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    from Richard Morton [August 15, 2019]

    As of 7 August, NASA is blocking external access to ftp servers within NASA. This includes sohoftp, which is the distribution site for SolarSoft updates.  A new procedure has been developed to install and update SolarSoft using the external applications cURL and wget.  The web page below explains how to prepare your local SolarSoft installation to use this new method for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems.

    All users have to modify their installations, so we encourage you to follow the instructions as soon as possible.

    If you have any questions or problems, a SolarSoft helpdesk has been set up at:

    Sam Freeland, Dominic Zarro, Bill Thompson, Peter Young

    P.S.  The update team especially want to thank Sam Freeland for all his hard work on the migration from FTP to HTTPS.

    STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum – Closing Date 6th September 2019

    from Sian Giles-Titcombe [August 12, 2019]

    If you are interested in getting involved in STFC’s public engagement programme this might be of interest to you , it offers a fabulous opportunity to help shape our programme , get involved in initiatives and most of all, hear from you so we can make sure what we do is what people want. We have extended the 2019 call for applications so please forward this to all who might be interested.

    Call for Applications
    Closing date: 6th September 2019

    The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the ‘PEER Forum’) will support talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals, to ensure the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement.

    Why Join the PEER Forum?
    • To learn practical skills on how to lead public engagement activities, giving you a more rewarding career
    • For support and expertise from the wide ranging network of academics and public engagement professionals within the STFC community
    • To enhance your reputation within the scientific community and give you the opportunity to boost the profile of your work by talking to a wider audience

    Further information
    For details on how to apply please go to our website or contact

    Recent Change of Institution — Patrick Antolin

    from Patrick Antolin [August 5, 2019]

    Dear Colleagues,

    I have recently moved to Northumbria University, where I will be resuming my position as STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow followed by a Senior Lectureship. Please find my new contact details below:


    Postal Address:
    Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
    Northumbria University
    Ellison Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 8ST
    United Kingdom

    New book – Topics in Magnetohydrodynamic Topology, Reconnection and Stability Theory

    from David MacTaggart [August 5, 2019]

    We would like to announce the publication, by Springer, of “Topics in Magnetohydrodynamic Topology, Reconnection and Stability Theory” (eds MacTaggart and Hillier).

    This book is based on lectures from a summer school held at the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM) in 2018. It covers a range of important topics in solar MHD in an accessible manner, making the book ideal for both students and researchers.


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    WISA meeting 2020 (Northumbria, UK) – First announcement

    from Richard Morton [August 15, 2019]

    We would like to announce that the Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA) meeting will be held on 27th-30th July 2020 at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

    Please mark the dates in your diaries.

    A future announcement will follow with a website and further details.

    Richard Morton (on behalf of the LOC)

    Interact Engagement Symposium 4th September at the University of Central Lancashire

    from Sian Giles-Titcombe [August 15, 2019]

    With just under three weeks to go registration for the Interact engagement Symposium is still open. The draft programme can now be viewed here

    We have over 200 delegates already signed up for this lively and fun one day event at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. There is something for everyone, whether you are new to engagement or an experienced practitioner. We have a fabulous range of workshops, marketplace exhibits and interactives and some fabulous networking opportunities for everyone.

    For early arrivals, UCLan will be hosting a free informal reception on the 3rd September from 6-8pm.

    3rd UK Solar Orbiter workshop – Save the dates

    from Gherardo Valori [August 12, 2019]

    We are pleased to announce that the 3rd UK Solar Orbiter Workshop will be held at the

    University of St.Andrews,
    from 10:30am of Monday 13th to 4:30pm of Tuesday 14th January 2020,

    under the coordination of Duncan Mackay. Further information on registration and accommodation possibilities will follow in due time. In the meantime, please save the dates to your diary!


    Doctoral Researcher in Solar Physics

    from Meetu Verma [August 14, 2019]

    The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for a Doctoral Researcher in Solar Physics (f/m/d). The three-year position is within the project »From Flux Emergence to Decay – A High resolution Study of Sunspots« supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

    Applications for and inquiries about the doctoral position should be sent to Dr. Meetu Verma via

    The full job announcement can be found at:

    Research Chair in Space Weather at South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

    from Lee-Anne McKinnell [August 8, 2019]

    The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is recruiting for a Research Chair in Space Weather, preferably specializing in Solar Physics.

    The Research Chair would be mainly responsible for undertaking research within the specialized area, providing guidance to the operational space weather centre, and supervising postgraduate students.

    The successful candidate will: • have an extensive research track record within an area of Space Weather (preferably Solar Physics) • high and sustained publication record in reputable research journals • international collaborations • lead large projects • raise and manage research funds • lead research groups and postgraduate student supervision and training.

    The position is based in Hermanus in South Africa, and would be for an initial 5 year period renewable for an additional 5 years based on performance. The applicants do not have to be South African – this is a global recruit initiative for a specialised scarce skill area.

    More information can be found from the full advert available at:

    JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Positions in Coronal Modelling at the Space Physics Group, University of Helsinki, Finland

    from Emilia Kilpua [August 7, 2019]

    The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics ( is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. Our current research areas include physics of coronal mass ejections, their influence in the magnetospheric dynamics, as well as reconnection, shocks and particle acceleration. We are leading a Finnish Centre of Excellence (

    We are now opening two postdoctoral positions in the field of modelling of the solar corona. These positions are involved in the ERC Consolidator Grant project SolMAG (Unraveling the structure solar flux ropes and their magnetosheaths; One of the positions is involved to the development of data-driven coronal models (magnetofrictional and MHD simulations), the other one includes more applying the simulations and interpreting the simulation results. The candidate should have a good knowledge in space plasma physics as well as coding experience (e.g., Python, C/C++). The other useful skills include expertise in supercomputer environments, parallel computations, and coronal observations.

    We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. As our Centre of Excellence also builds and launches CubeSats establishing new technologies with cutting edge scientific payloads, our community extends from space physics to space technology and entrepreneurial startups.

    The positions can start at the earliest 1 Oct 2019 and are for two years at least. The positions are open until they are filled.

    For specifics about the position, contact Associate Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua ‘at’

    Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and maximum of three names to act as references to Mila Hyytinen (mila.hyytinen ‘at’

    Two Assistant Professor (Lecturer) openings at Durham

    from Anthony Yeates [August 6, 2019]

    The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University is investing in excellence and seeks to appoint two talented individuals to the role of Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics, joining the existing Applied & Computational Mathematics group ( We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests that will contribute to, and enhance the expertise of the group, which includes MHD, analysis of PDEs, and mathematical biology.

    The closing date is 20 October 2019 and successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 September 2020.

    I am happy to take informal enquiries.