October 2017


Issue 80

Job Announcement (University of Potsdam, Germany)


Young, modern, and research oriented... the University of Potsdam has firmly established itself within the scientific landscape since its founding in 1991. Nationally and internationally renowned scientists teach and perform research here at Brandenburg largest university. The University of Potsdam is successful in acquiring third-party funds, delivers outstanding performance in technology and knowledge transfer, and has a very service-oriented administration. With about 20,000 students studying at three campuses - Am Neuen Palais, Griebnitzsee and Golm - the University of Potsdam is a prominent economic factor and engine of development for the region. The University of Potsdam has a total of about 2,750 faculty and staff members and is located in one of Germany most scenic areas. innoFSPEC Potsdam, the Innovation Centre (ZIK) for fibre-based Spectroscopy and Sensing, is a joint initiative of the Physical Chemistry Group at the University of Potsdam (UPPC) and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). Subject to the grant approval decision UPPC invites applications for:

2 Postdoctoral Scientist/Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in (40 hours per week = 100 %) or PhD Student /Doktorand/in (20 up to 26,7 hours per week 50-67 %) positions

Requisition No.: 157/2017

The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost). These are temporary positions up to 3 years.

innoFSPEC has set out to explore new frontiers in fiber-optical chemical sensing and multichannel spectroscopy. innoFSPEC provides excellent experimental facilities in a thriving interdisciplinary environment. Successful candidates will join the Research Group Innovative Fiber-Optical Sensing as soon as possible. The project will focus on the experimental analysis of optical properties of highly scattering and polydis-perse liquid dispersions consisting of particles or droplets. More details about the ZIK innoFSPEC can be found under www.innofspec.de .

Candidates should have a Diploma, Master or PhD in chemistry (Chemie), physics (Physik), applied mathematics (Angewandte Mathematik), engineering (Inge-nieurswissenschaften), or a related discipline, including experience in one or more of the following fields:

Laser spectroscopy and optical sensing

Light scattering

Fibre-optical instrumentation and photonics

Radio frequency electronics




12th International conference series on LASER-LIGHT AND INTERACTIONS WITH PARTICLES (LIP)

March 5th-9th, 2018, in College Station, Texas, https: https://atmo.tamu.edu/lip2018


The committees of the conference series on "Laser-light and Interactions with Particles" are pleased to inform you that the 12th edition of the LIP conference will be held on March 5th-9th, 2018, in College Station, Texas. Abstract submission opened on August 14th, 2017.


The conference will be focused on interactions between laser beams and particles, from theories to applications, encompassing in particular the following topics: far-field scattering, beam shape description, time-resolved scattering, mechanical effects of light, multiple scattering in dense media, complicated particle morphologies (overall shapes, micro-scale textures, and compositions), near fields and morphology-dependent-resonances, optical particle sizing and characterization methods, and more. 


Applications may range from multiphase flow characterization to aerosol science and atmospheric environment, biomedical optical engineering, remote manipulation of objects, plasma and soft matter physics or quantum electrodynamics in cavities. In addition, papers dealing with acoustical and quantum beams (scalar waves) however presenting significant enough correlations with the main issues of the conference will also be welcome.


A topical issue of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT) is also scheduled on the main topics of the LIP-2018.


Note that the LIP-2018 conference will be organized in parallel with the Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XVII) with four LIP-ELS joint plenary sessions on March 5th, 2018 for several keynote presentations.


More information on the abstract submission process can be found under: https://sites.google.com/a/tamu.edu/lip2018/authors/abstract-submission

More information on the registration can be found under: https://sites.google.com/a/tamu.edu/lip2018/registration

The direct link to the registration portal is the following: https://events.tamu.edu/EmsRegics/LIP2018


Note that the LIP-2018 conference will be organized in parallel with the Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XVII) and the registration process for both ELS and LIP participants is identical. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please send your inquiry to pstegmann (at) tamu.edu


Lastly, the organizing committee would like to strongly encourage all prospective attendants to BOOK YOUR HOTEL NOW, even if your attendance of the conference is not sure yet, as the NCAA Track and Field Championships will take place at the same time as the conference. There is no penalty for cancelling a hotel reservation until two days before arrival.

Suggestions for hotels for conference participants can be found here: https://sites.google.com/a/tamu.edu/lip2018/practial/accommodation



Cosmic Dust https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/


VENUE: Sagamihara Campus of JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuo-ku Sagamihara 252-5210 JAPAN

The campus is located in Sagamihara city, not far from Hakone at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and easy to access sightseeing places such as Yokohama and Kamakura, an ancient capital city.

DATE: Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17, 2018

OBJECTIVES: This series of Cosmic Dust meetings aims at finding a consensus among experts on the formation and evolution of cosmic dust: where it comes from and where it goes. The meeting is organized by dust freaks who are very enthusiastic not only to make the goal achievable but also to establish a dust community across every scientifically relevant discipline for the development of cosmic dust research. For this reason, the primary objective of the meeting is to bring together professionals who deal with cosmic dust as well as provide an opportunity for participants to develop interpersonal relationships and scientific interactions among themselves.

SCOPE: All kinds of cosmic dust (intergalactic dust, circumnuclear dust, interstellar dust, protoplanetary disk dust, debris disk dust, cometary dust, interplanetary dust, circumplanetary dust, stellar nebular condensates, presolar grains, micrometeorites, meteoroids, meteors, regolith particles, and planetary aerosols) are the subject of discussion. The meeting is open for any aspects of dust research by means of different methods of studies (in-situ and laboratory measurements, astronomical observations, laboratory and numerical simulations, theoretical modeling, data analyses, etc.). Also welcome are papers on dust-related topics, for example: the formation of molecules and their reactions on and their desorption from the surface of a solid substance; light scattering by non-spherical particles and particulate surfaces; and space missions and instrumentation for measurements of particulates.

ADMISSIONS APPLICATION: Please complete online meeting application at the CPS website in order to attend the meeting. The deadline for the application is May 13, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Japan Standard Time (GMT+09:00). Because the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 50, the online application does not guarantee admission to the meeting. Participants will be determined at the discretion of the SOC and all applicants will be notified of the admissions decision by May 31, 2018. Priority will be given to those who contribute oral or poster sessions and retain enthusiasm for discussions throughout the meeting. For further details, please visit the Cosmic Dust website https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/Application.html

REGISTRATION FEE: The early bird rate of 10,000 JPY is available for those who complete both admissions application and abstract submission by April 30, 2018. The registration fee for those who complete admissions application on and after May 1, 2018 is 15,000 JPY. While no payment is required at the time of admissions application and abstract submission, the registration fee should be paid by cash on arrival at the venue. No matter what circumstances are specified, the registration fee will not be waived.

BEST POSTER AWARD: The best poster award will be given to the most excellent content and presentation of a poster at the Cosmic Dust meeting, although higher priorities are given to posters by students and junior scientists. The award winner will be announced in the closing minutes of the meeting.

PROCEEDINGS: The proceedings of the meeting is planned to be published as a special issue of original papers (or in exceptional cases, review articles from invited speakers) in a peer-reviewed journal. All participants are strongly encouraged to publish a paper in this special issue of the journal, although paper submission to the proceedings is not obligatory. In recent

years, the proceedings were published in Planetary and Space Science:






30 April 2018, Deadline for Early-Bird Application

13 May 2018, Deadline for Admissions Application

31 May 2018, Notification of Admissions Decision

13-17 August 2018, Cosmic Dust

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (SOC): Jean-Charles Augereau (IPAG, France), Cornelia Jaeger (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany), Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University, Japan), Hiroshi Kimura (Chitec/PERC, Japan) [Chair], Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, USA), Aigen Li (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA), Takafumi Ootsubo (ISAS/JAXA, Japan)

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (LOC): Hiroki Chihara (Osaka Sangyo University), Takayuki Hirai (JAXA/CAC), Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University), Hiroshi Kimura (Chitec/PERC), Hiroshi Kobayashi (Nagoya University), Takaya Nozawa (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Tomomi Omura (Kobe University), Takafumi Ootsubo (ISAS/JAXA, Japan) [Chair], Hiroki Senshu (Chitec/PERC), Takashi Shimonishi (Tohoku University), Ryo Tazaki (Tohoku University), Koji Wada (Chitec/PERC), Shigeji Wakita (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

CONTACT INFORMATION: dust-inquiries@cps-jp.org Please mind that any email attachment will be blocked.

BRIEF HISTORY: The Cosmic Dust meeting started in 2006 as a session called Cosmic Dust of the 3rd AOGS (Asia-Oceania Geoscience Society) annual meeting in Singapore. Dust freaks have kept on organizing the session at subsequent AOGS meetings in Korea (2008), India (2010), and Taiwan (2011). The Cosmic Dust series has been recognized as the most successful session of the AOGS Planetary Sciences Section. In 2012, the time was ripe to be free from organizing restrictions on the AOGS meeting. From that time on, the Cosmic Dust meeting is totally independent of any international conference. The past meetings on Cosmic Dust have been held in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. So will be the coming one!