Scientific Program

The program consists of 8 sessions. Each will consist of a few invited talks, contributed talks and poster sessions. We envisage all to be plenary, except for the last theme where we offer to have a common plenary and a split in 2 round tables. All sessions will be held in English. There is no simultaneous translation provided.

Session 1. Solar drivers and activity levels

1a. Origins and physical causes for onset
1b. Activity levels and the solar behaviour among solar type stars
1c. How to anticipate flares and super flares

Session 2. Solar wind and heliosphere

2a. Gamma-ray solar flares and in-situ particle acceleration
2b. How to predict the propagation and evolution of solar disturbances
2c. Effects in the heliosphere
2d. Local Interstellar Medium and solar system context (versus exoplanetary systems around solar type stars)

Session 3. Impact of solar wind, structures and radiation on magnetospheres

3a. Solar wind-Magnetosphere coupling
3b. Responses of terrestrial and planetary magnetosphere to solar-wind structures
3c. Evolution and decay of radiation belts during magnetospheric storms

Session 4. Impact of solar wind, structures and radiation on ionospheres, atmospheres

4a. Response of the ionosphere and atmosphere to solar radiation including flares
4b. Response of the atmosphere to high-energy particle precipitation
4c. Evolution and decay of ionospheric storms
4d. Solar wind charge exchange with the atmospheres and exospheres of solar system planets and other bodies

Session 5. Long-term trends and predictions for space weather

5a. How to predict the next solar cycles
5b. Long-term global properties of magnetospheres/planetary magnetic fields
5c. Effects of solar variability on planetary climate

Session 6. Challenges and strategic plans for Earth and the heliosphere

6a. Variability, extremes and boundary conditions of the space environments
6b. Characterisation, requirements, and terminology issues
6c. Strategic plans for Space Weather

Session 7. Forecasting models

7a. Physics-based and empirical models
7b. Synergies in numerical simulations
7c. Advances in numerical approaches, computation, mathematics and physical processes
7d. High-performance computing including need for visualisation

Session 8. Space weather monitoring, instrumentation, data and services

8a. Future Missions and Instrumentation: requirements from each community, potential coordination of space and ground-based instruments, including from radio astronomy.
8b. Data Handling and Assimilation & Relationships with the ‘civil’ society: short plenary talks followed by parallel round tables on each part.

Round-table 1: Data Handling and Assimilation (data format for scientific usage and real-time data assimilation within models and forecasting; data dissemination: best practices; big data analyses vulnerability, statistical analysis, tools and ensemble models);

Round-table 2: Relationships with the ‘civil’ society (Societal needs, Predictability requirements, Disaster and Risk Reduction Concepts, Communicating with policy makers; how to educate people without alarming them).