Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 19, Issue 4 (3rd April 2015)


1. Research Fellowship in  Space Environments and Effects, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

2. ISSS course: Heliospheric physical processes/Solar-Terrestrial Relations, L’Aquila, Italy, 21-26 September 2015

3. Workshop on science on an operational space-weather mission to L5, London, UK, 11-14 May 2015 

4. 2nd Call for Session Contributions: European Space Weather Week 12, Belgium, 23-27 November 2015

5. Geospace Revisited 2014: Extension of deadline for special issue of Annales Geophysicae until 30 April 2015

6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. Research Fellowship in  Space Environments and Effects, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands


From: Eamonn Daly <eamonn.daly – at –>

The Space Environments and Effects Section addresses a broad range of environments of concern to space systems. In the process of studying, selecting and developing future missions, the various environments are evaluated and quantitative assessments are made of the likely effects on missions. Environments include high energy particle radiation (radiation belts, solar particle events, cosmic rays, etc.), plasma environments (magnetospheric, ionospheric, interplanetary), atmospheres (Mars, Earth’s exposphere), “microparticles” (small sized space debris, micrometeoroids, dust), and others, as necessary.   The effects/interests can include a wide range of radiation effects (accumulated dose effects, single particle effects, internal electrostatic charging, sensor interference, etc.), surface electrostatic charging by plasmas, electric propulsion interactions, flight in planetary atmospheres, microparticle damage risks, and so on.

To perform these tasks requires development and use of models of the environments and of the environmental interactions. Models of the environments listed above are made through data analyses and physical simulations in order to provide quantitative mission specifications and inputs to further analyses. Modelling of effects can use many techniques including particle-in-cell and Monte-Carlo methods, as well as custom modelling.  This work is supported by data from space environment and effects sensors on spacecraft, which are also developed by the section, involving performance simulation and experimental characterization. Applications with proposals are welcomed to perform research in any of the above areas. Further details of the section activities can be found on:

Programme conditions can be found at:

Interested candidates should send an email with a CV and a brief project proposal to:

Eamon Daly<eamonn.daly – at –>


2. ISSS course: Heliospheric physical processes/Solar-Terrestrial Relations, L’Aquila, Italy, 21-26 September 2015


From: Paola Solini <ssc – at –>

The International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale organizes a Course on “Heliospheric physical processes for understanding Solar-Terrestrial Relations”, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, 21-26 September, 2015

The course shall be directed by:

V. Carbone

G. Consolini

T. Dudok de Wit

A good understanding of solar-terrestrial processes is fundamental to modelling the influence of solar variability on the Earth's environment and climate. To capture all the physical aspects of the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere interaction, and also the impact of solar variability on climate, the Sun-Earth system has to be studied as a whole. The main purpose of this school is to provide graduate, PhD students and also young post-doc researchers with a global view of the main physical processes by which solar variability affects the Earth's environment. In addition, an overview of different data analysis and methods for describing solar-terrestrial relations will be given. The school will provide a mix of lectures and activities requiring students participation.

Applications are due before 17th May 2015 through the website:  

For further information visit or send an e-mail to ssc – at –


3. Workshop on science on an operational space-weather mission to L5, London, UK, 11-14 May 2015


From: Mario Bisi <mario.bisi – at –>

The first consortium workshop to discuss the proposal for an operational space-weather mission to L5 will take place from 11th – 14th May 2015 at the Business Innovation Skills (BIS) Westminster Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET, UK:

This is a follow-on and associated workshop to those which previously took place in the USA of which the latest was in Boulder, Colorado, 2nd – 4th December 2014.

The objectives for the London meeting include:

- Agreeing the continuing need for an operational mission to L5;

- Confirm good science can be achieved from an operational mission;

- Discuss the instrumentation to be included within the spacecraft; and

- Demonstrate to key stakeholders that there is a global interest and need for an Operational Mission to L5.

Registration for the meeting will be on a first-come basis due to a limited number of workshop places being available.  The registration deadline is 12:00UT on Thursday 30th April 2015, but you are strongly encouraged to register well ahead of that deadline. Similarly, abstract submission will also be by 12:00UT on the same date however, once more, early submission is strong encouraged.  To register, submit your abstract, and for any additional information and updates on the workshop details, please go to the official workshop website:

and scroll down for further information as well as for a preliminary agenda.

There will be no registration charges, lunches and tea/coffee breaks will be provided on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for all registered participants, and events will also be held on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for all workshop participants.  Full details will be updated on the official website in due course.


4. 2nd Call for Session Contributions: European Space Weather Week 12, Belgium, 23-27 November 2015


From: Petra Vanlommel <petra.vanlommel – at –>

The ESWW is the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar. The agenda will be composed of plenary/parallel sessions, 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 end-users.

Following an excellent response to the call for session proposals issued in January, the Programme Committee is pleased to invite contributions to a list of sessions, addressing a wide range of scientific and application related themes. Each session is split into a poster and oral part. The poster programme emphasises discussion and interaction between people. The oral part will consist of both invited and contributed papers. The full session list is given on the Conference Website:

A key element of the European Space Weather Weeks are its working meetings (formerly named splinter meetings). These meetings provide the opportunity for participants to meet in smaller groups and address key issues in a style that complements the sessions. A working meeting aims at active participation or interaction between the participants. The participants work and discuss on a predefined theme or problem heading towards an outcome or target.

A working meeting is a 1.5-hour informal afternoon meeting with no poster contributions. Working meetings are open to all ESWW11 participants. Potential conveners are invited to provide a title and abstract. This shall be put online if the meeting is selected and the title will also appear in the printed program booklet.

Submission is now open for oral and poster contributions to sessions and proposals for working meetings. The deadline for submissions of both of these is 13th May 2015. Submissions can be made via the Conference Website:

The European Space Weather Week is also the place to organise private business meetings. ESWW provides a room, projection material, lunch or coffee if needed. The organisers invite the participants and are asked to cover rental expenses of the room used. These business meetings will not appear in the published program. Rooms are allocated upon availability. Requests can be sent to:

Petra Vanlommel <petra.vanlommel – at –>

On behalf of the Programme Committee and Local Organising Committee:

Mauro Messerotti (Chair, Programme Committee)

Alexi Glover (Vice Chair, Programme Committee)

Ronald Van der Linden (Chair, Local Organising Committee)


5. Geospace Revisited 2014: Extension of deadline for special issue of Annales Geophysicae until 30 April 2015


From: Yannis Daglis <daglis – at –>

A special Annales Geophysicae issue on results presented at the GeoSpace Revisited Conference held in Rhodes, Greece, 15th – 20th September 2014.

All participants of the conference are invited to submit papers to Annales Geophysicae:

Those submitting should explicitly mentioning the special issue on “Dynamic processes in geospace”:

Papers will be published on-line as soon as they are accepted. The submission deadline has been extended from 31st March 2015 until 30th April 2015. 

The Editors of the special issue are:

I.A. Daglis

C.-P. Escoubet

B. Mauk

G. Balasis


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 20/04/2015, Act.Ref.: 14.1QC.04) 


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


(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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