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Volume 2024 Number 12 - March 7, 2024

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Greetings E-SWAN Community!

Time is flying fast, and the E-SWAN working groups and committees continue to be very active, finalizing bylaws in some cases, and planning activities. The Space Weather Policies and Plans (SW2P) working group launched a survey to assess the Space Weather policies on national and European levels. New JSWSC  Topical Issues are open for submission. E-SWAN continues to support schools and meetings to support space weather and space climate research. New meetings are announced in this Newsletter, others are being planned. It shows we are a lively and active research community. Thanks to all of you!

Enjoy reading this Newsletter.

Stefaan Poedts,

President of E-SWAN

Please let the EOCom know which online communication tool the EOCom could evaluate for you

In its mission to support the Space Weather and Space climate community in its outreach activities, the E-SWAN EOCOM is setting up a task force to explore new ways of communicating and networking in a hybrid world.

In this context we would like to collect your feedback and suggestions concerning online tools. We invite you to fill in this form to support this initiative.

Form URL: https://eswan.aeronomie.be/index.php/organs/eocom/eocom-taskforce


Join the E-SWAN Planetarium show initiative!

The E-SWAN EOCOM took the initiative to create a Planetarium show on space weather and space climate that will be broadcasted in the local langages in Europe and beyond. This effort will also result in a series of documents to help the educators to adress interactive sessions in their planetaria. This initiative is just starting.

The agenda for the 12th of March meeting consists in building a series of WG to progress on this project. Please join!

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(jean.lilensten-at-univ-grenoble-alpes.fr) in order to get updated and to receive the last documents circulated so far.


Topical Issues open for submission

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

Topical Editors-in-Chief (T-EiCs):

   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.


 "Fast and Slow Solar Winds: Origin, Evolution, and Space Weather effects", deadline 31 October 2024

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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (stephan.heinemann-at-helsinki.fi), University of Helsinki, Finland


Forthcoming papers

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A survey about the national and international European polices concerning the Space Weather 

The Space Weather Policies and Plans (SW2P) working group conducts a survey with an aim to initially assess the national and international European landscapes concerning the Space Weather policies. All members of the E-SWAN are kindly invited to fill out the survey. The survey is anonymous and can be accessed at: https://eswan.eu/index.php/organs/e-swan-sw2p
The survey will be open from March 7th till March 29th 2024.
Thank you in advance for your contribution!


The OAIDM working group welcomed new members!

The Operational Activities, Infrastructure, Data, and Models (OAIDM) working group hosted a topical discussion meeting (TDM) at the ESWW, titled "Advancing Space Weather and Space Climate: Fostering Collaboration and Enhancing Infrastructure and Data Management". The TDM aimed to gather input from various stakeholders in space weather and space climate, including scientific institutions, data providers, space agencies, and companies. 

The discussion focused on:
- What are the needs in terms of ground-based and space-based infrastructure, instrumentation, and modelling for space weather and space climate?
- How to improve the provision of operational services to better meet the needs of users?
- How to encourage collaboration between all parties?

The TDM attracted high attendance and sparked valuable discussions. Additionally, the OAIDM working group welcomed new members.


ESWW2024 sessions call

Dear Colleagues,

The European Space Weather Week (ESWW) conference is an excellent opportunity for people from all over the world to gather and discuss the most recent insights in space weather and in space climate, and to address the emerging challenges and impacts.

Science, data exploitation, observations, service development, operational models, engineering and industrial needs are all important aspects of space weather that are addressed. In line with this, the overarching theme for ESWW2024 in Coimbra (4–8 November 2024; https://esww2024.org) is ‘20 years of expanding horizons, from fundamental science to protecting society’. As in previous editions, the conference will be held in hybrid format.

One of the strengths of ESWW is that participants can contribute significantly to its content through parallel sessions, plenary sessions and Topical Discussion Meetings (TDM).
Parallel and plenary session submissions are open until Wed 27th of March 2024 (inclusive).
Those interested in convening a session at ESWW2024 may submit a proposal in one of the following three formats:

- Parallel Space Weather Research (SWR) session;
- Parallel 100% Community-Driven (100CD) session;
- Parallel Application Pipeline (APL) session.

Proponents of 100CD or APL sessions will have the opportunity to request the Programme Committee (PC) to consider the promotion of their session to a plenary of 90 minutes fixed duration.

TDM proposals will open soon (stay tuned!).

The PC strongly encourages those who have not previously proposed a session, to do so. In line with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we welcome and encourage applications from conveners of all backgrounds, including but not limited to, different career stages, geographical locations, ability, genders, and ethnicities.

Please find more detailed information and submission instructions on https://esww2024.org/call-for-sessions.

Looking forward to seeing you in Coimbra!
ESWW2024 LOC & Programme Committee

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Additional events around ESWW

In order to lower our carbon footprint by reducing our travels, additional events/meetings may be held the week and week-end preceding or after ESWW2024 at or near the venue in Coimbra. Please contact the LOC as soon as possible (and no later than June 2024) to discuss this further if you plan to hold a meeting around ESWW2024.

Looking forward to seeing you in Coimbra!

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

Selected Venues for European Space Weather Week 2025 and 2026

The European Space Weather Week (ESWW) Programme Committee is pleased to announce the selected host cities for ESWW in the years 2025 and 2026. The 2025 edition will take place in Umeå, Sweden. The 2026 edition will take place in Firenze (Florence), Italy. These will be the first occasions when these two countries with prominent space weather communities host the event and each will add their own unique flavour to the conference. The ESWW PC is hoping to make an announcement for the host city for 2027 soon.

Course on “Operational Space Weather Fundamentals(13-17 May 2024, L'Aquila, Italy)

The Consorzio “Area di Ricerca in Astrogeofisica” organizes a Course on “Operational Space Weather Fundamentals”, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, 13-17 May, 2024 directed by Prof. Domenico Di Mauro (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy), Stefania Lepidi (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy), Mauro Messerotti (Istituto Nazionale di AstroFisica, Italy), Tamitha Skov (Millersville University, USA).

The school will serve as a comprehensive introduction to the multi-faceted field of Space Weather, covering solar-heliospheric, magnetospheric, and ionospheric weather, with a specialized focus on operations and forecasting. By establishing the links from research to operations (R2O) and from operations to research (O2R) and by highlighting the effects of space weather on technological systems and society, this curriculum aims at stimulating the involvement of the next-generation researchers in this rapidly growing discipline.

Lectures on phenomenology will be complemented by laboratory activities and applications with the direct and active involvement of the attendees. Another practical aspect will be covered by the "career section" aimed at illustrating which skills are desirable for a job in the frame of space weather research and surveillance centres, and how good strategies should be used for educational and communication purposes.

This school is addressed to PhD students and young scientists in space physics, planetary sciences, aerospace engineering, or related fields. Early-career stage professionals from monitoring agencies and industries related to space weather are invited to apply as well.

Applications are due before March 23, 2024

For more information visit http://www.astrogeofisica.it/oswf or send an e-mail to info-at-astrogeofisica.it


Online introductory lectures on Solar Physics and Space Weather

The STCE started a collaboration with the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in support of the new solar physics group of Dr. Nagessa Tilahun in the form a series of online lectures on Solar Physics and Space Weather. The morning (9:30-12:00 CET) lectures are organised on a monthly basis:

• History and introduction, 27 Feb 
• Sunspots and Solar Radio Astronomy, 26 Mar 
• Solar Orbiter, 30 Apr
• Proba-2 and Proba-3, 28 May
• Predictions and services, 25 June
These lectures are taught at master level, especially students from developing nations are encouraged to participate. 

Practical info: anyone can register for free for each lecture separately through the webpage https://events.spacepole.be/category/4/. Click on the appropriate lecture. Registered participants will receive the zoom-link in their email-box.

IMC-IV Workshop – Second Announcement (2-7 June 2024, Potsdam, Germany)

The 4 th International Magnetosphere Coupling (IMC-IV) workshop will be held in Potsdam, Germany, from June 2nd to 7th, 2024. For a detailed description of the workshop, please see the website: http://tinyurl.com/IMC2024
The registration is now open. Please note that the submission of the presentation title(s) is part of the registration process.
Please note the following important deadlines:
- Early bird registration deadline: March 15
- Regular registration deadline: April 15
- Presentation title(s) should be submitted by April 15.
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 discussions to promote the exchange of ideas and foster interdisciplinary collaborations.


COSPAR PSW.10 "Radio Observations for Space Weather" (13-21 July 2024, Busan, South Korea)

This year, COSPAR will be held in Busan, South Korea, 13-21 July 2024.  The extended abstract-submission deadline is 16 February 2024 and the full details of the meeting can be found here: https://www.cospar2024.org/ .

Please consider submitting an abstract to the PSW.10: “Radio Observations for Space Weather” session: https://www.cospar-assembly.org/admin/session_cospar.php?session=1322 

You will need to log in to Zarm to submit an abstract.  This session will aim to bring together all the key aspects of the uses of radio techniques, both on the ground and in space, for space weather and space climate advancement. Areas to be covered would include observations, modelling, the use of radio data in models, multi-faceted/multi-technique approaches where radio data form a substantial element of the investigations, and new instrumentation/architectures/infrastructure(s). It is envisaged that key members of the COSPAR ISWAT teams working with radio observations/data/modelling will participate in the session as well as some overviews of the key elements of the updated COSPAR space-weather roadmap where radio plays a key role now and in the past, and where it is envisaged to do so in the future. It is envisaged that there will be a panel/Q&A session also.


17th European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-17) (9-13 September 2024, Turin, Italy) 

ESPMs are organized by the Board of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD, http://solar.epsdivision.org), a Division of the European Physical Society (EPS). This will be the first in-person ESPM after the stop due to the worldwide pandemic.
The scientific program of the next ESPM meeting will be organized around the following topics:
- Solar interior, sub-surface flows and long-term variability
- Fundamental mechanisms of solar plasmas: magnetic reconnection, waves, radiation and particle acceleration
- Energy and mass transfer throughout the solar atmosphere and structures within
- Multi-scale energy release, flares and coronal mass ejections
- Space weather and the solar-heliospheric connections
- Diagnostic tools and numerical methods in solar physics 
The meeting will start on the morning of September 9, and will finish around noon on September 13. The afternoon of September 11 will be dedicated to social excursions, and the conference dinner will be held on September 12. A welcome reception will be offered on Sunday 8 late afternoon.
Online registration and abstract submission will open in early spring 2024. The ESPM-17 Local and Scientific Organizing Committees are currently working to secure funding that will hopefully provide limited travel and/or local support mainly to young researchers.
Further details related to registration fees, abstract submission, accommodation, financial assistance and relevant deadlines will be circulated in a third announcement and will also be available on the meeting’s website: https://indico.ict.inaf.it/e/espm-17 
UKSWSE II: Celebrating 10-years of 24/7 space-weather operational forecasting in the UK (9-12 September 2024, Sandy Park, Exeter, UK)

Please save the date for the “UK Space Weather and Space Environment (UKSWSE) II: Celebrating 10-years of 24/7 space-weather operational forecasting in the UK” Meeting, 09-12 September 2024, at Sandy Park, Exeter, UK.  This is the second of a series of UKSWSE Meetings and the focus of this meeting will be around the 10-year celebration of 24/7 space-weather forecasting in the UK with more details to follow in due course.  We apologise that this clashes with the European Solar Physics Meeting 17, but logistics around the timing and availability of suitable venues in the Exeter area provided extremely-limited options – hence also the delay in advertising the dates openly to the community.

Further information on the website, content of the meeting, and travel etc… is envisaged to be provided by early April 2024 at the latest.


The 9th International Space Climate Symposium (Space Climate 9) (1-4 October 2024, Nagoya, Japan)

The Space Climate 9, "Extremity, Long-Term Variability, and Data of Solar Impacts on Earth ", will be organized as a joint symposium with the ISEE Symposium of Nagoya University.

The objective of Space Climate is to study the extremity, the long-term variability, and data of the solar-terrestrial environments, space-climate impacts on the heliosphere, Earth’s space environment, atmosphere, climate, and their possible impact on human civilizations.

This joint symposium will take place at Nagoya, one of the historical and economic centers in Japan, on 1-4 October 2024. This will be an in-person meeting.

Details on venue, registration, scientific program, accommodation etc., are available on the meeting website

All questions, enquires, comments related to the meeting, can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Important deadlines (preliminary):
Abstract submission deadline for Oral contributions: 30 June 2024
Abstract submission deadline for Poster contribution: 15 July 2024
Early bird registration deadline: 31 July 2024

Hisashi Hayakawa, Agnieszka Gil, Ilya Usoskin, Fusa Miyake, and Kalevi Mursula


The PhD and postdoctoral positions are part of the new Centre of Excellence SOUL (https://fys.kuleuven.be/ster/research-projects/soul/soul) at KU Leuven (Belgium).

(1)  A 2-year postdoctoral position with the prospect of an extension up to 4 yearsThis position is aimed at the construction of numerical 3D magnetohydrodynamic models of stellar atmospheres. The first step is to implement a new physics module in an existing numerical code, either MPI-AMRVAC (in Fortran) or COOLFLUID (in C++). Thus, experience in working with HPC codes and supercomputing is desirable. The new physics module incorporates Alfven and kink wave heating of the stellar atmosphere based on a working 1D proof-of-concept. Then, the new numerical code will be applied to construct models for atmospheres and stellar winds in the cool star regime. For this, experience with stellar magnetic fields and their extrapolation is desirable. Inquiries: tom.vandoorsselaere-at-kuleuven.be

(2)   A 2-year postdoctoral position with the prospect of an extension up to 4 years. This position is aimed at understanding the gas-phase chemistry and dust nucleation phases in evolved (binary) stars, with a particular focus on Asymptotic Giant Branch stars.  Inquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(3)   A 2-year postdoctoral position with the prospect of an extension up to 4 years. This position will lead to new constraints on the stellar structure and evolution of massive single, binary or multiple stars. Inquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(4)  A 2 + 2-year PhD position. Within this position we will build numerical 3D magnetohydrodynamic models for stellar atmospheres in a binary system. The student will work in close collaboration with the postdoc who implements the numerical model and extend their work to binary systems. The aim is to quantify binary mass exchanges in advanced atmospheric models of star-star and star-planet systems. Previous student projects or internships with supercomputing and programming for MHD are a plus. In-depth knowledge of plasma physics is essential. Inquiries: tom.vandoorsselaere-at-kuleuven.be

(5)   A 2 + 2-year PhD position. The aim of this position is to provide the temporal evolution of the multiplicity properties as massive stars age and interact. Inquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(6)   A 2-year software postdoctoral position with the prospect of an extension up to 4 years. This IT-oriented position will optimise and further develop scientific software codes describing the evolution of stellar rotation, magnetism, oscillations, outflows, and tides in close binaries and planetary systems in 3 spatial dimensions. In addition, they will be responsible for interfacing the various software codes where needed and developing machine learning (ML) algorithms to interpret data and reduce computation time. The candidate will streamline the installation of required software. In addition to this they will lead and manage high-performance computing (HPC) time applications to European supercomputers to facilitate, operate, document, and help interpret SOUL simulations. Experience in software development, ML, and HPC is an asset, particularly in C++ and FORTRAN. Inquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The preferred starting date for all positions is between August 1st and October 1st 2024. The application deadline is March 25th 2024

For more information visit the KU Leuven vacancies page:


The Sixth TNA Call is open from 15 January 2024 until 31 May 2024

PITHIA-NRF launches its sixth call to provide effective and convenient access to the best European research facilities for observations of the upper atmosphere, including the plasmasphereionosphere and thermosphere

For more information: https://pithia-nrf.eu/pithia-nrf-users/tna/tna-calls/sixth-tna-call

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