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Fifth European Space Weather Week: ESWW5

The next European Space Weather Week will take place in Brussels, from Monday 17th November to Friday 21st November 2008.

Conference Website at SIDC

This meeting is being jointly organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT, the COST 724 and COST 296 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 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.


The meeting will centre on 6 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:

  • Session 1: Space Weather and the European Approach to Space Situational Awareness
  • Session 2: Global Navigation Satellite Systems : Science, user needs and applications
  • Session 3: Offshore Drilling and Geomagnetism : Science, user needs and applications
  • Session 4: Space Weather Models: from Research to Operations
  • Session 5: New and Existing Data Resources, Tools and Services
  • Session 6: Solar Weather: New results, analysis techniques, forecast tools and the outlook for users

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 6 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 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 ESWW5 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 and anticipated number of participants to Alexi Glover (alexi.glover at and Anna Belehaki (belehaki at as soon as possible.

  • Deadline for splinter meeting proposals: 20th June 2008.

Abstract Submission:

Online abstract submission will be possible from 2nd June via the official conference website.

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 1st September 2008.

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by 1st October.


Registration will be possible via the conference website from 2nd June.

  • The deadline for early registration is 17th October 2008.

Early Bird Registration Fee: 110Euro
Full Registration Fee (later than 17th Oct): 130Euro
Students and young scientists/engineers presenting a paper will be eligible for a reduced fee. Further information will be available by 2nd June.

Social Programme:

A social programme including a welcome reception and conference dinner will be included in the registration fee. More information will be available by 2nd June.


Presentation material from the invited talks will be made available on the ESWW5 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. Glover (Co-Chair, ESA)
  • A Belehaki (Co-chair, NOA, COST 724)
  • J Lilensten (LPG-CNRS, COST 724)
  • M. Hapgood (CCLRC, SWWT Chairman)
  • J.-P. Luntama (FMI)
  • R. Van der Linden (SIDC-STCE)
  • P. Van Lommel (SIDC-STCE)
  • J.-J. Valette (CLS)
  • A. Thomson (BGS, COST 724)
  • T. Dudok de Wit (CNRS)
  • P. Gille (LPCE-CNRS)
  • B. Zolesi (INGV, COST 296)

Local Organising Committee:

  • R. Van der Linden
  • A. Van der Syppe
  • S. Raynal
  • P. Vanlommel
  • the SIDC-team

This meeting is supported by the European Space Agency, The Royal Observatory of Belgium and Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), The EC COST Office, The Belgian Science Policy Office, the International Space Environment Service, The Royal Library of Belgium and the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

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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