Iberian Vacuum Conference, RIVA-X

The Iberian Vacuum Conference, RIVA is a join meeting of the Spanish Vacuum Society (ASEVA) and the Portuguese Vacuum Society (SOPORVAC), and follows the series started in Braga, Portugal, in 1988, changing alternative the location between Portugal and Spain. The main goal of this conference is to cover the fields of vacuum and its applications, particularly on the fields of Fundamental and Applied Surface Science, Thin Films, Electronics Materials and Processing, Plasma physics, Vacuum Science and technology and Nanometer Scale processes.

The main aim of the Conference is to provide a forum where the most relevant and recent results are discussed. We invite scientists and engineers of Spain and Portugal, as well as those from other countries, to take part in this event, especially junior ones.

8th  European Topical Conference on Hard Coatings

One of the sessions inside Riva-X will be devoted to hard coating. Those submitting an abstract should indicate so on their forms.

RIVA-X will take place in Bilbao in the Bizkaia Aretoa centre from 4-6 October 2017.

Proceedings of the conference will be published in Vacuum. Check for details on the “Practical Information” section.


Applied Surface Science

Electronic Materials and Processing


Nanometer Structures

Plasma Science and Technology

Surface Engineering

Surface Science

Thin Films

Vacuum Science and Technology

Hard coatings

(*) In this session, the best posters/talk presented will be awarded by Biointerphases and MecWins.

List of invited speakers:


Prof. Lars Montelius (Director General INL, PT) “Social perspective of science”

Prof. Peter J Kelly (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)   “The production of photocatalytic materials by magnetron sputtering techniques”

Prof. Marek Rubel (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), SE)   “The role of surface analysis in studies of  plasma wall-interaction in controlled fusion devices”

Dr. Ibon Bustinduy Uriarte (European Spallation Neutron Source Bilbao (ESS), ES) “The European Spallation Neutron Source project”


Prof. Osvaldo de Melo (Universidad de La Habana, Cuba) “Vapor phase growth and phase stability of bidimensional tellurides MoTe2 and Bi2Te3”

Prof. Clemens Laubschat (Technische Universität Dresden, DE)  “Functionalization of graphene layers on transition-metal substrates”

Dr. Carlo Morasso  (Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics, IT)  “SERS analysis of  human serum as possible tool for the diagnosis”

Prof. Tomas Polcar (University of Southampton, UK)  “Recent advances of solid lubricants prepared by vacuum-related processes”

Prof. Jose Ignacio Pascual  (Nanogune, ES)  “On-surface synthesis for the growth of functional nanoribbons”

Pedro Salomé (Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, INL, PT) “Materials for photovoltaic cells”

Dr. Michael Foerster (ALBA synchrotron, ES) “Magnetism catches the wave”

Dr. Otmar Zimmer (Fraunhofer IWS, DE) “PVD hard coatings > 20 microns, new perspectives for thin film application”

Further information: aseva@icmm.csic.es

Organizing Committee

Chairman: J. Barriga

E. Ortega

J.A. Martín-Gago

M.F. López

A. López Vazquez de Parga

F. Tabarés

Carlos Jose Tavares

M. Manso

Miguel Moreno Ugeda

Sara Barja Martínez

María Blanco Rey

Tekniker, Gipuzkoa

University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)

Institute of Materials Science of Madrid-CSIC

Institute of Materials Science of Madrid-CSIC

University Autonoma of Madrid  (UAM), Spain


University of Minho

University Autonoma of Madrid  (UAM), Spain

University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)

University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)

University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)

Scientific Committee

Chairman Jose A. Martin Gago

Carlos Jose Tavares

A. Gutierrez

F. Yubero

M. Manso

Albano Cavaleiro

Florinda Costa

Orlando Teodoro

Institute of Materials Science of Madrid-CSIC

University of Minho, Portugal

University Autonoma of Madrid  (UAM), Spain

Institute of Materials Science of Sevilla-CSIC

University Autonoma of Madrid  (UAM), Spain

University of Coimbra, Portugal

University of Aveiro, Portugal

University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Important Dates 

2 February: Call for papers

24 May:  Abstract submission deadline

14 June:  Authors notifications/ preliminary program

30 June: Deadline for grant application and thesis award submission

17 July: Early bird registration deadline

30 September: Registration deadline

3 October: Social event and registration onsite

4 October: Scientific sessions start

Abstract submission

Now open just for poster submission.

Please download the template and submit it  in –docx or .pdf format to aseva@icmm.csic.es indicating in the subject the type of contribution: poster; oral or invited. Each registered author may submit a maximum of two contributions (oral+poster or poster+poster).

Abstract instructions

Abstracts are brief summaries of the overall goal of the research, showing the specific ideas or concepts that will be presented, including outcomes and implications for practice. Please use cambria 10 as Font and size.

Write the session where your abstract better fit between the followings: Applied surface science, electronic materials and processing, biointerfaces, nanometer structures, Plasma science, surface engineering, surface science, thin films, vacuum science and technology, technological session, hard-coatings workshop.

Please, do not use special characters, subscript and superscript in the Title

Authors: use bold letters for the presenting author

Please limit abstracts to one single page

Include maximum 2 images with your abstract (500 x 500 px max). References are optional but encouraged. Please limit references to the 5 most pertinent citations at the end of the document. Refer to them with a number between brackets. Notification of acceptance will be done to the presenting author email address.

After editing your abstract, please save it and submit it to aseva@icmm.csic.es in  .docx or .pdf format

Choose your session on the abstract template.

Do not forget to indicate your preferences for presentation type in the subject of the email: poster, oral or invited presentation.


Conference fee:

Early bird registration (until July 17th)

  • Senior: 260 €
  • Senior ASEVA, EHU or SOPORVAC member: 240 €
  • Student: 200 €
  • Student ASEVA, EHU or SOPORVAC member: 180 €


 Regular registration (from July 17th)

  • Senior: 300 €
  • Senior ASEVA, EHU or SOPORVAC member: 280 €
  • Student: 220 €
  • Student ASEVA, EHU or SOPORVAC member: 200 €

Conference dinner:   40 €/person. At Sociedad Bilbaína. Not included in conference fee.

Registration includes:

  • Access to the building and scientific sessions.
  • Access to the main exhibition area.
  • 2 lunches
  • Welcome cocktail and tourist visit.
  • Congress documents.
  • Electronic book of abstracts.
  • 5 Coffee breaks (morning & afternoon).

Attention: registration fees does not include accommodation nor conference dinner.

Registration instructions:

To register in the conference:

  • Fill the on-line registration form.
  • Send a message to aseva@icmm.csic.es with the bank receipt of your payment. When your conference registration has been processed, you will receive confirmation by email.
  • If you require an invoice to justify the payment via an institution or any research center, please, send an email to aseva@icmm.csic.es with the name of the institution, corresponding address and VAT number. Don’t forget to clarify the payment amount, depending on the category listed above (senior/junior/member of ASEVA, EHU or SOPORVAC).

Conference fee have to be paid by bank transfer:

Payment to: ASEVA


IBAN:  ES5801824018180000110182
Ref: NAME SURNAME + RIVA Registration
(replace NAME and SURNAME with your full name).

Please send your payment As Soon As Possible as it takes some time to process the payment. Registration is only possible by sending a message to aseva@icmm.csic.es with the bank receipt of your payment. When your conference registration has been processed, you will receive confirmation by email.

On-site registration

On-site registration would be possible, but we will only accept cash.

In this case, fee will be unique:  350€

Practical information

Oral talks

  • Durations (including questions). Each speaker must ensure than his/her presentation (incl. questions) is no longer that that stipulated in the programme. The Chairperson will be strict on timing.
  • Oral presentation: 20 minutes, including questions. Chairmen will be strict with the timing. Formats accepted: ppt, pptx and pdf. Use of your own personal computer is strongly advise against.
  • Invited talk: 30 minutes
  • Plenary session: 50 minutes.


 Poster format

110 cm x 90 cm



Selected papers presented to the Iberian Vacuum Conference, RIVA-X, will be published in a special issue of the journal Vacuum. The special issue will be edited by the Guest Editors:  J.L. de Segovia and I. Palacio.

The invited speakers and authors of accepted communications are invited to send their manuscripts which would be published as respectively extended or short communication after standard Vacuum refereeing process.

As a guide, extended manuscripts should be approximately 5000 words and short communications about 3000 words. Note that a figure in one column is equivalent to 200 words. Manuscripts should be prepared following the Vacuum guide for authors. There will be no charge for publication in open access and papers will be published after final acceptance by the Vacuum Editor.

Submissions to Vacuum Special Issue will be open from the September 15th to October 10th 2017.

Steps to submit your manuscript:

  1.   Enter in Vacuum website and select: “Submit your paper”.
  2.   Register in EVISE® – if you are not already registered – and enter in your profile.
  3.   In the first screen, from the dropdown list, select the Issue: VSI: RIVA X-ETCHC-8. It is important that authors select the correct article type when they submit their articles in EVISE®. If authors select the wrong article type their paper may end up publishing in a regular issue and not the special issue.
  4.   The rest of the submission process will be standard.

Vacuum is an international rapid publications journal with a focus on short communication. All papers are peer-reviewed, with the review process for short communication geared towards very fast turnaround times. The journal also published full research papers, thematic issues and selected papers from leading conferences. The impact factor in 2016 was 1.530.


 Social activities:  congress diner, social event, welcome cocktail

  • Guided visits to Guggenheim Museum (included in the inscription fee) at 18h and 19h on Tuesday 3rd. If you are interested, please, fill the form.
  • Come Together Party is also included in the inscription fee and it will take place at YAMIKE on Wednesday 4th at 21hr. Some delicious pintxos and drinks will be served. More info at: yamike.com
  • Congress dinner will take place on Thursday 5th. The Sociedad Bilbaína will host us with a menú of 40€/person. You can find map with instructions and address in this document.


Best poster contest

To be eligible for the best poster contest you must follow this instructions:

  1. Include the Leybold logo in a corner of your poster, so that it can be easily identified. Download the logo here.
  2. The poster must be presented by a phd student or first-year posdoc.

Prize: 200€ for the winner.

Every participant will receive a 100€ bonus discount when buying any LEYBOLD HISPANICA products or services (for purchases above 500€). To be applied to the student’s or posdoc’s research group.


Grants for students

It will be about 6 grants for students. The grant will cover the inscription fees. To apply, please, after sending the abstract submit the CV and a letter of recommendation from the supervisor to aseva@icmm.csic.es   indicating in the subject “RIVA grant request”

All the applications have been granted. Please, reflect your status in the registration online form.


Special fares are offered to RIVA-X participants in:

  • NH Deusto Hotel

– Single room: 98€

– Double room: 108 €

prices include breakfast. VAT not included.

Some rooms have been blocked for RIVA-X participants in this hotel. RIVA-X participants can make a reservation using the Conference’s acronym (RIVA-X). Call +34 944640194 and ask for the Commercial Department or email directly  e.gonivillanueva@nh-hotels.com for reservations with this offer.

Disclaimer: In view of periodical fluctuations of prices, feel free to use your favorite hotel reservation site to confirm the convenience of this offer.

  • Youth hostel Pil Pil Bilbao

There will be a 10% reduction on the price by reserving at the youth hostel with the code RIVAX-PILPILBILBAO.


Further information: aseva@icmm.csic.es

Getting there

By underground:

The nearest stop is Moyua (exit for Ercilla-Guggenheim). From the exit, walk down Calle Elcano towards the estuary (in the direction of Abandoibarra), keeping the Government House building on your left, and when you come to the Euskadi roundabout, turn into Calle Ramón Rubial and continue until you come to the Bizkaia Aretoa building. It is about a ten-minute walk.

By tram:

The nearest stop is Guggenheim, which is right by the Bizkaia Aretoa building. It is about a one-minute walk.

By car:

The nearest carpark is Parking de la Plaza Euskadi (in the sqare of the same name). The entrance is in Calle Ramón Rubial. It is about a two-minute walk.

By bus:

Bilbobus: LINES 1, 10, 13 and 18 stopping in the Plaza del Museo de Bellas Artes and on Deusto bridge (it is about a six-minute walk from both bus stops). Lines 13, 27, 38 and 48, stopping at Alameda de Rekalde (it is about an eight-minute walk from here). Lines 11 and 71, stopping at the Universidad de Deusto (in this case, you have to cross the estuary via the Pedro Arrupe footbridge, which is about a five-minute walk).

Bizkaibus: Lines A2153, A2314, A2322, A3225, A3411, A3516, A3517, A3518, A3527, stopping at Plaza del Museo (with about a six-minute walk from here), Lines A3247 and A3414, stopping at Alameda Recalde (with about an eight-minute walk) and Line A3223, stopping at the Universidad de Deusto (in this case you have to cross the estuary via the Pedro Arrupe footbridge, which is about a five-minute walk).

By train:

Renfe: Abando station (also known as ‘Estación del Norte’) has a link to the underground (you should take any underground train from the platform for trains bound for Plentzia) and the Abando tram stop is right near there (take a tram bound for Basurto). Should you wish to walk from this station to the Bizkaia Aretoa building, the journey would take just over 20 minutes.

EuskoTren: Atxuri station links up with the tram line. Should you wish to walk from this station to the Bizkaia Aretoa building, the journey would take just over half an hour.

FEVE: La Concordia Station (also known as ‘Estación de Santander’) is next door to Abando Station, and therefore the same routes mentioned above can be used to reach the Bizkaia Aretoa building from here.

Arrivals at Termibus:

It is possible to walk to the Bizkaia Aretoa building from Termibus in about 20 minutes or else to take the tram bound for Atxuri from the San Mamés tram stop.

Arrivals at Bilbao-Loiu Airport:

To reach Bilbao from the airport, take the A3247 Bizkaibus, catch a taxi or hire a car.