The opening session as well as each topical session of the Fourth Swarm Science Meeting will be featuring a keynote to introduce grand challenges and how they are being addressed.
Confirmed keynote speakers and topics are:

Related to Swarm science:

  • Michael Sideris, President International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, on the societal and research need for geopotential field missions 
  • Eric Donovan, University of Calgary, on grand challenges in auroral research
  • Kathy Whaler, University of Edinburgh, on Swarm, deep Earth and the geodynamo
  • Trond Helge Torsvik, University of Oslo, on the broader goals of comprehensive geodynamic modelling
  • Jörg Ebbing, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, on Swarm and 3D Earth modelling
  • Aaron Ridley, University of Michigan, on thermosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere modelling and the role of Swarm
  • Octave Marghitu, Institute for Space Sciences, Romania, of ionosphere-thermosphere-magnetosphere coupling
  • Robert Pfaff, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, on international collaboration in geospace research beyond Swarm
  • Josef Aschbacher, European Space Agency, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, on the research elements of ESA’s earth observation activities
  • Susan Skone  on GNSS-Based Studies of the Ionosphere and the Role of Swarm and Complementary Missions
  • Johnathan Burchill on Nanosatellite Space Physics: Multispacecraft Missions Inspired by Swarm
  • Nicolas Gillet on Geomagnetic Data Assimilation And Modeling Of Core Field Changes
  • Giuseppe Consolini on Magnetic Field Turbulence And Scaling Features In The Polar Ionosphere: Results From Swarm Mission

(One or two keynotes may be added to address topics of broad interest)

Related to geodetic missions:

  • Ramon Hanssen, Delft University of Technology, on synthetic aperture radar observations as geodetic infrastructure
  • Richard Biancale, Groupe de Recherche de Geodesie Spatial, on satellite missions for improved reference frames for science and society 
  • Roland Pail, Technical University of Munich, on user needs for next-generation gravity field observations
  • Thomas Gruber, technical University of Munich, on the role of synthetic aperture radar observations for absolute height determination



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