Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 16, Issue 4 (3 April 2012)


1. 9th European Space Weather Week - 2nd Announcement and Call for Splinter Meetings

2. Extended abstract deadline - Space Radiation and Plasma Environment Monitoring WS, ESA/ESTEC, May 9-11, 2012

3. Final Presentation Days at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, 7-8-9 May 2012 - Agenda Now Available

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1. 9th European Space Weather Week - 2nd Announcement and Call for Splinter Meetings


From: Alexi Glover <>, Anna Belehaki <>

Ninth European Space Weather Week

2nd Announcement and call for splinter meeting proposals

The next European Space Weather Week will take place at the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences in Brussels, Belgium, from 5-9th November 2012.

Conference Website:

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. This event will build on the advances made during previous European Space Weather Weeks and preceding ESA Space Weather Applications Workshops. 

Now in its 9th 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 European Space Weather infrastructure, able to meet the requirements of a diverse end-user community. The final session of the week will present the final results of the COST Action ES0803 „Developing Space Weather Products and Services in Europe‰.

The meeting will centre on 7 open sessions addressing a number of topical themes. Furthermore, it is expected that the main sessions will again be complemented by a diverse range of splinter and business meetings covering topical themes.


ESWW9 will centre on the following open sessions:  

Session 1: European Space Weather Landscape: Current Perspectives and Requirements for the Future 

Session 2:  Innovations and Key Challenges in Space Weather Science

Session 3a: Solar Variability Effects on Climate

Session 3b: Coupled Space Weather Modelling

Session 4a: Spacecraft Operations and Space Weather

Session 4b: Space Weather in the Solar System

Session 5:   COST ES0803 Final Results

Sessions denoted a/b will run in parallel. Each session will be divided into an 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 application-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 is 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 complements 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 ESWW9 schedule will be set aside for all convenors to report the main conclusions of these meetings to the full workshop. 

Several rooms will be available for splinter and business meetings during the week, starting from Monday morning. If you would like to propose a meeting to be included in the agenda please send the title of the meeting, a short description and anticipated number of participants to Anna Belehaki (belehaki at as soon as possible. 

Deadline for submission of splinter/business meeting proposals: 6th April 2012

Special Events:

5th 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. 

6th November: A scientific debate will take place following the day‚s normal sessions. 

This year‚s event will again 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.

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 (STCE) 

· P Vanlommel (STCE) 

· 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)

· S Bruinsma (CNES)

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


2. Extended abstract deadline - Space Radiation and Plasma Environment Monitoring WS, ESA/ESTEC, May 9-11, 2012


From: Alessandra Menicucci <>, Petteri Nieminen <>

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the We are pleased to announce the Advances on Space Radiation and Plasma Environment Monitoring, Data Analysis and Flight Opportunities Workshop (to be held at ESA/ESTEC, the Netherlands, on 9-11 May 2012) has been extended to Monday 09 April 2012. 

Abstract submission and further information are available at the workshop website

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.


Additionally a reminder that as part of the ESA Conference Opportunities for Sponsored Students (ECOSS) Programme, the ESA Education Office is pleased to be able to offer sponsorship to European students interested in attending the event. Highly qualified full-time students from ESA Member or Cooperating States are encouraged to apply for ESA Sponsorship.

Students selected by ESA‚s Education Office will be reimbursed their conference registration fee and up to a maximum of 300• in travel and accommodation expenses. Sponsorship will be in the form of a single reimbursement after the conference.

Before applying students must visit the conferences page of the ESA Education Portal (link: and:

· Check their eligibility for the programme under the "Sponsorship Conditions" link (link:

· Familiarize themselves with the content of the „How to Apply‰ link (link:

To apply, please visit ESA Education registration system: 

The deadline for sponsorship applications is April 15th 2012.


We look forward to seeing many of you at ESTEC.

The Organizing Committee,

· Alessandra Menicucci,

· David Rodgers,

· Eamonn Daly,

· Giovanni Santin,

· Petteri Nieminen


3. Final Presentation Days at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, 7-8-9 May 2012 - Agenda Now Available


From: Giovanni Santin <giovanni.santin at>

Preceding the workshop in the same week a "Final Presentations Days" event shall be held on Monday 7 May (PM only) the 8th May (full day) and the 9th May (morning) at ESTEC in the Newton 1 conference room, organised by ESA's Space Environments and Effects section. 

The event will include final presentations and status reports from a wide range of ongoing R&D activities. The agenda is available on-line at the the section's website


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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