and navigation.
  • Quantum materials with exotic properties for potential applications in electronics and energy.
  • Quantum simulation platforms to model complex physical and chemical systems.
  • Quantum cryptography.
  • Integration of quantum technologies with classical systems.
  • Quantum error correction and fault-tolerant quantum computing.
  • Quantum metrology.
  • Foundations of quantum mechanics and its implications for reality and information.
Neurotechnology (NT)
  • Brain-computer interfaces, neuroimaging, neuromodulation, and neuroprosthetics. The goal of neurotechnology research is to advance our understanding of the brain and its functions, diagnose and treat neurological disorders, and enhance human capabilities through neural interventions.
    • Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for communication and control.
    • Advancements in neuroimaging techniques for high-resolution brain mapping and functional connectivity analysis: including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetoencephalography (MEG) as well as synchrotron-based imaging and electron microscopy
    • Closed-loop neuromodulation systems for personalised treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
    • Neuroprosthetics for restoring motor function and sensory perception in individuals with paralysis or limb loss.
    • Cognitive enhancement through non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.
    • Brain-inspired computing and artificial intelligence algorithms based on neural networks.
    • Neuroethics and the societal implications of neurotechnology advancements.
    • Neurotechnology applications in education, entertainment, and human-machine interaction.
    • Development of neuropharmaceuticals and targeted drug delivery systems for neurological disorders.
    • Neural basis of consciousness and cognition.
Environmental Sustainability (ES)
  • Assessment and mitigation of various industries and technologies.
  • Renewable energy sources and energy-efficient technologies.
  • Sustainable practices.
  • Conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • Circular economy approaches.
  • Adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Environmental monitoring and assessment techniques.
  • Sustainable urban planning and design.
  • Environmental policy and governance.
  • Social and economic dimensions of environmental sustainability
Biointerfaces (BIO)
  • This division focuses on the interaction of biological fluids with solid surfaces. The applications are linked with biomaterials, biotechnology, personal care and medical devices, food production, but also adhesion, corrosion and fouling. Much work is involved with characterisation.
    • bio-surface modification
    • nano-bio interfaces
    • protein-surface interactions
    • cell-surface interactions
    • in vivo and in vitro systems
    • biofilms / biofouling
    • biosensors / biodiagnostics
    • bio on a chip
    • coatings
    • interface spectroscopy
    • biotribology / biorheology
    • molecular recognition
    • ambient diagnostic methods
    • interface modelling
    • adhesion phenomena
    • synchrotron/neutron/ion (accelerator) characterisation
Nanoscale Structures (NS)
  • This division focuses on experimental and theoretical research on nanometer sized structures, as well as technological consequences of those structures. Its interests include innovative techniques to fabricate one- and zero-dimensional structures, analytical tool development which provides nanometer-scale resolution with composition/structure/property characterisation, exploration of new science and the models for understanding nanometer structures, and exploitation of nanometer-structure properties with an eye toward innovative technologies with applications in electronics, medicine, energy, and environmental science.

    • Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization
    • Nanofabrication and nanodevices
    • Nanomedicine and drug delivery
    • Nanoelectronics and nanophotonics
    • Nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion
    • Nanotechnology for environmental remediation
    • Nanotoxicology and environmental impact
    • Nanoscale self-assembly and biomimetics
    • Nanostructured materials for energy applications
    • Self-assembly and molecular nanotechnology
    • Nanophotonics and plasmonics
    • Nanomedicine and drug delivery
    • Nanocatalysis
    • Energy harvesting and storage
    • 2D and Atomic-Layer Materials
    • Nano Clusters and Particles
    • Atom/Molecule Manipulation
    • NEMS, Patterning, Tribology
    • Self Assembly and Organization
    • Nanoscale Microscopy and Spectroscopy
    • Operando and Dynamics Measurement
    • Nanoscale Surface Reaction and Adsorption
    • Nanotransport/Superconductivity
    • Nanomagnetism and Spin Dynamics
    • Nanoscale Biological Phenomena and Materials
    • Synchrotron/neutron/ion (accelerator) characterisation
Surface Engineering (SE)

Surface engineering deals with the materials science and technology of modifying and improving the surface properties of materials for protection in demanding contact conditions or aggressive environments, as well as designing different functionalities with respect to the combination of electrical, optical, thermal, chemical, and biochemical responses, including adaptive and active control of functions. Strategies include both substrate surface modification via plasma, ion-, electron-, laser-beam processes, as well as deposition processes such as physical vapour deposition, chemical vapour deposition , spray, sol-gel, etc. SE involves multiple/hybrid techniques to form gradient near-surface architectures with special attention to interface design. Areas of scientific interest span the full spectrum of fundamental scientific understanding via modelling, synthesis-structure-property-performance relationships, to real-world engineering applications.

  • Surface modification for additive manufacturing
  • Biomimetic surface engineering
  • Bioactive coatings for medical implants and devices.
  • Modelling approaches using density functional theory, molecular dynamics simulations, and finite element methods
  • Engineered multilayers and nanostructured coatings
  • Advanced coatings (corrosion and wear resistance)
  • Surface functionalization 
  • Nanostructured surfaces 
  • Plasma-based surface treatments for controlled surface modification.
  • Surface engineering for energy applications
  • Tribological surface engineering for reduced friction and wear.
  • Advanced coatings for aerospace and automotive applications.
  • Plasma-based surface treatments for functionalisation and cleaning.
  • Self-healing coatings for prolonged service life.
  • Sustainable surface engineering processes and materials.
  • Surface characterization and analysis techniques, including synchrotron, neutron, and ion (accelerator) based analysis
  • Modelling and simulation of surface phenomena.
Thin Films (TF)

Properties and applications of materials deposited in layers with thicknesses ranging from a few nanometers to several micrometres. New deposition techniques, growth mechanisms, thin films for diverse applications.

  • Fabrication of thin films for photovoltaic devices and solar cells.
  • Development of high-performance optical coatings and filters.
  • Thin-film transistors for flexible electronics.
  • Magnetic thin films for data storage and spintronics.
  • Nanoscale thin films for sensing and biomedical applications.
  • Synthesis of superconducting thin films for energy transmission and quantum computing.
  • Thin-film catalysts for chemical reactions and energy conversion.
  • Characterisation and modelling of thin-film growth and properties.
  • Development of novel thin-film materials and structures.
  • Integration of thin films into micro and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS).
  • Methods and processes for the formation of films.
  • Methods and processes for the analysis of films.
  • Properties of film materials, components and devices.
  • Manufacturing devices and their applications.
Magnetic Surfaces, Thin-films, Interfaces, and Nanostructures (MAG)
  • Investigations of magnetism and confined to thin-films, surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructured materials. The work involves both fundamental studies and applications, such as next-generation data storage and spintronic devices.
    • Spin textures and dynamics at interfaces
    • Magnetic anisotropy engineering
    • Magnetotransport phenomena 
    • Magnetic nanoparticles
    • Magnetic topological materials
    • 2D magnets
    • Magnetic skyrmions
    • Multiferroic materials
    • Magneto-plasmonics
    • Exchange bias and interface engineering
    • Magneto-optical effects in nanostructures
    • Spin-orbitronics
    • Imaging and spectroscopic techniques
    • Synchrotron, neutron, ion-beam (accelerator) characterisation
Energy (EN)
  • Advanced materials and technologies for solar cells and photovoltaic systems.
  • Storage solutions, such as batteries, supercapacitors.
  • Hydrogen production, storage, and utilisation.
  • Geothermal energy.
  • Biomass and waste materials.
  • Fusion/Fission.
  • Policies and markets for sustainable energy transitions.
  • Life cycle assessment and environmental impact analysis.
Applied Surface Science (ASS)
  • This division focuses on the application of the concepts and tools of surface science to problems in solid state physics and chemistry and materials science and technology. Current emphasis is on characterisation of surfaces and interfaces and the quantification of surface analysis techniques. The division represents IUVSTA on ISO Committee TC201 on Surface Chemical Analysis.
    • Analysis of material surfaces, thin films, interphases, and interfaces
    • Metals, semiconductors, insulators, polymers, and organics
    • Coatings, adhesion, catalysis, corrosion, and wear
    • Grain boundaries, and diffusion
    • Sensors, and electronic devices
    • Biomaterials, and self-assembled monolayers
    • Surface reactions, and contamination
    • Sputtering, and depth profiling
    • Techniques:
      • Synchrotron (photon), Neutron,  Accelerator (ion) based
    • Developments in instrumentation and data processing
    • Quantitative surface, depth, and interface analysis
    • Development of reference materials and standards
Electronic Materials and Processing and Photonics (EMPP)
  • This division focuses on the science and technology pertaining to preparation, growth, processing and characterisation of materials used in device fabrication. Typical interests include silicon and compound semiconductors, the structure of interfaces and their growth and processing, CVD and MBE deposition, e-beam and photo-lithography, plasma- and ion-etching techniques, surface chemical behaviour, quantum well structures, opto-electronics, VLSI/submicron devices, interconnects and packaging.
    • Fundamental mechanisms in dry etching
    • New developments in lithography
    • Fundamental properties of superlattices
    • Applications of high speed semiconductors
    • Metal/semiconductor interfaces
    • Ferroelectric materials
    • Applications of opto-electronics
    • Silicides and interconnects in VLSI
    • Films: Epitaxial growth
    • Thin insulators for photovoltaic and thin film display applications
    • Semiconductor surfaces quantum well structures
    • Heteroepitaxy
    • Chemical vapour deposition
    • Synchrotron/neutron/ion beam (accelerator) characterisation.
Plasma Science and Technology (PST)
  • Plasma Science and Technologies Division is concerned with basic phenomena in gaseous plasma, scientific aspects of plasma-wall interaction, and technologies based on gas-phase and surface phenomena. The basic phenomena include the kinetics of charged particles (electrons and charged ions) and excited neutral species (metastable molecules and radicals in both ground and metastable states), the interaction between the plasma species, radiation arising from excited plasma species, collision phenomena in ionised gases, gas-phase oligomerisation, agglomeration, and formation of dusty plasma, and propagation of the electric field in the gaseous plasma. The interaction of gaseous plasma with solid and liquid materials includes surface neutralisation of charged particles, the heterogeneous surface association of atoms and radicals to molecules, condensation of plasma radicals, physical and chemical interaction of plasma species with solid materials, and the effects of plasma radiation on the structure of the surface films.
    • Nuclear fusion: confinement devices – tokamaks, stellarators, laser-based fusion devices for controlled nuclear fusion energy.
    • Low-temperature plasma applications and industrial processes: surface modification, thin-film deposition, sterilisation, biomedical applications.  Efficiency and sustainability in manufacturing and materials processing.
    • Plasma-based propulsion: plasma thrusters for spacecraft and satellites.
    • Plasma physics, diagnostics and modelling: advanced techniques to measure and simulate plasma properties and behaviour.
    • High-energy density plasmas: extreme plasma conditions relevant to astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion.
    • Plasma chemistry and processing: synthesis of nanomaterials, etching of microelectronics, and environmental remediation.
    • Plasma medicine: Wound healing, cancer treatment, and other medical applications.
    • Plasma-assisted combustion: Combustion efficiency and emission reduction.
    • Plasma sources and processing: Plasma sources,  surface modification, material synthesis, and etching processes.
    • Space plasma physics: Plasma in the Earth’s magnetosphere, the solar wind, and other astrophysical environments.
    • Atmospheric pressure plasma jets: Medicine, agriculture, and environmental remediation.
    • Plasma-material interactions: Interaction with surfaces for new materials and coatings.
    • Plasma instabilities and turbulence: Complex dynamics of plasma, waves, instabilities, and turbulent behaviour.
Surface Science (SS)

Experimental and theoretical research on solid surfaces and interfaces, as well as gas- and liquid-solid interactions, broadly defines the scope of this division. Current efforts are emphasised on electronic, ion, atom, neutron, and photon interactions with surfaces and on the structure, electronic and vibrational properties, and dynamics of surface processes. The latter include surface reactions, growth modes, diffusion, catalysis and electronic and vibrational interactions. Being rather general, the scientific community associated with  SS studies matter confined to dimensions up to a few atomic layers thick. During many years, powerful techniques and methods have been developed with high energy, and spatial resolution able to seed light and unravel rather diverse and complex phenomena based on low dimensional electronic and structural properties, with remarkable technological applications and direct implications in fundamental knowledge.

Surface science deals with the interface between different solid materials and their interaction with gases and liquids. Surface science has a history of dealing with the chemical, geometrical, vibrational, and electronic structure of the surface, i.e. properties specific to the outermost atomic layers of the solid. The kinetics and dynamics of the surface, and its interaction with particles, represent another theme in surface science. Very relevant to surface science is the precise study of surface modification and the resulting changes in their properties, at atomic level. New areas of study include rather diverse but important issues as the characterisation and control of surfaces during environmental degradation, biosurfaces, corrosion and the optimisation and evolution of advanced electronic materials for information during manufacturing and ageing.

  • Adsorbates Dynamics and Scattering
  • Atomic Manipulation
  • Chemical Reactions at surfaces
  • Diffusion and Growth
  • Electronic Structure of few atomic layers at surfaces and interfaces
  • Environmental and Biological Surface Science
  • High precision Geometric Structure determination of surfaces and interfaces
  • Liquid-, gas- and solid-Solid Interfaces electronic and magnetic interactions
  • Surfaces/bulk Magnetic Properties
  • Oxide Surfaces
  • New theoretical approaches
  • Photon or Electron Induced and Ultrafast Processes
  • Phase Transitions, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Sliding Friction, Tribology, Fracture
  • Small Particles, Clusters and Novel Structures
  • Corrosion
  • Surfaces and environmental interactions
  • Design of quantum materials embedded in surfaces
  • Chirality at surfaces
  • Topological surface states at surfaces
  • Materials with Dirac fermions at surfaces
  • New Experimental Methods and Techniques
  • Synchrotron, neutron, ion-beam (accelerator-based) characterisation
Vacuum Science and Technology (VST)

All phenomena related to gas dynamics impacting the production, measurement, and analysis of vacuum. Vacuum properties of materials as permeability, absorption or desorption (outgassing, degassing), vacuum pumping and contamination, as well as new leak detection techniques and improved total and partial pressure measurements. The VST division represents IUVSTA on the ISO Committee TC112 on Vacuum Technology.

  • Novel vacuum pump technologies.
  • Vacuum properties of materials (permeability, sorption, desorption, spontaneous or accelerated by physical processes, new materials).
  • Vacuum chambers and components for specific applications: including semiconductor manufacturing, space simulation, and scientific instruments.
  • Application of vacuum technology in surface analysis techniques: like X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).
  • Vacuum-based deposition techniques for thin films and coatings, such as sputtering, evaporation, and chemical vapour deposition.
  • Vacuum technology for particle accelerators and fusion reactors
  • Vacuum environments for studying fundamental physical phenomena: such as quantum effects and low-temperature physics.
  • Vacuum-based sterilisation techniques for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
  • Effects of vacuum on biological samples and materials.
  • Vacuum technology in food preservation and packaging.
  • Gas dynamics simulations