Space Weather Euro News Vol.6 Issue 18 (13-11-2002)

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1.  ESA Space Weather Worshop: Space Weather Applications Pilot Project:
    Deadline for Registration
2.  Job Announcement: PhD position in Space Weather Research at the 
    GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam.
3.  Job Announcement - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Physics at the
    European Space Agency, ESTEC, Netherlands
4 . Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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1. ESA Space Weather Worshop: Space Weather Applications Pilot Project:
    Deadline for Registration
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From: Alexi Glover 

*******Reminder: Registration Deadline 1st November*******

ESA Space Weather Worshop: Space Weather Applications Pilot Project
16-17-18 December, ESTEC, Nordwijk, The Netherlands

Scope:

Between 1999 through 2001 ESA sponsored two major parallel studies to 
lay the groundwork for a possible European Space Weather Applications 
Programme. These were led by ALCATEL and RAL [Ref. 1]. The studies 
analysed user requirements, space segment options and the ground-based 
"service segment". This work was also supported by an external Space
Weather Working Team. From these studies it was clearly demonstrated 
that Europe has very strong assets that could be potentially exploited 
in Europeanor International Space Weather application services.

These assets include:

Ground based solar, ionospheric, cosmic rays and geomagnetic observatories.
Nano and Micro-satellite expertise.
Existing and planned space mission assets (e.g., SOHO, Cluster, Galileo).
Strong theoretical groups with skills in modelling.
Strong expertise in Space Weather effects.
Already existing small scale space weather services.

Coordination and development of space weather services will enhance the
efficiency of these activities and provide new opportunities for 
utilisation of resources across domains that are currently separated 
from each other. Space weather is also naturally relevant to several 
European space programmes such as manned missions, launchers, science, 
telecommunications and navigation programmes. However, the scope of this
Announcement of Opportunities (AO) may include activities beyond the 
Agency's traditional programmes.

ESA has taken the initiative to establish a Space Weather Application Pilot
Project to develop and extend the Space Weather user community through limited
development of targeted services, provided by a network of service providers,
supported by a common infrastructure and using data from existing or easily
adaptable assets.   Through this service and community development a long-term
view of the potential for space weather applications should be established.

The pilot project consists of three main components:

(1) a network of service development activities (SDA) involving service
 providers, users and data providers,
(2) an infrastructure development, coordination and support activity, and
(3) a quantitative evaluation of the benefits of the service.
 

Purpose of the Workshop:

The purpose of the workshop is to gather the community keen to join the 
network of SDAs either as a self-funded activity or as an ESA co-funded 
activity.

The organising committee welcome contributions for poster/oral presentations
dealing with the presentation of any SDA relevant to Space Weather.

The list below indicates examples of domains for which the need for space
weather services has been already identified. Discussion of SDA dedicated
to other areas are nevertheless welcome and will also be considered for
contribution to the workshop.

- Ground based power distribution systems
- Prospecting
- Mobile communications systems and users
- Ground-to-ground communications
- Over-the-horizon radar
- Space-based communications services
- Space-based navigation services and users
- Spacecraft development and operations (including drag effects)
- Scientific spacecraft users (instrument interference and campaign 
  planning)
- Space launcher operators
- Manned space programmes
- Aircrew radiation exposure monitoring
- Aircraft avionics
- Spacecraft and launcher insurance
- General public interest and tourism
 

Important Dates:

Participants wishing to submit an abstract for this workshop should do 
so before 1st November 2002. Abstracts should be sent via email to 
Alexi Glover 

The registration deadline will be November 15th 2002.

Publication:

Participants are invited to submit their contributions for electronic 
publication on the ESA Space Weather Server. Paper proceedings will 
be made available in the New Year.

Local Organising Committee:

A. Glover
A. Hilgers
E. Daly

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2. Job Announcement: PhD position in Space Weather Research at the
   GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam.
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From: Hermann Luehr 

A PhD position is now open for a physicist or geophysicist who will work 
on space weather related topics. The main emphasis in this work will be 
on Geomagnetic Induced Currents (GIC). It will involve  measurements of 
the effect in relation to magnetic activity, the interpretation of the 
observation and an assessment of the risk on the infrastructure.

Interested candidates should get in contact with Hermann Luehr for 
further questions and for the details of application.

GFZ Potsdam: http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/welcome_en.html

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3.  Job Announcement - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Physics at the
    European Space Agency, ESTEC, Netherlands
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From: Trevor Sanderson 

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions (ESA internal Research
fellowship) in the Solar & Solar-Terrestrial Missions Division of the
Research and Scientific Support Department of ESA, located at ESTEC,
Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The Solar & Solar-Terrestrial Missions Division
is involved in heliospheric physics using data from instruments on board
Ulysses, Wind and SOHO spacecraft and in magnetospheric physics using data
from instruments on board Geotail, Polar, Equator-S and Cluster spacecraft.
Information on the Solar and Solar-Terrestrial Missions division can be
found at: http://ssd.esa.int/.

The positions will involve analysing and interpreting particle data from
the Ulysses and Wind spacecraft. The appointments will be for a period of
2 years starting early in 2003 (or later as mutually agreed). Applicants
must hold a PhD/Doctorate or equivalent. ESA fellowships are open to
nationals of its Member States, viz. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Applications from Canada
(co-operating State) will also be considered.

For further information please contact  Trevor Sanderson
or Richard Marsden 

Information regarding ESA Research fellow programme and expression of
interest form can be found at:
http://ssd.esa.int/resources/staffvacancies/RF.htm

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4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO4302 STAGE 1 - SERVICE CONSOLIDATION ACTIONS OF THE 
    EARTHWATCH GMES SERVICES ELEMENT (GSE)
  (From 10/09/2002 to 18/11/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.1AE.12)

AO4337 DEVELOPMENT OF RADIATION SHIELDING AND EFFECTS PHYSICS 
   MODELS 
   (From 01/11/2002 to 29/11/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.1EM.04)

AO4209 DEBRIS RISK ASSESSMENT AND MITIGATION ANALYSIS TOOL
  (From 24/10/2002 to 05/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.112.08)

AO4210 SPACE-BASED OPTICAL OBSERVATION OF SPACE DEBRIS
  (From 22/10/2002 to 03/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.112.05)

AO4267 GSTB-V2 SPACE SEGMENT
  (From 19/09/2002 to 18/11/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.154.04)

AO4309 PHASE A SYSTEM STUDIES FOR THE SWARM CANDIDATE EARTH 
   EXPLORER OPPORTUNITY MISSION
  (From 18/10/2002 to 13/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.155.17)

AO4240 SHORT-TERM ACTIONS ON CONSOLIDATION OF EO VALUE-ADDING
   INDUSTRY: INVESTIGATION OF EO RESPONSE TO MARKET DRIVERS
  (From 02/08/2002 to 27/09/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.1AE.04)

AO4063 APPLICATION OF STEP TECHNOLOGY FOR SPACE ENVIRONMENT
   TOOLS
   (From 15/04/2002 to 24/06/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.16)

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For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:
   http://emits.esa.int
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Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments and Effects Analysis
Section ( http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma) and is a prototype mailing list intended to
provide a forum for information posting news of interest to the Space Weather community in
Europe.

- SWEN contact group (keeping SWEN informed of news from other channels) is currently:

  Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)
  Richard Marsden, ESA science programme
  Maurizio Candidi, CNR
  Paul Cannon, URSI-Commission G
  Mike Hapgood,  EGS
  Hannu Koskinen, SCOSTEP working group on Space weather
  Pierre Lantos, Observatory of Paris Meudon
  Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
  Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
  Jean-Yves Prado, CNES Programme Directorate
  Michael Rycroft, ISU
  Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
  Wolfgang Baumjohann, IWF Graz, Austria
  Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative
  Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre
  W. William Liu, Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

- SWEN archives are currently available on:

http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma/spweather/SWEN/swen.html

http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/SWEN/spweuro.html
 

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