See you again in 2022!


Special PSE 2020

based on the
17th International Conference on
Plasma Surface Engineering

held from September 7 to 10, 2020
in the Trade Fair Erfurt,
the capital of Thuringia,
in the middle of Germany
Jaroslav Vlcek
Conference Chairman
of the Special PSE 2020
Special Topic:
“Plasma Technology
for New Energy Concepts”

Supported by


PSE 2022
September 5 - 9, 2022

TEAM of PSE 2022

Conference Chairman - Prof. Jaroslav Vlcek
Conference Co-Chairman - Dr. Jan Gerrit van der Kolk
Partner Country 2022 - Czech Republic





23.09.2020 | Special PSE 2020 successfully finished

This year PSE Conference took place at the Trade Fair Erfurt on September 7 – 10, 2020. This very special event was organized by the EJC/PISE and EFDS with much support by the Team of Trade Fair Erfurt and the Thuringian Ministry for Economics, Science and Digital Society. Thanks to all involved person for this great cooperation.

At Special PSE 2020 the community of Plasma and Ion Surface Engineering exchanged information about new developments, new products and services. 224 people visited this event, 42 Companies and Institutes presented their services and products at the industrial exhibition and 144 speakers presented their results during the 17 session and 4 poster sessions. At the generous area of Trade Fair Erfurt visitors had enough space to find places for discussion and enjoy the conference in responsible distance. Nice impressions of the event you can find now in the Gallery.

You had no possibility to visit the Conference? Have a look at the abstracts in the program and contact the speakers of interest for discussion directly. They will be pleased to get in contact with you.


01.09.2020 | Registration for Special PSE 2020 will close on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:00 (CET) / noon.

Only 3 Days left. Next week Special PSE 2020 will start in Erfurt. We are looking forward to see you. Please register in time. Due to recent hygiene concept a registration at the conference office in Erfurt will not be possible. Use these last days to register online and join this nice event.

We are pleased to present two Winners Lectures for the PSE Leading Scientist Award 2020 as well as the Rudolf-Jaeckel-Preis 2020. Also Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee and Staatssekretärin Valentina Kerst are our guests and join us with words of welcome during the Opening and the Industrial Evening on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Listen to 86 lectures and visit our 46 Posters. 42 Companies and Institutes are waiting for you in our industrial Exhibition. Register now! We would be pleased to see you in Erfurt.


21.08.2020 | Welcome Address by Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee at Opening on Tuesday

After the phased registration of all participants, speakers and exhibitors on Monday the Conference will be opened on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee will address a greeting to the participants and organizers at the opening event. In addition to his work as Thuringian Minister of Economics and Science, Mr. Tiefensee is Deputy Prime Minister and Land Chairman of the SPD in Thuringia.

The conference with accompanying industrial fair will be opened by Conference Chairman Prof. Jaroslav Vlcek, University of West-Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic, and is dedicated to the main topic: "Plasma Technology for New Energy Concepts".
The opening lecture "CO2-Neutral Mobility as a Challenge and Opportunity for Plasma Surface Technology Throughout the Energy Chain" by Prof. Tim Hosenfeldt, SchaefflerAG, Herzogenaurach, Germany, will also address this topic.


03.08.2020 | Registration open for visitors

Dear colleagues,

Special PSE 2020 will take place in the Trade Fair of Erfurt.

We are pleased to invite you to visit this Special PSE Conference. International Speakers from Europe will present their recent results for Plasma Surface Engineering and wait for your questions and discussion. 

Of course, during this challenging times of corona virus spreading we ask all participants to follow the valid rules for responsible behaviour. Together with the Trade Fair of Erfurt we planned this special but generous Conference for you with a lot of highlights and possibilities to get in contact.

Register now! The number of places is limited. 


Dr. Michael Thomas                                         Grit Köckritz
Chairman of EJC/PISE                                     Managing Director of EFDS e.V.


10.07.2020 | Update

Dear colleagues,

we would like to announce, that the concept for this PSE as a “Special PSE 2020” is ready. We are planning a “PSE week” from September 7th to 10th, 2020. Unfortunately the Bavarian commercial office will not give us an approval for the Special PSE in Garmisch-Partenkirchen before September 1st, 2020. Due to this fact, we have contacted the “Trade Fair Erfurt” as an attractive alternative location. The signal from the government of Thuringia is very positive to organize this Special PSE. We hope, we get the official permit of the public health department middle of next week, so that we can directly start the registration process.

We thank all of you for your patience and looking forward to see you at the “Special PSE”

Dr. Michael Thomas                                         Grit Köckritz
Chairman of EJC/PISE                                     Managing Director of EFDS e.V.


Newsletter "Industrial Program"

Newsletter "Online Registration"


Fundamentals and applications of plasma and ion beam techniques in surface engineering

The Special PSE 2020 will be held in the Trade Fair Erfurt (Thuringia) Germany, from Monday, September 7 to Thursday, September 10, 2020. The biennial PSE conference series is organized by the European Joint Committee on Plasma and Ion Surface Engineering.

With a continuously growing interest in the preceding PSE events, with nearly 800 participants from all over the world in 2018, PSE is a well-established and leading forum in the field of plasma as well as ion- and particle-beam assisted surface modification and thin film technologies. Due to the current situation in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and regulatory restrictions this years conference is limited to 350 participants and 40 exhibitors.

PSE provides an opportunity to present recent progress in research and development and industrial applications. Its topics span a wide range from fundamentals such as e.g. process modelling and simulation of plasmas or thin film physics, through experimental studies which establish the relationships between process parameters and the structural and functional properties of modified surfaces and/or thin films, towards the application in industrial production.

With numerous industrial exhibitors and an exceptionally large fraction of participants from industry (36% in 2018), a special feature of PSE is the intimate and vivid interaction between those being involved in basic research and those who have to meet the rapidly increasing demands in industrial production.

  Special PSE 2020 will be dedicated to “Plasma Technology for New Energy Concepts”. The development of new energy concepts has accelerated, with a lot of industrial effort dedicated to it. The reduction of CO2 footprint by efficiency improvements, energy storage concepts, usage of hydrogen as fuel, all require dedicated surface solutions. They will be addressed in many scientific and technological contributions allocated to the conference topics. The more applied aspects of new energy concepts will be shown and discussed in the industrial workshop during event D.



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