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Volume 2023 Number 5 - August 7, 2023

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Merging two Working Groups to create a new one (by Luca Spogli, President of E-SWAN)

E-SWAN was designed to be flexible and responsive to community needs, allowing actively participating members to propose and shape its activities. 

This also led to the creation of E-SWAN Working Groups, originally suggested by the Executive Board with the request for adaptation, optimization, implementation, and improvement, aiming to identify strategic activities for an E-SWAN Committee. Recently, the former working groups WG5 - Observational networks, infrastructure & data (ONID) and WG6 - Operational activities and science products quality assessment (OA&QA) decided to merge, forming a single working group called “Operational activities, infrastructure, data, and models (OAIDM)”

This new WG focuses on harmonizing operational activities, infrastructure, data, and models in Space Weather and Space Climate. Its objectives include identifying infrastructure needs, promoting open data policies, data validation, international collaborations, and seeking funding opportunities. This is a golden example of how the Space Weather and Space Climate Community can shape its future with E-SWAN. 

Enjoy the summer sun and beautiful days!

Luca Spogli,

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for the nominations: 5th September 2023

You can find more details about the specific requirements for each of the three medals here

 Topical Issues open for submission

"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):

   Agnieszka Gil (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

   Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities & Space Research Centre PAS, Poland


"CMEs, ICMEs, SEPs: Observational, Modelling, and Forecasting Advances"deadline extended to 31 August 2023

Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):

   Camilla Scolini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

   University of New Hampshire, USA


"Solar Sources of Space Weather", deadline 30 September 2023

Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):

   Judith de Patoul (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

   Solar–Terrestrial Centre of Excellence, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium


Forthcoming papers

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 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. 

UK Space Weather & Space Environment Meeting I: Transitioning from the SWIMMR Space-Weather Programme (12-15 September 2023, Cardiff, Wales, UK)

The programme for the upcoming “UK Space Weather & Space Environment Meeting I: Transitioning from the SWIMMR Space-Weather Programme” is now available here.

We have an exciting set of posters, plus four days plenary and parallel sessions covering: policy and strategy; SWIMMR; users; instrumentation; research, forecasting, and modelling; SSA/SST; and Space Safety.

In addition, please note that the extended early-bird deadline of 17 July 2023 is fast approaching. Register before the prices increase in stages until the registration close on 04 September 2023.

The meeting is open to the world, and indeed we encourage international involvements and collaborations.

Please see here for all meeting details including updates on travel and venue information.


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.



Two ESA ITTs for Space Weather activities financed under the EC Horizon Europe Programme

The space weather community is invited to apply for funding under two new ESA Space Weather Open Invitations to Tender (ITT), published on the 31st of July 2023. The European Commission has entrusted ESA with the management and technical supervision of R&D activities in the domain of Space Weather. These two tenders are the first activities coordinated by ESA and financed under the EC Horizon Europe programme. The ITTs have an initial closing date on the 29th of August 2023. The two topics of the ITTs are the following:

  1. HE-SWE-01 - IMPROVEMENT OF SPACE WEATHER FORECASTING: The goal of this activity is to develop European capability to improve the accuracy of space weather predictions, and to promote the extension of their forecast horizons. This activity will support the development, testing, validation, and initial deployment of emerging computational and empirical space weather models. Web-link 
  2. HE-SWE-02 - ADVANCED SPACE WEATHER INSTRUMENTATION: The objective of this activity is to implement an exploratory study on space weather instrument technology to reduce the instrument budgets, make them easier accommodatable or improving the accuracy and reliability requirements. Web-link 



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