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Eighth EISCAT-3D User Meeting

      EISCAT Scientific Association                                               

EISCAT_3D User Meeting 2018

  The EISCAT_3D (E3D) project has now been officially started with an opening event on September 7, 2017. Its 9th user meeting is planned to take place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 7-9, 2018. As usual, the meeting provides a forum for interested scientists who may or may not be directly involved in the design and construction of the E3D project, and also for persons working more with its administrative, logistic, and technical aspects.
This is the meeting's first announcement.


The start of the core meeting is (preliminary) 9 am on Tuesday, May 8, the end is around noon on Wednesday, May 9. Monday, May 7, afternoon is reserved for preparatory meetings, splinters, etc. Please contact anyone of the programme committee, Lisa Baddeley, Anita Aikio, Ian McCrea, Yasunobu Ogawa, Johan Kero, or Craig Heinselman, for suggestions about the meeting programme. This years special topic is tentatively "Standard modes of operation, Common Programmes, and software packages for EISCAT and EISCAT_3D. Also particularly contributions about complementary projects and instrumentation are encouraged.

The preliminary programme is
  • May 8, Tuesday, 09.00-17.00:
    Special Topic, "Standard modes of operation, Common Programmes, and software packages for EISCAT and EISCAT_3D" as well as general EISCAT and E3D Science: New results and future plans.
  • May 9, Wednesday, 9.00-12.30:
    E3D in national programmes, complementary projects, general EISCAT and E3D Science: New results and future plans.


The local organizer is Stephan Buchert. Registration will open in January, 2018. A deadline has been set to April 13, 2018! Registration can  be done by email to Please let me know if you would like to have assistance for reserving accommodation.

Practical Information

The workshop will take place in the Ångströmlaboratoriet of the Uppsala University, room numbers tbd, starting  on Tuesday, May 8, and ending on Wednesday, May 9, around lunch. If needed, smaller meeting rooms for splinter sessions are available, also on Monday, May 7.

Accommodation in Uppsala is often difficult to find for the time of the workshop, we recomment that you book as soon as possible:

Information for visitors

EISCAT_3D, a short description

More information can be found at the E3D web site.

E3D is a planned next generation incoherent scatter radar facility, based on phased-array technology and multiple radar sites. The EISCAT_3D proposal was accepted on the ESFRI Roadmap of large-scale European research infrastructures in December 2008.

The EU, EISCAT, the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory (STFC, UK), the University of Tromsø (Norway), the Luleå Technical University (Sweden), and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Sweden) financed and undertook the EISCAT-3D design study. The results of the study were presented at the first E3D User Meeting 2009, and a final report has been published.

A four year long Preparatory Phase of E3D funded by the  European Commission under the call FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1 started  on 1 October 2010. The Preparatory Phase work has been performed by a consortium consisting of 8 institutions: the EISCAT Scientific Association as the coordinator, University of Oulu, Finland, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Sweden, University of Tromsø, Norway, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK, Swedish Research Council, Sweden, and National Instruments, Belgium

Preparatory Phase actions were presented at User Meetings in 20112012, 2013, and 2014. A prominent outcome is the Science Case for a E3D facility which had been prepared within work package 3, Science planning and user engagement. It is also published here. The Preparatory Phase ended in September 2014. In the mean time the E3D proposal now foresees a staged approach, with stage 1 having a core site with transmitter and two receiving sites.

In October 2015 the Horizon 2020 project  “EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production” (EISCAT3D_PfP) had its kick-off, and it was active until August 2017.  Results  have been collected, and notably a test subarray was developed and built at the EISCAT site in Ramfjordmoen.

After an opening ceremony
September 7, 2017, the final development and construction of E3D stage 1 has been going on, the first measurements for scientific use are expected to be possible in 2022.