Space Weather Euro News Vol. 7 Issue 10 (29-7-2003)

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  1. 1. COST 724: Developing the scientific basis for monitoring, modelling and predicting Space Weather
  2. Student Bursaries Available for participation in the 8th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference, NASA/MSFC Hunstville Alabama, USA. 20-24 October 2003
  3. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS


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1. COST 724 : Developing the scientific basis for monitoring, modelling
and predicting Space Weather
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From: Jean Lilensten, Anna Belehaki

A COST action aims at the coordination of science activities in Europe.
A new COST action has been officially approved by the European Union at
the Commission level. It will have an inaugural meeting in fall 2003.
The main objective of the Action is to develop further within a European
framework the science underpinning space weather applications, as well
as exploring methods for providing a comprehensive range of space weather
services to a variety of users, based on modelling and monitoring of the
sun-Earth system.

The general aims of the Space Weather Action will be:

- To coordinate European research into modelling and prediction of space
weather;
- To promote where necessary the deployment of new instrumentation to
satisfy data requirements, and the development of new models;
- To educate potential users of space weather data;
- To gather feedback from users which may be used to improve services;
- To create a forum for exchanging "best practice" among users and providers
of space weather services;
- To set standards on data exchange
- This action is organized into 4 working groups :
WG1 Monitoring and predicting solar activity for Space Weather
WG2 The radiation environment of the Earth
WG3 Interaction of solar wind disturbances with the Earth
WG4 Space Weather Observations and Services


The main benefit of a concerted European Space Weather programme is that
organisations which face hazards from space weather in their day-to-day
operations will have a resource which will enable them to manage the risk,
and which will have traceable quality standards. COST is also at the source
of initiatives for international SW meetings and publications, public
outreach, public education.

Several projects are already in the row. Finally, COST aims at working in
a collaborative way with adjacent organizations (ESA, ESOC, ISES....).
There are 32 countries eligible. Today, 11 countries officially joined,
there are 5 declaration of intent, 5 very positive actions : more than 20
countries should gather by fall 2003. Your country must join ! You can be
a national representative ! To get more information, please explore the
site:

http://cost724.obs.ujf-grenoble.fr

and contact one of us: Jean Lilensten, Anna Belehaki

Dr Anna Belehaki
Ionospheric Group, Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing
National Observatory of Athens
Metaxa and Vas. Pavlou str.
P. Penteli 15236, Greece
Tel +30-210-8109192
Fax +30-210-6138343

Lilensten Jean
Laboratoire de Planétologie de Grenoble
Bâtiment D de physique
B.P. 53
38041 Grenoble cedex 9
Tel 33 4 76 51 41 49
Fax 33 4 76 51 41 46

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2. Student Bursaries Available for participation in the 8th Spacecraft
Charging Technology Conference, NASA/MSFC Hunstville Alabama, USA.
20-24 October 2003
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From: Jody Minor

In the frame of the European Space Agency's sponsorship of the 8th
Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference to be held at NASA/MSFC
Hunstville Alabama, USA on 20-24 October, AFRL, ESA and NASA are
hereby soliciting participation from graduate students of the ESA
member states.

Candidates must present at least one first author paper. Papers will
be reviewed and selected by the organising committee according to
the following criteria:

- Quality of the scientific and engineering content (25%);
- Originality of the work (25%);
- Relevancy to the conference programme (50%);

Selected papers will be presented during the appropriate poster sessions
and published in the proceedings.

The first author of the best 5 papers selected according to this ranking
will have their conference fee waived (195 USD). Furthermore, the organising
committee will be able to support students on a case by case basis, with
some funding with a maximum of 1000 Euro per student and upon justification
of cost. The maximum total funding available is 3000 Euro.

During the conference, poster contents will be reviewed by the organising
committee and the graduate student demonstrating the most outstanding paper
will be presented with an award.

Applications should include:

- 1 or several abstracts pertaining to the programme of the 8th Spacecraft
Charging Technology Conference (cf http://see.msfc.nasa.gov/sctc/ ).
- 1 short cv stating as a minimum, First Name, Last Name, Nationality, study
programme and current position.
- justification of travel and accomodation cost for which funding from the
organiser is requested.
- letter of recommendation from the direct supervisor.

Applications should be sent not later 2 September to: Jody Minor

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3. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO4449 GEO ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDER TECHNOLOGY PROJECT
(From 23/07/2003 to 01/10/2003, Act.Ref.: 02.1EE.07)

AO4504 PHASE C0 OF THE GALILEO DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PHASE
(From 04/07/2003 to 25/08/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.154.01)

AO4364 EARTH OBSERVATION SERVICES - MARKET DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
(From 11/07/2003 to 05/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1AE.05)

AO4164 SPACECRAFT CHARGING AND PLASMA INTERACTION GUIDELINES
(From 04/07/2003 to 26/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.13)

AO4408 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN THE STUDY OF INTEGRATED SCIENCE PAYLOADS
FOR THE SOLAR ORBITER MISSION
(From 02/07/2003 to 15/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.166.01)

AO4424 IMPROVEMENT OF FLEXIBLE BLANKET TECHNOLOGY FOR STANDARD AND
THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS
(From 17/07/2003 to 28/08/2003, Act.Ref.: 01.1ES.16)

AO4364 EARTH OBSERVATION SERVICES - MARKET DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
(From 11/07/2003 to 05/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1AE.05)

AO4470 SPACECRAFT DISTURBANCES FROM HYPERVELOCITY IMPACTS
(From 25/06/2003 to 09/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.127.04)

AO4393 FREQUENCY MONITORING AND PROPAGATION EXPERIMENT PACKAGE -
NEW TITLE: FREQUENCY MONITORING PACKAGE
(From 23/05/2003 to 08/08/2003, Act.Ref.: 01.1EE.04)

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For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see: http://emits.esa.int

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- 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

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