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Message from the AP-RASC'10 Conference Chair

It is our great pleasure to announce that the "2010 Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference" (AP-RASC'10) will be held at Toyama International Conference Center, Toyama, Japan on September 22-26, 2010.

The "Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference" (AP-RASC) is the Asia-Pacific regional URSI conference held between the URSI General Assemblies. The objective of the AP-RASC is very similar to that of the URSI General Assembly, and is to review current research trends, present new discoveries, and make plans for future research and special projects in all areas of radio science, especially where international cooperation is desirable. At the AP-RASC conferences, a particular emphasis is placed on promoting various research activities in the countries of the Asia-Pacific area.

The first AP-RASC (AP-RASC'01) was held in Tokyo, Japan on August 1-4, 2001. The AP-RASC'01 was a great success, with the total number of registered participants and the total number of papers being 704 (from 34 countries) and 601, respectively. The second AP-RASC (AP-RASC'04) was held in Qingdao, China on August 24-27, 2004 and was also successful.

The AP-RASC'10 in Toyama, Japan is the third AP-RASC. The Conference is sponsored jointly by URSI and The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), in cooperation with Science Council of Japan, Toyama Prefecture, Toyama City, The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ), Association for Promotion of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Toyama Prefectural University, and University of Toyama. Subject areas covered by the AP-RASC'10 are broad and similar to those of the URSI General Assembly, which include topics covered by URSI Commissions A-K. We would like to express a hearty welcome to all of you working in the area of radio science for participation in the forthcoming AP-RASC'10.

There are several features at the AP-RASC'10. In addition to a number of regular sessions corresponding to the topics covered by URSI Commissions A-K, we are organizing the special session entitled "Union Session: Radio Science Activities in Asia-Pacific Area," where papers focusing on the latest research activities related to radio science in the countries of the Asia-Pacific area will be presented (see the Second Call for Papers for details on the suggested topics of the Conference). We have also made arrangements for the two special programs for young scientists, namely, the "Student Paper Competition" (SPC) and the "Young Scientist Award" (YSA). Details on the application procedures of the SPC and YSA programs are found on the conference website. We hope that a number of young scientists will apply for these special programs. Successful applicants will receive free registration, free banquet ticket, and free accommodation covering the full conference duration. In addition, financial support covering part of their traveling expenses will be provided. The AP-RASC'10 Special Issue is also planned to be published in the journal "Radio Science" in 2011 (see the Second Call for Papers).

On behalf of the AP-RASC'10 Committees, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to URSI for supporting the Conference from various aspects as a sponsoring organization. It is hoped that the AP-RASC'10 will lead to a great success with a large number of participants and papers from various countries.

We very much look forward to meeting with you in Toyama, Japan in September 2010 on the occasion of the AP-RASC'10. Welcome to Toyama and to AP-RASC'10!


SIGN : Kazuya Kobayashi

Kazuya Kobayashi
President, Japan National Committee of URSI
Conference Chair, 2010 Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference (AP-RASC'10)

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