Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 16, Issue 7 (2 July 2012)


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1. 9th European Space Weather Week: Abstract Deadline Extended to 6th July

2. SIDC Space Situational Awareness Services using SWAP and LYRA from the PROBA-2 Spacecraft

3. "Astrophysical and Space Plasmas" Course - Sept. 2012, L'Aquila, Italy (Deadline Extended)

4. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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1. 9th European Space Weather Week: Abstract Deadline Extended to 6th July

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


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


The deadline for abstract submission has been extended by one week to 6th July 2012. Abstracts can be submitted through the conference webpage:

http://stce.be/esww9


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.


Organisation:


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. The splinter meeting agenda is now available via the conference webpages.


Early registration is open until 5th October.


Special Events:


5th November: The ESWW keynote lecture will take place prior to the welcome reception and will by given by Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell.


6th November: A scientific debate will take place following the day‚s normal sessions addressing the theme „Safe Space: Is a Programme for the Removal of Space Debris Necessary‰.


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: http://stce.be/esww9


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.




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2. SIDC Space Situational Awareness Services using SWAP and LYRA from the PROBA-2 Spacecraft

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From: Erik Pylyser <erik.pylyser-at-oma.be>


The Solar Influences Data analysis Center (SIDC) of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) has developed a brand new ŒSpace Situational Awareness‚ service webpage largely based on, and presenting the observations of the PROBA2 solar instruments SWAP and LYRA. 


The "SSA services" page gives an overview of the SWAP and LYRA data over the last 4 days (the period relevant for forecasts). The top panel shows the LYRA data in grey and blue in a similar A-B-C-M-X scale of the NOAA GOES data (in red for reference). Hovering your mouse over the event list at the bottom interactively triggers the appearance of the location and timing of the event, on the SWAP and LYRA data.


Below the (single) SWAP images are presented the possibility to view the SWAP movie of the particular day. 


The "SSA services" webpage can be found here:  http://proba2.sidc.be/ssa 




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3. "Astrophysical and Space Plasmas" Course - Sept. 2012, L'Aquila, Italy (Deadline Extended)

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From: Paola Solini <ssc-at-aquila.infn.it>


The deadline for application to the Course on "Astrophysical and Space Plasmas" of the International School of Space science has been extended to July 10th.


Please visit the School website http://www.cifs-isss.org for any further information or send an e-mail to ssc@aquila.infn.it


The International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale organizes a Course on „Astrophysical and Space Plasmas‰, to be held in L‚Aquila, Italy, September 02-08, 2012, and directed by A. Ferrari, M. Tavani, B. Coppi and R. Rosner.


The aim of the Course is to present a comprehensive discussion of the plasma processes relevant to the astrophsyical context, from low energy phenomena in planetary systems to the very high energy objects recently discovered through X and gamma ray observatories. 

Introductory lectures will be dedicated to an analysis of observations available from ground and space observatories enlightening the thermal and non-thermal plasma processes necessary for their interpretation. At the same time the theoretical tools, analytical and numerical, necessary for their interpretation will be presented from an institutional point of view. Finally current models of the astrophysical objects and phenomena will be discussed with particular attention to the critical points with the objective of selecting new research lines.  




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4. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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From: ESA/ESTEC


Open invitations to tender:


AO7169 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY - 1ST CALL FOR OUTLINE PROPOSALS UNDER THE ROMANIAN INDUSTRY INCENTIVE SCHEME

(From 29/05/2012 to 15/08/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.1SC.02)


AO7198 CHARACTERISATION OF THE ELECTROSTATIC ENVIRONMENT OF LAUNCHERS

(From 15/06/2012 to 27/07/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.1EE.11)


AO7183 11-147 DETECTION OF MICRO-PARTICLE IMPACTS ON SPACECRAFT VIA THEIR PLASMA EFFECTS

(From 13/06/2012 to 05/09/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.197.04)


AO7070 SSA DC-IV EVOLUTION OF THE PILOT DATA CENTRES

(From 02/05/2012 to 27/06/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.118.01)


AO7186 HIGH PERFORMANCE DISTRIBUTED SOLAR IMAGING AND PROCESSING PROTOTYPE

(From 06/06/2012 to 18/07/2012, Act.Ref.: 11.1EE.21)


AO7146 RADIATION BIOLOGICAL END EFFECTS MODELS AND INTERFACES TO PHYSICS MODELS

(From 10/05/2012 to 05/07/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.1EE.01)


AO7094 ESA INNOVATION TRIANGLE INITIATIVE (ITI) 2012

(From 12/04/2012 to 31/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.135.01)




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Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments and Effects Analysis Section 

(http://space-env.esa.int) 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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