United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

United Nations/Austria Symposium on
"Space Weather Data, Instruments and Models:
Looking Beyond the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI)"

Hosted and co-sponsored by the Government of Austria, the State of Styria and the City of Graz and
co-sponsored by European Space Agency (ESA)

16 - 18 September 2013, Graz, Austria

Resources available online:

Symposium Programme and Participants

Background Documents

Information

Since the organization of the Third United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) in 1999 there has been considerable progress in the operational use of space technology and its applications for sustainable development in general. Space-based assets such as telecommunications, Earth Observation for environmental monitoring and navigation satellites support a wide range of applications and are increasingly integrated into public infrastructures and may contribute to policy- and decision making to improve people's lives. In practice all countries today are users of various space-based solutions.

More and more countries are interested in establishing own basic capacities in space technology development and also in access to- and use of diverse space-based data.

In this context, a new Graz Symposium series started in 2012, hosted and co-sponsored by the Government of Austria, the State of Styria and the City of Graz, and supported by the European Space Agency (ESA). The series attempts to address various space-based data analysis and workflows, review data availability and data sharing status as well as future opportunities, with a view to facilitate better and easier access to such data and resulting analytical products for general and wide-scale scientific benefit and also in support of decision making processes.

This year's Symposium will continue covering the Space Weather domain by addressing the existing and planned global instrument network and related data collections as well as data analysis and modeling efforts. It will also pave the way for the continuation of the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) and for the discussions under the new agenda item on space weather at the forthcoming session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of COPUOS in February 2014.

Objectives

Over the last few decades a wide range of scientific programmes and international initiatives have been conducted to study space weather. They have contributed to increase our understanding of space weather-related events and effects.

In 2012, at the conclusion of the ISWI initiative, a number of recommendations including regular interaction and continuation of international cooperative efforts were made in Ecuador.

The purpose of this Symposium is therefore to address a need to follow up on the ISWI recommendations related to instrument availability and data modeling opportunities, by bringing together experts from developed and developing countries and most major instrument operators and data sources as well.

Participants will look at current availability and status updates of space weather instrument arrays (in-situ, space-borne), data collection and data access developments, as well as current modeling efforts, models availability and accuracy, better documentation on such data and models to improve access and scientific cooperation internationally.

Participating experts will also seek to identify synergies between various other ongoing projects and initiatives that address this domain as well, by sharing knowledge on such efforts, with a view to improving collaboration and access to data in general for the future.

Concrete objectives of the 2013 Symposium will be to:

  • Review as an expert group world-wide existing and planned space weather-related data collection and development activities (space-based and ground-based observations, modeling and forecast development) and identify any gaps
  • Review international cooperation activities and the role of international cooperation in addressing space weather-related issues, such as possible further cooperation towards a truly global space-weather monitoring capabilities
  • Identify opportunities for international cooperation in the standardization, sharing and wider, timely use of data, also for operational purposes; data interoperability and formats will be considered, as those are important aspects for any standardization
  • Review current models repositories and identify some opportunities for international cooperation to identify, create and better share optimized models to produce accurate simulations and predictions, timely forecasts tailored to needs in each country or region of the world
  • Identify concrete cooperation and knowledge sharing in this domain with other relevant initiatives or consortia. SCOSTEP was already proposed for presentation and discussion
  • Offer hands-on training possibility for participants in using existing model repositories such as the NASA one in combination with open or own data sources for various applications

In line with the proposed objectives, the Symposium could present policy makers with a range of options and improved means for addressing space weather effects, as well as for provision of improved information to the public and press, particularly also in developing countries.

Expected outcomes:

  • It is anticipated that the conclusions reached by the Symposium participants will lead to a set of useful and important recommendations for the future cooperation between instrument arrays, data collection focal points and data users.
  • The Symposium recommendations will be further strengthened and highlighted through their inclusion into an official United Nations report about the event, opening the way for continued international space weather collaboration, following the conclusion of the multi-year ISWI effort.
  • Several actions might be identified in terms of improved data sharing and standardization (interoperability), as well as for models sharing. The United Nations may play a role in encouraging and supporting such data and model sharing as needed.

Programme

The Symposium will consist of a series of invited technical presentations by selected experts in the field, with sufficient time set aside for discussions and for presentations by all participants on their own relevant activities. Experts will be primarily sought for covering the Instrument Array status and data collection topics as well as data modelling.

Sessions will cover:

  • Taking stock of existing space-borne and in-situ data collection networks and instrument arrays
  • Data processing and data modeling tools, ongoing efforts review, model availability
  • Data standardization, data interoperability and data formats
  • Special topics as identified (SCOSTEP, etc.)

The sessions may be supplemented by any demonstrations or training on relevant software tools by various participants and instrument arrays lead scientists.

The co-sponsors will also be organizing an attractive programme of social events for all Symposium participants.

The detailed Symposium programme will be made available at this webpage at later stage.

Participants

Applicants must generally have a university degree and well-established professional working experience in a field related to the theme of the Symposium. Applicants should ideally be involved in the planning, implementation or operation of data arrays, in relevant organizations, international or national, research or academic institutions or industry. Applications from qualified female applicants are particularly encouraged. The co-sponsors of the Symposium will jointly select participants on a competitive basis. Successful applicants will be notified beginning from July 2013.

Financial support to selected participants

Within the limited financial resources available to the co-sponsors, a number of qualified applicants from developing countries, who have expressed the need for financial support, will be offered financial support to attend the Symposium. This may include the provision of a round-trip air ticket between Graz and the applicant's international airport of departure and daily subsistence allowances to cover board and lodging for the duration of the Symposium. En-route expenses or any changes made to the air ticket must be borne by the participants.

Due to the limited availability of financial resources it is usually not possible to provide assistance to all qualified applicants that express the need for financial support. Applicants and their nominating organizations are therefore strongly encouraged to find additional sources of sponsorship to allow them to attend the Symposium.

Dates and location

The Symposium will be held from 16 to 18 September 2013 in Graz, Austria, at the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Schmiedlstraße 6, 8042 Graz, Austria. Selected participants will receive information with details on board and lodging and other local arrangements.

Participants will be accommodated in HARRY'S HOTEL HOME***, Pachern Haupstraße 95, 8075 Hart bei Graz, Austria, Phone: +43/316/493900 , Fax: +43/316/493900-99, Email: office@harrys-home.com, www.harrys-home.com.

Language of the Symposium

Applicants must have a working knowledge of English, which will be the only language of the Symposium. Selected participants who receive funding support from the co-sponsors might be required to make a 10 to 20 minutes presentation on their work related to the Symposium theme.

Life and health insurance

Life and major health insurance is the responsibility of each selected participant or his/her nominating institution or government. The co-sponsors will neither assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for any other expenses related to medical treatment or accidental events.

Deadline for submission of applications

The completed application form, properly endorsed by the applicant's government/institution, should be received by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs no later than 16 June 2013. Applications received after the deadline will be considered, but applicants will not be eligible for financial support.

We strongly encourage all candidates to apply for the Workshop online, as it helps us to streamline the processing of applications. The online application forms can be accessed through the Internet links on this page.

Alternatively, a fully completed original of the application form should be mailed directly (or if necessary forwarded through the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ) to:

Office for Outer Space Affairs
United Nations Office at Vienna
Vienna International Centre
P.O. BOX 500
A‑1400 Vienna, AUSTRIA
Fax: +43 1 26060‑5830
E-mail: unpsa@unoosa.org

To accelerate the processing of your application, please e-mail an advance copy of the completed form (.pdf, .doc) to the Office for Outer Space Affairs ( unpsa@unoosa.org). Only complete applications, with all the requested information and signatures, will be considered.

Points of contact

For questions related to the application process, please contact Mr. Kurian Maniyanipurathu ( kurian.maniyanipurathu@unoosa.org, Tel: +43-1-26060-4268).

For questions related to the local arrangements in Graz, please contact Ms. Birgit Kössler ( birgit.koessler@joanneum.at; Tel: +43 316 876 1256; Fax: +43 316 876 1404).

For questions related to the Symposium programme and to co-sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mr. Werner Balogh ( werner.balogh@unoosa.org, Tel: +43-1-26060-4952).

Online application (application deadline has passed)

  • Please use this link if you wish to be considered by co-organizers for full or partial funding support for attending the Symposium.
  • Please use this link if you have your own funding or your institution provides you with funding for attending the Symposium , and you do not need a financial support from co-organizers.

Last updated: 6 January 2014.
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mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG). <o:p></o:p></span></p>

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text-align:center;line-height:normal;border:none;mso-border-bottom-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;
padding:0cm;mso-padding-alt:0cm 0cm 1.0pt 0cm'><span lang=EN-GB
style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Hosted by the Centre for International Services, by
the Ministry of Education, <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;
text-align:center;line-height:normal;border:none;mso-border-bottom-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;
padding:0cm;mso-padding-alt:0cm 0cm 1.0pt 0cm'><span lang=EN-GB
style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Youth and Sports and by Czech Space Office<o:p></o:p></span></p>

</div>

<p class=MsoHeading9><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:18.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:
10.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoHeading9><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:18.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:
10.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>GENERAL INFORMATION<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;
text-align:center;line-height:normal'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;
font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>1.<span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Transport<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>&amp; Accommodation<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;line-height:normal'><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>1.1.<span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Flight arrangements<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB'>Those participants who are being provided with UN/IAF funding support
for travelling to the workshop should have been already contacted by a travel
agent regarding the issuance of their air flight tickets. Please note that <u>any
changes to the original air travel arrangements will be at the participants'
expense</u>.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>1.2.<span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Airport arrival<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.05pt;text-align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph;line-height:
normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>Upon
arrival at the Prague Ruzyn&#283; Airport, participants should proceed to the Workshop
Information Officers standing near the exit from the airport security zone (both
for participants who will arrive to the Terminal 1 (flights from non-Schengen
countries) or Terminal 2) in order to use a free shuttle bus service offered by
Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for transportation between the airport and Prague
(metro station And&#283;l, line B). Information on the shuttle bus schedule will
be available on the following Internet site: </span><span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><a
href="http://www.czechspace.cz/cs/un-iaf-workshop-shuttle-bus-schedule">http://www.czechspace.cz/cs/un-iaf-workshop-shuttle-bus-schedule</a>.
For those who are not able to use the shuttle bus service due to an unmatching
flight schedule, there is a possibility to use the public transport service - bus
Nr. 119 to the metro station "Dejvicka", then the metro line A to the station
Malostranska, than tram line Nr. 12, 20 or 22 to the station Hellichova (second
stop). </span></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.05pt;text-align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph;line-height:
normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>
<o:p></o:p>
</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph;line-height:
normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>Workshop
Information Officers at the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Prague</st1:PlaceName>
<st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Ruzyn&#283;</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Airport</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>
will be for your disposal from 08:00 to 20:00 on 23 September 2010.
Participants who arrive before that date should arrange for their transfer themselves.
Information on the transfer options is available at the 2010 IAC website: <a
href="http://www.iac2010.cz/en/general-info/public-transport">http://www.iac2010.cz/en/general-info/public-transport</a>
. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph;line-height:
normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>1.3.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Hotel accommodation for UN/IAF-funded
participants</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Participants who are provided with
funding support for hotel accommodation will be accommodated at <b><i>Hotel
Ibis Praha Mala Strana </i></b><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;
mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>(number 3 on the city map on the next page)</span>.
We have made your booking and will cover costs of your stay in a hotel for the
duration of the workshop and the IAC. If you arrive earlier or leave later due
to the arrangement <u>made through the UN</u>, we will cover your extended stay
in a hotel. </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Please note, that participants are
responsible for any additional charges (telephone calls, laundry, room service,
etc.) in a hotel, as well as for extending their stay in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place
w:st="on">Prague</st1:place></st1:City>.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Hotel Ibis Mala Strana</b> address is as follows:</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>Plzenska 14<span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";
mso-fareast-language:KO'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>15000 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Prague</st1:City>,
<st1:country-region w:st="on">Czech Republic</st1:country-region></st1:place> </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>Tel: +420-221-701-700; Fax: +420-221-701-800</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>Website: <a
href="http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-5211-ibis-praha-mala-strana/index.shtml">http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-5211-ibis-praha-mala-strana/index.shtml</a></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Participants and speakers who are
self-funded are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Listing of
hotels with special rates for the congress is available on the IAC website<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><a href="http://www.iac2010.cz">http://www.iac2010.cz</a>
. </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

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id="_x0000_t202" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="202" path="m,l,21600r21600,l21600,xe">
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</v:shapetype><v:shape id="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t202" style='position:absolute;
left:0;text-align:left;margin-left:470pt;margin-top:150.8pt;width:3.55pt;
height:3.55pt;z-index:1' stroked="f">
<v:fill opacity=".5"/>
<v:textbox style='mso-next-textbox:#_x0000_s1026'>
<![if !mso]>
<table cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0 width="100%">
<tr>
<td><![endif]>
<div>
<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span
lang=EN-GB style='color:red;text-transform:uppercase;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB'>Hotel A<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
</div>
<![if !mso]></td>
</tr>
</table>
<![endif]></v:textbox>
</v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><span style='mso-ignore:vglayout;position:
absolute;z-index:1;left:0px;margin-left:626px;margin-top:201px;width:10px;
height:9px'><img width=10 height=9
src="General_InfoNote-Prague2010_files/image003.gif" alt="Text Box: HOTEL A"
v:shapes="_x0000_s1026"></span><![endif]><span style='mso-no-proof:yes'><st1:place
w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Prague</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">City</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>
Centre</span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-bidi-font-family:
Arial;color:#0070C0'><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_i1026" type="#_x0000_t75"
style='width:509.4pt;height:494.4pt'>
<v:imagedata src="General_InfoNote-Prague2010_files/image004.png" o:title="Workshop-Map2"/>
</v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img border=0 width=679 height=659
src="General_InfoNote-Prague2010_files/image005.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1026"><![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;tab-stops:58.5pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;tab-stops:58.5pt'><a
href="http://maps.google.cz/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=cs&amp;geocode=&amp;q=karmelitsk%C3%A1+7,+praha&amp;sll=49.813176,15.001831&amp;sspn=1.64822,4.229736&amp;brcurrent=5,0,0&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Karmelitsk%C3%A1+529%2F7,+118+00+Praha-Mal%C3%A1+Strana&amp;z=16">Venue
of the workshop on Google maps</a></p>

<p class=ATEXT2><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;tab-stops:58.5pt'>1.4 <span
style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>Living expenses</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Participants, who are being
provided by co-sponsors with funding support for living expenses, will receive
during the Workshop an allowance to cover their living costs for the duration
of the Workshop and the Congress. <b>Please note that, in order to receive the
finance aid, you are requested to provide a photocopy of your passport (only
page(s) with your name and signature) and a photocopy of your original air
tickets. Please note that it is also required to submit all the air ticket
stubs and boarding passes that the airlines returned to you after checking in. </b>If
participant(s) stays for a shorter period of time, the amount of payment will
be adjusted accordingly.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Workshop information</p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.1.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Workshop venue</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>The workshop will be held at the
premises of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS). The MEYS
address is as follows:</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><span lang=DE style='mso-ansi-language:DE'>Room C081<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><span lang=DE style='mso-ansi-language:DE'>Karmelitska&nbsp;7
<br>
118 12 Praha 1, Czech Republic<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>Tel: +420-234-811-111 </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";
mso-fareast-language:KO'>Mr. Ondrej Novak, Department of International
Cooperation in Research and Development, MEYS<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>During the workshop, LOC will
provide participants with transportation <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>from
Hotel Ibis Mala Strana</b> to the venue of the Workshop and with return
transport to the hotel after the sessions and/or social events.<span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";mso-fareast-language:KO'> The
complete complimentary shuttle bus schedule will be available online at <a
href="http://www.czechspace.cz/cs/un-iaf-workshop-shuttle-bus-schedule">http://www.czechspace.cz/cs/un-iaf-workshop-shuttle-bus-schedule</a>
<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>very soon.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.2.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Registration details</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Participants' registration to the
UN/IAF Workshop will take place on Friday, 24 September, from 8.00 to 9.00 am
at the workshop venue<span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";
mso-fareast-language:KO'>, MEYS</span>. Each participant will receive a badge
that should be worn visibly throughout the entire period of the workshop.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Please note that you have to bring your passport or other ID with you
in order to pass through security check at the front gate of MEYS.<o:p></o:p></b></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.3.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Work Period</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>The event will be held from Friday,
24 September to Saturday 25 October 2010. The working hours will be between
9.00 am and 6.00 pm. Please refer to the attached programme for further details
(please note that programme might be slightly modified later on). On Friday 24
September the Social Event will be organized by LOC. The Social Event will
start at approx. 7:00 pm. Transport from the venue of the Workshop to the place
of the Social Event will be provided. The place of the Social Event will be
confirmed.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.4.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Presentations</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>All speakers have been scheduled to
make presentations of <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>20 minutes</b> in
length, followed by a discussion at the end of each technical session. Please
see the attached programme for the schedule of your presentation. Since there
are still a few unconfirmed speakers, the programme might be slightly modified
by the time of the workshop.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>For those who, due to time limits,
are not scheduled for oral presentation, we have arranged poster sessions.
Therefore, please bring a hard copy of your presentation with you (maximum 10
pages of A4 format) for posting it on board outside the meeting room, and be
ready to answer questions from the viewers at real time.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>If you wish to use PowerPoint
presentation software for your talk, please bring a copy of your presentation
on CD or on USB memory stick to the workshop.</p>

<p class=ATEXT3 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>If you have not already done so,
please provide us with your abstract and brief biographical details for the use
in the programme by Friday, 16 September 2010 (please send this to &lt;<a
href="mailto:sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org">sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org</a>&gt;).
</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Please review the attached
programme carefully to verify date, time and title of your presentation. If
there is any discrepancy, please inform us (&lt;<a
href="mailto:sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org">sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org</a>&gt;)
as soon as possible.
<o:p></o:p>
</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.5.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Documents</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='background:white'>An
up-to-date programme will be distributed to participants at the time of their
registration. The proceedings will be published electronically after the
Workshop.</span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.6.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Working languages</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>The working language of the
Workshop is English. </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.7.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Facilities, Materials and Equipment</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>The Workshop's conference room is
equipped with PC<span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";
mso-fareast-language:KO'> and </span>PowerPoint projecto<span style='mso-fareast-font-family:
"Malgun Gothic";mso-fareast-language:KO'>r</span>. The LOC will provide
photocopying, fax, Internet, and computer services and equipment and office
supplies for the Workshop.</p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;
tab-stops:36.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.8.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Lunch </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Please notice that only light lunch
will be prepared for the participants of the workshop. List of restaurants in
the vicinity can be found at: <a
href="http://www.lunchtime.cz/restaurace/praha/mala-strana/english/">http://www.lunchtime.cz/restaurace/praha/mala-strana/english/</a><span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>3.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>International Astronautical Congress (IAC)</p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Those participants
who have been offered and who have accepted the funding support for attending
the Congress will be registered to IAC after the workshop. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The venue of IAC is
the Prague Congress Center (PCC). Shuttle bus service between the official
Congress' hotels and PCC will be available during IAC. Please refer to the
Congress website <a href="http://www.iac2010.cz">http://www.iac2010.cz</a> for
information related to the event. We also strongly advise you to read the
Congress programme thoroughly in advance in order to attend the event and be
benefited at the maximum.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:
"Malgun Gothic";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:KO'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>4.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Contacts</p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:
EN-US'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>4.1.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
bold'>Mr. Sergei Chernikov: <span style='mso-tab-count:3'> </span></span>E-mail:
<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><a
href="mailto:sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org">sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org</a> </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>(All matters related to programme
and organization)</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Phone: <span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>+43 1 26060 4948</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Fax: <span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>+43 1 26060 5830</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Mr. Kurian Maniyanipurathu:<span
style='mso-tab-count:2'> </span>E-mail:<span
style='color:black'> </span><a href="mailto:kurian.maniyanipurathu@unoosa.org">kurian.maniyanipurathu@unoosa.org</a><span
style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>(All matters related to travel,
accommodation and visas)</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Phone: <span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>+43 1 26060 4268</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Fax: <span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>+43 1 26060 5830</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>4.2.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Local Organizing Committee in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place
w:st="on">Prague</st1:place></st1:City></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-bidi-font-family:
Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:212.65pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Mr. Ondrej Novak<span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>Email: <a
href="mailto:ondrej.novak@msmt.cz">ondrej.novak@msmt.cz</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:72.0pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Phone: +420-234-811-118<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:72.0pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:72.0pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Mr. Martin Sunkevic<span style='mso-tab-count:
2'> </span><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>
</span>Email: <a href="mailto:sunkevic@czechspace.cz">sunkevic@czechspace.cz</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:72.0pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Phone: </span>+420-603-557-752<span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;
tab-stops:36.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>5.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Useful Information</p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Please refer to the
Congress website <a href="http://www.iac2010.cz">http://www.iac2010.cz</a> for
more details on local currency, services, climate conditions, as well as for
information on social events during IAC.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><span style='color:red'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 align=center style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:
1.0pt;margin-left:0cm;text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:12.0pt;
mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;color:red'>Have a nice travel to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place
w:st="on">Prague</st1:place></st1:City>! We are looking forward to working
with you towards a productive and enjoyable workshop!</span></b><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#0070C0'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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