International School/Symposium for Space Simulations

The 14th International School/Symposium for Space Simulations (ISSS-14) will take place from September 10-18th, 2020 at Kobe University (Kobe, Japan).

Background: the International School/Symposium for Space Simulations (ISSS) has a legacy of more than 35 years and the program is designed for the teaching of space plasma simulation techniques and sharing of state-of-the-art simulation advances and results with researchers in plasma physics. ISSS-14 will bring together the most recent observational results, theoretical advances and numerical simulations to address the outstanding problems in space physics. ISSS-14 is open to all members of the scientific community, with participation by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and young scientists particularly encouraged. 

The International School/Symposium for Space Simulations (ISSS) was first held in Kyoto, Japan in 1982, and for many years was guided by UCLA Physics Professor M. Ashour-Abdalla (USA) and Professors H. Matsumoto and T. Sato (Japan), and Professor R. Gendrin (France). Since then the School/Symposium has regularly been held approximately every 2 to 3 years rotating between North America, Asia and Europe, educating generations of young space plasma scientists in numerical simulations.

Objectives: for students, ISSS provides a view into the different types of simulations and a chance to meet with a large fraction of the simulators expert in the field. The conference will concentrate on problems that are important to Geospace researchers,  and teach the next generation of undergraduate and graduate students both the basics and more sophisticated simulation techniques with the ability to apply them to understanding satellite data and space plasma physics processes in general. 

Topics:  the school and symposium will be integrated so that tutorial/practical sessions on various types of plasma simulation models including: 

School part:  Lectures and Tutorial (Some tutorials include “hands-on” exercises)

  • MHD simulations
  • Particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations
  • Hybrid particle simulations
  • Test particle simulations
  • Vlasov simulations
  • Guiding center gyro-kinetic simulations 
  • Code parallelization
  • Visualization
  • Advanced simulations

Symposium part: Oral and poster sessions 

  • Solar Physics 
  • Inner Magnetosphere 
  • Magnetic Reconnection 
  • M-I Coupling
  • Planets & Moon Environment
  • Nonlinear Wave-Particle Interactions
  • Turbulence
  • Shocks & Boundaries 
  • Agencies/Groups/Missions 

Awards will be presented to the best student posters presented at ISSS-14. Fellowships will be available for students and young scientists with information on the application process to be announced.

We look forward to seeing you in Japan in September 2020!


September 10-18th, 2019


Convention Hall, Integrated Research Center of Kobe University

in Port Island, Kobe, Japan