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Tenth EISCAT-3D User Meeting

      EISCAT Scientific Association                                               

EISCAT_3D User Meeting 2019

  The EISCAT_3D (E3D) project has now been officially started with an opening event on September 7, 2017, and is now in the 2nd year of the stage 1 construction. A 10th user meeting has taken place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 21-22, 2019. 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.

Group photo

The dates for the 11th E3D User Meeting are tentatively May 12-13, 2020, the location is Uppsala.

An important event for EISCAT and E3D in the near future is the  19th International EISCAT Symposium 2019 and 46th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods in Oulu, Finland 19th - 23rd August 2019.


The start of the core meeting is 13 pm on Tuesday, May 21, the end is 17 pm on Wednesday, May 22. Preparatory meetings, splinters, etc., can be organized in the morning of May 21, or also on Monday, May20, upon request. Please contact anyone of the programme committee, Noora Partamies, Anita Aikio, Ian McCrea, Yasunobu Ogawa, Johan Kero, or Craig Heinselman, for suggestions about the meeting programme. This years special topic is tentatively "Planning and preparations for the first scatter signals, standard modes of operation, Common Programmes, and software packages for EISCAT_3D. Also particularly contributions about the future of the Heating facility and the ESR are encouraged.

The preliminary programme is
  • May 21, Tuesday, 13.00-17.00:
    Future of the Heating facility, Special Topic as well as general EISCAT and E3D Science: New results and future plans.
    • 13.00-13.10: Practical Information, Stephan Buchert
    • 13.10-13.20: Opening and Welcome, Craig Heinselmann, EISCAT
    • 13.20-13.50: EISCAT_3D Status of Preparations, Craig Heinselmann, EISCAT
    • 13.50-14.00: EISCAT_3D Status, if applicable, in Finnland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, UK, Anita Aikio, Stephan Buchert, Ian McCrea, Yasunobu Ogawa, Andres Spicher
    • 14.00-14.30: SDI-3D project: measurements of the thermosphere, Shin-Ichiro Oyama, ISEE, Nagoya University
      • 14.30-15.00: Coffee break
    • 15.00-15.30: ALIS_4D status report and some thoughts on the possibilities for using ALIS_4D as a testbed for establishing a common user interface for EISCAT_3D and complementary instruments, Urban Brändström, IRF
    • 15.50-16.10: SMILE Ground-Based & Additional Science Working Group, Jenny Carter (presented by Andrew Kavanagh, BAS, UK)
    • 16.10-16.40: Heating status and future, Mike Rietveld, EISCAT
    • 16.40-17.00: Discussion on Heating
  • May 22, Wednesday, 9.00-12.00:
    Data analysis, E3D CP and SP experiments, general EISCAT and E3D Science: New results and future plans.
    • 09.00-09.30: The EOSC Hub Competence Centre for EISCAT 3D: Data portal development and user analysis prototype cases, Carl-Fredrik Enell, EISCAT
    • 09.30-10.00: On EISCAT and EISCAT3D plasma parameter fits, Ilkka Virtanen, Oulu University
    • 10.00-10.20: On E3D core IS data analysis with a user platform, Stephan Buchert, IRF
      • 10.20-10.50: Coffee break
    • 10.50-11.20: The need for multifrequency meteor scatter with UHF, E3D, MAARSY and the potential of converting the mainland systems for space debris surveillence, Johan Kero, IRF
    • 11.20-11.50: Results from the ESA EISCAT_3D Performance Evaluation for Space Situational Awareness, Daniel Kastinen, IRF
      • 11.50-13.30: Lunch break
  • May 22, Wednesday, 13.00-17.00:
    Data analysis, E3D CP and SP experiments, general EISCAT and E3D Science: New results and future plans.
    • 13.30-14.00: SuperDARN Cyprus: A new radar supporting EISCAT_3D, Darren Wright, University of Leicester, UK
    • 14.00-14.30: E3D D-region experiments, Esa Turunen, SGO
    • 14.30-14.50: E3D Common Programmes, between continuity and new visions, Stephan Buchert, IRF
    • 14.50-15.00: Form for an E3D Supplementary Instrument Roadmap, Stephan Buchert, IRF
      • 15.00-15.40: extended coffee break
    • 15.40-16.10: EISCAT Radar School/Symposium 2019, Thomas Ulich and Anita Aikio, Oulu University
    • 16.10-16.20: Other activities in the near future, all
    • 16.20-17.00: free discussion, free slots


The local organizer is Stephan Buchert. A deadline had been set to April 26, 2019, but a few late registrations are still possible! 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 lecture rooms of the Uppsala University, room 2344 and 2215 in the ITC area, across the road from the Ångström laboratory and a large construction site, where the car parking used to be. The meeting starts on Tuesday, May 21, after lunch and ending on Wednesday, May 22, at 17. If needed, smaller meeting rooms for splinter sessions are available, also on Monday, May 20.

The so-called Polacksbacken campus of the Uppsala University is ~2-3 km from Uppsala downtown where most hotels are located.  It has been popular to walk to the campus, along the river Å, or passing the botanical garden (it is also possible to stroll through it). There is public transport, please consult UL.

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.

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. 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 three sites of stage 1 are Skibotn, Norway, Kaiseniemi, Sweden, and Karesuvanto, Finland. Major contracts for the Antenna Unit, the First Stage Receive Unit, and the Sub-Array Transmit Unit have been signed with ECRIEE, China and with DA-Design, Finland. The first measurements for scientific use are expected to be possible in 2022.