EGU Alfvén Conferences
The EGU Alfvén Conference is named after the Nobel Prize winner and
one of the founders of Space Physics,
who during his lifetime tried to bring up controversial ideas
and to combine different research tools (laboratory experiments,
observations and theory). Science almost always allows different
ways of explaining the same physical phenomena (e.g. the wave and
particle views of atoms). This particularly applies to space physics,
where observations are generally not sufficient to nail down a unique
interpretation. Therefore, the aim of this conference is not to impose
a unified interpretation, but rather to gather different views and learn from
each other. The meeting is discussion-oriented, with a view to understand
the contending physical explanations. Panel discussions will help to
open up our minds to novel ideas.
The series of EGS Alfvén Conferences started in 1996. The conferences are normally held
every few years in one of the EGS membership countries.
However, in principle anyone from the space plasma
community may organize an Alfvén Conference.
Goals of the conference
To gather different views and tools into one place.
To stimulate new research topics.
To give a sense of direction to future studies.
To increase awareness of weak points of our research tools.
Budget policy of the conference
Conference fee covers the entire conference but no travel support.
EGS will help with announcements and proceedings, but will not provide financial support.
List of Alfvén Conferences
1st Alfvén Conference
Low-Altitude Investigation of Dayside Magnetospheric Boundary Processes
Kiruna, Sweden, 9-13 September 1996
Phys. Chem. Earth, Vol. 22, Nos. 7-8, 599-789, 1997.
2nd Alfvén Conference
Auroral Particle Acceleration
Stockholm, Sweden, 3-7 May 1999
Phys. Chem. Earth, part C, Vol. 26, Nos. 1-3, 1-245, 2001.
3rd Alfvén Conference
Alfvén Waves in Space Plasmas
Steamboat Springs, CO, USA, 23-27 August 2004