Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN
Vol. 14, Issue 01 (14 January 2010)


  1. Call for papers: EGU 2010, Session ST5/NH8.5 Space Weather and its
    Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: Science and Applications
  2. Call for abstracts: EGU2010, Session ST3.4 EURIPOS
  3. Invitation to the International Polar Year, Oslo Science Conference (8-12 June 2010)
  4. PhD student and/or Postdoc position at the University Potsdam/GFZ Centre for Geosciences
  5. Proba-2 press conference, First Announcement
  6. Call for papers and announcement, COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly PSW1 session:
    Space Weather Modelling and Observations: from Research to Verified Operational Products
  7. Call for papers and announcement, COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly PSW2 session:
    Space Situational Awareness and its Relationship with Science
  8. TEC-EES Final Presentation Days 2010
  9. Call for abstracts: Beacon Satellite Symposium 2010
  10. Status of ESA-EMITS

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1. Call for papers, EGU 2010, Session ST5/NH8.5 Space Weather and its Effects
on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: Science and Applications


From: Norma Crosby

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to the EGU General Assembly 2010 session "ST5/NH8.5 Space Weather and its Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: Science and Applications".

This session gathers together scientists with expertise in various fields of solar-terrestrial physics that deal with the effects of space phenomena on different levels of geo-space. Effects range from those observed on spacecraft related activities all the way down to Earth, including technological systems, human health and the Earth's climate. We welcome contributions (theoretical and observational) as well as applied (effects on terrestrial and geo-space environments), on all aspects of space weather. Contributions related to the ESA Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme, or the EU FP7 programme, are very welcome. We look forward to a dynamic and interdisciplinary session.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18 January 2010

Best regards,
The Conveners:
Norma Crosby (BIRA-IASB, Belgium) and Mirela Voiculescu ("Dunarea de Jos" University Galati, Romania)

2. Call for abstracts: EGU2010, Session ST3.4 EURIPOS

From: Anna Belehaki

This year we will organize again a EURIPOS session in the EGU General Assembly 2010 in Vienna.
If you are interested to submit an abstract please follow the link:

Please note the deadline for submissions is 18 January 2010.

ST3.4 EURIPOS: Observing and modeling the Earth・s ionosphere and plasmasphere

Convener: Anna Belehaki
Co-Conveners: Bruno Zolesi, Michael A. Hapgood

This session is devoted to the presentation of joint research activities aimed at the establishment of the European Research Network of Ionospheric and Plasmaspheric Observation Systems (EURIPOS). Access to reliable standardized observational data that characterize the Earth・s ionosphere - plasmasphere system is of vital importance for theoretical and applied geospace research, including space weather nowcasting and forecasting, and a key issue for various operational applications relevant to satellite navigation, geomagnetic surveys, earth observation and telecommunications. EURIPOS initiative, with the participation of 16 research establishments all over Europe, aims to provide a wider and more efficient access to and use of the ground and space-based ionospheric sounders and the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receivers existing in different European countries and to coordinate and optimize their operation and evolution in conjunction with all possible space missions providing data from the near-Earth plasma regimes. This session thus also encompasses efforts aiming at the development of a new generation of models and tools designed to improve the specification, forecasting and prediction of the near geospace environment, ranging from the bottomside ionosphere up to the geosynchronous orbit. Contributions focusing on ionospheric/plasmaspheric interactions, exploiting all possible available data sets including observations from CHAMP, CLUSTER and IMAGE space missions are encouraged in particular. The session also invites contributions aiming at characterizing ionospheric and magnetospheric electric currents as part of the signal detected by satellites residing in the topside ionosphere as the future ESA・s Swarm mission.

I am looking forward to an interesting session in Vienna!
Anna Belehaki

3. Invitation to the International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference (8-12 June 2010)

From: Kirstie Kauristie

The recently finished Fourth International Polar Year campaign (IPY, March 2007- March 2009) comprised of more than 200 research projects. The projects were organized under eight science themes one of which was dedicated for space research. The IPY Oslo Science Conference (OSC) is expected to be the prime forum for science communities to present the full breadth of the new science that resulted from the activities conducted during the IPY years. As OSC will be a unique event with exceptional networking opportunities it will be important that also the disciplines of solar-terrestrial physics and polar aeronomy research are well represented in the conference.

Consequently we kindly encourage your to submit abstracts to our session named "Heliosphere impact on geospace" (T2-8) which is located under the OSC Theme 2 (Past, present and future changes in Polar Regions). A more detailed description of the session is given at the end of this message.

The OSC homepage has been recently opened to receive your abstracts in
The deadline for abstract submission is on January 20 2010.

The conference organizers will pay special attention to Early Career Scientists (ECS) integration. Funding opportunities for ECS are announced at the conference web-site.

The description of the session Heliosphere impact on geospace (T2-8):

Within the IPY-4 discipline of space research the program Heliosphere impact on geospace has coordinated research in three main themes: (i) Coupling processes between the different atmospheric layers and their connection with solar activity, (ii) Energy and mass exchange between the ionosphere and the magnetosphere, and (iii) Inter-hemispheric similarities and asymmetries in geospace phenomena. In these areas IPY-4 has catalyzed multinational collaboration as several research institutes have invested on new instrumentation and on massive measurement campaigns in polar areas. Besides ground-based observations scientists have had the opportunity to harvest observations from several interesting space missions like e.g. THEMIS, Cluster, Double-Star, IMAGE, Polar, CHAMP and Envisat. This session will provide a forum for discussing new findings from IPY-4 activities related with the above listed three themes. We welcome presentations of new discoveries through observations as well as data-model comparisons. We would like to hear discussion about the remaining outstanding questions and suggestions on how they could be solved with the massive data sets which we now have in our hands. We are waiting forward to hear also about experiences collected during Outreach and Education work.

Yours sincerely,
Nikolai Ostgaard, University of Bergen, Norway
Yasunobu Ogawa, National Institute of Polar Research, Japan
Kirsti Kauristie, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

4. PhD student and/or Postdoc position at the University Potsdam/GFZ Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Germany.

From: Matthias Foerster

The University of Potsdam, Institute for Applied Mathematics and the Interdisciplinary Center for Dynamics of Complex Systems (DYCOS) in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ Centre for Geosciences, Department 2 'Physics of the Earth', Section 2.3 'Earth Magnetic Field' invites applicants for a

== PhD student and/or Postdoc position (m/f) ==

for Applied Mathematics and/or Upper Atmospheric Space Science based on a project on 'High-latitude coupling processes between thermospheric circulation and solar wind driven magnetospheric currents and plasma convection', which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG).



Start : As soon as possible
Duration: 3 years
Position: PhD student and/or Postdoc
Location: University of Potsdam and/or GFZ Potsdam
Contact : Prof. Dr. M. Holschneider (Tel. +49-331-977 1500/1663) or Dr. M. Foerster (Tel. +49-331-288 1776)
Deadline: Review of applications begins Feb 15, 2010 and continues until position is filled

Our institutions are committed to equal opportunities and to employing individuals with disabilities. Applications should be directed to:

University of Potsdam
Institute of Mathematics
Frau Neisse
P.B. 60 15 53
D-14415 Potsdam

5. Proba-2 press conference, First Announcement

From: Ninja Menning

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) invite you to a press event announcing the first achievements of the satellite Proba-2.

The satellite was successfully launched on Nov 02, 2009. Proba-2 is the result of a successful European collaboration with major participation of Belgium industry. The objective of the mission is to test new spacecraft and instrument technology in space. The satellite is equipped with a quartet of new science instruments focusing on solar and space weather observations. For the two .state of the art・ solar telescopes SWAP and LYRA, the scientific responsibility lies also in Belgium.


January 26, 2010, 09:45-11:00
The Royal Observatory of Belgium
Solar V Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE)
Meridian Room
Ringlaan, 3, Av. Circulaire
1180 Brussels

Sincerely yours,
Ninja Menning (ESA), Sophie Raynal (STCE) and Petra Vanlommel (ROB)

6. Call for papers and announcement, COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly PSW1 session:
Space Weather Modelling and Observations: from Research to Verified Operational Products

From: Alexi Glover and Ronald Van der Linden

The organisers of Scientific Event PSW1 of the COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly to be held in Bremen 18-25th July 2010, are pleased to invite you to attend and contribute to the following event:

PSW1: Space Weather Modelling and Observations: from Research to Verified Operational Products

The primary focus of this session will be on new cross disciplinary scientific results together with issues of importance in transitioning research results into operational services, including mechanisms for quality control. Papers representing case studies are encouraged. Data and modelling standards will also be discussed in this context. Existing space assets will be reviewed together with identification of current and expected gaps in data coverage. Solar cycle 24 progress and prospects will be discussed as will the role of new frameworks for space weather monitoring, research and development.

Deadline for submission of abstracts and financial support applications: 19 February 2010
Deadline for early registration: 1 May 2010

For further information, see:

PSW1 Organising Committee:
Alexi Glover (ESA, Rhea System: MSO), Ronald Van der Linden (ROB-STCE, Belgium: DSO),
Larisa Trichtchenko (Natural Resources Canada, Canada), Takahiro Obara (JAXA, Japan),
Terry Onsager (NOAA/SWPC, USA), Iwona Stanislawska (SRC, Poland),
Joe Kunches (NOAA/SWPC, USA), Norbert Jakowski (DLR, Germany).

7. Call for papers and announcement, COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly PSW2 session:
Space Situational Awareness and its Relationship with Science

From: Alain Hilgers

The organisers of Scientific Event PSW2 of the COSPAR 38th Scientific Assembly to be held in Bremen 18-25th July 2010, are pleased to invite you to attend and contribute to the following event:

PSW2: Space Situational Awareness and its Relationship with Science

Space Situational Awareness can be defined as the comprehensive knowledge, understanding and maintained awareness of the population of space objects, the space environment and related threats and risks. The space objects under consideration are mainly the Earth orbital population (including debris), and the space environment covers space weather and Near Earth Objects. The session will provide the opportunity for discussion of existing and emerging Space Situational Awareness programmes around the world, their requirements, the underpinning science, the knowledge gaps and the opportunities for global collaboration. This event is co-sponsored by ESA and COSPAR PSW, PSD, and PEDAS panels.

Potential participants are welcome to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations covering the above topics.

Important dates:

19 February 2010: Abstract submission and Financial support application dead-line
19 April 2010: Acceptance messages sent to contact authors
1 May 2010: Early registration deadline
18-25 July 2010: COSPAR Scientific Assembly.

PSW2 Scientific Organizing Committee:

Tom Bogdan (NOAA/SWPC, USA)
Richard Crowther (BNSC, UK)
Frank Jansen (DLR, Germany)
Nicholas Johnson (NASA, USA)
Alain Hilgers (ESA, NL)
Pieter Visser (U. Delft, NL)

Web site:

8. TEC-EES Final Presentation Days 2010

From: Hugh Evans

The TEC-EES final presentation days for 2010 will be held at ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk on the 1st and 2nd of February in Newton-2 and Einstein, respectively.

For the agenda, please see this link
For registration, please contact Hugh Evans.

9. Beacon Satellite Symposium (BSS2010)

From: David Altadill

Dear colleagues,

on behalf of the organizing committee of the upcoming Beacon Satellite Symposium (BSS2010), I would like to inform you that BSS2010 will be held at the "Campus Nord" of the "Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya" in Barcelona, Spain, from 7 to 11 June 2010. You may find further details of the BSS2010 at the meeting Web site (

As co-convener of the Session 5 of the BSS2010, "Multi-Instrument ionospheric techniques and studies", I take this opportunity for soliciting your contributed papers to that session.

During the last 10 years multi-instrumented clusters and distributed observatories have emerged with the possibility to probe the atmosphere-ionosphere system more fully and to provide a regional or a continental coverage of the ionosphere in specific regions of the Globe. Networks of instruments such as GPS receivers, magnetometers, beacon receivers, coherent radars, Fabry-Perot interferometers, imagers, and ionosondes have been installed. Similarly, satellites like C/NOFS, CHAMP and DMSP and a constellation of satellites like COSMIC have increased the scope and opened new opportunities to conduct statistical studies of designated phenomena. In general, the ground-based observatories are used to conduct investigations of the dynamics of the ionosphere in a regional perspective, measure the onset conditions of different types of plasma irregularities and structures, investigate the causes of the day-to-day variability of the ionosphere during quiet and disturbed magnetic conditions, and assess the interaction, momentum transfer, and thermal budget of the atmosphere-ionosphere system. We solicit presentations that portray the new capabilities of these observatories, describe preliminary results, detail initial conclusions, and indicate long term goals of the projects.

Deadline for abstracts' submission is 15 February 2010. To submit an abstract, please use the on-line tool provided at the BSS2010 web site.

We sincerely hope that you can attend the BSS2010 and that you can contribute to the success of the BSS2010.

10. Status of ESA-EMITS

The EMITS down time is extended to 25th January 2010. Therefore, the closing date of all currently open ITTs is extended by a period of 11 calendar days.

Potential tenderers are informed that they may access a read-only version of EMITS with the possibility to download tender documents via the following URL:

For any questions, please contact FINREF.COMM1 at


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