Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

         Vol. 15, Issue 8 (27 June 2011)


1. Largest solar energetic particle event of current solar cycle, 7-14 June 2011  

2. 2nd Announcement and Call for Papers: Eighth European Space Weather Week

3. Job Opportunity: British Geological Survey Geomagnetic Hazard Specialist

4. Job opening: Assistant or Associate Researcher in space physics at NOA, Greece

5. News article: Energetic Particle Telescope (EPT) on ESA Proba-V mission

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


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1. Largest solar energetic particle event of current solar cycle, 7-14 June 2011  


From: Hugh Evans <hugh.evans @>

A prompt solar energetic particle event started on the 7th of June with a precursor M2/2N flare at 07/0641Z from Region 1226. The event ended on the 14th June. The energetic particles from this event were detected in the ESA SREM instruments on INTEGRAL, Herschel, Planck, PROBA-1, and Giove-B 


The peak counts for the >12 MeV proton channel were 20 /s and significant counts were measured in the

higher energy protons channels. The total dose for this event was determined to be of the order of 10 Rad(Si) behind 4 mm Aluminium shielding. While not an anomalously large event, it is the largest of the current solar cycle.


2. 2nd Announcement and Call for Papers: Eighth European Space Weather Week


From: Alexi Glover <alexi.glover @>

The next European Space Weather Week will take place in Namur, Belgium, from Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December 2011.

**Abstract Submission is now open**

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. 

Now in its 8th year, the ESWW has grown into the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar. This year‚s event will highlight key innovations in space weather research, applications and services. The meeting will also focus on current challenges and actions necessary in moving towards a sustainable Space Weather infrastructure in Europe able to meet the requirements of a diverse end-user community. 

Recent Space Weather related activities in the framework of the ESA Space Situational Awareness programme and the EC´s 7th Framework Programme will be a key topic, and next steps will be presented with the opportunity for technical discussion. Community input is welcome and encouraged in particular via the SWWT plenary meeting on Wednesday afternoon. 

In order to meet the needs of a growing community, for the first time parallel sessions on focussed topics will be organised on two days of the meeting. Furthermore, it is expected that the main sessions will again be complemented by a diverse range of splinter and business meetings covering a range of topical themes.


The meeting will centre on 7 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:  

Session 1:  Innovations and Key Challenges in Space Weather Science and Observation

Session 2:  Building the European SSA Space Weather Framework

Session 3a: Advances in GIC research and effects mitigation

Session 3b: Space Climate

Session 4a: Solar Image Processing for Space Weather

Session 4b: Space Weather Effects in the Earth‚s Thermosphere, Ionosphere and Plasmasphere 

Session 5:  Innovations in Space Weather Services and Applications

Sessions denoted a/b will run in parallel. Each session will be divided into oral and poster session. Posters will be on show all week and the poster sessions will be spread throughout this time. 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. 

Splinter & Business meetings:

A key part of the European Space Weather Weeks are the splinter and 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 main sessions. These meetings take the form of working meetings with reports produced and actions taken by the participants. Time during the ESWW8 schedule will be set aside for all convenors to report the main conclusions of these meetings to the full workshop. 

The splinter meeting agenda is now available online at

Special Events:

28th 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. 

29th November: A scientific debate will take place on the theme of Space Weather risks to navigation  systems following the day‚s normal sessions. 

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 and Registration: 

Online abstract submission and registration is now possible via the official conference website:

Abstract submission will close on 16th September

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)

J Watermann (jfwConsult)

M Wik (Neurospace)

Local Organising Committee 

A. Vandersyppe

P. Vanlommel

E. D'Huys

S. Willems

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 through the COST Action ES0803 and The Belgian Science Policy Office

Conference web site:


3. Job Opportunity: British Geological Survey Geomagnetic Hazard Specialist


From: Alan W.P. Thomson <awpt at>


Geomagnetic Hazard Specialist

The British Geological Survey, part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is the UK‚s premier geo-science strategic mapping and research organisation. We are offering a 3 year post doctoral research position based at our office in Edinburgh, working within the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Associate Training Programme.

BGS staff typically work in teams on a range of projects supporting a broad spectrum of scientific objectives from „blue-skies‰ research to highly specific commercial contracts. The varied nature of the work programme, which includes opportunities to undertake personal research and to publish or present that work at international conferences, is highly valued, as is the organisation‚s commitment to training and developing its staff.

As a BGS Research Associate, you will undertake a programme of training in scientific research methods and will pursue a supervised programme of personal research. The Geomagnetic Hazard Specialist position will be associated with the Geomagnetism Team.

There is a growing need within the Geomagnetism team for geomagnetic, geophysical and solar-terrestrial physics (STP) skills at an advanced level. The Geomagnetic Hazard Specialist role therefore offers an excellent opportunity for an ambitious scientist to develop a research career and to learn new skills.

During the appointment you will support BGS research, together with European scientific colleagues, within the EU-funded ŒEuropean Risk from Geomagnetically Induced Currents‚ (EURISGIC) space weather hazard project. This major new project will investigate how space weather impacts the European-wide electrical power network. EURISGIC provides an outstanding opportunity to undertake cutting edge scientific research and apply it to a Œreal-world‚ problem. You will also undertake more general research leading to improved scientific understanding of geomagnetic and space weather hazard and you will apply the results of that research to improve products and services, provided by BGS to the electrical power industry, to

the academic community and for others.

Qualifications and Experience:

We are looking for applicants who hold, or expect to hold, a PhD degree in space science, geophysics, physics or mathematics, or similar relevant discipline, or equivalent post-graduate level experience in a scientific or other research environment. Full details of the skills we are looking for are detailed in the further documentation.

Salary and Conditions:

Starting salary will be £26,180 per annum. A resettlement award will be given at the end of the training contract. A detailed training programme will be agreed. Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare allowance, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. Consideration will be given to offering a permanent employment contract at the end of the training contract.

Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Services Centre; to apply please visit our job board at and complete an online application form. 

Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867003, Please quote reference number IRC23329.

When using this website use Job area-Science

Location-NERC-British Geological Survey

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 31 July 2011.

The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.


4. Job opening: Assistant or Associate Researcher in space physics at NOA, Greece


From: George Balasis <gbalasis at>

The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) solicits applications for a Researcher at the Assistant or Associate level in the field of space physics at the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing (ISARS -

The successful candidate should have a doctoral or M.Sc. degree in the field of space physics and a demonstrated capability for independent research. 

The successful candidate will join and contribute to a diverse and broad space physics research group headed by Dr. Ioannis A. Daglis, ISARS Director, and will participate in the analysis, interpretation and modeling of magnetic and electric field measurements from the Cluster mission and THEMIS missions and from ground-based stations. 

Applications should include a full CV, a short statement of research interests, and names of three individuals familiar with the applicant's work. 

Candidates should submit electronically a CV and a cover letter describing their research experience and interests to: Dr. George Balasis (gbalasis at The names and contact information of three references should be provided. The deadline is 15 September 2011. The appointee will be expected to commence duties not later than 1 January 2012. NOA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women are encouraged to apply. The appointment will be for two years contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.


5. News article: Energetic Particle Telescope (EPT) on ESA Proba-V mission


From: Petteri Nieminen (petteri.nieminen @

Planned to be launched next year, ESA‚s Proba-V mission will perform daily tracking of global vegetation growth. At the same time, the small satellite will also monitor the space environment with a compact radiation instrument.

Proba-V‚s Energetic Particle Telescope (EPT) will record the charge, energy and angle of incoming charged particles along a wide range of energies across a 50° field-of-view.

The telescope has two sections: one for low- and one for high-energy particle detection. The first, low-energy, section is made up of two silicon detectors at the entrance of the instrument. The high-energy section deeper in the device has a stack of 10 Œdigital absorber modules‚. Unlike the more simple radiation monitors previously flown in space, this telescope can unambiguously separate particles and energies for much more accurate sampling of the radiation flux.

Built by a consortium of Proba-V prime contractor QinetiQ Space, the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, the Centre for Space Radiation of Belgium‚s Catholic University of Louvain and Aboa Space Research Oy in Finland, the shoe-box-sized instrument weighs just 5 kg and needs only six watts of power.

The compact size and power turned out to be crucial in getting it on Proba-V. The Proba series of technology demonstration satellites traditionally host multiple payloads, but Proba-V has less room to spare than usual: its main mission is to extend the 13 years of continuous observations by the Vegetation sensor flying on France‚s Spot series of observation satellites. 

The EPT flight model is due to be completed by the end of this year, with integration onto Proba-V in early 2012. The mission‚s launch is scheduled for spring 2012. 

Read the full article at:


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



(From 19/05/2011 to 14/07/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.07)


(From 27/05/2011 to 29/07/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.18)

For a complete list of ESA Open Invitations To Tender, 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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