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Colloquium on scientific applications of Galileo

09/02/2007 795 views 0 likes
ESA / Applications / Navigation

The first international colloquium on the fundamental aspects and scientific applications of Galileo and global navigation satellite systems will be held at the Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse from 1 to 4 October 2007.

ESA, Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace, Bureau des Longitudes and Académie de Marine are the main organisers of this colloquium, which is intended to contribute to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.
The colloquium will address three major issues:

  • the fundamental aspects of navigation by satellites and Galileo – geodetic and temporal reference frames, relativistic frame, on board and ground clocks, orbits, radiation environment in orbit, inter-satellite links, fundamental aspects of propagation, tropospheric and ionospheric corrections, calibration and validation, relations with international organisations
  • scientific applications in meteorology, geodesy, geophysics, space physics, oceanography, land surface and ecosystem studies – using either direct or reflected signals; differential measurements, phase measurements, occultation measurements – using receivers placed on the ground, in airplanes or in scientific satellites
  • scientific developments in physics and dealing with future systems, particularly in testing fundamental laws, in astronomy, in quantum communication, and in developing clocks or experiments based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

Colloquium objectives

The colloquium is intended to bring together leading members of the European scientific community and their international partners. Among its aims are to propose to Galileo partners means of enhancing the scientific use of Galileo and to contribute to GNSS development based on scientific approaches. It will also be an occasion to review the various possibilities for the use of navigation satellite systems such as Galileo for scientific purposes and to investigate how these scientific requirements can contribute to making the most of the present systems and defining their future evolution. The conference will be organized as a series of plenary talks and two parallel half day sessions.

Invitation to submit papers

Potential contributors are invited to submit abstracts of original papers to be considered for inclusion the colloquium programme as oral or poster presentations.
Information on the submission of abstracts can be obtained from the ESA Conference Bureau (see link in right-hand navigation menu). Please contact the Conference Bureau via email (address: with any questions relating to this matter.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 April 2007. Authors will be notified of the decision of the programme committee by 15 May 2007. Authors whose papers have been selected will then receive instructions for the preparation of their full-length paper. The deadline for submission of papers is 15 July 2007.


The conference is sponsored by ESA, Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace, Cité de l'Espace, and the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). The meeting is supported by the French Space Agency (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales – CNES), Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Observatoire de Paris, Académie de Marine, Bureau des Longitudes, Ministère des transports Paris, the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), the International GNSS Service (IGS), and the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale – URSI).
Companies and organisations interested in becoming sponsors should contact Jean-Claude Husson via e-mail
(address: jchusson @[remove spaces]).

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