Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 18, Issue 5 (12 September 2014)


1. TEC-EES Final Presentation Days at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, 4-5 Nov 2014

2. Call for papers: Topical Issue on "Statistical Challenges in Solar Information Processing"

3. Announcement of Experimental Particle Physicist Position at LIP, Lisbon, Portugal

4. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. TEC-EES Final Presentation Days at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, 4-5 Nov 2014


From: Giovanni Santin <Giovanni.Santin - at ->

A "Final Presentations Days" event will be held on Monday 4-5 Nov 2014 at ESTEC in the Einstein conference room, organised by ESA's Space Environments and Effects section (TEC-EES).

The preliminary agenda for the event, which will include final presentations and status reports from a wide range of ongoing R&D activities, is available at:

The above website provides the facility to register to attend the event (interested parties might need to register first with the TEC-EES indico system, if not previously done).

The presentations include model developments for the space radiation and plasma environments and associated effects, near surface dusty plasma environments, microparticle impact detection, space environment instrument developments and testing activities.

The FPD event will be followed on Friday in the same week by a Geant4-DNA tutorial:


2. Call for papers: Topical Issue on "Statistical Challenges in Solar Information Processing" 


From: Thierry Dudok de Wit <ddwit - at ->

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC, welcomes submissions to a topical issue on “Statistical Challenges in Solar Information Processing”, to appear in 2015.

Important dates:

- 22 September 2014: declarations of intent, with preliminary title and list of authors should be sent by email to Thierry Dudok de Wit (ddwit - at -

- 15 December 2014: final submission, directly to SWSC, via its online submission tool. Note that the publication fee, which is presently 300 EUR, will increase as of Jan. 1st, 2015.

This interdisciplinary issue is an outcome of the 7th Solar Information Processing workshop:

which addressed the multiple data analysis challenges of solar and heliospheric missions, and brought together solar and space scientists, statisticians, and data processing experts. The focus will be on how statistical inference and information processing can help addressing issues in solar/heliospheric science, and provide methodologies.

This topical issue will address, among others:

-    Optimal combination of in situ and imaging data

-    Tracking of small-scale magnetic features

-    Prediction of solar eruptions and solar disturbances

-    Characterisation of the solar wind turbulence

-    Methodological issues such as Bayesian inference.

-    Challenges in present and future instrumentation

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. We also welcome articles on statistical methods with a potential to improve data analysis beyond current practices. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely accessible by all. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as codes, and data. We are also presently investigating the possibility to collect in a textbook all articles that are submitted and accepted on time.

The guest editors are

-    Craig DeForest (deforest - at -

-    Thierry Dudok de Wit (ddwit - at -

-    Véronique Delouille (v.delouille - at -

-    Jack Ireland (Jack.Ireland - at -

-    Alex Young (c.alex.young - at -

For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of the guest editors. For questions dealing with the submission process, the Editorial Office (swsc - at - should be contacted.


3. Announcement of Experimental Particle Physicist Position at LIP, Lisbon, Portugal 


From: Patrícia Gonçalves <patricia - at ->

A position at LIP (Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas) in the area of Space radiation Environment and Effects is now open.

The position for an experimental particle physicist in the area of Space Radiation Environment and Radiation Effects is for a period of 42 months. In the framework of LIP activities related to the European Space Agency, ESA the candidate will develop his/her work at LIP in Lisbon, Portugal, in the group for “Radiation Environment Studies and Applications for Space Missions”.

The position announcement can be found here:

The deadline for applications for this position is 28th September 2014 after which the jury will analyze the candidates and decide.

For further information please contact Patrícia Gonçalves (patricia - at -


4. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 14/07/2014 to 22/09/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.12)


(From 30/07/2014 to 16/09/2014, Act.Ref.: 14.164.13) 


(From 23/06/2014 to 16/09/2014, Act.Ref.: 14.164.11)


(From 17/06/2014 to 12/09/2014, Act.Ref.: 14.197.18)


(From 10/06/2014 to 31/12/2015, Act.Ref.: 14.136.01)


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 

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