Past Topical Group Meetings


EOEM Topical Group Meeting held during 3rd European Space Weather Week, 13-17 Nov. 2006, Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels

6 people participated in this meeting and presented their EPO activities:

  • Eva (website, amateur club talks, SW movie)
  • Tamara (in Russia the geomagnetic activity is transmitted on TV 2-3 times a week)
  • Paul (school visits, exhibitions, science gallery, IHY2007
  • Mike (IHY2007: Lucy Green, RL: missions, ideas, Chris Davis: TV companies, STREREO SW)
  • Koen (European Space Weather Portal)
  • Norma (ISB SW lectures)

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, Meetings, EO related sessions

  • "EGU2007", Vienna, Austria, 15-20 April 2007, "ES4 Sharing Education and Outreach Experiences in the Earth- and Space Sciences", Convener: Crosby N.
  • "EGU2007", Vienna, Austria, 15-20 April 2007, "ES3 Integrating Activities in Environmental Science Education - Approaches and Perspectives", Conveners: Schuepbach, E., Uherek, E., Crosby N.


EOEM Topical Group Meeting held on Thursday 17 November 2005 (18:00-19:30 hr) at ESTEC

T. Dudok de Wit (LPCE) has been giving an introductory course about GPS for science majors at the University for 1 year. Also given courses at several high schools about GPS and space weather. GPS is an excellent topic to introduce space science and show how it applies to the public (blend of science, strategy, economy and societal effects which applies to them):

  • Limitations of satellite localisation (this is where space weather comes in),
  • Hands-on: GPS receivers.

Concerences, Workshops, Meetings, EO related sessions

  • "COMMUNICATING EUROPEAN RESEARCH", Brussels, Belgium, 14-15 November 2005
  • "EGU2006", Vienna, Austria, 2-7 April 2006, ES8 session: "Education and Outreach in the Earth- and Space-Sciences", Conveners: Crosby N., Hassler B., Bokowa A.
  • "ESOF2006", Munchen, Germany, 15-19 July 2006

Special Volume "Education, Outreach and Defining Users (Geo- and Space-physical Sciences)" has been published in Advances in Geosciences. The papers were presented during the session "Geo- and Space-physical Sciences (Education, Outreach and Defining Users)" held during the European Geosciences Union (EGU) first General Assembly in Nice, France, 25-30 April 2004. Please find all articles in the Online Library.


The second EOEM TOPICAL GROUP MEETING was held on Tuesday 30th November 2004 at the ESA "FIRST EUROPEAN SPACE WEATHER WEEK" at ESTEC.

18 people attended the meeting. This year, in parallel to the EOEM meeting, another meeting was being held which meant that some people that would have attended the EOEM meeting were unable to. Five main points were covered during the EOEM splinter meeting (they are listed and described below):

  • The preliminary version of the EOEM Topical Group web-site was presented.
  • Prior to the EGU2004 assembly in Nice this year a questionnaire aimed towards the whole geo- and space-physical community (including members of the EOEM topical group) was sent out in context of the ES2 Session "Geo- and Space-physical Sciences (Education, Outreach and Defining Users)" to the EGU community, especially those active and interested in Education and Outreach activities. Unfortunately, the response was very poor: three replies to the questionnaire were received.

    Therefore, the week before the "First European Space Weather Week" a short condensed questionnaire was formulated aimed at the space weather community. It was sent out to the EOEM topical group and there was a ten percent reply. During the EOEM splinter meeting held on the 30 Nov. 2004 the questionnaire was given to all participants and ten minutes were allocated to fill out the questionnaire. The participants were asked to give the questionnaire to one-two other conference participants and ask them to fill it out too. The replies received were fused together and the "significant" replies are listed here:
    • Have you ever been active in "space weather" related education and public outreach activities? -If yes: do you think your experience and the material you developed could be useful for someone else? Most replied yes (BUT, some only on national level). It was highlighted that there exists other languages than English - translation is needed -If no: Why? Would you like to? If yes, do you know where to begin? What type of information do you find missing?
    • Do you know about any "education and public outreach activities" in: -your field of interest at your institute / in your country? worldwide? If yes, please list. Yes and No geo- and space-physics in general? If yes, please list.
    • How important do you rate "education and public outreach activities" (scale 1-10: 1=very low, 10=very high)? 5-10
    • How important does your institute rate "education and public outreach activities" (scale 1-10: 1=very low, 10=very high)? 2-10 (one example, education 9, outreach 2)
    • How important do you rate "education and public outreach activities" for your Curriculum Vitae (scale 1-10: 1=very low, 10=very high)? 1-10 (one example, 10 from a cultural and professional point of view, but the objective reality is that it is rated as 0 from the point of view of the professional career)
    • Do you enjoy participating in "education and public outreach activities"? Please explain. YES!!!
    EOEM Topical Group Questionnaire (.doc, 20KB) You can still participate by filling in the questionnaire and sending it to Norma B. Crosby.
  • Ideas for the next six months - BRAINSTORMING - QUESTIONS ASKED Think of potential financial sources for EO activities. People need to realize that funding will not just drop into their hands. As for a science application, an EO application must also be formulated in detail. In Europe people are often unsure about the types of funding opportunities that exist to sponsor EO activities.
    • It was stated that one needs to reach the "Decision Makers - Politicians" too.
    • "Journalists" - What are their educational backgrounds? How to reach them?
    • Many languages exists - websites need translation.
    • Conduct "CASE Studies" involving some of the EOEM Topical Group members and some "users", for example: Mission to Mars, Telecommunications, Airline and in collaboration develop EO material.
  • "ESA Science Educational Support" participation by (Anne Brumfitt), A free resource for teachers of all curricula, x-curricula ages, abilities and subjects. Many EOEM meting participants did not know about "ESA Science Educational Support".
  • Prior to the Meeting an e-mail from Dr. Milan Cermack (International Space University) was sent out regarding "International Space University Strasbourg Working Group on Space Weather Effects on Biological Systems - update November 2004". (see: Space Weather Effects on Biological Systems by Dr. Milan Cermak)(.pdf, 73 KB).


The first EOEM Topical Group meeting was held on Tuesday 4th November 2003 (8:30 - 10:00, room FR 413, ESTEC) in context with the “ESA Space Weather Workshop: Developing a European Space Weather Service Network” workshop held at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 3 - 5 November 2003.

Related Education and Outreach Meetings

(attended by EOEM topical group members)

The EGU "ES2 Geo- and Space-physical Sciences (Education, Outreach and Defining Users)" session was held at the 2004 EGU Assembly Session, Nice, France. Three space weather related talks were given:

  • "The SOHO mission - Promoting Space Weather to the Public" by Brekke P.
  • "Space weather and risk management" by Lappalainen H., Pirjola R.; Kauristie K.;
  • "Space Weather Education, Public Outreach and Defining Users Activities in Europe" by Crosby N.B.

A splinter meeting concerning "International Cooperation in Education and Outreach” was held on Wednesday, 28 April 2004, 19:00 - 21:00, Lecture Room: M4, 2004 EGU Assembly Session, Nice, France. An invitation to give input to the topics that would be covered at the splinter meeting was sent out prior to the splinter meeting. Unfortunately, there was hardly any response. On the other hand the splinter meeting was well attended and discussions were dynamic. The topics that were covered during this splinter meeting were:

  • Jules Verne Network
  • Improving the Quality of K-12 Education
  • Women in Science
  • Future Communication between Members (e.g. web-site)


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