As an interdisciplinary, professional Society, AVS supports networking among academic, industrial, government, and consulting professionals involved in a variety of disciplines- chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, all engineering disciplines, business, sales, etc. through common interests related to the basic science, technology development, and commercialization of materials, interfaces, and processing area.
Founded in 1953, AVS is organized into technical divisions and technical groups encompassing a range of established as well as emerging science and technology areas. There are also regional chapters, international chapters and affiliates, and student chapters promoting communication and networking for professionals and students within a geographical region. AVS is comprised of approximately 4,500 members worldwide.