COST SG3.3 "Seminar and training courses"

This Action builds further on the success of the 2006 Space Weather School which was coorganised by COST 724 and held at the Abdus Salam ICTP in Trieste (IT). This was a very important education event because it gave many graduate students and young scientists from developing countries the chance to get hands-on demonstration and training in the physics of space weather and its application.

Subgroup leader: Prof. M. Messerotti

The International Advanced School in Trieste (Italy) in 2010

The school was aimed at providing the scientific knowledge and the applied aspects of Space Weather, i.e., the monitoring and modelling resources based on advanced data handling, and it addressed the following topics:

  • Space Weather Drivers and the Relevant Physical Environment
  • Space Weather Impacts on Technological Systems and Humans
  • Space Weather Monitoring and Data handling
  • Space Weather Modelling Techniques

Morning sessions focussed on theory and afternoon sessions to practicals with direct participation of the attendees.


The school in Spineto (Italy) in 2012

The Space Weather Integrated Forecasting Framework network ( organizes in June 2012 the “First European School on Fundamental processes in space weather, a challenge in numerical modeling”. The School will focus on the theoretical study of Space plasmas, in particular on those systems where a continuous energy injection flow leads to a self-consistent coupling of the large scale, low frequency motions with the small scale, high frequency fluctuations including kinetic effects. Progress in this field heavily relies on numerical simulations that, as a matter of fact, are nowadays more similar to laboratory experiments than to theoretical exercises. This is true in terms of planning efforts in the preparatory phase, of manpower required, of data analysis and cost. The understanding of these processes represents a fundamental step for the future of Space Weather models.

The School, first addressed to PhD and young researchers with a background in plasma physics, intends to introduce the participants to the theory of fundamental processes in plasma physics, from Magnetic Reconnection to Instabilities in space, to Turbulence. The School will also give an overview on the most important numerical models in plasmas, from fluid to kinetic (in particular Vlasov and PIC algorithms), and their implementation on the largest computing resources today available in Europe. The School is organized in collaboration with CINECA, the Italian super-computing center, and co-funded by Associazione culturale “Abbazia di Spineto”. This School will be followed next year by a second edition focused on the observational aspects.