The 17th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference

The 17th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XVII) will be held at the Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA from 4-9 March 2018. It will 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, Leipzig, and College Park. The main objective of the conference is 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.

ELS-XVII will be held in parallel with the 11th International Conference on Laser-light and Interactions with Particles (LIP2018).

Joint program of ELS-XVII and LIP2018

(click to see the final joint program of the ELS-XVII and LIP2018 conferences).

Book of abstracts

(click to see the book of ELS-XVII abstracts).

Important updates

  • You can now submit your paper to the ELS-XVII Special Issue of JQSRT here by clicking on "Submit your article" in the right-hand panel. You will be prompted to create an Evise account unless you already have one. The papers can be submitted at any time but no later than 15 July 2018. Only full-size papers rather than extended abstracts will be considered. All submissions will be peer-reviewed according to the standard JQSRT evaluation procedure. Each accepted manuscript will be published promptly, without waiting for all the other papers. As a consequence, ELS-XVII papers will likely appear in several physical volumes of JQSRT, but will be grouped (in real time) in an online virtual special issue here. This will greatly increase the visibility of your contribution. When submitting a regular manuscript, please select the Full-size paper category. All keynote and invited ELS-XVII speakers are encouraged to submit comprehensive reviews along the lines of their presentations, in which case the Review category should be selected. Ideas of additional reviews should be first discussed with one of the Guest Editors (Ping Yang, Patrick Stegmann, or Michael Mishchenko). Finally, please note that we encourage the submission of any papers on topics covered by ELS conferences, i.e., not just those presented at ELS-XVII.
  • The Joint Conference Program has been updated. Please check again the time and duration of your talk. Every Session Chair should also check the timing of his session and adhere to it as much as possible given the tightness of the conference agenda.
  • The Conference Venue website has been updated.
  • Parking information is available here.
  • The opening reception will take place on Monday starting at 7:00 pm.
  • The posters can be set up during the lunch break on Wednesday and must be taken down on Thursday evening (before 10 pm). The poster format is DIN-A0, portrait (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1" x 46.8")
  • You can register for the ELS-XVII conference and/or the LIP2018 conference here. The "Already Registered?" link may not work, in which case just enter your e-mail address and press the "Enter" key. If you still have a problem then please write to Patrick Stegmann at


The specific topics that will be covered include (but are 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

Abstract submission

Please e-mail your abstract by 12 January 2018, to with a copy to Only Word files will be accepted. Please use the following Word template (right-click on the words "Word template" and use the "Save Link As..." option).


You can register for the ELS-XVII conference and/or the LIP2018 conference here. The "Already Registered?" link may not work, in which case just enter your e-mail address and press the "Enter" key. If you still have a problem then please write to Patrick Stegmann at

Plenary tutorial lectures

Invited reviews

Contributed talks

(click to see the list of accepted abstracts).


There will be three Elsevier awards presented at the conference:

  • The 2018 Hendrik C. van de Hulst Award presented to a senior scientist who has made landmark original contributions to the research field of electromagnetic scattering and its applications (see announcement).
  • The 2018 Peter C. Waterman Award presented to an early career scientist in the category of electromagnetic scattering (see announcement).
  • The 2018 Richard M. Goody Award presented to an early career scientist in the category of atmospheric radiation and remote sensing (see announcement).

Conference Conveners

Ping Yang, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Michael Mishchenko, NASA GISS, New York, USA
Matthew Berg, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

Organizing Committee

Edward Fry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
George Kattawar, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
R. Lee Panetta, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Patrick Stegmann, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Guanglin Tang, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Gorden Videen, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA

Program Committee

Jay D. Eversole, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA
Gérard Gouesbet, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Rouen, France
Joop Hovenier, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nikolai Khlebtsov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saratov, Russia
Ludmilla Kolokolova, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Gerhard Kristensson, Lund University, Sweden
James Lock, Cleveland State University, OH, USA
Hal Maring, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, USA
M. Pinar Mengüç, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Karri Muinonen, University of Helsinki & National Land Survey, Finland
Christopher Sorensen, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Thomas Wriedt, University of Bremen, Germany
Maxim Yurkin, Novosibirsk State University, Russia


Information on the conference venue is available here. Click here to see the Texas A&M campus map.

Travel and lodging

Travel information is available here. Since a major sports event will be held at TAMU during the week of the ELS-XVII conference, we strongly encourage all participants to reserve a hotel room as early as possible. While there are many hotels in the wider Bryan/College Station area, those in the vicinity of TAMU will fill up quickly. Further lodging information is available here. A useful reservation resource is

Social program

The conference social program will include the opening reception on March 5; a local excursion and the conference banquet on March 7; and the farewell party on March 9.

Travel support

Funds will be available to sponsor travel of a limited group of U.S. PhD students and postdocs. Each grant will not exceed $2,000. To apply for a travel grant, please email to Souichiro Hioki at

As you begin to plan your travel, please be aware that there are restrictions if you receive travel support from the conference organizers. Because travel support will be provided by the U.S. government, the "Fly America Act" will apply. In short, this act requires that you use a U.S. based airline and this applies regardless of your nationality. More information may be found here. Please note that the exemption based on a "bilateral or multilateral air transport agreement" in the act does not apply for this conference. If you require more information, please email to Souichiro Hioki at

Visa support

Please notify Patrick Stegmann at if you need an official invitation in order to apply for U.S. visa. Further information is available here.


Safety instructions are available here.

Topical issue of JQSRT

Following the highly successful ELS practice, we will be soliciting papers for the ELS-XVII 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-XVII. 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, 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 a recent improvement in the JQSRT production process. The paper submission deadline is 30 June 2018.



Further information:

Patrick Stegmann,

NASA contact:

Michael Mishchenko,