On behalf of the IVEC-2020 Organizing Committee I want to thank all the members of the Vacuum Electronics (VE) Community who participated, supported, and presented their research work at IVEC 2020. I also want to thank our extraordinary plenary speakers for their excellent lectures, and our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for staying with the conference through these trying times. I also want to thank the team at Palisades Convention Management (PCM) for adapting rapidly to the challenging times and working with us and the CadmiumCD team to create a virtual IVEC.

The technical paper presenters and the session chairs and moderators also adapted rapidly to this entirely new format for presenting their research work. We thank all of you for the feedback that you have given thus far and await more suggestions for improvements in the format of the conference.

The contents of the virtual conference will be available until November 6, which will include recordings of the live events. The conference digest will also be available until November 6 at the link that was emailed to the participants.

I encourage you to make your plans to attend IVEC 2021, which will be held as a virtual event from April 28-30, 2021, along with a short course on April 27. Additional details about IVEC 2021 are available  here. They have already announced an exceptional line-up of plenary speakers.

As we come to the close of IVEC 2020, I am pleased to announce that the General Chair for IVEC 2022 will be Dr. Jack Tucek of Northrop Grumman Corporation. He did an exemplary job in helping organize the first fully virtual IVEC and I am confident that IVEC 2022 will be an extraordinary conference. The Technical Program Chair for IVEC 2022 is Dr. Max Mankin of Modern Electron Corporation.

Once again, I thank all of you for attending IVEC and the IVEC 2020 organizing committee for giving me this opportunity to run this grand experiment of a virtual conference. There is nothing that pleases an experimentalist like me more than seeing an experiment turn on for the first time and work. It has been a great honor and privilege to be part of IVEC 2020.

I wish you all a safe and healthy 2020.

Jagadishwar R. Sirigiri
Bridge12 Technologies, Inc.
General Chair, IVEC-2020