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Program Information

The conference outline structure is:

  • 11-12 September: EISCAT SOC closed meeting at SANSA.
  • 12-13 September: Radar school at SANSA.
  • 13 September: Conference participants arrive and welcome dinner braai (barbeque) buffet at SANSA.
  • 14 September: Opening ceremony and Science sessions.
  • 15 September: Science sessions.
  • 16 September: Outings (Whale watching OR Penguin colony), tour of SANSA and group photo, Wine tasting, Gala banquet.
  • 17 September: Science sessions.
  • 18 September: Science sessions and closing ceremony.


The conference organisors will provide:

  • Airport shuttles on Sunday 13 September (EISCAT SOC members on Thursday 10 September and Radar school participants on Friday 11 September), if you have registered with us.
  • Welcome dinner buffet on Sunday 13 September early evening (full fee only). This will be a braai (barbeque) buffet at SANSA. Limited transport will be provided from the NG Kerk to SANSA. Please see map on
  • Morning/afternoon tea/coffee during weekday sessions.
  • A choice of outings (Whale watching by boat OR Penguin colony by bus, both about 3 hours) on Wednesday 16 September morning (full fee only). Transport will be provided.
  • Visit to SANSA on Wednesday 16 September afternoon. Transport will be provided.
  • A wine tasting experience on Wednesday 16 September late afternoon (full fee only). Transport will be provided.
  • Gala banquet on Wednesday 16 September evening (full fee only). Transport will be provided.
  • Airport shuttles service on Saturday 19 September, if you have registered with us.
  • WiFi at the conference venue. Bandwidth will be limited and adequate for emails: Downloads, videos and skype will not be possible.


The conference organisors cannot provide:

  • Accommodation (except for South African students during radar school).
  • Breakfasts (except for students during radar school).
  • Lunches (except for students during radar school).
  • Dinners beyond the Welcome Buffet and Gala Banquet (except for students during radar school).
  • Transport between your accommodation and conference venues (except for EISCAT SOC meeting 11-12 September amd Radar school 12-13 September).


No optical calibration workshop will be organised on this occasion.

Conference sessions

All session will take place in the Municipal Auditorium (please see map on location tab). The entrance is on the corner of Duiker Street and Harmony Avenue.

Conference sessions are divided into the follow approximate times:

Early morning: 09:00-10:20

Tea break (40 minutes)

Late morning: 11:00-12:20

Lunch: 12:30-14:30 (2 hours. Get your own lunch in town.)

Early afternoon: 14:30-15:40

Tea break (40 minutes)

Late afternoon: 16:30-17:30


OPENING 09:00-10:20 (Monday early morning, chair Mike Kosch)

Conference host


Deputy-Director General, Department of Science and Technology

Mayor of Hermanus

Chair of EISCAT Council

A brief overview of SANSA


RADAR TECHNIQUES (Monday late morning, chair David Hysell) 

  1. 11:00-11:20 Unmatched Filtering of Alternating Codes. T. Grydeland, and B. Gustavsson.


AIRGLOW & AURORA (Monday late morning, chair David Hysell) 

  1. 11:20-11:50 Recent observations of thermospheric dynamics: the advance in imaging detector technology produces exciting science. John Meriwether.

  2. 11:50-12:10 Trends in OH* layer altitude and density from SABER data - comparison with LIMA model output. F. Mulligan.

  3. 12:10-12:30 A new method for measuring the neutral temperature in the F-region ionosphere during low energy aurora. D. K. Whiter, B. S. Lanchester, and B. Gustavsson.

AIRGLOW & AURORA (Monday early afternoon, chair Frank Mulligan)

  1. 14:30-14:50 Evolution of auroral structures and heights at substorm onsets. Noora Partamies, Daniel Whiter, Liisa Juusola, Kirsti Kauristie and Stefano Massetti.

  2. 14:50-15:10 Long-term spectral observations of aurora and airglow in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Yasunobu Ogawa, Hiroshi Miyaoka, Takeshi Sakanoi, Shin Suzuki, Makoto Taguchi, and Akira Kadokura.


INFRASTRUCTURE & FACILITIES (Monday early afternoon, chair Frank Mulligan) 

  1. 15:10-15:40 EISCAT_3D Status and Capabilities. Craig Heinselman.

  2. 15:40-16:00 EISCAT and collaborations between research infrastructures. Anders Tjulin, Ingrid Mann, Ingemar Häggström, and Carl-Fredrik Enell.
  3. 16:00-16:20 From tracking Superfast Auroral Waves to applications in wildfire detection using space-time video analytics. G. Hough, M. Kosch, and R. Piek.

INFRASTRUCTURE & FACILITIES (Monday late afternoon, chair Mike Taylor)

  1. (cancelled) ALOMAR Observatory at Andøya Space Center – status and prospects. Kolbjørn Blix Dahle, and Sandra Blindheim.


ACTIVE EXPERIMENTS (Tuesday early morning, chair Mike Rietveld) 

  1. 09:00-09:20 The C-REX sounding rocket – optical data. D.A. Lorentzen, M. Conde, P.G. Ellingsen, L. Baddeley, F. Sigernes, and D. L. Hampton.

  2. 09:20-09:40 Aeronomy research employing ionospheric modifications. David Hysell.

  3. 09:40-10:00 Mode Conversion in the Ionosphere during O-mode and X-mode Heating. P. D. Cannon, and F. Honary.

  4. 10:00-10:20 The Magnetic Zenith Effect: Observation and Simulation. F. Honary, P. D. Cannon, and N. Borisov.

ACTIVE EXPERIMENTS (Tuesday late morning, chair Antti Kero)

  1. 11:00-11:20 Investigation of the magnetic zenith effect during HF-pumping of ionospheric F-region plasma. Thomas Leyser, Björn Gustavsson, Tima Sergienko, Urban Brändström, and Mike Rietveld.

  2. 11:20-11:40 Do ionospheric irregularities focus UHF radar waves? M. T. Rietveld and A. Senior.

  3. 11:40-12:00 Effects in the high latitude ionosphere F-region induced by extraodinary HF pump waves: Dependence on the ratio of the heater frequency to the critical frequencies. N.F. Blagoveshchenskaya, T.D. Borisova, A.S. Kalishin, T. Yeoman, and I. Häggström.

  4. 12:00-12:20 Results of ionospheric heating experiments involving the enhancement in electron density in the high latitude ionosphere. Wu Jun, Wu Jian, and Xu Zhengwen.

ACTIVE EXPERIMENTS (Tuesday early afternoon, chair Nataly Blagoveshchenskaya)

  1. 14:20-14:40 Estimating the topside thermospheric neutral density and ionospheric anomalous electric field at EISCAT. M.J. Kosch, Y. Yamazaki, N. Blagoveshchenskaya, Y. Ogawa, and M. Rietveld.
  2. 14:40-15:00 Can HF pumping of the auroral ionosphere affect auroral arc?. Tima Sergienko, and Urban Brändström.
  3. 15:00-15:20 Optical Estimates of ionospheric ion-drifts during HF-heating experiments. Björn Gustavsson, and Mike Kosch.

  4. 15:20-15:40 Direct ISR measurement of the D-region electron gas heating and cooling times. Antti Kero, and Ilkka Virtanen.


IONOSHERE/THERMOSPHERE(1) (Tuesday late afternoon, chair Esa Turunen)

  1. 16:20-16:40 Aperture synthesis imaging of Farley-Buneman turbulence in the auroral E region. David Hysell.

  2. 16:40-17:00 Observations of Plasma-Lines enhanced by auroral precipitation. Björn Gustavsson, Herbert Gunell, and Hervé Lamy.

  3. 17:00-17:20 Using EISCAT vertical velocities to assess mechanisms for ion outflow. Stein Haaland, Lisa Baddeley, and Lukas Maes.


Wednesday (all day)

OUTINGS (Whale watching or penguin colony). Tours leave promptly by bus at 08:00 Wednesday from the Municipal Auditorium. Return approximately noon.

SANSA VISIT. Bus leaves Municipal Auditorium promptly at 15:00. Tea/coffee at SANSA. Group photo. Walking tour of SANSA.

WINE TASTING & BANQUET (full fee participants only). Bus leaves SANSA promptly at 17:30 for wine farm and restaurant in Hemel & Aarde valley.


RADAR & OPTICS (Thursday early morning, chair Yasunobu Ogawa)  

  1. 09:00-09:30 Meeting the E3-D science case requires coordinated ISR and optical observations. Björn Gustavsson

  2. 09:30-09:50 Vertically localised ion line enhancements observed during auroral precipitation. Nickolay Ivchenko , Nicola Schlatter, Alexander Karlsson , Lorenz Roth, and Hanna Dahlgren.

  3. 09:50-10:10 Novel radar and optical observations of black auroras in the upper atmosphere. Amoré Nel and Michael Kosch.

  4. 10:10-10:30 Co-ordinated EISCAT and optical measurements of multiple equatorward propagating auroral arcs. L. J. Baddeley, D. A. Lorentzen, K. Oksavik, W. Denig , N. Partamies, and X. Chen.


 PHOTOMETRY & IMAGING (Thursday late morning, chair Nickolay Ivchenko)

  1. 11:10-11:30 A climatological study of short-period gravity waves and ripples at Davis Station Antarctica (68 ̊S, 78 ̊E) during the period 1999-2013. S. Rourke, F.J. Mulligan, W.J.R. French. and R.P. Lowe.

  2. 11:30-11:50 Temporal Evolution of “Ice-voids” in NLC-displays Observed from the Ground. Jacek Stegman, Pierre-Dominique Pautet, and Michael J. Taylor.

  3. 11:50-12:10 Preliminary results from the total solar eclipse campaign on Svalbard 2015. F. Sigernes, P. G. Ellingsen, S. E. Holmen, P. Brekke, A. Danielsen, B. Olsen, M. Syrjäsuo, X. Chen, M. Dyrland, N. P artamies, L. Baddeley, D. A. Lorentzen, M. Krogtoft, T. Dragland, H. Mortensson, L. Smistad, K. Oksavik, and S. Habbal.

  4. 12:10-12:30 Imaging the solar corona under the total eclipse 20th March 2015 on Svalbard. Pål G. Ellingsen, Fred Sigernes, and Dag Lorentzen.

PHOTOMETRY & IMAGING (Thursday early afternoon, chair John-Bosco Habarulema) 

  1. 14:30-15:00 Novel Temperature Investigations of Mesospheric Mountain Waves. M.J. Taylor, P.-D. Pautet, Y. Zhao, D. C. Fritts, B. Williams, N. Criddle, S. Smith, S. Franke, J. Hecht, W.R. Pendleton, Jr, R. Esplin, and D. McLain.   


IONOSHERE/THERMOSPHERE(2) (Thursday early afternoon, chair John-Bosco Habarulema) 

  1. 15:00-15:20 Contribution of proton and electron precipitation to the observed electron concentration in October–November 2003 and September 2005. P. T. Verronen, M. E. Andersson, A. Kero, C.-F. Enell, J. M. Wissing, E. R. Talaat, K. Kauristie, M. Palmroth,   T. E. Sarris, and E. Armandillo.

  2. 15:20-15:40 Swarm and ESR observations of the ionospheric response to a field-aligned current system in the high-latitude midnight sector. F. Pitout, A. Marchaudon, P.-L. Blelly, X. Bai, F. Forme, S.C. Buchert, and D.A. Lorentzen.

  3. 15:40-16:00 Swarm Langmuir probe measurements compared with IS radar data. Stephan C. Buchert, Laurianne Palin, Hermann Opgenoorth, and Yasunobu Ogawa.

IONOSHERE/THERMOSPHERE(2) (Thursday late afternoon, chair Dan Whiter)

  1. 16:40-17:00 Evaluation of IRI-2012 by comparison with JASON-1 TEC and incoherent scatter radar observations during the 2008-2009 solar minimum period. Eun-Young Ji, Geonhwa Jee, and Young-Bae Ham.

  2. 17:00-17:20 Long-term variations in electric conductivities measured by the EISCAT Tromsø UHF radar. L.M. Bjoland,  Y. Ogawa , C. La Hoz, C.M. Hall, M.T. Rietveld, U.P. Løvhaug , H. Miyaoka.

  3. 17:20-17:40 Response of the high-latitude ionosphere to geomagnetic activity during the solar minimum of 2007-2009. Y. Yamazaki, M. Kosch, and Y. Ogawa.

IONOSHERE/THERMOSPHERE(2) (Friday early morning, Dag Lorentzen)

  1. 09:00-09:20 Diurnal variations of electron density at mid- to high-latitudes in summer during the 2008-2009 solar minimum period. Eun-Young Ji, and Geonhwa Jee.

  2. 09:20-09:40 Direct observations of the full Dungey convection cycle in the polar ionosphere for southward interplanetary magnetic field conditions. Q.–H. Zhang, M. Lockwood, J.C. Foster, S.–R. Zhang, B.–C. Zhang, I.W. McCrea, J. Moen, M. Lester, and J. Michael Ruohoniemi.

  3. 09:40-10:00 Coordinated observations of Pc5 pulsation events using SuperDARN, magnetometer and satellite data. Z. Mtumela, J.A.E. Stephenson, and A.D.M. Walker.

  4. 10:00-10:20 Observation for the neutral wind and temperature in the polar upper atmosphere by Fabry-Perot interferometer at Jang Bogo Station, Antarctica. Changsup Lee, Geonhwa Jee, Qian Wu, Hyuckjin Kwon, Jeong-Han Kim, and Yong Ha Kim.

IONOSHERE/THERMOSPHERE(2) (Friday late morning, Lisa Baddeley)

  1. 11:00-11:20 Combining empirical model with observations to improve estimation of ionospheric parameters. John Bosco Habarulema, and Nicholas Ssessanga.

  2. 11:20-11:40 A Tomographic Analysis of Vertical Electron Density Structure during Medium-Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (MSTID). Nicholas Ssessanga , Yong Ha Kim , and Eunsol Kim.

  3. 11:40-12:00 Equatorial Plasma Bubbles over Africa during April 2012: evolution and electrodynamics. Nigussie M. Giday, Zama K. Katamzi, and Lee-Anne McKinnell.

  4. 12:00-12:20 Quiet time ionospheric enhancements at African mid-latitude and equatorial regions. Nicola Orford, and Zama Katamzi.

IONOSHERE/THERMOSPHERE(2) (Friday early afternoon, Fred Sigernes)

  1. 14:20-14:40 Modelling Equatorial Electrodynamics within the African sector. M.B. Dubazane, and J.B. Habarulema.

  2. 14:40-15:00 Ionospheric scintillation and multipath signal effects at the Mauritius GISTM station. Tsige Atilaw, Pierre Cilliers, and Peter Martinez.

  3. 15:00-15:20 The ionospheric storm effects during great geomagnetic storms. T.M. Matamba, and J.B. Habarulema.

  4. 15:20-15:40 Radar Contributions to the Understanding of Atmospheric Electricity Effects on Weather and Climate. Brian A. Tinsley.


MESOSPHERE (Friday late afternoon, Farideh Honary) 

  1. 16:20-16:50 Incoherent Scatter Radar Observation of Atmospheric Chemistry Effects by Pulsating Aurora. Esa Turunen, Antti Kero, Pekka Verronen, Yoshizumi Miyoshi, Shin-ichiro Oyama, Shinji Saito.

  2. 16:50-17:10 A comparison of overshoot modelling with observations of polar mesospheric summer echoes at radar frequencies of 56 and 224MHz. O. Havnes, H. Pinedo, C. La Hoz,  A. Senior, T. W. Hartquist, M. T. Rietveld, and M. J. Kosch.
  3. 17:10-17:30 Esrange lidar unique capabilities and conditions. M. Stanev, J. Gumbel, and J. Hedin