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Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 18, Issue 2 (31 January 2014)


1. Vacancy for Senior Research Fellow at the University of Surrey

2. Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference, Paris 14-18 July, call for papers

3. 2014 Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference, 23-27 June 2014, Pasadena, CA

4. 3rd SEENoTC Space Radiation and Plasma Environment Monitoring Workshop, ESTEC, NL, 13-14 May, 2014

5. Upcoming SPINE Meeting, Paris, 17 March, 2014

6. Call for Abstracts: 40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Panel on Space Weather (PSW) sessions

7. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. Vacancy for Senior Research Fellow at the University of Surrey


From: Craig Underwood <c.underwood - at - surrey.ac.uk>

Applications are invited for a new position of Senior Research Fellow working in the area of Space Weather Radiation Environment and Effects.

This position of Senior Research Fellow (according to qualifications and experience) should start on 1st March 2014 (or soon thereafter if a later start is required by the successful applicant) to work in the field of Space Weather Radiation Environments and Effects.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 6th February 2014.

The full details of the position are available here:


Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact: Prof. Craig Underwood <c.underwood - at - surrey.ac.uk> or Karen Collar <k.collar - at - surrey.ac.uk> for further information.


2. Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference, Paris 14-18 July, call for papers


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

Exceptionally this year the IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) will take place outside the US, in Paris in July. The call for papers can be found at http://www.nsrec.com/ . The deadline for extended abstracts is 7 February.

For the Space Environments and Effects community in Europe, there are several topics of interest, including:

Characterization and modelling of radiation environments

Space weather events and effects

Spacecraft charging

Predicting and verifying soft error rates

Radiation transport, energy deposition and dosimetry

Various radiation effects

Device and detector effects

Irradiation facilities and testing

Radiation hardness assurance


3. 2014 Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference, 23-27 June 2014, Pasadena, CA


From: Alain Hilgers <Alain.Hilgers - at - esa.int>

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, is pleased to announce that the 2014 SCTC website is now on-line. The 2014 conference, to be held in Pasadena CA, USA, between Monday and Friday, 23rd - 27th June, 2014, is now only 6 months away. Please visit the website at your earliest convenience to register, submit an abstract, and make hotel reservations.

The site can be reached at: 


Note that the hotel registration is independent of the conference registration.

The key milestone dates for the conference are as follows:

17 Dec, 2013: Begin Abstract Submission

17 Dec, 2013: Begin Conference/Hotel Registration

22 Feb, 2014: Close Abstract Submission

22 Mar, 2014: Notification of Selection for Talk or Poster

22 Mar, 2014: Begin Accepting Paper

02 May, 2014: Close Reservations for JPL Tour

23 May, 2014: Final Papers Due (PDF)

23 May, 2014: Close Hotel Registration

13 Jun, 2014: Close Conference Registration

23-27 Jun, 2014: SCTC Conference

These dates are subject to change so please look for any updates and more news including other typical activities associated with the SCTCs on the website. While we have listed topics at the website on areas that we believe are of most interest, we want to encourage everyone to feel free to provide abstracts on any charging topics they feel would be relevant. An organizing committee will place your paper into sessions (oral or poster) that have similar papers and that also match the nominal daily schedule for the conference.

Based on feedback from previous conferences, we are also planning a tutorial session for persons new to this discipline on the first day. This will provide an opportunity for newcomers to be exposed to concepts earlier and increase their comprehension of the papers. The tutorial session is a new feature and it may become a feature of future conferences, or as an electronic note that is sent to conference-goers in the future.  We'd appreciate constructive feedback to the organizers during the conference or at the post-conference Plenary session.

A technical tour and conference banquet at the venue are also planned.

Please submit abstracts at your earliest convenience as the process of grouping them into sessions needs to commence as soon as possible.

If there are any questions please contact:

Dr. Henry Berry Garrett <henry.garrett - at - jpl.nasa.gov>

Mr. Albert Whittlesey <albert.whittlesey - at - jpl.nasa.gov>


4. 3rd SEENoTC Space Radiation and Plasma Environment Monitoring Workshop, ESTEC, NL, 13-14 May, 2014


From: Alessandra Menicucci <Alessandra.Menicucci - at - esa.int>

We are pleased to announce the 3rd SEENoTC Space Radiation and Plasma Environment Monitoring Workshop , which will be held at ESA/ESTEC, the Netherlands, on 13th and 14th May 2014.

The workshop on "Space Radiation and Plasma Environment Monitoring Workshop" is the fifth of a series of workshops proposed under the auspices of the Space Environments and Effects Network of Technical competences established to further cooperation in Europe. As with the two previous events held in 2007 and 2012, the purpose of this workshop is to present and discuss the current research and developments in the area of space radiation and plasma monitoring. The number of flying or ready to fly European radiation and plasma instruments has increased significantly since the last SEENoTC workshop on the subject in 2012.

Research programmes have also made good progresses in investigating innovative technologies and designs for new concepts which will allow a substantial reduction of mass, power and data rate budgets compared to traditional instrumentation, whilst providing equivalent or higher detection efficiency.  With many future missions in Navigation, Telecommunications, Exploration, Science, GMES domains flying in severe radiation environments and carrying highly sensitive components and systems, the need for such radiation instrumentation is increasing. Accurate measurements of the Space Environment also plays a crucial role in the improvement of radiation environment models and the development of the space weather services required by the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme.

Further information, including the on-line registration and abstract submission will be soon available at:



5. Upcoming SPINE Meeting, Paris, 17 March, 2014


From: "Alain Hilgers" <Alain.Hilgers - at - esa.int>

It is intended to hold a meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network in Europe (SPINE) on 17 March 2014 at ESA HQ (Paris, France). This will be a venue to discuss new research and technology roadmaps in the area of spacecraft plasma interactions and to present new scientific results.

Preliminary Agenda:


20th SPINE Meeting

17 March 2014

Room B0344

ESA HQ, 8-10 rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris, France


Contributed papers presenting recent results or new ideas related to spacecraft plasma interactions:

- new concepts in instrumentation for plasma measurements

- new observations of environments or effects

- new modelling efforts including testing

12:30-13:30 lunch break


Contributed papers presenting recent results or new ideas related to deep dielectric charging:

- new concepts in instrumentation for energetic electron measurements

- new observations of environments or effects

- new modelling efforts including testing

15:15-15:30 coffee break


Presentation of requirements and plans for new R&D activities in surface-plasma interactions and deep-dielectric charging

- Models of effects (numerical methods and laboratory testing and simulations)

- Models of environment

- Measurements and in-flight experiments



Participation to the meeting is free of charge and open to all organisations from ESA member states.

Please indicate your willingness to participate to the meeting and whether you plan to present some material (relevant to the above themes or not) by sending an email before 20 February 2014 to:

Alain.Hilgers - at - esa.int

The detailed agenda will be communicated later based on proposed contributions from participants on 25 February.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any person you think might be interested.


6. Call for Abstracts: 40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Panel on Space Weather (PSW) sessions


From: Alexi Glover <alexi.glover AT esa.int>

The 40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be held in Moscow, Russia from 2 - 10 August 2014. As part of this Assembly, the Panel on Space Weather's activities will include the three sessions listed below. There will also be an interdisciplinary lecture dedicated to the COSPAR Roadmap for space weather, currently under development. 

For full schedule information, please see the Assembly website:  http://www.cospar-assembly.org/. Authors are kindly invited to submit their abstract via this website by 14th February. 


MSO: T. Onsager, DSO: I Stanislawska

Space weather services today lag far behind what is needed to protect our evolving technological infrastructure. Although extensive basic research efforts are being conducted with the goal of improving our understanding of solar-terrestrial physics, less emphasis is being devoted to the near-term development of numerical models and applications that address specific impact-mitigation needs. Progress in space weather services requires both a clear understanding of the information needed to address space weather impacts and a focus on the development of targeted applications. This session will combine presentations on the goals and progress of application-oriented research projects with presentations describing the needed services. Presentations are also encouraged on efforts to validate research models using criteria based on space weather service needs and on efforts to assess the value of specific data used for applications. The aim of this session is to highlight current re

search striving to improve space weather capabilities and to maintain the dialog between researchers and service providers.


MSO: A Glover, DSO: D Heynderickx

Solar Cycle 24 is predicted to be a low amplitude cycle, peaking in mid to late 2013. While the predicted peak sunspot number is low, this does not rule out the occurrence of large events. In the period since the maximum of Solar Cycle 23, the number of technologies impacted by space weather has increased substantially and new user communities are anticipating significant impacts over the coming years. This event will combine a review of solar cycle observations with engineering effects seen by communities from power grid operators to spacecraft operators. It will also consider the evolution of the current cycle towards the next minimum.


MSO: M Grande, DSO: H Spence, S Narendranath

Space Weather effects are significant throughout the solar system and the ability to predict and design around them is essential for planetary exploration. We welcome description of measurements of space weather effects made in planetary environments or interplanetary space, as well as models, comparisons and methods for improved prediction. we will also explore the way that the space weather environment at other solar system bodies modifies the design criteria for instruments and missions.

For more information about the COSPAR Space Weather Roadmap see: http://www.lmsal.com/~schryver/COSPARrm/

For more information about the Panel on Space Weather see: http://spaceweather.eu/cospar


7. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 27/01/2014 to 10/03/2014, Act.Ref.: 12.1EE.06)


(From 17/01/2014 to 28/02/2014, Act.Ref.: 11.1EE.24) 


(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 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 (http://space-env.esa.int) 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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SWEN editor : Piers Jiggens 

SWEN manager: Alain Hilgers

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