Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

      Vol. 14, Issue 6 (10 September 2010)


1  7th European Space Weather Week: Second Announcement and Call for Papers, reminder

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

3. Announcment: Daily SWAP movies now available

4. FP7 Space Call 4 is open

5. First solar particle events of the new solar cycle 24 

6. ISSI Team: The Earth's Radiation Belts: Physical Processes and Dynamic Modelling

7. Space Weather round-table at RADECS 2010

8. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS


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1. 7th European Space Weather Week: Second Announcement and Call for Papers


From: Alexi Glover <alexi.glover -at->

This is a short reminder of the approaching 18th Sept deadline for abstract submission to this year´s ESWW. We are again expecting a wide ranging and dynamic event covering a number of topical areas from both a scientific and applications perspective. We very much hope that many of you will be able to participate. 

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 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. 

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: 125 Euro

Registration Fee (later than 22nd Oct): 150 Euro 

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: 


2. Chapman Conference on Relationship between Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes, 

   Fairbanks, Alaska, February/March 2011 


From: Andreas Keiling <keiling -at->, Eric Donovan <edonovan -at->

February 27-March 4, 2011, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Abstract deadline: October 20, 2010

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) 

Göran 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 and updates can be found on the conference website:, where you can also find a high-resolution version of the conference poster, available for download. We would like to encourage you to display this poster at your institution or campus.


3. SWAP daily movies now available


From: Dan Seaton <dseaton -at->

The SWAP team would like to announce that daily SWAP movies are now available on the PROBA2 website. The most recent movie is always available at:    

The most recent running-difference movie is also available:    

The full archive of daily movies can be found at:    

SWAP is an EUV imager (174 A) onboard PROBA2. SWAP images have 3.17 arcsec resolution and a field of view of 54 arcmin. Images are generally acquired with a cadence of about 100 s. For more information contact the SWAP team at swap_lyra -at- or visit the PROBA2 website at  


4. FP7 Space Call 4 is open


From: Space Weather Working Team <SWWT -at- JISCMAIL.AC.UK>

The FP7 Space Call 4 has recently been announced:

Even though space weather is not directly mentioned in this Call, there are still some potential opportunities for our community (e.g. "SPA.2011.2.1-01 Exploitation of space science and exploration data"). However, please recall that there is already the ongoing FP7 SOTERIA project ( funded under a similar topic in the first FP7 Space Call. So new proposals on this topic will need to address space weather issues that are different or complementary to SOTERIA.

In addition, there are (a) a number of space weather-related projects in negotiation for funding under last year's Space sub-call on protecting space assets, and (b) at least two ongoing FP7 e-infrastructure projects with relevance to space weather, namely HELIO ( and CASSIS ( Again it may be important for new proposals to show how they address issues not already covered by these projects.

In summary, small focused proposals on specifically defined niches may be the best way to go in this Call.

We encourage people to use the SWWT wiki ( as a tool for the exchange of ideas, CVs and other documents. Under the link ( click on "FP7 Space Call 4" and use the "discussion" page as a discussion forum. 

To contribute to and access the SWWT Wiki you need to register by emailing N. Crosby (norma.crosby -at- Please indicate the username that you would like to use (this will be your wiki signature). A password will then be emailed back to you.

Best regards,

Norma Crosby and Mike Hapgood


5. First solar particle events of the new solar cycle 24 


The first Solar Particle Events of the new Solar Cycle 24 have taken place,

While the event on 14 August 2010 was rather small in amplitude, it was detected by ESA's Standard Radiation Environment Monitor (SREM) units flying on Herschel, Planck and INTEGRAL missions. It can be noted that while both Herschel and Planck are located at the Lagrangian point L2, 1.5 million km from the Earth anti-sunward, the difference in their halo orbit phase and diameter leads to slightly different event observation between the two missions. This event was not seen by the SREM on Rosetta, at the time much further away with helioradial distance of nearly 3 AU.

The SREM instrument is a joint development by ESA, RUAG Space (formerly Contraves Space) and Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. Currently, ESA missions carrying an SREM unit include Proba-1, INTEGRAL, GioveB, Rosetta, Herschel and Planck, and further flights of the remaining SREM units are being planned. More information on the SREM and the methods applied can be found at and 


6. The Earth's Radiation Belts: Physical Processes and Dynamic Modelling


From: Norma Crosby <norma.crosby -at->

Last year at "European Space Weather Week 6" a splinter meeting on "Radiation Belt Data Driven Modelling" was organised under the umbrella of the ESA Space Environments and Effects Network of Technical Competences (SEENoTC). The splinter meeting gathered together key players in Europe as well as some of our US colleagues. The meeting was dedicated to presentations as well as discussion "harmonisation" time. Emphasis was placed on finding ways to better coordinate on national and international level both in respect to modelling, but also with data exchange. Various ideas on how to do this were discussed (e.g. project proposals, networks). 

One direct result of the splinter meeting was that some of the participants got together and sent in a proposal to the 

International Space Science Institute (ISSI) to further the research and bring together the major Groups in Europe, Canada, Japan and the USA.

We are delighted to announce that this proposal "The Earth's Radiation Belts: Physical Processes and Dynamic Modelling" was one of the international teams recently selected by ISSI. Outcomes of the work to be performed will benefit both space weather forecasting and modelling applications. We look forward to sharing results of this international effort with the community. For more information see: [ISSI] [International Teams]

Best regards,

Norma Crosby (Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Belgium) and Richard 

Horne (British Antarctic Survey, U.K.)


7. Space Weather round-table at the European Conference on Radiation and its Effects on 

   Components and Systems (RADECS 2010)


From: Eamonn Daly <eamonn.daly -at->

The 11th European Conference on Radiation and its Effects on Components and Systems will take place in Laengenfeld, near Innsbruck, Austria, 20-24 September 2010. Apart from the main technical sessions, there will be an open round table on space weather in the context of radiation effects on space and ground systems on Monday 20 September. This will provide a forum for discussing Agency plans (e.g. ESA's SSA) but also recent news and activities related to space weather radiation effects. 

For more information on participation and contributions, please contact Eamonn Daly. See also the

conference web-site where more information will be posted (


8. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS



(From 28/06/2010 to 13/09/2010, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.01)


(From 29/06/2010 to 14/09/2010, Act.Ref.: 09.1QC.04)


(From 29/07/2010 to 30/09/2010, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.12)

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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