Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

      Vol. 14, Issue 4 (28 April 2010)


1. SPENVIS user workshop: first announcement

2. Fifth Solar Image Processing Workshop: first announcement

3. 7th European Space Weather Week, Brugge, Belgium, 15-19th November 2010

4. Chapman Conference on Relationship between Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes

5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS


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1. SPENVIS user workshop: first announcement


From: Michel Kruglanski <spenvis_team>

Dear SPENVIS user,

We are pleased to announce the SPENVIS User's Workshop, to be held in Mechelen, Belgium, from June 7 through June 9, 2010. 

The main scope of this event is to bring together the SPENVIS users and share their experiences. The workshop will be also focusing to the new and forthcoming developments of SPENVIS. 

Topics include: 

- SPENVIS tutorial 

- Planetary environments 

- Geant4 tools 

- Educational use of SPENVIS 

- Space radiation damages 

- Future SPENVIS and third-party developments 

If you are interested in participating and wish to receive further information about this event please visit(*): 

We appreciate if you bring this announcement to the attention of your colleagues. 

Best regards, The SPENVIS team. 

(*) The link is only accessible by regular SPENVIS users. If you are not a regular SPENVIS 

user please visit first: 


2. Fifth Solar Image Processing Workshop: first announcement


From: Thierry Dudok de Wit <ddwit -at-> 

First Announcement

Fifth Solar Image Processing Workshop

12 – 16 September 2010.

Eurotel Victoria Les Diablerets, Les Diablerets, Switzerland,

This series of workshops brings together members of the solar physics and image processing communities to present and discuss advances in solar image processing techniques. The design and implementation of existing algorithms as reliable and robust tools are discussed, as well as automated techniques for processing very large amounts of data.

The fifth Solar Image Processing Workshop ( will concentrate on the role played by solar image processing as we enter the petabyte era of solar physics. For example, the Solar Dynamics Observatory vastly increases the amount of data we have about our Sun, and solar image processing is taking a central role in reducing SDO and other data into useful information about the underlying physics.

Contribution to oral and poster sessions will be solicited in the second announcement, including presentations of image processing methods, software and visualization tools. Contributions involving SDO, PROBA2, STEREO, Hinode, SOHO are particularly solicited.

The workshop will consist of a 3.5 day meeting. In common with previous workshops in this series, mornings will be given over to talks, whilst in the afternoon the workshop will split up into working groups, each of which will cover a given topic in greater depth. Special attention will be given to the results from the Solar Dynamics Observatory mission. The meeting will address topics in the application of computer vision techniques to the challenges of solar

physics, such as solar tomography, 3-d reconstruction of solar features, automated feature detection, multiwavelength and motion analysis, blind source separation, and distributed data analysis infrastructure.

For the latest updates please consult the meeting website

LOC Chair: Andre Csillaghy, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

SOC Chair: Jack Ireland, ADNET Systems Inc./NASA GSFC


3. 7th European Space Weather Week, Brugge, Belgium, 15-19th November 2010


From: Alexi Glover <alexi.glover at>

     Anna Belehaki <belehaki at>

     Ronald Van der Linden <ronald.vanderlinden at>

The next European Space Weather Week will take place in Brugge, Belgium, from 15th to 19th November 2010.

This meeting is being jointly organised by the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Center of Excellence (STCE), ESA, the Space Weather Working Team and the COST ES0803 communities. The local organisation is done by the STCE and the Royal Observatory of Belgium (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 aspects of space weather from key research developments through to end user needs. Recent space weather related actions in the framework of the ESA Space Situational Awareness programme and the EC´s 7th Framework Programme will be a key topic, as will targeted sessions covering spacecraft environments and effects, recent advances in space weather modelling, new space weather products and tools and new observing strategies for heliospheric phenomena. 


The meeting will centre on 5 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:  

Session 1:  SSA Space Weather in Support of European Critical Infrastructure

Session 2:  Spacecraft Environments and Effects

Session 3:  Tracking Heliospheric Phenomena: New Observing Strategies

Session 4:  Space Weather Products and Services

Session 5:  Space Weather Models: From Research to Applications

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. Service user contributions are welcome and encouraged. 

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. Time during the ESWW7 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 and Anna Belehaki (belehaki at as soon as possible. 

Deadline for submission: 21st May.

Special Events:

15th November: The ESWW keynote lecture will take place prior to the welcome reception and will again address a topical subject given by a renowned expert in the field. 

16th November: A scientific debate will take place following the day’s normal sessions. A panel of experts will discuss: “Human exploration of space: what are the challenges, risks and benefits?”

This year’s event will also 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.

For more information about these events, please check the conference website for regular updates.

Abstract Submission: 

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

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: 18th September.

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by 11th October prior to the ESWW7 taking place. 


Registration will be possible via the conference websites from 1st June. The deadline for registration is 22nd October. 

Registration Fee: 125Euro

Registration Fee (later than 22nd 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 22nd October and proof of student status and/or age under 35 must be provided.

Social Programme: 

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


Presentation material from the invited talks will be made available on the ESWW7 website following the event. 

In addition, 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 in advance of the meeting. 

Programme Committee: 

A. Belehaki (Co-chair, NOA & COST ES0803) 

A. Glover (Co-chair, ESA) 

M. Hapgood (RAL/STFC) 

J.-P. Luntama (ESA, SSA) 

R. Van der Linden (SIDC-STCE) 

P. Vanlommel (STCE) 

T. Dudok de Wit (CNRS/LPC2E, SOTERIA) 

B. Zolesi (INGV) 

M. Messerotti (INAF, COST ES0803) 

V. Zigman (COST ES0803) 

M. Meier (DLR) 

N. Crosby (BISA, SWWT Chair)

M. Wik (Neurospace)

Local Organising Committee: 

A. Vandersyppe 

P. Vanlommel 

R. Van der Linden 

S. Raynal 

& the SIDC/STCE-team 

This meeting is supported by the European Space Agency, The Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence, The EC COST Office and The Belgian Science Policy Office

Conference web site:


4. First announcement: Chapman Conference on Relationship between Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes, Fairbanks, Alaska, February/March 2011


From: Andreas Keiling <keiling- at-> 

     Eric Donovan <edonovan -at->

A Chapman Conference on the Relationship between Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes will take place in Fairbanks, Alaska, from (tentatively) February 27th through March 4th, 2011. 

The Conveners and Program Committee invite interested researchers to participate in this exciting and timely meeting. The aurora is a permanent and dynamic phenomenon in the upper atmospheres of Earth and other planets with intrinsic magnetic fields. Some of the most interesting and pressing questions in space physics relate to the origin of auroral structure and dynamics, and the nature of acceleration and pitch angle scattering in the case of discrete and diffuse aurora, respectively. Over the last decade, there has been an explosion of in situ magnetospheric and ionospheric observations, as well as auroral imaging. These new data, together with recent advances in both simulation and theory, offer our field the opportunity for significant advances in all aspects of auroral science, particularly in making connections between physical processes in the magnetosphere and auroral structure and dynamics.     

The conference will provide an opportunity to present the latest results from analyses of experimental data (including space-borne, ground-based and co-ordinated data), simulation and theory, addressing various aspects of the aurora, in order to connect our knowledge of auroral morphology and mechanisms to candidate physical processes in the magnetosphere capable of powering and structuring the aurora on Earth and other planets. Our intention is to stimulate productive discussions among scientists specializing in all areas of auroral research and work towards a comprehensive view encompassing auroral phenomenology on Earth and other planets.    

Themes of this conference will be:  

1. Auroral phenomenology*   

2. Relationship between aurora and ionospheric electrodynamics**   

3. Discrete auroral acceleration   

4. Relationship between aurora and magnetospheric dynamics, fields, and gradients   

5. Aurora on other planets***    

*fine structure, small/meso-scale aurora, conjugate aurora, dayside and nightside aurora, polar cap aurora, motion, dynamics  

**including role, response, feedback, and Joule heating  

***Auroras of Earth and other planets will be addressed together under all themes (1-4)    

The conveners are:   

Andreas Keiling (UC Berkeley, USA)  

Eric Donovan (University of Calgary, Canada)    

The Program Committee includes:   

Dirk Lummerzheim (University of Alaska, USA)   

Dave Knudsen (University of Calgary, Canada)   

Goran Marklund (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)   

Vassilis Angelopoulos (UC Los Angeles, USA)   

Masafumi Hirahara (University of Tokyo, Japan)   

Kirsti Kauristie (Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland)   

Fran Bagenal (University of Colorado, USA)   

Robert Rankin (University of Alberta, Canada)    

Further information concerning the dates, venue, and registration will be announced in future issues of the SWEN Newsletter.   


5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS



(From 19/03/2010 to 18/05/2010, Act.Ref.: 09.118.08)


(From 23/03/2010 to 17/05/2010, Act.Ref.: 09.118.09)


(From 23/04/2010 to 18/06/2010, Act.Ref.: 10.155.02)

For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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  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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