Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 19, Issue 9 (8th December 2015)


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

2. 14th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference / 4th – 8th April 2016 at ESA/ESTEC - Abstract Submission Deadline

3. Session ST2.5: Radiation Belts, EGU 2016 Vienna, Austria, 17th – 22nd April, 2016. Abstract deadline January 13th 2016

4. Session ST2.9: Ionospheric Outflow, EGU 2016 Vienna, Austria, 17th – 22nd April, 2016. Abstract deadline January 13th 2016

5. Space Climate School on 30th March to 3rd April, 2016; and Space Climate-6  Symposium on 4th – 7th April, 2016, Levi, Finland

6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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

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


This is a reminder that 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 in the Einstein conference room 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 detailed synopsis and 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 should register on the ESA Indico System here:

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

to indicate that they wish to participate to this event. Those attending only via WebEx should send an email to:

piers.jiggens - at - esa.int 

to indicate that they do not require a visitor badge to enter ESTEC.


Once presentation material is placed on the website the access to the event will be restricted to participants only.




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2. 14th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference / 4th – 8th April 2016 at ESA/ESTEC - Abstract Submission Deadline

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


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 deadline for abstract submission is now extended to 18 December 2015.


Abstracts should be submitted by using the on-line abstract submission form on the Conference Website where more details on proposed topics and organisation are also provided:

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


Any further queries regarding the event may be sent to: 

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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3. Session ST2.5: Radiation Belts, EGU 2016 Vienna, Austria, 17th – 22nd April, 2016. Abstract deadline January 13th 2016

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From: Sebastien Bourdarie <sebastien.bourdarie - at - onera.fr>, Yannis Daglis < iadaglis - at - phys.uoa.gr>, Yuri Shprits <shprits - at - mit.edu>


The next European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 17th – 22nd April 2016. Session ST2.5 will be looking at identifying dominant acceleration, loss, and transport processes affecting the dynamics of electron and proton radiation belts:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/session/20715


While electrons and protons experience the same radial diffusion from field fluctuations, their dynamic behaviour in the radiation belts differs mainly because of local wave-particle interactions for electrons and charge exchange for protons. Comparing dynamics of protons and electrons should help us understanding better the balance between acceleration and loss processes during magnetic storms as well as during quiet times.


This session shall focus on recent studies of the effects of wave-particle interactions, radial transport, charge exchange, etc., on the Earth and other planetary radiation belts. We encourage the submission of papers on related modelling, studies revisiting previous missions, ongoing missions such as Van Allen Probes, THEMIS, MMS, and future missions such as ERG and small satellites /cubesat missions and Juno that will explore high latitude radiation environment on Jupiter.


Abstract submission is now open, the deadline is 13 January 2016.




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4. Session ST2.9: Ionospheric Outflow, EGU 2016 Vienna, Austria, 17th – 22nd April, 2016. Abstract deadline January 13th 2016

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From: Lukas Maes <lukas.maes – at – aeronomie.be>, Stein Haaland , Hans Nilsson , Andrew Yau


The next European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 17th – 22nd April 2016. Session ST2.9 will be looking at ionospheric outflow from earth and other terrestrial planets. All contributions concerning the processes controlling ionospheric ion upflow and outflow on Earth, Venus, and Mars, and their possible implications are welcome. More details can be found at:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/session/20721.


On every terrestrial planet with an atmosphere, EUV radiation creates ions in the upper atmosphere that may flow upward. If the ions are energized enough, they can escape the gravitational potential. Depending on the presence and nature of the planetary magnetic field, there may be many different mechanisms causing ion upflow and outflow, like particle precipitation in auroral regions, ambipolar electric fields driving a polar wind, wave-particle interactions, direct solar wind-ionosphere interactions, etc. A fraction of these outflowing ions escapes into interplanetary space, so that they contribute to the erosion of the atmosphere; another fraction of ions may remain trapped inside the magnetosphere for some time, where they can affect the magnetospheric dynamics, especially for heavy ions, like O?; yet another fraction may return to the ionosphere. The magnetospheric dynamics can in turn affect the ionospheric outflow. This session invites contributions concerning all the 

processes controlling ionospheric ion upflow and outflow on Earth, Venus, and Mars, and their possible implications. Submissions comparing the processes at different planets, similarities and differences, are encouraged. 


Abstract submission is now open, the deadline is 13 January 2016.




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5. Space Climate School on 30th March to 3rd April, 2016; and Space Climate-6  Symposium on 4th – 7th 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 at the Hotel Hullu Poro (Crazy Reindeer) in Levi, Finnish Lapland (approximately 68°N lat) for 30th March to 3rd April and 4th to 7th April respectively.


The Space Climate School includes lectures and hands-on workshops on several important long-term datasets of solar, space, geomagnetic and climate observations, and their analysis using data mining, pattern recognition, time series and statistical methods.

School lecturers include (all confirmed): Rainer Arlt, Juan Banda, David Berghmans, Achim Drebs, Ilaria Ermolli, Magnar Gullikstad Johnsen, Juha Karvanen, Greg Kopp, Natalie Krivova, Ari Laaksonen, Ken McCracken, Aimee Norton, Jaan Pelt, and Alexey Pevtsov.

Note that students selected to Space Climate School will have free housing (and no fee).


Space Climate-6  Symposium includes Sessions on "Solar dynamo as a driver of space climate", "Long-term solar activity", "Asymmetric Sun", "Extreme events in the Sun-Earth system", "Solar corona, solar wind and HMF", "Solar wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere interaction", "Solar Influence on atmosphere and climate", and a Topical Debate on Long-term sunspot activity.

Confirmed invited speakers include: Dan Baker, Joe Borovsky, Frederic Clette, Ingrid Cnossen, Nat Gopalswamy, Hugh Hudson, Sheila Kirkwood, Natalie Krivova, Jon Linker, Ken McCracken, Florian Mekhaldi, Mari Paz Miralles, Martin Mlynczak, Ralph Neuhaeuser, Matt Owens, Dario Passos, Gordon Petrie, Alexei Pevtsov, Tuija Pulkkinen, Eugene Rozanov, Alexander Ruzmaikin, Kazunari Shibata, Jose Vaquero, Pekka Verronen, Jörn Warnecke, and Valentina Zharkova


Important deadlines:

31st Dec 2015 - School application

15th Jan 2016 - Symposium early bird registration

31st Jan 2016 - Hotel accommodation at special price

31st Jan 2016 - Symposium abstract submission


For more information, see the symposium website http://www.spaceclimate.fi For questions, contact: spaceclimate – at – spaceclimate.fi


The Scientific and Local Organising Committee representatives:

Kalevi Mursula (SOC chair)

Ilya Usoskin (SOC vice-chair)

Timo Asikainen (LOC chair)

Ilpo Virtanen (LOC vice-chair)




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6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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From: ESA/ESTEC


   AO8478 GENERAL PURPOSE COMPUTING ON GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNITS (GPGPU) FOR SSA GROUND DATA SYSTEMS (G618-013GR)

(From 26/11/2015 to 15/01/2016, Act.Ref.: 15.112.02)



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





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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

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  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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