International Space Weather Initiative

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International Space Weather Initiative
Third UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI

October 8–12, 2012, Quito, Republic of Ecuador

Hosted by
Quito Astronomical Observatory of the National Polytechnic School
on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Ecuador
represented by
National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

Co-organised and/or co-sponsored by
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA);
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan;
International Canter for Space Weather Science and Education, Kyushu University, Japan

International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG); International Astronomical Union (IAU);
Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

The workshop website can be accessed at

INFORMATION NOTE on Third UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI

A five-day Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI), Quito, Republic of Ecuador, 8 - 12 October 2012, will be hosted by the Quito Astronomical Observatory (click here to find it) on behalf of the Government of Ecuador.

The purpose of the Workshop is to report new scientific insights into universal processes in the solar system that affect space weather and the terrestrial environment aimed at understanding the impacts of space weather on Earth and the near-Earth environment.

Language of the Workshop English will be the working language of the Workshop.
INFORMATION NOTE, United Nations/Ecuador Workshop on the ISWI 40 KB pdf, 5 pages, (click )

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Topics of the Workshop Third UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI
Papers for oral presentation or poster display are invited in disciplines related to space weather studies.
Multi-wavelength Observations of the Sun
Ionosphere, Thermosphere and Mesosphere
Very-Low Frequency (VLF) studies of Sun-Earth Connection
SW Effects on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
Data Analysis and Image Processing Methods
Heliosphere and Cosmic Rays
Atmospheric Physics
Space Weather Modelling
UNBSSI Follow-up Projects in Astronomy
Climate Studies
Key Dates for the Third UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI and Financial Arrangements
Please remember and try to comply with the dates below.
Registration deadline: 30 June 2012
Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2012
Application for travel support deadline: 30 June 2012
Notification for financial support: 1 August 2012

Financial Arrangements
Within the limited funds available to the Workshop co-sponsors, a number of selected participants from developing nations and nations with economies in transition, who are ISWI instrument providers or operators, will be offered financial support to attend the Workshop. Funded participants will be provided with a round-trip air ticket between international airport of departure in their home country to Quito, Ecuador, and daily subsistence allowance.
Individuals who will be selected to be sponsored to participate in the workshop will be notified by the International Scientific Organizing Committee of the Workshop.

Workshop participants who need assistance for their hotel accommodation in Quito, Ecuador, may contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). E-mail: observatorio.astronomico[at]

Committees of Third UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI
International Scientific Organizing Committee (ISOC)Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
Amory-Mazuaudier, C., France
Chilingarian, A., Armenia
Davila, J., United States of America
Gadimova, S., United Nations [Co-Chair]
Georgieva, K., Bulgaria
Gopalswamy, N., United States of America [Co-Chair]
Hayakawa, H., Japan
Lopez, E., Ecuador [Chair]
Mahrous, A., Egypt
Okeke P. N., Nigeria
Rabiu, A.B., Nigeria
Raulin, J.-P., Brazil
Shibata, K., Japan
Yumoto, K., Japan
Lopez, E. Ecuador [Chair]
Haubold, H.J., Germany
Ishitsuka J., Peru
Lasso O., Ecuador
Valencia C., Ecuador
Vasconez C., Ecuador [Co-Chair]
Vasquez N., Ecuador [Co-Chair]
Semanate J., Ecuador
Vicente K., Ecuador
Vinueza A., Ecuador
Visa, Health Insurance, Postal Address Third UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI
Visa Applications

While foreigner requires a visa to enter Ecuador for a period of 90 days for tourism purposes, they must obtain from the Ecuadorian Embassies or Consulates a VISA to stay in the country for a longer period after fulfilling the requirements established by law. Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Somalia, require a visa to enter Ecuador. Applications for VISA have to be made at the local Ecuadorian Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office. Please, verify in your country if you need a Visa to enter Ecuador.

Participants in need of an invitation letter to support their VISA application shall contact the Workshop Secretariat at the following Email address: observatorio.astronomico[at] The Local Organizing Committee will provide an official invitation letter by mail.

The following information is needed to issue an invitation letter: Full Name as shown in the Passport;    Passport Number;    Nationality;    Name of Home Institution;    Job Title;    Postal Address;    Telephone Number;    Gender;    Date of Birth;    Travel Plan (arrival and departure date, flight information) The above information is also required for accompanying person(s), if any.

Life and Health Insurance for each of the selected participants is necessary and is the responsibility of the candidate or his/her institution or Government. The co-sponsors will not assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for expenses related to medical treatment or accidents.

Postal AddressElectronic Address
The Quito Astronomical Observatory
Interior del Parque La Alameda
Av. Gran Colombia s/n
Postal Box: 17-01-165
Quito, Ecuador
Telephone: 593-2-2570765; 593-96521134
E-mail: observatorio.astronomico[at]
Registration, Applications for travel support, Abstract submission to Third UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI

Registration You will be registered once the organizers have received your Abstract and APPLICATION FORM.

Abstract and Applications for travel support

(1) Download Application template from here .
(2) Fill the Application with block letters.
(3) Prepare your Abstract
NOTE: Abstracts of papers of no more than 600 words must contain the following details: (i) Paper Title; (ii) Author(s) Name(s); (iii) Institutional Affiliation(s); (iv) Email Address(es); (v) Abstract's body;. Authors should state clearly for which program topic the paper is intended to be presented orally or by poster. Contributions that highlight interdisciplinary issues and utilize data from the current arrays of ISWI instruments are particularly encouraged.

United Nations
Office for Outer Space Affairs,
United Nations Office at Vienna,
Vienna International Centre,
P.O. Box 500, A-1400
FAX: +43-1-26060-5830

Abstract and Applications for travel support must be submitted BOTH. You have the following options: (1) by mail to address at right; or (2) fax an advance copy directly to Ms. Ayoni Oyeneyin (FAX: +43-1-26060-5830); or (3) E-mail in electronic format to Ms. Ayoni Oyeneyin, at Ayoni.Oyeneyin[at]; or (4) E-mail in electronic format to the Workshop Secretariat, at observatorio.astronomico[at]
Please not use concurrently more than one option.

Opportunities for online Registration & Abstract submission
Organizers encourage all candidates to apply for the Workshop online, as it helps to streamline the processing of applications. The online application form can be accessed on the following URLs: (this is the Workshop's WEB-site) (the UNOOSA WEB-site)

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