2023 IMCP Space Weather School/Yanqi Youth Forum First Announcement

Date:31 01, 2023    


Tentative Date: September 14-23, 2023

Application Deadline: May 31, 2023

Location: International Meridian Circle Program (IMCP) Headquarters, Huairou Campus of the National Space Science Center, Beijing, China

The International Meridian Circle Program (IMCP) is pleased to announce the first international space weather school and IMCP Yanqi Youth Forum in Beijing, China from Sept 14-23, 2023. The main theme of the school and forum is the fundamental physics of magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere-atmosphere coupling as well as the scientific instruments that enable the monitoring and study of space weather science.

It is well established that solar and geospace disturbances as well as lower atmospheric forcing and lithospheric processes can impose a variety of space weather effects, ranging from severe and detrimental impacts to large day-to-day variability in the upper atmosphere that are essential for the operation of modern technology systems.

The International Meridian Circle Program is a geospace science initiative rooted in the Chinese Meridian Project, aimed at exploring the phenomena, drivers, and physical processes associated with space weather. IMCP utilizes global networks of ground-based observatories and other observational and modeling platforms to carry out its research. As part of this mission, IMCP is committed to fostering collaboration among the international space weather science community and to training the next generation of scientists who are supported not only for individual scientific research but encouraged to participate in international cooperation.

The school consists of week-long intensive course lectures and research projects, and a 3-day forum on IMCP science which will be participated by invited international experts and outstanding young scientists in the field. The courses and projects cover scientific topics from geospace storm effects, radio and optical remote sensing of the upper atmosphere, geomagnetism, and solar and interplanetary physics, as well as modeling and data science aspects. The school will provide ample opportunities for the students to interact with lecturers and senior scientists. The school is most suited for Ph.D. students, postdocs, and early-career scientists. The students will be assigned mini projects to work on as a team and present their research at the conclusion of the school and forum.

Application and local support:

The school application is now open online(Click Here), or you can also download and fill in the Application Form and send it to fyang@nssc.ac.cn. The application will be closed by May 31. Applicants are required to provide a brief resume with information on their research and course study background, publication, and statement of research interest.

Local support which covers accommodation (a shared hotel room for 2 students) and meals during the school and the forum will be available for less than 40 selected students. Some travel support may be available. Please contact Mr. Fang Yang for questions and specific requests at fyang@nssc.ac.cn.

Main Sponsors:

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization(APSCO)

International Meridian Circle Program (IMCP)

Chinese Meridian Project (CMP)

China-Brazil Joint Laboratory for Space Weather (CBJLSW)


Chi Wang (National Space Science Center, CAS, China)

Shun-Rong Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Michel Blanc (IRAP, Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, France)

Christine Amory-Mazaudier (Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas, Paris, France)

William Weining Liu (National Space Science Center, CAS)

Jian Wu (China Research Institute of Radio Wave Propagation, CETC)

Xuhui Shen (National Space Science Center, CAS)


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