5th – 7th June 2019

Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State Nigeria

Theme: Prospects of Superdarn Radar System in Equatorial Region


Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria

Virginia Tech (VT) SuperDARN Research group

Centre for Atmospheric Research
National Space Research and Development Agency



The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is an international consortium of ground-based high frequency (HF) radar observations for lower, middle and upper atmospheric sciences, and space weather. The network consists of more than 30 low-power HF radars that look into Earth’s upper atmosphere beginning at mid-latitudes and extending into the polar regions. The radars operate continuously and observe the motion of charged particles (plasma) in the ionosphere and other effects that provide scientists with information on Earth’s space environment and space weather in general. The analysis of observations made using SuperDARN has improved our understanding of ionospheric irregularities and space weather hazards including radiation exposure for high-altitude travelers and disruptions to communication networks, navigation systems (GPS), and electrical power grids; among other phenomena.

As at today, SuperDARN has 24 radars in the northern hemisphere and 13 radars in southern hemisphere within geographical latitudes of range of ±37º and ±90º. The Research Group at Virginia Tech (VT) collaborates with an international community of scientists and engineers to operate SuperDARN and share its data. The VT Group has concluded plan to set up the first  ever SuperDARN radar in low latitude region at Bowen University at Iwo (7.63° N, 4.18° E), Nigeria. The principal investigator of this project in Nigeria is Dr.  O. S. Bolaji.

This workshop is aimed at discussing the prospects of SuperDARN in low latitudes and in Nigeria in particular. The workshop targets broad scientific community with interest in a wide variety of ionospheric, magnetospheric, space weather, low and middle atmospheric phenomena.


Paper/Abstract Submission

With the exception of very few invited paper presenters, all other contributed technical papers shall be featured as posters. Abstract should be written in MS Word and not more than 300 words with 1.5 spacing. Unless extremely important, referencing is not required in the abstract and must be submitted in English Language only. Authors should please provide a maximum of 5 keywords. Bowen University shall published a special peer-reviewed Monograph from papers emanating from this meeting. All submission should be made online via this webpage.

Application for participation

Participation shall be by invitation only to successful candidates. Applications are invited from scientists and graduate students with research interest in ionospheric, magnetospheric, space weather, low and middle atmospheric phenomena. Interested participants should complete the application form.


Confirmed Speakers:
Prof. Glenda Scales, Virginia Tech (VT), USA
Prof. Wayne Scales, Virginia Tech (VT), USA

Prof. J. O. Adeniyi, Landmark University, Nigeria

Professor Babatunde Rabiu, Center for Atmospheric Research NASRDA, Nigeria

Dr. Olawale S. Bolaji, University of Lagos, Nigeria


Key Dates for the Workshop

  • Deadline for application and submission abstract is 11.59 pm local time on 30th May 2019
  • Wednesday 5th June 2019:  Arrival, Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony and Cocktail
  • 6th June, 2019: Opening/Morning/Afternoon sessions of SuperDARN meeting
  • Friday 7th June 2019: Departure


Venue of the Workshop

The Workshop will be held within the premises of the Bowen University (BUI), Iwo, Osun State. BUI is accessible from anywhere in Nigeria. All selected and invited participants will receive an information package with details on travel and other local arrangements.

Registration for the Workshop
There shall be no registration fee for the Workshop. Cheap and avoidable lodging facilities are available in the vicinity of Bowen University.

Direct all enquiries to:-
Dr. J.A. Akinpelu +2347035704810

May 2024