The 8th biennial VERSIM Workshop, 19 - 23 March 2018

Polar Geophysical Institute (PGI), Apatity, Murmansk region, Russia


VERSIM working group

The working group on VLF/ELF Remote Sensing of the Ionosphere and Magnetosphere (VERSIM) is an international group of scientists interested in studying the behaviour of the magnetosphere and ionosphere by means of ELF (300 Hz - 3 kHz) and VLF (3-30 kHz) radio waves, both naturally and artificially generated. The group was set up in 1975 by IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) and URSI (International Union of Radio Science), as described in the working group history. Originally the emphasis was on probing of the magnetosphere by whistlers, but later the scope became somewhat broader. The group aims to promote research in this field by facilitating the exchange of ideas, information and experience between active research workers and other interested scientists. This is done through regular meetings at IAGA and URSI Assemblies, a regular  VERSIM community workshop, and via the circulation of a newsletter. The group has also been active in sponsoring scientific symposia at IAGA and URSI Assemblies, in areas relevant to its field of interest, and in coordinating observational campaigns. At present the main subjects of interest include:

There are currently over 100 scientists from about 26 different countries on the VERSIM mailing list.

The Program of the Conference comprises the traditional major topics listed above. Following the successful experience of the 7th VERSIM meeting in Hermanus, radiation-belt themed reports are also highly welcome.

The conference working language is English. 


If you would like to participate in this conference, we kindly ask you to register via the site ( or by sending an e-mail message to the Organizing Committee ( indicating your name, institute, and e-mail address, and a tentative title(s) of your presentation(s).

You may upload your abstract file(s) immediately or send them to us later on via e-mail.

Please kindly complete your pre-registration before November 30, 2017, so that we can plan the necessary resources effectively. Abstract submission deadline is December 15, 2017.

It is also very important for us to set up a draft program well in advance in order to apply for grants supporting the conference. In the case of successful applications, we can spend a considerable amount of money for compensating travel and accommodation expences of young participants and those from less wealthy countries.

Please don't hesitate to ask the organizers any questions concerning any aspect of the future meeting.

Registration fees & payment

(Updated 20 October 2017:) The anticipated registration fee is 14000 RUR (approx. 240 USD). It will cover local organization, coffee breaks, icebreaker party conference dinner, transportation from and to the airport, and excursions. At the moment the expected payment procedure will consist in cash payment on site. Eventually, bank transfer and credit card options may become available.

There are many ATMs in Apatity (map here) where you can safely withdraw RUR cash using your Visa or MasterCard. There are also several of them in Murmansk airport.

Funding support

A limited amount of funds may be available to support participation of scientists with funding difficulties. Preference will be given to young participants. If you would like to request a support please fill the corresponding fields when pre-registering.


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