SPARC General Assembly 2018

1 - 5 October 2018
Kyoto, Japan

  What's new!!  
Early-bird registration opened
Early-bird registration has opened on 4 (Fri) May 2018, and will be closed on
1 (Sun) 24:00UTC [2 (Mon) 9:00JST] July 2018.
Please visit Registration and Accommodation page for further information on the registration fee, conference dinner, and hotel reservation.
A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not have visa-exempt agreements with Japan. Please visit the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for more information.
For those who need invitation letters for visa arrangements, please send an e-mail to sparcGA2018TGA@kugi.kyoto-u.ac.jp.
Self-nominations for ECS award judges
Please consider volunteering to be a judge for the Early Career Scientists (ECS) poster award. Judges will be asked to help us determine the two awardees per Theme as listed below. If you want to volunteer, please let us know via e-mail at office@sparc-climate.org. Thank you for your consideration!

The 6th General Assembly of SPARC (Stratosphere-Troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate), a core project of the World Climate Research Programme, will bring together a large community of scientists from around the world. General Assemblies are opportunities for SPARC to take stock of what has been achieved, where gaps in the portfolio of research undertaken by SPARC need to be filled, and to define where SPARC needs to be moving to remain responsive to the needs of both its members and the users of SPARC research products. Founded in 1992, SPARC has coordinated high-level research activities related to understanding Earth system processes for over two decades. More specifically, SPARC promotes and facilitates cutting-edge international research activities on how chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere interact with climate and climate change. Research is largely bottom-up driven and contributes significantly to international assessments, such as the assessments of ozone depletion by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UN Environment (UNEP), as well as the climate assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Find more information at www.sparc-climate.org.
The SPARC General Assembly 2018 will be held back-to-back with Joint 14th iCACGP Quadrennial Symposium/15th IGAC Science Conference, on 25-29 September 2018, in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan.

Themes of the General Assembly

  1. Connections of Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry to Weather and Climate
  2. Climate Prediction from Weeks to Decades
  3. Role of Atmospheric Dynamics for Climate Variability and Change
  4. Atmospheric Impacts and Interactions Related to Tropical Processes
  5. Advances in Observation and Reanalysis Datasets
  6. SPARC Science for Society
    More detail is available here.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Guy Brasseur, MPI for Meteorology
  • Amy Butler, NOAA
  • Rob Carver, Google Project Loon
  • Daniela Domeisen, ETH Zurich
  • Chaim Garfinkel, Hebrew University
  • Erica Key, Belmont Forum
  • Joowan Kim, Kongju National University
  • Nathaniel Livesey, NASA
  • Daren Lyu, IAP, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Hisashi Nakamura, University of Tokyo
  • Clara Orbe, NASA
  • Lorenzo Polvani, Columbia University
  • Takatoshi Sakazaki, Kyoto University
  • Hans Schlager, DLR

Important dates

Special treatment for the participants attending both SPARC GA and iCACGP/IGAC conferences

Please note that the payment method of registration fees in case of attending both the SPARC GA and iCACGP/IGAC conferences has been changed as follows:

Special treatment for SPARC GA 2018 participants attending only sessions on the last two days of iCACGP/IGAC conference:
The discount registration fee for iCACGP/IGAC conference should be paid through the iCACGP/IGAC conference web page .

Special treatment for iCACGP/IGAC conference participants attending only sessions in the theme 1 of SPARC GA (i.e., Mon to Wed):
The discount registration fee for SPARC GA 2018 should be paid through Standard registration page, which opens on 2 (Mon) July, if you would like to make hotel reservations,   or can be paid on site at SPARC GA registration desk.
To accept this offer, you will need to show the receipt of full registration fee of iCACGP/IGAC conference at SPARC GA registration desk.

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Harry Hendon, Australia Bureau of Meteorology
  • Amanda Maycock, University of Leeds
  • Masatomo Fujiwara, Hokkaido University
  • Johann Muller, Agence nationale de la recherche
  • Laura Pan, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Olivia Rompainnen-Martius, University of Bern
  • Seok-Woo Son, Seoul National University
  • Don Wuebbles, University of Illinois
  • Paul Young, Lancaster University
  • Tianjun Zhou, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Co-chairs of Local Organising Committee

  • Kaoru Sato, University of Tokyo
  • Masato Shiotani, Kyoto University
  • Shigeo Yoden, Kyoto University