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Patricia Doherty patricia.doherty at bc.edu
Wed Dec 7 18:04:53 MST 2016

UN/US Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative:

The Decade after the International Heliophysical Year 2007

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

July 31 – August 4, 2017

This workshop marks the 10th anniversary of the International Heliophysical
Year, which led to the genesis of the International Space Weather
Initiative. It is organized in the framework of the Basic Space Science
Initiative of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications to
highlight the achievements made over the past ten years and to show-case
the worldwide development of science, capacity building, and outreach. The
UN Workshops on ISWI have been aimed at providing a global forum for space
weather experts from developed and developing countries, including
representatives of the major instrument operators and data providers. In
particular the Workshop will focus on recent advances made in scientific
research by utilizing ISWI instrument data in conjunction with space
mission data in adding significant new knowledge on space weather phenomena
near Earth and interplanetary space.

The workshop will begin with a high level international forum on the
economic and societal effects of extreme space weather. This forum will
include keynote speakers from major international organizations followed by
a panel session to discuss issues and policies for acknowledging space
weather as a global challenge.

The workshop is also held in preparation for UNISPACE+50 in 2018, the 50th
anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses
of Outer Space (UNISPACE), held in Vienna in 1968. The three components of
the Workshop will also help develop a coherent international policy towards
an appropriate response to space weather.

More details on this workshop will be coming soon.  For additional
information contact Patricia Doherty (patricia.doherty at bc.edu) or Nat
Gopalswamy (nat.gopalswamy at nasa.gov).

Patricia H. Doherty
Institute for Scientific Research
Boston College
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