Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 17, Issue 7 (25 October 2013)


1. Student Internships, Graduate Training and Research Fellowships at ESA

2. TEC-EES Final Presentation Day, 6th December 2013, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

3. Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference, Paris, France, July 14 - 18, 2014

4. Royal Observatory of Belgium provide Helioviewer Redundant Service

5. Royal Meteorological Society & the Royal Astronomical Society joint meeting, London, 13th November 2013

6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. Student Internships, Graduate Training and Research Fellowships at ESA


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

ESA has several interesting programmes for training and research for undergraduates, and graduates at masters and Ph.D. levels. The ESA Space Environments and Effects Section ( in particular is interested to hear from interested students or graduates with good physics and computing backgrounds. Candidates should be nationals of an ESA member or cooperating state.

1. Internships at ESTEC for 2014: These are 3-6 months duration and the student will work alongside section staff supporting the development of ESA missions with evaluations of environments and effects, or performing studies to support the section's activities. If interested, apply quickly, as described here, before 31 October. Also copy Eamonn Daly with the application.

2. Graduates can also apply to the graduate training programme which will be open for applications very soon. Keep an eye on this site; the vacancy will be shown under "Electromagnetics and Space Environment":

3. Recent PhD's can apply for post-doctoral fellowships. Although the space science call is now closed, others, including those in the Technical Directorate where space environments and effects work is done, are open:


2. TEC-EES Final Presentation Day, 6th December 2013, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands


From: David Rodgers <david.rodgers - at ->

Interested parties are invited to register to attend ESA's space environment and effect section (TEC-EES) Final Presentation Day on 6th December 2013 at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The preliminary programme is shown below:

• Charging Properties of Space Materials - Thierry Paulmier (ONERA)

• Energetic Particle Telescope Phase C/D - Mathias Cyamukungu (UCL)

• Interplanetary and Planetary Radiation Modelling for Human Spaceflight - Daniel Heynderickx (DHC)

• Ganymede Radiation Environment Engineering - Fan Lei (Radmod UK)

• Dictatv4 validation - Fan Lei (Radmod UK)

• plus further talks yet to be confirmed

A web site for the event has been set up using the Indico tool and potential attendees can already register for the event using the link below. If users have not previously registered with the TEC-EES Indico system they will need to do that first. The web site is:


3. Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference, Paris, France, July 14 - 18, 2014


From: Eamonn Daly <Eamonn.Daly - at ->

The 2014 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) will be held July 14 - 18 at the Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris, France. The conference features a technical program consisting of eight to ten technical sessions of contributed papers describing the latest observations in radiation effects, a Short Course on radiation effects offered on July 14, a Radiation Effects Data Workshop, and an Industrial Exhibit. The

technical program includes oral and poster sessions.

Papers on nuclear and space radiation effects on electronic and photonic materials, devices, circuits, sensors, and systems, as well as semiconductor processing technology and design techniques for producing radiation-tolerant (hardened) devices and integrated circuits, will be presented at this meeting of engineers, scientists, and managers. International participation is strongly encouraged.

Papers describing significant new findings in the following or related areas are solicited:

• Basic Mechanisms of Radiation Effects in Electronic Materials and Devices

• Radiation Effects on Electronic and Photonic Devices and Circuits

• Space, Atmospheric, and Terrestrial Radiation Effects

• Hardness Assurance Technology and Testing

The full details of the announcement can be found at:

The dealine for the submission of papers is FEBRUARY 7, 2014


4. Royal Observatory of Belgium provide Helioviewer Redundant Service


From: Bogdan Nicula <bogdan - at ->

Due to the partial shutdown of the US federal government, the main Helioviewer server at NASA-GSFC which provides, JHelioviewer and use of the Helioviewer-API, was inaccessible for a period of 2 weeks from Oct 1 2013.

Users of Helioviewer services were able to access newly created redundant server at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB). This server provides a growing number of data sources, selected for their use in real-time space weather monitoring. At the moment this includes, SDO data at 10 minute cadence (171, 304, magnetograms), SOHO/LASCO images and PROBA2/SWAP images. In the case of future unforeseen incidients, this redundant server will be available at:

At which time JHelioviewer users will be able to stream images from the ROB Helioviewer server by editing their ~/JHelioviewer/Settings/ file as follows:





Please note: As the server is now operational once more all traffic is presently redircted from the ROB development server to the usual site:

The Space Weather Helioviewer (SWHV) project is funded by ESA's General Support Technology Programme - contract number AO/1-7186/12/NL/GLC. The activity is due to run for 2 years and conclude in March 2015.


5. Royal Meteorological Society & the Royal Astronomical Society joint meeting, London, 13th November 2013


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

This is a reminder of this joint meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society aimed at addressing the issue of sustaining observations of space weather. The meeting is entitled "Space weather: the importance of observations" and will be held at Imperial College London, Wednesday 13th November 2013.

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.  


(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.

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.

Those interested should see the RMS meeting page:

or the RAS meeting calendar at

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


6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


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


(From 06/09/2013 to 01/11/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.1EE.16) 


(From 10/10/2013 to 21/11/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.135.02) 


(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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