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Revision of September 14-19, 2009 NMDB Training Course in Athens, Greece from April 3, 2009 - 11:05am

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.

  Mon 14 Tue 15 Wed 16 Thu 17 Fri 18 Sat 19
Morning LEC1 LEC2 LEC3 LEC4 LEC5 LEC6+disc
14h00-17h30 LAB1 LAB2 Excursion LAB3 LAB4 -
17h30-19h00 Students posters & presentations Students posters & presentations Excursion Visit of the Athens neutron monitor Students posters & discussion -

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:

I. Galactic & Solar Cosmic Rays: Origin and Propagation

  • Origin and propagation of GCR
  • Origin of SCR : Flares, CMEs, SEP events

II. 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

III. Cosmic ray measurements

  • Neutron monitors and other technologies
  • Neutron monitors-Worldwide Networks
  • Visit to the Athens neutron monitor

IV. Cosmic ray effects on Earth

  • CR interaction with the Earth'satmosphere and environment
  • CR and climate - a physical relationship ?

V. Public Talk (To be announced)

The laboratories activities will include:

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

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.