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 first meeting (Daresbury Laboratory, 10/11 February 2010) was organised by the RGA User Group that had previously staged a number of one day meetings starting in 1996. Indeed, VS1 incorporated the 9th RGA User Group Meeting that continues to grow and is this year (2015) in its 12th edition.
The aim of Vacuum Symposium UK is exactly the same as was modelled by the RGA User Group Meetings, but embraces a wider cross-section of vacuum users: regular ‘free to attend’ meetings that allow interaction between academics, industrial users and manufacturers, financed by sponsorship.
The scale, scope and location of Vacuum Symposium meetings will be determined by the Trustees.
The Trustees take input from the UK Vacuum community following VS events, at many other opportunities throughout the year in their quest to evolve VS events and to decide on the needs of the vacuum industry more widely. In particular, we value sponsors of the meeting that can make financial and/or organisational contributions to the meeting.
Our remit is to put on interesting and wide-ranging programmes that reach out to the diverse spectrum of vacuum users. The Trustees welcome anyone with experience and contacts to assist in bringing about our aim.
If you are interested to suggest a meeting that could join the Vacuum Symposium, please visit out Contact Us page and complete an appropriate contact form – CLICK HERE
Following VS1 the RGA User Group was incorporated as a registered Charity (Registration No. 1137989) with the working title of Vacuum Symposium UK. This gave the organising committee a formalised structure with complete independence from other vacuum work affiliations.
The Charity Trustees are:-
Robin Hathaway, SS Scientific Limited
Joe Herbert, ASTeC Vacuum Group, STFC Daresbury Laboratory
Steve Shannon, SS Scientific Limited
Sunil Patel, ISIS Vacuum Group, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory