Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 17, Issue 4 (21 May 2013)


1. 10th European Space Weather Week, Antwerp, 18th - 22nd November, 2013 - 2nd Announcement

2. TRANSMIT Consortium 3rd summer school, Rome, 1st - 5th July, 2013

3. ESWW10: Session on Strategic Data Sets Supporting Awareness of the Solar Source of Space Weather

4. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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1. 10th European Space Weather Week, Antwerp, 18th - 22nd November, 2013 - 2nd Announcement: call for papers and splinter meetings


From: Alexi Glover <alexi.glover - at -> and Anna Belehaki <abeleha - at ->

The 10th European Space Weather Week which will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Antwerp, Belgium, from 18th - 22nd November 2013.

*** Abstract and Splinter Meeting Submission Deadline: 31st May 2013 ***

Submission is now open via the Conference Website:

Now in its 10th 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 agenda will be composed of plenary/parallel conference sessions, splinter working meetings and dedicated events for service end-users. 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 is not 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.

Following an excellent response to the call for session proposals issued in January, the Programme Committee is pleased to invite contributions to 13 open sessions, addressing a wide range of themes. Furthermore, the main sessions will again be complemented by a diverse range of splinter and business meetings.

The open sessions for ESWW10 are as follows:

· Modelling the Plasmasphere for Space Weather Purposes (Conveners: Janos Lichtenberger, Anders Jorgensen, Mark Clilverd)

· Extreme Space Weather Events and their Impact (Convener: Matthew Angling)

· Strategic Data Sets Supporting Awareness of the Solar Source of Space Weather (Convener: David Berghmans, Mathieu Kretzschmar)

· Spacecraft Operations and Space Weather (Conveners: Dave Pitchford, Richard Horne, Hugh Evans)

· Solar Flare Prediction: Progress and Challenges (Conveners: Manolis K. Georgoulis, D. Shaun Bloomfield, Peter Gallagher)

· Space Weather Effects on HF and Trans-Ionospheric Radio Wave Propagation (Conveners: Ioanna Tsagouri, David Altadill, Nicolas Bergeot, Michael Pezzopane)

· Space Weather Forecast Verification (Conveners: Peter Wintoft, Tsagouri Ioanna, Alan Thomson, Andrew Bushell)

· Space Weather Impacts on Aviation (Convener: Daniel Matthiae)

· Developing Societal Resilience Against Space Weather (Conveners: Mike Hapgood, Terry Onsager)

· Data and Model Infrastructures for the Advancement of Space Weather Science and Services (Conveners: Andre Csillaghy, Daniel Heynderickx, Bogdan Nicula)

· Space Weather in Planetary Systems (Conveners: Gaël Cessateur, Alexander Shapiro, Matthieu Barthélémy)

· The Impact of Space Weather on Space Exploration (Conveners: Giovanni Lapenta)

· Use of Ground-Based Cosmic Ray Detectors for Space Weather Monitoring and Forecasting (Conveners: Ashot Chilingarian, Karel Kudela)

Full details can be found on the ESWW10 website:

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 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 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. Splinter meeting proposals can  be made via a dedicated form on the ESWW pages.

Registration for ESWW10 is also possible via the webpages. The fees are as follows:

Early Bird registration: 180€ (before 1st October) 

Full Registration: 250€ 

Single day registration, possible for 1 day only:  60€. 

Student Registration: 75€ (before 1st October)

Programme Committee: 

· A Belehaki (Co-chair, NOA) 

· S Bruinsma (CNES)

· N Crosby (BIRA-IASB, EGU Solar-Terrestrial Sciences Division President)

· A Glover (Co-chair, ESA) 

· M Hapgood (RAL/STFC) 

· J Lilensten (IPAG)

· J.-P. Luntama (ESA, SSA) 

· M Meier (DLR) 

· M Messerotti (INAF) 

· S Poedts (KU Leuven, SWWT Chair)

· R Van der Linden (STCE) 

· P Vanlommel (STCE) 

· J Watermann (jfwConsult)

· M Wik (Neurospace)

· V Zigman (UNG) 

· B Zolesi (INGV) 

Local Organising Committee:

· B. Bourgoignie

· O. Boulvin

· J. Janssens

· S. Raynal

· R. Van der Linden

· A. Vandersyppe

· P. Vanlommel

· S. Willems

· & the SIDC/STCE-team 

This meeting is supported by the European Space Agency, the Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence and the Belgian Science Policy Office.


2. TRANSMIT Consortium 3rd summer school, Rome, 1st - 5th July, 2013


From: Giorgiana De Franceschi <giorgiana.defranceschi - at -> and Maurizio Candidi <maurizio.candidi - at ->

The TRANSMIT Consortium (Training Research and Applications Network to Support the Mitigation of Ionospheric Threats) is organizing the third Summer School "Ionospheric threats to Europe: impact of increased solar activity". To be held in in Rome from 1st to 5th July, 2013.

TRANSMIT is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), funded by the European Commission which will deal with ionospheric threats to GNSS systems and aims to "improve the career perspectives of researchers who are in the first five years of their research career, in both public and private sectors". Details on the overall TRANSMIT program may be found at:

TRANSMIT fellows, PhD students and MSc students having interest in disciplines such as Geophysics, Geodesy, Forecasting, Surveying, Satellite Navigation, Positioning, Telecommunications, Imaging, Data Management and Data Assimilation are invited to attend.

The programme includes a total of 20 hours of lectures to be delivered by expert scientists in the field. Details may be found at:


3. ESWW10: Session on Strategic Data Sets Supporting Awareness of the Solar Source of Space Weather


From: Matthieu Kretzschmar <matthieu.kretzschmar - at ->

The reader is invited to submit an abstract to the following session on Strategic Solar Datasets for Space Weather, that will occur during the next European Space Weather Week in Antwerp (Belgium) from November 18 to November 22, 2013. The full session title is:

Strategic Data Ssets Supporting Awareness of the Solar Source of Space Weather

Conveners: David Berghmans - Matthieu Kretzschmar 

Previous space weather weeks have concentrated on user groups, on products, on services, on models, ... but rarely a session has focussed on space weather data sets. Any space weather awareness that we might have or any service that we might provide depends however crucially on core data sets. In this session it is proposed to discuss the the core data sets characterising the ultimate driver of space weather, the Sun. 

It is intended to attract speakers from different sub-comunities of solar observers: imaging, radio spectra, indices and radiometers, solar wind parameters, both from the ground and from space. Since the requirements for space weather observations from space can be different from those of strictly scientific missions (e.g., different instrument performances, data accessibility requirement, or technological constrains from the platform), contributions on the conception and development of space instrument and missions dedicated to space weather.are also welcome. 

Speakers are encouraged to go beyond the presentation of their own data set only and to act as representative for an observation network or observation type. Speakers are furthermore encouraged to address the following points relevant for space weather services:

· Which space weather user community depends on these data?

· What are the technical difficulties (for the instrument in itself but also with respect to realtime/latency and accessibility issues) and how can they be overcome?

· How redundant is the data provision service (over Europe and worldwide)?

-- Important deadlines: 

* Abstract and Splinter submission: May 31, 2013

* Registration early bird: Oct 1, 2013

* Fair registration: Nov 1, 2013

-- Conference website:


4. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 07/05/2013 to 19/06/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.1QC.01)


(From 06/05/2013 to 01/07/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.1SC.02)


(From 02/05/2013 to 19/06/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.1QM.03)


(From 24/04/2013 to 31/12/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.136.02)


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


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  Rumi Nakamura                 Austrian Academy of Sciences

  Anna Belehaki                 Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate

  Volker Bothmer                EGU - Solar Physics Secretary

  Jinbin Cao                    Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative

  Eamonn Daly                   ESA (excluding science programme)

  Maurizio Candidi              IAPS/INAF - Italian National Research Council (CNR)

  Norma Crosby                  EGU - Solar-Terrestrial Sciences Division President

  Mike Hapgood                  Space Science Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)

  Francois Lefeuvre             Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

  W. William Liu                Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

  Henrik Lundstedt              Lund space weather center

  Philippe Escoubet             ESA Science programme

  Terry Onsager                 NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre

  Jean-Yves Prado               CNES Programme Directorate

  Michael Rietveld              EISCAT Scientific Association

  Michael Rycroft               International Space University (ISU)

  Juha-Pekka Luntama            Head of ESA SSA Space Weather Element

  Stefaan Poedts                Space Weather Working Team Chair

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