Updated on January 20, 2021 by Emma Unander

The Council

The 95th Council meeting was held digitally, in sessions, 25-26 November 2020

The EISCAT Council is the governing body of EISCAT Scientific Association and has an overall responsibility for the activities of the Association. The Council and the Association is governed by a set of rules included in the EISCAT BlueBook.

Annual reports, Council short reports and other documents can be found under documents. The page has a search function.

The Short Report from the 25-26 November 2020 meeting can be found here.

The Council consists of a Delegation, with a maximum of three persons from each Associate. A Delegation consists of a Delegate and Representatives.

Chairperson and deputy for the period 2021-2022: Prof. Aikio (chair) and Prof. Gumbel (deputy).


Council Members as of November 2020

P. R. of China

Dr. Zonghua Ding [1] and Prof. Jian Wu [2] (Delegate)


Dr. Satonori Nozawa [3] and Prof. Hiroshi Miyaoka [4] (Delegate)


Prof. Jörg Gumbel [5] and Dr. Tomas Andersson [6] (Delegate)


Prof. Anita Aikio [7], Dr. Kati Sulonen [8] (Delegate) and Dr. Jenni Virtanen [9]


Prof. Patrick Espy [10], Prof. Ingrid Mann [11] and Prof. Kenneth Ruud [12] (Delegate)

United Kingdom

Prof. Ian W. McCrea [13] and Prof. Mervyn Freeman [14] (Delegate)

[1] China Research Institute of Radiowave propagation, Qingdao City, P R of China
[2] China Research Institute of Radiowave propagation, Beijing, P R of China
[3] Institute for Space-Earth Environment Research, Nagoya, Japan
[4] National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan
[5] Stockholm University, Sweden
[6] Vetenskapsrådet, Stockholm, Sweden
[7] University of Oulu, Finland
[8] Academy of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
[9] Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, National Land Survey of Finland, Masala, Finland
[10] Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
[11] UiT the Artic University of Norway, Troms√ł, Norway
[12] UiT the Artic University of Norway, Troms√ł, Norway
[13] STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, UK
[14] British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK

The Committee Members

Two Committees are active in the Association, the Administrative and Finance Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Administrative and Finance Committee:

Finland: Ms. Meri Vannas
Japan: Prof. Hiroshi Miyaoka
Norway: Dr. Inger Solheim
Sweden: Dr. Magnus Friberg Chairperson
United Kingdom: Mr. Ben Clark

Scientific Advisory Committee:

Peoples Republic of China: Dr. Jun Wu
Finland: Dr. Thomas Ulich
Japan: Dr. Yasunobu Ogawa
Norway: Prof. Lisa Baddeley
Sweden: Dr. Stephan Buchert
United Kingdom: Dr. Andrew Kavanagh Chairperson
DLR-SO, Germany: Dr. Jens Berdermann
IRAP, France: Dr. Frederic Pitout
KOPRI, South Korea: Dr. Geonhwa Jee
KASI, South Korea: Dr. Kwak Young-Sil
RIAN, Ukraine: Dr. Andriy Zalizovsky
External member: Prof. Jorge Chau
External member: Prof. Anthea Coster

Council Meetings

Council normally meets twice a year, in spring and autumn.

The Council meetings are organised by the Associates in a rotating manner. The rotation follows the listing in the Agreement (after the introduction of United Kingdom Research and Innovation, UKRI instead of NERC): P. R. of China – Japan – Norway – Finland – UK – Sweden.

1st 20 Jan 1976 in Kiruna, Sweden
2nd 5 March 1976 in Paris, France
3rd 28-29 April 1976 in Paris, France
4th 2-3 Nov 1976 in Slough, UK
5th 1 feb 1977 in Paris, France
6th¬†24-25 March 1977 in Troms√ł, Norway
7th 12 July 1977 in Hamburg, Germany
8th 22-23 Nov 1977 in Paris, France
9th 24 Feb 1978 in Slough, UK
10th 11-12 May 1978 in Helsinki, Finland
11th 9-10 Nov 1978 in Paris, France
12th 24-25 April 1979 in Oxfordshire, UK
13th 6-7 Nov 1979 in Lindau, Germany
14th 24-25 April 1980 in Paris, France
15th 6-7 November 1980 in Oxfordshire, UK
16th 28-29 April 1981 in Tegernsee, Germany
17th 27 August 1981 in Kiruna, Sweden
18th 5-6 November 1981 in Paris, France
19th¬†22-23 April 1982 in Troms√ł, Norway
20th 4-5 Nov 1982 in Hamburg, Germany
21st 12-13 May 1983 in Sodankylä, Finland
22nd 3-4 Nov 1983 in Leicester, UK
23rd 2-3 May 1984 in Stockholm/Uppsala, Sweden
24th 8-9 Nov 1984 in Paris, France
25th¬†9-10 May 1985 in Troms√ł, Norway
26th¬†7-8 Nov 1985 in M√ľnich, Germany
27th 21 22 May 1986 in Helsinki, Finland
28th 6-7 Nov 1986 in London, UK
29th 12-13 May 1987 in Oulu, Finland
30th 12-13 Nov 1987 in Paris, France
31st 9-10 May 1988 in Lindau, Germany
32nd 10-11 Nov 1988 in Kiruna, Sweden
33rd 9-10 Nov 1989 in Oxfordshire, UK
34th¬†9-11 May 1990 in Troms√ł/Longyearbyen, Norway
35th 8-9 Nov 1990 in Hamburg, Germany
36th 2-3 May 1991 in Grenoble, France
37th 11-12 November 1991 in Helsinki, Finland
38th 20-21 May 1992 in Copenhagen, Denmark
39th 12-13 Nov 1992 in Uppsala, Sweden
40th 20-21 May 1993 in Oslo, Norway
41st 16-17 Nov 1993 in Hamburg, Germany
42nd 19-20 May 1994 in Copenhagen, Denmark
43rd 28-29 Nov 1994 in Windsor, UK
44th 22-23 May 1995 in Hamburg, Germany
45th 28-29 Nov 1995 in Paris, France
46th 20-21 May 1996 in Oslo, Norway
47th¬†25-26 Nov 1996 in Troms√ł, Norway
48th 12-13 May 1997 in Copenhagen, Denmark
49th 17-18 Nov 1997 in Kiruna, Sweden
50th 11-12 May 1998 in London, UK
51st 16-17 Nov 1998 in Paris, France
52nd 10-11 May 1999 in Sigtuna, Sweden
53rd 15-16 Nov 1999 in Tokyo, Japan
54th 15-16 May 2000 in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
55th¬†30-31 Oct 2000 in M√ľnich, Germany
56th 15 May 2001 in Helsinki, Finland
57th 8-9 Nov 2001 in Knivsta, Sweden
57th-extra 5 Feb 2002 in Copenhagen, Denmark
58th 4-5 June 2002 in Grenoble, France
59th 6-7 Nov 2002 in Abingdon, UK
60th 4-5 June 2003 in Oslo, Norway
61st 11-12 November 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark
62nd¬†3-4 June 2004 in M√ľnich, Germany
63rd 4-5 November 2004 in Helsinki, Finland
63rd-extra 1 March 2005 in Oslo, Norway
64th 8-9 June 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden
65th 18-19 October 2005 in Qingdao, China
66th 1-2 June 2006 in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
67th 14-15 November 2006 in Southampton, UK
68th 31 May Р1 June 2007 in Nagoya, Japan
69th 15-16 November 2007 in Helsinki,
70th 27-28 May 2008 in Kiruna, Sweden
70th-extra 4-5 September 2008 in Copenhagen, Denmark
71st 30-31 October 2008 in Kunming, China
72nd 3-4 June 2009 in Berlin, Germany
73rd 27-28 October 2009 in Lillehammer, Norway
73rd-extra 14 December 2009 as Teleconference
74th 3-4 June 2010 in Tokyo, Japan
75th 1-2 November 2010 in Cambridge, UK
76th 31 May Р1 June 2011 in Helsinki, Finland
77th 3-4 November 2011 in Bonn, Germany
78th 29-30 May 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden
79th 5-6 February 2013 in Beijing, China
79th-extra 17 April 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark
80th 27-28 May 2013 in Oslo, Norway
81st 30-31 October 2013 in Leeds, UK
82nd 10-11 June 2014 in Nagoya, Japan
83rd 6 Р7 November 2014 in Helsinki, Finland
84th 10 Р11 June 2015 in Kiruna, Sweden
85th 3-4 November 2015 in Haikou, Hainan Island, China
86th 1-2 June 2016 in Troms√ł, Norway
87th 2-3 November 2016 in Oxford, UK
87th-extra 14 December 2016 as Teleconference
87th-extra2 24 April 2017 as Teleconference
88th 31 May – 1 June 2017, Tokyo, Japan
89th 13 – 14 November, 2017, Oulu, Finland
90th 29 – 30 May, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden
91st 6 – 7 November 2018, Beijing, P. R. of China
92nd 11 – 12 June 2019, Tokyo, Japan
93rd 27 – 28 November 2019, Oslo, Norway
94th 30 April and 3 – 4 June 2020, Digital meeting
95th 25 – 26 November 2020, Digital meeting
Planned: 96th, 27 April and 27 – 28 May 2021, Digital meeting

First Council meeting

The first EISCAT Council meeting was held at Kiruna Geophysical Observatory (KGO), Sweden, 20 January 1976:

The first Council meeting held in Kiruna in 1976

The first Council meeting held in Kiruna in 1976

The first Council meeting held in Kiruna in 1976

Attending from Associates: Dr. H.H. Atkinson, UK, Prof. W.I. Axford, Germany, Prof. W.J.G Beynon, UK, Mr. P. Creyssel, France (Chairperson), Dr. J. Delhaye, France, Prof. K.B. Dysthe, Norway, Mr. J. Gustavsson, Sweden, Dr. G. Haerendel, Germany, Dr. F. Horner, UK, Prof. B. Hultqvist, Sweden (Vice-Chair), Dr. G. Preiss, Germany, Dr. O. Ranta, Finland, Mr. A. Sandbo, Norway and Prof. A. Siivola, Finland. Absent: Mr. F. du Castel, France. EISCAT staff: Prof. T. Hagfors (Director) and Dr. K. Folkestad (Assistant Director). Other participants: Mr. A. Jubier, France, Mme. J. Mirabel, France. Dr. H. Rishbeth (SAC Chairperson) and Mr. A. Schwerer (Contract Review Commission (SRC) member). With France beeing a member, both English and French were used in the meeting (you see the interpreter’s booth in the second photo)