European Space Weather and Space Climate Community (ESWC)
ESWC seeks to unite, sustain and develop Space Weather and Space Climate activities in Europe
At the end of June 2021 the European Space Weather and Space Climate Community (ESWC) took a major step forward in mapping out its future.
Since April 2021, the community have discussed and debated the best way forward to unite and help ourselves to sustain and develop the successful space weather activities that have been achieved so far. With the decisive vote and subsequent decision to create a new independent organisation (International Not-for-Profit Association or INPA) now made (see vote results), the next phase is well underway.
The Interim Board (IB) and the community are working to establish an INPA. A public discussion is open to the whole international space weather community (not restricted to Europe) to get advice and comments in real time through the public Slack Discussion forum. The discussion includes active proposals and debate on how to name the new organisation. In parallel, the statutes will be prepared, funding will be acquired and the legal aspects will be investigated. The voting registration will be reopened, in order to let new voters join for any future major decisions and for electing the board.
The plan is to create the new organisation in the days following the European Space Weather Week 2021. An exciting time to come!
Benefits of an organised European Space Weather Community
Keeping up momentum to start many successful projects on a European and international level
Facilitating access to relevant experimental infrastructure and data within the community
Increasing the awareness among the various end user communities
Improving the links between the user communities and scientists
Training and education on space weather impacts
Helping the wider public to better understand space weather – communicating advantages and limits of systems and methods used
Making space weather awareness commonplace throughout our society
How do we get there?
An open discussion took place via Slack until the end of May, where the community provided ideas on the pros and cons for the options. The voting sheet was prepared and the vote took place online between 28 and 30 June 2021. Any European professional with interest in space weather was eligible to participate in the vote.
Based on the results, the IB are now working to organise the community accordingly. The agenda for the next steps (how to discuss the statutes, how to apply the final board, etc.) has been set. Further votes may be necessary along the way as well as the final vote on the representatives on the new board, which will take place during the European Space Weather Week 2021. Make sure you are registered to vote - the information will be provided on the website.
Your contribution is STILL needed!
Please join Slack Discussion forum and contribute on the DISCUSSION NOW on the future options for the INPA
Take part in the VOTING, which will be re-opened shortly! Take care to REGISTER for voting.
Participate in the ELECTION of the new board during the European Space Weather Week 2021.