Space Weather Euro News Vol. 9 Issue 6 (1-07-2005)

Table of Contents:

  1. 2nd European Space Weather Week: Announcement
  2. First IHY European General Assembly - January 2006
  3. Solar Extreme Events: Fundamental Science and Applied Aspects (SEE- 2005),
    International Symposium, Nor Amberd, Armenia,
    26-30 September 2005, Second Circular
  4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS ( )


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1. 2nd European Space Weather Week: Announcement

From: A. Glover & J. Lilensten

The next European Space Weather Week will take place at ESTEC (Noordwijk,
The Netherlands) from Monday 14th November to Friday, 18th November, 2005.

This meeting is being jointly organised by ESA, SWWT, the COST 724, COST 296
and E-STAR (ESF) communities. This event follows on from the success of
the First European Space Weather Week held in 2004, with the aim of bringing
together diverse communities working on all elements of space weather. This
year's meeting will review the science and applications of space weather
with a strong focus on advances made in the areas of scientific research,
application development and transitioning science to applications. The meeting
will also explore community development and investigate possible routes towards
the creation of a sustainable space weather activity in Europe through
dedicated business meetings. One day of this week long event will be dedicated
to presentation of the newly developed Space Weather European NETwork, SWENET,

The first day of the Second European Space Weather Week will focus on
presentations of the newly developed Space Weather European NETwork (SWENET)
services. Following this special event, there will be a total of 6 open sessions:
5 of these will cover a broad range of “Science to applications” themes. The 6th
session will discuss ongoing and planned agencies activities together with
community outreach issues. It is also envisaged that the final session will
incorporate a round table discussion of future European directions in space

Each session will be divided into one oral and one poster session with plenty
of time devoted to discussion. The oral presentations will include space
weather effects, science, modelling, monitoring, needs and applications
and will be given by invitation only.

Business meetings:
The business meetings will include, but not be limited to:

SWWT bi-annual business meeting and topical working group meetings
COST 724 Management Committee Meeting (TBC)
COST 296 Management Committee Meeting

Abstract Submission:
Online abstract submission will be possible from 15th July via the conference websites:

Abstracts can be submitted via the online system accessible through the conference
Poster contributions are welcome to all of the above 6 sessions.

Deadline for submission: 16th September 2005.
Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by 26th September prior
to the ESWW-II taking place.

Registration will be possible via the online system accessible via the conference
websites from 15th July.
The deadline for registration is 14th October 2005.

Financial Support:
Travel support will be available from COST 724 and COST 296 for a limited number
of persons associated with these actions. Applicants for such support should contact
the chairs of the relevant COST actions (COST 724: J. Lilensten, COST 296: Lj. Cander).

Limited financial support will be available to assist students and young researchers.
Candidates for this support should send an abstract, letter of motivation and CV to
by 26th August 2005, making clear reference to the
Second European Space Weather Week.
Candidates will be informed of the acceptance of their application by 26th September 2005.

Presentation material from the invited talks will be made available on the ESWWII website
following the event.
In addition, these talks will form the basis of a separate reference publication.
More information about this publication will be made available following the meeting.

Organising Committee:
J Lilensten (Chairman), A Belehaki (COST 724)
A. Glover (vice Chairperson), A. Hilgers (ESA/D-TEC)
Lj Cander, Bruno Zolesi (COST 296)
M. Rycroft (E-STAR)
F. Lefeuvre (SWWT)

Conference web site:

2. First IHY European General Assembly - January 2006

From: Carine Briand

The first IHY European General Assembly will hold at the Centre National
de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) headquarter in Paris from Tuesday
10th to Friday 13th, January 2006.

I - General Context
The year 2007 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the International
Geophysical Year (IGY) and 50 years of space exploration. About 60,000
scientists from 67 nations participated in the IGY. The world's science
community will again come together for an international program of
scientific collaboration: the International Heliophysical Year (IHY)
2007-2008. IHY extends the concept of "Geophysics" to "Heliophysics" to
embrace not only atmospheric and solar-terrestrial physics but include
studies of other planets, the outer reaches of the heliosphere, and its
interaction with the interstellar medium. Among the IHY objectives:

  1. Develop the basic science of heliophysics through cross-disciplinary
    studies of universal processes.
  2. Foster international scientific cooperation in the study of heliophysical
    phenomena now and in the future
  3. Communicate unique IHY results to the scientific community and the
    general public

II- Meeting Goals
The first aim of the meeting is to present the status the European
activities. Several talks will expose the international context of the
IHY and the national coordinators are encouraged to give an overview of
the implications of the institutes and research groups of their country.
The second goal is to illustrate the scientific context and to present
the operational framework for 2007-2008. The concept of Coordinated
Investigation Programs (CIP) will be introduced and some examples
presented. The contribution of all participants is required to complete
the CIP list.Finally, since a large part of the activities of IHY is
based on coordinated observing campaigns, a full day will be devoted
to ground-based and space instruments as well as facilities (including
data bases and virtual observatories) that are expected to be available
in 2007-2008. More information:

More information:

Contact: <>

3.  Solar Extreme Events: Fundamental Science and Applied Aspects
(SEE-2005), International Symposium, Nor Amberd,
Armenia, 26-30 September 2005, Second Circular


From: Veronika Moiseenko

Conference Date and Location
26-30 September 2005 (arrive by September 25)
Nor Amberd International Conference Centre
of Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Byurakan, Aragazotn District


Phone/fax +374-1-34-43-77

Sponsoring Organizations:

* Pre-Registration and Request for Financial assistance: July 15, 2005 (new)      
* Abstracts: July 15, 2005 (new)
* Registration : August 30, 2005 (new)

General Information about the Conference Site:
Armenia is located in the southern Caucasus. It is a beautiful country
with a history and culture that dates to ancient times and has evolved
to match modern achievements in the arts, sciences, and business.
Numerous monuments and masterpieces from the Ancient era and Middle Ages
can be found mixed with the modern throughout the country and near the
conference site.

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is one of the oldest cities in the
world. The earliest recorded settlement there dates back to 782 BC.
Museums, Opera house, Symphony hall, movie theaters, beautiful
architecture, numerous festivals make it a pleasant place for the

Biblical Mt. Ararat in all its splendor has an everlasting presence from
any vantage point in Yerevan and vicinity. The 4090 meter high Mt.
Aragats is the tallest mountain in Armenia. It reaches for the sky to
the north-west of Yerevan.

The high altitude plateau of Mt. Aragats and also its lower slopes have
become the site of several scientific research centers since the
1940-ies. One of these centers is the Cosmic Ray Division of the
Alikhanyan Physics Institute, with research centers at two locations –
Aragats at 3200 m, and Nor Amberd at 2000 m above sea level. The Nor
Amberd International Conference Centre is in a lovely spot, just below
the tree line.

End of September is the best season in Armenia with average air
temperature of 20°C in Yerevan and 15°C at Nor Ambert.

Scientific Rationale:
Investigation of the Solar Extreme Events (SEE) is important for several
* It provides us with unique information about violent processes
in the solar corona, including the mechanisms of particle
acceleration and Coronal Mass Ejection (CME);

* The study of the propagation of huge amounts of solar plasma in
the interplanetary space can shed light on the interactions with
the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) and ambient population
of the Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR);

* Interplanetary shocks and CMEs, along with solar particle and
electromagnetic emissions trigger various dynamic processes in
the Earth's magnetosphere, causing global geo-effective effects,
including e.g. geomagnetic storms, heating of the upper
atmosphere, changing of the electrodynamic properties of the
ionosphere, and creation of the geomagnetically induced surface
currents. All these constitute conditions of Space Weather (SW),
changing dramatically with SEE development.

* Space Weather can influence the performance and reliability of
space-borne and ground-based technology systems and can endanger
human health and life. It is of major importance to establish
accurate methods for monitoring and forecasting the strength of
SW disturbances and to identify the mechanisms of the various SW

The solar extreme events of October-November, 2003, known as the
Halloween events have provided us with rich information to study and
better understand space weather. The Moscow symposium SEE-2004
(Moscow, July 2004) focused on comprehensive discussions of
solar/heliospheric and magnetospheric aspects of these events.
The data obtained onboard numerous satellites and from ground-based
observatories were presented, discussed and interpreted both from
experimental and theoretical points of view.
The COSPAR congress (Paris, July, 2004) and the European Cosmic
Ray Symposium (Florence, September, 2004) also demonstrated a large
interest and the continuing activity of the community to understand in
detail the 2003 Halloween events. New attempts to develop analysis
techniques to incorporate data from space-born and surface instruments
open new perspectives in the understanding and forecasting of the
consequences of SEEs.

In 2004 several extreme events from the end of July to mid November
provided us with new examples of the severe Geospace Storms and Forbush
decreases. Analysis of these events is under way and will provide
extremely interesting basis for the understanding of SEE's and their

The Aim of SEE-05 is Two-fold:
1) Provide a wide forum for discussion of recent Solar Extreme Events
and their impact on technological systems and human environment, and
2) Discuss directions for future research, and to promote co-operation
between groups with different research interests from different countries.

The Following Topics will be Covered in SEE-05:

* Energetic processes on the Sun during the extreme events

* Propagation of the solar energetic particles and Interplanetary CMEs

* Magnetospheric response to the solar extreme events

* Methodologies of forecasting of Space Weather conditions

* Effects of Space Weather on technology infrastructure and human environment

List of Invited Speakers:

Energetic Processes on the Sun During the Extreme Events:

Allan Tylka*, Naval Research Laboratory, USA -
“SEP Particles: New Data from WIND and ACE”

Igor Veselovsky, Moscow State University, Russia –
“Energy and Mass Transports During Extreme Events
on the Sun and in the Heliosphere”

Vahe Petrossian, Stanford University, USA –
“Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares”

John W. Bieber, University of Delaware, USA –
“Relativistic Solar Neutrons and Protons on
October 28, 2003”

Yasushi Muraki, Kioto University, Japan –
“High Energy Solar Neutrons and Protons Detected in
October 28, 2003”

Riho Nymmik, Moscow State University, Russia –
“Long-term Prediction of Solar Extreme Events Basing
on the General Regularities of
Energetic Particle Generation by the Sun”

Galina Bazilevskaya, Lebedev Physics Institute, Russia –
“Energy Spectrum of Solar Cosmic Rays”

Magnetospheric Response to the Solar Extreme Events:

Erwin Flueckiger, Physikalisches Institut, University of Bern,
Switzerland – “Extreme Events and Super Storms”

Michail Panasyuk, Moscow State University, Russia -
“The Radiation Storms in Near Cosmos”

Leonid Lazutin, Moscow State University, Russia–
“On the Storm-Substorm Relation Problem”

Karel Kudela, Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovakia -
“Low Energy Cosmic Rays and the Disturbed Magnetosphere”

Yuri Stozhkov, Lebedev Physics Institute, Russia –
“Cosmic Rays and the Processes in the Atmosphere”

Yuri Yermolaev, Space Research Institute,
Russian Academy of Science -
“Geoeffectiveness of Solar and Interplanetary Events”

Effects of Space Weather and Forecasting of Space Weather Conditions:

Anatoly Belov, Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism,
Russian Academy of Science –
“Cosmic Rays for Space Weather Tasks”

Kazuoki Munakata*, Shinshu University, Japan -
“World Wide Network of Muon Telescopes”

Frank Jansen, University of Greifswald, Germany –
“New European Space Weather Telescope – MuSTAnG."

Lev Dorman, Israel Cosmic Ray Center and
Emilio Segre' Observatory - “Cosmic Ray On-Line Data Using
for SEE Monitoring and Forecasting”

Ashot Chilingarian, Cosmic Ray Division of Alikhanian Physics
Institute, Armenia – “Aragats Space Environmental Center (ASEC):
Space Weather Observatory in Armenia”

* - to be confirmed

Extracurricular Program:
We will select from the following based on majority interest for excursions:

* Armenian Capital –Yerevan and museums located there
*Cathedral in Echmiadzin
*The ancient fortress Amberd, the pagan temple of Garni and the cave monastery
of Geghard
* The church of Khor-Virap built over the pit where the founder of Christianity
in Armenia was imprisoned by the king Dertates of Armenia.
*Lake Sevan

September 29 - Conference dinner
September 30 – Tour of the Aragats cosmic ray research station, 3200 m

Registration: Electronic registration on

* 250 Euro for International participants (except from Russia)
* 1,000 roubles for participants from Russia
* 15,000 drams for participants from Armenia. 

Fee to be paid at registration

Participation in the Conference:
Participation is by invitation. Invitations will be sent out after deliberations
with the International Advisory Board of the conference, to be held
following the pre-registration deadline.

Financial Support:
The Organizing Committee will be able to provide limited financial support
in the form of

(a) waiver of the registration fee, and / or 
(b) free accommodation in modestly furnished  guest houses.

Financial support applicants will be notified before August 15, 2005 regarding
the level of support possible for them. Preference will be given to students and
postgraduate research assistants.

Abstract Submission:
Electronic submission by emailing to the conference e-mail address,
MS WORD, 1 page

Publication of Conference Proceedings:
Detailed information will be provided in the 3rd circular.

Internet Access:
Internet access will be provided at conference site.

Hotels & Accommodation:
We recommend Olympia Hotel in Yerevan 67 Barbyus Str , Yerevan, Armenia
60-70 USD for single room, breakfast included;
Transportation to Conference Center will take 40 minutes and will be provided.

For those who like to stay in natural surroundings, the conference center hotel will
be available for 30-40 USD with full pension.

Please, notify your preferences at registration.
The conference secretariat will assist you in hotel booking.

Flights to Yerevan, Armenia
There are direct flights to Yerevan from several cities in Europe such as Amsterdam,
Munich, London, Moscow, Paris, Vienna, and others.

For more information visit:

For travel agencies which have experience in booking flights to Armenia visit:

Transportation from Airport to the Hotel:
Will be provided by the organizers if notified in time, at least a week before arrival.

Insurance and Liability:
The Organizing Committee urges the conference participants to carry sufficient
travel insurance to ensure adequate coverage for the duration of the trip,
including medical, liability, accident and other expenses during the flight and in
Armenia. The organizing committee cannot accept any responsibility or liability for
loss or accident or damages.

Armenian tourist visas can be obtained from Armenian embassies in respective
countries, the internet site .
Tourist visa for 21 day may also be obtainable at the Zvartnotz airport upon arrival.
Cost is 30 USD.
Participants from the Russian Federation do not need entry visa.

Currency Exchange:
The Armenian national currency is the Dram (AMD).
Exchange offices are available all over Yerevan.

4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

        (From 29/06/2005 to 24/08/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.1EE.15)

        (From 29/06/2005 to 02/09/2005, Act.Ref.: 03.153.21)

        (From 29/06/2005 to 09/09/2005, Act.Ref.: 05.1AE.09)

        (From 26/05/2005 to 21/07/2005, Act.Ref.: 02.179.03)

        (From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2006, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)

        (From 12/05/2005 to 13/07/2005, Act.Ref.: 05.1AE.03)

        (From 05/05/2005 to 28/07/2005, Act.Ref.: 05.1AE.05)


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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  Volker Bothmer, EGU-Solar Physics Secretary
  Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative
  Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)
  Richard Marsden, ESA science programme
  Maurizio Candidi, CNR
  Paul Cannon, URSI-Commission G
  Mike Hapgood,  EGU
  Pierre Lantos, Observatory of Paris Meudon
  Francios Lefeuvre, Space Weather Working Team Chairman
  Jean Lilensten, COST Action 724
  W. William Liu, Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency
  Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
  Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
  Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre
  Jean-Yves Prado, CNES Programme Directorate
  Michael Rycroft, ISU
  W. William Liu, Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

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