Quantum Technology, Energy, Environmental Sustainability, and Human Brain Interfaces: Pillars of our Future

We live in a world where we all are interconnected. For centuries science and innovation have held great promise to free humankind of much of life’s toil and misery. We at IVC-23 encourage the fruits of our work as a scientific and technical community for real change, for the true benefit of all of humanity, to acknowledge our interconnectedness and to strive for peace, cooperation, and friendship amongst all nations and peoples – for the Global Majority and the rest. How can we all live together as equals in peace?


Without doubt, Vacuum Science and Technology forms the  basis, and enables much of, our modern science and technology. IVC-23 presents the latest findings in this wide range of research and development highlighting in this meeting the impending era of Quantum technologies which will revolutionise our computational and sensing abilities, new developments in energy production that will allow our modern society to continue to survive, and the newest work on how we ethically and sustainably conduct, develop, and implement our research  with as low as possible impact to  our environment. The human brain and its function represents an enduring mystery, one that has occupied the thoughts of philosophers since at least the time of Aristotle and more recently many scientists since the start of the scientific revolution. Here we highlight the work on brain mapping down to the neuron level as well as brain interfacing that pushes the boundaries of what sort of creatures humans really are.   These are areas of endeavour that will not only shape our civilisation but make or break it over the next centuries. 


Here we also explore socio-economic and cultural ideas in shaping innovation and scientific transformation for the benefit of all of society in a fair and equal way. Paradigms such as use and exchange value of what we produce and how exactly we produce it as well as natural and built environments, location, and space-time considerations with respect to the ever developing mode of production and cultural and political viewpoints. We as a community need to be exposed to a wide range of ideas in order for the ethical and sustainable transfer of science and technologies into our society. 


Through local and international cooperation between nations/communities, through our solidarity and collaboration between individuals we aim to produce results greater than the sum of each group’s efforts.


To this end an overarching aim of ivc-23 is to bring people and groups together to form new cooperatives and collaborations and to enhance existing ones, and as well, of course, to discuss current trends in the areas of vacuum science and technology as defined by the nine scientific and technical divisions of IUVSTA as well as its working group on environmental sustainability.


We encourage diversity and tolerance in all its forms but as importantly we acknowledge all of us as equals and the right to be heard and live together equitably. 


The IVC is the main congress for the thirty-five national member vacuum societies of the union, IUVSTA, representing around 15,000 scientists, engineers, and teachers. Along with government representatives from member countries and industry will lead to a dynamic and public celebration of the interconnectedness of vacuum science and technology to our modern way of life in so many areas from the semiconductor industry, electronics industry, space industry, materials fabrication industry, medical industry, the energy sector, environmental sector, and food industry. It’s not an understatement to say that without vacuum science and technology as we know it, most of the technology of our modern day world would not exist.

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