21st September 1999
K. Wandelt (Germany), M. Szymonski (Poland), F. Solymosi (Hungary), A.
Naumovets (Ukraine), J. Kirschener (Germany), M. Sancrotti (Italy), J.
Weaver (USA and Chair), P. Varga (Austria), J. Jupille (France) and P.
Dastoor (Australia and Minutes Secretary).
The second meeting of the Surface Science Division (SSD) was opened by
John Weaver as co-chair of the Surface Science Division.
Thanks were expressed to P. Varga for the organization of the ECOSS meeting
and the SSD meeting arrangements.
The two primary objectives of the SSD for the current triennium were defined
1. Identifying and supporting workshops relevant to surface science.
2. Planning of the next International Vacuum Congress (IVC).
5 workshops were proposed and approved for the 1998-2001 triennium. Their
status is as follows:
1. Gas-surface interactions, Leibnitz, Austria, 26-29th September 1999,
organized by A. Winkler. This workshop was jointly sponsored by the Applied
Surface Science Division (ASSD)
2. Surface holography, Hong Kong, Autumn 2000, organized by David Tong.
Arrangements are in progress and a programme committee has been formed.
This workshop is 100% organized by the SSD.
3. Dynamical phenomena related to electrons at surfaces, Hokkaido, Japan,
January 2000, organized by Y. Murata. The arrangements are well underway.
This workshop is 100% organized by the SSD.
4. Near surface analysis using ion beam techniques, England, late June/October
2000, organized by D.W. Moon and J. O'Connor. Location and time yet to
be finalized. This workshop is jointly organized with ASSD (50% SSD).
5. Gas-surface interactions in CVD. Art Kleyn is helping to organize this
workshop, working with Prof. Rebrovof the Thermo Physics Institute in
Novosibirsk. A programme committee will be formed shortly.
4. Division report for ECM 83 and 84
M. Sancrotti represented the SSD chair at the ECM 84 meeting in Cancun,
It was reported that 2 workshops had been approved at the ECM 84 meeting.
The SSD was being notified of these meetings for information only and
there were no support implications for the SSD.
1. Nagoya, Japan, 2000
The workshop will be in the area of electronic materials and processes.
2. Hamburg, Germany, 2000
The workshop will be in the area of spin-resolved nano probes and will
be organized by Roland Wiesendanger.
for IVC-15 and ICSS-11 (San Francisco, 2001).
The IVC organizing committee had intended to identify an international
programme committee (IPC) by the 15th September. Each division was to
nominate 3 - 6 members of this committee. These members were to be drawn
from a broad technical and geographical background.
The SSD has nominated its entire committee plus 1 co-opted member, making
11 in all. A strong argument was made to the IVC organizing committee
that this was necessary on the basis of the significant representation
that SSD members will have at the congress. The response so far has been
amicable and the request is still being considered.
A preliminary meeting of the divisional chairs of the IPC will occur in
Seattle. A meeting to identify topics and invited speakers is planned
for Spring 2000, and there will be a meeting in June 2001 to organize
the final program after the abstracts are submitted. It is anticipated
that not all members of the SSD committee will attend these meetings but
will be requested for electronic input.
6. Report on ECOSS-18 (P. Varga).
At the time of the meeting there were 588 attendees at the conference
and the number was expected to rise to approximately 630. The delegates
were drawn from 43 nations.
15 companies had participated in the conference providing approximately
15% of the conference cost.
The policy of the conference organizing committee regarding financial
support was widely praised with financial assistance provided to more
than 100 delegates.
This support was provided in one of three ways:
1. Reduced conference fees
2. No conference fees
3. No conference fees plus local accommodation.
The conference budget has balanced and the conference workers will receive
payment for their efforts.
To accommodate the contributed papers, ECOSS-18 was expanded to consist
of 4 parallel sessions; this may need to be repeated in future years.
The possibility of expanding the conference to 5 days was discussed, and
it was noted that there was no formal 4 day limit.
280 papers had been submitted for publications out of a total of 750 contributions.
The conference organizers were praised for their use of internet abstracting,
and it was noted that there was information exchange between past and
future ECOSS organizing committees so that innovations in conference organization
could be transferred.
The three countries with the largest number of papers and representatives
were Germany, Japan, and Austria, demonstrating that the level of commitment
from Asia to ECOSS is still high despite the advent of the VASCAA conference
ECOSS meetings (K. Wandelt).
The ECOSS conference series is the responsibility of the ECOSS board which
consists of the Surface and Interface Section of the European Physical
Society (EPS) plus the European representative of the IUVSTA SSD.
Proposed new locations for ECOSS are:
Madrid, Spain, September 19-23, 2000
Krackow, Poland, 2001.
A brief report on the first Vacuum and Surface Sciences Conference of
Asia and Australia, held in Tokyo, Japan, was given by J. Weaver, using
input provided to him. In many ways, VASSCAA uses the ECOSS model for
a regional technical conference on surface science. The fear of losing
Asian contribution to ECOSS itself appears to have been unfounded, given
the strong support for both conferences in 1999.
ECM85 will take place in Namur, Belgium while ECM86 will take place in
Slovenia in October.
The next SSD meeting is scheduled for Madrid, Spain in September 2000,
in conjunction with ECOSS-19.
Decision regarding the SSD meeting in September 2001 will be made at a
The members of the SSD committee of the next triennium will be decided
in the summer of 2001.
ECM88 is scheduled to occur in San Francisco at the next IVC meeting and
there will be a handover period between the old and new committees.
M. Sancrotti noted a request for endorsement from the SSD for an international
workshop on Auger and electron spectroscopy. It was noted that an endorsement
required no financial support whereas a sponsorship involved financial
support from IUVSTA. It was agreed to endorse the workshop.
no other business the meeting was adjourned at 2.15 p.m. (proposer M.
Sancrotti, seconded J. Weaver).
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