The 16th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference ELS-XVI

The 16th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XVI) was held at the University of Maryland/College Park, MD, USA from 19-25 March 2017. It was 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, and Leipzig. The main objective of the conference was to bring together scientists and engineers studying various aspects of light scattering and to provide a relaxed atmosphere for in-depth discussions of theoretical advances, measurements, and applications.


All conference sessions (except the Poster Session) took place in Room #2324 of the Computer and Space Sciences Building (CSS, otherwise known as Atlantic Building; click here to see the Conference Guide). To locate the CSS Building on the University of Maryland map, click here and look for Atlantic Building.

On-site registration and Opening Reception started at 5:30 pm and 6 pm, respectively, on Sunday, March 19, in Quantum Café of the Physical Sciences Complex (PSC) which is adgacent to Atlantic Building. The Poster Session was also held in the PSC.

Conference program and book of abstracts

The conference program is available here. To see an abstract please click on its title. The book of ELS-XVI abstracts is available here. Each Invited Review was allocated 30 min (including 5 min for questions), while each regular talk was allocated 15 min (including 3 min for questions).


The specific topics covered by ELS-XVI included (but were 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

Special sessions

  • Study of aerosol and environmental chemistry through analyses of light scattering
  • Tropospheric aerosols: the NASA perspective

Invited reviews


Five Elsevier awards were presented at the Conference Banquet:

  • The 4th Hendrik C. van de Hulst Award for fundamental lifetime contributions to the discipline of electromagnetic scattering (see announcement).
  • The 2016 and 2017 Peter C. Waterman Awards presented to early career scientists in the category of electromagnetic scattering (see announcement).
  • The 2016 and 2017 Richard M. Goody Awards presented to early career scientists in the category of atmospheric radiation and remote sensing (see announcement).

We wholeheartedly congratulate the five AWARD WINNERS.

Conference Conveners

Ludmilla Kolokolova, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Matthew J. Berg, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Jay D. Eversole, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA
Michael Mishchenko, NASA GISS, New York, USA
Gorden Videen, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA

Program Committee

Anthony Davis, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Oleg Dubovik, CNRS/University of Lille, France
Gerard Gouesbet, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Rouen, France
Joop Hovenier, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Olga Kalashnikova, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Nikolai Khlebtsov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saratov, Russia
Alexei Lyapustin, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
Hal Maring, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, USA
Alexander Marshak, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
M. Pinar Mengüç, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Karri Muinonen, University of Helsinki & National Land Survey, Finland
Vijay Natraj, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Thomas Wriedt, University of Bremen, Germany
Ping Yang, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Social program

The conference social program included the Opening Reception on March 19; an informal tour of Annapolis, MD and the Conference Banquet on March 22; and the Farewell Party on March 24. Please see the Conference Guide for further information.

Topical issue of JQSRT

Following the highly successful ELS practice, we are soliciting papers for the ELS-XVI 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-XVI. 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 (tentatively 2017), 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 the most recent improvement in the JQSRT production process. The paper submission deadline is 15 June 2017.


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Further information:

Ludmilla Kolokolova,

NASA contact:

Michael Mishchenko,