Applications open for SANSA Radar School 2015

17 May 2015 - 10:00

From 12 to 13 September 2015, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in Hermanus, Western Cape, is offering a short school on the theory, operations and science associated with radars for ionospheric research.

Applications are invited from postgraduate students (MSc and PhD). A maximum of 15 students can be accepted. Successful applicants for the school are expected to arrive at SANSA on Friday, 11 September 2015. Application forms can be downloaded here:

Deadline for applications

Completed application forms must be submitted by 10 July 2015.

Radar School Topics

The school will cover the theory, operations and science basics of:

  • Ionosondes: Ionosondes are used to monitor the plasma density on the bottom-side ionosphere. SANSA operates 4 instruments, including one on-site at Hermanus.
  • Coherent Scatter radar: Coherent scatter radars monitor the flow of plasma in the upper ionosphere, which relates to the state of the sun’s magnetic field and solar wind. SANSA operates Africa’s only scientific over-the-horizon high frequency radar at the SANAE research station in Antarctica. It is the most advanced version of the SuperDARN international network of 30 similar radars.
  • Incoherent Scatter radar: Incoherent scatter radars monitor the plasma density, flow and temperature throughout the ionosphere. The radar school will focus on the European system (EISCAT) located in northern Scandinavia. SANSA will host an international scientific meeting on this most advanced type of ionospheric radar, 14-18 September 2015.
  • Ionospheric modification: In addition to observing natural phenomena, active experiments using high-power high-frequency radio waves permit novel active experiments by “ionospheric modification”. Observations are typically done by optics and radars.

Radar School Fees

There is no fee for attending the Radar School. Sponsorships are covering all the costs (transport, accommodation and meals).

EISCAT Symposium

Students are strongly encouraged to stay on and attend the 17th European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) Symposium, which will be held in Hermanus from 14-18 September, at a venue within walking distance of SANSA.

EISCAT Symposium Costs

This conference has no sponsorship and is entirely dependent on registration fees to function. Students staying on after the Radar School must cover all costs (except transport). To assist students, SANSA is offering low-cost shared accommodation in its own residence and a substantial conference registration fee discount. There will be no meals provided during the conference (unless you are participating at the full fee).

More information about the EISCAT conference and the Radar School can be found here: