The 14th Int. Conf. on Ion Sources (ICIS11) was held on September 12th-16th, 2011 in Giardini Naxos, the old Greek village below Taormina, located just on the shore of the Ionian Sea. The location gave us the opportunity to look to the future developments of different research activity with the feet well placed in a magnificent past, as already experienced in 1997 (7th Int. Conf. on Ion Sources).
The Conference aimed to highlight the state of the art in Ion Sources Science & Technology, and to reinforce the common ground and synergies among the different actors in the field.
The ICIS conference series have a long history (recently: 2005 Caen, France; 2007 Jeju, Korea; 2009 Gatlinburg, TN, USA), promoting stimulating discussions and new collaborations.
The workshop took place in the halls of the Hilton Hotel, overlooking the rocky coast of the Ionian Sea. Two important archaeological sites are nearby, the Greek colonies of Naxos (founded in 753 BC and seat of the important temple of Apollon Archegetes) and Tauromenion, a fortified center that was remarkable even during the Roman domination). The area of Taormina has been appreciated by W. Goethe, T. Capote, A. Gide, S. Freud, G. Klimt, D.H. Lawrence, O. Wilde, Greta Garbo and others, because of plenty of opportunities it offers for well-being.