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CHARMing!

The annual CHARM meeting took place at the ROB on 10 March.

14th European Space Weather Week

The ESWW14 committee released a list of potential session topics. Also, the ESWW14 will be co-located with the 9th European CubeSat Symposium.

Topical Issue for the SWSC Journal

The SWSC has opened the topical issue "Space weather effects on GNSS and their mitigation".

Nelson, 12y asks 'How does the house of the ISS look like?'

How does the floor plan of the International Space Station looks like? Where is the bathroom, toilet, bedroom, gym, …? Are they connected with corridors? Is there a first floor, second floor, third floor?

ESWW14 - call for sessions

Also for the 14th edition of the European Space Weather Week, the input of the broad space weather community is rated as 'highly valuable and recommended'.

Three Topical Issues for the SWSC Journal

Benefiting from the highly successful ESWW13, the open-access Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) has opened three topical issues (TI), as listed underneath. Questions regarding these topical issues are to be addressed to the respective topical editors-in-chief. For questions concerning the submission process, please contact the Editorial Office.

The Sun in 2016

SWAP, the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) telescope aboard ESA's PROBA2 solar satellite, has been observing the Sun on a daily basis in 2016. The folks from the Proba2 Science Centre have made a collage by combining an image for each day into a single poster. The impressive result and some additional explanations are at ESA's Space in Images.

ESWW13 highlights

The 13th European Space Weather Week (ESWW13) took place in the Casino Kursaal of Oostende from 14 till 18 November. This international space weather conference was organized already for the 11th time by the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE). Participants were not confined to Europe, but really came from all sides of the world, representing countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South-Africa, Brazil, Japan, China and South-Korea.

The first Early-Career Day

On 25 October 2016, the first Early-Career Day (ECD) was organized at the Space Pole in Uccle, the main idea for such an event - bringing together the Early-Career staff members of all three institutes - being to improve the network of the Space Pole. Soon, an organization team of eleven EC staff members formed, composed of 5 representatives from ROB, 4 from BISA and 2 from RMI. For the first ECD, 38 participants (19 female and 19 male) registered, and several non-EC staff members joined in addition for the evening reception.

ASGARD: balloons for science

For several years now, the Planetarium (Heysel) and the Space Pole (Uccle) host the ASGARD project from ESERO Belgium and St-Pieterscollege Jette. Student teams think of their own scientific experiment to send to the stratosphere (near-space) with a stratospheric balloon from the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI). The conditions are similar to being on the surface of Mars. Teams whose proposals are selected by the jury, can then build their experiment for real, presenting it to the other selected participants, and launch it in Brussels.

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