Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

      Vol. 14, Issue 7 (23 November 2010)


1. Call for Papers: Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation IV (OP404) @ SPIE

2. 2nd Announcement: Space Climate Symposium 4, 16-21 January 2011, Goa, India

3. Computational tools for electrostatic cleanliness and space instrument accommodation analysis

4. Final Presentations Day by ESA's Space Environments and Effects Section, 6 December 2010

5. Call for Abstracts EGU 2011, Session PS7.2/AS4.16

6. Announcement: Heliophysics 2011 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

7. Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) hires project collaborator for space weather operations 

8. ESA Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) scheme open for applications

9. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS


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1. Call for Papers: Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation IV (OP404) @ SPIE, San Diego, USA, 21-25 August 2011


From: Ionannis Daglis <>

Call for Papers: Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation IV (OP404), SPIE International Symposium on SPIE Optical Engineering & Applications on 21-25 August 2011, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, United States.    

This conference will focus on instrumentation, observatories, space missions and programs for observations from the Sun to Earth's upper atmosphere and space environment. The aim is to bring together diverse communities working on all elements of solar physics and space weather instrumentation. Studying solar phenomena and monitoring space weather requires observations using both space-based and ground-based instrumentations covering the different regions of the Sun-Earth system, the Sun, interplanetary medium, magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere. Papers are solicited concerning all instrumentation supporting solar physics and space weather. This includes but is not limited to concepts, designs, fabrication processes, calibration, data trending, instrument modeling, and satellite lifetime prediction modeling. We are also interested in all past, current and future solar space missions and satellite and ground constellation of space weather instrumentation with a strong 

focus on Space Situational Awareness. This conference is intended to provide the solar physics community and that of Earth's space environment with a forum for discussing the latest updates on instrumentation, observation techniques, and programs in their respective fields, and for proposing innovative ideas for future Sun-Earth coordinated observations.    

Papers are solicited concerning, but not restricted to, the following topics:  

* solar and heliophysics missions, including: TRACE, SOHO, STEREO, SORCE, GOES, RHESSI, Hinode, TIMED, SMEI, SDO, and sounding rockets such as HERSCHEL, RAISE, SUMI  

* future solar missions: Solar Orbiter, Solar-C, Solar Probe Plus, PROBA-3, KuaFu  

* missions for observations of the Earth s space environment  

* DMSP, NPOESS, GOES, POES, METOP, ACE, C/NOFS, DSX, RBSP, COSMIC, IMAGE, POLAR, and other current & future missions  

* space weather programs including  Sun-Earth Connection   

* ground-based solar telescopes  

* in-situ heliophysics and magnetospheric instrumentation  

* in situ observation - density, electric fields  

* adaptive optics for solar telescopes  

* solar polarimetery  

* IR imaging, spectroscopy, polarimetry  

* innovative detectors  

* balloon-borne telescopes  

* radio arrays for solar observations  

* EUV/UV imaging, spectroscopy, detectors  

* calibration techniques and facilities  

* ionosphere/thermosphere observations 

* thermospheric (neutral) winds  

* energetic particles  

* auroral dynamics  

* radiation belt observations.      

Abstract Due Date: 7 February 2011  

Manuscript Due Date: 25 July 2011

Conference Chairs:  

Silvano Fineschi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)  

Judy Fennelly, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)    

Program Committee:   

Thomas R. Caudill, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)  

Ioannis A. Daglis, Institute for Space Applications & Remote Sensing (Greece)  

Dominic Doyle, ESA-ESTEC (The Netherlands)  

John D. Moses, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)  

Sebastien Vives, Laboratoire d Astrophysique de Marseille (France)   


2. 2nd Announcement: Space Climate Symposium 4, 16-21 January 2011, Goa, India


From: Kalevi Mursula <>

The fourth Symposium in the series of International Space Climate Symposia, Space Climate 4, will be held in Goa, India, 16-21 January 2011. The focus of this Symposium will be on the causes and consequences of long-term solar variability. Topics will include the dynamo generation of solar magnetic fields, solar irradiance variations, solar forcing of the heliosphere, Earth s atmosphere, and global and regional climate. A dedicated session will discuss the unusual minimum of solar cycle 23 and its implications about minimum activity levels in the Sun.    

Invited speakers include: 

Jurg Beer, Amitava Bhattacharjee, Archana Bhattacharyya, Gufran Beig, Paul Charbonneau, Arnab Rai Choudhuri, Jonathan Cirtain, Bas van Geel, Katya Georgieva, Sarah Gibson, Natchimuthuk Gopalswamy, Madhulika Guhathakurta, Edward Guinan, Arnold Hanslmeier, Siraj Hasan, Andrew Jones, Monika Korte, Franz-Josef Luebken, P.K. Manoharan, Piet Martens, Hiroko Miyahara, Kalevi Mursula, Dibyendu Nandi, Dean Pesnell, Jean-Pierre Rozelot, R. Ramesh, Alexander Ruzmaikin, Steve Saar, Werner Schmutz, Annika Seppala, Sami Solanki, Leif Svalgaard, Brian Tinsley, Bruce Tsurutani, Ilya Usoskin, Jose Vaquero, Jan Veizer, and Angelos Vourlidas.    

This symposium is supported by the following organizations: 

CAWSES/SCOSTEP, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Montana State University, Bozeman, NASA Living With a Star Program, National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa and University of Oulu.    

Registration, abstract submission and accommodation booking can be accessed through the meeting web page. Financial assistance requests are now closed.    

Note that the registration deadline has been extended. Registration closes: 19th November, 2010.    

We look forward to seeing you in Goa! 

Sincerely Yours,    

Dibyendu Nandi (LOC Chair, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata),  

Kalevi Mursula (SOC Chair, University of Oulu, Finland).    

Webpages: spaceclimate4/  OR  

Contact: spaceclimate @ gmail dot com    

p.s. Note that India requires a visa from almost all countries.  


3. WORKSHOP INVITATION AND CALL FOR INPUTS: Computational tools for electrostatic cleanliness and space instrument accommodation analysis


From: Anders Eriksson <>

SPIS, the Spacecraft-Plasma Interactions System, is an open source software for spacecraft-plasma interaction simulations, developed and maintained by the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network (SPINE) and freely available at In recent years, SPIS has been used for simulation of particle and field instruments on spacecraft, e.g. to meet the scientific needs for increased accuracy of measurements of low-energy ions and electrons and electric fields. This use is expected to increase as new space missions are upcoming or proposed, for example Bepi Colombo, Solar Orbiter and the Jupiter Ganymede Orbiter. To help in this process, ESA is funding an upgrade of SPIS to meet such needs by 2012. Community input is essential to ensure that the upgrade will concentrate on the features most needed. You are therefore invited to:

o  Contribute inputs for the SPIS development by stating your needs, ideas and wishes

o  Participate in a SPINE workshop on these matters


The requirements for the coming SPIS upgrade based on user community inputs will be discussed at a SPINE meeting to be held at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics on the premises of Uppsala University, in Uppsala, Sweden, 17-19 January 2011 (conveniently close to Stockholm Arlanda airport, see details on web page below). The first part of the meeting will cover presentations of the cosmic vision missions, presentation of the SPIS software capability and of some key applications to scientific observations. The second part of the meeting will include presentations from the scientific community and discussion of the requirements. Meeting details are available at


Research groups intending, proposing or designing plasma and field instruments for future European space missions or involved in data interpretation are hereby invited to submit their inputs, and to attend the SPINE workshop for discussions on the SPIS upgrade.

Key topics to be addressed include:

o  What problems related to spacecraft, plasma and electrostatic environment are expected for future European missions?

o  What simulations will be needed?

o  What capabilities and performance of simulation tools will be needed?

o  What are the current limitations in the existing simulation tools and especially SPIS?

Please send your inputs as well as indicate your willingness to participate to the meeting and whether you plan to present some material (relevant to the above themes) by sending an email to

The detailed agenda will be communicated later based on proposed contributions from participants.

Please forward this announcement to any person you think might be interested.



-  30 Nov 2010: Please indicate your interest to participate in this process

-  7 Jan 2011: Input and meeting presentation submission, meeting registration 

-  17-19 Jan 2011: Meeting of the Spacecraft-Plasma Interactions Network in Europe (SPINE), in Uppsala, Sweden

Meeting information:

Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

Workshop sponsors:




IRF Uppsala



4. Final Presentations Day by the ESA/ESTEC Space Environments and Effects Section, 6 December 2010


From: Eamonn Daly <>

ESA's Space Environments and Effects Section will host a "Final Presentations Day" at ESTEC on Monday 6 December. The results of various recently completed technology R&D activities will be presented, along with status reports on some on-going activiites. The preliminary agenda includes:

- Data Exchange Methods for Space Environment Effects Tools

- Update of meteoroid flux model

- AIDA Impact Detector

- Development of a MEMS-based Space Plasma Environment and Radiation (SPEAR) Detector System

- Development of a Predictive Discharge Numerical model on Solar panels

- SPIS developments (general, MEO/GEO charging, Cosmic Vision support) 

- Interplanetary/Solar Electron Hazard Modelling 

- The JORE2M2 Project: Improved Environment and Effects Prediction Models for Future Jupiter-Mission Assessment

- Very High Energy Accelerators for Radiation Simulation

- Rapid Reverse Monte-Carlo for Radiation Analysis

- Data Processing Facility for Integral, Proba-1, Rosetta, Giove-B, Hershel and Planck SREM Data

- Support for Calibration, Analysis & Documentation of Radiation Monitors

- Development of a Highly Miniaturised Radiation Monitor

More details will appear shortly on the section's website


5. Call for Abstracts EGU 2011, Session PS7.2/AS4.16


From: Cyril Simon Wedlund <>

Call for Abstracts EGU 2011, Session PS7.2/AS4.16    

Where: EGU 2011, Vienna, Austria  

When : 03-08 April 2011  

Abstract due date: 10 Jan. 2011, 24:00 CET    

Session PS7.2/AS4.16  Aurora, Airglow and Transient Luminous Events in Planetary Atmospheres    


Cyril Simon Wedlund, BIRA-IASB, Belgium (  

Guillaume Gronoff, NASA-LaRC, USA  

Tom Slanger, SRI International, USA  

Yoav Yair, The Open University, Israel      

Dear Colleagues,    

We kindly invite you to submit an abstract to the joint session PS7.2/AS4.16 Aurora, Airglow and Transient Luminous Events in Planetary Atmospheres. The goal of this session is to stimulate exchanges between the many communities working on subjects involving all aspects of atmospheric emissions encountered at Earth, planets and other planetary bodies (satellites and comets) from the mesosphere to the exosphere. Theoretical, observational, experimental as well as technical (including but not limited to instruments, databases...) contributions are encouraged. New results from space missions (Mars Express, Venus Express, Akatsuki, Cassini ) will be presented. At the end of the session, a forum will be organized to discuss the needs of the different communities, the expected improvements, future missions and the possibility of more regular dedicated meetings.    

More information, and abstract submission:    

Important deadlines: 

Support applications: Dec.  3, 2010  

Abstract submission:  Jan. 10, 2011  

Pre-registration:     Feb. 28, 2011


6. Announcement: Heliophysics 2011 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs announces the 2011 call for applications to the Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the NASA Living with a Star (LWS) program. The fellowships are designed to train the next generation

of researchers in the emerging field of Heliophysics.

Heliophysics embraces all science aspects of the Sun-Solar System, and includes many of the basic physical processes found in our solar system, the laboratory, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with gravitational and electro-magnetic (both radiation and DC) fields, and with neutral matter. The physical domain of interest ranges from deep inside the Sun to the Earth‚s upper atmosphere. Within this broad science discipline, LWS is a program designed to develop the scientific understanding required for the Nation to address effectively those aspects of the Sun-Earth system that affect life and society.

Two major topics of focus for LWS are the science of space weather and of the Sun-climate connection. Preference is given to applicants whose proposed research addresses one of these two foci; but any research program relevant to LWS is considered.

Since the goal of this postdoctoral program is to train Sun-Earth system researchers, preference is also given to research projects that cross the traditional Heliophysics subdomains of the Sun, heliosphere, magnetosphere, and ionosphere/upper atmosphere, as well as Sun-climate investigations. Therefore, proposals addressing the LWS program that are interdisciplinary are strongly encouraged.

In order to succeed at such cross-disciplinary research, the host mentoring scientist plays a critical role. Consequently, applicants must select a host scientist, who is different from the candidate‚s PhD advisor (preferably at a different institution), and coordinate a joint application with the potential host scientist and institution.

- Potential host scientists are required to submit letters of intent and vita. Hosts are expected to mentor the fellow,   provide a reasonable office environment, which may include a workstation, and any other unique research costs.

- Applicants to this postdoctoral program are expected to have had a PhD for no more than five years at the start of tenure.   A UCAR steering committee selects the fellows.

The deadline for applications is 10 January 2011. Appointments will be announced in March.

For additional information on this program and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Heliophysics website:


7. Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) hires project collaborator for space weather operations


From: David Berghmans <>

The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) wants to hire a new collaborator to participate in its growing space weather operational activities (see also These operational activities include the production of the International Sunspot Index, the 7d/7d space weather forecast and monitoring, the daily observations of the ground-based USET telescopes and the operations of the SWAP and LYRA space weather instruments onboard the PROBA2 satellite.  ROB also strongly participates in space weather related EU FP7 projects (e.g. SOTERIA, others are in the negotiation phase) and in the emerging ESA program "Space Situational Awareness" that, among others, aims at installing a European-wide space weather infrastructure.

In particular for the latter activity, we seek a young professional with a scientific training (master, Phd, engineer) who preferentially has had prior experience with the broad space weather field. The current post is primarily for operational activities, small software development and project studies. A priori, the current post does NOT include fundamental, independent research. 

A good candidate would combine several of the following characteristics:

* a degree in exact sciences  (master, Phd) or engineering

* prior background in space weather in the broad sense

* good knowledge of English (mandatory), knowledge of French or Dutch is a plus 

* good programming skills, a fast learner in computer problems/solutions

* a good writer of technical texts.

We offer a 1-year contract, which after mutual satisfaction can be extended by 1 year and eventually by a contract of undetermined duration. Salary, social security, pension scheme  and working conditions are according to Belgian civil servant regulations. This includes a flexible system of part-time working and teleworking. The ROB is a Belgian federal institute in the southern green outskirts of Brussels. English is the baseline language spoken within the team. Some of the ROB space weather activities can be found at

A complete application includes a motivation letter, a full CV (with details of previous work & study career) and 3 references.  Please send as soon as possible, your application, an expression of interest, or questions to, Director of the Royal Observatory of Belgium. We aim at concluding the present procedure before the end of the year.


8. ESA Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) scheme open for applications


From: Eamonn Daly <>

The ESA Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) scheme is now open for applications with a closing date of 15 December. YGT placements are for 1 year and involve hands-on work alongside ESA teams. Your attention is drawn to a vacancy for a YGT in the Space Environments and Effects section at ESTEC. The definition of the work programme is flexible within the scope of the section's activities which include radiation, plasma, micro-particle and atmospheric environments and their effects on space systems. See for more details.


9. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS



       (From 01/11/2010 to 13/12/2010, Act.Ref.: 10.197.12)

For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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