The conference series ICACS deals with physical and chemical phenomena induced by the interaction beams with condensed matter (surface, bulk of solids and liquids). Projectiles include singly and multiply charged ions, atoms and clusters, photons, electrons, positrons, antiprotons, etc. It started in 1965 in Aarhus (Denmark). The most recent meetings have been held in Caen (France 2018) ,Lanzhou (China, 2014), Debrecen (Hungary, 2014), Kyoto (Japan, 2012), Krakow (Poland, 2010) and Phalaborwa (South Africa, 2008). ICACS focuses on assessment of the state of the art in the current understanding of a variety of basic phenomena.
The conference series SHIM brings together the scientists performing the research with high-energy heavy ions in various fields, including radiation effects in solids, atomic physics, plasma physics, radiation biology and medicine, and nanotechnology. The series started in Caen (France) in 1989. The most recent meetings have been held in Caen (France 2018), Darmstadt (Germany, 2015), Kyoto (Japan, 2012) and Lyon (France, 2008). SHIM focuses on basic as well as applied research, including both theoretical and experimental aspects.
In 2018, both the ICACS and SHIM conferences took place jointly in Caen (France). The collaborative spirit of joint and specialized sessions during the work of the conferences proved to be mutually beneficial for both communities.
In 2020, ICACS and SHIM was planned again to be organized jointly at the University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland). Due to COVID-19 outbreak all over the world, the conferences are postponed to 2021. The conference program will comprise invited lectures as well as oral and poster presentations. There will be no parallel sessions. Proceedings are planned as a special issue of Nuclear Instruments and Methods B.