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,' should 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 top sensitivity - as a manner ofpromoting their very own undertaking 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 questioned no matter if the time is probably not ripe to arrange one other convention dedicated to radio propagation. This set the ball rolling, and with enthusiastic enter from SOC individuals, a winning program was once 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 nations met in Guiyang, China, to debate the latestexciting effects and theoretical rules on radio propagation via interstellar, intergalactic and interplanetary house. those seasoned ceedings comprise just about all (95%) ofthe oral shows 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 good precis on the finish to tie issues up. there have been additionally poster classes the place a few twenty papers have been displayed. in addition to the clinical classes, the LOC had geared up a application for spouses and otheraccompanying persons.