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Revision of September 14-19, 2009 Athens Greece NMDB Training Course "Cosmic rays and neutron monitors: A training course in science and applications" from July 9, 2009 - 8:22am

This is the second announcement of a training course that the NMDB consortium will host from September 14-19, 2009 in Athens, Greece.

This course is designated to students, post docs, researchers and engineers interested by a broad range of applications of cosmic rays, from astrophysics of energetic particles to their impact on the Earth.

  • All of the attendees will be hosted at the Students Residence Hall at the campus of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. The accommodation has been set to by activated from Saturday September 12, 2009 until Sunday September 20, 2009 (More info on the Students Residence Hall can be extracted here (pdf / 489 kB).
  • Students attending the course will also have the opportunity to present their research. Two end-of-afternoon sessions will be scheduled for short oral presentations on Monday and Tuesday, and posters can be shown during the whole course. Students interested in presenting their work should contact the Local Organizing Committee for further information at:
  • Daily expenses, in the form of two meals per day, per person plus coffee breaks will be provided by NMDB consortium. No other form of support, concerning daily expenses, will be provided.
  • The excursion on Wednesday September 16, 2009 will be free of charge. It will be a walk at Acropolis, downtown Athens, Plaka and Thiseio. Discussions have been initiated, so that this tour will also include a visit at the new Acropolis museum. Confirmation on this later issue will be provided soon.
  • The excursion on Saturday September 19, 2009 will be optional. It will be an excursion at Mycenae archaeological site. The cost is set to 44, 00 €, it includes: transportation, entrance costs to the archaeological site, an official guide and dinner.
  • A reception will take place at the meeting hall of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens: ‘Kostis Palamas’, after the public talk of S. Krimigis on Friday September 18, 2009.
  • The registration has been completed. Up to now, a total of 46 confirmed participants will attend the training course. A preliminary list of the partixipants can be found here (pdf / 20.47 kB).

The program of the school will include lectures (LEC) in the morning and laboratory activities (LAB) in the afternoon, as well as one public talk.


  Mon 14
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome , opening
09:15 - 10:45 Origin and propagation of GCR (B. Heber, Kiel)
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Particle propagation in magnetic fields : Heliosphere, Earth's Magnetosphere (K. Kudela, Kosice)
15:00 - 18:00 LAB1
18:00 - 19:30 Students' posters & presentations
  Tue 15
09:00 - 10:30 CR interaction with the Earth's atmosphere and environment I (E. Flueckiger, Bern)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:45 Neutron monitors I (R. Buetikofer, Bern)
15:00 - 18:00 LAB2
18:00 - 19:30 Students' posters & presentations
  Wed 16
09:00 - 10:45 Neutron monitors II (R. Buetikofer, Bern)
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Origin of SCR : Flares, CMEs, SEP events (K.-L. Klein, Meudon)
Excursion to Acropolis, Athens downtown
  Thu 17
09:00 - 10:30 The interplanetary medium: models and observations (R. Wimmer-Schweingruber, Kiel)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 New technologies for CR detection (A. Chilingarian, Aragats)
12:00 - 13:00 Neutron monitors-Worldwide Networks (H. Mavromichalaki, Athens)
15:00 - 18:00 LAB3
18:00 - 19:30 Visit at the Athens Neutron Monitor Station (C. Sarlanis, Athens & R. Buetikofer, Bern)
  Fri 18
09:00 - 10:45 The Heliosphere and galactic cosmic rays : modulation, Forbush decreases (A. Belov, Moscow)
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Space Weather and the Earth’s magnetosphere (I. Daglis, Athens)
15:00 - 18:00 LAB4
20:00 Public Talk by S. Krimigis at the Central Building of Athens University
  Sat 19
09:00 - 10:00 CR interaction with the Earth's atmosphere and environment II (E. Flueckiger, Bern)
10:00 - 11:00 CR and climate - a causal relationship? (I. Usoskin, Oulu)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 Discussion
12:30 - 12:45 Closing
Optional excursion to Mycenae

The following subjects will be addressed:

I. Galactic & Solar Cosmic Rays: Origin and Propagation

II. The Heliosphere and its effects on cosmic rays

III. Cosmic ray measurements

IV. Cosmic ray effects on Earth

V. Public Talk (S. Krimigis, Academy of Athens)

  • The Search for the Border of the Heliosphere and Interstellar Space. The epic Journey of the Voyagers

The laboratories activities will include:

  1. CR propagation in the Earth's magnetosphere
  2. SCR spectra and anisotropies from NM measurements
  3. From cosmic ray spectra to the estimation of radiation hazards to aircraft crew
  4. GLE alert and the prediction of SEP events using NM data
  5. Prediction of CME arrival at Earth using NM data

The laboratory exercises will be conducted by: E. Eroshenko (Moscow), L. Dorman (Tel Aviv), M. Gerontidou (Athens), C. Sarlanis (Athens), R. Buetikofer (Bern), O. Kryakunova (Alma Ata), A. Papaioannou, M.-C. Papailiou, G. Souvatzoglou (Athens)

Contact : Please send an e mail to for any requirement / inquire.

Find a printable mini-poster here (pdf / 221 kB).

Find a printable brochure with information on transportation here (pdf / 1.07 MB).

Find a printable brochure with information on accommodation here (pdf / 489 kB).

Find a printable version of the scientific program here (pdf / 21.16 kB).

Find the second announcement for the training course here (pdf / 36.89 kB).

Find the first version of the confirmed participants here (pdf / 20.47 kB).

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