Photo: Rick McGregor

The next Astronomdagarna will be held at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna, from Wednesday-Friday 13-15 September 2017. We are happy to invite you all and we hope you will enjoy the scientific meeting but also take the time to explore what Kiruna and its surroundings have to offer.

Astronomdagarna is a scientific meeting held every two years, bringing together astronomers from different Swedish institutes and others interested in astronomy, in an atmosphere designed to promote scientific exchange. The meeting consists mostly of presentations of recent results and ongoing projects, through talks and posters. The meeting will be held in English. There will also be a talk for the general public, usually in Swedish.


Finally! Tomorrow we start! All abstracts are now available below.

The meeting programme is now available below.

The Cassini mission will come to an end during Astronomdagarna 2017. On 15 September the spacecraft will plunge into Saturn. We will celebrate this successful mission and its Grand Finale on the last the day of our meeting.

The programme is now being put together. Invited speakers are: Erik Stempels, Uppsala; Mark Pearce, KTH; Robert Cumming, Chalmers; Ulrike Heiter, Uppsala; Ragnhild Lunnan, Stockholm; and Martin Wieser/Xiaodong Wang, Kiruna. All who submitted abstracts should have received an answer by Thursday 22 June 2017. We encourage everybody to register for the meeting and to book accommodation as soon as possible.

The registration for Astronomdagarna 2017 is now open. If you have any problems registering, please let us know on Registration will close on 20 August 2017.

Astronomdagarna 2017 are now open for submission of contributions.

Prepare for a trip to Kiruna in September 2017.


Institutet för rymdfysik

Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna. Photo: Torbjörn Lövgren

The first afternoon of the meeting will be held in central Kiruna, while the rest of the meeting will take place at the Swedish Insitute of Space Physics. The institute is located 6 km south of the city centre along the E10 highway. The Swedish Institute of Space Physics was originally named the Kiruna Geophysical Observatory (KGO) and was established in 1957 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 1973 KGO became an independent research institute, and was renamed the Kiruna Geophysical Institute (KGI). KGI was renamed the Swedish Institute of Space Physics ("Institutet för rymdfysik", IRF) in 1987.

The research activities at IRF in Kiruna concern studies of phenomena in the Earth's upper atmosphere, the ionosphere and planetary magnetospheres. Ground-based measurements of ionospheric parameters, the geomagnetic field, optical aurora and radio wave propagation, as well as in-situ measurements with satellites are being performed. Various types of detectors for space research are developed and built at the institute.

Read more about what we are doing here.

Meeting programme

The preliminary meeting schedule can now be found here. All abstracts are also available as a pdf.

Conference times
13 September (Wednesday): 14:00-17:30 in the city centre
14 September (Thursday): 09:00-18:00 at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics
15 September (Friday): 09:00-12:00 at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics
During Thursday and Friday you can eat lunch at restaurant Atmosfären at the institute. The cost is 90 SEK/lunch. Please note that there are no other restaurants or shops within reasonable walking distance.

The Nordenmark lecture will be held on Wednesday evening at 18:30 at Folkets hus in the city centre, the building next to where the conference is held.

A conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening at 19:30 at hotel Scandic Ferrum in the city centre. We invite you to a 2-course meal and entertaining discussions. Each participant pays for his/her own drinks.


A list of participants is found here.


Swedish Institute of Space Physics is located 6 km south of the city and the public transportation available is limited. On Thursday and Friday there will be buses leaving from the city centre, where most hotels are located, to the institute. The buses are free of charge but you need to indicate when you register that you would like to use this service. On Thursday the buses return to the city centre when the meeting has ended. On Friday the buses will leave the institute at lunch time. They will pass the airport and the railway station (on request) on their way back to the centre.


Kiruna attracts a lot of tourists and the available accommodation is limited so make sure you to book your room in good time. Some alternatives are Bishops Arms, Scandic Ferrum , STF Malmfältens Folkhögskola, Hotel Kebne, SPiS Hotel & Hostel, Camp Ripan, Vinterpalatset and Hotel Artic Eden. More suggestions can be found at Kiruna Lappland.

We have pre-reserved 50 rooms at hotel Scandic Ferrum. If you wish to reserve one of those you send an email to and provide the booking code IRF130917. Note: To use this offer you have to email them or call them as the code will not work directly on their webpage.


While in Kiruna we encourage you to take the opportunity to discover what the town has to offer. A lot of inspiration and suggestions for activities can be found on the Kiruna Lappland website . We will also, depending on the interest, try to organize a few tours in association with the meeting. We hope you are interested in a tour to the famous iron-ore mine, to the rocket base Esrange and of course a tour of our own institute. Please indicate your interest in the different tours upon registration.

Wednesday 13 September (morning)

Esrange: The visit including transportation to and from the city centre will take 4-5 hours. The trip will be scheduled to match the conference hours. There will be a charge for the bus to Esrange, to be paid by the participants. Learn more about Esrange here.

Friday 15 September (afternoon)

IRF/Space Campus: After lunch we guide you round our exciting workplace. Take the chance to ask all the questions you gathered during the meeting. You will be able to use local buses to get back to Kiruna C. You can also book a taxi of course.

LKAB Visitor Centre (mine): The tour is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. The cost/participant is approximately 360 SEK. Read more here.

Abstract submission

The abstract submission is now closed. Late poster requests may be still be accepted. Late poster contributions should be submitted by sending an email to You will get an email confirming we have received your abstract but please allow 48 hours for us to respond.


Please register by filling out this form, latest on the 20th of August 2017. Be sure to indicate if you want to eat lunch at meeting site on Thursday and/or Friday. You should also let us know if you will use the bus service to and from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics on Thurday and Friday. And do not forget to sign up for the conference dinner on Thursday.

If you indicate interest for one or more of the tours, we will get back to you with information as soon as we can.


Björn Ahlgren
Magnus Axelsson
Stas Barabash
Christina Barbarino
Yvonne Becherini
Colin Carlile
Robert Cumming (Invited)
Niklas Edberg (Invited)
Urban Eriksson
Mette Friis
Ulrike Heiter (Invited)
Suzy Jones
Johan Kero
Dan Kiselman
Alexis Lavail
Sofie Liljegren
Ragnhild Lunnan (Invited)
Hans Nilsson
Tanja Nymark
Mark Pearce (Invited)
Robin Ramstad
Sofia Ramstedt
Rachael Roettenbacher
Mattäus Schulik
Erik Stempels (Invited)
Vlasta Valan
Beatriz Villarroel
Martin Wieser (Invited)
Eva Wirström
Erik Zackrisson



Ella Carlsson Sjöberg (chair)
Gabriella Stenberg Wieser
Rick McGregor
Maria Wästle
Stas Barabash


Gabriella Stenberg Wieser (IRF/Kiruna, chair)
Stas Barabash (IRF/Kiruna)
Ulrike Heiter (Uppsala)
David Hobbs (Lund)
Josefin Larsson (KTH/Stockholm)
Magnus Persson (Chalmers/Göteborg)
Jesper Sollerman (SAS/Stockholm)