Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

      Vol. 14, Issue 5 (9 July 2010)


1. EISCAT Radar School 2010: 4th Announcement

2. 3rd RIN GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions Conference: Call for papers

3. 7th European Space Weather Week: Second Announcement and Call for Papers

4. 12th ICATPP Conference on Cosmic Rays for Particle and Astroparticle Physics

5. JOB OPENING: Research Staff in Space Plasma Physics at the Space Research Institute

6. Announcement: Cluster Guest Investigator AO

7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS


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1. EISCAT Radar School 2010, 4th Announcement


From: Thomas Ulich <>


* * * DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 2nd AUGUST 2010    * * *

Dear Colleagues,

In the near future the EISCAT Scientific Association will face a major instrumental upgrade with the ESFRI Roadmap project "EISCAT_3D: A European Three-Dimensional Imaging Radar for Atmospheric and Geospace Research."

EISCAT, in co-operation with the Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory (SGO), will conduct a training course for new users of the EISCAT radars, from 30th August to 4th September, 2010 (Monday to Saturday). The training course will be held at Sodankyla , where one of the EISCAT UHF remote sites is located.

As well as providing a good foundation for new EISCAT users, the course will also provide a chance for more established users to be updated on the latest and future developments.

The course will cover all essential aspects of the current EISCAT systems, including their science programme. An overview of the existing hardware and software will be provided and future plans will be discussed, with a strong emphasis on EISCAT_3D. Tips on analysing and working with the data will be given and the participants will run an own radar experiment in a hand-on exercise.

The lecturers comprise members of the EISCAT staff and experienced scientists from the user community. 

Confirmed speakers to date are (in alphabetical order): 

Anita Aikio, U Oulu; Vikki Howells, RAL; Ingemar Haggstrom, EISCAT HQ; Antti Kero, SGO; Markku Lehtinen, SGO; Jussi Markkanen, EISCAT Sodankylä; Ian McCrea, RAL; Tuomo Nygren, U Oulu; Mike Rietveld, EISCAT Tromso; Anja Stromme, SRI; Esa Turunen, EISCAT HQ; Thomas Ulich, SGO; Ilkka Virtanen, U Oulu; Assar Westman, EISCAT HQ.

Important deadlines:

- Registration   2nd August 2010

- Accommodation  2nd August 2010

- Payment       15th August 2010

For more information please visit

Check this site for updates on the school.

NOTE: registration and accommodation forms now on-line. Also an updated programme is avaiable now.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Sodankyla!

Thomas Ulich

PS: If you have registered already, no action is necessary.

PPS: We will send out payment information to registered 

participants shortly.


2. 3rd RIN GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions Conference, Baska, Krk Island, Croatia, 5-8 Sep 2010

   Call for papers


From: Renato Filjar <>

Dear colleague,

The Royal Institute of Navigation, London, UK, and the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy, University of Nottingham, UK, have a pleasure in inviting you to the 3rd GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions 2010 Conference to be held on 5 - 8 September 2010 in Baska, Krk Island, Croatia.

This four-day event follows the success of three previous events held in Baska, Croatia, and aims to gather GNSS experts and focuses on GNSS problems and vulnerabilities, as well as to developments focusing on improvements in the accuracy and reliability of GNSS.

Unique environment of Baska, its natural resources and rich history, combined with friendly hospitality will again create an inspiring atmosphere for discussions and knowledge exchange, well known to those who attended the last year's conference.

Although the conference covers all aspects of satellite navigation, the following special sessions will be organised in order to address particular causes of GNSS vulnerabilities:

Core and augmentation satellite navigation systems

Space weather and ionospheric effects

GNSS in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

GNSS-based Location-Based Services (LBS)

Safety-critical applications

High-level delegations of the US GPS and the Russian Glonass have already confirmed their participation and plenary presentations outlining the recent developments. You are kindly invited to join the world experts in satellite navigation, discuss the most important issues in satellite navigation, and take an opportunity to establish research and business contacts and collaborations during the unique satnav event in the world, held in magnificent Mediterranean environment of Krk Island.

The contributors are kindly invited to submit the extended abstracts of 300 ˆ 500 words by e-mail ( no later than 25 June 2010 (submission still possible!). The authors of abstracts accepted for presentation will be notified of reviewers‚ judgement no later than 1 July 2010. Final version of conference papers are due no later than 20 August 2010. An exhibition area will be organised for commercial presentations at no additional charge. Interested parties are kindly advised to contact me for further details (e-mail:

Should you need any further information or clarifications in regard to the forthcoming GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions Conference, please do not hesitate to contact me, or simply visit the RIN web-site ( or Twitter ( for the latest announcements. A photo gallery of the venue can be found at:

In addition, the organising committee will very appreciate your kind assistance in informing your colleagues about the forthcoming event.

I am looking forward for a privilege to welcome you to Krk Island.

Dr Renato Filjar, FRIN MIET

The Royal Institute of Navigation

Croatian Branch

Tel. +385 91 33 44 66 2



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

   Second Announcement and Call for Papers


From: Alexi Glover <> 

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

Abstract submission and registration are now open!

This year, 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 also include a number of hands-on splinter sessions and will explore community development through several dedicated business meetings.

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 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 complements 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. 

Following the call for splinter meeting proposals earlier this year, the splinter meeting agenda is now online via:

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. 

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

Abstract Submission: 

Online abstract submission is now open via the official conference 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 is now open. 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 those who are new to the field. 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)

J Watermann (jfwConsult)

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, EOARD and The Belgian Science Policy Office

Conference web site:


4. 12th ICATPP Conference on Cosmic Rays for Particle and Astroparticle Physics


From: Frank Jansen <>

12th ICATPP Conference on Cosmic Rays for Particle and Astroparticle Physics -- Cosmic rays as a tool for probing fundamental particle physics, astrophysical sources and contents of the Universe ˆ- will take place at Villa Olmo, Como (Italy) 7-8 October 2010 with two sessions related to 

1) the Sun, heliosphere and cosmic rays and

2) energetic particles in the magnetosphere and atmosphere of Earth. 

The dead line of abstract submission for oral presentation is July 31, 2010 and the dead line of abstract submission for posters is August 31, 2010.

For more details see on


5. JOB OPENING: Research Staff in Space Plasma Physics at the Space Research Institute


Research Staff in Space Plasma Physics at the Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria

Space Research Institute (IWF), Austrian Academy of Sciences, invites applications for a postdoctoral research staff position in the area of space plasma physics. The applicant should have completed a Ph.D. by the beginning of the term of appointment and have had experience with data analysis or numerical modeling techniques in space plasma physics or a related field. Experience with team-oriented working environments is desirable. The successful applicant will work on data analysis or modeling relevant to the ongoing multi-spacecraft magnetospheric missions Cluster and THEMIS, particularly targeting science goals applicable to the future MMS mission, in which IWF ( is involved.

The initial appointment is anticipated for three years, with renewal up to another three years, contingent on performance and funding. Candidates should submit their curricula vitae, publication list, a brief statement of research interests, and names of three individuals who can be contacted for letters of reference.

For application and further information regarding this position, contact Rumi Nakamura (rumi.nakamura[at]

Review of applications will begin July 31, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.


6. Announcement: Cluster Guest Investigator AO


This Announcement of Opportunity solicits special operation proposals for participation in the Guest Investigator (GI) Programme of the Cluster extended mission from the European Space Agency (ESA).

The aim of the Cluster GI Programme is to open future spacecraft science operations to the scientific community. Investigations are solicited which identify compelling utilization of the Cluster spacecraft payload for scientific study. The deadline for proposal submissions is 1 October 2010.

Full details and the proposal submission form are available at:


7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS



(From 02/06/2010 to 16/08/2010, Act.Ref.: 05.1QC.05)


(From 28/06/2010 to 23/08/2010, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.01)


(From 29/06/2010 to 24/08/2010, Act.Ref.: 09.1QC.04)


(From 24/06/2010 to 05/08/2010, Act.Ref.: 10.1QC.02)


(From 23/04/2010 to 16/07/2010, Act.Ref.: 10.155.02)


(From 27/05/2010 to 10/08/2010, Act.Ref.: 10.175.01)

For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments and Effects Analysis Section ( 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 

  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

  Michael Rycroft               ISU

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