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The 17th biennial EISCAT Symposium and 42AM Optical Meeting will be held from 14-18 September 2015 in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. 

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been selected to host the 17th biennial EISCAT symposium and the 42nd annual optical meeting (42AM) meeting. This is a first for South Africa and will also be the first time these two conferences will be held concurrently to encourage interdisciplinary networking.


17th biennial European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) symposium

The EISCAT Scientific Association is an international non-governmental research organisation operating three incoherent scatter radar systems and a high-power ionospheric modification facility in northern Fenno-Scandinavia. Radars are located at Longyearbyen (Svalbard island) and Tromso in Norway, Kiruna in Sweden, and Sodankyla in Finland, all in the high Arctic. The ionosphere "heater" is located in Tromso. This network of instrumentation is used to study the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the ionosphere and magnetosphere, as well as auroral and ionospheric physics and fundamental plasma physics. EISCAT is funded and operated by research councils of China, Finland, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (collectively, the EISCAT Associates) with significant contributions from Russia, the European union and other nations. The EISCAT Associates organise a biennial scientific symposium, usually rotating between the member countries. 2015 will be only the second time the symposium has been held in a non-EISCAT country.


42nd Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods (42AM)

The Annual Meetings (AM) have been held every year without interruption since the early 1970s and attract scientists and graduate students from all European countries as well as Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA. The meetings aim to exchange experiences, share scientific results, as well as plan and coordinate ongoing and future research. Europe and its collaborators have a vibrant and diverse research community studying all aspects of the Earth’s atmosphere from ground level to space using optical methods, both active and passive. The 42nd AM meeting will cover all aspects of atmospheric optical science, the various atmospheric layers (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere), aerosols, clouds, airglows, dusty plasmas, the aurora as well as instrument calibration.

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