February 2015

Issue 66


Asian-Oceanian Geoscience Society (AOGS) Annual meeting

Singapore, 2 - 7 August 2015

Abstracts due 28 February 2105

We kindly invite you to attend the AOGS-2015 meeting and participate in the following sessions:

Session PS03: Polarimetry of Planetary Systems: Observations, Theory and Models
Polarimetry is currently enjoying a rejuvenation in various astronomical applications. As a complementary techinque to imaging and spectroscopy,
polarization allows the investigation of scatttering properties of variety of media ranging from planetary atmospheres, comets, small bodies (planetary
satellites, asteroids, Kuiper Belt objects, etc.) to detection and characterization of exoplanets, brown dwarfs, star and planet forming regions; characterization of magnetic fields and search for optically active molecules in a search for habitability elsewhere than our earth. We invite contributions from observers, modellers, laboratory measurements, instrument designers and missions. We anticipate half to one day of presentations including oral and poster contributions.
Padma A Yanamandra-Fisher (Space Science Institute, United States), padmayf@gmail.com
Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, United States),
Shashikiran Ganesh (Physical Research Laboratory, India),
Lucyna Chudczer (University of New South Wales, Australia),
Vijay Natraj (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States),
Jun Takahashi (University of Hyogo, Japan),
Motohide Tamura (The University of Tokyo, Japan),

Session PS04: Comets, Asteroids and Other Small Bodies of the Solar System: From 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to Chariklo
The composition and physical properties of Small Solar System Bodies (SSSBs), remnants of the formation of planets, are key to better understand
our solar system. Increased knowledge of their surface properties and their potential as resources are also necessary to prepare for robotic and human
exploration. Missions such as ESA/Rosetta, ESA/Gaia, NASA/OSIRIS-Rex, JAXA/Hyabusa-2, NASA/Dawn and NASA/New Horizons, to study asteroids, comets,
dwarf planets and TNOs are poised to provide new information on SSSBs. This session welcomes abstracts on the remarkable results bringing
information on the internal structure and composition of SSSBs based on space and ground-based data, numerical models, as well as instrument/mission
concepts in the prospect of future exploration, including Rosetta/67P, C/SidingSpring, C/2014 Q1, C/2012 K1, Chariklo, Ceres, Vesta.. We anticipate
a half-day to a full day session.
Padma A Yanamandra-Fisher (Space Science Institute, United States), padmayf@gmail.com
Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, United States),
Shashikiran Ganesh (Physical Research Laboratory, India),
Joo Hyeon Kim (Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Korea, South),
Jian-Yang Li (Planetary Science Institute, United States),
Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd (Univ. of P and M Curie, France),

ELS-XV: Announcement and Call for Abstracts


Electromagnetic and Light Scattering XV: Celebrating 150 Years of Maxwell's Electromagnetics



The 15th International Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering will take place 21-26 June 2015 in Leipzig, Germany.


The objective of the ELS-conference is to bring together scientists and engineers studying various aspects of light scattering, for example:


-new theoretical developments and numerical simulations of light scattering by nonspherical and morphologically complex particles and particle groups

-laboratory and field experiments in light scattering by natural and artificial particles

-applications of light scattering in remote sensing, particle detection, laboratory and field particle characterization


The conference will provide a relaxed atmosphere for a week full of in-depth discussions of theoretical advances, measurements and applications. Enjoy the green city of Leipzig during the social event with its culture, history and parks.


The deadline for the abstract submission is 1 March 2015.


The scientific scope, all the information about registration, venue, accommodation and financial support can be found on the web site:  http://els-xv-2015.net/


Some financial support will be available with preference, but not exclusively, to students and scientists from less developed countries. The appropriate form and information about applying for such support is also available at the web site.




Andreas Macke & Michael Mishchenko




Polarization in the Sun, the Solar System, and Beyond  

3rd SOLARNET Workshop, 25-28 May 2015, Granada, Spain


Second Announcement

The 3rd SOLARNET Workshop Polarization in the Sun, the Solar System, and Beyond will take place in Granada (Spain) on 25-28 May 2015. It is organized by the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA-CSIC). SOLARNET is an international project promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes and funded by the European Commission (see www.solarnet-east.eu). The goal of this workshop is to present the latest advances in astronomical polarimetry and spectropolarimetry, with a focus on the sun, solar system bodies, stars, and exoplanets. We also aim at bringing together the different communities and fostering collaborations between them. In order to provide a detailed account of the latest developments in these areas, including instrumentation, measurement techniques, data analysis and interpretation. The following sessions have been scheduled:

- Instrumentation (ground, space, laboratory)

- Diagnostics and Interpretation

- Solar Photosphere

- Solar Chromosphere, Transition Region, and Corona

- Polarization in the Solar System and Exoplanetary Systems

- Stellar Magnetic Fields

Invited speakers are being contacted and will be announced soon on the workshop website at http://spg.iaa.es/Workshop


The workshop will be carried out right after the 3rd SOLARNET School on Solar Magnetic Fields: Modeling and Measuring Techniques (18-23 May 2015, Granada, Spain). See http://spg.iaa.es/School for more information.


Important dates

27 February 2015:  Abstract submission deadline

16 March 2015: Selection of contributions by the SOC

31 March 2015: Early registration deadline

25-28 May 2015: Workshop



The registration fee is 225 euros before 31 March and 300 euros after that. Students attending the 3rd SOLARNET school will enjoy a reduced fee of 50 euros before 31 March. 


The registration fee will cover the coffee breaks, 4 lunches at the conference venue, the conference dinner, and a night visit to the Alhambra palace.

Online registration and abstract submission will be opened in January 2015 at http://spg.iaa.es/Workshop



Granada is a small university town in the south of Spain, with a lively cultural and social atmosphere. May is one of the best months to enjoy the city, home to the famous Alhambra, with warm temperatures both during the day and at night. Granada is well connected to Madrid by airplane and can also be easily reached by bus from Malaga international airport (travel time is one hour and a half).  The workshop will be held at Hotel Andalucia Center http://www.hotelescenter.es/en/hotel-andalucia-center-granada/. We have made a block reservation at a negotiated rate of 69.3 euro per night including breakfast and taxes. The hotel is conveniently located with many restaurants and bars within walking distance. It is only 15 minutes away from the city center on foot. Hotel reservation will be opened in January 2015.


Scientific Organizing Committee

L. Bellot Rubio (Chair, IAA-CSIC), 

J. de la Cruz Rodriguez (Stockholm University) 

M. Faurobert (Universite de Nice) 

K. Ichimoto (Kyoto University) 

H. Lin (University of Hawaii) 

B. Lites (HAO) 

V. Martinez Pillet (NSO) 

O. Munoz (IAA-CSIC)

F. Snik (Leiden University) 

K. Strassmeier (AIP) 

R. Schlichenmaier (KIS) 

A. Title (LMSAL) 

J. Trujillo Bueno (IAC) 

F. Zuccarello (Universita di Catania, INAF)


Local Organizing Committee

S. Esteban Pozuelo, M. Gosic, I. Requerey, J.C. del Toro Iniesta, L. Bellot Rubio (IAA-CSIC)


Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth Observation/Remote Sensing at the Department of Physics and Technology

Application deadline: 10 February 2015


UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a Postdoctoral Fellow position vacant. The position is attached to the Department of Physics and Technology and the research group in Earth Observation (EO). The position of Postdoctoral Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of two years. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic position. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the same institution. Further information about the position is available by contacting:

Associate Professor Camilla Brekke, phone: +47 776 46297, email: camilla.brekke@uit.no

Professor and Head of Department Torbjorn Eltoft, phone: +47 776 45184, email: torbjorn.eltoft@uit.no

The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on this page (www.jobbnorge.no). All necessary attachments must also be uploaded via this system.

For details see http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/108752/postdoctoral-fellow-in-earth-observation-remote-sensing-at-the-department-of-physics-and-technology