Being convinced of the need to develop training
in the field of vacuum science and technology, Madeleine Berthaud early
joined the Société Française des Ingénieurs et Techniciens du Vide (SFITV,
the French Society for Vacuum Engineers and Technicians), which later
changed its name to Société Française du Vide (SFV, French Vacuum Society).
She served in many capacities, including her time as President in 1960-1961.
She also chaired the Vacuum Committee of the Association Nationale pour
la Recherche Technique (ANRT, National Association for Technological
Research) and helped in promoting the application of vacuum techniques
in many fields such as high and ultrahigh vacuum in scientific and space
research, vacuum at an industrial scale in food industry…
She was acknowledged as a Honorary Member and a Founder Member of the International Union of Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA), in recognition to the pre-eminent role she played, together with Prof. Emile Thomas, in drafting the original Statutes and By-Laws of the Union. She also served the IUVSTA as Councillor for France (1962-1971) and Scientific Secretary (1965-1974).