Current Meeting

VAT receipts cannot be provided as there is NO VAT content in the costs of the meeting.

Until 4th December 2017: delegate rate £70; student/unemployed/retired rate £40

Payment should be in GBP Sterling in advance. There is a deadline of 4th December 2017 for receipt of the reduced meeting fee of £70. From 4th – 25th December 2017 the fee will be increased to £80 and the fee for delegates paying on 26th December 2017 or later will be £90. The meeting fee for students who are not presenting is £40

Delegates who are not existing members of UKSAF will be charged an additional one-off joining fee of £10, which should be added to the meeting fees specified above.

Local hotels close to the venue are listed below, together with a n interactive Google Map of the local area with some hotels highlighted. Participants may wish also to view for other alternatives:

Briars Hall Hotel, Briars Lane, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 5TH
Tel: +44 (0) 1704 892368 Fax: +44 (0) 1704 892772
Email: Web:

Wrightington Hotel & Country Club, Moss Lane, Wrightington, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 9PB
Tel: +44 (0) 1257 425803 Fax: +44 (0) 1257 425830
Email: Web:

Holiday Inn - Haydock M6, Jct23, Lodge Lane, Newton Le Willows, WA12 0JG
Tel: +44 (0) 870 4009039 Fax: +44 (0) 1942 718419

By Rail
The nearest train station to the venue is Burscough Bridge. Direct trains are available from Manchester or Liverpool Lime Street. From Burscough station, it is approximately a 10 minute taxi journey from to the Technical Centre.

By Car
Those travelling by car from the South should leave the M6 at Junction 26 and onto the M58. Leave the M58 and Junction 4.

Those travelling by car from the North should leave the M6 at Junction 27 and onto the A5209 towards and through Parbold.

An informal social evening is planned at the Market Cross, meeting between 6.30 and 7 pm. Food is served until 8 pm.


Venue: The NSG Technical Centre, Lathom, Near Ormskirk.  A PDF of the programme, including abstracts, may be downloaded here

Time Speaker & Organisation  Title
9.30 - 10.00 Registration & Coffee
10.00 - 10.15 Graham Smith (UKSAF) & Mike Greenall (NSG) Welcome and Introduction
10.15 - 10.35 Kevin Sanderson, NSG Pilkington  An overview of the Thin Film technology at NSG (Pilkington)
10.35 - 11.05 Tim Veal, University of Liverpool  XPS, HAXPES and SIMS of transparent conducting oxide coatings: identifying and breaking mobility limits
11.05 - 11.35 Celine Noel, University of Namur, Belgium  Depth Profiling of Interface-Engineered Hybrid Solar Cells
11.35 - 12.00 Coffee & Poster Session
12.00 - 12.30 Neil Fox, University of Bristol Bristol NanoESCA Facility: a new platform for surface analysis
12.30 - 13.00 Andrew Hooke, University of Nottingham  Surface analysis and biomaterials discovery
13.00 - 14.05 Lunch & Posters
14.05 - 14.35 Jonathan Counsell, Kratos Analytical Depth profiling multilayer materials with rotation stage
14.35 - 14.50 Peter Weightman, University of Liverpool Opportunities for research on the FELIX suite of free electron lasers
14.50 - 15.05 Charles Clifford, NPL Update on Standards
15.05 - 15.30  Coffee & Posters
15.30 - 16.00 Robert Palgrave, UCL Quantitative phase analysis using XPS
16.00 - 16.30  Barry Brennan, NiCE-MSI ToF-SIMS of Characterisation of Graphene: Understanding the Impact of Contamination
16.30 - 17.00 Mark Buckwell, UCL Tomography of conductive features in thin films with atomic force microscopy