Dear ISWI Participant:
I recently visited the Abuja space weather observatory of NASRDA, the space agency of Nigeria. I took some photos. You will find them in this issue.
If you visit a space weather observatory, please send in your photo reports for others to view.
 Call for nominations: International space weather and space climate medals (read it)
 COSPAR Space Weather Capacity Building Workshop 2018 (read it)
 Space Weather Observation at Abuja, Nigeria (read it)
 GLAC 2018: Living under the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly (read it)
 The Return of the Python at the CEDAR workshop in the USA (read it)
 Japanese article about the Parker Solar Probe (read it)
 CALLISTO status report/newsletter #74 (read it)
 ISWI School on Space Weather and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); Baku, Azerbaijan; 8÷12 October 2018 (read it)
 Call for nominations: International space weather and space climate medalsDear colleagues
We are happy to announce the 2018 contest for the international space weather and space climate medals. The new medal recipients will be announced in a medal ceremony at the European Space Weather Week, the 5th of November, 2018
All three prizes are prestigious recognitions of recipients’ major contributions in the field of space weather and space climate. Medal recipients’ work must have been documented in peer review journals or book chapters, or must be a technological contribution that has led to a fully implemented new space weather or space climate capability.
Medal recipients’ work must be relevant to space weather or space climate. The work must also be internationally recognized.
*The Kristian Birkeland Medal* rewards basic and applied research
*The Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal* rewards the ability to bind the space weather and space climate community in a spirit of peace and friendship
*The Alexander Chizhevsky Medal* rewards a young researcher
Send by J. Lilensten
on behalf of the ESWW Medal Committee
 COSPAR Space Weather Capacity Building Workshop 2018
We invite graduate students and young scientists interested in Solar Physics, Interplanetary Medium, Geomagnetic Field and Earth Magnetism, and Ionized and Neutral Earth's Atmosphere to send an application to the COSPAR Space Weather Capacity Building Workshop 2018 (SW-CBW 2018). The workshop will take place in the facilities of the Brazilian Space Weather Study and Monitoring Program (EMBRACE -"Estudo e Monitoramento Brasileiro do Clima Espacial") located at National Institute for Space Research (INPE - "Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais") in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 17 September to 28 September 2018. For more details, including financial support, visit the event website at:http://www.inpe.br/cospar-cbw2018-brazil
Applications must be made through the website, deadline was postponed to May 31.
Send by Livia Alves,
 Space Weather Observation at Abuja, Nigeria
I recently had the pleasure of visiting NASRDA headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
Send by G. Maeda
 GLAC 2018: Living under the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly
On Tuesday 22 May 2018, a Lunch Keynote on 'Living under the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly' will take place from 13:00 - 13:15 at the Global Space Applications Conference (GLAC) 2018, in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The keynote, presented by Gonzalo Tancredi, Professor, University of Uruguay, will analyze how the Earth’s magnetic field can be approximated as an intense magnetic dipole, located in the center of the Earth and rotated 10deg with respect to the axis of rotation and, what the two other effects are: i) the dipole is displaced towards Southeast Asia; ii) the field has a quadrupole component.
The map of the terrestrial field presents three peaks of high intensity located in: North of Canada, Antarctica and Siberia. And a minimum of intensity in the region known as the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly (SAMA or SAA), located close to the triple border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
The low intensity of the magnetic field in the SAMA region causes the Van Allen belts to approach the Earth’s surface at a lower altitude than in the rest of the planet; producing an intense flow of atomic particles at heights of a few hundred kilometers. This affects the electronics of artificial satellites when they pass through this region. The consequences of this phenomenon for the living beings that inhabit the SAMA region, still requires a deeper study.
All Plenary Sessions and Keynotes are on the agenda and available on the IAF's website: <http://www.iafastro.org/events/global-series-conferences/glac-2018/programme/> It includes details of the plenaries, plenary speakers and leaders from Space Agencies and Space Industries. As well, the full conference programme is also available on the IAF App. As soon as you join the GLAC event, you will have access to the GLAC programme.
Register Before May 18 and take advantage of the regular registration rates;
you can easily register at www.glac2018.org
We hope to see you at GLAC 2018 in Montevideo!
With kind regards,
Send by IAF Secretariat
 The Return of the Python at the CEDAR workshop in the USA
In preparation for the Snakes on a Spaceship: The Return of the Python at the CEDAR workshop in the USA, we would like to learn a bit more about who in the space physics community is using python and how they do so.
Our community is international, and so we would greatly appreciate responses the entire community, so we can better direct our efforts for community organization.
Please take a moment to fill out our survey, it should only take about 2 minutes.<https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4288516/Python-in-Space-Science>
Send by Angeline Burrell
 Japanese article about the Parker Solar Probe
Send by G. Maeda
 CALLISTO status report/newsletter #74
A new feature has been implemented on the e-Callisto website here:
http://soleil.i4ds.ch/solarradio/data/Lightcurves/ It presents one image per operational station per day where this image contains light curves from all frequencies which are protected by ITU. Unfortunately not all offices of communication in different countries are taking care in providing this protection. In many cases interference (rfi) is also self produced by local electronics (PC, network, printers, monitors, keyboards, mice, power supplies etc.)
Send by Christian Monstein
 ISWI School on Space Weather and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); Baku, Azerbaijan; 8÷12 October 2018Dear George,
Please find attached the first announcement about the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) School on Space Weather and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 8 - 12 October 2018.
Send by Sharafat Gadimova