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'Heliophysics in Europe' hybrid meeting (in person component at ESTEC) 30 October - 3 November 2023


Heliophysics is the science of understanding the Sun and its interaction with the Earth and the solar system. Here, we define Heliophysics to encompass space plasma physics throughout the solar system, from Sun to the solar wind, planets and small bodies. Heliophysics has a large and active international community, with significant expertise and heritage in the European Space Agency and Europe. Several ESA directorates have activities directly connected with this topic, including ongoing and/ or planned missions and instrumentation (D/SCI, D/EOP, D/HRE, D/OPS and D/TEC). 

The ESA Heliophysics Working Group was appointed in 2021 by ESA Directors to act as a focus for discussion, inside ESA, of the scientific interests of the Heliophysics community, including the European ground-based community and data archiving activities.


After several internal discussions we have proposed to have a meeting at ESTEC this autumn entitled ‘Heliophysics in Europe’.


The goal of the meeting is to improve communication between the European Heliophysics community and the various ESA directorates involved. It will highlight opportunities existing in those directorates, but also look to identify synergies spanning directorates and possible future coordination efforts. 

Areas of mutual interest already identified include archiving, data formats and discoverability, as well as improved connection to the modelling and ground-based community. 

The focus will not be on specific missions, or regions or bodies in the solar system, but in terms of Heliophysics phenomena and processes that cut across ESA.

This will allow better connection of all parts of the Heliophysics community (as described above) to all relevant parts of ESA and vice versa. The aim is to hold discussions panels at the meeting and conclude with a report or set of papers from the community, which could also lead to follow up or more dedicated thematic meetings. 


The ESA Heliophysics WG have been emailing a number of colleagues across the community to form up a programme in the next months.

Please keep the week 30 October – 3 November 2023 clear to help us make Heliophysics even greater in Europe