Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 18, Issue 3 (25 April 2014)


1. European Space Weather Week 11 - Call for Abstracts and Splinters

2. 2nd Space Weather School for Engineers, 15-17 October 2014, Leuven, Belgium

3. Two open-ended vacancies in heliospheric physics RAL Space, STFC-Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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

5. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. European Space Weather Week 11 - Call for Abstracts and Splinters


From: Mauro Messerotti <Mauro.Messerotti - at ->

The 11th European Space Weather Week will take place in Liege, Belgium, from 17 to 21 November 2014. This is the 1st Announcement calling for papers and splinter meetings.

*** Abstracts Submission Deadline: 1 June 2014 ***

Submission is now open via the Conference Website:

*** Splinter and Business meetings proposals Deadline: 1 June 2014 ***

Splinter and business meeting proposals can be made by 1 June 2014 via a dedicated web form:

The ESWW is the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar. 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 15 open sessions, addressing a wide range of themes. Each session is split into two parts: a sequence of oral presentations for an audience sitting in the session room followed by the first-class poster programme in the poster area where people walk around and where the discussion and interaction between people is emphasized. The oral presentations will cover a range of scientific and application related themes and will consist of both invited and contributed papers. Furthermore, the main sessions will be complemented by a diverse range of splinter and business meetings.

The open sessions for ESWW11 are as follows:

- Spacecraft operations and space weather (Conveners: D. Pitchford, R. Horne)

- Observing and predicting space weather driven ionospheric disturbances: observational networks and modeling techniques, new services and mitigation procedures (Conveners: M. Angling, A. Belehaki, M. Hernandez-Pajares, I. Tsagouri)

- Planetary space weather (Conveners: C. Plainaki, I. Dandouras, M. Andriopoulou)

- Transitioning space weather research to operations: learning from the NWP experience (Conveners: D. Jackson, S. Bingham, M. Messerotti)

- Solar activity as a driver for space weather and space weather modeling (Conveners: M. West, S. Bloomfield)

- Key solar observables for assessing long-term changes of the geospace (Conveners: Th. Dudok de Wit, M. Haberreiter, A. Seppala)

- Solar Energetic Particle Events: from forecast to radiation impact (Conveners: M. Marsh, M. Dierckxsens, T. Berger)

- Contributions of commercial enterprises to space weather related science, services and tools (Conveners: M. Danielides, D. Heynderickx, M. Wik)

- Cross calibration of high energy particle measurements for heliospheric environment modelling (Conveners: D. Heynderickx, P. Jiggens, J.V. Rodriguez)

- Space based observing systems (Conveners: A. Hilgers, T. Onsager)

- Space Climate (Conveners: G. Lapenta, K. Mursula, A. Ludmany)

- Modelling the Earth's ionosphere and solutions to counter ionospheric threats to GNSS applications (Conveners: M. Aquino, C. Mitchell, G. De Franceschi)

- Space weather challenges for resource exploitation (Conveners: M. G. Johnsen, K. S. Jacobsen)

- Recent advances in space weather science (ESWW11 PC Organiser: A. Glover)

- Space weather applications and engineering concerns (ESWW11 PC Organiser: R. Van der Linden)

Full details can be found on the ESWW11 website:

Splinter & Business meetings:

A key part of the European Space Weather Weeks are the splinter and business meetings. These meetings provide the opportunity for interested participants to meet in smaller groups and address key issues in a style that complements the open format of the main sessions. These meetings take the form of working meetings with reports produced and actions taken by the participants. Splinter Meetings are open to the ESWW11 participants, Business Meetings can be attended by invitation only. Organisers of Business Meetings are expected to cover rental expenses of the room used.

Program Committee:

M. Messerotti (Chair, INAF)

A. Belehaki (Vice Chair, NOA)

A. Glover (Vice Chair, ESA)

V. Bothmer (UGOE)

E. Clarke (BGS)

M. A. Clilverd (BAS)

M. Hapgood (RAL/STFC)

D. Heynderickx (DH Consultancy)

A. Hilgers (ESA)

D. Jackson (Metoffice)

G. Lawrence (RHEA)

J. Lilensten (CNRS-IPAG)

J.-P. Luntama (ESA)

D. Matthiae (DLR)

D. Pitchford (SES)

S. Poedts (CmPA)

R. Van der Linden (STCE)

P. Vanlommel (STCE)

Local Organising Committee:

Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence

O. Boulvin

B. Bourgoignie

E. D'Huys

J. Janssens

O. Lemaitre

S. Raynal

R. Van der Linden

A. Vandersyppe

P. Vanlommel

S. Willems

ESWW11 is supported by the European Space Agency, the Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence and the Belgian Science Policy Office.

Mauro Messerotti (Chair, PC), Anna Belehaki (Vice Chair, PC), Alexi Glover (Vice Chair, PC), Ronald Van der Linden (Chair, LOC)


2. 2nd Space Weather School for Engineers, 15-17 October 2014, Leuven, Belgium


From: Stefaan Poedts <Stefaan.Poedts - at ->

After the successful edition of last year, a second Space weather school for engineers will be organized again in Leuven (Belgium).

This course is aimed to make people, and engineers in particular, aware of the solar or spatial origin of the disturbances and disruptions that are witnessed in many ground based and spatial technological systems, and to explain the physical mechanisms behind them, to indicate where to find the relevant predictive data and to train how to interpret them in order to lower the risk of damage to technical equipment and economic losses. As a matter of fact, Space Weather predictions are readily available nowadays and the Space Weather community has been working hard to make them widely accessible through disseminating forecast bulletins, alerts, etc.

Against this background, the School is targeted at training engineering personnel so that they are capable of taking protective measures when Space Weather alerts are issued, to the benefit of their companies.

This year's focus is on:

- HF communications

- Trans-ionospheric propagation

- Effects on GNSS signal precision

For more information, please check the webpages:


3. Two open-ended vacancies in heliospheric physics RAL Space, STFC-Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


From: Jackie Davies <jackie.davies - at ->

Applications are invited for two full-time, open-ended positions in heliospheric physics in the RAL Space Department of STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The successful candidates will initially work on the EU-funded FP7 HELCATS (Heliospheric Cataloguing, Analysis and Technique Service) project, and other closely-related projects, but will also be expected to develop/maintain a strong scientific profile by undertaking personal research. The main objectives of HELCATS relate to the creation, analysis, validation and dissemination of catalogues pertaining to plasma density structures in the solar wind, in particular coronal mass ejections and stream/co-rotating interaction regions. The salary would be in the range £28,384 (RC-D Minimum) - £37,534 (RC-E Standard Pay) per annum, dependent on experience. Both posts are available immediately. 

The closing date for applications is 22nd May 2014. For full details regarding these positions, and to apply, please follow the link below:

Informal enquires should be directed to Dr Jackie Davies (jackie.davies - at -


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


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

This is the 2nd announcement for 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.

For further information and on-line registration please visit


5. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 08/04/2014 to 27/05/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.13)


(From 04/04/2014 to 16/05/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.05)


(From 04/04/2014 to 16/05/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.09)


(From 01/04/2014 to 13/05/2014, Act.Ref.: 14.197.03) 


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

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  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

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