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Volume 2023 Number 7 - October 9, 2023

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 E-SWAN Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DE&I) 

Thanks to the work undertaken in the frame of the dedicated Working Group, we are pleased to announce the release of the E-SWAN DE&I Statement, a significant step forward in our commitment to fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity within the field of space weather and space climate activities. We firmly believe that a diverse and inclusive community, where everyone has an equal opportunity to participate, is crucial for driving innovation, nurturing creativity and achieving scientific and technological excellence. Our DE&I Statement reflects our dedication to these principles. We invite all members and supporters to join us in this journey towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive space weather and space climate community. Your input, ideas, and collaboration are essential as we work together to achieve these goals.

Luca Spogli,

President of E-SWAN


E-SWAN webinars on the Environmental Sustainability of Space Activities

As scientists we are not only observing our physical environment but we have -unfortunately- also an impact on it. The sustainability of space sciences can be questioned, given its dependence on international collaborations, large data infrastructure and assets in space.  E-SWAN has a working group, viz. "WG8 sustainability” to address these concerns and to examine the environmental impact of  the space weather and space climate sector.  The working group aims at searching for alternative, less damaging, ways of working and to share information that empowers our community to make adequate choices to progressively reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact.
Following this objective, the WG has started recently to organise regular webinars on topics pertaining to the sustainability of our community's activities and practices [LINK]. The first webinar of this series took place on 2023 September 21 and featured Prof David Hill speaking about the energy challenges of digital technology and artificial intelligence.The video of this webinar is available on the E-SWAN website and on a dedicated playlist on the E-SWAN Youtube channel.
The next two seminar will focus on the sustainability of science meetings and space infrastructure:
You are warmly invited to attend these webinars, registration is not needed. 

 Become Associate Editor for JSWSC !

The Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) of the Journal for Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) are seeking new Associate Editors (AEs) in order to strengthen the Editorial Board. We welcome applications specifically from experts in the physics of the ionosphere-plasmasphere-magnetosphere system, GNSS based research and applications, and machine learning. Applications from experts in other fields in which space weather or space climate play a role will also be considered.

An AE will handle autonomously up to four manuscripts per year in the AE's field of expertise. This includes choosing and inviting reviewers, analysing the reviews, and requesting manuscript revisions as applicable. The handling AE is in charge of the communication between the journal, the author and the reviewers until the final decision which will be taken by the EiCs. An applicant should be aware that JSWSC editorship requires commitment, responsiveness and time to fulfill the assigned tasks. JSWSC editors are not remunerated for their editorial work.

The call will remain open until vacant positions are filled.
For more information or to apply, please send an informal e-mail to one of the EiCs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (natalie-at-mps.mpg.de) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (jfwconsult-at-orange.fr).

Jurgen, Ilya Usoskin (JSWSC Managing Editor), and several AEs will be present at the E-SWAN booth during the ESWW2023, Nov 2023, Toulouse, and will be happy to talk directly with applicants.


Topical Issues open for submission

"Observing, modelling and forecasting TIDs and mitigating their impact on technology", deadline 1 June 2024

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

   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (belehaki-at-noa.gr), National Observatory of Athens, Greece

   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (iurii-at-ucar.edu), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA.


Forthcoming papers

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Topical Discussion Meetings organized by E-SWAN WGs for the next ESWW

"Engaging the space weather community: Education and outreach initiatives by E-SWAN proto committe"

The Topical Discussion Meeting (TDM) aims to engage the Space Weather and Space Climate community in an interactive session focused on the Education and Outreach Proto Committee of the European Space Weather and Space Climate Association (E-SWAN). The primary objective of the TDM is to involve the community in the working group’s ongoing actions, while also gathering fresh ideas and suggestions for future initiatives. During the TDM, the Education and Outreach Proto Committee will present their current activities, including the organization of Space Weather and Space Climate courses and webinars, as well as the publication of a Space Weather and Space Climate book. These examples will serve as a foundation for engaging the audience and encouraging their active participation. The TDM will provide a platform for attendees to share their experiences, offer feedback, and contribute their ideas and suggestions. Discussions will be welcomed on topics related to the presented actions, as well as any additional outreach and education endeavors in the field of Space Weather and Space Climate. By involving the community in this interactive session, the TDM seeks to foster collaboration, strengthen the working group’s initiatives, and explore new avenues for future projects. The valuable input gathered during the meeting will contribute to the enhancement and expansion of the Education and Outreach Proto Committee’s activities, ensuring they remain relevant and effective in meeting the needs of the community. The TDM invites active participation from all attendees, encouraging open dialogue, knowledge sharing, and the collective shaping of future actions. Together, the community and the Education and Outreach Working Group will work towards advancing outreach and education efforts in the dynamic field of Space Weather and Space Climate. If you are interested in presenting a few slides in this TDM, please contact carlos.larrodera-at-uah.es.

Location: Guillaumet Room

Date and time: Tuesday 21st November 2023 at 11:45-12:45


"E-SWAN for Advancing Space Weather and Space Climate: Fostering Collaboration and Enhancing Infrastructure and Data Management"

Organisers: Marie Dominique, Elena Driver, Dalia Buresova, Marianna Korsos on behalf of E-SWAN "Operational Activities, Infrastructure, Data, and Models" working group

The objectives of the Topical Discussion Meeting (TDM) closely align with the goals of the newly formed E-SWAN Working Group on "Operational Activities, Infrastructure, Data, and Models." The main objectives of this TDM are as follows:

1)     Identify specific needs in terms of ground-based and space-based infrastructure, instrumentation, and modeling for Space Weather and Space Climate (SW&SC). Infrastructure encompasses facilities for data acquisition, distribution, and long-term storage. The discussion should also include funding opportunities for these needs.

2)     Discuss ways to improve the provision of operational services to meet the needs of users.

3)     Identify areas where collaboration should be encouraged among various stakeholders in SW&SC and explore potential mechanisms for collaboration, such as recommendations on data formats and distribution protocols.

The TDM serves as a discussion forum that brings together SW&SC data providers, service providers, industry representatives, and service end users. It also offers an opportunity for funding agencies to gain insight into the critical and underfunded needs identified by the SW&SC community.

In summary, the TDM aims to address infrastructure and funding needs, to strengthen international collaborations, and to facilitate discussions among various stakeholders to advance the field of Space Weather and Space Climate.

Location: Argos Room

Date and time: Tuesday 21st November 2023 at 11:45-12:45


"Getting the Space Weather and Space Climate Stakeholder community connected - Let's build the ecosystem together!"

In this dynamic meeting, the participants will have the chance to interact with E-SWAN and influence the work of its Users Engagement (USENG) working group. The working group is dedicated to the creation of an ecosystem for Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) stakeholders, in order to facilitate interaction and enable cooperation. Stakeholders from industry (including but not limited to satellite industry, navigation, communication, ground infrastructure, precision drilling, insurances, aviation, pipelines), academia (including but not limited to data providers, modelers) and governmental institutions are invited to join and contribute to this Topical Discussion Meeting. In the first part of the meeting, we will introduce the preliminary Space Weather and Space Climate Landscape and present already collected use-cases. The second part is dedicated to open discussion with the following goals: – Establish the core group for the SWSC community – Share and debate the findings on SWSC use cases – Identify and collect new use cases in agreement of participating stakeholders – Propose ideas for raising awareness and enhancing collaboration – Kick-off of first initiatives (e.g. shared database of SWSC stakeholders, online/in-person collaboration – events for the community and/or with the data/service provider community) In summary, this TDM will serve as an open discussion forum that brings together the SWSC stakeholders, to shape the SWSC ecosystem together and to enable collaboration initiatives within the community.

Location: Saint Exupéry Auditorium

Date and time: Wednesday 22nd November 2023 at 11:45-12:45


"Reducing our Carbon footprint in Space Weather and Space Climate activities: approaches and lessons learnt"

This TDM complements the plenary session P01 on « Pathways to sustainable space weather and space climate activities » by providing a forum for open discussion on ways to reduce our carbon footprint. The TDM will be organised by E-SWAN WG8: Sustainability. It will begin with a brief debriefing of the one-day Sustainability Workshop held on 19 November. The TDM will allow people to share their experiences and the solutions they have been able to implement in their professional activities to reduce their carbon footprint and leave a sustainable future for the next generations.

Location: Saint Exupéry Auditorium

Date and time: Thursday 23nd November 2023 at 11:45-12:45


"Towards a sustained funding of Space Weather activities in Europe"

With the increasing use of space technology in day-to-day life, modern society has become vulnerable for Space Weather, finding its origin in the Sun, the solar wind, the magnetosphere, the ionosphere and the thermosphere, and its interaction with the Earth. The effects of Space Weather can range from damage to satellites arising from charged particles to disruption of power grids on Earth during geomagnetic storms, radio black-out on trans-polar aircraft routes, disturbance of satellite positioning systems, or loss of satellites due to increased atmospheric drag. In order to cope with the growing vulnerability of our modern society to space weather, there is a need for sustained funding for space weather observation and modelling activities, that go beyond the capabilities of individual countries. In Europe, space weather activities have been developed since 2009 by the European Space Agency (ESA), through the Space Situation Awareness (SSA) and Space Safety Program (S2P). In particular, ESA is developing the pre-operational Space Weather Service Network (SWESNET) as well as the Vigil space mission, that will observe the side of the Sun and send near real-time data on potentially hazardous solar activity before it rotates into view from Earth. In 2016, the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) organised an event on space weather, where, from a strategic and policy perspective, the lack of clearly defined roles in Europe was highlighted. At the international level, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), has established an Expert Team on Space Weather and has adopted a Four-year Plan for WMO’s Coordination of Space Weather Activities 2020-2023. In response to the WMO requirement, the European Meteorological satellite organisation EUMETSAT has expressed an interest in developing operational space weather activities. It is timely that a discussion takes place among the European Space Weather stakeholders, on a way forward towards a sustained funding of Space Weather activities in Europe.

Location: Guillaumet Room

Date and time: Friday 24th November 2023 at 11:45-12:45


 4th workshop of the Solar and Heliospheric Italian Community (SoHe4) (25-27 October 2023, Florence, Italy)


 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.  


IMC-IV Workshop – First Announcement (3-7 June 2024, Potsdam, Germany)

The International Magnetosphere Coupling IV (IMC-IV) workshop will be held in Potsdam, Germany, from June 3rd to 7th, 2024. Building on the success of previous workshops, IMC-IV
will bring together researchers to examine and discuss:
- The strongly coupled inner magnetosphere system.
- How disturbances from the sun can propagate to the magnetosphere, thereby radically altering the plasma conditions and wave distributions.
- How these disturbances ultimately influence the Earth’s ionosphere and upper atmosphere.
- The tools to predict and monitor: space weather, comparative magnetospheres, and global magnetospheric interactions.
As in previous workshops, short presentations will pave the way for in-depth discussions. The presentation time will be matched by an equal time allocated to in depth discussions to
promote the exchange of ideas and foster interdisciplinary collaborations.

Among the discussion leaders will be: Tuija Pulkkinen, Yoshizumi Miyoshi, Jerry Goldstein, Claudia Stolle, Ondrej Santolik, Miriam Sinnhuber, Daniel Baker, Mary K. Hudson, Larry
Kepko, Theodore Sarris, Juha-Pekka Luntama, Philippe Escoubet, Emma Woodfield, Drew Turner, Matt Taylor, and Terry Onsager
Organizers: Yuri Shprits, Julia Himmelsbach, Dedong Wang, Anthony A. Saikin, and Alexander Drozdov

 T-FORS Innovation day during ESWW

During the ESWW, the team of the European project T-FORS (Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances Forecasting System) is pleased to invite you to a presentation of the activities carried out within the framework of this project during an “innovation day”, on Thursday 23 November, 5 p.m., in the SPOT room of the Pierre Baudis center.

During this event the T-FORS project will be presented, as well as the end-users needs, and a round table will allow for an open discussion among the stakeholders of the domain.

We hope to meet you there! 


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