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Almunecar. 15th-19th May 2023

20th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference


About the ELS Conference

The 20th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XX) will be held in Hotel “Bahía Tropical” located in Almuñecar, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Costa Tropical of Granada, Spain. The conference will build on the remarkable success of the previous ELS conferences held in Amsterdam, Helsinki (twice), New York, Vigo, Halifax, Gainesville, Bremen, Salobreña, St. Petersburg, Bodrum, Hatfield, Taormina, Lille, Leipzig, College Park, College Station, Hangzhou, and the 19th conference held online on July 2021.

The main goal of the ELS conference series is to bring together scientists and engineers studying various aspects of light scattering and to provide a relaxed academic atmosphere for in-depth discussions of theoretical advances, measurements, and applications.

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Confirmed invited speakers

  • Plenary van de Hulst Award 2020 lecture by Gérard Gouesbet , Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Normadie University, France

  • Plenary van de Hulst Award 2022 lecture by Ping Yang , Texas A&M University, USA

  • Romain Ceolato , “Characterizing microparticles with multispectral small-angle light scattering.” The French Aerospace Lab-University of Toulouse, France.

  • Yevgen Grynko , "Light backsattering from large particles and dense particulate media: solving a multi-scale electromagnetic problem." Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany

  • Sungsoo Kim, “The Danuri Moon Mission/PolCam first results”, Korea Aerospace Institute, Daejon, South Korea.

  • Hannakaisa Lindqvist “Estimating CO2 by modeling the contribution of aerosol scattering on satellite measurements." Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland.

  • Daniel Mackowski , "multiple sphere T-Matrix code", Auburn University, USA.

  • Alessandro Magazzù , “Manipulating individual dust particles with optical forces.” CNR-IPCF, Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, Messina, Italy.

  • Francois Menard , "light scattering by circumstellar dust disks", Université Grenoble Alpes, France.

  • Antti Penttila , “Asteroid modeling”. University of Helsinki, Finland.

  • Ann Carine van Daele , "Role of dust in the Martian atmosphere", Royal Belgian Institute for Aeronomie, Belgium.

  • Anne Virkki , "Solar System surfaces characterization by modeling radar scattering." University of Helsinki, Finland.

  • Hester Volten , "Citizen scientists monitoring air quality." National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, the Netherlands.


The specific topics that will be covered include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • New theoretical developments, numerical simulations, and laboratory measurements of light scattering by nonspherical and morphologically complex particles and particle groups

  • Detection and characterization of atmospheric particulates using laboratory, in situ, and remote sensing techniques

  • Scattering of light by terrestrial aerosols and clouds, oceanic particulates, solar system objects, exoplanets, stellar disks, and various astrophysical objects

  • Applications of light scattering methods in biology and biomedicine

  • Near-field and coherent effects in light scattering, optical trapping, and manipulation

  • Light scattering methods to control material properties and technological applications


  • Olga Muñoz Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Granada, Spain 

  • Karri Muinonen, University of Helsinki & National Land Survey, Finland

  • Gorden Videen, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA

Scientific Committee

Local Organizing Committee

  • Elisa Frattin, IAA-CSIC

  • Juan Carlos Gómez-Martín, IAA-CSIC

  • Daniel Guirado, IAA-CSIC

  • François Malaval, IAA-CSIC

  • Julia Martikainen, IAA-CSIC

  • Fernando Moreno, IAA-CSIC

  • Olga Muñoz, IAA-CSIC

  • Alicia Pelegrina, IAA-CSIC

Call for abstracts

Participants interested in presenting an oral communication are invited to submit an abstract before Friday, March 3rd 2023. All abstracts will undergo peer review by the SOC.

Notification regarding the status of your abstract acceptance is expected to be sent by the end of March 2023.

Abstracts must be submitted through the submission form .

Important dates

  • Registration opening: Friday, October 14th 2022

  • Abstracts submission deadline: Thursday, March 9th 2023

  • Communication to authors: Friday, March 17th 2023

  • Early-bird registration fee: Friday, March 24th 2023

  • Registration closure: Friday, April 24th 2023

  • Meeting: from May 15th to 19th 2023


All participants are invited to stay at the Bahía Tropical Hotel. The cost of the room (double or single) is €85 (taxes, breakfast and lunches during the conference included). You can book your room through the registration form.

If you have any questions or special requirements do not hesitate to contact the Technical Secretaritat at

There is a limited number of rooms at the agreed price. We recommend to book your accommodation as far in advance as possible .

Cancellation policy: The hotel cancellation is free of charge until April, 24th. After the date, the amount paid as hotel reservation will not be refunded.
The Conference registration fee could be refunded until May, 1st.


The ELS 2023 Organization has a code of behavior that all registered participants are encouraged to read and to abide by. More information here



Sunday, May 14th

20:00 Registration desk opening and Welcome Cocktail (the Solarium terrace (4th floor) of the Bahía Tropical Hotel)

Monday, May 15th

Tuesday, May 16th

Wednesday, May 17th

Thursday, May 18th

Friday, May 19th




Abstract submission

The organizing committee invites authors to submit abstracts for on-site presentation within any of the topic listed above​

  • The presenting author must be registered in the Congress.

  • Abstracts can be up to 350 words.

  • Abstracts must be submitted through the registration form.






The organizers acknowledge financial support from the European Science Foundation (ESF), MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 (Grants RYC-2016-19570 and PID2021-123370OB-I00) and the European Union NextGenerationEU/PTR.


The organizers acknowledge financial support from NASA. Grant number 80NSSC20K0649

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