Space Weather research and applications: Cosmic Rays

chaired by Stan Stankov (STCE)
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 from to (Europe/Brussels)
at BIRA-IASB ( meeting room, 2nd floor )
Ringlaan 3, 1180 Brussels (Belgium)

Monitoring and measuring cosmic particles and radiation for space weather research and applications



The continuous advances in communications, services automation and computer technologies has led to immense improvement in the quality and safety of life, the manufacturing and transportation technologies. The modern society has become dependent on these technological advances. Even more, the ordinary everyday life is unthinkable without their the correct and reliable operation. Its failures to deliver would bring huge and presently unknown material damage and disturbances.

The question how resistant is this technology and its infrastructure to natural disasters, environmental and space effects is not yet satisfactorily determined. Based on the present knowledge and understanding the complete answer to this question might be elusive. Even worse - the possible damage might not be recoverable.

In recent years, the potential effects of the Sun and its activity has been well identified as possible factors that might knock off our highly technological systems and infrastructure. It has drawn huge attention in order to fully understand the known and the unknown effects of space environment to our everyday life, effects referred to as space weather.

The goal - to prevent and/or minimize the negative effects and damage. Space weather has become an important factor in systems design, transportation, communication and electrical power management.

The source of space weather - the Sun and its activity - play the leading role in this phenomenon by producing streams of particles and atoms and magnetic fields - the solar cosmic rays and magnetic fields. Space weather research is directed mainly on the complex interaction of the Sun's magnetic fields and particles with the omnipresent galactic cosmic rays and the Earth's magnetosphere.

Its primary objective is to explain these interactions, to develop models and to apply these models for now- and forecast. A major obstacle is the limited number of instruments and their price.

In January 2019, a new instrument to monitor the intensity of the cosmic rays particles commenced continuous operation. The instrument is largely based on a standard neutron monitor without the lead producer.

This conference has the objective to introduce this new space weather instrument, to present some of the aspects and research topics and show the recent advances in space weather research. An important message of the meeting is to emphasize the importance of space weather observations, research, and modelling.


Erwin De Donder
Karl-Ludwig Klein, Observatoire de Paris, France
Danislav Sapundjiev

Mark Dierckxsens

If you want to contribute, please contact dasapund at


Is for free. Click on the link next to the registration part 'Apply here'.

All participants are welcome to join for a free lunch at 13:00 in the RMI-kanteen. On the menu: 'Cheese plate with fruits and bread'. If you want to join for lunch, email before April 16 - obligatory!


The agenda below is a preliminary agenda.

Participants edith botek; Gaël Cessateur; Guy Crabbe; Erwin De Donder; Johan De Keyser; Mark Dierckxsens; Jan Janssens; Jean Claude Jodogne; Jean Claude Jodogne; Karl-Ludwig Klein; Joseph Lemaire; Viviane Pierrard; Elisa Pinat; Danislav Sapundjiev; Stan Stankov; Tobias Verhulst
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Go to day
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019
    • 09:00 - 09:05 Welcome 5'
      Speaker: Stan Stankov
    • 09:05 - 09:45 Development of the Cosmic Rays Space Weather Observatory in Dourbes 40'
      Speaker: Danislav Sapundjiev
      Material: Slides pdf file
    • 09:45 - 10:30 Cosmic Rays and Space Weather Services for Aviation 45'
      Speaker: Erwin De Donder
    • 10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    • 11:00 - 11:45 Extensions of the Störmer Allowed and Forbbiden Zones 45'
      Speaker: Joseph Lemaire
    • 11:45 - 12:30 Cosmic Rays and Clouds - the CERN CLOUD experiment 45'
      Speaker: J.-C. Jodogne
      Material: Slides pdf file
    • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch ( RMI Canteen )
    • 14:00 - 14:45 Combined observations of neutron monitors and radio instruments to elucidate processes of particle acceleration in the corona 45'
      Speaker: K.-L. Klein (Paris Observatory - invited)
      Material: Slides pdf file
    • 14:45 - 15:30 Radiation risks during future human exploration of Mars and challenges in the searchof new shielding solutions 45'
      Speaker: F. Da Pieve (Invited)
    • 15:30 - 15:50 Round table 20'
      Speaker: Danislav Sapundjiev