LOFAR4SW Policy Makers Workshop

 Online, 15 February 2022

Meeting description

The LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) is a major and expanding European research infrastructure, soon to be run as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), with significant capabilities for advancing ground-based space weather research, with excellent potential for transitioning this research to operations, and the potential to undertake regular monitoring observations.

The Horizon 2020 (H2020) INFRADEV design project, LOFAR for Space Weather (LOFAR4SW) has developed the conceptual and technical design for an upgrade of the LOFAR international telescope to unleash its potential for space weather purposes. Enabling this upgrade thus offers a major opportunity to advance space weather services, with the associated contribution to societal awareness and advances in technology.

Using this opportunity we would like to invite you to a 2-hour online/virtual meeting to present and discuss a broad overview of future LOFAR4SW capabilities and to highlight the roles that such infrastructures play for both the research and monitoring of space-weather activity and its influences on Earth and society; a vital area in national (and cross-Europe) policies on security and resilience.

We will also discuss the importance of maintaining the sustainability of space weather research, including demonstrating what can be achieved with existing ground-based instruments which can be easily upgraded and maintained for long-term operation/use, and extended for both scientific and monitoring purposes.

We look forward to presenting this overview and possible implementation of a LOFAR4SW upgrade, and to hearing and discussing your views during this meeting.

A brief overview of the LOFAR4SW project (pdf presentation)


LOFAR4SW Policy Makers Workshop - 15 February 2020 - Agenda Outline (10:00h-12:00h UT)

Please note that hours are given in UT!


10:00 UT - Welcome and Objectives,  by Hanna Rothkaehl (CBK-PAN, PL).

10:05 UT - Space Weather and its Impacts on Society Including the Current Science and Services Landscape, by Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK).

10:25 UT - Introduction to LOFAR4SW, its Goals and Innovation, by Richard A. Fallows (ASTRON, NL).

10:55 UT - Short break

11:05 UT - Pathways and Roadmap to Implementation (Including the Future ERIC), by Carla Baldovin (ASTRON, NL).

11:25 UT – Open Q&A Session, led by Rene Vermeulen (International LOFAR Telescope).

11:50 UT - Summary and Close, by Hanna Rothkaehl (CBK-PAN, PL).

WP8 (H. Rothkaehl (CBK PAN), B. Matyjasiak (CBK PAN)) and LOFAR4SW Consortium

LOFAR4SW project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme H2020-INFRADEV-2017-1 under grant agreement No 777442.

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