Date: July 8, 2020
Time: 12:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m. (EDT)
Check your timezone accordingly)

The American Vacuum Society (AVS)  is excited to announce the AVS 2020 International Twitter Poster Competition, a new online venue to share your research with a global audience. We hope you will join us to disseminate your latest findings, connect with your research community, and meet new colleagues.

Who should attend? We welcome participation from scientists and engineers working in any country, in any of the core technical domains of the AVS, and at any career level – undergraduate through senior scientist. You do not need to be a member of the AVS to participate.

How does this benefit me professionally? While this online format is distinct from traditional, in-person poster sessions, and will require changes to standard poster designs (see tips and tricks here), the professional benefits are numerous. The audience for a well-crafted poster can be significant, potentially exceeding that at traditional conferences by orders-of-magnitude. This event is a great opportunity to hone your online “presentation” skills. As the world continues to leverage online communication tools, this skill will be increasingly crucial. Competition winners will also be promoted through AVS (see below).

Why Twitter? Twitter offers a platform for anyone, anywhere in the world, to engage with their colleagues with little more than a computer or smartphone and internet connection. As opposed to webinars, which are largely one-way learning experiences, Twitter enables back-and-forth communication among poster presenters, judges, and anyone interested in your findings.

Will there be awards? Yes! The first-place winner in each of the technical and career categories will be awarded $500. All winners will be recognized via: (1) Twitter and LinkedIn as well as (2) news stories on the AVS web page and in our monthly electronic newsletter Beneath the AVS Surface.

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For complete guidelines on how to participate, including tips & tricks for preparing your Twitter poster, please click on the button below.

The poster competition will be held July 8, 2020. At the beginning, you will tweet a high-resolution image of your poster to your personal Twitter account. Your tweet must include the hashtag #AVSPosters2020 and one hashtag from each of the technical and career categories listed. Posters will be judged by at least 3 judges, who will collaboratively select first, second, and third place winners. Participants can only win in one category. Only categories receiving at least 10 posters will be eligible for prize money.

Organizing Committee

  • Michael Filler, Chair AVS Divisions & Groups, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Vincent Smentkowski, Co-Chair AVS Chapters, General Electric - Research
  • Kateryna Artyushkova, Co-Chair AVS Chapters, Physical Electronics Inc.
  • Rachael Farber, The University of Chicago
  • Ann Lii-Rosales,  University of Colorado Boulder

Technical Categories

Technical Category/Hashtag




Techniques for surface analysis, including in situ, synchrotron, and extreme environments.

Astrochemistry & Space Science


Laboratory characterization of spectroscopic properties, kinetics and dynamics, abundances, and reactivities of molecules in astrophysical and planetary environments.



Fabrication, characterization and application of biomaterials, biointerfaces, biosensors, non-fouling materials, cells, tissues, and microbes.

& Thin Films


Fabrication, characterization, and modeling of coatings and thin films for science and applications.

Functional Materials
& Devices


Materials, interfaces, and processing that advance electronic, photonic, optoelectronic, MEMS/NEMS, energy, and magnetic devices.

Nanoscience & Nanomanufacturing


Creation, characterization, and application of nanoscale structures and assemblies, which exploit the unique properties of low dimensionality and size.



Plasma science and technology, from fundamental under-standing of plasma physics and chemistry to emerging and industrial applications of plasmas.

Quantum Science


Research that uses the building blocks of quantum mechanics to engineer nano or microscale systems in a way that impacts experimental research, instrumentation, and applications

Surface Science


Fundamental gas-solid and liquid-solid interfaces, heterogeneous catalysis, photochemistry.

Vacuum Technology


Achieving, maintaining, analyzing, and measuring vacuum and low pressure gas dynamics across many applications.

Career Stage/Professional Affiliation

Career Stage/Professional Affiliation








Academic Faculty




National Labs




Other AVS Events

AVS 2020 Short Course programs (Chapter, National, Webinars, and e-Talks) will be posted on the AVS Short Schedule page as they become available. Please bookmark the webpage to view upcoming training opportunities. Online Learning will be presented via Zoom Platform!

Cryopump Technology
July 14, 2020
10:00am – 5:00pm EDT
AVS Instructor: Ed Harrow

Partial Pressure Analysis with Residual Gas Analyzers
July 15, 2020
10:00am – 5:00pm EDT
AVS Instructor: Gerardo Brucker
Atomic Layer Deposition
July 17, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  EDT
AVS Instructor: Steven M. George

AVS e-Talk: Organic Electronics - Connecting Nature
August 19, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Magnus Berggren

AVS Webinar: Stress Evolution during Thin Film Deposition
August 26, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
AVS Instructor: Gregory Abadias

AVS Webinar: Surface Characterization of Biomaterials with X-Rays and Ion Guns
September 23, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Instructors: Lara Gamble adn Dan Graham

SPECIAL AVS Career Center Webinar
Modern Resumes and CVs
September 29, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Lisa Balbes

AVS Courses by Request
If you are interested in seeing an AVS Short Course offered in 2020 please complete the AVS Courses by Request form.
AVS Onsite/Online Training
COVID-19 has impacted many of us, causing companies to find new ways to keep employees working safely and productively from home. AVS wants to help! Let AVS bring our short courses and qualified instructors to your employees homes via online training? AVS Short Courses range from basic to advanced levels and may be customized to fit your organizations training needs. AVS Short Courses offer training for technicians, scientists and engineers, and is being offered to companies who are able and want to provide training to their employees during this challenging time. The AVS Short Course Catalog has more than 70 short courses that are organized under the following three broad categories.