The International Symposium on Reactive Sputter Deposition was established in Ghent in the year 2000. It provided a platform among leading international scientists, engineers and students for discussing recent achievements in reactive sputter deposition and thin films. The Symposium has developed to an annual tradition, steadily growing without loosing its focus on reactive sputtering and its fundamental aspects. The symposium covers the production and use of coatings, from basic research to devices and new applications.
The past years the RSD symposium was organized by the Belgian, Dutch and Austrian Vacuum Societies and held in Ghent ( Belgium ), Delft (The Netherlands) and Leoben (Austria). Last year it took place in Manchester (UK), and was attended by 100 participants!
This year, the RSD symposium resides back in its birth town and tries to revive its roots of concept: bringing new trends in reactive magnetron sputter deposition in combination with lectures discussing the fundamental issues related to this wonderful technique. The latter lectures are invited, and start with an introduction on the topic. This enables students to learn more about these topics. For the senior scientists these lectures will blow away the dust. In this way, every attendee can enjoy each session, and discuss about the shown results in an active way. Hence, at this symposium science becomes even more fun!