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The passage of an energetic heavy ion in material, creates a highly dense nanometer sized modified zone due to electronic excitation and collision cascades along the ion trajectory on a sub-nanosecond time scale. The unique feature of ion beam is widely used in materials engineering and characterization, which are the key areas of materials science research at IUAC and is the basic theme of the conference. The conference is the continuation of SHIMEC (Swift Heavy Ions in Materials Engineering  and Characterization) conference series organized at New Delhi. Its scope has been widened to include the regime of low energy ions as well and has been renamed as IBMEC. The last conference in the series (SHIMEC 2014) was held in October 2014.

        The conference will be preceded by an international school on “Ion Beams in Materials Science” which will cover the basic processes and fundamentals of the ion beam techniques.