Save-the-Date Announcement – “Into the Red Dragon’s Lair: Four-in-One Workshop Tackling Outstanding Problems in Heliophysics and Space Weather” – Cardiff, Wales, UK (03-08 December 2017)

May 4, 2017, from David Webb

Dear Colleagues.

This Workshop encompasses four themes. These are the “Fourth Remote-Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere”, “Where are we on Bz” (a SEREN follow-on), the “11th LOFAR Solar Physics and Space Weather Key Science Project”, and “Novel Ionospheric Studies with Advanced Observing Techniques” while also incorporating the MWA SHI and future potential SKA SHI SWG science.

A period of purdah ( in the UK owing to the call of the 08 June General Election means that STFC and its staff cannot openly set up any new websites, make new PR posts, or advertise workshops etc… Therefore, more information than normal is given here and until ~10th June announcements will be made by other members of the SOC.

The workshop aims to gather experts from the various fields of remote­sensing observations of the inner heliosphere, including EUV, white-/visible­light, and radio observations, together with modellers in order to tackle key outstanding heliophysics issues. The science learned from remote­sensing observations is critical to improving our capabilities of space­weather forecasting as well as having impact on the fundamental physics behind how the Sun creates and drives the heliosphere. It is also intended to establish closer working relations and devise the best ways our group can move the field forward as a whole with observational capabilities that can be used to aid the upcoming Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus Communities. The workshop aims to look at ways in which we can more easily and efficiently share and access the various types of data between individual groups and across the different techniques.

The workshop will have five key strands:
– Remote sensing and modelling of the inner heliosphere and how a greater scientific understanding can be achieved by combining multiple techniques;
– Determining Bz and its ‘evolution’ between the Sun and Earth;
– Novel ionospheric observations and modelling (especially at the mid and low latitudes);
– Future coronal/heliospheric/ionospheric remote-sensing instrumentation needs, designs, concepts, and capabilities; and
– How can we support the Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus missions to ensure their science is maximised.

The workshop will have a small registration fee and will likely take up an approximate draft schedule as given on the pre-registration Doodle Poll ( – there are 12 options in all – please only select the Friday options if you are part of the LOFAR SSW-KSP). The website will go live in early-mid June 2017 (following the UK purdah period) and this will be advertised in the First Announcement along with abstract/registration details.

We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff!

Best wishes,

Dave Webb (on behalf of the SOC Chair and the SOC)