18 September 2009


United Nations to Address Front-Line Research Results on Solar-Terrestrial Interaction

VIENNA, 18 September (UN Information Service) - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is organizing a five-day workshop on the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) 2007 and basic space science hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 21 to 25 September 2009. The workshop is co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The workshop, to be attended by 100 participants from 30 countries, will address front-line research results that influence the understanding of solar-terrestrial interaction and geosciences, as well as review the achievements of the past four workshops in establishing low-cost, ground-based, world-wide instrument arrays and coordinated investigation programmes, as implemented through IHY 2007. Since 1990, UNOOSA has annually organized workshops on basic space science, including the implementation of IHY 2007, which have significantly contributed to the establishment of an observatory development programme known as IHY TRIPOD that encompasses the operation of world-wide instrument arrays such as magnetometers, radio antennas, GPS receivers, cosmic ray detectors, the development of software to analyse the data taken, and to transfer the obtained results in the process of teaching space science at the university level.

Participants will also discuss ways and means to further extend the existing world-wide instrument arrays, as called for by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) in its three-year workplan for the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI), adopted in 2009.

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For further information, please contact:

Jamshid Gaziyev
Associate Programme Officer, UNOOSA
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4958
Email: jamshid.gaziyev@unoosa.org

Internet: www.unoosa.org