Second PITHIA-NRF Training School

The “Second Training School of the PITHIA-NRF Plasmasphere Thermosphere and Ionosphere Integrated Research Environment supported by T-FORS Machine Learning models” will be held in KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, from 5 to 9 February 2024The school will offer:

  • lectures on the physical mechanisms acting in the Earth’s Ionosphere, Thermosphere and Plasmasphere as parts of the coupled Sun-Earth system;
  • theoretical lectures on the TIDs triggering mechanisms and detection methodologies and practical courses on the data processing methodologies for TID detection and forecast models;
  • hands-on session on accessing data collections and models, and analysing the results.

The school addresses research scientists and engineers at  all levels. The participation of PhD students and early career scientists is specifically encouraged.

Please view below or visit the dedicated webpage for detailed information.



Funds will be available to support the travel of participants with an excellent CV accompanied by a motivation letter and a recommendation letter (please do not enter any personal data in your CV other than your first and last name).

Registration is open until the 8th of December 2023. Register now!

Key dates:

  • Registration opening: 28 September 2023
  • Application (including Funding request) closing: 8 December 2023
  • Acceptance: 22 December 2023
  • Final program: 15 January 2024

Venue: KU Leuven, Auditorium Wolfspoort, Schapenstraat 34, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

Practical information is available here.

Program Committee: Anna Belehaki (NOA, chair), Viviane Pierrard (BIRA-IASB), Stefaan Poedts (KU Leuven), Antoni Segarra (OE), Luca Spogli (INGV), Tobias Verhulst (RMI)

Evaluation Committee: Tobias Verhulst (RMI, chair), Lucilla Alfonsi (INGV), David Altadill (OE), Anna Belehaki (NOA), Viviane Pierrard (BIRA-IASB), Stefaan Poedts (KU Leuven), Jurgen Watermann (JFWCONSULT)

Local Organizing Committee: Stefaan Poedts (KU Leuven, chair), Fabien Darrouzet (BIRA-IASB), Viviane Pierrard (BIRA-IASB), Angeliki Thanasou (NOA), Joelke Vandoren (KU Leuven), Tobias Verhulst (RMI)