Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 18, Issue 1 (16 January 2014)


1. EGU Session: Earth's Inner Magnetosphere, Vienna, Austria, 27 April - 02 May 2014

2. COSPAR 2014: Radiation Belt Environment Modelling session

3. EGU Session: Solar irradiance variability, Vienna, Austria, 27 April - 02 May 2014

4. Conference "Geospace Revisited" on 15 - 20 September 2014, Rhodes, Greece

5. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. EGU Session: Earth's Inner Magnetosphere, Vienna, Austria, 27 April - 02 May 2014


From: Fabien Darrouzet <Fabien.Darrouzet - at ->

You are kindly invited to submit an abstract to the following session of the next EGU General Assembly, which will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 27 April to 02 May 2014 ( :

ST2.3: "Earth's Inner Magnetosphere: Feeding, Dynamics and Coupling Processes"

The goal of this session is to stimulate exchanges between the communities working on subjects involving all aspects of the Earth's inner magnetosphere, in order to obtain a better comprehension of the strongly coupled inner magnetospheric system.

Comparisons and confrontations between different datasets and data analysis techniques are encouraged in order to improve our knowledge and modelling of the fundamental aspects of inner magnetosphere physics. Observational studies of particular events, statistical analyses and modelling efforts of the inner magnetosphere are also welcome. In particular, studies with long-duration missions (e.g. Cluster, IMAGE, TWINS and SAMPEX), recently launched missions (e.g. Van Allen Probes), work in preparation for future inner magnetosphere missions (e.g. ORBITALS, ERG) and multi-satellite and ground based data analyses are encouraged.

The session will include invited talks by Dr. Natalia Ganushkina (FMI)

Dr. Mona Kessel (NASA-HQ) and Dr. Drew Turner (UCLA).

More information and deadlines:

* Description and abstract of the session ST2.3:

* Deadline for submission of abstracts: Thursday 16 January 2014

* Information about support application (deadline: 29 November 2013)


Kirthika Mohan (MSSL, UK)

Fabien Darrouzet (IASB, Belgium)

Sandrine Grimald (ONERA, France)

Nigel Meredith (BAS, UK)


2. COSPAR 2014: Radiation Belt Environment Modelling session


From: Vincent Maget <Vincent.Maget - at ->

Abstracts are encouraged for the following COSPAR 2014 Radiation Belt Environment Modelling session:

Title: Recent and Upcoming Observations of the Radiation Belts


By 2014 several new science missions will have been launched into the radiation belts, including NASA’s RBSP and MSU’S Lomonosov. Beside them, novel initiatives (cubesats, balloons, ...) as well as payload development have also been conducted during the last few years. In addition, the rising phase of the solar cycle will likely have provided several exciting new magnetic storms for coordinated study. PRBEM will spend two half day sessions discussing observations of these new storms with new and established assets, and we will also coordinate plans of study for several new missions slated for launch in 2014-2016. Original contributions highlighting the benefits of smaller missions and hosted payload dedicated to the study of the radiation belts are also welcomed.

Organizing Committee:

Paul O'Brien (Aerospace Corporation)

Yuri Shprits (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Vladimir Kalegaev (Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, MSU)

Vincent Maget (ONERA)

The COSPAR Abstract Deadline is February 14, 2014.


3. EGU Session: Solar irradiance variability, Vienna, Austria, 27 April - 02 May 2014


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

The next EGU meeting will be held in Vienna (27 April - 2 may 2014) and you are welcome to submit contributions related to the following session:

Session ST1.4. Solar irradiance variability: Measurements, Models, Proxies, and Causes.

Contributions are solicited relating to spectral and total solar irradiance observations, as well as irradiance proxies such as sunspots, the Mg II index, radio flux, magnetic field measurements, etc. Solar irradiance model progress and comparisons are also invited, as well as studies on the mechanisms underlying solar irradiance variability (e.g., solar surface brightness distribution and evolution of solar features such as plages). Proxies are essential for filling gaps in irradiance measurements, inter-instrument comparisons, and as inputs to irradiance models. Recent updates to solar irradiance composites resulting from better instrument calibrations, refinements to inter-instrument comparisons, or new assessments of the long-term stabilities of irradiance records or proxies are invited. Studies of solar variability on both rotational, solar cycle timescales and beyond are welcome.

Invited speakers: Maria Dasi Espuig and Kok Leng Yeo

The deadline for abstract is 16 January:

Conveners: Matthieu Kretzschmar, Marty Snow, Margit Haberreiter


4. Conference "Geospace Revisited" on 15 - 20 September 2014, Rhodes, Greece


From: Ioannis Daglis <daglis - at ->

This is the 2nd announcement of the Geospace revisited: a Cluster / MAARBLE / Van Allen Probes Conference that will be held in Rhodes (Greece) from 15-20 September 2014.

“Geospace Revisited” is sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). 

The conference will revisit long-standing issues of geospace dynamic phenomena and will include the following sessions:

1. Upstream transient phenomena and their effects on geospace

2. Transient processes in the magnetotail and in the plasma sheet

3. The role of cold plasma in geospace dynamics

4. Radiation belts and ring current – the energetic geospace

5. Combining modeling efforts and in-situ observations to better understand geospace dynamics

6. Space-borne and ground-based remote sensing of geospace

Confirmed invited speakers: 

M. Andre, V. Angelopoulos, C.R. Chappell, S.G. Claudepierre, I. Dandouras, F. Darrouzet, M.W. Dunlop, H. Fu, S. Glauert, S.M. Krimigis, B. Lavraud, M. Lester, X. Li, C. Mouikis, H. Nilsson, Y. Omura, M. Palmroth, S. Patsourakos, R. Pottelette, G. Reeves, V. Sergeev, K. Shiokawa, R. Thorne, M. Usanova.

Conference WebSite:

Abstract submission deadline is 15th June. The call for abstracts will be published in February. 


Ioannis A. Daglis

C. Philippe Escoubet


5. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 17/12/2013 to 11/02/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.1QC.03) 


(From 10/12/2013 to 04/02/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.01) 


(From 04/12/2013 to 29/01/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.164.23)


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

  Norma Crosby                  EGU - Solar-Terrestrial Sciences Division President

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