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Sixth European Space Weather Week: ESWW6

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

Conference Website at SIDC

The next European Space Weather Week will take place in Bruges (this time not in Brussels), Belgium, from Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November 2009

This meeting is being jointly organized by the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT, the COST 724 and COST ES0803 communities. The local organization 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.


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

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. 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 and Anna Belehaki as soon as possible.

  • Deadline for submission: 26th June 2009.

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: 14th September 2009.

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


Registration will be possible via the official conference website from 1st July.

  • The deadline for registration is 17th October 2009.

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

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 75 Euro. 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. More information will be available by 1st July.

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. More information will be available via the conference website by 1st July.


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.

More information will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact A. Glover, A. Belehaki or R. Van der Linden for more information.

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)
  • 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

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