Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 17, Issue 6 (10 September 2013)


1. Post-Doctoral Position at IPGP (Physics of the upper atmosphere & ionosphere) - deadline: 20th September

2. First Announcement: International Chapman Conference on Low-Frequency Waves in Space Plasmas, South Korea, Aug–Sep, 2014

3. First Results from the Energetic Particle Telescope (EPT) on-board PROBA-V

4. ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science

5. Vacancy: New Chair in Space Environment and Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

6. “Space weather: the importance of observations”, London, 13 November 2013

7. Change of SWEN web archive

8. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. Post-Doctoral Position at IPGP (Physics of the upper atmosphere & ionosphere) - deadline: 20th September


From: Elvira Astafyeva <astafyeva - at ->

The Department of Planetology and Space Sciences of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP, invites applications for the second Post-Doctoral position in the field of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere physics. The 18-month contract with gross monthly salary from 2500 to 3100 euros (depending on the qualification) will be funded by the European Research Council (ERC) in the framework of the ERC Starting Grant project “SIREAL”. The expected starting date is November 2013. 

The main topic of the post-doctoral work will be multi-instrumental study of the global ionosphere dynamics under geomagnetically quiet and disturbed conditions, including ionospheric effects of MSTIDs, solar terminator, ionospheric and geomagnetic storms. 

Requested Profile: 

• Ph.D. in Atmosphere/ionosphere Physics or related field;

• Good knowledge of ionospheric/atmospheric physics, solar-terrestrial relations, space weather and satellite communications;

• Excellent abilities in programming and handling of large data sets;

• Experience in analysis of GPS data, and satellite data (e.g., SAC-C, COSMIC, CHAMP, Jason, etc);

• Excellent knowledge of English, both oral and written;

• Ability to work and publish independently .

Applications (extended CV, a short description of research work, list of Publications) should be sent to Dr. Elvira Astafyeva (astafyeva - at - The deadline of applications is 20th September 2013.


2. First Announcement: International Chapman Conference on Low-Frequency Waves in Space Plasmas, South Korea, Aug–Sep, 2014


From: Dong-Hun Lee <dhlee - at ->, Andreas Keiling <keiling - at ->, Karl-Heinz Glassmeier <kh.glassmeier - at ->

The Chapman Conference will take place on Jeju Island, South Korea from August 31 – September 5, 2014.

Low-frequency waves (ULF, ELF and VLF) in space plasmas have been studied for many decades. In our solar system, such waves occur in the magnetospheres of planets and in the solar wind; more recently they have also been confirmed on the Sun. In spite of the great differences in the plasma properties of these regions, the overarching schemes are wave generation, wave propagation, and wave dissipation, which are three fundamental aspects of any kind of waves. A fourth aspect of these waves is their application, either with direct benefit to humans or for scientific pursuit. Therefore, this Chapman conference will provide a forum in which various wave communities can come together and discuss recent achievements of observational, theoretical, and modeling studies.

To build up a comprehensive picture, this Chapman conference will address low-frequency waves (ULF/ELF/VLF) in various space plasmas, including:

• Earth’s magnetosphere & ionosphere

• Planetary magnetospheres & ionospheres (other than Earth)

• Solar wind (including upstream waves)

• Solar atmosphere

The conveners are:

Dong-Hun Lee (Kyung Hee University, Korea)

Andreas Keiling (UC Berkeley, USA)

Karl-Heinz Glassmeier (TU Braunschweig, Germany)

The program committee includes:

Jacob Bortnik (UCLA, USA)

Dragos Constantinescu (ISS, Romania)

Khan-Hyuk Kim (Kyung Hee Univ., Korea)

Olivier LeContel (LPP, France)

Yoshizumi Miyoshi (STEL, Japan)

Valery Nakariakov (Univ. of Warwick, UK)

Yasuhito Narita (IWF, Austria)

Leon Ofman (CUA & NASA/GSFC, USA)

Jonathan Rae (UCL/MSSL, UK)

Joachim Saur (Univ. of Cologne, Germany)

Martin Volwerk (IWF, Austria)

Colin Waters (Univ. of Newcastle, Australia)

Quigang Zong (Peking University, China)

Further information about the conference theme and the venue can be found on the conference website:, where you can also find a high-resolution version of the conference poster, available for download. We would like to encourage you to display this poster at your institution or campus.


3. First Results from the Energetic Particle Telescope (EPT) on-board PROBA-V


From: Petteri Nieminen <Petteri.Nieminen - at ->

The Energetic Particle Telescope (EPT) is an instrument designed for high-fidelity measurements of the charged particle radiation environment in space. The first EPT flight unit was launched to a polar orbit onboard the Proba-V spacecraft on 7 May, 2013 and following the commissioning phase the first EPT results have been obtained. These results show a good coverage of the near-Earth radiation environment as well as sporadic enhancements caused by Solar Particle Events (SPE). Data from the EPT will help to improve the present radiation environment models, and to cross-calibrate results obtained from a number of coarser in-orbit radiation monitoring devices, such as the ESA Standard Radiation Environment Monitor (SREM).

For more details please see the full article available at on the ESA Space Environment and Effects homepage:


4. ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science


From Philippe Escoubet <Philippe.Escoubet - at ->

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Programmes. Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the autumn of 2014. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA's Social Security Scheme, which covers medical expenses, invalidity and death benefits. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2013.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can be found on the world-wide web at this address:

Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinator, Guido De Marchi, at the address:

<fellowship - at ->


5. Vacancy: New Chair in Space Environment and Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK


From: Paul Cannon <p.cannon - at ->

A vacancy for a new chair is avvailable in Space Environment and Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering. This position is sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Supported by 5 years of funding from the Dstl (the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) science and technology organisation) and the Royal Academy of Engineering the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to develop a programme of internationally recognised research in the field of Space Environment and RF Engineering, focussing on developing a UK capability to bridge the gap between academia and the defence industry. Candidates should have an international academic or industrial reputation in space environment and RF engineering in the context of RF navigation, surveillance or communications systems. They will display the leadership qualities required to build and sustain an internationally competitive research programme.

Salary – Competitive package for an outstanding candidate.

For an informal discussion please contact:

Professor Chris Baber on +44 (0) 121 414 3965 <c.baber - at ->

Professor Paul Cannon on +44 (0) 7990 564772 <p.cannon - at ->

Closing date: 30 September 2013

Reference: 52091

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please visit and/or


6. “Space weather: the importance of observations”, London, 13 November, 2013


From: Mike Hapgood <mike.hapgood - at ->

A meeting entitled "Space weather: the importance of observations" will take place with the task of addressing the issue of sustaining observations of space weather. This is a joint meeting between the Royal Meteorological Society & the Royal Astronomical Society, Wednesday 13th November 2013, Imperial College London.

Most space weather occurs due to the Sun's emissions which can affect the Earth's space environment.  Modern society is ever more dependent upon ground-based & spaceborne technology which can be vulnerable to space weather.  Satellites, GPS, aviation & the electric power industry are all at risk from this & hence space weather is now included on the UK's National Risk Register.  It is important to have long-running, continuous observations for forecasting, nowcasting & for research in space weather.  This public meeting, held during the peak of the 11 year solar cycle, addresses the deficiency in continuous, long-term observations & how this might be overcome.  

The current programme is as follows:

(1)  The importance of solar wind magnetic field observations & the upcoming Sunjammer solar sail mission - Jonathan Eastwood, Imperial College London.

(2)  The vital role of ground-based sensors in the monitoring of space weather - Mike Hapgood, RAL Space.

(3)  Space weather & GPS - Cathryn Mitchell, University of Bath.

(4)  In-situ radiation & plasma monitoring on operational spacecraft - Dave Pitchford, SES Engineering.

(5)  Demonstrating the power of heliospheric imaging for space weather applications: Tracking CMEs from Sun to Earth - Richard Harrison, RAL Space.

(6)  International opportunities & challenges for the long-term continuity of data - Terry Onsager, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center [to be confirmed].

This meeting is sponsored by the Grantham Institue for Climate Change, an institute of Imperial College London and the Royal Astronomical Society and is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate.

Non members are welcome to attend these meetings. Where seating capacity is limited, priority will be given to members.

For further details, please see the RMS meeting page:

or the RAS meeting calendar at:

(which also enables you to download details to Google calendar).


7. Change of SWEN web archive


From: SWEN Editor

Readers are invited to take note of the change of location of the Space Weather Euro News web archive. All issues of SWEN going back to 1997 can now be accessed via the ESA Space Situtaional Awareness Space Weather Element (SSA-SWE) portal at:

Please find the link under the "Documents" heading on the left-hand side of the page.

This replaces the archive on the page. The back-up archive at IRF-lund is still up-to-date.


8. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 06/09/2013 to 18/10/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.1EE.16)


(From 14/08/2013 to 09/10/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.164.19)

AO7635 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: GSTP 6 - Call for Full Proposals for Market-Oriented Activities - Germany

(From 30/07/2013 to 01/10/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.136.03) 


(From 25/07/2013 to 19/09/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.135.01)


(From 24/07/2013 to 30/10/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.1EE.18)


(From 08/07/2013 to 01/10/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.197.02)


(From 01/07/2013 to 12/09/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.164.04)


(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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