The primary goal of ISWI is to do great science. However, there is a secondary function of ISWI and that is to encourage scientists and engineers (in developing nations) to pursue research/education efforts into space weather within the institutions of their home countries.
With that preface in mind, an extremely important event took place this year in Africa: The first conference of AGS, the African Geophysical Society. With immense pride and satisfaction, I attach the official conference report as Item #1 of this issue of the newsletter. In the years to come, whenever possible, please lend your help to AGS by participating in its annual conferences.
 REPORT on The 2014 AFRICAN GEOPHYSICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE; 2nd–6th of JUNE, 2014 National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria, (read it)
 Abstracts and speaker photos for each talk of AM2 portion of Session ST04-06 (Solar Activity, Space Weather and Space Climate) during recent AOGS at Sapporo, Japan (read it)
 "Preparing for the next big solar storm", Japan Times, 30 July 2014. (read it)
 Recent statistics on the visitors to the ISWI Secretariat Website. (read it)
 CHAIN Project to install FMT (Flare Monitoring Telescope) at second overseas site: Saudi Arabia. (read it)
 Registration to open soon for 2015 UN/Japan Workshop on Space Weather. (read it)
 Schedule for SCOSTEP/ISWI International School on Space Science; September 15–24, 2014, Lima, Peru. (read it)
 Background of A G S
African scientists working in the fields of relevance to Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences have come together to establish a continental wide Society known as African Geophysical Society AGS. The Society is a dynamic, innovative, and interdisciplinary scientific association committed to the pursuit of understanding of Earth and Space for the benefit of mankind. Establishment of AGS demonstrates that scientific research and administration can be effectively carried out by Africans within the region, in cooperation with other sister regional bodies, in order to achieve sustainable manpower development and effective utilization of human resources towards scientific development of the region.
Full report is in first attached pdf.
(Sent in by A B Rabiu)
 These abstracts and photos are attached as Second PDF
Note that this only covers the second half of the morning session (AM2). All abstracts for this AOGS session maybe found at the ISWI Secretariat website, http://www.iswi-secretariat.org/
See the second attached pdf.
(Sent in by George Maeda and Mitko Danov)
 This newspaper article is quite well written, and it goes into surprisingly fine detail for a general circulation newspaper. Dst index is mentioned. (This article could be used for first-year-level university students.)
This newspaper article is in third attached pdf.
(Sent in by G.Maeda)
 Please view this file: Recent stats on the ISWI website (the fourth attached PDF). You can see how often the visitors come, and where they are coming from.
(Sent in by Mitko)
 This is news from the CHAIN Project -- part of the ISWI instrument array program. A new CHAIN observatory is on the way ....
(Sent in by S. Ueno)
Hida Observatory, Kyoto University, Japan
CHAIN home page
 2015 UN/Japan Workshop on Space Weather
"Science and Data Products from ISWI Instruments" 2–6 March 2015, Fukuoka, Japan
As mentioned in previous issues of this newsletter, there will a UN/Japan
workshop on space weather next year March in Japan. The website for
it is this:
Starting 01 Sept 2014, this website will be where you can go to register for this workshop. There is no registration fee for this workshop. Also, selected registrants will have the bulk of the travel expenses covered by the UN; more details in future issues of ISWI Newsletter. Stay tuned to this newsletter.
 Schedule for SCOSTEP/ISWI International School on Space Science;
September 15–24, 2014, Lima, Peru
This last item is Hot Off the Press. See last attached pdf for the Peru school schedule.
(Sent in by N. Gopalswamy....just in the nick of time for this issue.)
(2) Abstracts and speaker photos for each talk of AM2 portion of Session ST04-06 (Solar Activity, Space Weather and Space Climate) during recent AOGS at Sapporo, Japan