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Aug 30th - Sep 04th 2009
Auditorium Paganini e Centro Congressi di Parma - Italy
The curtain has now fallen on the 26th edition of the European Conference on Surface Science and I think it can be said that Ecoss 26 has been a great success.
Thus, I would like to thank all the people who contributed to it: the 4 plenary and 54 invited speakers, the organizers, the Institutions who gave their patronage, the 19 exhibitors the 5 sponsors, and, naturally, the partecipants.

The conference was attended by 661 participants coming from 36 countries (455 established scientists and 204 students; 495 male and 166 female). They contributed to a rich and wide programme composed of 58 invited talks, 342 oral presentation and 211 poster contributions, divided into 17 topics and 6 dedicated symposia.

This conference was dedicated to Prof. Andrea Levi in the occasion of his 70-th birthday, and has commemorated two great scientists: Victoria Buch and Giovanni Boato.

I am very glad to say that we had a hard competition for the Ecoss prize and for the Best Poster prize, which were awarded to Christian Schwalb (Switzerland) and to Mao Ye (Japan), respectively.

Finally, a particular thank must go to dr. Mariachiara Lupi who was in charge of the scientific secretariat.

The next appointment will be in Groningen in the Netherlands ( I wish the next organizers a great success and hope to meet you all there for learning about the new and exciting developments of our research field.

Prof. Mario Agostino Rocca
Conference Chair

Mario Rocca
Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
IMEM-CNR and Dipartimento di Fisica, UniversitÓ di Genova
Via Dodecaneso 33, Genova, Italy