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Added on February 28, 2010

United Nations/Moldova/United States of America
Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems
17–21 May 2010 in Chisinau, Moldova
Hosted by and Co-organized with the
Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre of the Republic of Moldova
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The technology of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) is currently being used in a wide range of sectors including but not limited to: mapping and surveying, monitoring of environment, agriculture and natural resources management, disaster warning and emergency response, aviation, maritime and land transportation.

The details on the ICG are available at the ICG Information Portal at

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, as the Executive Secretariat of the ICG develops a wide range of activities focusing on capacity building, specifically, in deploying instruments for the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI), developing a GNSS education curriculum, and utilizing regional reference frames that support sustainable development, particularly in developing nations.

Expected participants The Workshop is being planned for a total of 80 participants including policymakers, decision makers and senior experts from the following groups: international, regional, national and local institutions, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, research and development institutions, and also from industry. Participation requirements Participants should be in senior managerial or decision-making responsibility at governmental agencies, national and regional institutions, non-governmental organizations or industry. Equally qualified female applicants are particularly encouraged.

Deadline for Submission of Applications and Abstracts The completed application form together with the presentation abstract, properly endorsed by the applicant's Government/ institution, should be mailed to the Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office at Vienna, Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 500, A-1400, Vienna, Austria, no later than Friday, 5 March 2010. The applicant may also submit his/her application through the Office of the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in the applicant’s respective country. In either case an advance copy of the application form should be faxed directly to the Office for Outer Space Affairs to Ms. Ayoni Oyeneyin, Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office at Vienna, Fax: +43-1-26060-5830

Download the full text of the INFORMATION NOTE (click )
and Application Form (click )

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SCOSTEP Symposium STP 12      12-16 July 2010 in Berlin, Germany

WEB page:

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the SCOSTEP Bureau it is the great pleasure of the local organizing committee (LOC) to invite you to the STP12 symposium, which will take place in Berlin from July 12-16, 2010. After many years this quadrennial meeting will be held again in Germany. We are proud to host this important assembly and will do our very best to create ideal conditions.

Welcome to Berlin !      
Franz-Josef Lubken
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

STP-12 will be held in the week prior to the COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Bremen.    more...   

Scientific Program

This is the twelfth in the series of Solar-Terrestrial Physics Symposia organized by SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics). They are held on an approximately quadrennial basis. The main goal of SCOSTEP is to organize scientific programs in the solar-terrestrial environment. The current program is Climate and Weather in the Sun-Earth System (CAWSES), which has the overall goals of fostering a scientific approach to understanding the short term (Space Weather) and long term (Space Climate) variability of the integrated solar-terrestrial environment, and for its societal applications and CAWSES-II: Toward Solar Maximum runs from 2009 to 2013.

The main thrust of CAWSES is to treat the entire solar-terrestrial domain as one system, rather than treating each region independently. CAWSES-I covered the descending phase of the solar cycle from 2004 to 2008, whereas CAWSES-II covers the rising phase of the solar cycle.

The following scientific sessions of STP12 are grouped according to the major themes of CAWSES:

  1. Solar influences on climate
    1. Solar physics, variability, heliosphere
    2. What are the solar influences on Earth's climate?
    3. The role of mesospheric clouds in climate research
  2. Space weather: science and impacts
    1. CME-ICME connection
    2. Shock formation in the solar atmosphere
    3. Solar wind and magnetosphere interface
    4. Substorm variability
  3. Atmospheric coupling processes
    1. What is the geospace response to variable inputs from the lower atmosphere?
    2. Coupling by transport of photochemically active species
    3. The role of dynamic waves for coupling
  4. Space climatology
    1. How will geospace (MLT, ionosphere, magnetosphere) respond to an altered climate ?
    2. How does short-term solar variability effect the geospace environment?

STP-12 provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the scientific accomplishments of the CAWSES programs. It will allow the community to present on the many outcomes from CAWSES-I as well as discuss initial results from CAWSES-II. Each morning the symposium will offer tutorial lectures/keynotes that will be of interest to all participants and will provide more specific sessions in the afternoon. All those who are involved and/or interested in CAWSES are welcomed to Berlin.


Added on February 24, 2010

Meeting of the Americas
08-13 August 2010, Foz do Iguassu, Brazil
Dear Colleagues,

The Meeting of the Americas is being held in Foz do Iguaçu, 08–13 August 2010. The Program Committee will develop a Union-wide science program that will cover topics in all areas of geophysical sciences. With its majestic beauty, rich history, and tropical grandeur, the cosmopolitan city of Foz de Iguassu is an ideal venue for a productive meeting and a memorable experience.

The organizing committee of the Meeting would like invited you to submit an abstract and participate.
 With best regards,
Paulo R. Fagundes
Main Scientific Organizer

Abstract Submissions are now open. The detailed session search is now available. Travel&Visa information (click here)

List of All Sesions: click here

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  • Atmospheric Sciences  (A)
  • Biogeosciences  (B)
  • Cryosphere  (C)
  • Earth and Space Science Informatics  (IN)
  • Education and Human Resources  (ED)
  • Geodesy  (G)
  • Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism  (GP)
  • Global Environmental Change  (GC)
  • Hydrology  (H)
  • Natural Hazards  (NH)
  • Near Surface Geophysics  (NS)
  • Ocean Sciences  (OS)
  • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology  (PP)
  • Planetary Sciences  (P)
  • Seismology  (S)
  • SPA-Aeronomy  (SA)
  • SPA-Magnetospheric Physics  (SM)
  • SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics  (SH)
  • Tectonophysics  (T)
  • Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology  (V)

The deadline to submit an abstract is 31 March 2010 - 23:59 Eastern Standard Time (EST) or 03:59+1 GMT.

For more details go to meetings WEB-site (click here).

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Added on 03 March 2010

Symposium Thunderstorms and Elementary Particle Acceleration (TEPA-2010)
6-11 September 2010
Byurakan, Aragatsotn District, Armenia

ORGANIZERS: Cosmic Ray Division of Alikhanyan Physics Institute, Armenia and Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics of Moscow State University, Russia

WEB page of the Symposium

BACKGROUND: Studying Energetic Atmospheric Particle Events & Transient Luminous Effects occurring in Earth’s lower and upper atmosphere, as well as in space, is important for several reasons:    Read more...   

  • It provides unique information about particle acceleration and multiplication in the lower atmosphere during thunderstorms;
  • Generation and propagation of huge fluxes of electrons, positrons, gammas and neutrons near the Earth's surface are newly discovered global processes that should be studied by experimental and theoretical methods;
  • Electromagnetic emissions connected with thunderstorms trigger various dynamic processes in the Earth’s magnetosphere, causing global geo-effects and changing electrodynamic properties of the ionosphere.
  • The huge values of energy associated with electron-photon avalanches and upper atmospheric discharges can potentially be a real danger for high–altitude flights

The following topics will be covered:

  • Surface measurements of electrons, neutrons and gammas in correlation with thunderstorms;
  • Energy spectra of electrons and gammas from the ascending relativistic runaway electron (RREA) process;
  • Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) observed by gamma-ray observatories in-orbit;
  • Broadband electromagnetic signals detection from thunderstorms;
  • Transient luminous effects of thunderstorms and lightning in the upper atmosphere;
  • Runaway breakdown and relativistic positron/gamma-ray feedback;
  • Timing and positioning of lightning by networks of VLF antennas;
  • Connections with space weather issues;
  • Joint observations by space-born and ground-based facilities.

ATTENDANCE LIMITATION: Due to the size of the venue and other restrictions, the number of participants will be limited to 75.

REGISTRATION: Registration to TEPA 2010 is to be done online via the Symposium website (click here).


  • - 1 June 2010 Abstract submission deadline
  • - 15 June 2010 Contributed presentations selected and participants notified
  • - 15 August 2010 Symposium program details

Payment of the registration fee will be accepted at symposium desk upon arrival
The registration fees are:
Regular Attendees - Euro 250
Undergraduate and Graduate Students - Euro 100

The registration fee covers the cost of transportation from and to airport, coffee breaks, as well as the Reception and the Banquet, excursion to the Aragats research station of Yerevan Physics Institute.

Download the Second Circular "Thunderstorms and Elementary Particle Acceleration (TEPA-2010)"; 75 KB pdf. 3 pages. (click )

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Added on January 21, 2010

International Astronautical Congress
27th September to 1st October 2010, Prague, Czech Republic
Dear Colleagues,

As part of this year's International Astronautical Congress sessions dedicated to space weather and related issues will be organized that should also be highly relevant to ISWI activities. I would greatly appreciate if you would consider submitting an abstract to session E3.2. "Policy and economic aspects of space weather", which is part of the "23rd Symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics".

With best regards,
Werner Balogh

IAF website:
IAC2010 website:

Session description: read more

Space weather slowly emerges as a policy item. While it has long been only a scientific question, its economic relevance is steadily growing due to its effects on commercial space activities in particular in the field of telecommunications. In addition, space weather is expected to become an element of new Space Situational Awareness projects so that international coordination should be foreseen. This session reflects on such questions of impact and coordination.

Session Organizers:
Chairs: Werner Balogh (UNOOSA), David Kendall (Canadian Space Agency),
Rapporteur: Wolfgang Rathgeber (European Space Policy Institute)

The Call for papers can be found at Abstracts dealing with issues such as international coordination of space weather-related activities will be very welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 March 2010. Please do not hesitate to contact me (werner.balogh[at] should you have any question related to this particular session.

For your information please note that in addition there will also be a more technical session D5.3. "Space Weather Prediction and Effects on Space Missions" as part of the "Symposium on Safety, Quality and Knowledge Management in Space Activities".

Uploading IAC Abstracts. You can upload abstracts for papers for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) on the IAF website at
Note: If you have not registered on this site, you must do this before sending the abstract.

    Uploading papers can be summarised as follows:
  • Log in from the home page
  • Click "My Papers"
  • Click "Add new abstract"
  • Enter the paper title and a short summary of 400 words
  • Specify if you are a student or not
  • Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post your abstract
  • Click OK and check your abstract's preview in PDF format
  • If you see the message "abstract successfully uploaded", it means that your abstract has been successfully added to the system
  • Add your co-authors (maximum 4)
  • Log out
Registration Fees (according to
Registration CategoryEARLY REGULAR ON SITE
Full-paying participants
700 Euros800 Euros860 Euros
Full-paying participants
600 Euros730 Euros780 Euros
Retired persons 350 Euros420 Euros470 Euros
Young professionals250 Euros285 Euros315 Euros
Full-time students (no age limit) 100 Euros130 Euros170 Euros
Accompanying persons
(max 1 per Full-paying or Retired Participant)
Free of Char. Free of Char. Free of Char.
Accredited press Free of Char. Free of Char. Free of Char.
Sponsorship: Look at

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Added on September 28, 2011

Solar Radio Workshop
23-25 November 2011, Pune University, India
  • The main focus of the workshop is to train young researchers and students on combined radio and multi-wavelength studies of energy storage and release during solar eruptions
  • Also to foster strong collaboration between radio and space-borne observing communities to make effective solar studies
  • Particularly, the workshop will emphasis the potential of solar studies combining data from

Workshop website:

There is NO registration fee for the workshop read more

However, the registration is compulsory.
Please register before October 15, 2011.
( ) To register, email to solarradioworkshop2011[at] Please note that since there are logistical limitations, the final list of participants will be decided by the workshop organizing committee.

P.K. Manoharan, NCRA-TIFR (mano[at]
S. Ananthakrishnan, Pune University (subra.anan[at]

The workshop is sponsored by
Pune University,
ETH and
International Space Weather Initiative

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