17 Sustainable Development Goals Copyright: © United Nations The 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) from the United Nations (UN).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations (UN) Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which established an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership. The International Union on Vacuum Science, Techniques and Applications (IUVSTA) should be the driver and innovator on science, research and development related to the implementation of the SDGs in vacuum-based processes, materials and products, as these exhibit significant less waste production compared to electrochemical surface modification processes such as electroplating.

A specific goal of the workshop is to nucleate and promote research and development on the implementation of the SDGs into surface engineering and thin film deposition, with a particular focus on the SDG 12 'Responsible Consumption and Production'. This IUVSTA workshop is supported by the German Vacuum Society (DVG) and with the scope of presumably 40 to 60 participants ideally suited to foster discussions and create awareness of the economical, societal and environmental impact of vacuum process technologies, materials and products. Moreover, this workshop represents the first activity of the recently established IUVSTA working group on sustainability. Hence, it should provide a forum for all divisions of the Union and is expected to cause the identification of ideas, challenges and concepts within the IUVSTA communities, which will ultimately lead to reduced footprints.

The scientific key areas of the workshop are:

  • Process purity
  • Coating purity
  • Chemically simple, but microstructurally complex coatings
  • Accelerated materials design