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Volume 2024 Number 15 - June 7, 2024

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Dear E-SWAN members,

You are all probably aware of the terrible news about Gianni Lapenta's passing. It is with deep sadness that we say farewell to Prof. Dr. Ir. Giovanni Lapenta who was our colleague, friend and a mentor for many among us. Gianni passed away on 28 May 2024 after a vigilant fight against cancer. He continued his passion for research, teaching, and mentoring to the very last moments, and he kept his ever-positive spirit when times were hard.

Our sincere condolences to Giovanni's family, friends, and acquaintances.

Prof. Enrico Camporeale put together an obituary that is published in this E-SWAN Newsletter.


You may also have noticed that the Executive Board (ExB) proposed to name the recent 10-12 May 2024 severe space weather storm the "Mother's day event", which was picked up by many. A new taskforce will be set up to also name future severe space weather storms.

Regarding E-SWAN latest activities, we are happy to announce the formation of the E-SWAN council which gathers the chairs of all the committees. Now that all the E-SWAN committees are established, the E-SWAN council can start to operate.

On 16 May, we had the first E-SWAN Executive Board-Council meeting. The duties and responsibilities of the Council were reviewed and action items were set up toward the formation of the search task force for ExB elections.


The ExB met on 30 May to discuss, amongst other items, the consequences of mega-constellations on astronomical and space weather observations, the support for ESWW2024, and the support to future ESWWs with a permanent organisation system (website, registration, abstract submission, etc.), as well as the duration of E-SWAN membership. It was voted that E-SWAN membership would be valid from the registration creation or renewal until 31 December of the following year. Therefore we are happy to inform the current E-SWAN members that their membership has been extended to 31 December 2024.

Enjoy reading this Newsletter.

Stefaan Poedts,

President of E-SWAN


Call for applications for Executive Board 2024 membership

Dear E-SWAN members,
It is time to prepare the renewal of the E-SWAN Executive Board (ExB).
The ExB consists of
- the President
- the Vice President
- the General Secretary
- the Executive Director
- the Treasurer
- the Chair of the E-SWAN Council (ex officio)
President and Vice President are ExB members for four years, the General Secretary, the Executive Director and the Treasurer for two years. The Chair of the Council is elected by the Council and therefore not subject to an E-SWAN-wide election and not concerned by this announcement.

The current ExB President (Stefaan Poedts) will stay on until the E-SWAN General Assembly (GA) meeting late in 2026, first as President and in his last year in office as Vice President. All other positions will be open for election/re-election prior to the GA meeting in November 2024 in Coimbra, Portugal.

We search for volunteers to apply for serving on the ExB, starting November 2024. The E-SWAN GA will elect four members for the new ExB from among the applicants declared eligible by the ExB Search Task Force. To be considered eligible the applicant must be an E-SWAN member during the month of October 2024 (the period of application review and voting). Article 4 of the E-SWAN Statutes stipulates further that the applicant's country of affiliation must belong to Europe. The candidate's nationality is not relevant.

Note that the object of a valid application is a seat on the ExB, not a specific role. The distribution of roles will be decided within the ExB upon internal discussion and agreement. The applicant must be prepared to assume a two-year or a four-year appointment, depending on the agreed ExB role distribution. The new ExB composition including role assignments will be confirmed shortly before the ESWW 2024. The new ExB will take function right after the ESWW 2024.

A complete application for an ExB seat includes:
- First and last name of the applicant
- Affiliation including postal address and country
- Valid e-mail address
- Declaration of Honor confirming that the candidate is at least 18 years of age
- CV not exceeding two pages
- Motivation letter not exceeding one page that includes a short description of past and present activities in the space weather or space climate domains and a list of current and past roles in the E-SWAN organs and Working Groups (if applicable)

Self-nominations and third-party nominations are permitted. For a third-party nomination the agreement of the proposed candidate must be sought by the proposer and submitted together with the application documents.

The website for submission of applications for an ExB seat will be open from June 07 through September 30, 2024. The review of applications by the Search Task Force will take place between October 1 and October 14, 2024. The website for electronic voting by the GA will be open from October 15 to October 31, 2024.

The link to the application website is here.

The ExB Search Task Force:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (chair)
Andrea Opitz
Dalia Buresova
Paolo Romano
Robertus Erdelyi


Call for participation: Naming the space weather events

It has become a use that all the big weather events receive a name. These names are attributed by international meteorological structures.

Space weather and space climate are now mature enough to follow this important example. Naming the major solar / geophysics events will help making our discipline familiar to the largest public.

Already, the Executive Board of E-SWAN took the initiative to propose to name the  May, 2024 superstorstorm, the “Mother’s Day event”. This name was immediately widely accepted.

Building on this experience, we now call the community to participate to a dedicated E-SWAN committee. Its tasks will be:

-       To study and analyze the meteorological naming process(es)

-       To contact the other international space weather actors in order to create the naming international body, in collaboration with the WG Liaison Office of E-SWAN

-       To lead the discussion with these bodies for setting the procedure (what threshold to name an event, what kind of names, who decides and approves, how the decisions are made…)

-       To present recommendations to the next E-SWAN General Assembly, during the ESWW 2025 in Sweden for a vote by the E-SWAN members.

This group shall start as a working group. However, considering the importance of this matter, the wish of the Executive Board is that it becomes rapidly an E-SWAN committee, with a representative at the Council. Therefore, another task shall be

-       To write the bylaws of this new Committee

Contacts :

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. jean.lilensten-at-univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. luca.spogli-at-ingv.it

Topical Issues open for submission

"Observing, modelling and forecasting TIDs and mitigating their impact on technology", deadline extended to 30 September 2024

Topical Editors-in-Chief (T-EiCs):

   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (belehaki-at-noa.gr), National Observatory of Athens, Greece

   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (iurii-at-ucar.edu), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA.


 "Fast and Slow Solar Winds: Origin, Evolution, and Space Weather effects", deadline 31 October 2024

Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (stephan.heinemann-at-helsinki.fi), University of Helsinki, Finland


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Call for nominations: International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals 2024


Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the 2024 contest for the three International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals. The medal recipients will be announced during the Medal Ceremony on 4th November 2024 at the European Space Weather Week in Coimbra (Portugal). Each winner will be invited to give a 20-minute lecture about his/her research in a dedicated session on the following day.

All three prizes are prestigious recognitions of the recipients’ major contributions in the field of Space Weather and Space Climate. Medal recipients’ achievements must have been documented via publications in peer-reviewed journals or book chapters, or must be technological contributions that have led to a fully implemented and documented new Space Weather or Space Climate capability. Medal recipients’ work must be internationally recognized in the field of Space Weather and/or Space Climate.

In addition to the above common criteria, there are the following specific requirements for each of the three medals:

The Kristian Birkeland Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate:

The Kristian Birkeland Medal is awarded for outstanding achievements in combining basic and applied research, and in developing essential Space Weather and/or Space Climate products used across scientific disciplines and/or even outside the research community. The work must have led to a better physical comprehension of the solar-terrestrial phenomena, to a crucial improvement of Space Weather and/or Space Climate modelling, or to a new generation of observational techniques or instruments.

The Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate:

The Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal is awarded for outstanding achievements in educating and serving the Space Weather and Space Climate community, for binding it together in a spirit of peace and friendship, fostering collaboration and cooperation, and/or for going even beyond the Space Weather and Space Climate research community by engaging larger audiences.

The Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate:

The Alexander Chizhevsky Medal is awarded to an early career scientist in recognition of outstanding achievements in Space Weather and Space Climate with an innovative approach. The nominee must be an early career scientist within eight (8) years of receiving his/her first PhD or an equivalent degree at the time of nomination. This period may be increased for confirmed career breaks (such as periods of sickness, military service, parental leave, and other care duties which took them away from their scientific work).

How to nominate?
In order to nominate a person for one of the International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals, please send one single pdf document which includes:
- Your full name and professional address.
- The full name and professional address of the person that you nominate (the nominee).
- Which of the three medals the nominee is nominated for (only one medal type is allowed for each nominee).
- Reasons for the nomination (two pages maximum). Please make sure that these reasons should relate to Space Weather and/or Space Climate and fulfill the criteria listed above.
- A full CV of the nominee (three pages maximum).
- Letters of support from two colleagues, preferably outside your own or the candidate's institution. You may also include those two colleagues as co-signatories on the nomination proposal. For the Chizhevsky prize, a recommendation letter from the PhD advisor (in case the PhD supervisor is not the person submitting the nomination) is recommended.
- Up to five references (journal articles, prizes, patents, etc.) of the nominee's work.
Self-nominations are not allowed. Any individual can only nominate one person for a medal. Note that the medal committee members cannot nominate or be nominated.
Send the documents by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The deadline for the nominations: 15th July 2024.

Composition of the Medal Committee in 2024:
Previous winners:
Delores Knipp (2019 Nicolet)
Richard Horne (2020 Birkeland)
Madhulika Guhathakurta (2020 Nicolet)
Mateja Dumbovic (2020 Chizhevsky)
Kazunari Shibata (2021 Birkeland)
Maria Kusnetsova (2021 Nicolet)
Martin A. Reiss (2021 Chizhevsky)
Charles N. Arge (2023 Birkeland)
Claudio Cesaroni (2023 Chizhevsky)
Ex-officio members:
Ronald van der Linden: Representative of the E-SWAN Executive Board.
Mario M. Bisi: Representative of the ESWW Programme Committee.
Ilya Usoskin: Representative of the E-SWAN Publication Committee.

The Medal Committee is chaired by Andrea Opitz.

For further information go to:  https://eswan.eu/index.php/organs/awards-committee

Members of the EOCOM group call for papers for the next ESWW2024 - CD session 2: Bridging Science and Society: Educational and Outreach Initiatives in Space Weather and Space Climate
We would like to draw your attention to and encourage you to consider submitting your works at the Community-driven session CD2: Bridging Science and Society: Educational and Outreach Initiatives in Space Weather and Space Climate, scheduled at the coming European Space Weather Week 2024, which will be held from November 4-8 in Coimbra, Portugal (https://esww2024.org/programme/parallel-sessions/#31d3f4b45021863a6). 
Abstract submission: https://esww2024.org/home/abstracts/ - Deadline for oral abstract submissions is Thursday, June 6, 2024. After this date, all submissions will be considered for poster presentation only.

Session details:
Space weather and space climate play significant roles in modern societies, impacting technology and infrastructures. However, public awareness and understanding of these phenomena remain limited. Educational and outreach efforts are essential for bridging this gap and empowering individuals and communities to mitigate risks and capitalize on opportunities associated with space weather and space climate. The transfer of knowledge is essential for the advancement of science. This applies not only in scientific contexts using appropriate language, but also in everyday lives of people, and even more in the younger generations. If this handover occurs in a natural and powerful way, possibly igniting passions and fostering a desire for further knowledge, the evolution of science, at any level, will take place automatically.

Given the crucial importance of supporting and strengthening scientific education and outreach in space weather, we invite submissions of oral and poster presentations in the following (but not limited to) topics of interest:
Best Practices in Space Weather Education: Effective strategies, resources, and tools for teaching space weather concepts across different educational levels
Engaging the Public: Successful outreach initiatives aimed at including citizen science projects, public lectures, exhibitions, and media campaigns, aimed at raising awareness and fostering interest in space weather and climate.
Collaborative Partnerships: Examples of collaborations between scientists, educators, policymakers, industry professionals, and community leaders to promote space weather education and outreach.
Integrating Space Weather into Curricula: Approaches for incorporating space weather topics into formal education curricula, including STEM programs, to enhance students’ scientific literacy and critical thinking skills.
Impact of Space Weather Education: Assessments and evaluations of educational and outreach efforts, including evaluating their effectiveness in increasing knowledge, changing attitudes, and inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers.

Convenors: Domenico Di Mauro, Lenka Zychova, Jean Lilensten, Lisa Nelson

20 years of expanding horizons, from fundamental science to protecting society

The 20th European Space Weather Week (ESWW) conference will be held in Coimbra, Portugal with the theme of “20 years of expanding horizons, from fundamental science to protecting society”: https://esww2024.org/

ESWW2024 will again adopt the central aim of bringing together the diverse groups in Europe working on different aspects of Space Weather and Space Climate: such as scientists, engineers, satellite operators, power grid technicians, communication and navigation specialists, people working in aviation, space weather service providers, STEM practitioners. The conference will have a hybrid format to allow online participation in addition to those attending in-person.


ESWW2024 abstract deadline extension

Dear colleagues,

submission of abstracts for 𝗘𝗦𝗪𝗪𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 is open,

and the 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝟮𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 (there will be no further extension).

Submissions past this date will only be considered for poster presentation.

𝗔𝗯𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀:


𝗘𝗦𝗪𝗪𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀:

Plenaries: https://esww2024.org/programme/plenary-sessions/

Parallel sessions: https://esww2024.org/programme/parallel-sessions/

Topical Discussion Meetings: https://esww2024.org/programme/topical-discussion-meetings/

Please note that two additional parallel sessions have been added to the programme:

OPS1 – Open Parallel session (for topics which don't fit other sessions)

OPS2 – Severe Space Weather Events and Impacts of May 2024

As customary, 𝗘𝗦𝗪𝗪𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝗮 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝗶𝗿. The fair is an opportunity for academics, scientists, and companies, non-academics, clients, and service providers to showcase their activities and become acquainted with all there is to know in the field of Space Weather.

Details about 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 will be published soon!

𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝘀: https://esww2024.org

For any queries on the conference emails can be sent to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional events around ESWW

In order to lower our carbon footprint by reducing our travels, additional events/meetings may be held the week and week-end preceding or after ESWW2024 at or near the venue in Coimbra. Please contact the LOC as soon as possible (and no later than June 2024) to discuss this further if you plan to hold a meeting around ESWW2024.

Contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Online introductory lectures on Solar Physics and Space Weather

The STCE started a collaboration with the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in support of the new solar physics group of Dr. Nagessa Tilahun in the form a series of online lectures on Solar Physics and Space Weather. The morning (9:30-12:00 CET) lectures are organised on a monthly basis:

• Solar Orbiter, 30 Apr
• Proba-2 and Proba-3, 28 May
• Predictions and services, 25 June
These lectures are taught at master level, especially students from developing nations are encouraged to participate. 

Practical info: anyone can register for free for each lecture separately through the webpage https://events.spacepole.be/category/4/. Click on the appropriate lecture. Registered participants will receive the zoom-link in their email-box.

 17th European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-17) (9-13 September 2024, Turin, Italy) 

ESPMs are organized by the Board of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD, http://solar.epsdivision.org), a Division of the European Physical Society (EPS). This will be the first in-person ESPM after the stop due to the worldwide pandemic.
The scientific program of the next ESPM meeting will be organized around the following topics:
- Solar interior, sub-surface flows and long-term variability
- Fundamental mechanisms of solar plasmas: magnetic reconnection, waves, radiation and particle acceleration
- Energy and mass transfer throughout the solar atmosphere and structures within
- Multi-scale energy release, flares and coronal mass ejections
- Space weather and the solar-heliospheric connections
- Diagnostic tools and numerical methods in solar physics 
The meeting will start on the morning of September 9, and will finish around noon on September 13. The afternoon of September 11 will be dedicated to social excursions, and the conference dinner will be held on September 12. A welcome reception will be offered on Sunday 8 late afternoon.
Online registration and abstract submission will open in early spring 2024. The ESPM-17 Local and Scientific Organizing Committees are currently working to secure funding that will hopefully provide limited travel and/or local support mainly to young researchers.
Further details related to registration fees, abstract submission, accommodation, financial assistance and relevant deadlines will be circulated in a third announcement and will also be available on the meeting’s website: https://indico.ict.inaf.it/e/espm-17 
UKSWSE II: Celebrating 10-years of 24/7 space-weather operational forecasting in the UK (9-12 September 2024, Sandy Park, Exeter, UK)

Abstracts are warmly invited from all national and international colleagues for

UK Space Weather & Space Environment Meeting II: Celebrating 10-years of 24/7 space-weather operational forecasting in the UK, https://iop.eventsair.com/ukswse2024 , 9-12 September 2024, Sandy Park, Exeter, UK

Abstracts can be submitted here https://iop.eventsair.com/ukswse2024/abstract-submission . It is possible to submit more than one abstract and on any of the below themes

  1. Research to Operations and Operations to Research (R2O2R)
  2. Instrumentation
  3. Industry and Users
  4. Policy and Strategy
  5. Space Weather Science
  6. Space Weather Forecasting
  7. Space Sustainability
  8. Space Domain Awareness (Space Surveillance & Tracking; Space Situational Awareness; Space Environment)
  9. Education and Outreach
  10. Other

If you have an idea for something “slightly out of the box”, then please let us know and explain/describe in the abstract submission (you can submit more than one abstract after all). In short, please do not let there be any obstacle to communicating an idea or discussion etc.

Abstract deadline and other key dates are currently as follows:

Extended Abstract submission deadline: 14th June (no further extensions will be granted)

Programme release: 3 July 2024

Early registration deadline: 21 July 2024

Standard registration deadline: 13 August 2024

Final registration deadline: 25 August 2024  

Accommodation deadline: TBC

For questions regarding the running of the conference (logistics etc) please get in touch with contacts as described according to this page https://iop.eventsair.com/ukswse2024/contacts

For questions regarding the scientific programme please contact the Science Organising Committee (https://iop.eventsair.com/ukswse2024/committee , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For context please see the 2023 iteration here.


The 9th International Space Climate Symposium (Space Climate 9) (1-4 October 2024, Nagoya, Japan)

The Space Climate 9, "Extremity, Long-Term Variability, and Data of Solar Impacts on Earth ", will be organized as a joint symposium with the ISEE Symposium of Nagoya University.

The objective of Space Climate is to study the extremity, the long-term variability, and data of the solar-terrestrial environments, space-climate impacts on the heliosphere, Earth’s space environment, atmosphere, climate, and their possible impact on human civilizations.

This joint symposium will take place at Nagoya, one of the historical and economic centers in Japan, on 1-4 October 2024. This will be an in-person meeting.

Details on venue, registration, scientific program, accommodation etc., are available on the meeting website

All questions, enquires, comments related to the meeting, can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Important deadlines (preliminary):
Abstract submission deadline for Oral contributions: 30 June 2024
Abstract submission deadline for Poster contribution: 15 July 2024
Early bird registration deadline: 31 July 2024

Hisashi Hayakawa, Agnieszka Gil, Ilya Usoskin, Fusa Miyake, and Kalevi Mursula

SDO 2025 Science Workshop: A Gathering of the Helio-hive! (24-28 February 2025, Boulder, CO, USA)
The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) invites you to the SDO 2025 Science Workshop: A Gathering of the Helio-hive, to be held February 24-28, 2025, at the Center Green in Boulder, CO. All members of the science community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The fifteen years since the launch of SDO has seen papers describing wide ranges of science results from this mission. Join us during the maximum of Solar Cycle 25 to discuss what we have learned about the Sun and compare the new cycle and those in the past. To accommodate the interest in multiple research topics, SDO 2025 will include parallel sessions on developments in helioseismology and coronal modeling.

Any research result using SDO data can be submitted as a contribution to the workshop. Invited speakers will introduce 7 themed sessions spanning SDO‘s wide range of research topics:
Solar Internal Dynamics and Structure
From Creation to Emergence: Magnetic Fields of the Sun
Coronal Dynamics: Unveiling the Origins of the Solar Wind
Energetic Outbursts: Deciphering Solar Flares, CMEs, and SEPs
Impacts of Solar Variability on Earth, Other Planets, and Space Weather
Next Horizon: the Future Solar and Heliophysics Missions
Stellar insights from the SDO Observations

There will also be one day of parallel mini-workshops and an EUV calibration workshop.

Registration, abstract submission, and other information about SDO 2025 will be available at http://sdo2025.sdo-workshops.org/.

Please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive further information about this workshop.

Multiple open job offers in a DFG Research Unit Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Plasmasphere, Thermosphere as a Coupled System (MIPT)

The overarching science objective of the research unit is to better understand how the magnetosphere, ionosphere, plasmasphere, and thermosphere are coupled to each other. The complexity of this system, which covers altitudes from tens to tens of thousands of km and time scales from minutes to decades, requires an interdisciplinary team with specialists in different domains, expertise in modeling and observations, as well as established collaborative ties to the international community.

The Research Unit is planned for 4 years with a possible extension for another 4 years. We offer 6 (postdoc/PhD) positions, one for each project of the Research Unit at 5 Institutions: German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Technische Universität München (TUM), Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), and German Aerospace Center (DLR).

All current job announcements and links to online applications can be found at: https://spaceweather.gfz-potsdam.de/mipt-job-center

For additional questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (yshprits-at-gfz-potsdam.de) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Job opening at CEA Paris-Saclay in France for 2+1 years on improving solar wind models for space weather forecasting

The Department of Astrophysics of CEA Paris-Saclay invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position to work in the framework of the WindTRUST project.

The WindTRUST project is dedicated to the improvement of solar wind simulations and space weather forecasting.

It aims at developing state-of-the-art 3D simulations and validation processes for the next generation of space weather forecasts (for future integration in ESA space weather portal). It will in particular address the capability to predict intense events at solar maximum. To do so, it will incorporate small-scale and highly variable magnetic structures using magneto-frictional methods, which will in turn be improved by novel comparisons with the most recent solar and heliospheric observations.

You can find more information about this project here: https://irfu.cea.fr/en/Phocea/Vie_des_labos/Ast/ast.php?t=fait_marquant&id_ast=5204

The position can start as soon as September 1st 2024. The appointment will be for 2+1 years (depending upon satisfactory performance).

Applicants should e-mail curriculum vitae, list of publications and contact information for two references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (barbara.perri-at-cea.fr).

The position will remain open until filled, however, priority consideration will be given to applications received by June 30 2024.

For more details, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (barbara.perri-at-cea.fr).


Multiple open positions at GFZ-Potsdam

Space Physics and Space Weather at GFZ Potsdam, Germany is pleased to announce multiple open positions related to machine learning, numerical modelling, and data analysis.

Our section is working on understanding of the dynamical evolution of the hazardous space radiation environment and developing the tools for specification and prediction of the adverse effects of space environment using models and data assimilation. We study physical processes in the near-Earth space environment and focus on the understanding of fundamental processes responsible for the evolution of space radiation.

For more information about the section, please visit: spaceweather.gfz-potsdam.de

For additional questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (yshprits-at-gfz-potsdam.de) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (dedong-at-gfz-potsdam.de). 

All current job announcements and links to online applications can be found at: spaceweather.gfz-potsdam.de/job-openings

Prof. Dr. Ir. Giovanni Lapenta (1965-2024)

With extreme sadness, we announce the premature passing of Prof. Giovanni Lapenta, an eminent scientist whose groundbreaking contributions to space plasmas and computational plasma physics have left an indelible mark on the field.

Gianni, as he was known among friends and colleagues, received a Master's degree (Laurea) in Nuclear Engineering in 1989 and a PhD in Plasma Physics in 1993 from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy). He spent one year as a visiting scholar at MIT, working with Prof. Bruno Coppi. He then moved to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, initially as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow and later as a Staff Member, where he worked until 2007. During those years, his interest shifted more and more from fusion to space plasmas. 

In 2007, he was appointed full professor of Mathematics of Space Weather in the Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics at KU Leuven (Belgium). He recently held a dual affiliation with his alma mater, Polytechnic of Turin, where he was also appointed full professor. Sadly, his dream to spend the final years of his career and his retirement in his beloved Turin was cut short by a devastating illness.

Gianni made fundamental and everlasting contributions in the fields of space plasmas and computational plasma physics. In particular, he pioneered some of the early studies on kinetic instabilities driving collisionless reconnection by using state-of-the-art kinetic simulations. His seminal work on the fundamental mechanisms underlying magnetic reconnection, particularly the roles of drift instabilities such as kink, lower hybrid, and tearing modes, and the interplay with turbulent reconnection has significantly advanced our understanding of plasma dynamics, influencing both theoretical frameworks and practical applications in space and laboratory plasmas.

Equally important are his contributions to the field of computational plasma physics. During his early years in Los Alamos and under the guidance of Jerry Brackbill, he became one of the major proponents of the so-called implicit moment particle-in-cell (PIC) method. This method, which became a cornerstone of the “Lapenta school,” allows for the fully kinetic treatment of both ions and electrons without the numerical instabilities typical of explicit schemes (such as the CFL condition). A major milestone has been developing and releasing the 3D parallel version of the implicit PIC code, iPIC3D. Gianni was among the first in our community to embrace the philosophy of open-source code development, understanding the benefits of disseminating his computational works as widely as possible. In the last 15 years, iPIC3D has been used by a large number of researchers, all driven by Gianni’s vision of extending the reach of kinetic simulations.

Throughout his career, Gianni has mentored a large number of students and early career researchers, many of which have flourished into accomplished scientists. Those fortunate enough to have worked with him remember his passion for science and his ambition to push the boundaries of knowledge. 

Thanks to his clear vision, his excellent ability to communicate, and his charismatic leadership, Gianni was a leading figure in large European projects in the field of space weather and heliophysics. Among the many projects, Gianni has been a pioneer in understanding the disruptive potential of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in our field, leading the AIDA (Artificial Intelligence Data Analysis) project, possibly the first EU-funded project explicitly focused on the use of AI in heliophysics. This was followed by ASAP (Automatics in Space Exploration), which is still active and focuses on deploying AI in space for robotic exploration. Recently, Gianni received an Advanced ERC (European Research Community) grant called TerraVirtualE, which promised to simulate, for the first time, a full planetary space environment with kinetic ions and electrons. Central to this project was his latest breakthrough in computational plasma physics, the Energy-Conserving semi-implicit method (ECsim), which enhances the semi-implicit PIC method with energy conservation for long-term simulations.

The frequent jest among friends and colleagues about his apparent immunity to funding challenges highlighted his ability to embrace visionary projects and push the limits of what is possible.

Gianni’s untimely departure is a significant loss to the many projects he led. However, his love for science, visionary insights, leadership, and friendly demeanour will always be remembered by those who had the privilege of calling him a mentor, collaborator, and friend.

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