Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 19, Issue 1 (7 January 2015)


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1. EGU Assembly 2015: Session ST2.4 - Abstract submission deadline

2. EGU Assembly 2015: session EMRP2.3 - Abstract submission deadline

3. Passing of Olaf Amm

4. Electronics Engineer (radiation tests) position at CERN

5. IUGG General Assembly, Session JA2, Prague, 22nd June - 2nd July, 2015

6. European Space Weather Week 12 - Session Call

7. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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1. EGU Assembly 2015: Session ST2.4 - Abstract submission deadline

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From: Yannis Daglis <iadaglis - at - phys.uoa.gr>


Imminent deadline for the submissions of abstracts for the 2015 EGU Assembly in Vienna (12th - 17th April, 2015):

Wednesday 7th January 2015


Interested parties are invited to submit an abstract to the Session ST2.4 "Radiation Belts: The balance of energization and loss processes”


This session shall focus on recent progress in radiation belt research, highlighting the complexity and efficiency of mechanisms leading to impressive acceleration of charged particles in geospace and in other planetary magnetospheres. We solicit modelling and observational contributions on the effects of global magnetospheric processes and local wave-particle interactions on radiation belt dynamics, as well as on aspects of radiation belt coupling with the solar wind, the ring current and the plasmasphere. Of particular interest is the balance between energisation and loss due to the combined effect of various electromagnetic waves on radiation belt particles. Presentations utilising observations from ongoing missions including THEMIS, CLUSTER, Van Allen Probes, Cassini and Cubesats are strongly encouraged.  


Invited speakers: 

Daniel N. Baker (LASP), Doug Menietti (University of Iowa), Didier Mourenas (CEA), Paul O’Brien (Aerospace), Mikhail Panasyuk (SINP MSU), Maria Usanova (LASP)


Abstract submission link:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/abstractsubmission/17656 


How to submit an abstract:

http://www.egu2015.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html


Session conveners: 

Ioannis A. Daglis, University of Athens

Sebastien Bourdarie, ONERA

Yuri Shprits, UCLA




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2. EGU Assembly 2015: session EMRP2.3 - Abstract submission deadline

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From: Georgios Balasis <gbalasis - at - noa.gr>


Imminent deadline for the submissions of abstracts for the 2015 EGU Assembly in Vienna (12th - 17th April, 2015):

Wednesday 7th January 2015


Interested parties are invited to submit an abstract to the Session EMRP2.3 "Innovative techniques to unveil hidden features of the geomagnetic field"


Recent advances in the analysis of both ground-based and satellite geomagnetic field time series have shed light into the characteristics and properties of the external part, i.e. magnetosphere and ionosphere contributions of the near-Earth electromagnetic environment as well as internal part, i.e. core and lithosphere contributions of the Earth’s magnetic field. Innovative time series analysis techniques of the geomagnetic field include recently developed automated methods based on wavelet transforms and artificial neural networks, entropy measures, revised spherical cap analysis etc. as well as new approaches to study the Earth system as a whole, e.g. Geosystemics. Geomagnetic field observations from the ground with over 100 years of data were augmented in the more recent past with observations from topside ionosphere missions (e.g., CHAMP, Oersted and SAC-C). This data pool is now further enriched by the measurements of ESA’s Swarm mission low-Earth orbit satellites, which

 was launched on the 22nd of November 2013. Therefore, the application and use of innovative techniques to unravel underlying features of the geomagnetic field is nowadays more timely than ever. The session solicits contributions about innovative techniques for the analysis, interpretation, modelling and simulation of both ground-based and spaceborne geomagnetic time series, activity indices as well as geomagnetic field modelling covering the past millennia.


Invited speakers:

Francois Civet (University of Nantes), Stavros Kotsiaros (National Space Institute, DTU), Sanja Panovska (IGPP, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography), Christoph Puethe (ETH Zurich)


Abstract submission link:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/session/18726


How to submit an abstract?:

http://www.egu2015.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html


Session conveners:

Georgios Balasis, National Observatory of Athens

Fco Javier Pavon-Carrasco, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia

Erwan Thebault, Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique de Nantes




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3. Passing of Olaf Amm

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From: Kirsti Kauristie <kirsti.kauristie - at - fmi.fi>


It is with deep sorrow that we have to report the passing of Dr Olaf Amm, Senior Research Scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, a widely appreciated researcher in the field of space physics. Olaf passed away after a brief battle against aggressive intestinal cancer in hospital in Helsinki on 16th December 2014.


Olaf was born in Rendsburg, Germany. He began his studies in geophysics at the University of Münster in the early 1990s and finalised his doctoral thesis at the Technical University of Braunschweig in 1998. In his thesis Olaf developed and tested methods for direct determination of spatial distributions of ionospheric electrodynamic parameters from ground-based measurements. Soon after the doctoral defense Olaf moved to Finland. He served at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) first as a post-doc researcher and later as a senior scientist and supervisor for several doctoral students. He gave lecture courses on ionospheric physics and potential theory applications in space physics at the Department of Physics of the University of Helsinki and was nominated as a Docent in Space Physics in 2002.


In research Olaf made the greatest headway in his work on ionospheric electrodynamics and on magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling processes. Together with his colleagues and students at FMI Olaf developed several new innovative approaches for creating regional maps of ionospheric currents, conductances and fields with adjustable space resolution from the basis of ground- or space-based magnetic and electric field measurements. He was the Principal Investigator (PI) of the TomoScand network for ionospheric tomography measurements and a member of the PI-Team of the MIRACLE network of magnetometers and auroral cameras. He served also as co-investigator for the flux-gate magnetometers on the Double Star satellites. The methods that Olaf developed first for the Fennoscandian ground-based instrument networks are nowadays widely used also elsewhere when data from multipoint sources are processed.


Olaf’s ambitious attitude in research, his exceptional skill to adopt and utilise new concepts in theory and measurements and his efficient way to organise practical work gathered wide appreciation in the space research community. He was frequently an invited speaker in meetings and a welcome partner in multinational working groups and evaluation boards. He was the primus motor in many initiatives supported by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI), where he served both as the leader and as a member in teams and working groups. In 2012 he spent four months in Bern as an ISSI visiting scientist. He received the Best reviewer award from Annales Geophysicae in 2007 and two years later he received the Editor’s citation for excellence in refereeing from Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR). He has served as an Associate Editor in JGR (since 2010) and in Frontiers of Space Physics (since 2013). He was the lead or co-author in more than 120 peer-reviewed articles. 


The disease hit Olaf when his career was in a strong, fair wind. During recent years he had several visiting professorship periods in the Universities of Nagoya (STELAB) and Kyushu. Visits to Japan offered Olaf valuable breaks from his everyday duties and an inspiring environment for new ambitious scientific ideas. The plan for the latest visit was to continue comprehensive modelling work on three dimensional ionospheric currents and their coupling with magnetosphere and thermosphere. Olaf was eagerly waiting also for the first measurements from the ESA Swarm mission which would in many ways offer valuable reference material for his theoretical ideas. As preparatory work for Swarm he led an ESA STSE project in 2013 in which a novel analysis method for Swarm electric and magnetic field measurements was developed. Promising results from test runs of this method with simulated Swarm data remains as the topic of the last JGR manuscript with Olaf’s direct leadership.


Olaf was a very well respected scientist who will be widely missed in the community of space physicists. The impact of his innovative ideas and creativity in our field will continue for years to come. His funeral was conducted as a small beautiful ceremony among the family and the closest friends on Dec 19, 2014. Olaf is survived by his wife and three children, as well as parents, brother and other relatives in Germany. 




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4. Electronics Engineer (radiation tests) position at CERN 

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From: Markus Brugger <Markus.Brugger - at - cern.ch>


A position is open for an Electronics Engineer who has experience with radiation tests or is keen to work in the field to join the Radiation To Electronics (R2E) project team at CERN and play a key role in coordinating efforts and contribute to the design and qualification of radiation tolerant electronics and control systems.


The closing date for applications is: 18/01/2015


For more information please see:

https://jobs.web.cern.ch/job/11289




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5. IUGG General Assembly, Session JA2, Prague, 22nd June - 2nd July, 2015

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From: Alan Thomson <awpt - at - bgs.ac.uk>


Interested parties are invited to submit an abstract to the joint inter-association symposium JA2 of the next International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) meeting in Prague (22nd June - 2nd July, 2015). The 26th IUGG General Assembly website is:

www.iugg2015prague.com 


Session JA2 "Modelling of Space Weather Effects: Solar, Magnetospheric and Earth Resistivity Constraints (IAGA, IAMAS)" will cover all aspects of the science behind space weather and its impacts on society. 


Session Description:

Space weather has the potential to impact many modern technologies, such as spacecraft, satellite operations, communications, aircraft and power grids. Examples of relatively recent major space weather events, with known impacts, include the severe magnetic storms of 1989 and 2003. Understanding, modelling and predicting the extent to which space weather can affect systems draws on skills from across many scientific disciplines, requiring input from both space and Earth scientists. In this symposium we welcome contributions on all aspects of the modelling of space weather and its effects, from the Sun to Earth. This includes the modelling of the various interactions between travelling solar storms and the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere and solid Earth and the validation of models through measurements. Contributions on models developed to aid end-users, such as satellite and power grid operators, survive the impact of space weather are also encouraged.


Upcoming deadlines are:

15th January 2015: Grant applications

31st January 2015: Abstract submission.


The expected date of the session is Saturday 27th June, 2015.


Session Convener: Alan Thomson, Edinburgh, U.K. (IAGA)

Co-convener: Larisa Trichtchenko, Ottawa, Canada (IAGA)


Invited speakers: David Boteler, NRCan, Ottawa, Canada (IAGA); David Jackson, Met Office, Exeter, UK (IAMAS)




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6. European Space Weather Week 12 - Session Call

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From: Petra Vanlommel <petra.vanlommel - at - oma.be>


The European Space Weather Week (ESWW) is the primary European forum for Space Weather users, forecasters, scientists and involved industry as proven by the high attendance at the ESWW 11 in Liège in November 2014.


ESWW 12 will be held in Belgium during the second half of November 2015 and its organisation is already underway  and shall benefit from the experience and inputs of contributors and participants to previous editions.


Therefore, in order to arrive at a rich and varied meeting programme that spans all aspects of Space Weather, from the observations and underpinning science to the operational models and industrial challenges, we invite you to submit proposals for sessions that are relevant to this framework.


Session proposals can be electronically submitted via the following web page:

http://www.stce.be/esww12/sessioncall.phh

from January 10 onwards.


The deadline for submission is 31 January 2015.




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7. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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From: ESA/ESTEC


Open invitations to tender:


AO8151: IMPROVED MODELING OF SHORT AND LONG TERM CHARACTERISTICS OF IONOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES DURING ACTIVE YEARS OF THE SOLAR CYCLE (PTRP) - EXPRO PLUS

(From 13/11/2014 to 16/01/2015, Act.Ref.: 13.1EE.10)


AO8176 ALCANTARA INITIATIVE: INTERNATIONAL R&D STUDIES ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY

(From 18/12/2014 to 26/02/2015, Act.Ref.: 14.197.37)


AO8148 SURVEY OF TOTAL IONISING DOSE TOLERANCE OF POWER BIPOLAR TRANSISTORS AND SILICON CARBIDE DEVICES FOR JUICE (PTRP) - EXPRO PLUS

(From 17/12/2014 to 13/02/2015, Act.Ref.: 14.1QC.03)


AO7935: GSTP-6 ELEMENT 2: PERMANENT OPEN ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY (AO) FOR MARKET-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES

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




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