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Fourth European Space Weather Week: ESWW4

The next European Space Weather Week will take place at the Royal Library of Brussels, Belgium, from Monday 5th November to Friday 9th November 2007.

Conference Website at SIDC

This meeting is being jointly organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT and the COST 724 communities. The local organisation is done by the SIDC of the ROB. This event will continue to build on the advances made during the first three European Space Weather Weeks held between 2004 and 2006. The workshop will again adopt the central aim of bringing together communities working on diverse elements of space weather. This year's meeting will include one full day dedicated to the final presentation of the COST 724 action dedicated to "Developing the Scientific Basis for Monitoring, Modelling and Predicting Space Weather". This will be followed by three and a half days split into a number of topical plenary sessions and splinter meetings. The central focus this year is again bridging the gap between scientific activities and applications and the topics addressed and session breakdowns will reflect this. The meeting will highlight recent advances in both scientific and applications based domains, focussing on a number of topical thematic issues from both scientific and applications oriented perspectives. The meeting will also explore community development and investigate possible routes towards the creation of a sustainable space weather activity in Europe through a dedicated session and several business meetings.


Following the COST 724 presentations on 5th November, the meeting will focus on 5 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:

Session 1: The Role of Institutions and Industry in European Space Weather Actions
Session 2: Scientific Challenges and Recent Advances
Session 3: Space Weather Modelling
Session 4: Space Weather, Meteorology and Climate
Session 5: Space Weather Challenges for Planetary Exploration and Planetary Space Weather

Each session will be divided into one oral and one 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. Three of the five sessions will address both scientific and applications based issues relating to a range of topical themes. Session 2 will address key scientific issues and Session 1 will be geared towards identifying the next steps towards a coordinated long-term European Space Weather activity. It is also envisaged that two round table discussion sessions on possible future European directions in space weather will take place during the week with a wrap-up of the key issues concluding the meeting.

Splinter 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 ESWW4 schedule will be set aside for all splinter meeting convenors to report the main conclusions of the meetings to the full workshop.

Several rooms will be available for splinter meetings during the week. If you would like to propose a topic for a splinter meeting, please send the title of the meeting, the expected duration (1hr, 1.5hrs, 2 hrs) and anticipated number of participants to Alexi Glover and Jean Lilensten as soon as possible.

Deadline for submission: 6th July 2007

Abstract Submission:

Online abstract submission will be possible from 1st July via the official conference website:

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: 7th September 2007

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by the end of September prior to the ESWW4 taking place.


Registration will be possible via the conference websites from 1st July. The deadline for registration is 12th October 2007.

A registration fee of 80 Euros will be payable. This will cover the cost of organisation and materials together with a welcome event.

A welcome reception will take place on the evening of 6th November to which all participants are invited.

A social event followed by a conference dinner will take on 8th November. Further details of this event will be made available via the conference website.


Presentation material from the invited talks will be made available on the ESWW4 website following the event. In addition, it is envisaged that scientific and technical papers presented at this event will form a special issue of an appropriate peer-review journal. More information about this publication will be made available during the meeting.

Organising Committee:

  • J. Lilensten (Co-Chair, COST 724)
  • A. Glover (Co-Chair, ESA)
  • A Belehaki (NOA, COST 724)
  • A. Hilgers (ESA/D-TEC, D-EUI)
  • M. Hapgood (CCLRC, SWWT Chairman)
  • J.-P. Luntama (FMI)
  • P. Gille (LPCE-CNRS)
  • R. Van der Linden (ROB/SIDC)
  • J.-J. Valette (CLS)
  • C. Briand (Obs. Meudon)
  • A. Thomson (BGS, COST 724)

Local Organising Committee

  • R. Van der Linden
  • A. Vandersyppe
  • P. Vanlommel
  • & the SIDC-team

The organisers of the meeting gratefully acknowledge the financial support of:
The European Space Agency, The EC COST Office, The Belgian Science Policy Office, The Royal Observatory of Belgium, The Royal Library of Belgium, The International Space Environment Service.

This meeting is co-sponsored by COSPAR and URSI.

Administrative Contact Point:

ESA Conference Bureau
P.O. Box 299
2200 AG Noordwijk
The Netherlands
Fax: +31 (0)71-565 5658

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