Space Weather Euro News Vol. 12 Issue 4 (07-05-08)

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  1. European Space Weather Week #5, 17-21st November, Brussels 2008
  2. Latest SWENET Upgrades and Information
  3. Open position for a scientist at the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
  4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. European Space Weather Week #5, 17-21st November, Brussels 2008
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From: Alexi Glover, Anna Belehaki and Ronald Van der Linden

The next European Space Weather Week will take place at the Royal Library of Brussels, Belgium, from Monday 17th November to Friday 21st November 2008.

This meeting is being jointly organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT, the COST 724 and COST 296 communities. The local organisation is done by the SIDC of the ROB. This event will build on the advances made during previous European Space Weather Weeks and preceding ESA Space Weather Applications Workshops.

The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together diverse communities working on all elements of space weather with a strong focus on user involvement. This year’s meeting will discuss recent advances in both scientific and applications based domains and how these advances relate to user needs. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss the Space Weather community’s contribution to possible future ESA action in the area of Space Situational Awareness. New data, tools and techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated during the workshop with a view to aiding the transition between new scientific results and user-oriented space weather services.

This year’s event will include a space weather fair, where users and service providers will have the opportunity to interact in an informal working environment. The meeting will also include a number of hands-on splinter sessions and will explore community development through several dedicated business meetings.

Organisation:

The meeting will centre on 6 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:

Each session will be divided into oral and poster session with plenty of time devoted to discussion. Contributed papers are welcome to each of the 6 sessions. The oral presentations will cover a range of scientific and applications related themes and will consist of both invited and contributed papers. User contributions are expected to feature strongly in sessions 2 and 3 in particular. It is also envisaged that the meeting will conclude with a wrap-up of the key issues arising during the week long event in the form of a round table discussion on future European directions in space weather.

Business 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 ESWW5 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 and anticipated number of participants to Alexi Glover (alexi.glover at esa.int) and Anna Belehaki (belehaki at space.noa.gr) as soon as possible.

Deadline for splinter meeting proposals: 20th June 2008.

Abstract Submission:

Online abstract submission will be possible from 2nd June via the official conference website:

http://sidc.oma.be/esww5

Deadline for submission: 1st September 2008. Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by 1st October.

Registration:

Registration will be possible via the conference websites from 2nd June. The deadline for early registration is 17th October 2008.

Early Bird Registration Fee: 110Euro Full Registration Fee (later than 17th Oct): 130Euro Students and young scientists/engineers presenting a paper will be eligible for a reduced fee. Further information will be available by 2nd June.

Social Programme:

A social programme including a welcome reception and conference dinner will be included in the registration fee. More information will be available by 2nd June.

Publication:

Presentation material from the invited talks will be made available on the ESWW5 website following the event. In addition, it is envisaged that scientific and technical papers presented at this event will form a special issue of a refereed journal. More information about this publication will be made available during the meeting.

Programme Committee:

Local Organising Committee:

This meeting is supported by the European Space Agency, The Royal Observatory of Belgium and Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), The EC COST Office, The Belgian Science Policy Office, the International Space Environment Service, The Royal Library of Belgium and the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

Conference web site:
http://sidc.oma.be/esww5

See Also:
http://www.esa-spaceweather.net/spweather/workshops/esww5/index.html

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2. Latest SWENET Upgrades and Information
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From: Lasse Iwersen

Following on from the SWENET Developers Forum meeting held during the ESWW4 in November 2007, the SWENET-Team is pleased to present the latest features, functional upgrades and interface enhancements to the Space Weather European Network (SWENET) Portal:

http://www.esa-spaceweather.net/swenet

New Features and upgrades:

  1. The start page has been restructured to provide additional infomation on SWENET.
  2. The Data Access Interface providing the user with options to combine data, generate plots and carry out image search functions has been simplified.
  3. A new "Latest Alerts" page displaying alerts on Ap, Dst, GOES >10MeV proton flux level, Kp and GOES solar X-ray flux has been developed.
  4. A number of tutorials have been added to the resource section containing step-by-step animated tutorials for various SWENET functions.
  5. A quick-search textfield (SWENET Search) has been incorporated in the right sidebar.
  6. A more detailed “Latest Indices” page showing the most relevant space weather indices has been developed.
  7. Links to facilitate subscription to regular emails have been added.
  8. Activity reports are now included in the SDA data search function.
  9. The Web Service for data access has been upgraded.
  10. The Image Browsing interface has been improved.
  11. A link to the data analysis section has been added to the left sidebar.
  12. The facility to generate animated images has now been implemented.
  13. The resources secion in the left sidebar has been expanaded.

These updates have been made in agreement with ESA, based on community inputs. Work will contine to develop the SWENET portal through 2008. Regular updates will be posted via the SWEN newsletter during the year and a further Developers Forum meeting will take place during the ESWW5 in November.

If you have any suggestions or requests for improvements to the SWENET Portal, do not hesitate to contact the SWENET-Team at swenet@etamax.de.

With kind regards,
The SWENET-Team

Pablo Beltrami, Kai Ruhl and Lasse Iwersen

The SWENET portal has been developed by etamax and BIRA through ESA contract number 18042/04/NL/JA. For further information, please contact Alexi Glover

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3. Open position for a scientist at the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
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From: Michel Kruglanski

The Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy is strongly involved in the domain of Space Environment Effects. This includes the development of scientific services related to both the space environment and space weather. In particular it has developed the SPace ENVironment Information System (SPENVIS) and operates the European Space Weather portal.

Currently we are looking to reinforce our Space Weather department with a scientist possessing good IT-skills to work on the development of models within the SPENVIS project.

For more information, see http://www.aeronomie.be/en/contact/vacancies.htm

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4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5754 ASSESSMENT STUDY OF MARCO POLO MEDIUM CLASS MISSION - COSMIC VISION 2015-2025
(From 05/05/2008 to 16/06/2008, Act.Ref.: 08.197.09)
AO5632 ASSESSMENT STUDY OF CROSS-SCALE MEDIUM CLASS MISSION - COSMIC VISION 2015-2025 / PREVIOUS TITLE : ASSESSMENT STUDY OF MEDIUM CLASS MISSION 1,2,3 - COSMIC VISION 2015-2025
(From 08/04/2008 to 26/05/2008, Act.Ref.: 08.197.02)
AO5705 GALILEO SIGNAL ASSESSMENT IN REAL ENVIRONMENT
(From 16/04/2008 to 02/06/2008, Act.Ref.: 07.154.16)
AO5720 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: FOR MARKET-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES (PERMANENTLY OPEN AO UNDER GSTP)
(From 21/04/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.136.03)
AO5698 SUSTAINABILITY AND SPACE ACTIVITIES, INDUSTRY AND ESA : SUSTAINABILITY OF SPACE ACTIVITIES
(From 13/03/2008 to 22/05/2008, Act.Ref.: 07.197.42)
AO5658 SA TELECOM NEWCOMERS' INITIATIVE - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 28/01/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.153.52)
AO4780 ARTES 4 - ESA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2009, 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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