Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

     Vol. 14, Issue 1 (14 January 2010)


1. Call for papers: EGU 2010, Session ST5/NH8.5 Space Weather and its

   Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: Science and Applications

2. Call for abstracts: EGU2010, Session ST3.4 EURIPOS

3. Invitation to the International Polar Year, Oslo Science Conference (8-12 June 2010)

4. PhD student and/or Postdoc position at the University Potsdam/GFZ Centre for Geosciences

5. Proba-2 press conference, First Announcement

6. Call for papers and announcement, COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly PSW1 session: 

   Space Weather Modelling and Observations: from Research to Verified Operational Products

7. Call for papers and announcement, COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly PSW2 session: 

   Space Situational Awareness and its Relationship with Science

8. TEC-EES Final Presentation Days 2010

9. Call for abstracts: Beacon Satellite Symposium 2010

10.Status of ESA-EMITS


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1. Call for papers, EGU 2010, Session ST5/NH8.5 Space Weather and its

   Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: Science and Applications


From: Norma Crosby <norma.crosby at>

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to the EGU General Assembly 2010 session 

"ST5/NH8.5 Space Weather and its Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: 

Science and Applications".

This session gathers together scientists with expertise in various fields of solar-terrestrial 

physics that deal with the effects of space phenomena on different levels of geo-space. Effects 

range from those observed on spacecraft related activities all the way down to Earth, including 

technological systems, human health and the Earth's climate. We welcome contributions 

(theoretical and observational) as well as applied (effects on terrestrial and geo-space 

environments), on all aspects of space weather. Contributions related to the ESA Space 

Situational Awareness (SSA) programme, or the EU FP7 programme, are very welcome. We look 

forward to a dynamic and interdisciplinary session.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18 January 2010

Best regards,

The Conveners:

Norma Crosby (BIRA-IASB, Belgium) and Mirela Voiculescu ("Dunarea de Jos" University Galati, 



2. Call for abstracts: EGU2010, Session ST3.4 EURIPOS 


From: Anna Belehaki <abeleha at>

This year we will organize again a EURIPOS session in the EGU General Assembly 2010 in Vienna. 

If you are interested to submit an abstract please follow the link:

Please note the deadline for submissions is 18 January 2010.

ST3.4 EURIPOS: Observing and modeling the Earth¡¦s ionosphere and plasmasphere

Convener: Anna Belehaki 

Co-Conveners: Bruno Zolesi, Michael A. Hapgood 

This session is devoted to the presentation of joint research activities aimed at the 

establishment of the European Research Network of Ionospheric and Plasmaspheric Observation 

Systems (EURIPOS). Access to reliable standardized observational data that characterize the 

Earth¡¦s ionosphere - plasmasphere system is of vital importance for theoretical and applied 

geospace research, including space weather nowcasting and forecasting, and a key issue for 

various operational applications relevant to satellite navigation, geomagnetic surveys, earth 

observation and telecommunications. EURIPOS initiative, with the participation of 16 research 

establishments all over Europe, aims to provide a wider and more efficient access to and use 

of the ground and space-based ionospheric sounders and the Global Navigation Satellite Systems 

(GNSS) receivers existing in different European countries and to coordinate and optimize their 

operation and evolution in conjunction with all possible space missions providing data from the 

near-Earth plasma regimes. This session thus also encompasses efforts aiming at the development 

of a new generation of models and tools designed to improve the specification, forecasting and 

prediction of the near geospace environment, ranging from the bottomside ionosphere up to the 

geosynchronous orbit. Contributions focusing on ionospheric/plasmaspheric interactions, 

exploiting all possible available data sets including observations from CHAMP, CLUSTER and 

IMAGE space missions are encouraged in particular. The session also invites contributions 

aiming at characterizing ionospheric and magnetospheric electric currents as part of the 

signal detected by satellites residing in the topside ionosphere as the future ESA¡¦s Swarm 


I am looking forward to an interesting session in Vienna! 

Anna Belehaki


3. Invitation to the International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference (8-12 June 2010)


From: Kirstie Kauristie <kirsti.kauristie at> 

The recently finished Fourth International Polar Year campaign (IPY, March 2007- March 2009) 

comprised of more than 200 research projects. The projects were organized under eight science 

themes one of which was dedicated for space research. The IPY Oslo Science Conference (OSC) 

is expected to be the prime forum for science communities to present the full breadth of the 

new science that resulted from the activities conducted during the IPY years. As OSC will be 

a unique event with exceptional networking opportunities it will be important that also the 

disciplines of solar-terrestrial physics and polar aeronomy research are well represented in 

the conference. 

Consequently we kindly encourage your to submit abstracts to our session named "Heliosphere 

impact on geospace" (T2-8) which is located under the OSC Theme 2 (Past, present and future 

changes in Polar Regions). A more detailed description of the session is given at 

the end of this message. 

The OSC homepage has been recently opened to receive your abstracts in 

The deadline for abstract submission is on January 20 2010.      

The conference organizers will pay special attention to Early Career Scientists (ECS) 

integration. Funding opportunities for ECS are announced at the conference web-site. 

The description of the session Heliosphere impact on geospace (T2-8):    

Within the IPY-4 discipline of space research the program  Heliosphere impact on geospace  

has coordinated research in three main themes: (i) Coupling processes between the different 

atmospheric layers and their connection with solar activity, (ii) Energy and mass exchange 

between the ionosphere and the magnetosphere, and (iii) Inter-hemispheric similarities and 

asymmetries in geospace phenomena. In these areas IPY-4 has catalyzed multinational collaboration 

as several research institutes have invested on new instrumentation and on massive measurement 

campaigns in polar areas. Besides ground-based observations scientists have had the opportunity 

to harvest observations from several interesting space missions like e.g. THEMIS, Cluster, 

Double-Star, IMAGE, Polar, CHAMP and Envisat. This session will provide a forum for discussing 

new findings from IPY-4 activities related with the above listed three themes. We welcome 

presentations of new discoveries through observations as well as data-model comparisons. 

We would like to hear discussion about the remaining outstanding questions and suggestions 

on how they could be solved with the massive data sets which we now have in our hands. We 

are waiting forward to hear also about experiences collected during Outreach and Education 


Yours sincerely,    

Nikolai Ostgaard, University of Bergen, Norway  

Yasunobu Ogawa, National Institute of Polar Research, Japan  

Kirsti Kauristie, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland  


4. PhD student and/or Postdoc position at the University Potsdam/GFZ Centre for Geosciences, 

   Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Germany.


From: Matthias Foerster <mfo at>

The University of Potsdam, Institute for Applied Mathematics and the Interdisciplinary Center 

for Dynamics of Complex Systems (DYCOS) in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ 

Centre for Geosciences, Department 2 'Physics of the Earth', Section 2.3 'Earth Magnetic Field' 

invites applicants for a

==> PhD student and/or Postdoc position (m/f) <==

for Applied Mathematics and/or Upper Atmospheric Space Science based on a project on 

'High-latitude coupling processes between thermospheric circulation and solar wind driven 

magnetospheric currents and plasma convection', which is funded by the Deutsche 

Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG).


- Development of novel, multi-method exploration and interpretation strategies to the complex 

 dynamic system of the upper atmosphere and its response to magnetospheric and solar wind 


- Studying the dependencies of thermospheric wind circulation and magnetospheric currents & 

 plasma convection under varying space weather conditions

- Mathematical tools applied comprise, e.g., pattern recognition, splines, wavelet methods, 

 and Principal Component Analysis (PCA).


- Diploma/MSc in applied mathematics, physics, geophysics, or a closely related field

- Keen interest in complex dynamic processes of the near Earth's environment

- Good knowledge and ability to communicate in English

- Ability to work in an international and interdisciplinary team

- Strong skills in numerical data processing and knowledge of common computer languages 

 (cc, Fortran, IDL) for own programmings

Start   :  As soon as possible

Duration:  3 years

Position:  PhD student and/or Postdoc

Location:  University of Potsdam and/or GFZ Potsdam

Contact :  Prof. Dr. M. Holschneider (Tel. +49-331-977 1500/1663)

          or Dr. M. Foerster (Tel. +49-331-288 1776) 

Deadline:  Review of applications begins Feb 15, 2010 and continues until position is filled

Our institutions are committed to equal opportunities and to employing individuals with 

disabilities. Applications should be directed to: 

University of Potsdam

Institute of Mathematics

Frau Neisse

P.B. 60 15 53

D-14415 Potsdam



5. Proba-2 press conference, First Announcement


From: Ninja Menning <ninja.menning @>

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) invite you to a 

press event announcing the first achievements of the satellite Proba-2.

The satellite was successfully launched on Nov 02, 2009. Proba-2 is the result of a 

successful European collaboration with major participation of Belgium industry. The objective 

of the mission is to test new spacecraft and instrument technology in space. The satellite is 

equipped with a quartet of new science instruments focusing on solar and space weather 

observations. For the two ¡¥state of the art¡¦ solar telescopes SWAP and LYRA, the scientific 

responsibility lies also in Belgium.


January 26, 2010, 09:45-11:00

The Royal Observatory of Belgium

Solar ¡V Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE)

Meridian Room

Ringlaan, 3, Av. Circulaire

1180 Brussels

Sincerely yours,

Ninja Menning (ESA), Sophie Raynal (STCE) and Petra Vanlommel (ROB)


6. Call for papers and announcement, COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly PSW1 session: 

   Space Weather Modelling and Observations: from Research to Verified Operational Products


From: Alexi Glover <alexi.glover at> and 

     Ronald Van der Linden <ronald.vanderlinden at>

The organisers of Scientific Event PSW1 of the COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly to be held in 

Bremen 18-25th July 2010, are pleased to invite you to attend and contribute to the 

following event:

PSW1: Space Weather Modelling and Observations: from Research to Verified Operational 


The primary focus of this session will be on new cross disciplinary scientific results 

together with issues of importance in transitioning research results into operational services, 

including mechanisms for quality control. Papers representing case studies are encouraged. 

Data and modelling standards will also be discussed in this context. Existing space assets 

will be reviewed together with identification of current and expected gaps in data coverage. 

Solar cycle 24 progress and prospects will be discussed as will the role of new frameworks 

for space weather monitoring, research and development.

Deadline for submission of abstracts and financial support applications: 19 February 2010

Deadline for early registration: 1 May 2010 

For further information, see:

PSW1 Organising Committee: 

Alexi Glover (ESA, Rhea System: MSO), Ronald Van der Linden (ROB-STCE, Belgium: DSO), 

Larisa Trichtchenko (Natural Resources Canada, Canada), Takahiro Obara (JAXA, Japan), 

Terry Onsager (NOAA/SWPC, USA), Iwona Stanislawska (SRC, Poland), 

Joe Kunches (NOAA/SWPC, USA), Norbert Jakowski (DLR, Germany).


7. Call for papers and announcement, COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly PSW2 session: 

   Space Situational Awareness and its Relationship with Science


From: Alain Hilgers <alain.hilgers at>

The organisers of Scientific Event PSW2 of the COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly to be held in 

Bremen 18-25th July 2010, are pleased to invite you to attend and contribute to the 

following event:

PSW2: Space Situational Awareness and its Relationship with Science

Space Situational Awareness can be defined as the comprehensive knowledge,

understanding and maintained awareness of the population of space objects, the

space environment and related threats and risks. The space objects under

consideration are mainly the Earth orbital population (including debris), and the

space environment covers space weather and Near Earth Objects. The session will

provide the opportunity for discussion of existing and emerging Space Situational

Awareness programmes around the world, their requirements, the underpinning

science, the knowledge gaps and the opportunities for global collaboration. This

event is co-sponsored by ESA and COSPAR PSW, PSD, and PEDAS panels.

Potential participants are welcome to submit abstracts for oral or poster

presentations covering the above topics.

Important dates:

19 February 2010: Abstract submission and Financial support application dead-line

19 April 2010:    Acceptance messages sent to contact authors

1 May 2010:       Early registration deadline

18-25 July 2010:  COSPAR Scientific Assembly. 

PSW2 Scientific Organizing Committee:

Tom Bogdan (NOAA/SWPC, USA)

Richard Crowther (BNSC, UK)

Frank Jansen (DLR, Germany)

Nicholas Johnson (NASA, USA)

Alain Hilgers (ESA, NL)

Pieter Visser (U. Delft, NL)

Web site:


8. TEC-EES Final Presentation Days 2010


From: Hugh Evans <hugh.evans @>

The TEC-EES final presentation days for 2010 will be held at ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk on the 

1st and 2nd of February in Newton-2 and Einstein, respectively.

For the agenda, please see this link

For registration, please contact Hugh Evans.


9. Beacon Satellite Symposium (BSS2010)


From: David Altadill Felip <David_Altadill @> 

Dear colleagues,

on behalf of the organizing committee of the upcoming Beacon Satellite Symposium (BSS2010), 

I would like to inform you that BSS2010 will be held at the "Campus Nord" of the "Universitat 

Politècnica de Catalunya" in Barcelona, Spain, from 7 to 11 June 2010. You may find further 

details of the BSS2010 at the meeting Web site (

As co-convener of the Session 5 of the BSS2010, "Multi-Instrument ionospheric techniques and 

studies", I take this opportunity for soliciting your contributed papers to that session. 

During the last 10 years multi-instrumented clusters and distributed observatories have

emerged with the possibility to probe the atmosphere-ionosphere system more fully and to 

provide a regional or a continental coverage of the ionosphere in specific regions of the

Globe. Networks of instruments such as GPS receivers, magnetometers, beacon receivers, 

coherent radars, Fabry-Perot interferometers, imagers, and ionosondes have been installed. 

Similarly, satellites like C/NOFS, CHAMP and DMSP and a constellation of satellites like 

COSMIC have increased the scope and opened new opportunities to conduct statistical studies 

of designated phenomena. In general, the ground-based observatories are used to conduct 

investigations of the dynamics of the ionosphere in a regional perspective, measure the 

onset conditions of different types of plasma irregularities and structures, investigate the 

causes of the day-to-day variability of the ionosphere during quiet and disturbed magnetic 

conditions, and assess the interaction, momentum transfer, and thermal budget of the 

atmosphere-ionosphere system. We solicit presentations that portray the new capabilities of 

these observatories, describe preliminary results, detail initial conclusions, and indicate 

long term goals of the projects.

Deadline for abstracts' submission is 15 February 2010. To submit an abstract, please use the

on-line tool provided at the BSS2010 web site. 

We sincerely hope that you can attend the BSS2010 and that you can contribute to the success 

of the BSS2010. 


10. Status of ESA-EMITS


The EMITS down time is extended to 25th January 2010. Therefore, the closing date of all 

currently open ITTs is extended by a period of 11 calendar days.

Potential tenderers are informed that they may access a “read-only” version of EMITS with 

the possibility to download tender documents via the following URL:

For any questions, please contact FINREF.COMM1 at


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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 

  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

  Norma Crosby         Space Weather Working Team Chairman

  Mike Hapgood Space Science Department, RAL

  Francois Lefeuvre CNRS

  W. William Liu Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

  Henrik Lundstedt Lund space weather center

  Richard Marsden ESA Science programme

  Terry Onsager         NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre

  Jean-Yves Prado         CNES Programme Directorate

  Michael Rietveld         URSI-Commission G

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