Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 17, Issue 5 (14 June 2013)


1. 10th European Space Weather Week, Antwerp, 18th - 22nd November, 2013 - Extended Abstract Sbumission Deadline

2. PhD and Post-doctoral positions at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University

3. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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1. 10th European Space Weather Week, Antwerp, 18th - 22nd November, 2013 - Extended Abstract Sbumission Deadline


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. The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended until June 17, 2013.

*** New Abstract and Splinter Meeting Submission Deadline: 17th June 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. 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. 

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. PhD and Post-doctoral positions at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University 


From: Dr. Emilia Kilpua <emilia.kilpua - at -> and Prof. Tuija Pulkkinen <tuija.pulkkinen - at ->

The following positions at the space physics groups of the University of Helsinki (UH) and Aalto University are to be filled:

- PhD student position at UH 

- PhD student position at Aalto 

- Post-doctoral position at Aalto

The research of will focus on the study of solar wind interaction with the Earth's magnetosphere, especially the role of turbulence in driving magnetospheric activity and space weather phenomena. The research will include analysis of data from the currently operative space missions (e.g. RBSP, Themis) as well as numerical modeling of the dynamic phenomena. The research will be conducted in collaboration with:

The Aalto University  (,

The University of Helsinki ( and

The Finnish Meteorological Institute

all of which are located in the Helsinki area.

For the PhD student positions, the requirements are basic knowledge of space plasma physics and experience with mathematical computing languages (such as Matlab and IDL) and basic data analysis methods. The positions will initially be filled for one year, with an extension of an additional three years pending satisfactory performance. The candidate is expected to finish his/her PhD thesis during the project from the University of Helsinki / Aalto University. 

For the post-doctoral position, the candidates are expected to hold a PhD in a suitable area and to have research experience in space physics. The position is filled initially for one year, with a possibility for extension of up to 3 years.

Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae with the names of two references, certified copy of MSc / PhD degree diploma, and the study record (for the PhD student positions) should be sent by e-mail to:

Dr. Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua - at - and 

Prof. Tuija Pulkkinen (tuija.pulkkinen - at -

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and considered until the position is filled.

For more information please contact Prof. Tuija Pulkkinen (+358-50-591 6013) or Dr. Emilia Kilpua (+358-9-191 50675).


3. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 27/05/2013 to 31/07/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.1SC.03)


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


(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)


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:

  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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