(Hybrid Format) United Nations/Azerbaijan
Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative:
The Sun, Space Weather and Geosphere

31 October - 4 November 2022
Baku, Azerbaijan

jointly organized by
the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and
the Baku State University

co-sponsored by
the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)


Available Information


Report of the workshop




Globally there is growing interest in better understanding solar-terrestrial interactions, particularly patterns and trends in space weather. This is not only for scientific reasons, but also because the reliable operation of ground-based and space-based assets and infrastructures is increasingly dependent on their robustness against the detrimental effects of space weather.

The International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) is a program of international cooperation to advance space weather science by a combination of instrument deployment, analysis and interpretation of space weather data from these instruments in conjunction with space data, and the communication of the results to the public.

The further goal of ISWI is to develop the scientific insights necessary to understand the science, and to reconstruct and forecast near-Earth space weather. This includes instrumentation, data analysis, modelling, education, training, and public outreach.

All achievements of international cooperation and coordination for ISWI, including instrumentation, data analysis, modelling, education, training and public outreach, are made available through the ISWI Newsletter and the ISWI Website ( http://www.iswi-secretariat.org/).

A five-day ISWI workshop will be held in Baku, from 31 October through 4 November 2022. This workshop is being organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in cooperation with the Baku State University. The workshop is supported by the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG).


Objectives and expected outcomes

The main objectives of this workshop are to continue efforts in the deployment of instruments in developing nations and interpretation of space weather data; to focus on new research results and findings; and at the same time aim at strengthening international coordination and cooperation on space weather products and services.

The expected outcomes of the workshop will be recommendations for improved collection, exchange and delivery of space weather data, as well as improved operational analysis, modelling and forecasting methods through the promotion of best practices, suggestions of means to improve accuracy, reliability and interoperability.

The discussions at the Workshop will also be linked to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to its targets set out for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The workshop will contribute to:

  • SDG 4: Quality Education: Continuation of the efforts in space weather education in order to better define and characterize severe space weather events and their probability of occurrence and assess their impacts on technological systems.
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: In the area of protecting infrastructure from space weather. Effects on the ground can include damage and disruption to power distribution networks, increased pipeline corrosion, and degradation of radio communications.
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals: International coordination of operational space weather services, including monitoring, forecasting.

The observations and recommendations emanating from the workshop will be disseminated in form of report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) to the United Nations General Assembly.


Preliminary Programme of the Workshop

The workshop will consist of a series of technical presentations, panel discussions and working group sessions. As a preliminary suggestion the following are the topics of the workshop:

  • Solar Physics
  • Solar Effects
  • Sun-Earth Connection
  • Space Weather Instrumentation and Data
  • Space Weather Modelling
  • Space Weather Effects on Global Navigation Satellite Systems
  • Geosphere
  • Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling
  • National Space Weather Programmes and Studies
  • Education and Outreach


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