The British Vacuum Council (BVC) is a national organisation that promotes excellence in vacuum science and connects UK vacuum science and related fields with the International Union for Vacuum Science, its Techniques and Application (IUVSTA).
The British Vacuum Council (BVC) aims to promote understanding and teaching of vacuum science, technology and its applications and increase the visibility and recognition of the field in the UK and internationally. The BVC pursues these goals by providing recognition for outstanding accomplishments in vacuum science in the UK via prestigious prizes, coordinates and promotes vacuum science related events and provides a communication channel and information resource for engagement of UK scientists with IUVSTA.
The British Vacuum Council is a registered charity which is charged with representing, at an international level, the professional interests of scientists and engineers in Great Britain who work in fields related to vacuum. It carries out this function by acting as an umbrella body for those professional and learned societies which have members working in such fields. These societies are then the institutional members of the Council. Currently, there are two institutional members: the Institute of Physicsand the UK Surface Analysis Forum, UKSAF.
The Members of Council are its Officers, elected at the Annual Meeting of the Councils, and two representatives nominated by each institutional member.
The British Vacuum Council is the representative of Great Britain on the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and its Applications (IUVSTA). As such, it nominates a Councillor and Alternate Councillor for periods of three years (also known as a ‘Triennium’). It also nominates representatives to each Divisional College of IUVSTA, again for periods of three years. The Councillor, Alternate and Divisional Representatives are co-opted automatically as non-voting members of Council (unless they are already full members).
The Council has no individual members or corporate members.
The full (voting) members of Council are regarded as the Trustees of the charity. An annual return is made to the The Charity Commissioner of England and Wales by the end of October each year. The income of the Charity is below the threshold at which it is obliged to submit financial accounts to the Commission.
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The Council has two prizes within its gift, which are normally awarded annually.
Each year the Council seeks nominations for the British Vacuum Council Senior Prize, with which is associated the John Yarwood Memorial Medal. The prize is awarded for distinguished contributions to British scientific research in the fields of vacuum science, surface science, thin films or any related topic in which vacuum science and engineering play an important role.
The John Yarwood Memorial Medal, established to honour the memory of Professor John Yarwood (an international figure in the field of vacuum physics and a founder member of the British Vacuum Council).
The prizewinner may be invited to deliver the BVC Annual Address at a suitable conference or meeting.
The Council seeks to encourage scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers who carry out outstanding work in the field of vacuum science, surface science, thin films, or any related topic in which vacuum science and engineering play in important role. Nominees should be within ten years of receiving their first degree at the end of the calendar year in which the nomination is made. Awards may be made to non graduates whom the prize committee considers to be at an equivalent stage of their career. Candidates should normally be resident in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland
Prizewinners are awarded the Junior Prize which comprises the C R Burch Prize and the BVC Medal.
The British Vacuum Council Senior Prize is awarded based on nominations submitted to the BVC. Nominations should be made on the Nomination_Form_BVC_Prize.
Entries for the Prize may be by nomination or by direct (self) application. Entries should be made on the Nomination_Form_BVC_Prize.
Nominations must be made by a member (any grade or class) of one of the constituent bodies of the British Vacuum Council; self-applicants must also be members of one of the bodies. All nominees must normally be resident in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and must be within ten years of first graduation at the end of the year in which application/nomination is made. Non-graduates who are at an equivalent stage in their career may also be nominated.
The application form must be accompanied by by a short CV and a full list of publications. The citation on the form must indicate the extent to which the entrant has been responsible for the research for which the nomination is made, and the references listed on the form should be to that work.
To nominate someone for either award, please download and print the nomination form using the button above (PDF format), and send the completed form to the Secretariat (see Contacts tab above).
Note that nomination can be done at any time and nominations will be considered at the next meeting of the Prize Committee. Prize Committee meetings are scheduled in the February of the year of the award to ensure that awards can be made at conferences in the year of the award. The Prize Committee will be appointed by the BVC and the decision of the judges shall be final: no correspondence can be entered into regarding the decisions of the Committee.
|2018||Dr William Allison|
|2017||Professor Morgan Alexander|
|2016||Professor Martin Castell|
|2015||Professor John Colligon|
|2014||Professor Geoffrey Thornton|
|2013||Professor Richard Palmer, University of Birmingham|
|2012||No prize awarded|
|2011||Professor Peter Weightman|
|2010||No prize awarded|
|2009||Professor John Watts|
|2008||Professor Chris McConville, University of Warwick|
|2014||No prize awarded|
|2013||Dr Philip King, St Andrews University, currently at Cornell University|
|2012||No prize awarded|
|2011||Dr Felicia Green, National Physical Laboratory, and Dr Peter Carrington, University of Lancaster|
|2010||No prize awarded|
|2009||Dr Timothy David Veal|
The prizes were reconstituted in 2007.
|1999||M Wyn Roberts|
|1998||David Philip Woodruff|
|1997||John Henry Leck|
|1996||Neville Vincent Richardson|
|1995||Martin Pengton Seah|
|1994||John Brian Pendry|
|1991||David Anthony King|
|1989||John Cecil Riviere|
|1988||Robin Hughes Williams|
|2005||Professor Richard Lambert|
|2004||Professor Ian Boyd|
|2003||No prize awarded|
|2002||No prize awarded|
|2001||No prize awarded|
|2000||Professor Michael Bowker|
|1999||Professor M Wyn Roberts|
|1998||Professor D Philip Woodruff|
|1997||Dr Bo Persson|
|1996||Professor Alex Bradshaw|
|1995||Professor G Magaritondo|
|1994||Professor D Wayne Goodman|
|1993||Professor L Shohet and Dr D E Aspnes|
|1992||Dr John Haw|
|1991||Dr Bruce Kay and Dr F van der Veen|
|1990||Dr Joachim Roth|
|1989||Professor C T Campbell|
|Year||Name||Reason for winning
|2008||No prize awarded|
|2007||No prize awarded|
|2006||No prize awarded|
|2005||Dr Gavin Bell||University of Warwick|
|2004||No prize awarded|
|2003||No prize awarded|
|2002||No prize awarded|
|2001||No prize awarded|
|2000||Dr Mike Lee||University of Hull|
|1999||Dr Christopher Baddeley
Dr Philip Moriaty
|Lecturer in Surface Science, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews
School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham
|1998||No prize awarded|
|1997||Dr Stephen Patrick Wilks||Dept of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea||Outstanding work in field of semiconductor interfaces|
|1996||No prize awarded|
|1995||Dr Jas Pal Badyal||Dept of Chemistry, University of Durham|
|1994||Dr Dermot Monaghan||Dept of Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Salford||Development of new types of coating, and work in the field of physical vapour deposition|
|1993||Dr Robert Short||Dept of Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield||Work on polymer surface analysis and surface molecular engineering|
|1992||No prize awarded|
|1991||No prize awarded|
|1990||Dr T S Jones||Imperial College|
|1989||Dr Karen Reeson
Dr Alfred Cerezo
|Dept of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at University of Surrey
Dept of Metallurgy & Science of Materials at University of Oxford
|1988||Dr Elaine McCash||Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge|
|1987||No prize awarded|
|1986||No prize awarded|
|1985||No prize awarded|
|1984||No prize awarded|
|1983||Mr D C Peacock||University of York||Paper on ‘Instrumental effects in quantitative Auger electron spectroscopy’|
|1982||No prize awarded|
|1981||Mr David Kingham||Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge|
|Year||Speaker||Topic (where recorded)|
|2005||Professor Richard Lambert, UniversityofCambridge||Application of Surface Science to Heterogeneous Catalysis|
|2004||Professor Ian Boyd, University College London|
|2003||No annual address given|
|2002||No annual address given|
|2001||No annual address given|
|2000||Professor Michael Bowker, University of Reading|
|1999||Professor M Wyn Roberts, Cardiff University|
|1998||Professor D Philip Woodruff, University of Warwick, UK|
|1997||Dr Bo Persson|
|1996||Professor Alex Bradshaw, Fritz-Haber-Institute,Berlin
||Molecules on Metal Surfaces: Structure and Bonding|
|1995||Professor G Magaritondo, EPFL Lausanne||Photoelectron Spectromicroscopy with Ultra-bright Synchrotron Radiation|
|1994||Professor D Wayne Goodman,TexasA&MUniversity
|1993||Professor L Shohet, Madison-Wisconsin
Dr D E Aspnes, North Carolina State University
|Recent Progress in Plasma-Aided Manufacturing
Real-time Optical Diagnostics for Epitaxial Growth
|1992||Dr John Haw, Texas A&M University|
|1991||Dr Bruce Kay,Sandia Laboratories, New Mexico
Dr F van der Veen, Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven
|1990||Dr Joachim Roth, Max-Planck Institt fr Plasmaphysik, Garching|
|1989||Professor C T Campbell, University of Indiana||Studies of Catalytic Kinetics and Mechanisms Over Well-Defined Model Catalysts Based Upon Single Crystal Surfaces|
|1988||Professor T Madey, NBS Washington, DC||Electron and Photon Stimulated Desorption of Ions From Surfaces: Benefits and Pitfalls|
|1987||Professor R J Madix, Stanford University||Reaction Kinetics and Dynamics at Surfaces|
|1986||Dr H Biederman, Charles University, Prague||Polymer Films Prepared by Plasma Polymerization and Their Potential Application|
|1985||Dr R Tait,SERC Daresbury||Electrons, Photons and Ions at Daresbury|
|1984||Dr E Kay, IBM San Jose||The Role of Ion Laser-Induced Processing in Contemporary Dry Processing Techniques|
|1983||Dr A Luntz, IBM San Jose||Laser Probes of Molecular-Surface Dynamics|
|1982||Sir Alec Merrison,Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol||Science and Technology: Is There a Difference?|
|1981||Dr J T Yates,NBS Washington, DC||Structural Factors in Chemisorption and Heterogeneous Catalysis|
|1980||R N Jackson, Philips Research Laboratories, Redhill||Television: the Widening Horizon|
|1979||Sir Arthur Vick, Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University of Belfast||Physics in Education|
|1978||Dr D Eckhardt, Culham Laboratory||The Vacuum System of the Proposed JET Experiment|
|1977||Professor G Carter, University of Salford||The Interaction Between Atomic Collisions in Solids and Vacuum|
|1976||Professor Boyd||Studies in Nature’s Most Abundant Vacuum|
|1975||Dr E Jones, CERN, Geneva||The Design and Production of UHV Chambers, with particular reference to the CERN ISR|
|1974||No annual address given|
|1973||Professor Tedford, University of Strathclyde||Vacuum Insulation in the Service of Industry|
|1972||No annual address given|
|1971||Mr K C Barraclough, Firth Brown Ltd||Vacuum Technology in Steel Making|
|1970||Dr L Holland, Edwards High Vacuum||A Review of Some Recent Vacuum Studies|
The BVC sponsors relevant national and international meetings in its fields of interest. For details of sponsorship contact the secretariat (see “Contact us” tab above).
Showcasing the very latest vacuum and related technologies and innovations for applications in science and industry, Vacuum Expo will provide an unparalleled networking environment for the effective and meaningful transfer of information and knowledge within the field of vacuum and associated technologies.
The Vacuum Symposium UK series of meetings grew out of a ‘call’ from the UK vacuum community for an annual national meeting incorporating both technical and commercial elements. The remit is to put on interesting and wide-ranging programmes that reach out to the diverse spectrum of vacuum users.
|Chair||Professor Martin McCoustra|
|Vice Chair||Professor Timo Gans|
|Past Chair||Dr Alex Shard|
|Treasurer||Dr Ron J Reid|
|Secretary||Professor Arutiun Ehiasarian|
|Councillor||Professor Timo Gans|
|Alternate Councillor||Dr David Sykes|
|Co-opted||Dr Alan Webb|
|Full Members of Council||1st Representative||2nd Representative|
|Representing IOP||Andrew Chew||Neil Curson|
|Representing UKSAF||Dr David Scurr||David Morgan|
|Co-opted Members of Council (non-voting), as IUVSTA Divisional Representatives for Great Britain|
|Applied Surface Science||Dr David Scurr|
|Electronic Materials and Processing||TBC|
|Nanometer Structure||Dr Steven Schofield|
|Plasma Science and Technique||Dr Deborah O’Connell|
|Biointerfaces||Dr Mischa Zeizer|
|Surface Engineering||Professor Arutiun Ehiasarian|
|Surface Science||Dr Ziyou Li|
|Thin Film||Professor Papken Hovsepian|
|Vacuum Science and Technology||Mr Joe Herbert|
Bill Allison receiving the John Yarwood Memorial Medal from BVC Chair Martin McCoustra at Vacuum Symposium VS9 (2018)
BVC at Vac Expo
Training seminar delivered by Austin Chambers
Training seminar delivered by Ron Reid
IoP Vacuum Group 2013 Poster Prize Winner
Hands on demonstration during a technical meeting
Training Seminar delivered by Ron Reid
RGA11 Technical Meeting
IoP Vacuum Group 2012 Poster Prize Winner
IoP Vacuum Group 2012 Poster Prize Winner
Professor Peter Weightman (University of Liverpool) receiving the 2011 BVC Senior Award, the Yarwood Medal, from the Chair of the BVC, Professor Martin McCoustra (Heriot-Watt University) at the European Conference on Surface and Interface Analysis (ECASIA) in Cardiff in September 2011.
Dr Peter Carrington (University of Lancaster) receiving the 2011 BVC Junior Award from the Chair of the BVC, Professor Martin McCoustra (Heriot-Watt Univeristy) at the UK Semiconductor Meeting in Sheffield in July 2011.
Dr Felicia Green (NPL) receiving the 2011 BVC Junior Award from the Chair of the BVC, Professor Martin McCoustra (Heriot-Watt Univeristy), at the Annual Meeting of the British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS) in Cardiff in September 2011. (Courtesy: BMSS)
Dr Timothy David Veal receiving the 2009 BVC Junior Award from then Chair of the BVC, Dr Alan Webb.
Professor John Watts receiving the 2009 BVC Senior Medal from then Chair of the BVC, Dr David Sykes.
Professor Chris McConville receiving the 2007 BVC Senior Medal from Professor Martin McCoustra (Heriot-Watt University).
Technical session at the 1st Vacuum Symposium UK.
Delegates to the 1st Vacuum Symposium.
Delegates to the 1st Vacuum Symposium UK visit the ALICE Facility at Daresbury.
Training at the 2nd Vacuum Symposium UK.
Technical programme at the 2nd Vacuum Symposium UK.
Interesting discussions at Vacuum Expo.
Delegates to the 1st International Conference on HIPIMS, 67 July 2010, Sheffield, UK.
Delegates to the 3rd International Conference on HIPIMS, 1920 June 2012, Sheffield, UK.
Boris Brkic with portable mass-spectrometry system deployed at the Fotta North Sea oil terminal (University of Liverpool PDRA).
Activities report of the IUVSTA Nanometer Structure Division (NSD) to ECM 129
This written report has been prepared by the division officers for the ECM 129 and covers the period between ECM 128 (10-12 August 2018, Sydney in Australia.) and ECM 129 to be held between 29-31 March 2019, Regensburg, Germany.
OFFICERS of the Nanometer Structures division NSD for the triennium 2016-2019:
Chair: Ana G. Silva, Portugal
Vice-chair: Christian Teichert, Austria
Scientific Secretary: Sidney R. Cohen, Israel
IUVSTA – NSD Workshops and Schools
Sidney Cohen, scientific secretary of NSD division, and Hagai Cohen, both from Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, organized the 84th IUVSTA NSD workshop on “Surface Micro-Spectroscopy and Spectro-Microscopy: Nano-Characterization of Electronic Interfaces and Related Transport Phenomena” in Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, between September 2-5 September 2018 being chaired by Sidney Cohen and Hagai Cohen. A detailed report of this successful workshop as well the financial report was already sent to the scientific secretary of IUVSTA Andrej Vincze. The chair and vice-chair of NSD division, Ana G. Silva and Christian Teichert, also participated in the workshop, by chairing scientific sessions and contributing for the several discussions and closing session.
Carla Bittencourt of University of Mons, Belgium, chaired the 88th IUVSTA NSD workshop on “Towards reality in Nanoscale Materials” held at Aalto University in Finland, between 11-15 February 2019. The workshop was jointly organized by Aalto University and Turku Universities from Finland and Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, of Germany. A detailed report of this successful workshop as well as the financial report was already sent by Carla Bittencourt to the scientific secretary of IUVSTA Andrej Vincze.
The report on 17th IUVSTA international school on “Nano-Optics: From principles to basic research and application”, chaired by Ana G. Silva, chair of NSD division, from FCT-NOVA, New University of Lisbon, Portugal, held from 18 to 22 February 2019, at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), NSD Activities report to ECM 129 in Braga, Portugal has been sent by the Chair of the School to the scientific secretary of IUVSTA Andrej Vincze. Sidney Cohen, scientific secretary of NSD division, from Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, has actively participated in the School supporting several activities, namely by promoting intense discussions with and among the students and being Chair of the first session of the School. The financial report will be sent soon
IVC-21, July 1st-5th, 2019 – 21st International Vacuum Congress, Malmö, Sweden
The officers of NSD, Ana G Silva, Christian Teichert and Sidney Cohen, support the abstracts selection submitted within ICN+T conference. The chair of NSD division, Ana G Silva, as co-chair of the program of nanoscience and technology at IVC- 21, has actively contribute in the “Program meeting” chaired by Heiner Linke, held in Lund, Sweden, on 4th March.
Moreover, the NSD endorsed several workshops and short courses.
IUVSTA Nanometer Structures Division Highlights. Invited talk. Sydney Australia, August 2018
Title: “Nanoscience as a discipline and its impact on the modern society”.
The invited talk given by Lars Montelius, President of IUVSTA, on behalf of Ana G Silva. The highlight included contributions from Nancy A. Burnham, Carla Bittencourt, José Garcia-Martin, Yves Huttel, Nikolay Nedyalkov, Sasha Sadewasser, Takayuki Uchihashi, Christian Teichert, Sidney Cohen and Ana G. Silva. Ana G. Silva acknowledges Lars Montelius for his valuable support by presenting the invited talk on her behalf. In addition, Ana G. Silva acknowledges, Christian Teichert and Sidney Cohen for their exceptional support.