Space Weather Euro News Vol. 10 Issue 12 (20-09-06)

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  1. Third European Space Weather Week, Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels 13-17th November 2006.
    Limited Financial Support Available for Students and young Engineers
  2. Coupling of Atmospheric Layers (CAL), an EU FP5 Research Training Network,
    - Scientific, Training and Outreach Activities
  3. Vacancies for solar physicists to work on future EUV imagers
  4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. Third European Space Weather Week, Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels
13-17th November 2006. Limited Financial Support Available for Students
and young Engineers
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From: From: A. Glover, J. Lilensten Jean.Lilensten at obs.ujf-grenoble.fr
R. van der Linden ronald.vanderlinden at oma.be
http://www.esa-spaceweather.net/mailform/mailform.html?name=A_Glover

Partial financial support for a limited number of students and young
engineers is available to attend the Third European Space Weather Week.
Candidates requesting support should email the following information to
the ESA Conference Bureau no later
than 29th September 2006:

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2. Coupling of Atmospheric Layers (CAL), an EU FP5 Research Training
Network, - Scientific, Training and Outreach Activities
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From: Norma Bock Crosby norma.crosby at oma.be

From the 24 to 25 August 2006 the final CAL progress meeting took place
at the Danish National Space Center in Copenhagen. Here the coordinator
of the project, Dr. Torsten Neubert, chaired the meeting where various
team members presented the main results of the CAL project based on the
objectives of the ten scientific work packages. The four year CAL
project has concerned the effects of thunderstorms, electrical and space
radiation effects in the stratosphere, mesosphere and lower
thermosphere. Team members have studied unanswered questions relating to
transient luminous events (red sprites, blue jets and elves), phenomena
observed above the thundercloud, including their relation to various
aspects of the atmospheric system, and thus Earth's climate.

In parallel to the scientific work-packages the CAL project has
consisted of a training programme work-package as well as an outreach
programme work-package. The educational "training" programme has been a
key ingredient in the CAL project and has covered the implementation of
the training activities aimed at the ten young researchers hired through
the CAL project, as well as participating senior scientists. Training
has been highly cross-disciplinary due to the nature of the network
study, and has covered a variety of scientific methods. Educational
activities have been based on the following elements: national Ph.D.
programmes, activities at CAL- and other meetings, observational
campaigns, a dedicated summer-school. Especially the EuroSprite2005 and
EuroSprite2006 observational campaigns have been very successful,
completely organized and run by the CAL young scientists themselves.

Activities of the outreach programme have included
"popular/semi-popular" articles, press releases, interviews, an
educational sprite website and a public CAL website. As part of their
work, all CAL young scientists produced educational material (e.g.
websites, articles, ) concerning their research for middle school and
above in both English and their native language.

The CAL project is an example and inspiration of how an EU Research
Training Network project can be a unique opportunity to provide
"training and outreach" learning activities. Many of these activities
can easily be adapted to other scientific topics, for example such as
those found in the highly interdisciplinary subject matter of space
weather. For more detailed information about CAL, including a reference
list based on the results of the project, see:

CAL public website: http://www.dsri.dk/cal/
CAL educational website: http://www.eurosprite.net/
EuroSprite2006 Blog: http://eurosprite.blogspot.com/

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3. Vacancies for solar physicists to work on future EUV imagers
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From: David Berghmans david.berghmans at oma.be

The Solar Influences Data analysis Center (SIDC) at the Royal
Observatory of Belgium (ROB) has several vacancies in the context of
the SWAP instrument of PROBA2 and the EUI suite of Solar Orbiter.
SWAP (Sun Watcher using APS and image Processing) is a small EUV
imager for space weather monitoring on the ESA technology demonstration
mission PROBA2 with launch in autumn 2007. It contains a number of
technology innovations that will be important for the suite of EUV
imagers onboard Solar Orbiter (EUI).

EUI includes three co-aligned High Resolution Imagers (HRI) and one
Full Sun Imager (FSI). This suite will address state of the art
science by taking advantage of three of the original Solar Orbiter
mission characteristics: the orbital phases of co-rotation, solar
proximity and departure from the ecliptic.

The selected candidate will work on the technical and scientific
preparation to the exploitation of these future instruments. Besides
the capability to conduct independent research on the basis of EUV
image analysis, we will appreciate candidates with experience in one
or more of the following fields: coronal image analysis, coronal
spectroscopy, space weather, feature recognition software, telescope
design and multilayer technology, data analysis software, web
communication technologies and project management & reporting.

The ROB is a Belgian Federal institute in the southern green outskirts
of Brussels. The SIDC is a research group of about 25 researchers and
technicians of a wide range of nationalities. At the office, English
is the baseline language. Salary, social security and pension scheme
are according to Belgian civil servant rules. The jobs are open as of
today. Applications and/or questions can be sent asap to:

David Berghmans: David.Berghmans at sidc.be;dberghmans at spd.aas.org
Jean-Francois Hochedez Jean-Francois.Hochedez@sidc.be;jhochedez@spd.as.org

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4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5045 FEASIBILITY STUDY PHASE B0 OF THE INTERACTIONS IN COSMIC AND
ATMOSPHERIC PARTICLE SYSTEMS (ICAPS) EXPERIMENT.
(From 11/08/2006 to 23/10/2006, Act.Ref.: 05.1GM.04)

AO5112 SYNOPSIS OF RADIATION EFFECTS ON ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS DURING
SPACE MISSIONS
(From 20/07/2006 to 22/09/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.139.06)

AO5257 2006 AO FOR THE INNOVATION TRIANGLE INITIATIVE (ITI)
(From 10/08/2006 to 04/10/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.135.01)

AO4780 ARTES 4 - ESA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2007, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)

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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://space-env.esa.int) and is a prototype
mailing list intended to provide a forum for information posting news of
interest to the Space Weather community in Europe.

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