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Laser Ranging for Sustainable Millimeter Geoscience


It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the 21st International Workshop on Laser Ranging 5 - 9 November 2018.


The workshop will be held in Canberra, Australia and will be hosted by the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) and the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC).


Workshop attendees will include space researchers and thought leaders from international space research institutes, space laser tracking observatories and space agencies.



    INTERNATIONAL Program Committee


    David Ball, CEO – SERC

    James Bennett, Deputy Chair – SERC,

    Daniel Kucharski – SERC, Australia

    Matthew Wilkinson – Natural Environment Research Council, Herstmonceux, UK

    Pawel Lejba – Space Research Centre of Poland

    Toshimichi Otsubo – Hitotsubashi University, Japan

    Randall Carman –Yarragadee Geodetic Observatory, Australia

    Georg Kirchner – Austrian Academy of Science (AAS), Austria

    Hyung-Chul Lim – Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, South Korea

    Zhang Zhongping – Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China

    Daniela Thaller – The Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG), Germany

    Mathis Blossfeld – German Geodetic Research Institute

    Technical University Munich (DGFI-TUM), Germany

    Erricos Pavis – Goddard Earth Sciences & Technology Centre UMBC, USA

    Michael Pearlman – Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

    Chris Moore – EOS Space Research Centre, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Australia

    Michelle Fulton, Secretariat – SERC

    Steve Gower, General Manager – SERC


    Local ORGANISING Committee


    David Ball – CEO, SERC

    Steve Gower, General Manager – SERC

    Michelle Fulton – Business Manager, SERC

    Brooke Seivers – Administration Assistant, SERC

    Claire Dodds-Eden – Conference Manager, Conference Logistics


    John Curtin School of Medical Research

    131 Garran Rd, Acton

    Canberra, ACT 2601


    Founded in 1948, the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), Australian National University, is Australia's national medical research institute. The School was conceptualised by Australia-born Baron Howard Florey, who won the Nobel Prize in 1945 for his contribution to create penicillin as a drug, while working at Oxford University.


    JCSMR is named after Australia's wartime Prime Minister, John Curtin, who was very supportive of Florey's concept for an Australian-based, world-class, medical research School. JCSMR rapidly achieved international prominence and recognition. A former Director, Professor Frank Fenner, was the Chairman of the Global Commission for the Certification of Smallpox Eradication.

  • KEY DATES 2018

    Early Feb – Registrations Open

    Early Feb – Call for Abstracts Open

    Fri 29 Jun – Abstract Submission Deadline

    Wed 1 Aug – Early Bird Registration Closes

    Fri 31 Aug – Presenters Notified of Selection

    Fri 14 Sept – Presenter Confirmation Deadline

    Fri 28 Sept – Presenter Registration Deadline





social events


Full workshop



Session themes


Full Registration

Student Registration*


Space Debris Workshop Only

$620 AUD

$395 AUD

$130 AUD

$190 AUD






$550 AUD

$300  AUD

$130 AUD

$190 AUD

All prices include GST


*Valid student ID must be provided in writing to



    Workshop registration includes access to all plenary, clinic and poster sessions, the Space Debris Workshop (Friday 9 November), a tour of the EOS Space Research Centre at Mount Stromlo and evening BBQ.


    The welcome reception and daily catering is also included.


    The banquet on Wednesday 7 November will be held at the National Arboretum and will showcase local produce and wines.  Pre-dinner drinks will be served on the deck where attendees will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Canberra.


    Space Debris Workshop

    Friday 9 November

    $190 AUD


    Space Debris Workshop only registration for Friday 9 November includes plenary sessions, a tour of the EOS Space Research Centre at Mount Stromlo and evening BBQ.


    The Space Debris Workshop is included in full, earlybird and student registrations.



    Welcome Reception

    17:00 – 19:00

    Monday 5 November 2018

    John Curtin School of Medical Research (Workshop venue)


    Included in full and student registrations.

    Additional tickets - $45 AUD



    19:00 – 23:00

    Wednesday 7 November 2018

    National Arboretum


    Tickets - $130 AUD

    Tickets include buses to the venue, pre-dinner drinks and canapes on the deck, sit-down main and dessert with spectacular views of Canberra.


    Tour of EOS Space Research Centre & Evening BBQ, Mt Stromlo

    17:30 – 21:30

    Friday 9 November

    Mt Stromlo


    Included in full, earlybird, student and Space Debris Workshop only registrations.

    Additional tickets - $45 AUD


    Tickets include buses to Mt Stromlo where attendees will be split into groups for a tour of the facilities. The event will conclude with an evening BBQ under the stars.


    Please note that attendance at all social functions is restricted to those 18 years and over.


    Credit Card

    Credit card payments can be made online or over the phone. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Please note that when you pay by credit card, Lasch Pty Ltd will appear on your statement.


    Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

    Details for EFT payments will be provided on your tax invoice. Please reference the payment with your name and invoice number.



    Please make cheques payable to IWLR and forward to:

    International Workshop on Laser Ranging 2018

    C/- Conference Logistics

    PO Box 6150

    Kingston ACT 2604



    All workshop and function payments must be received prior to the workshop.


    Delegates who are unable to attend the International Workshop on Laser Ranging after submitting their online registration are most welcome to nominate a substitute.  All substitutions and cancellations must be made by email to


    Cancellations received before/on Friday 5 October 2018 will be refunded, less an administration fee of $99. Cancellations received after Friday 5 October 2018 are not refundable. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Organising Committee.



    A list of participants will be produced which includes individuals' details such as name, organisation, state and twitter handle. You will be asked for permission for your details to be included when you register.



    Recommended dress is smart casual for all workshop sessions and the social functions.



    We endeavour to ensure delegates with access requirements are catered for. Should you require particular assistance, please make a note on your registration form or contact Conference Logistics by or phone:
    +61 2 6281 6624.



    Registration fees do not include medical or personal travel insurance. It is strongly recommended that participants take out their own general travel insurance. It is suggested that the insurance policy should also cover loss of fees/deposit, airfares, accommodation charges, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property and repatriation expenses. The organisers do not take responsibility for any delegate failing to insure.



    The workshop registration information is correct at the time of publishing. However, the organisers reserve the right to change the information where necessary without notice.


    In the event of industrial disruptions, the workshop and the organisers accept no responsibility.


    Conference Logistics

    PO Box 6150

    Kingston ACT 2604

    P: +61 2 6281 6624

    F: +61 2 6285 1336





We invite you to submit an abstract for the 21st International Workshop on Laser Ranging, 5-9 November 2018.


Session Themes:


1. SLR Contribution to Global Geodetic Observing System – A 2020 Perspective

2. Improvements in the SLR Product Quality & Precise  Orbit Determination

3. Satellite Missions & Techniques for Geodetic Applications

4. Characteristics of Retroflector Arrays

5. Sources of Systematic Errors

6. Lunar Laser Ranging & Deep Space Missions

7. Developments in SLR Techniques & Technologies

8. Developments in Software & Automation

9. Network Operations & Site Upgrades

10. Space Debris Workshop 1 – Sensors & Satellite Tracking

11. Space Debris Workshop 2 – Orbit Determination & Propagation

12. Space Debris Workshop 3 – Conjunction Analysis & Collision Avoidance

13. Space Debris Workshop 4 – Mitigation & Remediation


Abstract submission closes on Friday 29 June 2018.


Click here to see the offline version of the abstract submission.

Abstract submission closes




Sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase their organisation to an international audience of around 150-200.


Opportunities to address delegates, showcase innovation and network with attendees and speakers will be provided throughout the workshop and social program.



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Canberra  - sunny weather in November

Canberra weather is typically sunny, with average temperatures 20-25°C during November.

Canberra Sightseeing

Unique access to iconic Australian scenery, wildlife and national attractions.

Mt Stromlo Observatory EOS, SERC

Location of the Australian Space Environment Research Centre and the EOS Space Research Centre, Mt Stromlo.

Canberra flights - Signapore, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

Direct flights from Canberra International Airport to Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane provide convenient travel connections and offer opportunities for pre or post Workshop leisure travel


    Discounted room rates have been secured for delegates attending the International Workshop on Laser Ranging.  Bookings can be made via the online registration process.  All accommodation rates are provided in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST.  Payment for accommodation is required in full to secure the booking.


    Available Hotels:

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    The closing date for discounted accommodation rates is Friday 5 October 2018.  Bookings made after this date will be on request with the hotel.


    All bookings are subject to availability.


    Cancellation Policy


    All cancellations MUST be made in writing to


    Cancellations received after Friday 5 October 2018 will be charged by the hotel according to their cancellation policy.


    Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).


    There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia.


    To ensure you have the appropriate visa please read the following factsheets:

    – Business Fact Sheet: for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for you (PDF).

    – Visa Application Requirements Fact Sheet: for information on visa application requirements (PDF).


    It is recommended that all visitors apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.


    If you require assistance with your visa application, please provide Conference Logistics with your passport details via email at, these details will then be provided to the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. However, you will need to make your own visa application through your nearest Australian Embassy.





Conference Logistics

PO Box 6150

Kingston ACT 2604

P: +61 2 6281 6624

F: +61 2 6285 1336






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