The United Nations Programme on Space Applications was established in 1971 to assist Member States with building capacity in the use and benefits of space technology and its applications and to promote international space cooperation. Since its inception, the Programme has organized more than 300 training courses, workshops, seminars and conferences and has provided funding support for more than 12,000 participants, mainly from developing countries. It has coordinated the establishment of five Regional Centres for Space Science and Technology Education, affiliated to the United Nations and cooperates with academic institutions around the World to offer long-term fellowship programmes.
When it was recognized that building capacity in space science was often a pre-requirement for developing and sustaining space technology and space application capabilities, the Basic Space Science Initiative (BSSI) was launched under the Programme on Space Applications in 1991. Initially the BSSI considered astronomy and astrophysics.
Over the last few decades a wide range of scientific programmes and international initiatives have been conducted to study space weather, increasing our understanding of space weather-related events and effects. Thus increasingly research activities and cooperation opportunities in the space weather domain came into the focus of the BSSI.
The International Heliophysical Year 2007 (IHY) drew scientists and engineers from around the globe in a coordinated observation campaign of the heliosphere and its effects on planet Earth. Building on these activities, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space launched the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) in 2009.
ISWI was a program of international cooperation to advance space weather science by a combination of instrument deployment, analysis and interpretation of space weather data from these instruments in conjunction with space data, and the communication of the results to the public. While the ISWI was formally concluded in 2012, most of the activities continued beyond the formal end of the initiative. They contribute to the discussion under a new agenda item on Space Weather in the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
The key function of the present Workshop is to follow-up on ISWI recommendations and to maintain the capacity building momentum established by IHY and ISWI.
The Workshop will be hosted by the International Center for Space Weather Science and Education ( ICSWSE, pronounced iku-sei) of Kyushu University, on behalf of the Government of Japan, and is co-sponsored by the following organizations:
The objective of the Workshop is to provide a global forum for participants to discuss capacity building, global observation, and science/education on space weather, building on the achievements of the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI).
Concrete objectives of the 2015 Workshop will be to:
The observations and recommendations emanating from the Workshop will be disseminated in form of report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to the United Nations General Assembly.
The Workshop Programme will consist of a series of Sessions with technical presentations, panel discussions and working group meetings. Sessions will cover:
The programme may also include a field trip and a social events programme for all Workshop participants. The detailed Workshop Programme will be made available here in due course.
Applicants must generally have a university degree and well-established professional working experience in a field related to the theme of the Workshop. Applicants should be involved in space weather research activities in national or international organizations, research centres, academic institutions or industry. Applications from qualified female applicants are particularly encouraged. The co-sponsors of the Workshop will jointly select participants on a competitive basis. Successful applicants will be notified in January 2015.
Applications to participate in the Workshop will be accepted until 30 November 2014.
On a competitive basis limited support (e.g. air-ticket, accommodation) will be available for qualified applicants from developing countries to attend the Workshop.
This page was last updated on 1 September 2014.