Space Weather Euro News Vol. 10 Issue 1 (13-01-06)

Table of Contents:

  1. Space Weather Working Team Meeting 18, 18th November 2005: Meeting Summary
  2. Space Weather Working Team Chairman Election: Call for Candidates
  3. Call for Papers for EGU 2006 Session: ST5.8 Solar, Heliospheric and External Geophysical Effects on Ecosystem (co-listed in CL)
  4. Call for Papers for EGU 2006 Session: ES8 Education and Outreach in the Earth- and Space Sciences
  5. Two permanent positions at the Royal Observatory of Belgium
  6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS


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1. Space Weather Working Team Meeting 18, 18th November 2005:
Meeting Summary


From: François Lefeuvre <>

The Space Weather Pilot Project results are still under review.
The cost-benefit analysis element of the project is planned to end at the
beginning of April 2006. However, it appears from various indicators
(e.g., level of additional funding raised, level of participation) and
from feedback received that the coordination function of the temporary
structures set-up for the pilot project study e.g. SWENET, together
with the role of the SWWT, seems to have met a need within the space
weather community for which continuation would be appreciated and is
currently under investigation. In the same line, the consolidation of SW
services in Germany and in France were discussed.

The SWWT considers that it is crucial to maintain the coordination of European
Space Weather activities.

For the upcoming period, the main requirements identified are:

(i) to maintain (and consolidate) SWENET and promote the results of the
Pilot Project and
(ii) to set up a European structure which could take in charge the long term
monitoring of Sun-Earth interactions.

As it is not a mission of the ESA General Studies Programme to support studies
beyond the feasibility phase, contacts have been taken by the SWWT chairman
with the ESA Technical (Tec) and Science (Sci) Directorates to establish
how to support Space Weather activities for the two following years.

The SWWT also proposes to take advantage of IHY to push projects of long term
monitoring such as the monitoring of solar radio flux, signature of CMEs,
shocks, SEP, ... from a network of multi-frequency radio telescopes.

Assuming that SWWT activities will be still supported by ESA in the next two years
the SWWT decided to maintain the SWWT structure
(SWWT chairman, SWWT board, Topical groups, two SWWT meetings per year to exchange
information) in its present state.

Furthermore, the SWWT chairman, Francois Lefeuvre, having been nominated to
new executive functions a call for candidacy for a new SWWT chairman will be issued.

2. Space Weather Working Team Chairman Election: Call for Candidates

From: François Lefeuvre <>
Alexi Glover

Candidacies for the SWWT chairmanship for the period 2006 are solicited.
Candidates should provide a position statement (not more than 1xA4 page)
to Alexi Glover and by
20th January 2006

Position statements will be circulated by email to all SWWT members
by the end of January.

Votes must be sent by email to Alexi Glover and before 20th February 2006.

The result of the election will be announced on 1st March 2006.

3.  Call for Papers for EGU 2006 Session: ST5.8 Solar, Heliospheric and
External Geophysical Effects on Ecosystem (co-listed in CL)

From: Norma crosby <>

Convener: Crosby, N.,
Co-Conveners: Belehaki, A.,;
Lilensten, J.,

Earth’s weather and climate is without doubt a function of our location in
the solar system, the behavior of the Sun and the nature of Earth’s
magnetic field and atmosphere. However, solar radiation (X-rays and UV),
energetic charged particles (magnetospheric particles, solar protons and
galactic cosmic rays) and waves (gravity, electric fields, ...) are all
mechanisms which could be responsible for causing changes in the Earth’s
ionosphere and thermosphere, mesosphere and stratosphere due to changing
conditions on the Sun, in interplanetary space, in the magnetosphere and
in the troposphere. This session concerns solar wind and energetic charged
particle effects on the atmosphere, as well as effects of lightning on the
middle atmosphere (Schumann resonances, ULF phenomena, sprites, jets,
etc.). Modifications include changes to the chemistry of the troposphere
and stratosphere, as well as to cloud nucleation, cloud microphysics, the
distribution of aerosols and clouds, rainfall, etc. and the role of
atmospheric electrodynamics and effects of the global electric circuit on
the atmosphere. Inter-disciplinary contributions regarding the above in
the context of both short-term and long-term variability are especially

4. Call for Papers for EGU 2006 Session: ES8 Education and Outreach in
the Earth- and Space Sciences

From: Norma crosby <>

Convener: Crosby, N.,
Co-Conveners: Hassler, B.,;
Bokwa, A.,

Earth- and space sciences are essential fields of research for
understanding our environment, our daily lives and the future of our
existence. However, the number of young people that consider science
careers is decreasing and for a civilization relying on science and
technology this is not promising. This is one reason why the role of
education and outreach activities, both on national and international
level, is vital. Another reason is that the younger generation needs to be
prepared for a life in a changing environment and understand the
conditions and possibilities of personal actions. The fundament for this
is laid out in schools. The aim of this session is to bring together
people working in different EGU topic environments (e.g. schools,
institutions, universities, international organizations, museums, science
centers, planetaria, etc.) to exchange ideas and experiences in education
and outreach. Contributions regarding outreach activities and educational
resources especially in regard to international cooperation are
particularly welcome.

5. Two permanent positions at the Royal Observatory of Belgium

From: David Berghmans <>

The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) will open two permanent, full
time positions in its solar physics department, the Solar Influences
Data analysis Center (SIDC). The ROB is a Belgian Federal Scientific
Research institute located in the outskirts of Brussels.

The SIDC is a group of about 20 researchers, with active
participations in the preparation and exploitation of space missions
such as SOHO, STEREO and PROBA2. The research topics currently
addressed by the SIDC include heating and dynamics of the solar
atmosphere, the study of space weather phenomena and the study of the
solar cycle (see for details). The
SIDC is also a center for operational space weather services which
include the production of the International Sunspot Number, ground-
based observations and space weather forecasts (see
for details).

The selected candidates are expected to work independently and
eventually lead research projects and operational activities.
Experience is required with reduction and interpretation of ground-
based or space-borne observations, or with theoretical research and
modelisation. Preference will be given to candidates whose background
matches the current research activities of the SIDC, and candidates
capable to lead one of the operational activities of the SIDC.

As dictated by Belgian civil servant regulations, these job openings
are limited to EU citizens fluent in either French or Dutch. If your
knowledge of either of this language is not obvious from the
university that provided your highest diploma, then you will be
required to pass a language exam at SELOR (, tel: ++ 32
(0) 2 788 6631 or -6667 or - 6668 or -6691, before the
closing date of the application period. Please note the deadlines for
registration for the next language exams: and

Further information can be obtained from David Berghmans, group
leader a.i. of the SIDC. The official announcement of these job
vacancies will within the next few weeks/months be published in the
official Belgian state journal 'Le Moniteur Belge/Het Belgisch
Staatsblad' after
which we will also provide the information on
Jobvacancy. If you wish to be informed about the official
announcement of the vacancies, please send an e-mail request to the
Director of the Royal Observatory of Belgium
( Note that after the publication of the
vacancies in 'Le Moniteur Belge/Het Belgisch Staatsblad',
applications will have to be received within 30 days.
The postal adress for application submissions will be given later in
the official announcement.

6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

(From 30/11/2005 to 03/02/2006, Act.Ref.: 05.166.06)

(From 20/12/2005 to 28/02/2006, Act.Ref.: 05.1AE.16)

(From 17/11/2005 to 12/01/2006, Act.Ref.: 04.153.35)

(From 20/10/2005 to 01/12/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.197.04)


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments
and Effects Analysis Section ( ) 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:

  Wolfgang Baumjohann, IWF Graz, Austria
  Volker Bothmer, EGU-Solar Physics Secretary
  Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative
  Ljiljana Cander, COST Action 296
  Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding 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
  Richard Marsden, ESA science programme
  Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
  Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre
  Jean-Yves Prado, CNES Programme Directorate
  Michael Rycroft, ISU

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