ICTP to Host Capacity Building Workshop on Space Weather and East African GNSS


The International Centre for Theoretical Physics is hosting a workshop on space weather. The upcoming Virtual Workshop will give the participants an in-depth view of Space Weather, including its main effects on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and related scientific and technological applications. The focus will be on Space Weather research and capacity building in the East African Countries.


Space Weather is a term generally used to indicate “the conditions on the Sun and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere, and thermosphere that can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems and can endanger human life or health”.  In particular, Space Weather is the cause of the most significant errors experienced by GNSS and their users. This is as it represents the most considerable error contribution in the GNSS single-frequency positioning applications. The impact of space weather is more variable and highly unpredictable over the low latitude ionospheric regions, where most Sub-Saharan developing countries are located. However, little efforts have been made to study the impact of Space Weather events on technological systems.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems generalities
  • Space Weather and Sun-Earth coupling
  • Ionospheric monitoring and modelling
  • Ionospheric irregularities
  • Space weather services and programmes


Alazo, ICTP, Italy

Amory-Mazaudie, LPP-CNRS, France

Baki, Technical University Kenya

Cesaroni, INGV, Italy

Doherty, Boston College, USA

Gadimova, UNOOSA-ICG, Vienna

Groves, Boston College, USA

J.B. Habarulema, SANSA/AFIPS, South Africa

Kauristie, FMI, Finland

Migoya-Orue’, ICTP, Italy

Nava, ICTP, Italy

Okoh, NASRDA, Nigeria

J.C. Olwendo, Pwani University, Kenya

B. Rabiu, NASRDA, Nigeria

S.M. Radicella, ICTP, Italy

L. Spogli, INGV, Italy

Venkatesh, NARL, India

The workshop will begin and end on the 21st and 25th of June 2021, respectively. Registration is free; however, the deadline for registration is the 21st of May 2021. Interested persons can apply here. For more details, please visit here.