Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 19, Issue 5 (7th May 2015)


1. Chapman Conference on Currents in Geospace and Beyond, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 22 – 27 May, 2016

2. SPINE meeting, ESA Headquarters, Paris, France, 18 – 19 May, 2015

3. Maintenance of the ISES International Geophysical Calendar 

4. Call for applications: Space Weather medals

5. Call for contributions to European Space Weather Week 12, Belgium, 23-27 November 2015 - Reminder

6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. Chapman Conference on Currents in Geospace and Beyond, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 22 – 27 May, 2016


From: Andreas Keiling <keiling - at -> and Octav Marghitu <marghitu - at ->

This is the first announcement for the next Chapman Conference to be held from 22 – 27 May 2016 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Electric currents are fundamental to the structure and dynamics of space plasmas, such as our near-Earth space environment (also called “geospace”). This recognition is one of the great achievements in space research, going back to the beginning of the last century. In the last decade, significant advances have been made in our understanding of fundamental processes related to such currents. To build up a comprehensive picture, this international Chapman Conference will address electric currents in various space plasmas, including:

- Earth’s magnetosphere & ionosphere

- Planetary magnetospheres & ionospheres (other than Earth)

- Solar atmosphere and solar wind

The conference will provide a forum in which various space science communities can come together to discuss recent achievements of observational, theoretical, and modelling studies. The emphasis will be on cross-disciplinary science sessions, covering topics such as:

- Ring currents (e.g., at Earth and at the giant planets, influence of planet–moon interaction, etc.)

- Current sheets (e.g., magnetotail current sheets, coronal current sheets, heliospheric current sheet)

- Field-aligned currents (incl. M-I coupling at Earth and other planets, corona-photosphere coupling)

- Small-scale / filamentary currents (e.g., on auroral field lines, in turbulent regions, etc.)

- Energetics of currents (incl. dynamos, Poynting flux, and dissipation)

- Current measurement and data analysis techniques

- Current modelling and simulation techniques

With the upcoming 150th and 100th anniversaries of Kristian Birkeland’s birth and death years (1867-1917), a special session with several invited keynote speakers is planned on pioneers of electric currents in space and on next generation spacecraft missions.

The conveners are: 

Andreas Keiling (UC Berkeley, USA)

Octav Marghitu (Institute for Space Sciences, Romania)

Olaf Amm (1967–2014) (Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland)

The program committee includes: 

Chris Arridge (Lancaster University, UK)

Fran Bagenal (University of Colorado, USA)

Iannis Dandouras (IRAP, France)

Eduard Dubinin (Max-Planck-Institute, Germany)

Malcolm Dunlop (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK)

Catherine Johnson (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Kanya Kusano (STELab, Nagoya University, Japan)

Michael Liemohn (University of Michigan, USA)

Hermann Lühr (Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Germany)

Brigitte Schmieder (Observatoire de Paris/Meudon, France)

Igor Veselovsky (Moscow State University, Russia)

Michael Wheatland (University of Sydney, Australia)

Masatoshi Yamauchi (Swedish Institute of Space Physics/Kiruna, Sweden)

Akimasa Yoshikawa (Kyushu University, Japan)

Further information about the conference theme and the venue and a high-resolution conference poster (pdf - available for download) can be found on the conference website:


2. SPINE meeting, ESA Headquarters, Paris, France, 18 – 19 May, 2015


From: David Rodgers < David.Rodgers – at – >

The 21st meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network in Europe (SPINE) will take place on 18 - 19 May 2015 at ESA Head Quarters, Room C, 8-10 rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris, France. This will be a forum to discuss new research and technology roadmaps in the area of spacecraft plasma interactions and to present scientific results and work in progress.

The meeting will focus especially on the following topics:

- Electrostatic cleanliness, charging and deep dielectric charging of satellites

- Plasma instruments

- Electric propulsion environment and Solar Arrays contamination

- Material electrical properties (measurements, databases, new materials, etc ..)

- Modelling/Experiments on dusts grains in space and laboratory plasmas

- SPIS (Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Software) performance and current and future developments

However, this list is far from exhaustive and other topics related to spacecraft-plasma interactions are potentially relevant. 

More details will be available through the following website:

Those interested in participating should send an email to: Fabrice.Cipriani – at – and/or David.Rodgers – at –


3. Maintenance of the ISES International Geophysical Calendar 


From: Robyn Fiori <Robyn.Fiori – at ->

The International Space Environment Service (ISES) maintains the International Geophysical Calendar (IGC) which recommends dates for solar and geophysical observations which cannot be carried out continuously.  The IGC has been issued annually since 1957.  ISES is currently evaluating the need for such a product in the current scientific environment in which many instruments operate continuously.

Those individuals or groups who use (or would like to use) the calendar are kindly requested to contact Robyn Fiori (Robyn.Fiori – at -

Please note that based on the response received to this announcement, ISES will evaluate whether or not this service should be discontinued.


4. Call for applications: Space Weather medals


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

In 2013, a set of three medals in Space Weather were created on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the European Space Weather Week. These medals are now becoming an annual event, with a specific medal ceremony during the European Space Weather Week which this year wil be held in Begium in the week of 23 – 27 November, 2015:

There are three space weather medals:

- 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 12, i.e. after 30th October, 2007) 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 fulfil 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 permitted 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.

For more details on the criteria required for nominations for each of the medals and background regarding the scientists who lend their names to the medals can be found here:

The Medal committee is composed of:

- Claude Tomberg of the Royal Academy of Belgium

- Øyvind Sørensen of the Norwegian academy of science

- 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 and Prof. Vladimir Kalegaev, Russia

The other members are”

- The head of the ESWW Organizing committee (M. Messerotti)

- The head of the Local Organizing Committee of the ESWW (R. Van der Linden)

- The head of the ESA Space Weather Working Team (S. Poedts)

- The editors-in-chief of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (A. Belehaki and J. Lilensten). 

The medal committee is chaired by J. Lilensten. None of the Medal Committee members are eligible for a medal.

Colleagues are invited to send documents supporting nominations before the deadline of 13th September 2015 by email only to:

SWmedals – at – 


5. Call for contributions to European Space Weather Week 12, Belgium, 23-27 November 2015 - Reminder


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. 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.

The deadline for submissions of oral and poster contributions to sessions and proposals for working meetings 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)


6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 22/04/2015 to 10/06/2015, Act.Ref.: 13.118.02) 


(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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