• The XX

    Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference


    We regret to announce, that due to the current situation in the world, the ELS Conference Organization Committee has made a decision to postpone the ELS XX to summer 2023.
    We have hoped for a long-awaited offline community meeting to finally get together and enjoy the atmosphere, but, unfortunately, the situation remains highly unpredictable, and to protect and keep all of you safe, we are moving the conference and expect to hold it on the last week of June or first week of July 2023.
    More information will be available by the end of this summer.

General info

The 20th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XX) is postponed to summer 2023..
It 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, and Hangzhou. The main objective of the conference 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.
This edition of ELS conference will be dedicated to our deeply regretted friend and colleague Michael Mishchenko .

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
  • scattering of light by oceanic particulates
  • scattering of light by solar system objects, exoplanets, and exoplanetary environments
  • scattering of light by various astrophysical objects
  • applications of light scattering methods in biology and biomedicine
  • light scattering in densely packed particulate media
  • near-field and coherent effects in light scattering, optical trapping, and manipulation
  • light scattering methods to control material properties and technological applications


Conference conveners

Alexey Shcherbakov
ITMO University, Russia
M. Pinar Mengüç
Ozyegin University, Turkey
Ping Yang
Texas A&M University, USA
Matthew J. Berg
Kansas State University, USA
Anne Virkki
Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico
Maxim Yurkin
Voevodsky Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion, Russia
Lei Bi
Zhejiang University, China

Local committee

Alexey Shcherbakov, Chair
Anastasia Kaptsova, Secretary

ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Science committee

Pavel Belov, ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia
Anatoli Borovoi, Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Tomsk, Russia
Sharon Burton, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA
Anthony Davis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA
Gérard Gouesbet, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Rouen, France
Joop Hovenier, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Evgueni Kassianov, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA
Nikolai Khlebtsov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saratov, Russia
Gerhard Kristensson, Lund University, Sweden
Eric Le Ru, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
James Lock, Cleveland State University, OH, USA
Hal Maring, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, USA
Alexander Marshak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
M. Pinar Mengüç, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Karri Muinonen, University of Helsinki & National Land Survey, Finland
Timo Nieminen, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Elena Petrova, Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
Christopher Sorensen, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Knut Stamnes, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA
Gorden Videen, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA
Thomas Wriedt, University of Bremen, Germany
Ping Yang, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Maxim Yurkin, Novosibirsk State University, Russia


The following Elsevier awards will be presented at the conference:

  • Elsevier's Hendrik C. Van de Hulst Award
  • Elsevier's Peter C. Waterman Award
  • Elsevier's Richard M. Goody Award
  • Elsevier's Michael Mishchenko Award


Contact info

Further information: Alexey Shcherbakov

NASA contact: Matthew J. Berg

199034, Russia, St. Petersburg, Lomonosova str. 9

Department of Physics and Engineering

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