Geschichte der ÖGV

Die Österreichische Gesellschaft für Vakuumtechnik (ÖGV) wurde am 23.10.1969 gegründet.

 AUSTRIAN VACUUM SOCIETYOesterreichische Gesellschaft für Vakuumtechnik (OEGV)

M. Leisch

The „Oesterreichische Gesellschaft für Vakuumtechnik“ (OEGV) – the Austrian Vacuum Society – was founded in 1969 during an informative meeting on the „Atominstitut“ of the University of Vienna by a group of scientists and industrial managers, headed by F. Viehboeck.

The original formation of the OEGV was on October 23, 1969 with acceptance of the statutes. On March 19, 1982 new objectives like Surface Science, Thin Films and Plasma Science were entered into the statutes. On November 26, 1991 the possibility of a second re-election of members of the board to ensure continuity was entered into the statutes.

The main purpose and objectives of the OEGV are to bring together and to support all those interested in production, measurement and application of vacuum, to distribute information, and to organise courses, meetings and seminars. The support is especially focused to young society members who can apply for grants given for travel to improve international contacts and experience.

As a society, the OEGV is represented by the President. The board consists of the President, Vice-President, Aktuar (Secretary), Quaestor (Treasurer) and several co-opted members (at least two members from industry), each serving a two-year term.

The current number of members is presently about 60. The members are individuals (90%), organisations, companies and distributors (10%).

The proportion of industrial involvement was very important during the formation of the OEGV. In the beginning about 50 percent of the members were coming from industry. The proportion has changed continuously. Presently most of the members are coming from the universities who dominate now the scientific structure of the society.

The scientific and technical areas covered by the OEGV have changed in parallel to the working fields of the individual members. In the beginning of the OEGV, vacuum technology in general was the main field of interaction. Nowadays surface science, nanometer structures, thin films and plasma science are the fields of main activity in the OEGV.

The OEGV has sponsored a considerable number of activities. Courses for technicians and engineers have been organised at university institutes and industrial plants. Examples are: „Production and measurement of vacuum“ (Vienna, 1970), „Vacuum technique in electricaltechnical industry“ (Vienna, 1971), „Fundamentals of vacuum technique and production of thin films“ (Vienna, 1973) and „Fundamentals and application of vacuum technique“ (Kapfenberg, 1980).

In 1977 the OEGV, together with the Oesterreichisches Forschungszentrum Seibersdorf Ges.m.b.H. and the Technische Universitaet Wien, was responsible for the organisation of the 7th International Vacuum Congress (IVC) and the 3rd International Conference on Solid Surfaces (ICSS) in Vienna at the Congress Centre Hofburg on September 12 -16, 1977. This congress, attended by more than 1300 participants, was a main activity in the first decade of the OEGV.

The 3rd European Vacuum Conference was organised in September 1991 in Vienna. In 1993 the OEGV was responsible for the 9th International Conference on Thin Films (ICTF-9) in Vienna. The 1999 European Conference on Surface Science (ECOSS-18) was held in Vienna under sponsorship of the OEGV as well as the 11th European Conference on Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis (ECASIA’05) September 2005 on TU Vienna. September 2007 the „European Conference on Surface Crystallography and Dynamics“ (ECSCD-9) was organized by P. Varga.

In addition the OEGV was active in the organisation of several IUVSTA-workshops (2nd in Obertraun 1990, 7th and 13th in Kitzsteinhorn 1993 and 1996, 25th in Leibnitz 1999, 35th in Trofaiach, 56th 2008 at Schlaining Castle, 60th 2009 in Vienna, 71th 2013 in Hernstein Castle, 72nd at Seggau Castle 2014 and the 73rd in Eisenerez 2014).

In 1979 the first joint meeting with the Hungarian Vacuum Society was organised in Gyoer, Hungary, which was the beginning of a successful series of conferences, the „Joint Vacuum Conference“ running under sponsorship of IUVSTA. The 3rd Joint Vacuum Conference was held together with EVC-3 in Vienna 1991. In spring 2002 the OEGV has organized the 9th Joint Vacuum Conference in Graz, Austria. The 15th Joint Vacuum Conference has been organized by OEGV June 2014 in Vienna.

The OEGV has sponsored and co-sponsored several other international conferences including the „Symposium on Sputtering“ (Vienna 1980) and the „Symposium on Surface Science“ (Obertraun 1983 and 1985). Joint Meetings were held with the German Vacuum Society (DGV) and the Swiss Vacuum Society (SGV) within the annual spring meetings.

Since 1980, when the Max Auwaerter Preis (Award) was first announced, the OEGV has had the honour to present this prize to the recipient in a special ceremony at conferences which it has organised or co-organised.

A main future objective of the Austrian Vacuum Society will be the re-enforcement of the collaboration between university research and industrial applications. The new technologies (nanometer structures, biological surfaces, photonic, etc.) offer a new challenge for the traditional vacuum and surface scientists, as organised in our vacuum society. The organisation of workshops and conferences, as well as the continuation of international scientific collaborations shall be our goal for the future.

An important part represents our contribution to IUVSTA by several members of our society. M. Higatsberger served as secretary general 1983-86, R. Dobrozemsky as treasurer 1992-98, Ch. Eisenmenger Sittner as scientific secretary 2010-13 and as secretary general since 2013. As divison chairs H. Stoeri (PSD), P. Varga (SSD) and M. Leisch (VSTD) has been active.

OEGV organized also several IUVSTA specific meetings: GM 6 (1977) in Vienna, ECM 32 and 33 (1977), ECM 65 (1991) and 98 (2005) in Vienna, ECM 52 (1986) in Spitz and ECM 120 (2015) in Graz.