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Revision of September 14-19, 2009 NMDB Training Course in Athens, Greece from April 3, 2009 - 7:15am

This is the first announcement of a training course that the NMDB consortium decided to host from September 14-19, 2009 in Athens, Greece.
This course is destinated to students, post docs, researchers and engineers interested by a broad range of apllications, from astrophysics of energetic particles to their impact on the Earth.

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.


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.

The following subjects will be addressed:

(a) Galactic & Solar Cosmic Rays: Origin and Propagation
Origin and propagation of GCR
Origin of SCR : Flares, CMEs, SEP events

(b) The Heliosphere and its effects on cosmic rays
Heliospheric magnetic field : models and observations
Particle propagation in magnetic fields : Heliosphere, Earth's Magnetosphere
The Heliosphere and galactic cosmic rays : modulation, Forbush decreases

(c) Cosmic ray measurements
Neutron monitors and other technologies
Neutron monitors-Worldwide Networks
Visit to the Athens neutron monitor

(d) Cosmic ray effects on Earth
CR interaction with the Earth'satmosphere and environment
CR and climate - a physical relationship ?

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

(e) Public Talk (To be announced)

The contributing speakers are:

S. Krimigis (Academy of Athens; public evening lecture)*
E. Flueckiger (Bern)
A. Belov (IZMIRAN Moscow)
H. Mavromichalaki (NKUA)
I. Usoskin (Oulu)
K. Kudela (Kosice)
K-L. Klein (Paris)
I. Daglis (ISARS/NOA)
B. Heber (Kiel)
A. Chilingaryan (Aragats)
R. Wimmer-Schweingruber (Kiel)
R. Buetikofer (Bern)

* to be confirmed

The laboratory exercises will be conducted by: E. Eroshenko (IZMIRAN), L. Dorman (TAU), M. Gerontidou (NKUA), C. Sarlanis (NKUA), R. Buetikofer (UBERN), A. Papaioannou (NKUA), A. Ibragimov (OULU), Maria-Christina Papailiou (NKUA), G. Souvatzoglou (NKUA)

Support: Financial support will be provided for accomodation and daily living expenses of the attandants. Travel expenses are in general to be paid by the home institution, although some limited amount of funding may become available. Please contact the LOC for any request.

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