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Dear Colleagues,

        We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Beacon Satellite Symposium will be held at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland on 19-23 August 2019.  Dr.Andrzej Krankowski has graciously offered to be the local host for this symposium.

        This meeting will provide a unique opportunity for ionospheric scientists from all over the world to meet and collaborate on the ionospheric effects on radio propagation. This meeting is primarily sponsored by the Beacon Satellite Group of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission G. The Beacon Satellite Group is interdisciplinary, servicing science, research, application and engineering interests. These interests include all aspects of satellite signals observed on the ground and by receivers on-board satellites.

        The Beacon Satellite Studies Group was originally formed in 1972, with the first Symposium at Graz, Austria. Symposia have continued to meet at two to four year intervals with meetings held at various worldwide locations. From the beginning, the two main areas of interest in Beacon Satellite Studies have been Ionospheric Electron Content and Scintillation. With more recent developments in ionospheric tomography, occultation techniques, assimilation models, distributed arrays of ionospheric measurements, IHY and IPY activities and satellite based navigation and communication systems; these studies have gained new momentum and perspectives.

        We invite you to consider attending this distinctive symposium. Details on the organizational details will appear on this website as they come available.   At this time, we anticipate an abstract deadline in March 2019.  Please be sure to check our web site for further announcements.

        It is our intent to waive the registration fee and to assist travel costs for a limited number of students and attendees from developing countries. The total level of assistance will depend on sponsorship funding. Information on applications for assistance will also be available soon on our web site.

        We sincerely hope to see you in Italy for the 20th International Beacon Satellite Symposium.

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Doherty, Chair, Beacon Satellite Studies Working Group, URSI Commission G
Andrzej Krankowski, Co-Chair, Beacon Satellite Studies Working Group
Bruno Nava, Co-Chair, Beacon Satellite Studies Working Group


The 2016 Beacon Satellite Symposium was held at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy on June 27 – July 1, 2016. Dr. Sandro Radicella and Dr. Bruno Nava acted as local hosts for this symposium.

The conference website can be found here. Programs, abstracts and presentations are also available at a website hosted by Boston College.