European Conference


25 Sep 2018 to 28 Sep 2018


International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL


The HERALD Summit will be the premier European conference in 2018 devoted solely to atomic level processing, covering atomic layer deposition (ALD), atomic layer etch and related nano fabrication techniques.  As the final meeting of the HERALD COST Action, the three-day Summit will include detailed discussions on the research achievements of HERALD and on future opportunities for collaboration, both within Europe and worldwide.  Ongoing projects and new funding proposals will be promoted so as to continue to build the ALD community.  The HERALD Summit will take place in Braga, Portugal from 25-28 September 2018.

HERALD Summit is an international event open to all interested participants.

Venue - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) 

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is the result of a joint decision of the Governments of Portugal and Spain, whereby the two Governments made clear their commitment to a strong cooperation in ambitious science and technology joint ventures for the future. INL has 47 000 m2 campus area, about 26 000 m2, providing 22 000 m2 of laboratory space and state-of-art equipment for various research areas. A guided visit to the INL is included in the Program. 



The main topics will give a good overview of the areas of science for atomic level controlled processing.

TOPIC 1: Mechanism, metrology and modelling ALD mechanisms.

TOPIC 2: Precursors and novel processes for ALD of inorganic materials and of organic-inorganic hybrid films (molecular layer deposition).

TOPIC 3: Surfaces and interfaces: nucleation, 2D materials, selective area ALD.

TOPIC 4: Devices: integrating ALD processes for oxides, sulfides and nitrides



Ana G. Silva, FCT-Nova, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Simon Elliott, Schrödinger, Ireland 


Lifeng Liu, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Braga, Portugal

Luis Marques, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal



Simon Elliott, Schrödinger (IE)

Ana Silva, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa (PT)

Wilhelmus Kessels, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL)

Anjana Devi, Ruhr-University Bochum (DE)

Lionel Santinacci, Aix-Marseille Universite, CNRS (FR)

Marek Godlewski, Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (PL)

Mato Knez, CIC, NanoGune, San Sebastian (ES)



Simon Elliott, Schrödinger (IE)

Ana Silva, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa (PT)

Claudia Wiemer, National Research Council of Italy (IT)

Uwe Schroder, TU Braunschweig, (DE)

Jolien Dendooven, Ghent University  (BE)

Jonas Sundqvist, Upsalla University (SE)



  • Prof. Dr Ralf Tonner, University of Marburg
  • Prof. Maarit Karppinen, Aalto University
  • Prof. Byungha Shin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Prof. Naoufal Bahlawane, Luxemburg Institute of Science & Technology 
  • Prof. Hongliang Lu, Fudan University
  • Prof Julien Bachmann, Friedrich- Alexander-Universität, Germany
  • Prof. Gregory Parsons, NC State University, USA
  • Prof. Dana Vasilijevic–Radovic, University of Belgrade
  • Dr. Jolien Dendooven, Ghent University


International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Braga Portugal, http://inl.int/

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, https://www.fct.unl.pt/en


PREMIUM SPONSOR: KASHIYAMA - Vacuum Solutions. https://de.kashiyama.com/en/

Since founding in 1946, We supplied vacuum pumps to the high-tech industry, as well as been involved in the ski resort business to engineer and manufacture snow making systems as the first Japanese company to meet the needs of the times. We have also more recently entered into the winery business in the beautiful natural surroundings of Nagano, Japan.

Best Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) PRIZE - EpiVALENCE http://epivalence.com/

EpiValence are proud to have supported numerous events during the project and we will be there again with a stand to enable all users to come and talk about their precursor requirements (current and for the future).  Also for those presenting their Student exchange visit work good luck in the race to the EpiValence sponsored “Best Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) award” for the most outstanding contribution and presentation at the meeting.

Best Herald Publication PRIZE - BENEQ - https://beneq.com/en/company

Beneq® is a leading supplier of Atomic Layer Deposition equipment and thin film coating services, and the world’s premier manufacturer of thin film electroluminescent displays.Beneq ALD coatings are extremely thin, pinhole-free and totally conformal. They enable longer product life cycles and wiser use of raw materials.

BRAGA CITY HALL sponsorship  






The deadline for submitting abstracts for oral presentation has past.  Abstracts may still be submitted for poster presentation until 27th July.  Please submit a one page abstract following the template (PDF at bottom of this web page), indicating the topic from the list above, by email to heraldsummit2018@gmail.com .  Abstract submission is open to all participants including exhibitors.


Abstract Submission for oral presentation                 30th June 2018 

Notification to the authors deadline                          10th July 2018

EXTENDED Deadline abstracts submission for poster presentation:      27th July 2018

Early-bird registration deadline                                1st August 2018

Close of registrations                                              8th September 2018



There is a "Registration fee" and a "Meals fee".  Both fees are mandatory for a full and valid registration to the HERALD Summit. Those receiving a travel grant from HERALD for this conference may claim reimbursement of the meals fee, but not of the registration fee.  Registration is now open and the early-bird rate will be available until 1st August 2018.  All fees are independent of number of days of attendance.

Herald Summit FEES - Early bird registrations (until 1st August 2018)

Meals fee: 80 € + Registration fee: 120 €

* Accompanying person - Single fee - 140 € : Welcome reception + Conference Dinner + Lunch (3)

After 1st August 2018

Meals fee: 80 € + Registration fee: 220 €

* Accompanying person - Single fee - 200 € : Welcome reception + Conference Dinner + Lunch (3)

For registrations https://inl.eventkey.pt/geral/inseririnscricao.aspx?evento=5&formulario=8&lingua=en-GB



HERALD is a unique network of ALD researchers from all around Europe and beyond, whose 250 members represent both large, well-established groups and also early-career investigators and new entrants to the field.  The HERALD Summit (25-28 Sep 2018, Braga, Portugal) will therefore provide many opportunities for you to promote your company and make contact with customers.  If you would like to exhibit at the Summit or provide sponsorship, as outlined below, please contact the organizers at heraldsummit2018@gmail.com.

Exhibitors are welcome to submit abstracts (information above).



For registration https://inl.eventkey.pt/geral/inseririnscricao.aspx?evento=5&formulario=9&lingua=en-GB

All packages below include one table and 2 chairs,1 wastebasket, carpeting, daily cleaning and electricity socket (220 V).

Package 1: space rental of 4 m2 area 1100 early-bird until 1st August 2018 (€1400 normal rate)

  • A 2.00 m x 2.00 m exhibition space
  • Rate for two days of space rental
  • Access to full programme for one person all days the event (25th – 28th September)
  • Flier in the participant bag.

Package 2: exhibition booth of 6 m2 area 1600 early-bird until 1st August 2018 (€1900 normal rate)

  • A 3.00 m x 2.00 m exhibition booth with resistant panels
  • Fascia board with company name
  • Rate for two days of space rental
  • Full entrance for one person all days the event (25th – 28th September)
  • Flier in the participant bag
  • Name and logo of the company on the website of the event

PREMIUM Package: exhibition booth of 6 m2 area 2600 early-bird until 1st August 2018 (€2900 normal rate)

  • A 3.00 m x 2.00 m exhibition booth with resistant panels
  • Fascia board with company name
  • Rate for exhibition during 25th – 28th September.
  • Entrance to full programme of HERALD Summit for two persons (25th – 28th September).
  • Flier in the participant bag.
  • Name, logo and short description of the company and link to the company on the website of the event

NOTE: If you wish to have a booth bigger than 6 m2, please contact the organizers at heraldsummit2018@gmail.com 


Lanyards (exclusive)


Flier insert in the bag & name and logo on the website of the event 


Small items insert in the bag


Prizes/Awards - exclusive


NOTE: Please contact the organizers if you have any question heraldsummit2018@gmail.com


FINAL and DETAILED PROGRAMME - Available below for download


25 September 2018 26 September 2018 27 September 2018 28 September 2018

Opening Greetings

TOPIC 3 Poster session
  TOPIC 1  TOPIC 3 INL Guided Visit
  Coffee break Coffee break  
  TOPIC 2 TOPIC 4 MC5 Final Meeting
  Lunch Lunch 13:00 Lunch
  International Dimension International Dimension  
  Coffee break Coffee break  
  TOPIC 2 ECI Network  
  TOPIC 2 ITC Session  
17:00 - Welcome at INL  TOPIC 2 New Actions & Networking  
  Industrial Perspective Group Photo  
18:30 - Welcome Reception at INL  Poster Session Conference Dinner  



The poster should be posted on 26th September morning and stay posted until 28th September.

Poster size: A0 format (width: 841 mm x Height: 1189 mm) (Portrait).



From OPORTO airport to Braga  - (options)  - Porto Airport | Porto International Airport ( OPO)

1. Taxi from Porto airport  to Braga (INL/Hotel), costing about € 50 each way. Anyway check the price with the taxi driver.

If you wish to book a taxi for a reduced price, through INL conference office, please contact the local organizer Lifeng.Liu@inl.int

2. From Porto airport take low cost bus transfer "GETBUS" to Braga, about €10. More information http://www.getbus.eu/index.php?lang=en&seccao=1 

3. At the airport take “Metro do Porto” to train station Porto-Campanhã http://www.metrodoporto.pt/en/; about 30 min, €4. Then by train from Porto-Campanhã  station to Braga train station. From Braga Train station you can either take a taxi (10-15 min, €8-9) or a bus to "Universidade do Minho" stop at INL and Melia Braga Hotel (€2).

From LISBOA/LISBON airport to Braga - (options)

1. From Lisboa airport take the Red line of “Metro de Lisboa” to the train station “Oriente”.  More information on “Metro de Lisboa” at https://www.metrolisboa.pt/en/ 

2. Alternatively, take a taxi from Lisboa Airport to Oriente train station, costing about €10.

From “Oriente” station there are rail connections from Lisbon to Braga main train station (journey takes 3 hours 50 minutes by “Alfa” or “IC” train, cost €50); more information on train connections at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/


  • Melia Braga Hotel & SPA (5 min from INL)   
  • Mercure Braga Centro Hotel (city center 20 min walking distance INL)   
  • Hotel Bracara Augusta (historical city center, 20 min walking distance INL)   
  • Hotel Lamaçães (10 min from INL) 
  • Hotel Ibis Braga  (historical city center, 20 min walking distance INL)   

Special prices for events at INL: Below you can find a PDF with special prices for events taking place at INL. The prices may change depending on the season. When booking -directly to the hotel - please mention the event.

In case of any difficulty regarding special prices agreement please contact the  local organizer:  Lifeng.Liu@inl.int

September is high season in Braga and Porto.

Organising Members: 

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