February 2019

Issue 88


13th conference on Laser-light and Interactions with Particles (LIP2020)

Website: http://lip-conference.org/

Host institution & dates: Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IF-PAS)- August 22-28th, 2020, Warsaw, Poland

Abstract deadline: March 1st, 2020


Dear Colleagues,

The 13th international conference series on Laser-light and Interactions with Particles (LIP) - Optical Particle Characterization follow-up will be organized by the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IF-PAS) on August 22-28th, 2020, Warsaw, Poland. The conference is focused on interactions between laser beams and particles, from theory to practice, encompassing in particular the following fundamental topics : particle characterization methods (interferometric, holographic, polarimetric, spectral, static,dynamic,...), near-field, far-field and time-resolved scattering, plasmonics and other resonances, complex shaped particles and aggregates, multiple scattering and random media (dense, turbulent,...), mechanical effects of light (particle manipulation, force measurement, optical tweezer,...), laser beams description (contributions acoustical and quantum beams are also welcomed) and application domains: two-and multiphase-flow characterization ( combustion, spray, bubbly flow...), aerosol science and atmospheric environment (nucleation, transport,characterization...), plasma and soft matter physics (nanocristallites, Coulomb crystals, colloids, aggregation, ,...), remote sensing (lidar, communication,...), biomedical optical engineering (cell manipulation and properties, micro rheology, ...)


Proceedings (with ISBN) will be edited and a special issue on LIP topics is foreseen in JQSRT.

Hoping to see you in Warsaw!


Best regards, F. Onofri, G. Gouesbet, D. Jackubczyk & M. Kolwas (Conveners of LIP2020 )



Cosmic Dust XII meeting

WEBSITE: https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/

VENUE: Chiba Institute of Technology, Tsudanuma 2-17-1 Narashino, Chiba 275-0016, JAPAN

DATE: Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16, 2019


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 such as

intergalactic, interstellar and circumnuclear dust

protoplanetary and debris disk dust

cometary, interplanetary, and circumplanetary dust

stellar nebular condensates and presolar grains

micrometeorites, meteoroids, and 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

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 8, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Japan Standard Time (UTC+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, 2019. 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.



REGISTRATION FEE: The early bird rate of 10,000 JPY (ca. $100) is available for those who complete both admissions application and abstract submission by April 24, 2019. The registration fee for those who complete admissions application on and after May 25, 2019 is 15,000 JPY (ca. $150). While no payment is required at the time of admissions application and abstract submission, the registration fee should be paid once admittance is guaranteed. No matter what circumstances are specified, the registration fee will not be waived. The payment of the registration fee permits free admission to all scientific sessions, daily coffee breaks, a banquet, and an excursion.



24 April 2019, Deadline for Early-Bird Application

8 May 2019, Deadline for Admissions Application

31 May 2019, Notification of Admissions Decision

12-16 August 2019, Cosmic Dust


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:






Jean-Charles Augereau (IPAG, France)

Takayuki Hirai (Chitec/PERC)

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)



Hiroki Chihara (Osaka Sangyo University)

Takayuki Hirai (Chitec/PERC) [Chair]

Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University)

Hiroshi Kimura (Chitec/PERC)

Hiroshi Kobayashi (Nagoya University)

Takaya Nozawa (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Takaya Okamoto (ISAS/JAXA)

Tomomi Omura (Kobe University)

Takafumi Ootsubo (ISAS/JAXA)

Hiroki Senshu (Chitec/PERC)

Takashi Shimonishi (Tohoku University)

Ryo Tazaki (Tohoku University)

Koji Wada (Chitec/PERC)


CONTACT INFORMATION: Hiroshi Kimura 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 conferences and professional associations. The past meetings on Cosmic Dust have been held in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. So will be the coming one!


Cosmic Lab Workshop

WEBSITE: http://www.perc.it-chiba.ac.jp/meetings/labo/

VENUE: Chiba Institute of Technology, Narashino, Chiba, JAPAN

DATE: Monday, March 25 - Tuesday, March 26, 2019


The international workshop Cosmic Lab aims at sharing know-how, experience, and ideas to perform advanced research on extraterrestrial materials in space. Knowledge sharing is set for the goal, because it helps us to improve currently available methods and find novel approaches to test a hypothesis. A workshop-style engagement with experts in their respective fields is anticipated to provide not only great opportunities for young researchers to learn lessons and newcomers to begin with but also a step to better brainstorming. Therefore, the Cosmic Lab workshop offers an ideal platform for knowledge sharing and better brainstorming over various types of research in so-called cosmic environments (i.e., an extremely ultra-high vacuum, microgravity, and/or harsh radiation). More specifically, in Cosmic Lab , knowledge sharing and better brainstorming are targeted to: space-borne in-situ measurements; balloon-, rocket-, and satellite-borne experiments; space-telescopic observations including, but not limited to, ground-based experiments for preparation, development, and calibration of instruments onboard spacecraft, and detailed analyses of data achieved in the outer space. Numerical simulations and theoretical predictions for the detection of extraterrestrial materials are also welcome. In this regard, Cosmic Lab is open to and takes an interdisciplinary approach to any research activities beyond ground-based observatories and laboratories.


INVITEES (confirmed):

Jun Aoki (Osaka Univ., Japan) Development of multi-turn mass spectrometry system on board space explorer OKEANOS

Yuki Kimura (Hokkaido Uni., Japan) Sounding rocket: a tool for understanding DUST formation under microgravity environment

Harald Krueger (MPS, Germany) Galileo, Ulysses, Cassini in-situ dust measurements

Shuji Matsuura (Kwansei Gakuin Univ., Japan) Cosmic infrared background experiments by sounding-rockets and interplanetary missions

Itsuki Sakon (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan) Understanding the properties of dust and organics synthesized in classical novae based on observations and experiments

Sho Sasaki (Osaka Univ., Japan) Development of TOF (time-of-flight) dust analyzer

Xiaoping Zhang (MUST, China) New view on lunar dust and a dust detector concept for comet mission


ADMISSIONS: 20 participants. Admissions decisions are in principle made on a first come, first served basis, but priority is in practice given to an energetic registrant.

ONLINE REGISTRATION: https://goo.gl/forms/Bzc5PzavI1NnLbMq1. Accepted registrants will receive the latest information on the workshop, provided that the registration form is submitted by Monday, March 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. JST (UTC+9).

REGISTRATION FEE: 500 JPY (ca. $5) While no payment is required at the time of online registration, 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.


IGNITERS: Hiroshi Kimura, Takayuki Hirai, Hiroki Senshu, Koji Wada (PERC)

CONTACT: Hiroshi Kimura inquiries4labo@perc.it-chiba.ac.jp