• The XIX

    Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference


    29 June - 3 July 2020
    St. Petersburg, Russia


General information

The 19th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XIX) will be held at the ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia, from 29 June - 3 July 2020.
It will build on the remarkable success of the previous ELS conferences held in Amsterdam, Helsinki (twice), New York, Vigo, Halifax, Gainesville, Bremen, Salobreña, St. Petersburg, Bodrum, Hatfield, Taormina, Lille, Leipzig, College Park, College Station, and Hangzhou. The main objective of the conference is to bring together scientists and engineers studying various aspects of light scattering and to provide a relaxed academic atmosphere for in-depth discussions of theoretical advances, measurements, and applications.

The specific topics that will be covered include (but are not limited to) the following:

Topics

  • new theoretical developments, numerical simulations, and laboratory measurements of light scattering by nonspherical and morphologically complex particles and particle groups
  • detection and characterization of atmospheric particulates using laboratory, in situ, and remote sensing techniques
  • scattering of light by terrestrial aerosols and clouds
  • scattering of light by oceanic particulates
  • scattering of light by solar system objects, exoplanets, and exoplanetary environments
  • scattering of light by various astrophysical objects
  • applications of light scattering methods in biology and biomedicine
  • light scattering in densely packed particulate media
  • near-field and coherent effects in light scattering, optical trapping, and manipulation
  • light scattering methods to control material properties and technological applications

Submission



Please e-mail your abstract by 15 March 2020 to nadezhda.zakharova@nasa.gov with a copy to michael.i.mishchenko@nasa.gov. Only Word files will be accepted. Please use the following Word template.

Organizers

Conference conveners

Alexey Shcherbakov, ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia Michael Mishchenko, NASA GISS, New York, USA Matthew Berg, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

Local committee

(ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Alexey Shcherbakov, Chair
Anastasia Kaptsova, Secretary

Science committee

Pavel Belov, ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia
Anatoli Borovoi, Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Tomsk, Russia
Sharon Burton, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA
Anthony Davis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA
Gérard Gouesbet, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Rouen, France
Joop Hovenier, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Evgueni Kassianov, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA
Nikolai Khlebtsov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saratov, Russia
Gerhard Kristensson, Lund University, Sweden
Eric Le Ru, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
James Lock, Cleveland State University, OH, USA
Hal Maring, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, USA
Alexander Marshak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
M. Pinar Mengüç, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Karri Muinonen, University of Helsinki & National Land Survey, Finland
Timo Nieminen, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Elena Petrova, Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
Christopher Sorensen, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Knut Stamnes, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA
Gorden Videen, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA
Thomas Wriedt, University of Bremen, Germany
Ping Yang, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Maxim Yurkin, Novosibirsk State University, Russia


Invited speakers


regularly updated

Speaker Talk
Albert Ansmann Recent progress in polarization lidar applications to aerosols and clouds
Lei Bi A review of electromagnetic scattering by super-spheroids: methods and applications
Adrian Doicu Electromagnetic scattering by discrete random media
Oleg Dubovik Advancements in solving inverse problems: utilisation of multiple a priori constraints in atmospheric remote sensing
Yuri Eremin Discrete Sources Method: outline, plasmonic applications, and non-local effects
Nikolai Khlebtsov TBD
Daniel Mackowski TBD
Hal Maring Programmatic approach and progress in the preformulation study for NASA's Aerosol, Cloud, Convection and Precipitation (ACCP) observing system
M. Pinar Mengüç TBD
Hans Moosmgüller TBD
Karri Muinonen Scattering and absorption in discrete random media of densely-packed particles
Eric Le Ru TBD
Christopher M. Sorensen and Justin B. Maughan New perspectives on light scattering by particles of arbitrary morphology
Ping Yang TBD
Maxim Yurkin The discrete dipole approximation: from Maxwell's equations to practical applications


Registration to the conference

The Congress organizers will provide a few grants for students and researchers. The Congress registration fees will be waived for grant recipients. The grantee selection will be based on the scientific merits of the applicant's submitted paper(s). To apply for the grant, it is necessary to upload his/her CV by June 15th, 2018. Notifications will be sent by June 25th, 2018. The grant cover/endorsement letter should contain a brief justification of your needs of the financial support. Grantees will be required to declare in written how their grant will be used.


Registration fee

Type Early
(till 30th June 2018)
Late
(from 1st July 2018)
Regular 23 000 RUB (≈350 EUR)

29 000 RUB (≈450 EUR)
Student 16 000 RUB (≈250 EUR) 23 000 RUB (≈350 EUR)

Participants are able to apply for more than one talk. In case if publication of more than one abstract is needed - additional fees will be applied in amount of 60 Euro.

Additional Abstracts:
Accompanying person:
Welcome reception on Monday2000 RUR
Banquet on Thursday3000 RUR
Excurion on Friday1000 RUR
Оплата организационных взносов конференции осуществляется путем безналичного перевода суммы организационного взноса на счёт ООО "Академия" (ИНН: 7838504390). ООО "Академия" является уполномоченным организатором конференции Метанано.

Conference proceedings

The conference proceedings has been published in the AIP Conference Proceedings journal and are available online

Conference program

List of posters


Please print your posters in color on the paper of A1 or A0 (preferred) format.

Venue

The conference venue is ITMO University located at Lomonosova str. 9, St. Petersburg. The ITMO University is located in the historical center of St. Petersburg. The city was thoroughly refurbished for the World Cup held in Russia in 2018 and has by now become the No. 1 tourist destination in Europe.
Late June - early July is a beautiful time of year, famous for its "White Nights". The weather is usually nice, with temperatures around 18-19 C.
Given the extreme popularity of this destination in June/July, it is very important to start your planning now and reserve a hotel as early as possible.

Awards

There will be three Elsevier awards presented at the conference:

  • The 2020 Hendrik C. Van de Hulst Award presented to a senior scientist who has made landmark original contributions to the research field of electromagnetic scattering and its applications (see announcement).
  • The 2020 Peter C. Waterman Award presented to an early career scientist in the category of electromagnetic scattering (see announcement).
  • The 2020 Richard M. Goody Award presented to an early career scientist in the category of atmospheric radiation and remote sensing (see announcement).

Topical issue of JQSRT

Following the highly successful ELS practice, we will be soliciting papers for the ELS-XIX Topical Issue of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT) and hope that you will want your state-of-the-art research to become part of yet another benchmark collection of papers on electromagnetic scattering and its applications. This Topical Issue will consist only of full-size papers documenting research either reported at the conference or pertaining to the main topics of ELS-XIX. Extended abstracts of conference presentations will not be considered. Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least two independent referees to ensure that all accepted manuscripts satisfy the highest standards of scientific quality adopted for JQSRT. Again, this will be a topical issue of JQSRT rather than a conference proceedings volume.


To expedite the communication of your research results to the scientific community, each paper will be officially published (including the year, volume, and page numbers) as soon as it has been accepted, typeset, and proof-read. In other words, the authors of accepted manuscripts will see their papers officially published without having to wait for the rest of the manuscripts to get accepted. This accelerated publication protocol is a recent improvement in the JQSRT production process.
The paper submission deadline is 30 September 2020.

Visa

Please notify Alexey Shcherbakov and Anastasia Kaptsova as soon as possible if you need an official invitation in order to apply for Russian visa.


A foreign citizen traveling to Russia must have a valid passport (expiration date must be no sooner than 6 months after the date of departure from Russia) and a visa (for almost all foreign visitors, please see the details below).
The deadline for the visa support from the conference organizers is April 31, 2019.


The visa application rules vary depending on the citizenship of the applicant:

I. VISA-FREE

For citizens of the following countries no visa is needed: Azerbaijan, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Venezuela, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Cuba, Moldova, Nicaragua, Peru, Serbia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Montenegro, Chile, South Korea.
Nevertheless, we kindly ask you to contact the Organizing Committee to receive a letter from ELS-XIX organizers confirming the purpose of your visit to Russia (you may be asked for this letter at the Russian customs).


II.VISA NEEDED

Each participant will receive a visa invitation letter, in a printable format, via e-mail if he/she ticks this option in the application form and fills in the visa invitation letter application form (will be available soon).
EU-citizens (except for citizens of the UK and Ireland) must submit to a Russian Embassy or Consulate a visa invitation letter issued by ITMO University; this takes about 10 business days to process.
NON-EU citizens (and citizens of the UK and Ireland) must submit to a Russian Embassy or Consulate a visa invitation letter issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs; this takes about 25-30 business days to process.

If you need the original invitation to obtain the visa (e.g. citizens of China and Japan), we will mail it via courier post.

Please apply for a visa as soon as possible after receiving the invitation letter to ensure that the visa is issued timely and also make sure that you have a valid medical insurance.


NECESSARY DATA FOR VISA APPLICATION (Required during visa application at the local Russian embassy)

Name of the organization: ITMO University

Address: 49 Kronverksky pr., St.Petersburg, 197101, Russia

TIN: 7813045547

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