Space Weather Euro News Vol. 13 Issue 8 (01-09-09)


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1. The 6th European Space Weather Week, 16-20th November 2009, 

  Bruges/Brugge, Belgium. Reminder: Abstract deadline 14th September

2. JOB announcement for SWAP scientists

3. Post-doctoral position for the science exploitation of long-term 

  visual sunspot observations and of image-based solar activity indices  

  SIDC, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels

4. ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science

5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

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1. The 6th European Space Weather Week, 16-20th November 2009, 

  Bruges/Brugge, Belgium. Reminder: Abstract deadline 14th September

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From: Alexi Glover  <alexi.glover at esa.int>

     Anna Belehaki <belehaki at space.noa.gr>

     Ronald Van der Linden <ronald.vanderlinden at oma.be>


*** Reminder: Abstract deadline 14th September***

*** See http://sidc.oma.be/esww6 for full details***


The next European Space Weather Week will take place in Bruges/Brugge, 

Belgium, from Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November 2009.


This meeting is being jointly organised by the Royal Observatory of 

Belgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT and the COST ES0803 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 second 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 5 open sessions that address a number of 

topical themes:  


Session 1:  Space Weather and Space Situational Awareness

Session 2:  Space Weather Impacts on Communications Systems

Session 3:  Space Weather Tools Models and Services

Session 4:  Space Weather and Health Issues

Session 5:  Space Weather Models: from Research to Applications


** Session descriptions are now available via the ESWW6 webpages **


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 5 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 1, 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 ESWW6 

schedule will be set aside for all splinter meeting convenors to report 

the main conclusions of the meetings to the full workshop. 


The complete splinter meeting schedule will be available via the

ESWW webpages in August.


Abstract Submission: 


Online abstract submission is now open via the official conference 

website: 


http://sidc.oma.be/esww6


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: 14th September 2009. 


Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by 9th

October.


Registration: 


Registration is open via the conference website. The deadline for 

registration is 17th October 2009. 


Registration Fee: 125Euro

Registration Fee (later than 19th Oct): 150Euro


Students and Young Scientists/Engineers: 


A tutorial and introduction to space weather will be given on the 

first day of the meeting. This will be geared towards students, 

young scientists/engineers and people new to the field, but all 

are welcome to attend.


Students and young scientists/engineers will be eligible for a reduced 

fee of 75Euros. This must be arranged before 19th October and proof of 

student status and/or age under 35 must be provided.


Social Programme and Special Events: 


A social programme including a welcome reception and conference dinner 

will be included in the registration fee. 


Special events this year will include a space weather fair, a debate 

covering solar influences on climate and a tutorial covering research 

and applications aspects of space weather. 


Publication:


Presentation material will be made available on the ESWW6 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: 

• A Belehaki (Co-Chair, NOA, COST ES0803)

• A. Glover (Co-Chair, ESA)

• M. Hapgood (RAL/STFC, SWWT Chairman)

• J.-P. Luntama (FMI) 

• R. Van der Linden (SIDC-STCE)

• P. Vanlommel (STCE)

• A. Thomson (BGS) 

• T. Dudok de Wit (CNRS, SOTERIA)

• B. Zolesi (INGV)

• J. Watermann (CNRS)

• M. Messerotti (INAF, COST ES0803)

• M. Meier (DLR)


Local Organising Committee

• R. Van der Linden

• A. Vandersyppe

• S. Raynal

• P. Vanlommel

• the SIDC-team 


This meeting is supported by the European Space Agency, The Royal 

Observatory of Belgium, The EC COST Office, The Belgian Science Policy 

Office, the International Space Environment Service


Conference web site:

http://sidc.oma.be/esww6

See Also: 

http://www.esa-spaceweather.net/spweather/workshops/esww6/index.html


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2. JOB announcement for SWAP scientists

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From: David Berghmans <david.berghmans at oma.be>


SWAP (http://swap.sidc.be/) is a small EUV imager ready to be launched on board 

of the ESA micro-satellite PROBA2 (http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM402S7NWF_index_0.html) 

in November this year. PROBA2 is a technology demonstration platform  

and as such SWAP contains novel technology such as the first CMOS-APS  

detector in space for solar physics and advanced onboard image  

processing. Besides the new technology, we will also use SWAP as a  

space weather monitor capable of registering the occurrence of any  

flare or eruption in the solar corona.


The scientific exploitation of SWAP is funded by the Belgian Space  

Office as a joint project of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB, http://sidc.be) 

and the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics (CPA, http://wis.kuleuven.be/cpa/) 

at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The two institutes are only  

30km apart and closely collaborate on this project. ROB focusses on the  

instrumental aspects and data analysis, whereas CPA focusses on  

numerical simulations in support of the data interpretation.


Given the upcoming launch (http://www.eurockot.com/) we want to hire  

up to 3 scientists:

- 1 scientist to be hired asap at CPA to help preparing the processing  

 pipeline at the ground segment for the SWAP software as well  

 as the instrument commissioning. After this initial phase, the job  

 content can evolve to any SWAP related scientific research.

- 1 scientist to be hired by October 2009 at CPA to work on numerical  

 simulations of CME eruptions in support of interpretation of data by  

 SWAP and other EUV imagers.

- 1 scientist to be hired by Spring 2010 at ROB to work on advanced  

 data analysis of EUV images as produced by SWAP.


In all 3 cases, the initial contract is for 1 year with possible  

extensions. The PROBA2 mission duration is foreseen to be 2 years,  

also with possible extensions. Our preference goes to young post-doc  

researchers with a few years of experience in a relevant domain, but  

deviations from this ideal profile are perfectly discussable.  

Knowledge of English (usual language in the office) is mandatory.


Please send your questions and/or applications to any of the 3 jobs   

to both Prof. Stefaan Poedts (CPA, Stefaan.Poedts AT wis.kuleuven.be) 

and Dr. David Berghmans (ROB, David.Berghmans AT sidc.be).


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3. Post-doctoral position for the science exploitation of long-term 

  visual sunspot observations and of image-based solar activity indices  

  SIDC, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels

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From: Frederic Clette <frederic.clette at oma.be> 


The Solar Influences data analysis Center (SIDC) is opening a new post-doc 

position in the framework of its participation to a new 3-year project, 

called SoTerIA (Solar-Terrestrial Investigations and Archives), implemented 

in the framework of the EC 7th Framework Program. The candidate will be 

involved in the exploitation of long-term archives of photographic and 

visual observations of sunspots and faculae. This will include in particular  

the digitization, encoding and global analysis of the entire Uccle-ROB sunspot 

drawing series that spans 68 years and the definition and the study of new 

image-based global sunspot indices derived from historical photographic images 

or from current CCD images, through multi-variate and statistical cross 

analyses with various global solar activity indices.   The candidate should 

have a PhD degree in Physics, Mathematics or Statistics, with an experimental 

or applied orientation (or similar level by experience). Prior experience 

in solar physics or observational astrophysics and/or in the advanced analysis 

techniques of time series (statistical error and bias analysis, Fourier or 

wavelet transforms, etc.) is an advantage.  The job will be hosted by the 

SIDC team, which is part of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (http://www.observatory.be) 

located in the green outskirts of Brussels, and which runs several 

international data and forecast services, like the IAU World Data Center 

for the Sunspot Index and the ISES Regional Warning Center  Brussels.    

The contract will have a duration of 2 years.    


Candidates are invited to submit their application and Curriculum Vitae by post, 

fax or e-mail before September 18, 2009.    The applications or any questions 

concerning this position should be addressed to:  Dr. Fr d ric Clette  SIDC  

Royal Observatory of Belgium  3, Avenue Ciculaire  1180 Bruxelles  

Tel.: ../32/2/373.02.33  Fax: ../32/2/374.98.22  

E-mail: frederic.clette at oma.be


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4. ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science

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From: Guido De Marchi <gdemarchi at rssd.esa.int>


The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each

year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding

a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science

research in fields related to the ESA Science Programme. Areas of research

include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and

solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The

fellowships have a duration of two years and are tenable at the European

Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or

at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo,

near Madrid, Spain.


Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin

in the summer or fall of 2010. Preference will be given to applications

submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD.

Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must

provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.


The deadline for applications is 1 October 2009.


More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space

Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application

form can be found on the world-wide web at this address:

http://www.rssd.esa.int/fellowship


Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship Programme in

Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the

fellowship coordinator, Guido De Marchi, at the address

fellowship@rssd.esa.int


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5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

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AO6188 USE OF EGNOS IN URBAN ENVIRONMENT

(From 04/08/2009 to 05/10/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.154.03) 


AO6122 MATERIALS CHARGING EFFECTS UNDER EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS 

(ULTRA-LOW TEMPERATURES AND HIGH RADIATION FIELDS)

(From 23/06/2009 to 21/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.1QM.08) 


AO6149 DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF INTERFERENCE MONITOR SYSYEM FOR GNSS 

REFERENCE STATIONS (ID 29)

(From 17/07/2009 to 30/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.154.08) 


AO6194 IONOSPHERIC MONITORING EXPERIMENTATION PLAN AND INSTRUMENT 

DEVELOPMENT

(From 03/08/2009 to 05/10/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.154.14) 


AO6171 SOLAR/INTERPLANETARY ELECTRON HAZARDS

(From 28/07/2009 to 08/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.1EE.01) 


AO6124 OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL FOR ARTES 20 (INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS 

PROMOTION PROGRAMME)

(From 15/06/2009 to 31/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 09.153.75) 


AO6133 CHARACTERISATION OF RADIATION RESISTANT MATERIALS - PHASE 1

(From 25/06/2009 to 07/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.1QM.01) 


AO6195 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: CALL FOR OUTLINE PROPOSALS UNDER 

THE SPECIAL INITIATIVE FOR DANISH INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA AND RESEARCH 

INSTITUTIONS

(From 23/07/2009 to 15/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.175.02) 


AO6124 OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL FOR ARTES 20 (INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS 

PROMOTION PROGRAMME)

(From 15/06/2009 to 31/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 09.153.75) 


AO6000 ARTES 5.2: TELECOM -TECHNOLOGY CALL FOR PROPOSALS

(From 16/02/2009 to 31/12/2010, Act.Ref.: 09.153.66) 


AO5891 ARTES 3/4: TELECOM - PRODUCTS PROGRAMME - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

(From 05/09/2008 to 31/12/2010, Act.Ref.: 08.153.70) 


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) 


AO5658 ESA 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 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

 Anna Belehaki, COST ES0803

 Volker Bothmer, EGU-Solar Physics Secretary

 Alain Bourdillon, COST Action 296

 Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative

 Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)

 Maurizio Candidi, CNR

 Mike Hapgood,  Space Weather Workinig Team Chairman 

 Francois Lefeuvre, CNRS

 W. William Liu, Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

 Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center

 Richard Marsden, ESA science programme

 Goetz Paschmann, ISSI

 Terry Onsager, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre

 Jean-Yves Prado, CNES Programme Directorate

 Michael Rietveld, URSI-Commission G

 Michael Rycroft, ISU


- SWEN archives are currently available on:


http://www.esa-spaceweather.net/spweather/SWEN/swen.html


http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/SWEN/spweuro.html


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