PubCom, E-SWAN Newsletter Editor (
Volume 2023 Number 4 - July 7, 2023
The Working Groups, a laboratory for discussion and promotion of strategic actions (by Luca Spogli, President of E-SWAN)
Last June was a busy month for E-SWAN and its members. We had an extraordinary General Assembly Meeting, held online, where we discussed recent activities and introduced some changes in the Statutes and Bylaws that, in a subsequent online vote, have been approved by the Members. Those changes have been introduced to solve some inconsistencies and will become effective in the next few months.
During that meeting, the initial work of the Working Groups was also reported. These activities have now been further assessed in a dedicated meeting between the Executive Board and the Working Group Chairs. The Working Groups serve as a laboratory for discussion and promotion of strategic actions, which could eventually become Committees of E-SWAN (https://eswan.eu/index.php/
Additionally, we are pleased to announce the contest for the three International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals, which had been skipped last year. The deadline for the nominations is next September 5th, 2023. The winners of these prestigious recognitions in the field of space weather and space climate will be announced during the Medal Ceremony at the European Space Weather Week in Toulouse.
On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to wish you all a pleasant summer holiday season.
President of E-SWAN
Call for nominations: International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals
We are happy to announce the 2023 contest for the International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals. The medal recipients will be announced during the Medal Ceremony on 20th November 2023 at the European Space Weather Week. Each winner will be invited to give a 20-minute lecture on their research in a dedicated session.
In order to nominate a person for one of the International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals, please send one single pdf document which includes:
- Your full name and professional address.
- The full name and professional address of the person that you nominate.
- Which of the three medals you nominate the person for (only one medal type is allowed for each nominee).
- Reasons for the nomination (two pages maximum). Please make sure that these reasons relate to space weather and/or space climate and fulfil the criteria listed above.
- A full CV of the nominee.
- Letters of support from two colleagues, preferably outside your own or the candidate's institution. You may also include those two colleagues as co-signatories on the nomination proposal. For the Chizhevsky prize, a recommendation letter from the PhD advisor (in case the PhD supervisor is not the person submitting the nomination) is recommended.
- Up to five references (journal articles, prizes, patents, etc.) of the nominee's work.
Self-nominations are not allowed. Any individual can only nominate one person for a medal. The medal committee members cannot nominate or be nominated.
Send the documents by email to:
The deadline for the nominations: 5th September 2023
You can find more details about the specific requirements for each of the three medals here
JSWSC citation indices for 2022
Clarivate Analytics published its 2022 Impact Factors (IF) at the end of June. JSWSC received 3.3 for both the 2-yr and the 5-yr IF.
The 3-yr Scopus CiteScore for 2022 is 5.1.
A JSWSC citation index for a specific year is calculated by counting the number of citations JSWSC received during that full year to articles published in JSWSC over a specific number of preceding years, divided by the total number of articles published in JSWSC in those years. The number of citations depends on the reference database of journals and books which contribute to the citation count. Clarivate Analytics and Scopus use different databases which may explain the large difference between the IF and CiteScore indices.
"Space Climate: Long-term effects of solar variability on the Earth's environment”, deadline extended to 31 August 2023
Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):
Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities & Space Research Centre PAS, Poland
"CMEs, ICMEs, SEPs: Observational, Modelling, and Forecasting Advances", deadline 31 July 2023
Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):
University of New Hampshire, USA
"Solar Sources of Space Weather", deadline 30 September 2023
Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):
Judith de Patoul (judith.depatoul-at-oma.be)
Solar–Terrestrial Centre of Excellence, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Interested in the newest publications? Sign up for e-mail alert
Can space activities be made environmentally sustainable? (19 November 2023, Toulouse, France)
WG8-Sustainability is delighted to announce that it is organising a Sustainability Workshop on the Sunday preceding the ESWW19, in the same venue. The aim of the workshop is to share ideas, good practices, and discuss how we can go ahead and leave a sustainable future for the next generations.
Call for a PhD position in Planetary Ionospheres at University of Calabria (Italy) in cooperation with INGV (deadline 15 July 2023)
The call for the admission to the doctoral program - XXXIX cycle - A. A. 2023/2024 of the University of Calabria is now open. Among the positions available for the doctoral course in “Physical, Chemical and Material Sciences and Technologies” you will also find the one granted by the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology on the topic: “Study of planetary ionospheres in relation to space meteorology”. This represents a great opportunity for the ones interested in Planetary Space Weather studies.
The application for admission must be submitted exclusively using the IT procedure on the site: https://unical.esse3.cineca.
Here more detailed information about the call.
International EISCAT Radar School (14-18 August 2023, Kilpisjärvi, Finland)
Due to some cancellations, there are still a few places left in the International EISCAT Radar School and the registration page will now stay open until the places are taken.
This year, the EISCAT Scientific Association plans to take the new phased-array EISCAT_3D radar into use gradually: the transmit-receive site in Skibotn, Norway, and the remote receiver sites at Kaiseniemi (Sweden) and Karesuvanto (Finland) are being deployed since last autumn.
Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO) in close collaboration with EISCAT, will run a training course for new users of the EISCAT radars, from 14th to 19th August 2023 (Monday to Saturday): The International EISCAT Radar School will be held at Kilpisjärvi, Finland, close to the Skibotn site in Norway.
For more information please visit https://www.sgo.fi/Events/
UK Space Weather & Space Environment Meeting I: Transitioning from the SWIMMR Space-Weather Programme (12-15 September 2023, Cardiff, Wales, UK)
International Meridian Circle Program (IMCP) International Workshop and Space Weather School 2023 (14-23 September 2023, Beijing, China)
Eastern Africa Capacity Building Workshop on Space Weather and Low-latitude Ionosphere (3-12 October 2023, Malindi, Kenya)
4th workshop of the Solar and Heliospheric Italian Community (SoHe4) (25-27 October 2023, Florence, Italy)
“Heliophysics in Europe” Workshop (30 October - 3 November 2023, ESA ESTEC – Noordwijk, Netherlands)
Heliophysics (including space weather) encompasses space plasma physics throughout the solar system, from Sun to the solar wind, planets (including the Earth) and small bodies.
Heliophysics has a large and active international community, with significant expertise and heritage in the European Space Agency and Europe.
The ESA Heliophysics Working Group acts as a focus for discussion, inside ESA, of the scientific interests of the Heliophysics community, including the European ground-based community and data archiving activities.
The ESA Heliophysics Working Group has organised the meeting ‘Heliophysics in Europe’ to improve communication between the European Heliophysics community and the various ESA directorates involved. The meeting will highlight opportunities existing in those directorates, but also look to identify synergies spanning directorates and possible future coordination efforts.
Areas of mutual interest already identified include archiving, data formats and discoverability, as well as improved connection to the modelling and ground-based community.
The focus will not be on specific missions, or regions or bodies in the solar system, but in terms of Heliophysics phenomena and processes that cut across ESA.
This will allow better connection of all parts of the Heliophysics community (as described above) to all relevant parts of ESA and vice versa. The meeting will be split into the following sessions, each with dedicated discussion sections and posters.
Session 1: ESA Heliophysics activities
Session 2: Building Bridges in Heliophysics: open questions, missing observations, measurements, models, and investigative techniques
Session 3: Building a European Heliophysics network and community hub
Session 4: Workshop Reporting, Summary, SWOT discussion and next steps
The meeting will run from lunchtime on monday 30 October to lunchtime on Friday 3 November 2023 and will have online connectivity.
Registration is open (free) and abstract submission, deadline 15 September 2023.
To contribute to the newsletter, please refer to the general rules reported here.