Scientific Calendar Event

The International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) is a programme of international cooperation to advance space weather science by a combination of instrument deployment, analysis of space weather data from these instruments in conjunction with other data, and the communication of such results.
The ISWI activities are coordinated by a Steering Committee, supported by its Secretariat. A ISWI newsletter is published by the International Center for Space Weather Science and Education (ICSWSE) of Kyushu University, Japan, and the ISWI website is maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (
The aims of the workshop are deployment of instruments in developing nations and analysis of space weather data. A particular focus will be on new research results and findings and to encourage greater cooperation in developing partnerships and ISWI networks. International experts will lecture at the workshop.

The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), Boston College and the Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) and the US Institute of Navigation are co-sponsors of this workshop.


  • Instrumentation;
  • Solar Physics;
  • Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, and Thermosphere;
  • Solar-Terrestrial Coupling and Space Weather;
  • Space Weather effects on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS);
  • New Space Weather scientific results; 
  • Capacity-Building, Education and Outreach.


A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.
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  • Monday, 20 May 2019
    • 08:30 - 10:00
      Location: Leonardo Building - Lobby
      • 08:30 Registration and Administrative Matters 1h30'
        REGISTRATION: Upon arrival, Visitors not staying in the ICTP Guest Houses, are kindly requested to complete registration formalities at the Leonardo Building Lobby from 8.30 till 10.00.
        TRAVEL UNIT (Only for those Visitors receiving daily living allowance/travel reimbursement, who have not provided their bank account data through the on-line portal)  
        Only after having completed registration formalities, please go to the Travel Unit, EF, Main Entrance, Room T17, ground floor, open two days:  Monday and Friday, 08.30 - 12.00  and 13.30 - 14.30
        Please bring with you: badge/identity card or passport/any travel tickets and boarding passes, if reimbursement due.
    • 10:00 - 11:30 Opening Remarks
      Convener: Prof. Sandro Radicella (ICTP)
      • 10:00 Welcome 20'
        Speaker: Prof. Fernando Quevedo (Director, ICTP)
      • 10:20 The International Space Weather Initiative 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Nat Gopalswamy (ISWI Executive Director, NASA)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:40 The Role of the Office of Outer Space Affairs in Support of the International Space Weather Initiative 20'
        Speaker: Ms. Sharafat Gadimova (UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA))
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 The Scientific Committee for Solar Terrestrial Physics 10'
        Speaker: Dr. Nat Gopalswamy (SCOSTEP President)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:10 The International Committee for GNSS 10'
        Speaker: Ms. Sharafat Gadimova (UNOOSA)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:20 The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics 10'
        Speaker: Prof. Sandro Radicella (ICTP)
        Material: Slides
    • 11:30 - 14:00 Keynote
      • 11:30 Global Response to Space Weather 1h0'
        Speaker: Dr. Daniel Baker (University of Colorado, USA)
      • 12:30 Lunch 1h30'
    • 14:00 - 17:00 Session 1: Space Weather Instrumentation and Data 1
      Convener: Dr. A. Babatunde Rabiu (Nigeria)
      • 14:00 Distributed Arrays for Space Weather Sensing and the SCINDA Network 20'
        Speaker: Keith Groves (Boston College, USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:20 VLF measurements via ISWI projects SOFIE and GIFDS 20'
        Speaker: Alexander Kasten (DLR, Germany)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:40 Improvement of instruments and capacity-building activities under the CHAIN-project 20'
        Speaker: Seki Daikichi (Kyoto University, Japan)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:00 New Space Weather Measurements from MACAWS: Monitors for Alaskan and Canadian Auroral Weather in Space (MACAWS) 20'
        Speaker: Anthea Coster (MIT-Haystack, USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:20 Coffee break 30'
      • 15:50 Investigation of the ionospheric absorption response to flare events during the solar cycle 23 as seen by European and South African ionosondes 20'
        Speaker: Veronika Barta (Hungary)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:10 On the simulation of ionospheric scintillation of GPS signals for resilient PNT testing and the challenges in developing a standardised framework for GNSS testing under space weather conditions 20'
        Speaker: Talini Pinto Jayawardena
        Material: Slides
      • 16:30 CoMIC: A customizable multicolor camera for solar-terrestrial interaction studies 30'
        Speaker: Supriya Chakrabarti (UMass Lowell, USA)
        Material: Slides
    • 17:30 - 18:30
      Location: Leonardo Building - Cafeteria
      • 17:30 Get-together drink 1h0'
        All participants of the ISWI Workshop are cordially invited to attend the get-together drink.
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019
    • 08:30 - 09:30 Keynote
      • 08:30 METIS Coronograph and its Implications for Space Weather Studies 1h0'
        Speaker: Ester Antonucci (INAF, Italy)
        Material: Slides
    • 09:30 - 14:00 Session 2: Space Weather Instrumentation and Data 2
      Convener: Dr. Keith Groves (USA)
      • 09:30 A radio spectro-polarimeter for monitoring the activities on the Sun 20'
        Speaker: Anshu Kumari (IIA, India)
        Material: Slides
      • 09:50 UV Ionospheric Observations from the ISS 20'
        Speaker: Susanna Finn (UMass Lowell, USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:10 On the effect of several geomagnetic storms of March and June 2015 at low-equatorial D-region dynamics using very low-frequency radio waves 20'
        Speaker: Ajeet Kumar Maurya (Doon University, India)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Progress on the Development of GNSS Station Networks in West Africa 20'
        Speaker: Olivier Obrou (University FHB Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:20 The CDAW Data Center and Space Weather 20'
        Speaker: Seiji Yashiro (Catholic University, USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:40 Challenges in Space Weather and GNSS Data Aggregation and Consolidation for Research 20'
        Speaker: Renato Filjar (Zagreb University, Croatia)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:00 Questions and Discussion 30'
      • 12:30 Lunch 1h30'
    • 14:00 - 14:40 Session 3: Space Weather Modeling
      Convener: Dr. Bruno Nava (ICTP, Italy)
      • 14:00 Data-Driven Models for Space Weather Prediction 20'
        Speaker: Chun Ming Mark Cheung (Stanford University, USA and Australia)
      • 14:20 Predicting the interplanetary evolution of the 2017 September 6 CME with an improved drag-based model with variable solar wind 20'
        Speaker: Roberto Susino (INAF, Italy)
        Material: Slides
    • 14:40 - 17:30 Session 4: Regional Space Weather Studies
      Convener: Dr. Bruno Nava (ICTP, Italy)
      • 14:40 Equatorial Upper Atmosphere and Space Weather - Results in India 20'
        Speaker: Tarun Pant (SPL VSSC, India)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:00 Characteristics of storm time TEC variations observed over the equator-ward end of the mid-latitude regions 30'
        Speaker: Patrick Sibanda (Kwame Nkrumah University, Zambia)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:00 The Effects of the Recurrent Storms on Fof2 at Ouagadougou Station during Solar Cycles 21-22 20'
        Speaker: Frederic Ouattara (Burkina Faso)
      • 16:20 Sensitivity of the ionosphere parameters, long-term variations, and its irregular structures in the Caucasus on geomagnetic activity 20'
        Speaker: Goderdzi Didebilidze (Ilia State University, Georgia)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:40 On the nighttime enhancement of ionospheric electron density over the equatorial region 20'
        Speaker: Sneha Yadav (SPL VSSC, India)
        Material: Slides
      • 17:00 Questions and Discussion 30'
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019
    • 08:30 - 09:30 Keynote
      • 08:30 Extreme Solar Eruptions: Sources and Consequences 1h0'
        Speaker: Dr. Nat Gopalswamy (NASA)
        Material: Slides
    • 09:30 - 13:30 Session 5A: Solar Physics
      Convener: Dr. David Webb (Boston College, USA)
      • 09:30 Small-scale motions in solar filaments as the precursors of eruptions 20'
        Speaker: Seki Daikichi (Kyoto University, Japan)
        Material: Slides
      • 09:50 Intercycle and Intracycle Variation of Halo CME Rate Obtained from SOHO/LASCO Observations 20'
        Speaker: Fithanegest Kassa Dagnew (Entoto Observatory, Ethiopia)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:10 Declining solar polar fields, the terrestrial magnetosphere and the forthcoming solar cycle 20'
        Speaker: Janardhan Padmanabhan (Physical Research Laboratory, India)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Recent developments in solar energetic particle research 20'
        Speaker: Pertti Mäkelä (Catholic University USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:20 Machine learning analysis of SDO/HMI full disk images: property ranking and flare prediction 20'
        Speaker: Michele Piana (University of Genova, Italy)
      • 11:40 A potential mission for solar-corona observation using Earth as occultor 20'
        Speaker: Bingxian Luo (NSSC, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:00 Lunch 1h30'
    • 13:30 - 17:30 Session 5B: Solar Physics Continued
      Convener: Dr. Pertti Makela (Catholic University, USA)
      • 13:30 Characterization of CMEs from the associated High Frequency type II Solar Radio Bursts 20'
        Speaker: Jean Uwamahoro (University of Rwanda, Rwanda)
      • 13:50 CME and ICME Rates over 4 Solar Cycles 20'
        Speaker: David Webb (Boston College, USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:10 Space Weather activities in Argentina' and 'The role of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections on Sun-Earth coupling' 20'
        Speaker: Sergio Dasso (UBA-CONICET, Argentina)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:30 Preliminary observational investigation of the variability of nighttime equatorial thermospheric winds over Nigeria, West Africa 20'
        Speaker: A. Babatunde Rabiu (NASRDA, Nigeria)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:50 Questions and Discussion 40'
      • 15:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:00 Poster Session 1h30' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
        Please have posters up today before the afternoon session begins. 
        Magnetic boards and fasteners will be provided for your use.
        The boards will be numbered according to the poster list attached.
        Magnetic board size is 1.25 meters height and 1.22 meters width.
        Material: List of posters
  • Thursday, 23 May 2019
    • 08:30 - 09:30 Keynote
      • 08:30 Multi-point ground network of the Optical Mesosphere Thermosphere Imagers (OMTIs) and the PWING project for measurements of the upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere 1h0'
        Speaker: Dr. Kazuo Shiokawa (Japan)
        Material: Slides
    • 09:30 - 14:00 Session 6: Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling
      Convener: Dr. Christine Amory-Mazaudier (France)
      • 09:30 Electrodynamic coupling between high and low latitudes: recent advances in the framework of the ISWI network 20'
        Speaker: Christine Amory-Mazaudier (LPP Polytechnique, France and ICTP, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 09:50 On the Multiscale Nature of the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere System 20'
        Speaker: Giuseppe Consolini (INAF, Italy)
      • 10:10 High-energy magnetospheric electrons and their dependence on interplanetary conditions 20'
        Speaker: Olga Kryakunova (Institute of Ionosphere, Kasakhstan)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:30 Group photo 10'
      • 10:40 Coffee break 20'
      • 11:00 Space Weather in the Magnetosphere: Causes and Consequences 20'
        Speaker: Qiugang Zong (Peking University, China)
      • 11:20 The Complex Ionosphere 25'
        Speaker: Massimo Materassi (CNR-ISC, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:45 Questions and Discussion 45'
      • 12:30 Lunch 1h30'
    • 14:00 - 15:00 Keynote
      • 14:00 Space Weather Effects on Critical Operations and Activity in the High North 1h0'
        Speaker: Dr. Pal Brekke (Norway)
        Material: Slides
    • 15:00 - 17:30 Space Weather Effects
      Convener: Dr. Ashik Paul (India)
      • 15:00 A preliminary estimation of the risk due to GICs over the Italian territory 20'
        Speaker: Roberta Tozzi (INGV, Italy)
      • 15:20 Effects of the Great American Solar Eclipse on the lower ionosphere observed with VLF waves 20'
        Speaker: Rok Vogrinčič (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:40 Coffee break 20'
      • 16:00 Cosmic Rays' Effect on Critical Frequencies and Ionospheric Heights 20'
        Speaker: Seray Sahin (Akdeniz University, Turkey)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:20 Solar and interpanetary effects on ionospheric processes 20'
        Speaker: Mirela Voiculescu (University of Dunarea de Jos of Galati, Romania)
      • 16:40 Multi-technique characterization of ionospheric Space Weather effects 20'
        Speaker: Ashik Paul (University of Calcutta, India)
        Material: Slides
      • 17:00 Questions and Discussion 30'
    • 19:00 - 21:00
      • 19:00 Banquet at Ristorante Le Terrazze 2h0'
        All participants of the ISWI Workshop are cordially invited to attend the Banquet at:
        Ristorante Le Terrazze
        Riviera & Maximilian Hotel
        Strada Costiera 22
        34151 Trieste, Italy
  • Friday, 24 May 2019
    • 08:30 - 11:00 Session 8: International Agency Space Weather Activities
      Convener: Dr. Nat Gopalswamy (NASA)
      • 08:30 ESA Space Weather Activities 20'
        Speaker: Alexi Glover (ESA)
        Material: Slides
      • 08:50 The Space Weather Italian Community (SWICO) Organization 20'
        Speaker: Umberto Villante (Universita L'Aquila, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 09:10 Space Weather Research Support at the National Science Foundation 20'
        Speaker: Lisa Winter (NSF, USA)
      • 09:30 Geospace Environmental Research at the Air Force Research Laboratory 20'
        Speaker: Ron Caton (AFRL, USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 09:50 The Ionosphere Prediction Service: an EC project to support GNSS users 20'
        Speaker: Claudio Cesaroni (INGV, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:10 Questions and Discussion 20'
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
    • 11:00 - 14:00 Session 9: Outreach and Education
      Convener: Ms. Sharafat Gadimova (UNOOSA)
      • 11:00 International Community Coordination in Space Weather 20'
        Speaker: Judith Karpen (USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:20 Strategies that Engage Students to Learn about Space Weather 20'
        Speaker: Marie Chantale Damas (City University of New York, USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:40 The Boston College and Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Research Collaboration for Outreach and Capacity Building 20'
        Speaker: Patricia Doherty and Sandro Radicella (BC, USA and ICTP, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:00 Questions and Discussion 30'
      • 12:30 Lunch 1h30'
    • 14:00 - 16:00 Session 10: National Space Weather Programs
      Convener: Prof. Patricia Doherty (Boston College)
      • 14:00 The INAF National Space Weather Service Network 20'
        Speaker: Mauro Messerotti (INAF, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:20 Space weather studies related activities in Azerbaijan 20'
        Speaker: Elchin Babayev (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)
      • 14:40 Space Weather Services in Nigeria, A case of TEC Forecasting over Nigeria 20'
        Speaker: Rasheedat Abdularahim (NASRDA, Nigeria)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:00 Recent Space Weather Advances by Research Community in Italy 20'
        Speaker: Vincenzo Romano (INGV, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:20 Closing Remarks 40'