Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation

South Africa National Space Agency (SANSA),
Hermanus (near Cape Town),
South Africa (15-19 July 2019)

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we expect around 40-50 participants to take part in this workshop
please register as early as possible to save disappointment.

This Workshop encompasses themes from all aspects of radio scintillation and these will be refined as we progress towards the Workshop:
- Ionospheric scintillation;
- Heliospheric scintillation;
- Interstellar scintillation;
- Applications of scintillation;
- Scintillation theory and modelling; and
- Engineering (concepts/requirements) and scintillation.

Workshop Overview:

The workshop aims to gather experts from the various fields encompassing all aspects of scintillation. It is intended to be a specialist scintillation workshop concentrating on science (and the domains in which it can be applied) through to engineering concepts/requirements through to theory/modelling. This naturally covers all the domains of radio scintillation including ionospheric, heliospheric, and interstellar, as well as applications of scintillation and how we can improve the science through advancement in observing and/or modelling capabilities.

The workshop also aims to look at ways in which we can more easily and efficiently share and access the various types of data between individual groups and across the different techniques/domains.

We will share ways that we model scintillation and explore what we can learn across the different domains, looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the available modelling we have available today and what we might want going into the future.

Science Organising Committee (SOC):
Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK) (Co-Chair)
Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK) (Co-Chair)
Richard A. Fallows (ASTRON, NL)
Dan Stinebring (Oberlin College, OH, USA)
Anna Bilous (University of Amsterdam, NL)
Ue-Li Pen (University of Toronto, ON, Canada)
Lucilla Alfonsi (INGV, Italy)
Joseph Olwendo (Pwani University, Kenya)
Biagio Forte (University of Bath, UK)
Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa)
Oyuki Chang (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK)
Local Organising Committee (LOC):
Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK)
Lee-Anne McKinnell (SANSA, South Africa)
Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa)
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The workshop will have a small registration fee (ZAR 4300 (~£225) early/ZAR 4800 (~£250) late – this does NOT cover accommodation/travel costs), and will take up the following approximate draft schedule:
- Sunday – participants arrive to Hermanus.
- Monday – full day of workshop with an evening reception currently being investigated.
- Tuesday – full day of workshop.
- Wednesday – morning sessions of workshop followed by an excursion and workshop dinner.
- Thursday – full day of workshop and official close, with an informal (self-funded) dinner/gathering.
- Friday – free day for collaborations and/or private touring of the local area.
- Friday evening/night or Saturday – participants depart Hermanus.

Important dates:


If you require a Visa to enter South Africa, then please contact Mike Kosch (LOC Chair) immediately to start arranging this.

The nearest airport to Hermanus is Cape Town International Airport (CPT), which is within easy reach by car/shuttle bus from Hermanus. We are presently looking into group transport options, so if you have an interest in this, please let us know during the registration process and ensure you complete your inbound and outbound flight details to/from CPT airport (if you do not provide this information, we will assume you are happy to make your own arrangements to/from Hermanus). This is not guaranteed, but we will get back to you nearer the time to update you on the arrangements. We are looking into potential shuttle trips on the Sunday to Hermanus and from Hermanus on the Friday evening and/or the Saturday. Several people have already also indicated that they will be hiring a car – so there will be car-share options too.

Local accommodation options in Hermanus are here. Please note that this information is tailored for a prior workshop, but the details of each accommodation option should be similar for the week of our workshop. Please note that none of the organisations involved in this workshop are in any way affiliated to any of the mentioned accommodation facilities, these are merely suggestions for your convenience.


For information on accommodation and activities to do around Hermanus, please use

We look forward to seeing you in Hermanus!
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