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March 30th, 2016

Space Weather As A Global Challenge Event To Be Presented By Secure World Foundation + US Department of State

[Satnews] As captured in the U.S. National Space Weather Strategy released in October 2015, “reducing vulnerability to space weather needs to be a national priority.”

On Monday, April 4, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., "Space Weather AS A Global Challenge" will be presented by the Secure World Foundation and the US Department of State at the George C. Marshall Conference Center at the US Department of State.

High-impact solar events together with routine variations in solar activity pose a significant risk to critical infrastructure and facilities—from navigation satellites to the electrical power grid. Government, industry, and academic partners collaborate to improve our understanding, response, and resilience to space weather events. The highly interconnected nature of critical infrastructure underscores the potential for regional and even international consequences to space weather events. Because of the global nature of these phenomena, increasing international cooperation is one of six strategic goals laid out in the strategy, which calls for a coordinated global response.

This event will bring together top space weather experts to discuss the international aspects of the recently released strategy and inform policy makers of the potential impacts of space weather on infrastructure and the global economy. Bringing together U.S. and international experts from government, industry, and academia, this event will highlight existing and future efforts to improve collaboration on space weather-related policies, research and forecasting programs, as well as risk management activities from an international perspective.

To attend this event, you must register by Wednesday, March 30, with Stephanie Wan at WanSD@state.gov or 202-663-2672.

Guests from outside the State Department must provide government ID number (Passport, Driver’s License, or Agency ID) and Date of Birth. Participants must enter through the 21st St. Entrance at the intersection of 21st St & Virginia Ave, NW, Washington, DC.