Deadline for submission of applications for financial support is 25 January 2012. See below for further details.
The Space Weather Integrated Forecasting Framework network (http://www.swiff.eu) will organize, 4 – 9 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.
There are scholarships to cover the costs for many students.
The deadline for submission of applications for financial support is 25 January 2012. Applications can be submitted through the web site of the school mentioned below.