Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 18, Issue 4 (06 June 2014)


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

2. Medal Awards for Space Weather at ESWW11, 17-21 November, 2014 in Liège, Belgium

3. Geospace Revisited, Rhodes (Greece), 15-20 September 2014, Third announcement and Call for Papers

4. International School of Space Science, 1st Solar Orbiter Summer School - Registration Open

5. Space Weather information and forecasts to Venus

6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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


From: Piers Jiggens <Piers.Jiggens - at ->

The 11th European Space Weather Week will take place in Liege, Belgium, from 17 to 21 November 2014. The deadline for the submission of abstracts and proposals for splinter and business meetings has been extended by 10 days until 11th June 2014.

Submission is open via the Conference Website:

Splinter and business meeting proposals can be made by 11 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. Medal Awards for Space Weather at ESWW11, 17-21 November, 2014 in Liège, Belgium


From: Jean Lilensten <jean.lilensten - at ->

In 2013, a set of three medals for Space Weather were created at the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the European Space Weather Week. The medal ceremony is now set to become an annual event during the European Space Weather Week (the 11th edition taking place on 17-21 November, 2014 in Liège, Belgium,

The medals are:

- The International Kristian Birkeland medal for Space Weather and Space Climate relates to outstanding scientific or technological results.

- The International Marcel Nicolet medal for Space Weather and Space Climate rewards efforts to structure the space weather community at an international level.

- The International Alexander Chizhevsky medal for Space Weather and Space Climate rewards a young researcher (PhD or having defended his thesis within the last 8 years prior to the ESWW 11, i.e. after October 30th, 2006) for major contributions to space weather research and/or services.

In order to propose a candidate, please send a pdf document including:

- Your name, first name, professional address.

- The name, first name, professional address of the person that you suggest for a prize.

- Which of the three prizes is concerned for your nomination.

- Reasons for the nomination (two pages). Please, make sure that these reasons relate to space weather and fulfill the criteria below.

- As far as possible, join a CV of the suggested person. If you do not want to ask her/him a CV and if you do not find any on a web personal page for example, send at least a CV that emphasizes the points for which the application is made (publications, achievements).

- If possible, please include letters of support from two other colleagues, possibly from other countries than yours. You may also include those two colleagues as co-signatories on the proposal.

- Up to five references (journal articles, prizes, patents


It is not allowed to apply for oneself. The Medal Committee may not attribute a medal if it considers that the applications do not have the necessary level of international excellence.

Composition of the Medal Committee:

The Medal committee is composed of Claude Tomberg of the Royal Academy of Belgium, Øyvind Sørensen of the Norwegian academy of science and Dr. Galina Kotova, of the Russian academy of science. To complement this panel, space weather-related scientists of each of these three countries will work with the academies, namely

Prof. Jøran Moen, Prof. Alv Egeland, Dr. Pål Brekke, Norway

Prof. Véronique Dehant, Belgium

Prof. Anatoli Petrukovich, Russia

Finally, there will be a representative of the Local Organizing Committee of the European Space Weather Week (R. Van der Linden), the head of the Space Weather Working Team (S. Poedts) and of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (A. Belehaki).  The program committee is chaired by J. Lilensten.

None of the Medal Committee members are eligible for a medal.

Send your documents by email only to:

SWmedals - at -

The deadline for the applications is September, 14th 2014. 


All three prizes are prestigious recognitions in Space Weather. They only recognize excellence. This is difficult to measure, but some criteria are common to the three of them. The work must have been documented (in peer review journals or book chapters), or must be a technological contribution that has proved to work (not a project or a concept). It must be relevant to space weather and/or space climate. It must also be internationally recognized: International character of the scientific or technology contribution even if this criterion will not be as drastically used for the Chizhevsky medal than for the two others.

On top of those common criteria are some specific to each prize.

Criteria for attributing the Marcel Nicolet medal:

The candidate of the Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal must have demonstrated a unique ability to bind the space weather community in a spirit of peace and friendship, to educate inside and outside of the space weather community, to go beyond the space weather research community and address a larger audience, and/or to serve the space weather community in conveying a roadmap going beyond the science involved.

Criteria for attributing the Alexander Chizhevsky medal:

The candidate of the Alexander Chizhevsky Medal must have taken unexplored ways, potentially at risk, to reach a successful achievement. Practically, it would be useful to obtain a recommendation letter from the PhD advisor in case (s)he is not the person sending the application. In case of pregnancies, the 8 years period is augmented by 1.5 year per child.

Criteria for attributing the Kristian Birkeland medal:

The candidate of the Kristian Birkeland Medal must have demonstrated a unique ability to combine basic and applied research to obtain useful products, preferentially being used outside the research community, or across disciplines in research. The work must have led to a better physical comprehension of the solar or terrestrial phenomena related to space weather, to a drastic improvement of the modeling, or to a new generation of instruments for space weather observations.


3. Geospace Revisited, Rhodes (Greece), 15-20 September 2014, Third announcement and Call for Papers


From: Ioannis Daglis <iadaglis - at ->

“Geospace Revisited” is a Cluster / MAARBLE / Van Allen Probes Conference. The website can be found here:

The conference aims at revisiting long-standing issues of geospace dynamic phenomena. New data from space missions like Cluster, THEMIS and the more recent Van Allen Probes, along with measurements from ground-based magnetometer arrays around the globe, processed with new methods and combined with theory and simulations are expected to shed light on the complex interplay of particles, fields and waves in geospace, and in particular the inner magnetosphere (radiation belts and ring current). “Geospace Revisited” will be held at the Rodos Palace Hotel ( in Rhodes, Greece from 15th-20th September 2014.

Abstract submission is now open until 15 June 2014. 

Please note that one has to first register at:

before heading to the abstract submission page at:

The sessions and invited speakers can be found at:

Information on accommodation and transportation can be found at:

The deadline for room reservations is 31 July 2014.

The Conference is sponsored by:

ESA (European Space Agency)

EGU (European Geosciences Union)

IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics)

VarSITI (“Variability of the Sun and its Terrestrial Impact” Program of SCOSTEP)

Scientific Organizing Committee: 

I.A. Daglis and C.P. Escoubet (co-chairs), D.N. Baker, G. Balasis, J. Bortnik, S. Bourdarie, I. Dandouras, S. Fu, S. Haaland, R.B. Horne, Y. Khotyaintsev, C. Kletzing, L.J. Lanzerotti, I.R. Mann, A. Masson, Y. Miyoshi, J. Pickett, O. Santolik, H. Spence, D. Turner

Local Organizing Committee:

I.A. Daglis (chair), A. Anastasiadis, G. Balasis, S. Dimitrakoudis, M. Georgiou, O. Giannakis, C. Katsavrias, C. Papadimitriou, P. Preka, I. Sandberg


4. International School of Space Science, 1st Solar Orbiter Summer School - Registration Open


From: Paola Solini <ssc - at ->>

The “1st Solar Orbiter Summer School: Towards a Deeper Understanding of the Sun and the Heliosphere with Solar Orbiter”, organized by the International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale, will be held in L’Aquila, Italy, September 22-25, 2014, directed by R. Bruno, E. Antonucci and D. Müller.

The purpose of this school is to provide graduate students and postdocs - the next generation of scholars of the physics of the sun and the heliosphere - with an overview of the science themes of the Solar Orbiter mission and to prepare them for analyzing the mission’s future observations. Lectures will be given by key representatives of all ten instrument teams, as well as by senior scientists in solar and heliospheric physics.

Solar Orbiter, the first mission of ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme and implemented in collaboration with NASA, will provide a unique opportunity to study the fundamental links between the magnetized solar atmosphere and the dynamics of the solar wind, which, ultimately, is the source of space weather.

Applications are due before June 15  through the website:

For further information visit:

or send an e-mail to:

ssc - at -


5. Space Weather information and forecasts to Venus


From: Juha-Pekka Luntama <Juha-Pekka.Luntama - at ->

Starting on May 19, 2014,the ground controllers flying Venus Express have been receiving daily reports on solar activity issued by SSA SWE Coordination Centre (SSCC), established by the ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme and located at the Space Pole in Belgium :

Now that Venus Express has completed its 8-year scientific mission, the reports are especially important as the mission control team pace the satellite through an extraordinary 3-month ‘aerobraking’ campaign. In this campaign the orbit of the spacecraft is lowered so that for part of each orbit it dips down very low and skims through the very upper-most reaches of the Venusian atmosphere. The information about the potential space weather impacts on the atmosphere and particle radiation effects on its electronics are crucial for a successful campaign.

The space-weather updates will deliver the information from a variety of sources, including ESA’s PROBA-2 mission and solar-orbiting ESA and NASA spacecraft, to the mission control team as rapidly as possible. As Venus is currently 59° ahead of the Earth on its orbit around the Sun and there is no spacecraft between the Sun and Venus for in-situ observations, the space weather conditions and forecasts to the direction of Venus are extrapolated from the observations to the Earth’s direction.


6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 28/05/2014 to 14/07/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.04)


(From 25/04/2014 to 23/06/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.19)


(From 11/04/2014 to 10/06/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.21)


(From 18/03/2014 to 27/05/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.1QM.26)


(From 15/06/2009 to 01/01/2020, Act.Ref.: 09.153.75)


(From 08/04/2014 to 20/05/2014, Act.Ref.: 14.1QC.01)


(From 24/04/2013 to 31/12/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.136.02)


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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SWEN editor : Piers Jiggens 

SWEN manager: Alain Hilgers