The International Symposium on Lightning Protection (SIPDA) is a scientific event organized every two years that has as main goals to contribute to the discussion and dissemination of innovations in lightning technology. It covers all lightning-related aspects, including lightning physics and characterization, measurements, modeling techniques, detection and location systems, grounding, protection methods, and accidents and damages associated with the phenomenon.
The symposium is organized by the Institute of Energy and Environment of the University of São Paulo (IEE/USP), with the technical co-sponsorship of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
The 16th SIPDA edition would originally take place in Florianópolis, Brazil, in September 2021. However, the pandemic has affected the whole world and imposed changes, restrictions, and challenges on all of us. The 35th International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP) was planned to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from Aug. 30th to Sep. 4th, 2020. In view of the rapid global spread of COVID-19 and its unpredictable evolution, and taking into account the strong and long-term cooperation between the two conferences, the SIPDA International Advisory Board and the ICLP Scientific Committee have decided to organize a joint ICLP-SIPDA Virtual Conference from 20th to 26th September 2021.
All the papers will undergo the same review process and prospective authors are invited to submit their contributions by April 30, 2021, through the ICLP website at
We are confident that the decision taken by the Committees of these two major conferences to organize a joint event is in the best interests of the lightning community and we look forward to seeing you in Sri Lanka in 2021!