By Barney Rickett (auth.), R. Strom, P. Bo, M. Walker, N. Rendong (eds.)
The genesis of IAU Colloquium 182, 'Sources and scintillations: refraction and scattering in radio astronomy,' could be traced to the will, at the one hand, of Beijing Astronomical Observatory radio astronomers to arrange a convention which might spotlight the necessity for prime sensitivity - as a fashion ofpromoting their very own venture to construct the world's greatest telescope (FAST) - and to a tenet from Ron Ekers at the different. in the course of a dialogue with the 2 SOC co-chairs (as they then weren't) in January 1999 in Epping, Ron famous the good fortune ofa assembly on 'radio seeing' in Beijing in 1989, and puzzled even if the time is probably not ripe to prepare one other convention dedicated to radio propagation. This set the ball rolling, and with enthusiastic enter from SOC contributors, a winning program used to be made to the IAU. Later, the URSI additionally agreed to co-sponsor the assembly. From April 17-21, 2000, over eighty astronomers from a dozen international locations met in Guiyang, China, to debate the latestexciting effects and theoretical principles on radio propagation via interstellar, intergalactic and interplanetary house. those seasoned ceedings comprise just about all (95%) ofthe oral displays given on the convention. as well as the fifty two talks offered in the course of five days of the Colloquium, Ron Ekers gave a superb precis on the finish to tie issues up. there have been additionally poster periods the place a few twenty papers have been displayed. along with the clinical classes, the LOC had prepared a software for spouses and otheraccompanying persons.