New recruitment

New recruitment

The EISCAT3D Project Leader has now been appointed We have had a lot of interest for the vacancy of Project Leader for  EISCAT3D. The opening has been filled by Mr. Johan Svensson. Johan will start his work at the EISCAT Headquarters in Kiruna, Sweden in January. Johan has been working as a Research Engineer and his experience in this field will be of great use in the EISCAT3D project. The other vacancies has not yet been filled. The work in sorting out the candidates is ongoing. ...
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EISCAT Peer-reviewed Program experiments

Introduction EISCAT Scientific Association invites applications for observing time on the EISCAT facilities in 2018, by individual scientists, research groups, and consortia throughout the world on equal, competitive basis. This opportunity opens in total 200 h of experiment time for international, peer-reviewed competition, and is available for the use of any of the current EISCAT facilities. Successful applicants will be awarded time on the facilities based on the scientific merit of their applications. Assistance with observing programs and data analysis will be provided. Please, if you are unfamiliar with EISCAT, contact us via the email address given below, and we will be happy to assist you, by advising you on the technical aspects of your proposal. We welcome applications both by young and established researchers. Submissions Applications for EISCAT PP time should be sent to Dr. Ingemar Häggström, by email to: ingemar.haggstrom@eiscat.se, to arrive no later than at 24:00 UTC on the submission deadline date. A confirmation of reception will be sent to the...
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New GUISDAP release

EISCAT releases a new version of GUISDAP. GUISDAP is the main analysis package for the ionospheric EISCAT data, but parts can also be used for other types of analysis. It also contain extra tools like visualisation, calibration and vector calculation. A new feature is lag profiling of raw voltage data, enabling mainly analysis at higher resolution. Please read the release notes for details....
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EISCAT_3D Opening Event

EISCAT_3D Opening Event

EISCAT_3D Opening Event Short report (PDF) The opening event for the construction of the first stage of the EISCAT_3D system took place in Tromsø and Storfjord, Norway, on 7 September 2017. The day started in brilliant sunshine with a bus transport to UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, where the first part of the opening event was held. Anne Husebekk, the university rector, greeted us all welcome and Ingrid Mann, the leader of the Norwegian project consortium, presented a general overview of the EISCAT_3D project. This was followed by short addresses from representatives of the EISCAT associate countries from which it was clear that there are high expectations from the international EISCAT user community for the future potential of the new system. Finally, Craig Heinselman, EISCAT director, detailed the technical implementation of the EISCAT_3D system. The opening event continued with a 90 minute long coach ride to the UiT Skibotn field station with a guide pointing out several interesting geological details along the way in the local...
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Space research pioneer Bengt Hultqvist is turning 90 years old

Space research pioneer Bengt Hultqvist is turning 90 years old

The "Hjalmar Lundbohm" of space Professor Emeritus Bengt Hultqvist, turning 90 years old on August 21, has sometimes been called "the Hjalmar Lundbohm* of space" - it is largely thanks to him that space operations in Kiruna have gained such an outstanding development. Bengt Hultqvist was the initiator of EISCAT, the European scientific radar facilities in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland and in Svalbard, which are the most advanced radar facilities of their kind. EISCAT Headquarters in Kiruna, is the only international research center based in Sweden. "Without Bengt, Swedish space research should not have been where it is today," says IRF's current director Stas Barabash. "He was the one who laid the foundation for  Swedish space research and he is the reason Sweden now operates what is probably the most advanced space program in comparison with other smaller countries." Read the full article here. (In Swedish) Professor emeritus Bengt Hultqvist, som fyller 90 år den 21 augusti, har ibland kallats "rymdens Hjalmar Lundbohm" - det är till stor...
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Rocket inauguration

Rocket inauguration at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics EISCAT Kiruna staff participated in the inauguration of the rocket, Centaure 2B, that Esrange Space Center has "lent out" to the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF). The rocket and the rocket launcher were first inaugurated by the former director of the institute, Professor Emeritus Bengt Hultqvist, 50 years ago. Bengt Hultqvist, now turning ninety, was in honor of his work for the institute and the space research in Kiruna and Sweden, invited to inaugurate the rocket once more. The present director of the IRF, Stas Barabash, and the director of Esrange Space Center, Lennart Poromaa held short speeches. Bengt talked a little of his work and of his first inauguration of this rocket and then crushed the traditional champagne bottle on the rocket, as he once did 50 years earlier. Afterwards the staff of IRF and EISCAT Scientific Association, and other participants, were invited for a lunch in the open. The chef of IRF and his assistants treated the lunch...
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Asteroid gets the name Wannberg

11807 Wannberg Asta Pellinen-Wannberg gets an asteroid named after her. Motivation: Asta Pellinen-Wannberg (b. 1953) is a Swedish geophysicist and astronomer at Umeå University known for radar observation of meteors. She studies interaction of small meteoroids with the atmosphere using high-power large-aperture radars. "Asta Pellinen-Wannberg was the first scientist in the world to use big scatter radar to study meteors, triggered by small particles from space, penetrating the atmosphere. Together with Gudmund Wannberg, then, Technical Manager and Deputy Director of the EISCAT radar facility, as well as Teacher at Umeå University, they discovered by accident in December 1990 that meteors could be systematically studied with the EISCAT radar. This work is now rewarded and it is nice that the asteroid is wearing the pioneers' common surname. - forskingn.se (latest 2017-05-09) About the asteroid: Earlier, the Asteroid 1981 was called EH17 - and now 11807 Wannberg. The asteroid was discovered on March 1, 1981 by an astronomer named S.J. Bus at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. It moves within...
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March for Science

Mike marched for science In support of scientists all over the world Mike participated in The Science March last Saturday. Together with several hundred people Mike marched against fake news and reduced funding for research. The march in Tromsø was just one of about 600 marches worldwide to defend knowledge, independent research and fearless communication of scientific research. All over the world we see the dangerous effects of mistrust in science and with this march we show that we do not accept this. Science is science, facts are facts. Science is not an opinion.     ...
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Kiruna Snow Festival

Last weekend in January When the light returns and the cold is biting the skin the people of Kiruna celebrate the snow and the winter with a Snow festival. During the Snowfestival you are able to take part in the rich culture of Kiruna, everything from snow-sculptures, painting exhibitions and snowblower race to kid’s playgrounds designed by snow. Everything is connected to snow. But it is are also a Space Fair; The movie theatre show space movies and the space organizations in Kiruna have displays of their activities.  EISCAT participated with a showcase stand, to let people know what we are and what we do.  The fair is well attended and a great way for us to reach out  to the community in Kiruna....
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