The meeting will centre on 6 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:

Nr Title Chair
1 Space Weather and the European Approach to Space Situational Awareness A. Hilgers, ESA, D-TEC
M. Hapgood, STFC/RAL
2 Global Navigation Satellite Systems : Science, user needs and applications G. Carey, SSTL
M. Aquino, Univ Nottingham
3 Offshore Drilling, Magnetic Surveying and Geomagnetic Variations: Science, user needs and applications T.L. Hansen, Tromsoe Geophys Obs
J. Watermann, CNRS
4 Space Weather Models: from Research to Operations D. Berghmans, ROB-SIDC
C. Mathison, UK Met Office
5 New and Existing Data, Catalogues, Tools and Services M. Messerotti, INAF-Trieste
L. Sanchez, ESA, D-sci
6 Solar Weather: new results, analysis techniques, forecast tools and the outlook for users P. Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin
A. Nindos, Univ Ioannina

Each session will be divided into oral and poster session with plenty of time devoted to discussion. Contributed papers are welcome to each of the 6 sessions. The oral presentations will cover a range of scientific and applications related themes and will consist of both invited and contributed papers. User contributions are expected to feature strongly in sessions 2 and 3 in particular. It is also envisaged that the meeting will conclude with a wrap-up of the key issues arising during the week long event in the form of a round table discussion on future European directions in space weather.

A key part of the European Space Weather Weeks are the business meetings. These meetings provide the opportunity for interested participants to meet in smaller groups and address key issues in a style that compliments the open format of the plenary sessions. These meetings take the form of working meetings with reports produced and actions taken by the participants. This year, time during the ESWW5 schedule will be set aside for all splinter meeting convenors to report the main conclusions of the meetings to the full workshop.
Several rooms will be available for splinter meetings during the week. If you would like to propose a topic for a splinter meeting, please send the title of the meeting and anticipated number of participants to Alexi Glover and Anna Belehaki as soon as possible.
Deadline for submission: 20th June 2008.

The provisional programme
  Monday Nov 17 Tuesday Nov 18 Wednesday Nov 19 Thursday Nov 20 Friday Nov 21
09:00-09:30 Session 2 Session 3 Splinter 3 Session 6
09:30-10:00 Training course
10:30-11:00 Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee
11:00-11:30 Session 2 Session 3 Splinter 4 Session 6
11:30-12:00   Lunch
12:00-12:30 First Attendees
12:30-13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Close
13:00-13:30 Welcome
13:30-14:00 News Fair +
Splinter 2
14:00-14:30 Session 1 Fair +
Splinter 1
Splinter Wrap up
Round Table
15:00-15:30 Session 4 Session 5
15:30-16:00 Break Break
16:00-16:30 Session 1 Fair and Posters
16:30-17:00 Break Break:16:35-16:55
17:00-17:30 Session 4 Session 5
17:30-18:00 busses to welcome event
18:30-19:00 Keynote Lecture
Welcome reception
SWWT Plenary
19:30-20:00   Conference Dinner

We have the honour of inviting you to the opening reception of the Fifth European Space Weather Week on Monday 17th November, 2008. This year's keynote lecture will be A European Weathering Space in a Week in Dec 2006, given by the ESA astronaut Dr Christer Fuglesang at 18:30 in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
Dr Fuglesang holds a doctorate in experimental particle physics from the University of Stockholm. He has worked on particle detectors at CERN and is an Affiliated Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Dr. Fuglesang joined the ESA Astronaut Corps in 1992 and flew as a mission specialist on board the Space Shuttle Discovery flight STS-116 to the International Space Station from 9th to 22nd December 2006. He is the first Swedish astronaut to fly in space. D uring his mission, named Celsius, Dr Fuglesang participated in two "spacewalks" to attach new hardware to the Space Station and to reconfigure the Station's electrical power system. He was later assigned to participate in an extra unscheduled spacewalk to help free the Station's P6 solar array which had become jammed during retraction. His total spacewalk time was 18 hours 14 minutes. He continues to keep an active interest in particle physics and has collaborated on ISS experiments and simulation studies related to cosmic radiation and effects.
Dr Fuglesang has been assigned as a mission specialist on the 11-day STS-128 mission to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for launch on 30th July 2009.
The lecture will be followed by a welcome reception in the impressive dinosaur gallery, which participants are welcome to visit.

Tutorial + First Attendees Meeting
See 'Special events' in menu on the left.

Details of Sessions
Session 1: Space Weather and the European Approach to Space Situational Awareness
This session will address user needs for space weather as part of a situational awareness programme. The session will also cover programmatic issues through to existing and required assets (data and facilities) and tools.
Overview Session 1

Session 2: Global Navigation Satellite Systems : Science, user needs and applications
This session will cover impacts of the ionosphere on GNSS signals. User needs and applications will be included. New relevant scientific results will also be discussed. The session will also look at user needs in terms of space weather impacts on the space segment of GNSS systems. First results from GIOVE-B (Launch May '08) will be reported if available.
Overview Session 2

Session 3: Offshore Drilling and Geomagnetism : Science, user needs and applications
Representing a growing field, this session will include presentation of user needs together with applications and relevant new scientific results.
Overview Session 3

Session 4: Space Weather Models: from Research to Operations
This session covers the transition of Space Weather Models from the Research to the operational domain. How can codes developed from a pure scientific background transform to real-time applications and data assimilation. Case studies and proposals will be inherent in this session.
Overview Session 4

Session 5: New and Existing Data Resources, Tools and Services
New Tools and services Enabling Cross-Border Access to and provision of Space Weather Data and Products for Scientific and operational Purposes. This session will cover databases and new data resources, catalogues and the scope for using grid-type infrastructures and virtual observatories in providing space weather products to end-users. Services already making use of these resources will also be included.
Overview Session 5

Session 6: Solar Weather: New results, analysis techniques, forecast tools and the outlook for users
This session will focus on new results, analysis techniques, monitoring and forecast tools. Service use cases and user requirements will also be discussed.
Overview Session 6

Splinter sessions

Provisional Programme

  Lippens Auditorium Music Room Audio Visual Room
Splinter 1
Tue Nov 18, 14:00-15:30
SWENET Developers Forum
P. Beltrami1; K. Ruhl1;A. Glover2,3
1etamax space GmbH, Germany
2ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
3Rhea System, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
PROBA2: Science Consortium for SWAP and LYRA
D. Berghmans, ROB, Belgium
Space Weather Indices and Proxies
M. Messerotti1,2; I. Tsagouri3; D. Boteler4
1INAF-Astron. Obs. of Trieste, Italy
2Dep. of Physics, Univ. of Trieste, Italy
3NOA, Greece
4Natural Resources Canada
Splinter 2
Wed Nov 19, 13:30-15:00
G. Lapenta, KULeuven, Belgium
Ground Effects Topical Group
A. Thomson, BGS, UK
Splinter 3
Thu Nov 20, 9:00-10:30
Data and application services
D. Heynderickx, DH Consultancy, Belgium
Atmospheric Effects Topical Group
S. Bruinsma, CNES, France
Splinter 4
Thu Nov 20, 11:00-12:30
Space Weather and Health Issues
N. Crosby1; M. Rycroft2
1BIRA, Belgium
SWWT Topical Group: spacecraft, launcher and aircraft environments
A. Hilgers, ESA, D-TEC
Ionospheric Effects Topical Group
J.P. Luntama, FMI, Finland

The poster sessions
There will be a dedicated poster session. But the posters will be on display for the whole week.
The dimensions of the poster boards are: 1 m high, 75cm wide. From the practical point of view: velcro will be used to attach the posters, no pins. The velcro will be attached at the poster boards.