During the ISWI Steering Committee Meeting that was held at the offices of the United Nations in Vienna on Valentine's Day 2012, Armenia (represented by Prof. Ashot Chilingarian) was invited to join SCOSTEP (represented by its president, Dr Nat Gopalswamy). This invitation is elaborated in the attached Armenian Life article.
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In mid-February the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs held its International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) steering committee meeting in Vienna. As a member of this elite group of scientists from around the world, Prof. Ashot Chilingarian reported on CRD’s Space Environmental Viewing and Analysis Network (SEVAN), which is a network of cosmic ray monitors which are designed and made in Armenia and are being deployed in a number of countries. The ISWI currently has 15 instrument projects either under development or in deployment in 101 countries. These instrument deployments are coordinated by scientists from Armenia, France, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. The conclusions from the steering committee meetings were reported to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space forty-ninth session held in Vienna, Austria on February 6-17, 2012.
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