Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 19, Issue 3 (17th March 2015)


1. HELCATS First Annual Open Workshop, Göttingen, May 19-22, 2015

2. Final Report of the UK Space Weather Public Dialogue published

3. International Workshop and School on Solar System plasma, Mamaia, Romania, 6th - 13th Sept 2015

4. RADECS-2015, Moscow, 14th - 18th  September, 2015

5. "Magnetotails in the Solar System" - a new book published by Wiley

6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. HELCATS First Annual Open Workshop, Göttingen, May 19-22, 2015 


From: Volker Bothmer <bothmer – at –>

The first Annual Open Workshop of the EU FP7 project HELCATS (HELIOSPHERIC CATALOGUING, ANALYSIS & TECHNIQUES SERVICE) will take place on May 19-22, 2015 at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany. The title of the meeting is “Heliospheric Imaging – A new era of space science and space weather observations.”

The meeting will take place directly after the second HELCATS bi-annual project meeting/technical review to be held on 18th – 19th May. The Annual Open Workshop is open to anyone who wishes to attend. The meeting organisers are:

Volker Bothmer (Göttingen)

Richard Harrison (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)

Jackie Davies (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)

the HELCATS Team

and the EU office at the University of Göttingen

Further details can be found at:

The registration deadline for the workshop is April 1, 2015. 


2. Final Report of the UK Space Weather Public Dialogue published


From: Mike Hapgood <mike.hapgood – at –>

The Final Report of the UK Public Dialogue on Space Weather has been published. The report is now available on-line at: 

If there are any difficulties using this link a mirror is available at: .

This Report presents work undertaken, over the past year, by a team of space weather and public communications experts under the auspices of the ScienceWise project ( This organises a UK national programme of Public Dialogues: processes within which members of the public interact with scientists, other stakeholders (for example, research funders and businesses), and policy makers to deliberate on issues relevant to future policy decisions. The aim of the Dialogues is to help policy makers gain a rich understanding of public aspirations and concerns, and thus make better, more robust decisions that reflect public values and societal implications. 

The Space Weather Public Dialogue ( was designed to gauge UK public understanding of: space weather; its impacts and scenarios for resilience (both civil society and individuals); and the roles and responsibilities of the Government, companies, communities and individuals in responding to space weather impacts. The Dialogue was organised by a company skilled in stakeholder engagement, under the overall leadership of RAL Space, the space department of the Scientific and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and with technical oversight and support from a wide range of space experts from across UK academia, industry and government. 

The core of the process was a series of workshops, that brought members of the public together with space weather experts at various locations across the UK. This enabled extensive face-to-face interactions between the public and the experts. Participants were  first introduced to the concept of space weather and its adverse impacts, and to wider concepts of risk and resilience. This then provided a context for the workshop participants to explore what severe space weather would mean for themselves and for their community, and then looking more widely, on its implications for all levels of government and for businesses. This also led to deeper discussion on what makes individuals and communities resilient to space weather (and indeed to many other risks), and on how responsibility for resilience should be split between individuals, communities, government bodies and businesses. 

The Report makes a number of recommendations for the future. In particular, it stresses the importance of raising public awareness of space weather as part of a wider emphasis on awareness of the need for societal resilience – that the public is empowered to deal with risks through knowledge of those risks, and that this is best done by a drip-feed approach of gradually raising awareness.  There was also strong support for existing activities to develop and expand space weather resilience, e.g. the fundamental importance of industry-government partnership in developing a systems approach to space weather risks. It is important that there is good public visibility of these activities – so that the public is reassured by the measures that are being taken. Finally, it was recommended to undertake further exploration of public attitudes to space weather risks. The Dialogue found that the public were overwhelmingly focused on the space weather risk to the supply of electricity - a

nd were less concerned by other risks such as the loss of GNSS and the radiation doses that might accumulate on air travel during a radiation storm. Thus we would like to understand better what drives this public perception of the space weather risks to GNSS and aviation.

The authors would be interested to hear of similar work in other countries geared towards expanding understanding of space weather beyond its traditional technical base in science and engineering – and engaging more widely with other relevant communities including policy-makers, emergency planning, and the behavioural sciences. Those involved in such activities are encouraged to contact Mike Hapgood: mike.hapgood – at –


3. International Workshop and School on Solar System plasma, Mamaia, Romania, 6th - 13th Sept 2015


From: Marius Echim <marius.echim - at ->

An international workshop and school on the topic of “Solar system plasma turbulence, intermittency and multifractals” will take place on 6th - 13th September 2015 in the Iaki Hotel in Mamaia, Romania. 

The deadline for registration and abstracts is 15th July 2015.

Limited funding is available to support participation of Ph.D. students and young postdoc scientists. Funding applications are also due by 15th July 2015.

The event shall be devoted to in-situ satellite measurements, remote or ground-based observations, theoretical studies and numerical simulations of turbulence, intermittency and dynamical complexity, waves and coherent structures interaction, criticality and nonlinear cross-scale coupling. These processes are  observed in the dynamics of solar, planetary and interplanetary plasmas as well as in the dynamical evolution of planetary fields.

The organisers welcome contributions relevant for fundamental questions such as:

How is the turbulent energy transferred between scales?

What is the role of coherent structures and boundaries for the structure of turbulence?

Which are the mechanisms ensuring the turbulent energy dissipation?

Which are the sources of intermittency and their role for turbulence structure?

What is the role of turbulence for the solar wind and planetary plasma  coupling?

Unfolding the spatio-temporal structure of magnetic field and plasma fluctuations provides further insight on the structure of plasma turbulence and intermittency. On the theoretical side, the understanding of such complex dynamical behaviour cannot be simply surmised from the basic fluid/kinetic equations, but instead requires novel theoretical, experimental and data analysis approaches.

The event is organized as a series of daily tutorial lectures followed by invited and contributed talks. The tutorial lectures focus on fundamental plasma turbulence and waves, the micro/macrostructure and turbulence of the solar wind, the nonlinear dynamics of the planetary magnetospheres and geomagnetic field, the in-situ investigation of solar system plasmas, the analysis techniques adapted for turbulence and intermittency, and numerical simulations for space plasma dynamics. The purpose of the  school is to give to a young audience of  Ph. D. students and postdoc scientists, which ideally represents the next generation of scholars in the physics of space plasmas,  an overall view of both theoretical and data analysis tools apt to fully exploit unique and unprecedented observations that will be provided by future upcoming space missions like Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus.

For more information please visit the workshop website:


4. RADECS-2015, Moscow, 14th - 18th  September, 2015


From: Vasily Anashin and the RADECS-2015 team <info – at ->

The European Conference on Radiation Effects on Components and Systems (the RADECS-2015), will be held from 14th - 18th September, 2015, in Moscow (the Russian Federation).

The aim of RADECS conferences is to provide an annual European forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest advances in the field of radiation effects on electronic and photonic materials, devices, circuits, sensors, and systems. The scope of the conference encompasses technological processes and design techniques for producing radiation tolerant systems for space, aeronautical or terrestrial applications, as well as relevant methodologies for their characterization and qualification. The conference features a technical program, an Industrial Exhibition, and one day tutorial or “short course” on radiation effects. The technical program includes oral and poster sessions and round tables. 

The Paper Summary submission deadline is: 17th April 2015

The authors are encouraged to submit their contributions by following the guidelines available on the conference website:

The accepted papers will be published in the RADECS-2015 conference proceedings. These papers can also be submitted by their authors for publication in a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science via a separate review process.

It is still possible to participate in the industrial exhibition. Additional booths, located one floor below the RADECS Conference near the Lunch Area, have been arranged for the industrial exhibition. Industry interested to participate and to sponsor RADECS 2015 should complete the form on the website in order to book a booth:

Those planning to attend RADECS-2015 should make sure that they have a visa to enter the Russian Federation.

Detailed information about the RADECS-2015 can be found on the website:


5. "Magnetotails in the Solar System" - a new book published by Wiley


From: Andreas Keiling <keiling - at ->, Caitriona Jackman <C.Jackman - at ->, Peter Delamere <Peter.Delamere - at ->

A monograph, entitled “Magnetotails in the Solar System” edited by Andreas Keiling, Caitriona Jackman and Peter Delamere has recently been published by Wiley.

Spacecraft observations have established that all magnetized planets in our solar system (Mercury, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) interact strongly with the solar wind and possess well developed magnetotails. It is not only the strongly magnetized planets that have magnetotails, however. Mars and Venus have no global intrinsic magnetic field, yet they possess induced magnetotails. Comets have a magnetotail that is formed by the draping of the interplanetary magnetic field. In the case of planetary satellites (moons), the magnetotail refers to the wake region behind the satellite in the flow of either the solar wind or the magnetosphere of its parent planet. The largest magnetotail of all in our solar system is the heliotail, the “magnetotail” of the heliosphere.  

Collectively, “Magnetotails in the Solar System” brings together in one book a unique collection of tutorials on a large range of magnetotails in our solar system and in-depth reviews comparing magnetotail processes at Earth with other magnetotail structures found throughout the heliosphere. As a result, this book should appeal to a broad community of space scientists, both established researchers and students. 

The book contains 22 chapters, which were written by leading experts. More information, including a table of contents, can be found at the official Wiley website:

The book can be purchased in electronic form (E-Book) or as hardcover at the above website.


6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 19/02/2015 to 09/04/2015, Act.Ref.: 15.197.01) 


(From 16/02/2015 to 13/04/2015, Act.Ref.: 14.1QC.04) 


(From 11/02/2015 to 25/03/2015, Act.Ref.: 15.1EE.10) 


(From 21/01/2015 to 01/04/2015, Act.Ref.: 13.118.22)


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


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

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  W. William Liu                Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

  Henrik Lundstedt              Lund space weather center

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  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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