Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 19, Issue 8 (29th September 2015)


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1. 14th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference, 4th - 8th April 2016, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands

2. Student Placement and a Young Graduate Trainee opportunity in ESA’s Space Environments and Effects Section

3. TEC-EES Final Presentation Days 2015, 15th - 16th December 2015, ESTEC, The Netherlands

4. Special Issue of Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics

5. Science for Space Weather Workshop, 23rd – 29th January 2016, Goa, India

6. First Stands at the 12th European Space Weather Week, 23rd - 27th November 2015, Oostende, Belgium

7. Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Otago, New Zealand

8. Space Climate School and Space Climate 6 Symposium, March – April 2016, Levi, Finland

9. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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1. 14th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference, 4th - 8th April 2016, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands

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From: Alain Hilgers < Alain.Hilgers - at - esa.int>


This is the second announcement and call for abstracts for the Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference (SCTC).


The 14th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference will take place from the 4th to the 8th of April 2016 at the European Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (located in Noordwijk, The Netherlands).


The Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference (SCTC) is an international series focusing on the science and technology of plasma and charged particle interactions with space systems. Initiated in 1977 it has become a goal to hold the conferences with a periodicity of 2 years, rotating between Europe, the USA, and Japan. The conference is now returning to Europe following the very successful meetings held at Pasadena (USA) in 2014 and Kitakyushu (Japan) in 2012.


Authors are kindly invited to submit their abstracts by using the on-line abstract submission form available on the Conference Website:

http://www.congrexprojects.com/2016-events/14sctc

The deadline for abstract submission is on Friday 4th December 2015.


More details on proposed topics and organisation are provided on the conference website.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Congrex Holland/ESA Conference Bureau

European Space Agency - ESA/ESTEC

T: +31 71565 5005

F: +31 71565 5658

E: esa.conference.bureau - at - esa.int




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2. Student Placement and a Young Graduate Trainee opportunity in ESA’s Space Environments and Effects Section

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From: Eamonn Daly <Eamonn.Daly - at - esa.int>


ESA’s Space Environments and Effects Section supports ESA projects with definition and analysis of a broad range of space environments (space radiation, plasmas, atmospheres, dust, micrometeoroids, debris, etc.) and the resulting effects (radiation damage, single event effects, electrostatic charging, structural damage, etc.). Simulation toolkits are used for the purpose, including Spenvis, Geant4 and SPIS. The section also develops and validates the necessary analysis tools, and develops space experiments for measuring the environment and effects (see http://space-env.esa.int). The selected candidates will work on an area of the section’s activities compatible with his/her background and skills. Potential activities include radiation monitor design and data analysis, radiation belt and solar particle event modelling, modelling of spacecraft-plasma interactions, radiation shielding tool development and/or application, single event effects analysis, and micro-particle tool app

lication. A good physics and computing background is expected. With regard to each position:


(i) Student placement 

As part of the ESA “stagiaire” programme, applications are encouraged from students who are nationals of ESA member states following degree courses in physics or another scientific or engineering disciplines relevant to the work of the section (see space-env.esa.int). Placements, for 2016, are of duration 3-6 months and a small allowance is normally paid. Please send a CV as soon as possible to Eamonn Daly (eamonn.daly - at - esa.int).


(ii) Young Graduate 

As part of the ESA Young Graduate Trainee programme, applications are encouraged from nationals of ESA member states who have recently graduated, or will be graduating before mid-2016 in physics or another scientific or engineering discipline relevant to the work of the section (see space- env.esa.int). Traineeships will start in 2016 and last one year.


Please send a CV as soon as possible to Eamonn Daly (eamonn.daly - at - esa.int).




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3. TEC-EES Final Presentation Days 2015, 15th - 16th December 2015, ESTEC, The Netherlands

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Piers Jiggens <piers.jiggens - at - esa.int>


The next Final Presentation Days organised by ESA's Space Environments and Effects (TEC-EES) section will take place on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December 2015 at ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. 


The two days cover a wide range of R&D activities overseen by TEC-EES including instrument developments space Weather and forecasting software activities, space environment modelling and space environment effects modelling.


The timetable can presently be found on the event website:

https://indico.esa.int/indico/event/117/


All those interested in participating or attending via WebEx who do not already have an indico account should register on the ESA Indico System here:

https://indico.esa.int/indico/user/register 

and then send a email to:

piers.jiggens - at - esa.int

to indicate that they are interested in this event. Once presentation material is placed on the website the access to the event will be restricted.




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4. Special Issue of Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics

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Irina Mironova <mironova - at - geo.phys.spbu.ru>


Submissions are welcomed for a special Issue of Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics entitled:

"Effects of the solar wind and interplanetary disturbances on the Earth’s atmosphere and climate"


The guest editors are:

Katya Georgieva - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Space Research and Technology Institute <kgeorgieva - at - space.bas.bg>

Alan Aylward - University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy <a.aylward - at - ucl.ac.uk>

Irina Mironova - Institute of Physics, St. Petersburg State University <mironova - at - geo.phys.spbu.ru>

Eugene Rozanov - World Radiation Center, Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos, <eugene.rozanov - at - pmodwrc.ch>

Brian Tinsley - University of Texas at Dallas, Physics Department <tinsley - at - utdallas.edu>


This special issue will summarise the present level of knowledge and the new ideas about the effects of the solar wind and interplanetary disturbances on the Earth’s atmosphere and climate, and the mechanisms by which these influences are transmitted from the top to the bottom of the atmosphere. Attempts to include these mechanisms in climate models will also be highlighted. Part of the papers will represent the results of the of two International Space Science Institute research teams: “Effects of Interplanetary Disturbances on the Earth’s Atmosphere and Climate” and “Specification of Ionization Sources Affecting Atmospheric Processes”, and of the COST ES-1005 action TOSCA (“Towards a more complete assessment of the impact of solar variability on the Earth’s climate”. However, the issue is open for all scientists interested  in both theoretical and empirical studies of the effects of solar wind and interplanetary disturbances on the Earth’s atmosphere and climate.  


Important dates:

submission deadline – 1st October 2015

acceptance deadline – 1st March 2016. 

Instructions for submission:


The submission website for this journal is located at:

http://ees.elsevier.com/atp/default.asp

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion in the special issue it is important that authors select SI: Solar Wind and climate when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.




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5. Science for Space Weather Workshop, 23rd – 29th January 2016, Goa, India

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From: Alexi Glover < Alexi.Glover - at - esa.int>


This is the first announcement for the Science for Space Weather - 2016 ILWS & COSPAR Workshop, to take place on 23rd – 29th January 2016 in Goa, India.


Understanding and being able to forecast space weather is an increasingly important aspect of our modern technology-reliant society. This workshop shall treat all aspects of space weather, ranging from solar origins of transient events (CMEs, Flares, CIRs) to their propagation through the heliosphere and effects on Earth and planetary bodies, from particle energization to forecasting particle environment and its effects on technological and biological systems, as well as solar-cycle effects and coupling of space weather to atmospheric response. Metrics to assess predictions will also be discussed. The workshop is structured along the lines of the COSPAR space weather pathways and will include invited, contributed talks and posters, as well as panel discussions and tutorials.


This workshop is being jointly organized by the International Living with a Star (ILWS) Program, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the SCOSTEP-VarSITI Program and hosted by the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI). The workshop will be held in the seaside town of Goa situated on the western coast of India. 


Workshop web page:

http://www.cessi.in/ssw/index.html


Hotel reservation deadline: 30th September 2015

Early-bird registration deadline (fee: USD 350): 30th September 2015

Normal registration deadline (fee: USD 400): 20th November 2015

Abstract submission deadline: 20th November 2015

On-site registration (fee: USD 500): 23rd January 2016


SOC: 

Anil Bhardwaj (ISRO, India)

Jörg Büchner (MPS, Germany)

Ioannis Daglis (Univ. Athens, Greece)

Philippe Escoubet (ESA, The Netherlands)

Alexi Glover (ESA, Germany)

Nat Gopalswamy (NASA/GSFC, USA)

Manuel Grande (Univ. Aberystwyth, UK)

Lika Guhathakurta (NASA, USA)

Don Hassler (IAS/SwRI, France/USA)

David Jackson (Met Office, UK)

Masha Kuznetsova (GSFC, USA

Cristina Mandrini (IAFE, Argentina)

Arnaud Masson (ESA/ESAC, Spain)

Tsutomu Nagatsuma (NICT, Japan)

Dibyendu Nandi (CESSI/IISER-K, India)

Paul O'Brien (Aerospace Corp., USA)

Terry Onsager (NOAA, USA)

Hermann Opgenoorth (IRF, Uppsala, Sweden)

Manuela Temmer (Univ. Graz, Austria)

Chi Wang (NSSC, China)

William Ward (Univ. Brunswick, Canada)

Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber (Univ. Kiel, Germany - chair)


LOC:

Dipankar Banerjee (IIA, India)  

Dibyendu Nandi (CESSI/IISER-K, India - chair)

Shayma Narendranath (ISRO, India)

Janardhan Padmanabhan (PRL, India)

Nandita Srivastava (USO/PRL, India)

Prasad Subramanian (IISER, India)

Durgesh Tripathi (IUCAA, India)


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6. First Stands at the 12th European Space Weather Week, 23rd - 27th November 2015, Oostende, Belgium

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From: Petra Vanlommel <petra.vanlommel - at - oma.be> (on behalf of the ESWW12 PC)


Those participating to the 12th European Space Weather Week (ESWW) who wish to promote their company or institute, its activities, products & services in an interactive way for the ESWW audience may apply to do so at the Space Weather Fair. In order to get a manned stand during the Fair event on Wednesday 25th November from 16:30 - 18:00 and/or an unmanned stand for the whole week participants may register for a fair stand on the conference registration page:

http://www.stce.be/esww12/registration.php

Since there shall be a limited number of stands, a 'first come, first served' policy shall be adopted. Information on fair stands shall appear here:

http://www.stce.be/esww12/program/fair.php


Those planning to attend may also wish to take note of the deadline of 1st October 2015 for early registration at the reduced rate of 200 EUR.




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7. Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Otago, New Zealand

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From: Craig Rodger <craig.rodger - at - otago.ac.nz>


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in space physics, for a fixed-term of 2.5 Years, in the Space Physics Group inside the Department of Physics of the University of Otago, New Zealand. For more information on the research group visit:

http://www.physics.otago.ac.nz/nx/space/space-physics-home.html


The project is to investigate the hazard posed by geomagnetically induced currents to the New Zealand electrical transmission network in extreme geomagnetic storms. The successful candidate will build and validate a model to describe geomagnetically induced currents in the New Zealand network.


Applicants should have a PhD in Physics and a demonstrated strength in one of the areas of Space Physics, Ionospheric Physics, Geomagnetism, Space Weather and/or Geophysics. For further information, please see the Job Description (http://www.otago.ac.nz/humanresources/otago165002). The length of the appointment is for two and a half years.


Specific enquiries may be directed to:

Professor Craig J. Rodger, Department of Physics

Tel +64 3 479 4120

Email crodger - at - physics.otago.ac.nz


Applications should quote reference number 1501494. This position will close when a suitable candidate is appointed. The vacancy and application information is available through this website:

https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1501494




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8. Space Climate School and Space Climate 6 Symposium, March – April 2016, Levi, Finland

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From: Timo Asikainen <timo.asikainen - at - oulu.fi>


The Space Climate School and Space Climate 6 Symposium will take place in Levi in Finnish Lapland next year. The School will take place from 30 March to 3rd April 2016, and the Symposium in 4th - 7th April 2016.


Space Climate is an active and topical field of research of space physics, which studies the long-term variations of solar activity and its effects in the heliosphere and near-Earth environment, including atmosphere and climate. Space Climate 6 Symposium brings together leading experts on the field with the objective to better understand sunspots and the other forms of solar activity (flares, coronal mass ejections, coronal holes, high-speed solar wind streams, etc.) during the last few centuries. One important aspect is to better understand the various datasets used for space climate studies.


Space Climate School is concentrated on different long-term datasets available for space climate studies and their analysis using, e.g., pattern recognition, statistical and other methods relevant to large data bases. These topics are important for space climate research, which utilizes long, often inhomogeneous measurement series of, e.g., solar, solar wind, geomagnetic and climate, observations. School lecturers are internationally recognized scientists with broad teaching experience. Space Climate School offers, to students and young scientists, a unique opportunity to learn important aspects of Space Climate science.


Scientific Organising Committee (SOC): 

Axel Brandenburg, Paul Charbonneau, Ed Cliver, Marius Echim, Katya Georgieva, Sarah Gibson, Nat Gopalswamy, Maarit Käpylä, Dan Marsh, Kalevi Mursula (chair), Dibyendu Nandi, Alexei Pevtsov, Alexis Rouillard, Alexander Ruzmaikin, Eija Tanskanen, Andrei Tlatov, Ilya Usoskin (vice-chair), Mirela Voiculescu, Bertalan Zieger


Local Organising Committee (LOC):

Timo Asikainen (chair), Lauri Holappa, Jennimari Koskela, Kalevi Mursula, Timo Qvick, Ilya Usoskin, Ilpo Virtanen (vice-chair), Iiro Virtanen, Pauli Väisänen, Liyun Zhang.


Further details on abstract submission, registration, and accommodation will be available soon at the meeting website http://www.spaceclimate.fi/


Any questions should be set to:

spaceclimate - at - spaceclimate.fi 




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9. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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From: ESA/ESTEC


Open invitations to tender (http://emits.sso.esa.int):


AO8384 SSA P2-SWE-XIV VIRTUAL SPACE WEATHER MODELLING CENTRE PART 2

(From 13/08/2015 to 08/10/2015, Act.Ref.: 14.118.02) 


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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Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments and Effects Analysis Section (http://space-env.esa.int) 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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