Past ISR Events


IES2017: the 15th Ionospheric Effects Symposium

BC's ISR hosted the 15th Ionospheric Effects Symposium in Alexandria, VA, May 9 - 11, 2017, Bridging the Gap between Applications and Research involving Ionospheric and Space Weather Disciplines. Presentations are available at the conference website.


ISEA14: 14th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy 2015

The Boston College Institute for Scientific Research (BC ISR) co-sponsored the 14th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy, held at Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, from 19-23 October 2015.


IES2015: 14th Ionospheric Effects Symposium

The Boston College Institute for Scientific Research hosted the 14th Ionospheric Effects Symposium (IES2015) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, VA, from 12 - 14 May 2015.  Visit the IES2015 website, where the Proceedings of the Symposium have been published electronically.


Technical Interchange Meeting on C/NOFS Results and Equatorial Dynamics

The C/NOFS Science TIM was held for 2 ½ days on 12-14 March 2013 at the Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was co-organized by the Boston College ISR.  The overall objective of this meeting was to address questions related to the dynamics of the equatorial ionosphere from solar minimum to solar maximum.  Results from the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite, as well as other ground and space instruments, were presented.  The meeting also addressed research opportunities during solar maximum and before C/NOFS reentry when the orbit circularized, as well as future programs, including the Space Situational Awareness Environmental Monitoring (SSAEM) mission planned for  COSMIC 2 and upcoming CubeSat flights.


GNSS Workshops

Workshops on Global Navigation Satellite Systems

The ISR co-hosted the first Satellite Navigation Science and Technology Workshop for Africa at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy March 23 - April 9, 2009.  The second Conference was held in Trieste, Italy April 6-24, 2010 and was also co-organized by the Boston College ISR.

The ISR  also co-sponsored the  "Workshop on Science Applications of GNSS in Developing Countries" on 11-27 April 2012, and the "Seminar on Development and Use of the Ionospheric NeQuick Model" on 30 April-1st May 2012, in Trieste, Italy. More details are available on the 2012 workshop website.



Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar in Africa Workshop

The ISR hosted the "AMISR in Africa" Workshop at Boston College, March 1-3, 2012. The objective of this workshop was to identify the scientific and societal motivations for hosting an Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR) in Ethiopia. The workshop also addressed logistical issues associated with this plan, and outlined the major hurdles to be overcome. 

ISWI 2010


International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) summer school 2010

Boston College co-sponsored the first International Space Weather Initiative summer school, which was held 28 October - 4 November, 2010 at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia. Topics ranged from an introduction to space physics to scientific programming to instrumentation. Additional details can be found on the ISWI website (under Projects > Training > ISWI Space Science Training). The conference report is also available in the ISWI newsletter (2010, vol. 2, no. 105).


Beacon Satellite Symposia

International Beacon Satellite Symposia

The Boston College ISR regularly helps to organize the Beacon Satellite Symposia (BSS). These meetings are devoted to recent developments in the use of satellite signals for both engineering and scientific research.

Prior BSS events include:

  • 2016: Hosted by the the ICTP, Trieste, Italy, organized by S. Radicella, B. Nava, A. Krankowski, & P. Doherty. Details on the 2016 symposium are available online, including the meeting proceedings.
  • 2013: Hosted by the University of Bath
  • 2010: Hosted by the Universitat Polithcnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. The meeting proceedings, available online, were published in Radio Science (v. 46, nos. 3 & 6, 2011, eds. P. Doherty & M. Hernandez-Parjares).
  • 2007: Hosted by Boston College, Boston, USA, organized by P. Doherty
  • 2004: Hosted by the ICTP, Trieste, Italy, organized by R. Leitinger, P.V.S.  Rama Rao, & P. Doherty. Details on the 2004 symposium are available online.