The aim of the User Workshop was to inform prospective users about the mid- and long-term outcomes of the LOFAR4SW project and to find a common ground for the future exploitation of the results. The collected feedback will be the basis for the future plan to implement the designed LOFAR4SW infrastructure.
The event was originally planned to be held as a physical meeting covering two days, 13-14 May 2020 at CBK PAN building in Warsaw, Poland. Due to the situation related to ongoing, global COVID-19 pandemic, the project team decided to host the LOFAR4SW User Workshop as a one-day, online-only meeting on 13 May 2020.
The Online LOFAR4SW User Workshop was successful far beyond the project team's expectations. 54 participants from around the world including Europe, North America and Africa participated connected, both, via Zoom application and dial-in numbers. Participants spent in total 4 hours (with 10 min break) online listening to talks presented by invited speakers, the LOFAR4SW team, and discussing prepared ahead questions.
For those who due to limited time did not have the opportunity to speak and discuss raised questions there was available an online questionnaire to complete (link).
The points of view presented by the Users representing various domains of space weather community gave the LOFAR4SW team a good idea of what should be revised to really make LOFAR4SW a significant space weather facility in the future. The importance of matters such as e.g. reliable data of the background solar wind speed and monitoring of the HF communication conditions was emphasised and will be considered in developing the final design of the LOFAR4SW.
The LOFAR4SW team would like to thank once again to all for participating in the Online LOFAR4SW User Workshop and making it successful!
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LOFAR4SW project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme H2020-INFRADEV-2017-1 under grant agreement No 777442.