International Symposium

Solar Extreme Events 2005: Fundamental Science and Applied Aspects

General information about the conference site


Date and Location

Scientific Rationale

International Advisory Committee

Sponsoring Organizations

Local Organizing Committee



Hotels & Accommodation

Insurance and Liability

Conference Programme

First circular

Second Circular

Abstract Submission

Book of Abstracts

List of invited speakers

Invited Talks

Presentations for Poster Session

ISTC Session Presentations

Scientific Program


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Date and Location

26-30 September 2005,
(arrive by September 25)
Nor Amberd International Conference Centre of Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Byurakan, Aragazotn District, Armenia


Phone/fax: +374-10-34-43-77

Information about Armenia
Registration is closed

Pre-Registration and Request for Financial assistance: July 15, 2005 (new)
Abstracts: July 15, 2005 (new)
Registration : August 30, 2005 (new)

For detailed information see the second circular and left-hand links

  • General Information About the Conference Site

Armenia is located in the southern Caucasus. It is a beautiful country with a history and culture that dates to ancient times and has evolved to match modern achievements in the arts, sciences, and business. Numerous monuments and masterpieces from the Ancient era and Middle Ages can be found mixed with the modern throughout the country and near the conference site.

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The earliest recorded settlement there dates back to 782 BC. Museums, Opera house, Symphony hall, movie theaters, beautiful architecture, numerous festivals make it a pleasant place for the visitor

Biblical Mt. Ararat in all its splendor has an everlasting presence from any vantage point in Yerevan and vicinity. The 4090 meter high Mt. Aragats is the tallest mountain in Armenia. It reaches for the sky to the north-west of Yerevan.

The high altitude plateau of Mt. Aragats and also its lower slopes have become the site of several scientific research centers since the 1940-ies. One of these centers is the Cosmic Ray Division of the Alikhanyan Physics Institute, with research centers at two locations -Aragats at 3200 m, and Nor Amberd at 2000 m above sea level. The Nor Amberd International Conference Centre is in a lovely spot, just below the tree line.

End of September is the best season in Armenia with average air temperature of 20C in Yerevan and 15C at Nor Amberd.

  • Participation is by invitation

Invitations will be sent out after deliberations with the International Advisory Board of the conference, to be held following the pre-registration deadline.

  • Date & Location

26-30 September 2005,(arrive by September 25)
Nor AmberdInternational Conference Center
of Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Byurakan, Aragazotn District

Website: (Cosmic Ray Division of Aliknanyan Physics Institute)
Phone/Fax: +374-10-34-43-77 E-mail:

  • Scientific Rationale
Investigation of the Solar Extreme Events (SEE) is important for several reasons:
It provides us with unique information about violent processes in the solar corona, including the mechanisms of particle acceleration and Coronal Mass Ejection (CME);

The study of the propagation of huge amounts of solar plasma in the interplanetary space can shed light on the interactions with the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) and ambient population of the Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR);
Interplanetary shocks and CMEs, along with solar particle and electromagnetic emissions trigger various dynamic
processes in the Earth's magnetosphere, causing global geo-effective effects, including e.g. geomagnetic storms,
heating of the upper atmosphere, changing of the electrodynamic properties of the ionosphere, and creation of the
geomagnetically induced surface currents. All these constitute conditions of Space Weather (SW), changing dramatically
with SEE development.
Space Weather can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technology systems and
can endanger human health and life. It is of major importance to establish accurate methods for monitoring and
forecasting the strength of SW disturbances and to identify the mechanisms of the various SW effects.
The solar extreme events of October-November, 2003, known as the Halloween events have provided us with rich
information to study and better understand space weather. The Moscow symposium SEE-2004 (Moscow, July 2004) focused on comprehensive discussions of solar/heliospheric and magnetospheric aspects of these events. The data obtained onboard numerous satellites and from ground-based observatories were presented, discussed and interpreted both from experimentaland theoretical points of view. The COSPAR congress (Paris, July, 2004) and the European Cosmic Ray Symposium (Florence, September, 2004) also demonstrated a large interest and the continuing activity of the community to understand in detail the 2003 Halloween events. New attempts to develop analysis techniques to incorporate data from space-born and surface instruments open new perspectives in the understanding and forecasting of the consequences of SEEs.
In 2004 several extreme events from the end of July to mid November provided us with new examples of the severe
Geospace Storms and Forbush decreases. Analysis of these events is under way and will provide extremely interesting
basis for the understanding of SEEs and their effects.

The Aim of SEE-05 is Twofold:

1) Provide a wide forum for discussion of recent Solar Extreme Events and their
impact on technological systems and human environment, and
2) Discuss directions for future research, and to promote co-operation between groups
with different research interests from different countries.

The Following Topics will be Covered in SEE-05:

Energetic processes on the Sun during the extreme events
Propagation of the solar energetic particles and Interplanetary CMEs
Magnetospheric response to the solar extreme events
Methodologies of forecasting of Space Weather conditions
Effects of Space Weather on technology infrastructure and human environment

  • International Advisory Committee
Galina Bazilevskaya , Lebedev Institute, Russian Academy of Science

Karen Buniatov, ISTC, Moscow office

Ashot Chilingarian, Alikhanyan Physics Institute, Armenia(Co-chairman)

Ioannis A. Daglis, Institute for Space Applications, NationalObservatory of Athens, Greece

Lev Dorman, Israel Cosmic Ray Center and Emilio Segre'Observatory, Israel

Murray Dryer, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, USA

Erwin O. Flueckiger, Physikalisches Institut, University of Bern,Switzerland

Terry G. Forbes, University of New Hampshire, USA

Karel Kudela, Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovakia

Joseph M. Kunches, NOAA Space Environment Center, USA

Jean Lilensten, Laboratory of Planetology, Grenoble, France

Kazuoki Munakata, Shinshu University, Japan

Yasushi Muraki, University of Kioto, Japan

Michail Panasyuk, Moscow State University, Russia (Co-chairman)

Vahe' Petrosian, Stanford University, USA

Igor Veselovsky, Moscow State University, Russia

Yuri Yermolaev, Space Research Institute, Russian Academy ofScience

  • Sponsoring Organizations
International Science & Technology Center (ISTC)
Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)
National Foundation of Science and Advanced Technologies (NFSAT)
Alikhanyan Physics Institute
WEB-limited Company
Support Committee for Armenia`s Cosmic Ray Division (SCACRD)

  • Local Organizing Committee
Valery Babayan, Alikhanyan Physics Institute, deputy chair
Ashot Chilingarian, Alikhanyan Physics Institute, chair
Ara Daryan, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Aram Eghikyan, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Vitaly Ivanov, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Tigran Hayrapetyan, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Grigori Karapetyan, Alikhanyan Physics Institute, deputy chair
Veronika Moiseenko, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Armen Oganissyan, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Arthur Raymers, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Geim Rushanyan, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Mary Zazyan, Alikhanyan Physics Institute
Gagik Ter-Kazarian, Byurakan Astronomical Observatory

  • Deadlines 
Pre-Registration and Request for Financial assistance: July 15, 2005 (new)
Abstracts: July 15, 2005 (new)
Registration : August 30, 2005 (new)

Registration: Electronic registration on
250 Euro for International participants (except from Russia)
1000 roubles for participants from Russia
15,000 drams for participants from Armenia.
Fee to be paid at registration

  • Addresses
SEE-2005 Conference Secretariat
Cosmic Ray Division of Alikhanyan Physics Institute, Alikhanyan Brothers 2, Yerevan 36, Armenia, 375036

  • Hotels & Accommodation

We recommend Olympia Hotel in Yerevan
67 Barbyus Str , Yerevan, Armenia
60-70 USD for single room, breakfast included;
Transportation to Conference Center will take 40 minutes and will be provided;

For those who like to stay in natural surroundings, the Conference Center hotel will be available for 30-40 USD with full pension.

Please, notify your preferences at registration. The conference secretariat will assist you in the hotel booking.

Transportation from airport to hotels

Will be provided by organizers if notified in time, at least a week before arrival

  • Insurance and Liability

The Organizing Committee urges the conference participants to carry sufficient travel insurance to ensure adequate coverage for the duration of the trip, including medical, liability, accident and other coverage during the flight and in Armenia. The organizing committee cannot accept any responsibility or liability for loss,accident or damage.

  • Abstract Submission 
Electronic submission by emailing to the conference e-mail address, MS WORD, 1 page

  • List of invited speakers
Energetic processes on the Sun during the extreme events
Igor Veselovsky, Moscow State University, Russia - Energy and masstransports during extreme events on the Sun and in the heliosphere
Vahe Petrossian, Stanford Univeristy, USA - Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares
John W. Bieber, Bartol Univeristy, USA - Relativistic Solar Neutrons and Protons on 28 October 2003
Yasushi Muraki, Kioto University, Japan - High Energy Solar Neutrons and Protons detected in October 28, 2003
Riho Nymmik, Moscow State University, Russia - Long-termprediction of solar extreme events basing on the general regularitiesof energetic particle generation by the Sun
Galina Bazilevskaya, Lebedev Physics Institute, Russia - Energy spectrum of solar cosmic rays

Magnetospheric response to the solar extreme events
Erwin Flueckiger, Physikalisches Institut, University of Bern, Switzerland - Extreme Events and Super Storms
Michail Panasyuk, Moscow State University, Russia - The Radiation Storms in Near Cosmos
Leonid Lazutin, Moscow State University, Russia - On the storm-substorm relation problem
Yuri Stozhkov, Lebedev Physics Institute, Russia - Cosmic Rays and the Processes in the Atmosphere
Yuri Yermolaev, Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Science - Geoeffectiveness of Solar and Interplanetary Events

Effects of Space Weather and forecasting of Space Weather conditions
Anatoly Belov, Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Russian Academy of Science - Cosmic Rays for Space Weather Tasks
Frank Jansen, University of Greifswald, Germany - New European Space Weather Telescope - MuSTAnG.
Ashot Chilingarian, Cosmic Ray Division of Alikhanian PhysicsInstitute, Armenia - Aragats Space Environmental Center (ASEC): SpaceWeather Observatory in Armenia

  • Invited Talks
Galina Basilevskaya
Anatoly Belov
John Bieber
Ashot Chilingaryan
Erwin Flueckiger

Frank Jansen
Leonid Lazutin
Rikho Nymmik
Mikhail Panasyuk

Yuri Stozhkov
Vahe Petrosyan
Igor Veselovsky
Yasushi Muraki
Yuri Yermolaev

  • Presentations for Poster Session
Alexei Struminsky
Elizaveta Antonova
Eugenia Eroshenko-Presentation 1
Eugenia Eroshenko-Presentation 2
Eugenia Eroshenko-Presentation 3
Karo Lucas
Alexei Krivolutsky
Sergei Kuzin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Marina Stepanova
Olga Sheiner
Lyudmila Tverskaya
Yuri Yermolaev

  • ISTC Session Presentations
Aram Eghikyan
Valery Babayan
Grigori Karapetyan
Hamlet Martirosyan-Presentation 1
Hamlet Martirosyan-Presentation 2
Vitaly Ivanov
Arthur Reymers
Mary Zazyan
Nikolay Bostanjyan

  • Scientific Program
Energetic processes on the Sun during the extreme events
Coronal mass ejections and solar flares
Neutron, gamma-ray, and X-ray emissions
Solar energetic particles
Propagation of the solar energetic particles and Interplanetary CMEs
Solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field
Galactic cosmic ray modulation effects
Diffusion of the solar particles on their way to the Earth
Propagation of a CMEs and their interaction with energetic particles
Magnetospheric response to the solar extreme events
Magnetic field and plasma dynamics in the disturbed magnetosphere
Energetic particle dynamics in the inner magnetosphere and radiation belts
Sources and losses of magnetospheric particles
Magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction
Geospace storms
Effects of Space Weather on technology infrastructure and human environment
Terrestrial impact of geospace storms
Geospace storm impact on technological systems in space
Energetic particles impact on technology infrastructure and human environment
Methodologies of forecasting of Space Weather conditions
Space Weather monitoring
Methodologies of geospace storms forecasting
Methodologies of energetic particles forecasting
International research initiatives in Space Weather
Multi detector, multi bandwidth approach for Space Weather forecasting
Worldwide network of Space Weather monitoring and forecasting

  • Proceedings
Book Cover
Title Pages, Foreword and Table of Contents
Section 1: Energetic Processes on the Sun during the Extreme Events
Section 2: Magnetospheric Response to the Solar Extreme Events
Section 3: Space Weather