Paros, Greece June 23 - 27, 1997
One of the most beautiful Greek Islands will host one of the most important space physics conferences of 1997 at the end of June. The International Symposium on Solar-Terrestrial Coupling Process will be held in Paros, one of the Cyclades, the famous island complex of the Aegean Sea. The Symposium will be held in the superb resort Hotel Astir of Paros, which is located in the bay of Nzoussa.
The Symposium is organized by the National Observatory of Athens and the Demokritos University of Thrace, and is sponsored by the Greek Ministry of the Aegean, the Greek Ministry of Development, and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The Symposium is directly related to the scientific goals of the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) Program. Research on solar-terrestrial coupling has become increasingly important in the age of space telecommunications, space navigation and space surveillance. Violent plasma processes, like the magnetic storms, can harm high-technology components on-board application satellite, and cause problems or even failures (e.g. communications satellite Telstar 401 "death" last January). Such failures cost millions of dollars each. A better understanding of solar-terrestrial coupling is an essential step towards space weather forecasting and protection of the vulnerable satellite systems.
Leading scientists from all over the world will participate in the Paros Symposium. To mention a few names: Prof. Robert Carovillano, Chief Scientist for Magnetospheric Physics at NASA Headquarters, Dr. Atsuhiro Nishida, Director General of the Japanese Institute of Space and Astronantical Science, Prof. Sir Ian Axford, FRS, Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Acronomy in Germany, Prof. Daniel Baker, Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder, Colorado, and many others.
The participation of top scientists and the marvelous venue site are promising a very successful conference. The Proceedings of the Symposium will be published in the beginning of 1998 and will contain the invited papers of the Symposium, and a selection of contributed papers.
Dr. Joannis Daglis
Asst. Research Professor, National Observatory of Athens
Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee.