Gettering and Defect Engineering in Semiconductor Technology 2015 —
30 Years of GADEST

September 20th to 25th, 2015, Bad Staffelstein, Germany

In 2015, it was 30 years since the first conference on Gettering and Defect Engineering in Semiconductor Technology (GADEST) was established in 1985 by Hans Richter of the Institute for Physics of Semiconductors of the Academy of Science of the former German Democratic Republic. From its beginning, it was intended as an international forum for experts in the field of semiconductor technology, semiconductor device physics and defect physics with participants from academia as well as from industry. Also from its beginning, the GADEST conferences brought together participants from eastern and western countries. Since 1985, GADEST has been organized biennially at typically remote sites to encourage interactions and discussions among the participants.

Statue of Adam Ries in Bad Staffelstein Following the tradition of the previous GADEST conferences, the 16th GADEST conference was held from Sunday, September 20th to Friday, September 25th, 2014 in Bad Staffelstein, Germany. Bad Staffelstein (see Venue) is a serene little town in a beautiful landscape known as "Gottesgarten am Obermain" (Eden on the Upper Main). The picture on the right hand side (source: Richard Huber, Wikimedia Commons) shows the statue of the town's most famous son. Adam Ries, a famous German mathematician born 1492 in Bad Staffelstein, introduced the Arabic numerals into European medieval calculation and for that he is generally considered to be the "father of modern calculating".

The topics of the conference (for details see Conference Topics) included both fundamental and technological aspects of defects in semiconductor materials and devices. Contributions were encouraged from nanoelectronics to power electronics and photovoltaics. As in the previous GADEST conferences, ample time was available for discussion and informal interactions between scientists and engineers coming from all over the world and representing different disciplines.

Being situated at the motorway from Nuremberg to Erfurt as well as at the ICE route from Munich to Berlin, Bad Staffelstein could be conveniently reached.