Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 15, Issue 1 (7 January 2011)


1. Call for Space Weather Papers, EGU 2011, Session ST5.1/NH8.6 

2. Call for papers: Theme A08.1 New Techniques and Instrumentation in Space Plasma Physics at XXV IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia 

3. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS TO "Magnetopause and Magnetosheath Processes of the Earth and Planets: Reconnection, Diffusion and Boundary Dynamics", XXV IUGG General Assembly/IAGA Session A08.2

4. 2nd International Demeter Workshop, 10-12 October 2011, Paris, France

5. Job offer: Proba-2/LYRA scientist, replacement position

6. 2011 ESAC Trainee Project, CMEs for Space Weather

7. Recent Invitations To Tender (ITTs) from ESA-EMITS


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1. Call for Space Weather Papers, EGU 2011, Session ST5.1/NH8.6


From: Norma Bock Crosby <norma.crosby AT> 

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to the EGU General Assembly 2011 session "ST5.1/NH8.6 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: 10 January 2011


Norma Crosby (BIRA-IASB, Belgium), 

Mirela Voiculescu ("Dunarea de Jos" University Galati, Romania), 

Aleksey Dmitriev (National Central University, Taiwan)


2. Call for papers: Theme A08.1 New Techniques and Instrumentation in Space Plasma Physics at XXV IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia 


From: Alain Hilgers <alain.hilgers AT>

Organiser: IAGA Div III 

Scope: Recent technology advances enable a new generation of measurements and of data acquisition and logistical support for space and ground based instrumentation. Not only have advances been made to improve performance of individual instruments, for example, space based imagers and sensors but also in distributed space and ground based systems to enable improved reliability and autonomy enabling large networks of sensors. New techniques in numerical simulation, operation and analysis of data have been developed to take full advantage of the broad range of measurements provided. This session invites papers describing instrument technologies and developments applied to space physics including both space and ground based as well as papers describing new techniques of measurement, data analysis, calibration and instrument operations. 

Important deadlines:

Grant application: January 17, 2011

Abstract submission: February 1, 2011 

Early bird registration: April 11, 2011

General Assembly: 28 June-7 July 2011.

Meeting website:


3. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS TO "Magnetopause and Magnetosheath Processes of the Earth and Planets: Reconnection, Diffusion and Boundary Dynamics", XXV IUGG General Assembly/IAGA Session A08.2, 28 June - 7 July 2011, Melbourne, Australia 


From: Claire Foullon <claire.foullon AT> 

The magnetopause and its boundary layers are the prime sites of mass, momentum and energy transfer from the solar wind into the magnetosphere of the Earth and planets. Understanding the physics of these processes is central to magnetospheric physics. Observations of these regions are continuously ongoing owing to several dedicated spacecraft missions. Near-Earth space data are further supported by observations from ground based observatories. Lately, various planetary missions, such as VEX, Galileo, Cassini, have studied the magnetosheaths of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn, and found that, in principle, the same processes are taking place as near the Earth. New progresses in simulations (MHD, hybrid and kinetic) and theoretical knowledge allow the physics of reconnection and boundary layer processes to be elucidated as never before. This session invites contributions on a wide range of magnetopause-related topics, including observations of the structure of the magnetopause current

 layer, its boundary layers and their transient variations, the signatures of the various forms of plasma interactions, such as magnetic reconnection, and their relevance to solar wind-magnetosphere coupling. The basic physics of reconnection, plasma diffusion and boundary layer formation at the magnetopause, as well as the magnetosheath processes that influence magnetopause dynamics are highly relevant.

Invited speakers:

Sarah Badman, JAXA, Japan 

Philip Pritchett, UCLA, USA

Fouad Sarahoui, LPP - CNRS, France

Quanqi Shi, Peking University, China

Contributions for oral and poster presentations are now solicited. 

Important deadlines:

Grant application: January 17, 2011

Abstract submission: February 1, 2011 

Early bird registration: April 11, 2011


Claire Foullon, University of Warwick, United Kingdom (

Charles J. Farrugia, University of New Hampshire, USA (

Benoit Lavraud, Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements - CNRS, Toulouse, France (

Martin Volwerk, Space Research Insitute, Graz, Austria (

For abstract submission, registration, and more information, see the meeting website: 



4. 2nd International Demeter Workshop, 10-12 October 2011, Paris, France


From: Michel Parrot <Michel.Parrot AT>

Objectives of the Workshop

Demeter is the first in the Myriade series of micro-satellites developed by the CNES for low-cost science missions. Its scientific objectives are the detection and characterisation of the ionospheric perturbations associated with natural phenomena (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis) or with anthropogenic activities. To achieve these objectives, Demeter, launched at the end of June 2004, surveys the Earth's electromagnetic environment. The mission includes sensors designed to measure six components of the electromagnetic field (magnetic antennae, electric antennae) in a wide frequency range, and sensors designed to analyse ionospheric plasma (particle detector, ion spectrometer and Langmuir probe). It also includes a technological payload (large onboard memory and high-bit-rate telemetry) which allows to record data all around the Earth except in the auroral zones which are devoted to satellite control. Demeter is the first mission to measure ionospheric parame

ters on such a vast scale. The satellite is placed in a circular sun-synchronous polar orbit at an altitude of 660 km ( & for more details about the mission). 

The satellite's science mission has come to an end in December 2010. One of main objectives of the workshop will be to present and discuss results obtained from the significant amount of data acquired during the Demeter mission. It will also be the opportunity to define the "state of the art" in several domains related to the Demeter mission. This workshop is open to all geophysicists interested in this domain (including people working in seismology, tectonics, EM emissions, ionosphere 

modeling ...) in order to have the most fruitful discussion possible. 

More information is available on <> item News/Workshop 2011.


5. Job offer: Proba-2/LYRA scientist, replacement position


From: Marie Dominique <marie.dominique AT> 

The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) offers a position for a scientist, covered by a replacement contract, to participate to the calibration and the analysis of the data acquired with the LYRA radiometer, flying on-board the PROBA2 spacecraft.     

Possible investigation subjects cover various fields, such as:  

- the comparison of the performances of the two types of detectors used on LYRA (silicon vs wide-bandgap diamond detectors)  - the analysis of the ageing effects on the different optical elements (detectors, filters), and of the off-pointing effects (flat-field)   

- the reconstruction of the solar irradiance in the observed wavelength ranges  

- the detection and analysis of solar events (flares)      

The job is covered by a replacement contract (undetermined term contract automatically ending when the replaced person is back). Its term is currently estimated to August 2012. An extension is still possible.  

The candidate should be a French speaking citizen from the European Economic Area or from the Swiss Confederation. The ROB is a federal institute. Working conditions and salaries  therefore follow the belgian public sector conventions.     

Full details at  


6. 2011 ESAC Trainee Project, CMEs for Space Weather


From:   A. Glover <alexi.glover at>

J. P. Luntama <juha-pekka.luntama at>

       J. Rodmann <jens.rodmann at>

The European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) has an active trainee programme where students contribute to the XMM-Newton, ISO, Integral, Gaia and Virtual Observatory (VO) missions amongst other projects. This year´s project opportunities are now online via the following link:

SWEN readers may be interested in the following space weather related project and are encouraged to forward this to potentially interested students. 

Detecting and Monitoring Coronal Mass Ejections for Space Weather

A Coronal Mass Ejection is a phenomenon normally observed using a white light coronal imager. It consists of a large release of magnetised plasma that propagates through the background solar wind. When reaching the Earth, these phenomena can cause geomagnetic storms, with effects on systems from spacecraft through to power grids at Northern latitudes. Consequently, their detection and observation is crucial for space weather monitoring. In addition to the white light signature of these events, counterparts are observed using a range of observing techniques in regimes from the chromosphere through to interplanetary space. This project will review these different observations, the European facilities making these measurements (if relevant) and evaluate the prospects for providing a CME onset alert based on non-coronagraph observations. Depending on the outcome of the evaluation, a service mockup may be developed.

Project duration: 3 to 6 months

Desirable expertise or programming language: 

· Good physics background required.

· Knowledge of solar/solar-terrestrial physics and software skills an advantage.

Deadline for applications is 5th February 2011. Please contact Deborah Baines ( for further information about the application process.

Students should apply and upload their CVs through the online application form:

The ESAC Trainee Project is open to undergraduates in their final few years of their degree and recently graduated young men and women. To apply you must be a national of an ESA Member State or one of its Cooperating States. Member States include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. 


7. Recent Invitations To Tender (ITTs) from ESA-EMITS



(From 22/12/2010 to 25/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.118.07)


(From 08/12/2010 to 22/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.135.05)


(From 08/12/2010 to 22/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.135.04)


(From 20/12/2010 to 14/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.17)


(From 14/12/2010 to 08/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.14)


(From 24/11/2010 to 19/01/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.197.14)

For a complete list of ESA Open Invitations To Tender, see:


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interest to the Space  Weather community in Europe.

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  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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