Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP)

International Solar Cycle Studies Symposium 2003:

June 23-28, 2003, Tatranska Lomnica, Slovak Republic

Second Announcement - Registration - Call for Papers


The International Solar Cycle Studies (ISCS) was one of four scientific projects operating under auspices of SCOSTEP during 1998-2002. The ISCS itself is divided into two working groups which are concerned about the variations of the solar energy flux (both electromagnetic and particles), solar magnetic fields, coronal mass ejections and the effect of solar variability on the Earth's climate system and space environment.

A summarizing Symposium of the ISCS Project will be held in Tatranska Lomnica (Slovak Republic) on June 23-28, 2003. This Symposium will be hosted by the Slovak National Committee of SCOSTEP (SNC) and the Astronomical Institute (AI) of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Accidentally, SNC commemorates its 10th anniversary, while AI alone was decreed before half a century (1953-2003), and its observatories at Skalnate Pleso (1943-2003) and Lomnicky Stit (1963-2003) commemorate their rounded 60th and 40th jubilees. Fortunately and understandably, the ISCS Symposium belongs to the highlights among the commemorative events.

The main sponsors of the Symposium - Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), International Astronomical Union (IAU), European Space Agency (ESA), Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), Volksbank (Ludova banka) Slovakia, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) - are acknowledged for their subsidy.


The ISCS 2003 Symposium will take place in the Congress Centre (CC) of the Slovak Academy of Sciences situated a short way from the mountain village Tatranska Lomnica (TL) in the eastern part of High Tatras, a first-class touristic centre in Slovakia. The Tatras National Park (TANAP), though relatively small, represents the highest part (2655 m a.s.l.) of the Carpatian arch-like mountains raising from Danube river near Bratislava and falling down close to the same river in Romania. Succession of five maps here should help you to identify the venue precisely.

The Hotel Academia (HA), Lecture Hall (LH - 170 seats), lesser Meeting Rooms (MR) and a number of other hotels are within walking distance of the CC. The Astronomical Institute is nearby, while its Lomnicky Stit Coronal Observatory is accessible by the cableway. The picturesque hikes are possible throughout the TANAP using tens of kilometres of the indicated routes by signs. Sight-seeing tours to the neighbouring Kezmarok and Levoca medieval cities and to the Spis Castle and Red Cloister ( rafting on the Dunajec river) are advised. The High Tatras region is easily accessible by car, train and plane.


The ISCS 2003 Symposium will summarize the most recent results gained on the measurements of irradiancy and particle radiation outputs by a wide range of solar activity phenomena. The results to be presented should be based on the measurements gained by space-borne and ground-based instruments. A special attention will be paid to understanding of regularities in variations of the discrete and global solar energy fluxes. Modelling efforts and explanations of the observed changes in these fluxes are expected considering a decisive role of magnetic field in the processes. The Symposium will also deal with responses of solar variability in the heliosphere and Earth's environment. Definitive framework and logistics of the CAWSES (Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth System) program (2004-2008) approved by ICSU for the SCOSTEP community should be discussed and reviewed.

Topics of the Scientific Sessions, Conveners and a number of oral talks are listed below.

Any questions or comments on the organizational matters of the Symposium may be directed to the LOC at the addresses:

Fax: 421 52 4467 656
Phone: 421 52 4467 866
Mail: Astronomical Institute
      ISCS 2003
      059 60  TATRANSKA LOMNICA 
      Slovak Republic.

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