SSA discussion meeting with ESA and Swedish organisations (22-23 October 2013)

On 22 - 23 October a discussion meeting was held in Kiruna, Sweden, with representatives from European Space Agency, EISCAT Scientific Association and several Swedish organisations. The main topic of the discussions was the ESA SSA programme and activities in relation to the requirements from Swedish organisations.

The first half of the meeting contained presentations about the ESA SSA programme and the Swedish organisations present at the meeting:

EISCAT International Symposium 2013 (12-16 August)

The biennial EISCAT international symposium 2013 was held at Lancaster University, UK, on 12-16 August 2013.

Group photo from the 2013 EISCAT Symposium

The EISCAT International Symposium is a scientific meeting for all those interested in atmospheric, ionospheric, near-Earth space environment and interplanetary scintillations research using incoherent scatter radar as well as technical developments of the technique.

Two applications for EISCAT_3D funding in Sweden submitted

The Swedish EISCAT community has submitted two applications for funding from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR). The two applications are for investment into, and operation of the EISCAT_3D international atmosphere and geospace research radar 2014 - 2018.

Signing of the EISCAT_3D applications

The picture above shows the moment when the EISCAT Director Craig Heinselman (to the left) puts his signature on the applications. The preparation of the two applications was coordinated by Johan Kero (to the right in the picture) at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) with input from the primary EISCAT_3D user groups in Sweden:

Questionnaire for ESFRI Research Infrastructures

In the second half of 2012 the European Commission started to review the progress towards implementation of all projects currently on the 2010 ESFRI Roadmap. A group of high level experts was appointed in order to evaluate the financial and managerial maturity the different projects on the roadmap. A questionnaire was sent out to the infrastructures to provide the expert group with the latest information on the projects.