Project of the European Social Fund
“Receiving, transmitting and processing technologies of signals related to artificial Earth satellites”

Second Announcement
Ventspils International Radioastronomy Conference (VIRAC-2012)
“Advances in Radioastronomy of Near-Earth Environment”
August 13 – 15, 2012, Ventspils, Latvia

The Conference is dedicated to methods and instrumentation of radio astronomy research of near-Earth environment. Our attention is mainly focused on two important problems: the studies of the state of the ionosphere and studies of the population of near-Earth satellites and space debris.
The conference will provide an opportunity for both formal presentations and informal discussions about related scientific and technical aspects. A limited number of posters and exhibition opportunities for products and services will be available during the conference.

Conference is organized by the Engineering Research Institute “Ventspils International Radioastronomy Center” of Ventspils University College and is on activity of the European Social Fund project of “Receiving, transmitting and processing technologies of signals related to artificial Earth satellites” (2009/0231/1DP/

Conference topics

  • Radar, VLBI and single dish observations of artificial and natural near-Earth objects and determination of their trajectories.
  • Radioastronomy research of the ionosphere, including investigations of radio waves propagation, methods of plasma parameter measurements and studies of phenomena in ionosphere plasma, originated by natural or artificial impact.

Important Dates

May 7, 2012
Second Announcement
June 1, 2012
Deadline for abstracts and registration for presenters
June 29, 2012
Notification of authors
July 6, 2012
Final program and third announcement
July 15, 2012
Deadline for registration (Please note that maximum 50 participants are planned)
August 13-15, 2012
VIRAC 2012 "Advances in Radioastronomy of Near-Earth Environment"
September 14, 2012
Deadline for papers







Conference proceedings will be published after the conference in the "Baltic Astronomy", "Latvian Journal of Physics an Technical Sciences", and the Conference Proceedings. .

The official language of the conference is English.


The organisers have reserved rooms for conference participants in the Ventspils University College student’s hostel. A block consists of 2 single (or 2 twin) rooms, a bathroom and WC. Breakfast is an available for additional price.

You can book: the block (Ls 30, ~43 Euro)
Single room: Ls 10(~15 Euro)
Twin room: 16 Ls (~24 Euro)

Also you can do your own booking in local hotels. We recommend hotel “Juras brīze”, hotel “Raibie logi” VUC can be reached in 10 minutes by feet from both these hotels. One more hotel located in the city centre: “Kupfernams” Prices vary from 25 Ls to 38 Ls (35 to 55 Euro).

Additional information about Ventspils and accommodation options (don’t mind about prices in Venti this is promotional currency-like coupons, 100 Venti = 1 Lats ~ 1.4 Euro):

Getting to Ventspils by public transport

You can also go by trains Moscow – Riga and St Petersburg – Riga (The timetable is here: )
There are also bus connections from various cities to Riga: and .

Getting to Riga city centre from Riga airport:

Time schedule for Riga-Ventspils buses from Riga central bus station ( it is in 5 minutes walk distance from Riga Railway terminal):

You can purchase bus tickets also on the World Wide Web:

You can find the corresponding information about accommodation at Ventspils web site:

Riga International Airport is located 13 kilometers from the city centre. Taxi should cost approximately 10 LVL (15 EUR), we recommend to take green Airbaltic taxi.

There are also regular bus connections from the airport to the city centre: please take bus No 22. Information how to get from and to Riga International Airport can be found here:

Ventspils ( is located 180 km from Riga. The most convenient way to get to Ventspils is by bus from Riga Bus Station. Please see the bus schedule on and allow approximately 2.5-3 hours for the trip. Transportation from Riga to Ventspils is also possible by car

There will be a shuttle from Riga airport and Riga city centre to Ventspils University College. Please let us know about your arrival/departure time as soon as possible.


A.A. Konovalenko (Ukraine) (Chair)
Vl. Bezrukovs (Latvia) (Secretary)
M. Abele (Latvia)
M. Nechaeva (Latvia)
A.N. Karashtin (Russia)
I. Shmeld (Latvia)
S. Snegirev (Russia)
G. Tuccari (Italia)


I. Shmeld
Vl. Bezrukovs
E. Vitola
I. Kozlova
I. Pakalnīte


Questions regarding the conference should be addressed to the local organizing committee (e-mail:
Phone: +371 29209960, contact person: Ieva Kozlova (LOC)
Phone: +371 27134283, contact person: Vladislavs Bezrukovs (SOC)
Fax: +371 63629660

Address for the correspondence:
Ventspils University College
Inženieru Street 101
Ventspils, LV-3601, Latvia