ESA’s space hazards programme in spotlight

7th European Space Weather Week 15-19 November 2010
12 November 2010

Space weather specialists from ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme are co-organising the 7th European Space Weather Week this month.

European Space Weather Week (ESWW) is Europe's primary annual event for space weather and will see hundreds of international experts sharing the latest findings in the areas of space weather research and practical applications for avoiding harmful effects on satellites and other critical infrastructure.

Recent space weather-related research and development activities within ESA’s SSA programme and the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme (details via link at right) will be key topics during ESWW7.

The conference week will include sessions covering spacecraft environments and effects, recent advances in space weather modelling and new space weather products and tools geared toward protecting against space weather effects.

SSA space weather activities profiled

Proba-2 shows solar flare that came to Earth
ESA's Proba-2 records solar eruption

One complete session will be devoted to 'SSA Space Weather in Support of European Critical Infrastructure'.

"This session is particularly important for us this year, as we will be presenting our newly initiated space weather activities within the SSA programme, and looking at how SSA aims at the development of an operational system intended to meet user requirements that builds on existing resources and capabilities in Europe," says Alexi Glover, ESA's co-chairperson for ESWW7.

The ESWW keynote address will be delivered by Prof. David Southwood, ESA Director of Science & Robotic Exploration. The ESA/SSA Programme Manager, Nicolas Bobrinsky, will also speak during the first day’s welcome session.

Experts from ESA's Space Environments and Effects team will also take part, presenting recent results and co-chairing several of the plenary and splinter meetings.

About ESWW7

The ESWW7 event will take place in Bruges, Belgium, 15–19 November 2010.

ESWW7 is being jointly organised by ESA, the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), the Space Weather Working Team and the COST ES0803 communities. Local organisation is provided by STCE and the Royal Observatory of Belgium. This meeting is supported by ESA, STCE, the EC COST Office and the Belgian Science Policy Office.

Contact

Alexi Glover, ESA Co-chair, ESWW7
ESA Space Situational Awareness Preparatory Programme
alexi.glover@esa.int
Tel. +34 91 81 31 512

Juha-Pekka Luntama, Head, Space Weather Segment
ESA Space Situational Awareness Preparatory Programme
juha-pekka.luntama@esa.int
Tel. +34 91 81 31 507

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