Thursday, 12 May 2011

8th European Space Weather Week

One of the objectives of the future EISCAT_3D radar is to have continuous operation modes, which will, among others, serve Space Situational Awareness operations, which include, e.g., space weather and space debris monitoring. Last year, EISCAT_3D took the opportunity of the European Space Weather Week to present the project at the meeting's Space Weather Fair featuring the EISCAT_3D video and stunning 3D footage of the aurora and the Sun.

The European Space Weather Week will be held in the town of Namur, Belgium, from 28th November to 2nd December 2011. The meeting is being jointly organised by the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), ESA, the Space Weather Working Team and the COST ES0803 communities. The local organisation is done by the STCE and the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB). This event will build on the advances made during previous European Space Weather Weeks and preceding ESA Space Weather Applications Workshops.

Now in its 8th year, the ESWW has grown into the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar. This year's event will highlight key innovations in space weather research, applications and services. The meeting will also focus on current challenges and actions necessary in moving towards a sustainable Space Weather infrastructure in Europe able to meet the requirements of a diverse end-user community.

Recent Space Weather related activities in the framework of the ESA Space Situational Awareness programme and the EC's 7th Framework Programme will be a key topic, and next steps will be presented with the opportunity for technical discussion. Community input is welcome and encouraged in particular via the SWWT plenary meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

In order to meet the needs of a growing community, for the first time parallel sessions on focussed topics will be organised on two days of the meeting. Furthermore, it is expected that the main sessions will again be complemented by a diverse range of splinter and business meetings covering a range of topical themes.

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