Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 16, Issue 10 (04 December 2012)


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1. ESA Council meeting at ministerial level clears funding for the SSA Space Weather activities

2. Opportunities for Research Fellows, Graduate Trainees and Student Placements in Space Environments and Effects

3. ESWW10: Announcing the 2013 Dates and Invitation to Submit a Session Proposal

4. AFFECTS User Workshop: Royal Observatory of Belgium, February 28, 2013

5. Call for Papers for "Radiation Belts: Earth and Outer Planets" Session, EGU, Vienna Austra, 7-12 April 2013

6. Ph.D. position in Heliospheric Physics at Institute for Astrophysics, University of Göttingen, Germany

7. Call for Papers on "Fundamental Properties and Processes of Magnetotails"

8. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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1. ESA Council meeting at ministerial level clears funding for the SSA Space Weather activities

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From: Juha-Pekka Luntama <Jula-Pekka.Luntama - at - esa.int>


A successful ESA Council meeting at ministerial level was concluded in Naples, Italy on 20-21 November 2012. Ministers from ESA‚s 20 member states and Canada allocated •10 billion for ESA‚s space activities and programmes for the years to come. The approved funding focused the investments on fields with high growth potential or with a direct and immediate impact on the economy. The ministers of the ESA member states decided to continue to support the build-up of a SSA capability in close cooperation with ESA‚s Member States and European partners. The funding was cleared for Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) and Space Weather (SWE) activities for SSA Period 2.


A dedicated website for the Council Meeting at Ministerial Level 2012 outlines in more detail the various proposals that were submitted to Ministers:

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Ministerial_Council_2012/




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2. Opportunities for Research Fellows, Graduate Trainees and Student Placements in Space Environments and Effects

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From: Eamonn Daly <eamonn.daly - at - esa.int>


The ESA Space Environments and Effects Section, within the Technical Directorate (TEC-EES) at ESTEC regularly has opportunities for young engineers and researchers, and for students still in education to work on various aspects of the work of the section. Typically, research fellowships last 2 years, graduate traineeships 1 year, and student placements from 4 to 6 months.


a)  A research fellow is sought to investigate issues related to the radiation hazards posed to the ESA JUICE mission to the Jupiter system, either in terms of the environments encountered, the interaction of the environment with the spacecraft, and hazard mitigation. mitigation. See: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Careers_at_ESA/SEMNMIFTFQG_0.html


b)  A young graduate trainee (YGT) is sought to work in the section in one of its areas of interest, and in particular to contribution to the support of the development of future ESA projects or in the evaluation of the data and performance of operating instruments and missions. The areas of interest include high energy particle radiation, plasmas, atmospheres, and particulates which can have severe effects on spacecraft and their payloads, including humans. The space environments and effects section performs analyses of these environments and their effects. It develops the necessary computational tools and models, performs analysis of data from space experiments that measure the environments and their effects and designs new experiments to investigate them (see : http://space-env.esa.int/).

The trainee will work alongside section members in supporting the development of ESA missions having hazardous environments, such as the JUICE mission to Jupiter, the Galileo constellation in the Earth's  radiation belt, Mars missions, Earth observation and telecommunications missions. The nature of the work can be adapted to the skills of the trainee. Applications should specify the associated opportunity:

http://www.esa.int/hr/YGT/ESTEC2012-033.pdf


c)  Placements in the section are available for students following a relevant university level course to perform a 4-6 month study related to one of the areas of section activity.


For further information on any other these opportunities, please contact Eamonn Daly (see address above).




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3. ESWW10: Announcing the 2013 Dates and Invitation to Submit a Session Proposal 

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From: Alexi Glover <Alexi.Glover - at - esa.int>, Anna Belehaki and Ronald van der Linden 


The 10th Edition of the European Space Weather Week will take place on 18-22nd November 2013 in Belgium. The venue will be confirmed early next year, but mark your calendars now for the 10th Anniversary of this growing European event. 


The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together the diverse groups in Europe working on different aspects of Space Weather. This includes but isn't limited to the scientific community, the engineering community, applications developers, service providers and service end users. The meeting organisation will again be coordinated by the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), ESA and the Space Weather Working Team. The local organisation will be done by the STCE. 


In order to ensure that this 10th anniversary event best represents the wide range of work on-going in Europe currently, we cordially invite you to submit a proposal for one of the main plenary/parallel sessions of this year's event using the following form by 25th January 2013. 


http://stce.be/Survey/ 


Submissions will be reviewed by the Programme Committee in February and convenors informed whether their proposal has been selected for the ESWW schedule shortly afterwards. Sessions proposals are welcome on a range of scientific and applications oriented topics, and particularly encouraged where they focus on cross-disciplinary issues and include the participation of end-users of space weather services and information. 


It should be noted that this call does not replace the active business meeting schedule, which forms an integral part of the ESWW format and which will be advertised through a separate call in Spring next year.


Looking forward to seeing you again in Belgium next year. 


Alexi Glover, Anna Belehaki and Ronald van der Linden 


On behalf of the ESWW10 Programme Committee: 

A. Belehaki (Co-Chair, NOA) 

A. Glover (Co-Chair, ESA) 

M. Hapgood (RAL/STFC) 

J.-P. Luntama (ESA, SSA) 

R. Van der Linden (STCE) 

P. Vanlommel (STCE, eHEROES) 

B. Zolesi (INGV) 

M. Messerotti (INAF) 

V. Zigman (UNG) 

M. Meier (DLR) 

N. Crosby (BIRA-IASB) 

S. Poedts (SWWT-chair, CPA) 

J. Watermann (jfwConsult) 

M. Wik (Neurospace) 

S. Bruinsma (CNES) 

J Lilensten (CNRS)  




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4. AFFECTS User Workshop: Royal Observatory of Belgium, February 28, 2013

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From: Cis Verbeeck <cis.verbeeck - at - oma.be>


The AFFECTS consortium invites you to the AFFECTS User Workshop to be held at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (www.observatory.be) on February 28, 2013.


The workshop is the venue where AFFECTS reaches out to all interested players and users in space weather in order to demonstrate the products, tools and services developed since the start of the AFFECTS project in March 2011.


AFFECTS (Advanced Forecast For Ensuring Communications Through Space, http://www.affects-fp7.eu) is a space weather research project under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, led by the University of Göttingen.


The workshop will cover a full day, in which (amongst others) the following products, tools and services will be presented:


- Near real time dimming and EIT wave detection

- 3D CME analysis tool

- Coronal analysis tool

- CME & solar wind arrival and impact forecast tool

- Flare, CME, geomagnetic, auroral, ionospheric forecasts & alerts

- Forecast of perturbed TEC

- Solar activity and space weather timelines viewer


All space weather scientists and users are welcome and encouraged to attend.

There is no registration fee, but we do ask to register in order to facilitate our planning. To subscribe, please send an e-mail to:

Doerte.Dannemann - at - zvw.uni-goettingen.de.


More information about the workshop is available at 

http://www.affects-fp7.eu/news-events/user-ws/.


We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop.


Sincerely,


The AFFECTS Consortium




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5. Call for Papers for "Radiation Belts: Earth and Outer Planets" Session, EGU, Vienna Austra, 7-12 April 2013

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From: Ioannis A. Daglis <daglis - at - noa.gr>


Call for Papers

ST2.4/PS3.3 Session "Radiation Belts: Earth and Outer Planets" (Joint Solar-Terrestrial/Planetary & Solar System Session)

European Geophysical Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April 2013


This session aims to discuss recent and anticipated progress in radiation belt research. We solicit presentations on the effects of global magnetospheric processes and local wave-particle interactions on radiation belt dynamics, as well as on aspects of belt coupling with the ring current and the plasmasphere. Of particular interest is the relative impact of various electromagnetic waves for particle acceleration, transport, and loss. The session is especially timely because of on-going European research funded by the Seventh Framework Programmes (e.g., SPACECAST and MAARBLE projects) and the anticipated first results of NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission. Also, papers on similar processes operating in the radiation belts of the outer planets are especially welcome. 


The abstract submission deadline: 9 January 2013.


Support application deadline: 30 November 2013.


Abstract submission guidelines: http://www.egu2013.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html 


Convener: Ioannis A. Daglis

Co-Conveners: Richard Horne, Ian Mann, Manuel Grande




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6. Ph.D. position in Heliospheric Physics at Institute for Astrophysics, University of Göttingen, Germany

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From: Volker Bothmer <bothmer - at - astro.physik.uni-goettingen.de>


This is an announcement for a Ph.D. position in heliospheric physics for the NASA Solar Probe Plus Mission at Institute for Astrophysics, University of Göttingen, Germany.


This position is to be filled as soon as possible. The Ph.D. student will work in the field of „Coronal and Heliospheric Physics‰ within the project Coronagraphic German and US Solar Probe Plus Survey (CGAUSS) funded by the German Aerospace Centre, DLR. CGAUSS is the German contribution to the WISPR wide-field imager on board the NASA Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission planned to be launched in 2018. 


For further details in case of interest please contact Volker Bothmer (at address above).




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7. Call for Papers on "Fundamental Properties and Processes of Magnetotails"

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From: Andreas Keiling <keiling - at - ssl.berkeley.edu>, Caitriona Jackman <caitriona.jackman - at - ucl.ac.uk>, Peter Delamere <delamere - at - colorado.edu>


Submission acceptance began: 1 September 2012

Submission deadline: 30 June 2013


As the guest editors, we invite you to submit papers to this Special Section of JGR-Space Physics, which covers topics across the full spectrum of phenomena relevant to magnetotails, those of Earth and other planets. This includes topics such as external drivers (e.g., solar wind, IMF control, solar windˆmagnetosphere coupling, viscous processes, reconnection), internal responses (e.g., convection, fast flows, dipolarisation, injections, centrifugal driver, flux tube interchange, instabilities, particle acceleration), and inner coupling (e.g., M-I coupling, coupling to the inner magnetosphere, current systems and closure, ion outflow effects, night-side aurora).


In particular, this Special Section is also intended for papers to be presented at the AGU Chapman Conference of the same title to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, during 10-15 March 2013. It is planned that a selection of submitted papers will be published in a separate, customised book.


Manuscripts should be submitted through AGU's GEMS website for JGR-Space Physics. Further information can be found at: 

www.agu.org/journals/ja/callforpapers.shtml




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8. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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From: ESA/ESTEC


Open invitations to tender:


AO7362 Service Oriented Approach to the Procurement and Development of an Active Debris Removal Mission

(From 16/11/2012 to 18/01/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.197.23)


AO7359 REQUIREMENTS AND CONCEPTS FOR IOD MISSIONS FOR BREKTHROUGH CONCEPTS AND APPROCHES

(From 15/11/2012 to 10/01/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.197.18)


AO7310 RADIATION CHARACTERISATION OF FRONT-END READOUT ASIC

(From 22/10/2012 to 10/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 11.1QC.04)


AO6124 OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL FOR ARTES 20 (INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS PROMOTION PROGRAMME)

(From 15/06/2009 to 31/12/2014, Act.Ref.: 09.153.75)


AO7379 PREPARATION OF WRC-15 AND SUPPORT TO EUROPEAN REGULATORY ACTIVITIES (ARTES 1 REF. 1A.085)

(From 30/11/2012 to 07/02/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.1TF.19)


AO7239 MAINT. AND OPS SERV FOR THE ESOC OPS CONTROL CENTRE INFRASTRUCTURE, OPERATIONAL COMPUTER AND COMMS INFRASTRUCTURE AND ESTRACK GROUND STATIONS NETWORK - 1/7/2013 TO 30/6/2016

(From 23/10/2012 to 18/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.117.01)


EMPLOYING WEB 2.0 CAPABILITIES FOR SPACE DATA SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS

(From 29/11/2012 to 22/01/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.112.09)


AO7372 DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF CHIPS FILM CAPACITOR FOR SPACE APPLICATION

(From 29/11/2012 to 28/01/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.1QM.25)


AO7327 MAINTENANCE, OPERATIONS AND EVOLUTION OF THE EURO-VO (VIRTUAL OBSERVATORY) REGISTRY OF RESOURCES

(From 23/10/2012 to 18/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.167.02)


AO7234 SSA SN-VI SPACE WEATHER ADDITIONAL SERVICES

(From 31/10/2012 to 16/01/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.118.03)


AO7370 TERRESTRIAL AND SPACE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP ANALYSIS

(From 27/11/2012 to 14/01/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.197.25)


AO7352 MARS EXPRESS AND VENUS EXPRESS FUEL THERMAL GAUGING STUDY

(From 15/11/2012 to 14/01/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.117.02)


AO7335 ESAC SCIENCE ARCHIVES PUBLICATIONS SYSTEM

(From 23/10/2012 to 04/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.167.03)


AO7307 SEIS ELECTRONICS (SEIS-INSIGHT) PHASE B SLICE1

(From 17/10/2012 to 28/11/2012, Act.Ref.: 12.1PU.05)


AO7348 JUICE-JOVIAN RAD-HARD ELECTRON MONITOR PROTO-FLIGHT MODEL

(From 12/11/2012 to 08/02/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.164.09)




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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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