Innovation Day 2

PITHIA-NRF organised the Second Innovation Day on Wednesday 15 March 2023 at the Brussels Planetarium, Belgium. 76 participants - PITHIA-NRF members, users, scientists and stakeholders - attended the meeting, which was hybrid.

The Second Innovation Day aims to bring together users from various industries, including but not limited to SMEs, the aerospace sector, and civil organisations, with experts in upper atmospheric research to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and explore new avenues of collaboration. As a participant, you will have the chance to learn about the PITHIA-NRF initiative and offered services, and present your ideas and challenges to receive feedback from expert team members. The goal is to foster new collaborations through discussions held during the Second Innovation Day.


European region with sites of facilities and instruments contributing to the project:



What can you expect from our Second Innovation Day?

We want you to become aware of the services accessible through an innovative research infrastructure:

  1. Present your operational challenge to a team of experts from leading European institutes in the upper atmospheric domain.
  2. Discover, through a working example, the PITHIA-NRF e-Science Centre, a tool proving with open access the best datasets and models of the upper atmosphere.
  3. Learn the benefits of accessing PITHIA-NRF's nodes by users who completed their Trans-National Access project.

There will be plenty of opportunities to learn how PITHIA-NRF can help you solve your operational problem.

The event also includes the possibility of attending Business-to-Business (B2B) meetings with the PITHIA-NRF partners in a framework of meaningful networking discussions. The B2B meeting can be pre-booked, and more information will be provided after the registration.




09:00 - 09:20 CET

Welcome coffee



09:20 - 10:30 CET

Introduction to PITHIA-NRF Project activities | Chair: Tobias Verhulst (RMI)



09:20 - 09:50 CET

Welcome and Introduction to PITHIA-NRF | Speaker: Anna Belehaki (NOA)



09:50 - 10:10 CET

The PITHIA-NRF Innovation Platform | Speaker: Hanna Rothkaehl (SRC PAS)



10:10 - 10:30 CET

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



10:30 - 10:45 CET

Coffee break



10:45 - 11:20 CET

e-Science Centre Usage Demonstrations | Chair: Tamas Kiss (UoW)



10:45 - 11:00 CET

Demo on Finding Data | Speaker: Jurgen Watermann (JFWCONSULT)



11:00 - 11:20 CET

Demo on Executing a Model | Speaker: Sean Bruinsma (CNES)



11:20 - 12:00 CET

Case Studies by Trans National Access (TNA) Users | Chair: Ingemar Haggstrom (EISCAT)



11:20 - 11:40 CET

Comparing Dutch GNSS-receiver measurements to INGV (and DLR) model data (CaneTEC) | Speaker: Kasper van Dam (KNMI)



11:40 - 12:00 CET

Can PolaRISation Measurements of Auroral emissions Trace the Ionospheric Currents? (PRISMATIC) | Speaker: Herve Lamy (BIRA-IASB)



12:00 - 13:15 CET




13:15 - 15:15 CET

"Tell us your problem" | Chair: Tobias Verhulst (RMI)



13:15 - 13:45 CET

Space Weather Related Challenges from the Belgian MoD |  Speaker: Dries Van Baelen (Belgian Military)



13:45 - 14:15 CET

Space Weather in Taiwan: Challenges and Expectations | Speaker: Jann-Yenq Liu (NCU Taiwan)



14:15 - 14:45 CET

PECASUS: Space Weather Alerts for Civil Aviation | Speaker: Judith de Patoul (ROB)



14:45 - 15:15 CET

ESSP, TEC maps, and ICAO services | Speaker: Issaad Kacem (ESSP-SAS)



15:15 - 15:30 CET

Coffee break



15:30 - 16:30 CET

"Tell us your problem" cont'd



15:30 - 16:00 CET

HF Radio Challenges Encountered by Medicins Sans Frontieres | Speaker: Manuel Casquilho (MSF)



16:00 - 16:30 CET

Polish Innovation Centre Perspective | Speaker: Mariusz Sawinski (PCI Sp.)



16:30 - 16:45 CET

Wrap up & Conclusions | Speaker: Hanna Rothkael & Barbara Matyjasiak (SRC PAS)



16:45 - 17:30 CET

B2B Meetings & Free Discussion



The Programme Committee: 

  • Anna Belehaki
  • Tamas Kiss
  • Barbara Matyjasiak
  • Hanna Rothkaehl
  • Tobias Verhulst
  • Pietro Vermicelli

The 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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