September 30, 2024 to October 3, 2024
Royal Observatory of Belgium - Directors Building
Europe/Brussels timezone


This course is intended as an entry course on Space Weather. It provides an elementary overview over the relevant aspects of space weather without invoking complicated background physics. The course is intended for meteorologists and space staff that will be providing Space Weather information to military and civilian end users.

The course takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with an online test the week after.


SWIC test and certificate

The SWIC test to obtain the certificate can be taken during the week following the SWIC on Wednesday, 14u or Thursday 14u. The test is online, no need to come over again. We will call all participants together on the zoom-platform for the test. 

The test takes max 90 min. 

Only participants that take the test, receive a certificate for the course.


The fee is 750 EUR. During registration you will be asked for the info needed to make an invoice. Note that the STCE doesn't charge VAT.

Fee reductions/waivers are available for priority user groups.

If your institute will send us a purchase order for your participation to the SWIC, please make sure that this purchase order contains the information: 'Participation of "YOUR NAME" to the SWIC'.

Payment can be made through bank transfer after reception of our invoice.

Laptop or tablet

It is recommended that participants bring a laptop or tablet as it is helpful for the exercises and to check the presentations. 

Please install JHelioviewer beforehand on your laptop.

This is an organisation of the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence

Royal Observatory of Belgium - Directors Building
Ringlaan 3, 1180 Brussel, Belgium
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For space weather interpreters/operators: they will provide Space Weather information, warn units in case of severe events, answer easy questions and relay difficult questions to the experts.

The qualification level of the trainees: medium level high school with basic mathematics and physics. Most of them have extended working experience in weather forecasting or engineering and have interest in natural and technical sciences. They have a good working knowledge of English.

The end level: the trainees understand the basics of Space Weather, know about the potential impact on technology and understand the Space Weather products provided by Space Weather institutes. They are able to read and understand the SIDC Ursigram, i.e. space weather bulletin.


The content focuses on Space Weather and the effects on man-made infrastructure and its functionality. 

We discuss solar eruptions of very high-energy matter and electromagnetic radiation which inject massive amounts of energy in the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere leading to pronounced impact on navigation, communication and energy transport.

Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of waves, particles, vectors, scalar and vector fields, ...  

For the translation of space weather information into colour maps and products for the end-users, we refer to the  participant's organisation. 

By the end of the course, the students are able to understand and interpret the space weather information of the STCE.

Application for this event is currently open.