UK Solar Physics Facilities Review – request for community input

August 1, 2017, from Richard Morton

The Science and Technology Facilities Council periodically conduct reviews of its programme. STFC Science Board has identified a need for a strategic review of the UK need for, and access to, current and potential future solar physics facilities to ensure that the strategic landscape in this research area is well-defined.

A Roadmap for Solar System Research was produced by the Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP) in 2015. This latest review will consider recent developments and future opportunities in observational solar physics. It is especially timely given the current and potential future UK investments in the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) and the European Solar Telescope (EST) as well as space missions such as HINODE, STEREO and Solar Orbiter

The Panel have been asked to submit a written report to the STFC Science Board in October 2017. The Panel are tasked with producing a report highlighting changes since the 2015 Roadmap for Solar System Research showing the pathway and recommendations for the development of future capabilities and facilities and highlighting inter-dependencies, overlaps and key points for investment.

As part of the review process, the Panel wish to consult the Community and is particularly interested to receive input on how STFC could best support your research to address the STFC Science Challenges now and in the future.

We strongly encourage all in the UK Solar Physics community (including Research Fellows, PDRAs and PhD students) to please submit your views via the short questionnaire;

The closing date for responses is 21stAugust 2017.

UK Solar Physics Facilities Review Panel


The UK Solar Physics Facilities Review Panel membership is:

Prof G Doyle (Armagh Observatory) – Chair, Dr D Brown (UCLAN), Prof W Chaplin (Birmingham), Prof I De Moortel (St Andrews), Dr H Morgan (Aberystwyth) , Prof R von Fay- Siebenburgen (Sheffield)