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NEW: JQSRT Submission Deadline: 28 November 2003
NEW: Kluwer Chapter Deadline: 14 November 2003


NATO Advanced Study Institute


"Photopolarimetry in Remote Sensing"

Yalta, Ukraine, 20 September - 3 October 2003

with optional

Workshop on

"Remote Sensing Techniques and Instrumentation:

International Cooperation"

Kyiv, Ukraine, 4 - 10 October 2003

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Space is limited and there are NATO regulations with regard to attendance; therefore all participation in this event is invitational. If you would like to be invited, then please follow the participation procedure. The NATO ASI format is that of a summer school in which formal lecturers instruct "students" in their art. The "students" will include actual graduate students, postdocs, and more senior researchers. In addition, there will be shorter lectures and contributed talks as well as poster sessions in which the more senior researchers and the actual students can describe their own results. If you are interested in attending, please submit a one page abstract of a topic you wish to present. You may also submit a short email message explaining your interest in the NATO ASI.


The ASI will focus on recent advances in polarimetric methodologies used in remote sensing, including, but not limited to terrestrial and astrophysical characterization, medical diagnostics, environmental and military monitoring. In many cases, researchers in these diverse fields encounter the same problems obtaining information from the polarization signal, which are solved independently due to lack of communication. We will identify both techniques that have been successful and unsuccessful for the various applications and the future needs of the various communities. Most of all, we hope to foster collaborations that will improve research efficiency.

We stress that the format of NATO ASIs is that of a summer school. Invited lecturers will present their topics of expertise in a series of short courses. In addition, shorter contributed lectures will be selected from among the other participants. Other students will have the opportunity to present their research in poster format. Note that this NATO ASI format is somewhat different from a typical scientific conference in which the latest, and possibly controversial scientific results are presented.


Yaroslav Yatskiv,      Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Gorden Videen,        United States Army Research Laboratory

Vladimir Grinin Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, Crimea, Ukraine
Vsevolod Ivanov St. Petersburg University, St.-Petersburg, Russia
Theodore Kostiuk NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, USA
Michael Mishchenko NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, USA
Alexander Morozhenko Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Oleg Dubovik NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
Francisco Gonzalez University of Cantabria, Spain
Vladimir Grinin Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, Nauchny, Ukraine 
Keith Hopcraft University of Nottingham, UK
James Hough University of Hertfordshire, UK
Vsevolod V. Ivanov Department of Astrophysics, St. Petersburg University, Russia
Theodore Kostiuk NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
A. Chantal Levasseur-Regourd University of Paris, France
Andreas Macke University of Kiel, Germany
Michael Mishchenko NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, USA
Yuriy Shkuratov Kharkov University, Ukraine
Nikolai Voshchinnikov St. Petersburg University, Russia
Dmitry Zimnyakov Saratov State University, Russia

Anatoliy Vid'machenko Chairman
Irina Kulyk Secretary
Vera Rosenbush
Zhanna Dlugach 
Alla Rostopchina
Aleksey Perekhod 


Main Astronomical Observatory
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Zabolotnoho Str. 27
Kiev 03680
Fax: (380) + 44 + 266 21 47
Tel:  (380) + 44 + 266 08 69
E-mail :


Dr. Anatoliy Vid'machenko
Tel: (380) + 44 + 266 47 61

Dr. Irina Kulyk
Tel: (380) + 44 + 266 47 68

For all information please contact
Dr. Vera Rosenbush
Tel: (380) + 44 + 266 47 61


A NATO Advanced Study Institute (NATO ASI) is a high-level scientific activity organized in the framework of the NATO ScienceProgramme (Cooperative Science & Technology Sub-Programme), which aims to create links between scientists from NATO* and Partner** countries and to help stabilize and sustain scientific communities in the Partner** countries. NATO ASI's are sponsored by NATO and have the specific role of contributing to the training and the motivation of young scientists in Partner** countries, and Mediterranean Dialogue*** countries.

Currently, for the purposes of NATO ASIs,

*NATO countries:
Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, (Poland), Portugal, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA

**Partner countries:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia,  Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav, Republic of Macedonia (Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name), Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

***Mediterranean Dialogue countries:
Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia


There is no registration fee for residents of NATO, Partner, and Mediterranean-Dialogue countries. For other residents, there will be a registration fee of approximately $500. There will be a lodging fee depending on the type of accommodation required. Limited funds are available to waive this fee and to provide lowest-cost transportation for selected residents of (especially) NATO Partner and Mediterranean-Dialogue countries. We strongly encourage participants to pursue other means of support, for instance, e.g., Americans through NSF.

A related optional workshop will take place in Kiev following the lectures in Yalta. The discussions in this workshop are intended to be at a more advanced level than at the instructional portion. In addition, we will visit the astronomical facilities of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) to provide closer examination of the experimental apparati and techniques. An additional fee (currently unknown) will be required of participants in this workshop.


The bulk of the NATO ASI is scheduled to take place in Yalta, located on the Southern Coast of the Crimea, Ukraine. An optional workshop will subsequently take place in Kiev in coordination with the Convention of the Ukrainian Astronomical Association.


The sessions will take place in the large conference hall of the resort Druzhba ("Friendship"), where participants will be accommodated. The conference hall is fully equipped with slide, overhead, video and computer display projectors. Special needs can be catered for if we are advised well in advance. There will be a small computer center with access to the Internet and an ample poster area for poster exhibitions.


The accommodation of all conference participants will be at the resort Druzhba in Yalta for the nights of September 20 - October 3, 2003. The total board and lodging costs range from approximately $600 to $900 depending on the type of room. A significant number of grants are available to cover the costs. Those in need of financial assistance should indicate so on the application form. The accomoddation cost per each additional night is approximately $30-$55. It is our intention that all attendees stay at the same hotel to facilitate scientific interactions.


The social program is free of charge and is yet to be finalized. It will surely include an informal opening reception, a conference dinner, a visit to the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, and probably one or two sightseeing tours.


The visa situation can be fluid. Currently, all visitors to Ukraine with the exception of some eastern European countries and the former Soviet Union are required to have visas.  Regulations for obtaining visas may change, but citizens of the USA, Canada and western Europe generally are not required to have an official invitation to attend a conference in Ukraine. For current information, please contact your nearest Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate. We are happy to provide letters of invitation if required. This must be done several months before the NATO ASI is set to take place, since visa applications can take quite some time.


The lectures of the meeting and some talks will be published as a book by Kluwer in the NATO Science Series.

In addition, we will be soliciting high quality, full-size papers for a feature issue to be published in the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT). JQSRT has no paper length limit and page charges. All papers will be subject to peer review and will be treated with the same scientific scrutiny as any manuscripts submitted to JQSRT. Furthermore, all format instructions specific to these journals apply. These instructions can either be found at the JQSRT Web site.


For additional information regarding the NATO ASI, contact:

Gorden Videen
2800 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi MD 20783, USA

Phone: +1 (301) 394-1871
Fax: +1 (301) 394-4797


We acknowledge their generous support:



  NATO Science Programme







  National Science Foundation


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