Space Weather Euro News Vol. 11 Issue 6 (20-07-07)

Table of Contents:

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  1. Fourth European Space Weather Week. 5-9th November 2007, Brussels
    Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open
  2. First Announcement and Call for Papers for "Ionising Radiation Data
    and Exploitation Workshop"
  3. IHY-Africa Space Weather Science and Education Workshop Second
    Announcement, November 11-16, 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  4. Meeting: 5th AMS Space Weather Symposium Session on "Forecasting/ products
    enabled by next generation instrumentation on GOES-R and other
    satellites" 21-22 January 2008, New Orleans
  5. ESA ITT: Energetic Electron Environment Models for MEO
  6. Job Opening. Software Engineer with Scientific Background
    (SEPEM Technical Person), BIRA-IASB, Brussels
  7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. Fourth European Space Weather Week. 5-9th November 2007, Brussels
Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open
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From: Alexi Glover, Jean Lilensten and Ronald van der Linden

The next European Space Weather Week will take place at the Royal Library of Brussels, Belgium, from Monday 5th November to Friday 9th November 2007.

** Registration and Abstract Submission is Now Open **

This meeting is being jointly organised by the Royal Observatory of elgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT and the COST 724 communities. The local organisation is done by the SIDC of the ROB. This event will continue to build on the advances made during the first three European Space Weather Weeks held between 2004 and 2006. The workshop will again adopt the central aim of bringing together communities working on diverse elements of space weather. This year's meeting will include one full day dedicated to the final presentation of the COST 724 action dedicated to "Developing the Scientific Basis for Monitoring, Modelling and Predicting Space Weather". This will be followed by three and a half days split into a number of topical plenary sessions and splinter meetings. The central focus this year is again bridging the gap between scientific activities and applications and the topics addressed and session breakdowns will reflect this. The meeting will highlight recent advances in both scientific and applications based domains, focussing on a number of topical thematic issues from both scientific and applications oriented perspectives. The meeting will also explore community development and investigate possible routes towards the creation of a sustainable space weather activity in Europe through a dedicated session and several business meetings.

Organisation:

Following the COST 724 presentations on 5th November, the meeting will focus on 5 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:

Each session will be divided into one oral and one poster session with plenty of time devoted to discussion. Contributed papers are welcome to each of the 5 sessions. The oral presentations will cover a range of scientific and applications related themes and will consist of both invited and contributed papers. Three of the five sessions will address both scientific and applications based issues relating to a range of topical themes. Session 2 will address key scientific issues and Session 1 will be geared towards identifying the next steps towards a coordinated long-term European Space Weather activity. It is also envisaged that two round table discussion sessions on possible future European directions in space weather will take place during the week with a wrap-up of the key issues concluding the meeting.

Splinter Meetings:

A key part of the European Space Weather Weeks are the business meetings. These meetings provide the opportunity for interested participants to meet in smaller groups and address key issues in a style that compliments the open format of the plenary sessions. These meetings take the form of working meetings with reports produced and actions taken by the participants. This year, time during the ESWW4 schedule will be set aside for all splinter meeting convenors to report the main conclusions of the meetings to the full workshop.

Several rooms will be available for splinter meetings during the week. If you would like to propose a topic for a splinter meeting, please send the title of the meeting, the expected duration (1hr, 1.5hrs, 2 hrs) and anticipated number of participants to Alexi Glover (alexi.glover at esa.int) and Jean Lilensten (jean.lilensten at obs.ujf-grenoble.fr) as soon as possible.

Deadline for submission: 6th July 2007

Abstract Submission:

Online abstract submission will be possible from 1st July via the official conference website:

http://sidc.oma.be/esww4

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

Deadline for submission: 7th September 2007

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by the end of September prior to the ESWW4 taking place.

Registration:

- Registration will be possible via the conference websites from 1st July. The deadline for registration is 13th October 2006. - A registration fee of 80Euros will be payable. This will cover the cost of organisation and materials together with a welcome event. - A welcome reception will take place on the evening of 6th November to which all participants are invited. - A social event followed by a conference dinner will take on 7th November. Further details of this event will be made available on the conference website.


Publication:

Presentation material from the invited talks will be made available on the ESWW4 website following the event. In addition, it is envisaged that scientific and technical papers presented at this event will form a special issue of an appropriate peer-review journal. More information about this publication will be made available during the meeting.

Organising Committee:

Local Organising Committee:

This meeting is co-sponsored by:
The European Space Agency, The EC COST Office, The Belgian Science Policy Office, The Royal Observatory of Belgium, The Royal Library of Belgium and The International Space Environment Service, Committee on Space Research and the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).

The organisers of the meeting gratefully acknowledge the financial support of: The European Space Agency, The EC COST Office, The Belgian Science Policy Office, The Royal Observatory of Belgium, The Royal Library of Belgium and The International Space Environment Service.

Conference web site:
http://sidc.oma.be/esww4

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2. First Announcement and Call for Papers for
"Ionising Radiation Data and Exploitation Workshop"
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From: Alessandra Menicucci

Dear Colleagues,

This is the First Announcement and Call for Papers for the "Ionising Radiation Data and Exploitation Workshop" to be held on 17-19 October 2007 in ESA-ESTEC. It would be a pleasure for us to welcome you at ESTEC for this event to discuss European developments in the domain.

All information about the workshop can also be found at the workshop homepage:

http://www.congrex.nl/07c37

There you will find an online abstract submission form and the most updated information about the workshop.

Please feel free to distribute this announcement to potentially interested colleagues.

On behalf of the Scientific Committee,

Best regards,

Alessandra Menicucci

Dr. Alessandra Menicucci
Space Environments and Effects Analysis
ESA / ESTEC / TEC-EES
Tel: +31 (0)71 565 8428
http://space-env.esa.int

Workshop Background

There is a number of existing and planned European ionising radiation instruments flying on various orbits. The functions of these devices range from simple engineering-oriented radiation dosimeters to monitors intended for diagnostics purposes and operational evaluation, and to large science-class instruments capable of providing detailed information on the spectral, directional, and particle species characteristics of ionising radiation encountered in space. With many future missions in Navigation, Telecommunications, Exploration, Science, GMES domains flying in severe radiation environments and carrying highly sensitive components and systems, the need for such radiation instrumentation is increasing. The Workshop is proposed under the auspices of the Space Environments and Effects Network of Technical Competences, established to further cooperation in Europe, and is one in a series of topical workshops started in 2006 with a Workshop on Engineering Tools.

Scope

The intention of this workshop is to provide a venue for cross-comparison of data from these different devices and to foster collaboration for future data analyses and databases, model developments and related activities, including simulations and calibration campaigns. It will also allow further discussion and capture of monitoring needs and coordination of development plans.

Topics

Registration

There is no fee for attending this workshop. The on-line registration will be available soon. Registrations to attend the workshop have to be made on the website before 5th October 2007.

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3. IHY-Africa Space Weather Science and Education Workshop Second
Announcement, November 11-16, 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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From: Tim Fuller-Rowell

2nd Announcement for IHY-Africa Space Weather Science and Education Workshop Nov 11-16, 2007, Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

http://kuiper.colorado.edu/IHY-Africa

The IHY-Africa Space Weather Science and Education Workshop will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during Nov 12-16, 2007. The meeting will follow the 2nd Africa SCINDA Workshop, which takes place on Sunday 11th November. The workshop is hosted jointly by the Department of Physics, at the Universities of Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, and the Ethiopian Physical Society. The workshop is also under the auspices of IHY, in cooperation and collaboration with several other international and African national programs, including CAWSES, eGY, AMMA, and AFREF.

The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate scientific interaction and promote space science and education in Africa. The space science community is currently exploring ways to increase the observational infrastructure in the African sector, and to encourage scientists in Africa to become involved in the science objectives, and to host instrumentation at their institutions. The new observational infrastructure will facilitate the study of space weather, spark interest in space science education and research, and encourage the next generation to become interested in the space sciences. The workshop will provide an ideal opportunity to develop strong interactions with scientists in Africa.

The workshop is sponsored by the generous support of NSF, NASA, EOARD, CAWSES, ICTP, AFRL/AFOSR, ONR, and COSPAR.

Sessions include:

Local Organizing Committee Chairs: Gizaw Mengistu, Department of Physics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia Baylie Damtie, Department of Physics, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia Abebe Kebede, USA, International Liaison

International Scientific Organizing Committee:

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4. Meeting: 5th AMS Space Weather Symposium Session on "Forecasting/
products enabled by next generation instrumentation on GOES-R and
other satellites" 21-22 January 2008, New Orleans
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From: Howard Singer

Meeting Announcement
5th AMS Space Weather Symposium
Session on "Forecasting/products enabled by next generation instrumentation
on GOES-R and other satellites"
21-22 January 2008, New Orleans
http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/index.html

The AMS has shown a growing commitment to including space weather in its regular schedule. The upcoming meeting is especially important for our space weather community as it features a special afternoon session on 22 January (as a part of the Fifth Space Weather Symposium) on future space weather forecasting and products that will be enabled by the next generation of instrumentation in the GOES-R era (2014 and beyond), and by other contemporary satellites, including mitigation strategies for obtaining the lost space weather capabilities on NPOESS.

Data from these missions in the GOES-R era will enable improved physical understanding of the space environment, as well as more reliable forecasts of the effects of solar variability on humans and technological systems in space and on Earth. This session will feature several prominent invited speakers and contributed talks (on 22 January) and contributed posters (on 21 January).

The purpose of these sessions are to focus on the vision of where solar, heliospheric and geospace science will be in a decade's time, and what we need to do in the coming years to be ready to take best advantage of the wealth of data, results and tools that will become available.

We are encouraging all in our community to attend the AMS meeting and to submit abstracts for contributed talks and/or posters to this session. Your contributions should focus on future concepts for missions, instrumentation, data analysis techniques, and modeling that would help improve our space weather forecasting capabilities in the GOES-R era.

To submit an abstract please go to
http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/programsandevents.html
and scroll down to
"Fifth Symposium on Space Weather"
and look at the call for papers.
Then select "Submit Abstract"
and select the session "Forecasting/products enabled
by next generation instrumentation on GOES-R and other satellites."

NOTE: the Abstract deadline is 1 August!

It is wise to book your hotel and register early as this is a large meeting and the nearby hotels tend to fill up quickly.

Hope to see you in New Orleans!

For additional information please contact the program session organizers:
Keith Strong, (phone: 240-684-1521 or Howard Singer, (phone: 303-497-6959

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5. ESA ITT: Energetic Electron Environment Models for MEO
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From: Petteri Nieminen

Dear Colleagues,

An ESA ITT has been opened for the activity "Energetic Electron Environment Models for MEO". For more details, please see AO4720 under the EMITS system (http://emits.esa.int).

Summary (from: http://emits.esa.int):
New models will be constructed to take into account the temporal, spatial and spectral variations in electron fluxes at altitudes and inclinations relevant for Galileo. The NASA AE-8 model that is traditionally used for the electron flux predictions in the radiation belt environment is static, based on data collected in the 1960s and 70s, and hence badly outdated. New models taking into account the dynamic nature of the outer electron belt are therefore needed. The aim of this activity is to produce such models utilising data fromthe ESA Standard Radiation Environment Monitor (SREM) instruments flying onIntegral, PROBA-1 and the GSTB-V2. Electron measurements from other radiationmonitors, including DoubleStar shall also be included, where applicable,utilising past ESA-sponsored data base developments, together with otherobservations and theoretical considerations. The models shall be WWW-based, andreadily available for implementation in the SPENVIS system. Interfacing toGeant4-based software for radiation and charging effects analyses shall also beconsidered.

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6. Job Opening. Software Engineer with Scientific Background
(SEPEM Technical Person), BIRA-IASB, Brussels
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From: Norma Crosby

The Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BISA) was created in 1964. Its main tasks, as defined in its Royal Decree of creation are public service and research in the field of space aeronomy, i.e. tasks that require data knowledge, gathered using rockets and satellites, within the framework of physics and chemistry of the higher atmosphere and outer space. For more information, see:
http://www.aeronomie.be

FUNCTION OR MISSION OF THE JOB:
To work on the Solar Energetic Particle Environment Modelling (SEPEM)
Project: http://www.oma.be/SEPEM

Tasks include management of space based data collections, development of software tools for data processing and analysis, integration of different software systems, writing of design documents and software documentation according to engineering standards, validation and testing of software, status reporting to project partners at progress meetings, user support.

Required skills:

Desired skills:

Contract: Fixed-term 1 year
Type of contract: Public
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline for Application: 31st July 2007

For more information, contact:

Dr. Norma B. Crosby
SEPEM Project Manager
Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
Ringlaan-3-Avenue Circulaire
B-1180 Brussels, Belgium
E-mail : norma.crosby@oma.be

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7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5369 EO USER SERVICES NEXT GENERATION
(From 25/05/2007 to 27/07/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.187.03)
AO5354 PROOF OF CONCEPT FOR ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES FOR SPACE SURVEILLANCE
(From 05/06/2007 to 19/07/2007, Act.Ref.: 06.138.02)
AO4720 ENERGETIC ELECTRON ENVIRONMENT MODELS FOR MEO
(From 18/07/2007 to 29/08/2007, Act.Ref.: 04.1EE.13)
AO5493 ACTIVE PIXEL SENSORS DETECTOR RADIATION TESTING FOR SOLAR ORBITER
(LUPA-4000 ELECTRO-OPTICAL CHARACTERISATION AND RADIATION
TOLERANCE ASSESSMENT)
(From 16/07/2007 to 10/09/2007, Act.Ref.: 06.164.07)
AO5375 STUDY AND MONITORING OF EARTH MESOSPHERE BY MEANS OF LIDAR TECHNIQUE
(From 07/05/2007 to 06/07/2007, Act.Ref.: 07.197.32)
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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