PITHIA-NRF organised the First High Profile Meeting on Tuesday 14 March 2023 at the Brussels Planetarium, Belgium. 40 participants - PITHIA-NRF members, users, scientists and stakeholders - attended the meeting, which was hybrid.

The PITHIA-NRF High Profile Meeting aims at providing an attractive platform to exchange and present results on the latest Plasmasphere Ionosphere and Thermosphere research developments, to discuss new ideas and to network with representatives from organisations that develop and use products and services for protecting critical systems from short and long-term disturbances in the upper atmosphere and plasmasphere. Close interaction with the Consortium will make sure that project developments follow the state of the art, making possible the interoperability with other complementary systems developed worldwide, improving the usability of its services and paving the way towards the long-term sustainability of PITHIA-NRF operations.


First High Profile Meeting (HPM#1) Programme


13:00 - 14:00 CET

Presentation of the PITHIA-NRF project



13:00 - 13:10 CET

Welcome and Introduction | Speaker: Anna Belehaki (NOA)



13:10 - 13:30 CET

PITHIA e-Science Centre | Speaker: Tamas Kiss (UoW)



13:30 - 13:45 CET

PITHIA TNA Programme | Speaker: Ingemar Häggström (EISCAT)



13:45 - 14:00 CET

PITHIA Sustainability | Speaker: Yin Chen (EGI)



14:00 - 16:10 CET

Presentations by Invited Participants



14:00 - 14:10 CET

Round Table Introduction by the Invited Experts



14:10 - 14:30 CET

PITHIA and NICT | Speaker: Mamoru Ischii (NICT)



14:30 - 14:50 CET

PITHIA and ICTP | Speaker:  Bruno Nava (ICTP)



14:50 - 15:10 CET

Coffee break



15:10 - 15:30 CET

Satellite data in PITHIA e-Science Centre | Speaker: Matthew Angling (In-Space Missions Ltd.)



15:30 - 15:50 CET

Collaboration with the T-FORS Project | Speaker: Ioanna Tsagouri (NOA)



15:50 - 16:10 CET

Collaboration with the ARCAFF Project | Speaker: Shane Maloney (DIAS)



16:10 - 17:00 CET


What specific capabilities would you like to see offered by PITHIA-NRF?

What synergies can be developed between PITHIA-NRF and your organization and other international programmes?

What is the potential for a sustainable PITHIA-NRF Research Infrastructure?



17:00 - 18:00 CET

Movie in the Planetarium



18:00 - 19:30 CET

Reception (onsite)



Programme Committee: Anna Belehaki, Yin Chen, Jean-Marie Chevalier, Tamas Kiss, Barbara Matyjasiak, Hanna Rothkaehl, Sean Bruinsma, Angeliki Thanasou

Local Organising Committee: Jean-Marie Chevalier, Elke D'Huys, Tobias Verhulst, Petra Vanlommel


PITHIA-NRF stands for “Plasmasphere Ionosphere Thermosphere Integrated Research Environment and Access services: a Network of Research Facilities”. It is a research project that paves the way to business practices and technological developments in the near-Earth and upper atmosphere. PITHIA-NRF mitigates the adverse effects of upper atmosphere phenomena that pose scientific, operational, and societal challenges.

With support of the  Royal Observatory of Belgium, Royal Meteorological Institute and the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence.

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