Space Weather Euro News Vol. 11 Issue 4 (04-05-07)

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  1. Roger Gendrin
  2. SOHO 20 - Transient Events on the Sun and in the Heliosphere
  3. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. Roger Gendrin
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From: Alain Roux

We are very sad to tell you that Doctor Roger Gendrin passed away on April 21th, 2007. He was 76 years old. Roger Gendrin is well known as a specialist of Wave Particle Interactions (WPI’s). In the sixties he started his career by developing Search Coil Magnetometers and implementing them in conjugate stations, Sogra (in Russia) and Kerguelen islands (Indian ocean). Thus he was able to record ULF waves in both stations and to deduce from these observations properties of the magnetospheric plasma crossed by these waves. In parallel he made very significant contributions to the theory of WPI’s. In the seventies he had a key role in the definition and acceptation by ESA, of the GEOS spacecraft. Then he took the lead of the wave consortium on GEOS.

His contribution to the "Study of waves of natural origin propagating in the surroundings of the Earth, and their influence on the behaviour of the magnetosphere" was acknowledged by a John Howard Dillinger medal from URSI. He has also been chairman of the H commission of URSI. In view of his prominent role as a scientist and as an efficient organiser, he was elected President of IAGA.

Roger Gendrin has been the director of CRPE, now called CETP (Centre d’étude des Environnements Terrestres et Planétaires), for 4 years. Together with Professors Maha Abdalla (UCLA) and Hiroshi Matsumoto (Univ. of Kyoto), Roger Gendrin took an active part in the development of numerical simulation, by implementing a series of international schools. No doubt that this initiative had an important impact in the fast expansion of this tool for studying space plasma physics.

Before retirement he headed IFRTP, the French Institute for polar studies, thereby being in charge of the coordination of studies conducted in Kerguelen Islands, where here he conducted his first experiments about 30 years before.

Even after retiring he continued to be dedicated to science. For instance he advised ESA and European Union on the importance of SpaceWeather activities. Until his last days he continued to be a very active scientist.

Roger was a strong character, hard in his belief, but at the same time, he was very open to discussion. We deeply miss this original scientist who was very demanding but so friendly and generous.

We convey our greatest sympathy to his wife Janine and his children and grand children.

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2. SOHO 20 - Transient Events on the Sun and in the Heliosphere
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From: Gareth Lawrence

SOHO 20 - Transient Events on the Sun and in the Heliosphere
Ghent, Belgium
August 27-31 2007

web: www.soho20.org
email: soho20@sidc.de
venue: "Het Pand", downtown Ghent

SOHO has successfully celebrated one full solar cycle of observations, and enriched our knowledge with new discoveries. Among them a large variety of transients have been identified. It is now time to review and discuss them.

Within this context, early results from the SOHO partnerships with STEREO and HINODE, and plans for the Solar Orbiter and Sentinels will be hot topics at SOHO20.

Areas of Interest include:

The program will combine invited and contributed talks, and a healthy level of discussion will be encouraged. There will be plenty of space provided for posters.

Please register your interest at www.soho20.org and use the conference email address soho20@sidc.be (or the website's 'Contact' section) if you have questions regarding any aspects of the meeting. Institutes are encouraged to request a meeting poster as soon as possible.

On behalf of the SOHO 20 organizers,

Jean-Francois Hochedez

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3. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5403 2007 AO FOR THE INNOVATION TRIANGLE INITIATIVE (ITI)
(From 05/04/2007 to 07/05/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.135.02)
AO5407 DEFINITION OF MULTI-CONSTELLATION REGIONAL SYSTEM
(From 16/04/2007 to 30/05/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.154.03)
AO5394 AIR DENSITY MODELS DERIVED FROM MULTI-SATELLITE DRAG OBSERVATIONS
(From 11/04/2007 to 11/06/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.197.08)
AO5412 STUDY AND MODELLING OF IONOSPHERIC PROPAGATION IMPAIRMENTS AT C-BAND
(From 04/04/2007 to 30/05/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.154.07)
AO5409 FUTURE SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM ARCHITECTURES
(From 04/04/2007 to 30/05/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.154.04)
AO5376 PRODUCTION OF A SERIES OF ESA EDUCATIONAL VIDEO LESSONS
(PREVIOUS TITLE: PRODUCTION OF SERIES OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
EDUCATIONAL VIDEO LESSONS AND WEB CONTENT)
(From 25/04/2007 to 25/06/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.1GS.01)
AO5415 ADVANCED MISSION OPERATIONS CONCEPTS & TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUTURE ESA MISSIONS
(From 06/04/2007 to 11/05/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.197.43)
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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