Space Weather Euro News Vol. 13 Issue 8 (07-09-09)

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  1. The 6th European Space Weather Week, 16-20th November 2009, Bruges/Brugge,
    Belgium. Reminder: Abstract deadline 14th September.
  2. JOB announcement for SWAP scientists.
  3. Post-doctoral position for the science exploitation of long-term
    visual sunspot observations and of image-based solar activity indices
    SIDC, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels.
  4. ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science
  5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. The 6th European Space Weather Week, 16-20th November 2009,
Bruges/Brugge, Belgium. Reminder: Abstract deadline 14th September
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From: Alexi Glover Anna Belehaki Ronald Van der Linden

*** Reminder: Abstract deadline 14th September***
*** See http://sidc.oma.be/esww6 for full details***

The next European Space Weather Week will take place in Bruges/Brugge, Belgium, from Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November 2009.

This meeting is being jointly organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT and the COST ES0803 communities. The local organisation is done by the SIDC of the ROB. This event will build on the advances made during previous European Space Weather Weeks and preceding ESA Space Weather Applications Workshops.

The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together diverse communities working on all elements of space weather with a strong focus on user involvement. This year’s meeting will discuss recent advances in both scientific and applications based domains and how these advances relate to user needs. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss the Space Weather community’s contribution to possible future ESA action in the area of Space Situational Awareness. New data, tools and techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated during the workshop with a view to aiding the transition between new scientific results and user-oriented space weather services.

This year’s event will include a second space weather fair, where users and service providers will have the opportunity to interact in an informal working environment. The meeting will also include a number of hands-on splinter sessions and will explore community development through several dedicated business meetings.

Organisation:
The meeting will centre on 5 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:

Session 1: Space Weather and Space Situational Awareness
Session 2: Space Weather Impacts on Communications Systems
Session 3: Space Weather Tools Models and Services
Session 4: Space Weather and Health Issues
Session 5: Space Weather Models: from Research to Applications

** Session descriptions are now available via the ESWW6 webpages **

Each session will be divided into oral and poster session with plenty of time devoted to discussion. Contributed papers are welcome to each of the 5 sessions. The oral presentations will cover a range of scientific and applications related themes and will consist of both invited and contributed papers. User contributions are expected to feature strongly in sessions 1, 2 and 3 in particular. It is also envisaged that the meeting will conclude with a wrap-up of the key issues arising during the week long event in the form of a round table discussion on future European directions in space weather.

Business meetings:
A key part of the European Space Weather Weeks are the business meetings. These meetings provide the opportunity for interested participants to meet in smaller groups and address key issues in a style that compliments the open format of the plenary sessions. These meetings take the form of working meetings with reports produced and actions taken by the participants. This year, time during the ESWW6 schedule will be set aside for all splinter meeting convenors to report the main conclusions of the meetings to the full workshop.

The complete splinter meeting schedule will be available via the ESWW webpages in August.

Abstract Submission:
Online abstract submission is now open via the official conference website:

http://sidc.oma.be/esww6

Abstracts can be submitted via the online system accessible through the above website. Poster contributions are welcome to all of the above sessions.

Deadline for submission: 14th September 2009.

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by 9th October.

Registration:
Registration is open via the conference website. The deadline for registration is 17th October 2009.

Registration Fee: 125Euro
Registration Fee (later than 19th Oct): 150Euro

Students and Young Scientists/Engineers:
A tutorial and introduction to space weather will be given on the first day of the meeting. This will be geared towards students, young scientists/engineers and people new to the field, but all are welcome to attend.

Students and young scientists/engineers will be eligible for a reduced fee of 75Euros. This must be arranged before 19th October and proof of student status and/or age under 35 must be provided.

Social Programme and Special Events:
A social programme including a welcome reception and conference dinner will be included in the registration fee.

Special events this year will include a space weather fair, a debate covering solar influences on climate and a tutorial covering research and applications aspects of space weather.

Publication:
Presentation material will be made available on the ESWW6 website following the event. In addition, it is envisaged that scientific and technical papers presented at this event will form a special issue of a refereed journal. More information about this publication will be made available during the meeting.

Programme Committee:
• A Belehaki (Co-Chair, NOA, COST ES0803)
• A. Glover (Co-Chair, ESA)
• M. Hapgood (RAL/STFC, SWWT Chairman)
• J.-P. Luntama (FMI)
• R. Van der Linden (SIDC-STCE)
• P. Vanlommel (STCE)
• A. Thomson (BGS)
• T. Dudok de Wit (CNRS, SOTERIA)
• B. Zolesi (INGV)
• J. Watermann (CNRS)
• M. Messerotti (INAF, COST ES0803)
• M. Meier (DLR)

Local Organising Committee
• R. Van der Linden
• A. Vandersyppe
• S. Raynal
• P. Vanlommel
• the SIDC-team

This meeting is supported by the European Space Agency, The Royal Observatory of Belgium, The EC COST Office, The Belgian Science Policy Office, the International Space Environment Service

Conference web site:
http://sidc.oma.be/esww6
See Also:
http://www.esa-spaceweather.net/spweather/workshops/esww6/index.html

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2. JOB announcement for SWAP scientists
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From: David Berghmans

SWAP (http://swap.sidc.be/) is a small EUV imager ready to be launched on board of the ESA micro-satellite PROBA2 (http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM402S7NWF_index_0.html) in November this year. PROBA2 is a technology demonstration platform and as such SWAP contains novel technology such as the first CMOS-APS detector in space for solar physics and advanced onboard image processing. Besides the new technology, we will also use SWAP as a space weather monitor capable of registering the occurrence of any flare or eruption in the solar corona.

The scientific exploitation of SWAP is funded by the Belgian Space Office as a joint project of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB, http://sidc.be) and the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics (CPA, http://wis.kuleuven.be/cpa/) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The two institutes are only 30km apart and closely collaborate on this project. ROB focusses on the instrumental aspects and data analysis, whereas CPA focusses on numerical simulations in support of the data interpretation.

Given the upcoming launch (http://www.eurockot.com/) we want to hire up to 3 scientists:

In all 3 cases, the initial contract is for 1 year with possible extensions. The PROBA2 mission duration is foreseen to be 2 years, also with possible extensions. Our preference goes to young post-doc researchers with a few years of experience in a relevant domain, but deviations from this ideal profile are perfectly discussable. Knowledge of English (usual language in the office) is mandatory.

Please send your questions and/or applications to any of the 3 jobs to both Prof. Stefaan Poedts (CPA) and Dr. David Berghmans (ROB).

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3. Post-doctoral position for the science exploitation of long-term
visual sunspot observations and of image-based solar activity indices
SIDC, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels
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From: Frederic Clette

The Solar Influences data analysis Center (SIDC) is opening a new post-doc position in the framework of its participation to a new 3-year project, called SoTerIA (Solar-Terrestrial Investigations and Archives), implemented in the framework of the EC 7th Framework Program. The candidate will be involved in the exploitation of long-term archives of photographic and visual observations of sunspots and faculae. This will include in particular the digitization, encoding and global analysis of the entire Uccle-ROB sunspot drawing series that spans 68 years and the definition and the study of new image-based global sunspot indices derived from historical photographic images or from current CCD images, through multi-variate and statistical cross analyses with various global solar activity indices. The candidate should have a PhD degree in Physics, Mathematics or Statistics, with an experimental or applied orientation (or similar level by experience). Prior experience in solar physics or observational astrophysics and/or in the advanced analysis techniques of time series (statistical error and bias analysis, Fourier or wavelet transforms, etc.) is an advantage. The job will be hosted by the SIDC team, which is part of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (http://www.observatory.be) located in the green outskirts of Brussels, and which runs several international data and forecast services, like the IAU World Data Center for the Sunspot Index and the ISES Regional Warning Center Brussels. The contract will have a duration of 2 years.

Candidates are invited to submit their application and Curriculum Vitae by post, fax or e-mail before September 18, 2009. The applications or any questions concerning this position should be addressed to: Dr. Fr d ric Clette SIDC Royal Observatory of Belgium 3, Avenue Ciculaire 1180 Bruxelles
Tel.: ../32/2/373.02.33 Fax: ../32/2/374.98.22
E-mail: frederic.clette at oma.be

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4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO6188 USE OF EGNOS IN URBAN ENVIRONMENT
(From 04/08/2009 to 05/10/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.154.03)
AO6122 MATERIALS CHARGING EFFECTS UNDER EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
(ULTRA-LOW TEMPERATURES AND HIGH RADIATION FIELDS)
(From 23/06/2009 to 21/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.1QM.08)
AO6149 DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF INTERFERENCE MONITOR SYSYEM FOR GNSS
REFERENCE STATIONS (ID 29)
(From 17/07/2009 to 30/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.154.08)
AO6194 IONOSPHERIC MONITORING EXPERIMENTATION PLAN AND INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT
(From 03/08/2009 to 05/10/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.154.14)
AO6171 SOLAR/INTERPLANETARY ELECTRON HAZARDS
(From 28/07/2009 to 08/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.1EE.01)
AO6124 OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL FOR ARTES 20 (INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS
PROMOTION PROGRAMME) (From 15/06/2009 to 31/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 09.153.75)
AO6133 CHARACTERISATION OF RADIATION RESISTANT MATERIALS - PHASE 1
(From 25/06/2009 to 07/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.1QM.01)
AO6195 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: CALL FOR OUTLINE PROPOSALS UNDER
THE SPECIAL INITIATIVE FOR DANISH INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA AND RESEARCH
INSTITUTIONS
(From 23/07/2009 to 15/09/2009, Act.Ref.: 09.175.02)
AO6124 OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL FOR ARTES 20 (INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS PROMOTION PROGRAMME)
(From 15/06/2009 to 31/12/2012, Act.Ref.: 09.153.75)
AO6000 ARTES 5.2: TELECOM -TECHNOLOGY CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 16/02/2009 to 31/12/2010, Act.Ref.: 09.153.66)
AO5891 ARTES 3/4: TELECOM - PRODUCTS PROGRAMME - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 05/09/2008 to 31/12/2010, Act.Ref.: 08.153.70)
AO5720 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: FOR MARKET-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES
(PERMANENTLY OPEN AO UNDER GSTP)
(From 21/04/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.136.03)
AO5658 ESA TELECOM NEWCOMERS' INITIATIVE - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 28/01/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.153.52)
AO4780 ARTES 4 - ESA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)

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For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:
http://emits.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 a prototype
mailing list intended to provide a forum for information posting news of
interest to the Space Weather community in Europe.

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