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ILWS Workshop
The Solar Influence on the Heliosphere and Earth's Environment:
Recent Progress and Prospects

February 19-24, 2006
Goa, India

Registration is now closed; please contact if you need further information.

Meeting Program

Registered Participants

Meeting Poster

Workshop Proceedings

Workshop Objectives: A complex web of interconnected processes links both steady and dynamic phenomena at the Sun to corresponding effects at Earth, the other planets, and throughout the heliosphere. Unraveling the nature of these interactions offers an opportunity to identify and understand the fundamental scientific principles governing the plasma universe. Of equal importance, it can enable us to predict and mitigate the effects of the constantly varying solar output on the the planetary environment, spacecraft and astronauts traveling between the planets, spacecraft in the Earth's radiation belts, and ionospheric communications.

The pace of discovery has accelerated over the course of the space age and we are now poised to make discoveries that will have a direct impact on human endeavors. This workshop will provide a snapshot of where we stand now, identify promising new lines of research, and provide a venue to identify prospective paths for international cooperation to address the most critical research problems and societal needs.

Discussion Topics:
  • Variable Interior
  • Variable Atmosphere
  • Variable Heliosphere
  • Earth Impact

    Scientific Program:
  • Feb 19: Arrival, Registration, & Reception
  • Feb 20: Inauguration; Review talks covering all the disciplines, programmatic talks
  • Feb 21: Plenary + Solar-Helio & Geospace working groups
  • Feb 22: Plenary + Solar-Helio & Geospace working groups; Free afternoon; Banquet
  • Feb 23: Plenary + Solar-Helio & Geospace working groups
  • Feb 24: Plenary + Discussion on Potential Collaborations
  • Workshop Venue: The ILWS2006 workshop will take place in Goa, the beautiful southwestern coast of India at the Cidade de Goa, a 5-star deluxe beach resort in Dona Paula-28 km from nearest airport (Dabolim). The nearest International airport is Mumbai. The schedule of flights to and from Goa can be found at:

    Important Dates and Deadlines:
  • Registration at early-bird rate ($400): December 15, 2005
  • Registration at full rate ($450): January 6, 2006
  • Abstract submission: December 15, 2005
  • Abstract acceptance: December 24, 2005
  • Submission of full papers: February 5, 2006
  • Submission of final version: February 24, 2006
  • Visa Requirements: Nationals of all countries, except Bhutan and Nepal, are required to obtain entry visas from the Indian Consulates nearest to them before arriving at any of the international airports in India. Participants are advised to apply for the 'Tourist' visa for which the Indian Consulate would not usually ask for any invitation or other documentation from the Organizing Committee. However, in view of the current security situation all over the world, the Indian Consulate may ask for invitation letters from the LOC. Such letters will be faxed to the participants as well as to the concerned Indian Consulate directly on request from the participants. For this purpose, the LOC has requested additional information, particularly about the passport in the Registration form. The participants are advised to contact Indian Consulates nearest to them to find the specific requirements as early as possible in order to avoid any delays in obtaining visas.

    Official Appointed Travel Agent:
    ACE Travel
    600 Jefferson Street
    Suite M2
    Rockville, MD 20852
    Tel: 301 738 8282
    Fax: 301 783 1271

    The following cities are connected to Goa Daolim airport:
  • New Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Bangalore
  • Cochin
  • Pune
  • Chennai
  • Kozhikode
  • Agatti
  • Hotel Reservations:
    Mr. Ajay Nayak, Sales Executive
    Vainguinim Beach, Goa - 403 004
    Phone: +91-832-2454545, +91-9822127525 (Mobile)
    Fax : +91-832-2454541/42
    Conference Code: ILWS workshop 2006

    The rates* are special for the ILWS Workshop:
    - US$ 170 on a single occupancy per night
    - US$ 180 on a double occupancy per night

    *The rate covers buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner.

    **A cheaper accommodation (~$40) is possible at the International Centre, Goa. On line reservation can be made at
    It is not a 5 star beach resort. The approximate cost of the room would be US$ 40.

    Bambolim Beach Resort, Goa is a 3-star hotel. The rates for American Plan (which includes BF, Lunch and Dinner) are $820 for 6 nights (Standard Room Tariff). Contact info:
    Address: Bambolim Beach Resort
    Bambolim, Goa - 403708, India.
    Phone no: +91-832-2459327
    Fax No : +91-832-2459925

    Ground Transportation:
    - The hotel provides airport transfer (from Airport to the Hotel and back) free of charge.
    - Any other transport required in Goa will be arranged by the LOC.

    Scientific Organizing Committee:
  • P. Venkatakrishnan (India)
  • R. Sridharan (India)
  • Arnab Rai Chaudhuri (India)
  • S. M. Chitre (India)
  • G. S. Lakhina (India)
  • A. Bhattacharya (co-chair India)
  • M. Guhathakurta (USA)
  • N. Gopalswamy (co-chair USA)
  • D. Sibeck(USA)
  • O.C. St. Cyr (USA)
  • R. Robinson (USA)
  • K. Groves (USA)
  • F. Cheng (Taiwan)
  • W. Liu (Canada)
  • L. Zelenyi (Russia)
  • K. Yumoto (Japan)
  • H. Opgenoorth (ESA)
  • M. Zhang (China)
  • J. N. Goswami (India)

  • Local Organizing Committee:
  • V. Reddy (Chairman)
  • S. Gurubaran (Co-chair)
  • Susheel Kumar
  • D. M. Daga
  • S. Ghosh
  • Satyavir Singh
  • Ajay Dhar
  • B. Veenadhari 

  • Currency Exchange (as of Nov 2, 2005):
  • Currency Indian Rupee (INR)
  • U.S. $ - 45.205
  • Euro - 54.558
  • British Pound - 80.307
  • Japanese Yen - 0.3869
  • Sponsors:
    - Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi was established in May 1971 with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. The DST has major responsibilities for specific projects and programs. (

    - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (