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Workshop's Venue in HUST Campus

The GINESTRA team is pleased to invite scientists, researchers and all the interested institutions to attend the GINESTRA workshop.

The event will be held on January 24th, 2013 at NAVIS Centre, located within the Hanoi University of Science and Technology in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Register here: (Registration Closed)
You can submit an abstract for a presentation during the workshop filling the second section of the registration page.

No registration fee is required to attend. Funding available for a limited number of delegates.

Aims and Focus of Workshop:

  • Bring together scientists and researchers from across Southeastern Asia, India and the Pacific Rim
  • Identify current state of ionospheric monitoring in the region
  • Facilitate the contact with local institutions interested in hosting new facilities or sharing existing data
  • Assess the state of the art in the field and stimulate possible partnerships for future activities
  • Explore possible future services to be jointly developed and implemented

To learn more about the workshop, please write to:

Gabriella Povero

(GINESTRA coordinator)

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Ta Hai Tung

(GINESTRA workshop organizer)

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GINESTRA Highlights


GINESTRA is a competence survey funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) in the frame of the Alcantara initiative of the General Studies Programme. Its goal is to assess the current capabilities on ionospheric monitoring in the Asia-Pacific Region and in India, in order to understand how existing facilities can be integrated with new installations to effectively support and improve space weather activities oriented to assist GNSS operations.



Southeastern Asian is a very interesting area from the ionosphere monitoring viewpoint. In this region, the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling presents features which significantly differ from other geographical sectors. Nonetheless, ionospheric monitoring in the Asia-Pacific Region is yet uneven and there are a number of ground-based stations which are not part of monitoring networks, though known at scientific level. This lack of extended networks of monitoring stations makes peculiarities in Southeastern Asian ionosphere not exhaustively known and understood. The integration of existing facilities in international networks, as well as the planning of new installations to be set up with future collaborations, will improve current knowledge and enable effective space weather countermeasures.



GINESTRA partners represent a team of excellence, incorporating proved ionospheric theoretical know-how and technological background, especially in the field of GNSS. The team gathers researchers from:



In close collaboration with all the contacts within Asia-Pacific institutions, the GINESTRA team looks for information on existing or planned observation site and seeks institutions interested in hosting monitoring sites, thus facilitating data exchange and understanding the interests of potential users. The GINESTRA team will identify the geographical sectors not yet or only partially monitored, report peculiarities of the regional ionosphere of interest for the GNSS operations, identify and interact with entities willing to host new installations, to integrate existing facilities, to extend on-going plans or to be part of this synergetic initiative. The Asian partner, the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, will have a prominent role as a contact point to collect data in the region.



ESA General Studies Program

General  Objectives

  • To allow performing frequent scientific and technical studies of relevance to ESA programmes with a focus on international space research or an enlarged, world-wide geographical reach that space systems can enable.
  • To facilitate the involvement of leading researchers in their respective fields with a proven record and who are part of research groups that have demonstrated experience in working with partners beyond ESA Member States borders (as measured by e.g. joint publications, or patents).
  • To increase the awareness of the international research community of ESA’s activities, programmes and priorities.

Alcantara Initiative

Alcantara Competence Surveys are proposed in the context of Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS) programmes in order to better understand the research capabilities, facilities, activities and plans relevant to the monitoring of ionosphere perturbations in low-latitude regions and local and regional level.

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