• The XIX

    Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference

    Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 19th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference is postponed to 2021. The new dates will be announced later.

General information

The 19th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XIX) to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia on 13-17 July 2020 is postponed to 2021.
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:


  • 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


Please e-mail your abstract by 15 April 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.

There is a limited amount of funds available for participants who need financial assistance to attend the conference distributed on a competitive basis. To be considered for a grant please fill in the grant application form and send it to Alexey Shcherbakov and CC to Anastasia Kaptsova before 15 February 2020.


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 Plasmonic gold and hybrid nanostructures for biomedical applications
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 Nature inspired designs based on near-field radiative transfer and light scattering: A Review
Hans Moosmgüller and Christopher M. Sorensen Complex Refractive Index and Aerosol Optics
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 FEE

Regular 23 000 RUB (or 350 USD)

Student 14 000 RUB (or 220 USD)

Participant (without talk) 18 000 RUB (or 280 USD)

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.


The conference venue is Azimut Hotel Saint-Petersburg located at Lermontovskiy Prospekt, 43/1, St. Petersburg. The Venue is located in the historical center of St. Petersburg.
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. The hotel will provide a special discount for the participants and we'll shortly add the information on reservation of the hotel room.


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.


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 (expiry 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, 2020.

The visa application rules are different depending on the citizenship of the applicant:

Starting from October 1, 2019, nationals of 53 foreign states (please see the list of the countries) may be granted an e-visa to enter the Russian Federation through air, naval, automobile, and pedestrian checkpoints located in the territory of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region. With the e-visa you will be able to stay only in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region for 8 days (the eVisa will be valid for 30 days to use) if your arrive at Pulkovo airport or other checkpoints in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region (please see the list here).
You can apply for the e-visa via this link.


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


Citizens of the countries not eligible for the e-visa has to submit to a Russian Embassy or Consulate a visa invitation letter issued either by ITMO University (takes about 5-10 working days to process) or by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (takes about 25-30 working days to process).

Please, apply for a visa as soon as possible after receiving the invitation letter to ensure that the visa is issued timely and also check 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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