The British Vacuum Council (BVC) is a registered charity which is charged with representing, at an international level, the professional interests of scientists and engineers in Great Britain who work in fields related to vacuum. It carries out this function by acting as an umbrella body for those professional and learned societies which have members working in such fields. These societies are then the institutional members of the Council. Currently, there are two institutional members: the Institue of Physics and the UK Surface Analysis Forum, UKSAF.

The Members of Council are its Officers, elected at the Annual Meeting of the Councils, and two representatives nominated by each institutional member.

The BVC  is the representative of Great Britain and Ireland on the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and its Applications (IUVSTA). As such, it nominates a Councillor and Alternate Councillor for periods of three years (also known as a ‘Triennium’). It also nominates representatives to each Divisional College of IUVSTA, again for periods of three years. The Councillor, Alternate and Divisional Representatives are co-opted automatically as non-voting members of Council (unless they are already full members).

The Council has no individual members or corporate members.

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The British Vacuum Council is a registered charity, Charity Number 292999.

The full (voting) members of Council are regarded as Trustees of the charity. An annual return is made to the Charity Commissioner of England and Wales by the end of October each year. The income of the charity is below the threshold at which it is obliged to submit financial accounts to the commision.

Our privacy policy (updated 2019) may be downloaded below.

A copy of our constitution may be downloaded below.