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Dominique Ristori, Director General of the Joint Research Centre, in collaboration with the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry
SPACE WEATHER Awareness Dialogue
25-26 October 2011
Berlaymont Building, Schuman Room, Rue de la Loi 200, Brussels
Registration of participants (9:30 – 10:20)
Extreme space-weather events such as geomagnetic storms are natural phenomena caused by solar activity that can have a serious impact on modern technological infrastructures such as electrical power grids, telecommunication, global satellite navigation (GNSS) and banking. In view of the upcoming solar maximum expected in 2013 the “Space-Weather Awareness Dialogue” aims at raising awareness of the potential impact of space weather on critical infrastructures in view of the growing risk of technological catastrophic events. The dialogue aims to identify related operational and policy challenges for disaster prevention, preparedness and mitigation and to make recommendations for concrete actions. The final outcome of the event will be to establish a roadmap to go from awareness to action at the EU policy level in order to secure EU critical infrastructures in the presence of extreme space-weather events.
25 October 2011 Duration: 30 minutes (10:30 – 11:00)
The opening session will set the scene of the event, outlining its objectives in the context of the EU policies and industrial landscape. Dominique Ristori Director General, Joint Research Centre European Commission and host of the event; Marco Malacarne Head of Unit Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry European Commission and co-host of the event.
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The event is structured into six sessions organised as panel discussions supported by moderators and rapporteurs. The panellists, who are all invited highranking representatives and experts from the various stakeholder groups, will discuss different aspects of space weather and its impact on critical infrastructures from a variety of operational and organisational perspectives. In addition, the moderators will actively involve the audience in the discussions.
Contributors and Participants:
Invited policy makers and experts from industry, research organisations, infrastructure operators and government agencies.
satellite navigation. Technological sensitivities of these infrastructures as well as their resilience will also be the subject of discussion. European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management. European Satellite Operators’ Association • Olivier Lemaitre. Head of Unit.g. Adviser to the DG of ESA and State University of Ghent. Senior Scientist.Programme (Day 1) 25 October 2011 Session 1 Space Weather Today – Introduction Duration: 1. Swedish National Grid • John Vincent. Directorate for Strategy. Research and Innovative Transport Systems. Director. Security Technology Assessment. Senior Lecturer and Project Lead Stereo/Corona. RAL Space. Germany • Mike Hapgood. National Grid plc. Joint Research Centre. European Commission Panellists: • Mikael Rattenborg. Senior Scientist. France • Stephanie R.. European Commission Rapporteur: Pravir Chawdhry. meteorological services. Chief Scientist.5 hours (11:00 – 12:30) Objective: This session will give an introduction to space-weather phenomena that give rise to events such as geomagnetic storms and their potential impact on critical infrastructures on and around the Earth. Grid Operations 2020 Manager. Joint Research Centre. Resilience of these infrastructures to space-weather events will also be addressed. Europe\an Space Agency • René Oosterlinck. NATS En-route Ltd. Germany Coffee break (16:00 – 16:30) Session 3 Impact on Ground-Based Infrastructures Duration: 2 hours (16:30 – 18:30) Objective: This session will discuss potential direct or indirect impact of space-weather phenomena on various ground-based infrastructures e. Director of Operations. Head of Brussels office. space exploration etc. ASD-Eurospace • Joaquim Fortuny-Guasch. earth observation. Head of Unit. Moderator: Stephan Lechner. Space Environment Group. Senior Scientist. Joint Research Centre. Joint Research Centre. Moderator: Reinhard Schulte-Braucks. Programmes and International Affairs. Germany Lunch (12:30 – 14:00) Session 2 Impact on Space-Based Services and Infrastructures Duration: 2 hours (14:00 – 16:00) Objective: This session will discuss the potential impact of space-weather phenomena on various space-based infrastructures e. and broadcasting. IPSC. UK • Phil Lawton. Finnish Meteorological Institute Dinner (19:30) on invitation by the host . University of Göttingen. Deputy Director. European Commission Rapporteur: Alois J. European Commission Panellists: • Mikael Odenberg. Team Leader. railways. UK • Patrice Brudieu. Director General. Space Research and Development. aviation. Head of Navigation and Spectrum. European Commission • Gerald Braun. Space Situational Awareness Centre. Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry. Federal Armed Forces. CNES. including taking stock of related initiatives around the world. the electrical power grid. Institute of Communications and Navigation. Deputy Director Strategic Safety. USA • Volker Bothmer. Sieber. CEO. Head of Unit. European Commission Rapporteur: Elisabeth Krausmann. DLR. Head. telecommunication systems. Belgium • Aarti Holla-Maini. Directorate-General Mobility and Transport. Moderator: Paul Verhoef. The session will take a broad view of the subject. Germany • Ari Viljanen. communications. Senior Scientist. Secretary General. Deputy Head. Langhoff. NASA Ames Research Centre. Joint Research Centre. banking. UK • Aleksandar Jovanovic. EUMETSAT • Nicolas Bobrinsky. European Commission Panellists: • Norbert Jakowski.g. European Aviation Safety Agency • Ken Ashton.
5 hours (11:00 – 12:30) Session 5 Risk Management and Preparedness Objective: Led by experts in risk management and government authorities in disaster management. Head. European Commission Panellists: Moderators for Sessions 1-5 Closing of the Space-Weather Awareness Dialogue (15:30-16:00) . responsible actors for these actions will be identified ranging from research organisations to infrastructure/service operators and public authorities. Joint Research Centre. Joint Research Centre.5 hours (9:00 – 10:30) Session 4 Early Warning Objective: This session will address the challenges in forecasting space-weather events including their severity. The session will address needs for early warning to allow the operators of space-weather sensitive infrastructures to take appropriate measures to protect their assets and guarantee continued services. European Commission • Zarko Sivcev. USA • Mark Gibbs. Director. Preparedness and Disaster Risk. European Commission Panellists: • Tom Bogdan. Joint Research Centre. Security Technology Assessment. Eurocontrol Lunch (12:30 – 14:00) Duration: 1. SSA-SWE Segment. Boulder. Prevention. UK Met Office • Juha-Pekka Luntama. Moderator: Delilah Al-Khudhairy. Directorate Network Management. Senior Scientist. Royal Observatory of Belgium • Barbara J. Director. European Commission Panellists: • Reto Schneider. Sieber. World Meteorological Organisation • Chris Davis. Discussion will explore the scope of international cooperation in responding to these needs. The aim of this session is to establish a road map to go from awareness to action at the EU policy level in order to secure EU critical infrastructures in the presence of extreme space-weather events. Director. Senior Scientist. They will explore short-term and long-term strategies for effective risk management that will allow operators and EU/MS authorities to prevent service disruptions due to extreme spaceweather events or to plan for mitigating their consequences so as to ensure business continuity. ESA • Ronald van der Linden. Chief Space Underwriter. Civil Protection Policy. Experts will discuss potential risk exposure of infrastructure operators and public services to suffer losses due to space-weather events. European Commission Rapporteur: Alessandro Annunziato. Adviser COO. European Commission Rapporteur: Pravir Chawdhry. Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency • Ian Clark. Head of Unit Global Security and Crisis Management. Senior Scientist. Ryan. Special Adviser. Government Service Manager. Joint Research Centre.5 hours (14:00 – 15:30) Session 6 From Awareness to Action Objective: The final session will focus on the key messages from the foregoing dialogue. USA Rapporteur: Elisabeth Krausmann. UK Coffee break (10:30 – 11:00) Duration: 1. this session will address the consequences of and preparedness for severe space-weather events. NOAA. Head of Unit. the scope of actions will be identified from national to EU level and beyond including international cooperation in successfully meeting the challenges posed by space-weather events. Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection. Solar Stormwatch. Moderator: Tom Bogdan. Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. Space Weather Prediction Center. • David Wade. Space Weather Prediction Center. On the one hand. Director. WMO Space Programme. Head. On the other hand. Director General. Moderator: Alois J.Programme (Day 2) 26 October 2011 Duration: 1. NOAA. Joint Research Centre. Atrium Space Insurance Consortium • Bengt Sundelius. Head of Unit. time of impact and geographical coverage.
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