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Volume 2023 Number 8 - November 7, 2023

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The ordinary General Assembly (GA) meeting of the European Space Weather and Space Climate Association (E-SWAN) will take place on November 20, 2023 at 11:00-12:25 CET in a hybrid fromat as a part of the European Space Weather Week  (ESWW) 2023. 
Detailed information about GA can be found on the E-SWAN website.


Welcome to the Education and Outreach Committee! 

E-SWAN has consistently dedicated its efforts to bridge the gap between the Space Weather and Space Climate community and the general public, emphasizing the paramount importance of education and outreach activities for the dissemination of scientific knowledge. I am delighted to announce that the Education and Outreach Committee will formally become one of E-SWAN's subsidiary organs starting from the next European Space Weather Week in Toulouse.

The formation of this new Committee was the result of remarkable dedication and activity by the related E-SWAN Working Group from the very beginning. They effectively communicated to the Executive Board the strategic significance and long-term planning behind their endeavors. An exemplary achievement of this effort is the establishment of the E-SWAN School Series as one of the satellite events before the European Space Weather Week.

Speaking of the ESWW, we are less than two weeks away from this important event, where the General Assembly meeting will take place. We also invite all participants to visit the E-SWAN booth, where they will have the opportunity to meet members of the Executive Board, Committees, and Working Groups. E-SWAN has organized five Topical Discussion Meetings, the Sustainability Workshop, and after a one-year hiatus, the International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals will be awarded.

Finally, the upcoming General Assembly meeting will mark my last action as the E-SWAN President for this term. I will continue to serve as the Vice-President, and I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has contributed to E-SWAN's remarkable growth since its birth last year. Stefaan Poedts will be the new E-SWAN President, and I extend my best wishes to him and assure him of my full support for the coming year.

Luca Spogli,

President of E-SWAN

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 Watermann, 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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E-SWAN Booth at the next ESWW

The scheduled attendance of representants of each WG at the booth during the upcoming European Space Weather Week (20-24 November 2023) can be found here.


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

Interested in Space Physics and adventure?

We are employing a PhD student at the University Centre in Svalbard to research exciting new aurora-like features called 'fragments'. If you - or anyone you know - would like to live in the world's northernmost town and use world-class auroral observatories and radars then please check out the job advert:https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/251211/phd-position-in-arctic-geophysics
Inquiries about this position may be directed to: Dr Katie Herlingshaw, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PhD position opening at Oulu in magnetospheric and heliospheric physics.

We are looking for a qualified candidate to fill an open full-time position at a Doctoral researcher level at Cosmic-ray Group at the University of Oulu (Finland). The positions will be filled in the field of Space physics, with a strong link to Geophysics. The main task to be fulfilled by the applicant is to model the Earth’s magnetosphere for a nonstandard configuration of the internal geomagnetic field. The application deadline is 15-Nov-2023. More details can be found at https://oulunyliopisto.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:660568/

For further enquiries please contact Prof. Ilya Usoskin <ilya.usoskin-at-oulu.fi>
Ionosphere Modelling and Development Research Fellow
The Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) group at the University of Birmingham (UK) is looking for a number of postdoctoral researchers to work on topics related to ionospheric physics and radio propagation.
We're looking for candidates with experience or interest in one or more of the following areas:
  • Ionospheric data assimilation, particularly experience implementing novel techniques
  • D-Region ionospheric remote sensing and modelling
  • Atmosphere-Ionosphere coupling
  • Phase screen theory (HF-UHF) and implementation
  • HF radio propagation model development, particularly experience developing sea, ground, and/or ionospheric clutter models;
  • Physics-based ionospheric model development.

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.  


9th Metis Workshop (24-26 January 2024, Catania, Italy)

Solar Orbiter, launched from the Kennedy Space Flight Center on the 10th February 2020, is now completing the second year of its nominal mission phase, started at the end of 2021.

The Metis coronagraph has obtained simultaneous images of the full solar corona ,  in the hydrogen Ly-alpha and polarised visible light, within a field of view from 1.6 to 3 solar radii, with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. The detailed study of these images, also in synergy with data collected by other instruments on board Solar Orbiter, as well as on other space missions and ground based observatories, is providing a new insight on the dynamical phenomena that take place in the corona.

The 9th Metis Workshop will be devoted to an extended discussion with the solar and heliospheric community of the results of the investigations already carried out, of those that are on-going, and of the possible prospects for new studies.

Deadline for abstract submission is 15th December 2023

Deadline for Registration is 31st December 2023


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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