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Announcement of a Special Issue of Advances in Space Research

from Eduard Kontar [December 15, 2017]

Announcement of a Special Issue of Advances in Space Research
Solar Physics Advances from the Interior to the Heliosphere

Manuscripts are solicited for manuscripts on Solar Physics Advances from the Interior to the Heliosphere for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research (ASR).

Ongoing research in solar physics continuously advances and deepens our understanding of basic physical processes operating in the solar interior, atmosphere and wind, and contributes to uncovering the solar-terrestrial relations and forecasting space weather. The main objective of this special issue (SI) of Advances in Space Research (ASR) is to highlight recent findings achieved in different branches of Solar Physics. We welcome original and high-quality relevant manuscripts from all scientists in the solar and heliospheric physics communities. All submissions must be original papers that meet the quality and peer-review standards of Advances in Space Research.

Topics to be considered include:
1. Solar Interior, Dynamo, Large-Scale Flows and the Solar Cycle
2. The Solar Atmosphere: Heating, Dynamics and Coupling
3. Fundamental Plasma Processes in the Solar Atmosphere: Magnetic Reconnection, Waves, Emission, Particle Acceleration
4. From Radio to Gamma Rays: Near-Sun Manifestations and Triggering of Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections
5. Solar Effects on the Heliosphere

Instructions for submission:
1) The submission website for this journal is located at:
2) To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue you are editing, it is important that authors select SI: Solar Physics Advances when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.
3) Deadline for manuscript submission 30 April 2018

All manuscripts will be subject to a standard peer-review process, including at least two independent reviewers. There are no page limits, but the length of the paper should be appropriate to the scientific material being presented. Manuscripts will be accepted on a paper-by-paper basis and available on-line with a DOI a few days after acceptance. All articles will be typeset at no cost to the author, while a fee will be charged to the authors for color figures in print, but not in the electronic version. Accepted late papers due to submission delays or protracted refereeing will appear individually in regular issues of ASR.
On behalf of the Guest Editors Dr. Georgoulis, Dr. Kontar and the ASR Co-editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea

Congratulations to Prof. Silvia Dalla

from Richard Morton [December 4, 2017]

The council would like to offer their congratulations to Silvia Dalla who was recently promoted to Professor at UCLan.


Recent CESRA nuggets in December-November

from Eduard Kontar [December 15, 2017]

Critical Fluctuations in Beam-Plasma Systems and Solar Type III Radio Bursts
by G. Thejappa and R. J. MacDowall

Observations of solar radio burst fine structures with LOFAR
by E. Kontar et al.*

VLA Measurements of Faraday Rotation through Coronal Mass Ejections
by Jason E. Kooi et al*

New UKSP Nugget #86

from Iain Hannah [December 11, 2017]

86. Evidence of recurrent reconnection driving fan-shaped jets.

by Aaron Reid, Mihalis Mathioudakis (QUB), Vasco Henriques (UiO), Tanmoy Samanta (Peking).

Photospheric activity drives chromospheric jets in a sunspot.

86. Evidence of recurrent reconnection driving fan-shaped jets.

UKSP Nuggets are published on a monthly basis highlighting solar physics research led from the UK.

UKSP Nuggets

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

New UKSP Nugget #85

from Iain Hannah [December 1, 2017]

85. The role of the magnetic field in sunquakes
by Lucie Green, Gherardo Valori, Francesco Zuccarello, Sarah Matthews (MSSL/UCL), Sergei Zharkov (Hull) and (Catania).

Magnetic lensing could determine the location of sunquakes.

85. The role of the magnetic field in sunquakes

UKSP Nuggets are published on a monthly basis highlighting solar physics research led from the UK.

UKSP Nuggets

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

“Cool Material in the Hot Solar Corona (Prominences & Coronal Rain) and Non-solar Analogs” at the 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly

from Richard Morton [December 15, 2017]

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to a cross-disciplinary session “Cool Material in the Hot Solar Corona (Prominences & Coronal Rain) and Non-solar Analogs” at the 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, hosted by Caltech/JPL in beautiful Pasadena, California, USA, 14-22 July, 2018. This session brings together the solar, astrophysical, space and laboratory plasma physics communities to explore these fascinating phenomena, with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of COSPAR’s creation ( We have an excellent group of invited speakers and welcome interdisciplinary contributions from all the aforementioned disciplines. Please find below more details:

Session ID:
D2.2/E3.2, “Cool Material in the Hot Solar Corona (Prominences & Coronal Rain) and Non-solar Analogs”

Duration: Two half-day sessions

Important dates (
Feb 09, 2018 at 23:59 CET, Abstract (and financial support) deadline:
Apr 27, 2018: Early registration fee deadline

The solar corona is hot and tenuous. Yet, it hosts a variety of mysteriously cool and dense plasmas in two distinct forms – prominences and coronal rain. What they have in common is catastrophic radiative cooling of hot coronal plasma in thermal non-equilibrium states, forming the return flow of the chromosphere-corona mass cycle, which provides critical clues to the fundamental problem of coronal heating. What distinguishes them is the magnetic field that delineates these phenomena, e.g., twisted non-potential fields trapping prominences vs. simple loops draining coronal rain. Such cool material is not always quiescent as one might expect and can be associated with violent eruptions: some prominences form the cores of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that produce space-weather disturbances, while some coronal rain occurs as the aftermath of solar flares due to the high density driven by intense heating and evaporation of the chromosphere. We invite contributions on a broad range of topics in three categories: (1) observational or modeling investigations of prominences and coronal rain, including their formation and dynamic evolution, magnetic and plasma environments, roles in the coronal circulation of mass and energy, relevant physical processes such as ion-neutral coupling and magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasmas, diagnostic applications (e.g., coronal seismology), and space-weather consequences and predictive potential; (2) current or future observing capabilities and instrumentation (e.g., ALMA, DKIST) pertinent to addressing outstanding questions on these phenomena; (3) cross-disciplinary topics concerning physically similar processes or phenomena in laboratory plasmas, planetary magnetospheres, stellar atmospheres, or elsewhere in the universe, such as various plasma instabilities (e.g., Rayleigh-Taylor, Kelvin-Helmholtz) and thermal instability in molecular clouds and cluster of galaxies.

Invited Speakers:
Magnus Haw (Caltech, USA; lab plasma), Takafumi Kaneko (Nagoya Univ., Japan), Judy Karpen (NASA/GSFC, USA), Sara Martin (Helio Research, USA), Tom Schad (NSO, USA), Prateek Sharma (Indian Institute of Science, India; astrophysical), Jaume Terradas (Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain), Erwin Verwichte (Univ. Warwick, UK)

Scientific Organizers:
Wei Liu (LMSAL/BAERI, USA), Patrick Antolin (St Andrews, UK)

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Paul Bellan (Caltech, USA), Thomas Berger (NOAA, USA), P. F. Chen (Nanjing Univ., China), Oddbjorn Engvold (Univ. of Oslo, Norway), Holly Gilbert (NASA/GSFC, USA), Olga Panasenco (Advanced Heliophysics, USA), Jean-Claude Vial (Institut d’astrophysique Spatiale, France)

EGU General Assembly “Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas – particle acceleration and plasma heating” – deadline approaching

from Philippa Browning [December 15, 2017]

“Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas – particle acceleration and plasma heating”
Session ST1.3 at EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 8 -13 2018


We invite all working on theory and simulations of particle acceleration and plasma heating in solar system plasmas to submit abstracts:

The session will showcase the latest results from theoretical investigations and numerical simulations in space plasma-physics from microscopic to global scales, in comparison with experiments and observations in the heliosphere: at the Sun, in the solar corona, in interplanetary space and in planetary magnetospheres.. Of particular interest is the role of suprathermal populations in dynamical processes in the heliosphere, such as shocks, magnetic reconnection, instabilities and dissipation. There are challenging questions in fundamental plasma physics which require the integration of kinetic plasma physics with fluid models.
We encourage presentations on theory and modelling which are directly relevant to current, forthcoming and proposed space missions, notably MMS, Parker Solar Probe, Solar Orbiter and THOR.

We are pleased to announce the session will include solicited talks by the following speakers:
Prof Lu Quanming
Prof Marco Velli
Prof Feng Xueshang

Session Organisers:
Philippa Browning, Joerg Buechner, Giovanni Lapenta and Shangbin Yang

2018 Sun-Climate Symposium, March 19-23 — Abstracts due Jan. 5, 2018

from Vanessa George [December 15, 2017]

2018 Sun-Climate Symposium:
“The State of the TSI and SSI Climate Records at the Junction of the SORCE and TSIS Missions”
March 19-23, 2018 * Lake Arrowhead, California

* Abstracts Due: Jan. 5, 2018 *

Observations of the Sun and Earth from space have revolutionized our view and understanding of how solar variability and other natural and anthropogenic forcings impact Earth’s atmosphere and climate. Since 1978 – more than three solar cycles – the total and spectral solar irradiance (TSI and SSI) and global terrestrial atmosphere and surface have been observed continuously, providing unprecedented quality data for Sun-climate studies. The 2018 Symposium will convene experts from across the solar-terrestrial community and from various disciplines that include Sun-climate connections, atmospheric physics and chemistry, heliophysics, and metrology to discuss solar and climate observations and models during this crucial period near the end of the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) and the start of the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS) Mission. The agenda consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations in six sessions.

Please submit your abstract via email to For a detailed program and session description, abstract form, confirmed speaker listing, and logistical information visit our website:

We have many great speakers lined up already and we would love to have you join us!

Best regards,
2018 Sun-Climate Symposium Organizing Committee
(Odele Coddington, Jerry Harder, Charles Ichoku, Greg Kopp, Jae Lee, Peter Pilewskie, Doug Rabin, Erik Richard, Marty Snow, Tom Woods, Dong Wu)

EGU session ST1.5/PS4.6: Solar Eruptions and their Heliospheric Imprint — Abstracts due January 10

from Athanasios Papaioannou [December 7, 2017]

Dear colleagues,

We invite abstract submissions to our session at EGU 2018 entitled: “Solar Eruptions and their Heliospheric Imprint”.

Details on the Session can be found at:

Solar Eruptions and their Heliospheric imprint (co-organized)

Convener: Erika Palmerio
Co-Conveners: David Barnes, Athanasios Papaioannou, Jingnan Guo, Neus Agueda, Luciano Rodriguez

Session Abstract:

The Sun dynamically modifies the conditions of the heliospheric
environment, with its pressure-driven solar wind (SW) outflow and solar eruptive events, such as solar flares (SFs) and Coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which are the major drivers of space weather effects at the Earth. The magnetic structure and plasma properties of CMEs, as well as their arrival times at L1, however, are hard to predict with reasonable accuracy. In recent decades, advanced instrumentation onboard many spacecraft has extended our ability to explore structures in the SW, such as interplanetary CMEs (ICMEs) and co-rotating interaction regions (CIRs), as well as solar energetic particles (SEPs) from multiple vantage points throughout the heliosphere. It is now also possible to measure and quantify the radiation environment on different planets and to observe Forbush decreases (FDs). The combination of remote sensing, in-situ and ground based observations has led to the development of models that couple solar eruptive events to their effects on a heliospheric scale. Missions including MESSENGER, Venus Express, STEREO, SOHO, Wind, ACE, MAVEN, Rosetta, Ulysses, INTEGRAL, GOES and ground based measurements from Earth (neutron monitors) and Mars (Mars Science Laboratory), coupled with the imminent launches of Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe, as well as potential future missions at L1 and L5, mean it is an opportune time to showcase current developments dealing with such multi-point studies.

Accordingly, we invite abstracts addressing the following topics:
multi-point observations of SEPs with regards to their angular
distribution, as well as their injection, acceleration, propagation and
transport conditions; the latest observational and modeling efforts of the propagation and evolution of ICMEs in the heliosphere; and the use of such ICME properties for the identification of their effects on magnetospheres and on the ground, such as FDs. We welcome contributions on observations, modelling and theory of the SW, CMEs (ICMEs), CIRs, SFs, SEPs and FDs.


Abstracts can be submitted online at:

The abstract submission is currently open and will last up until 13:00 CET on January 10, 2018.

Kind regards,
Athanasios Papaioannou

On behalf of
Erika Palmerio, David Barnes, Jingnan Guo, Neus Agueda, Luciano Rodriguez

EGU 2018 (Vienna) – Session on Kinetic Physics in the Solar Wind and Terrestrial Magnetosphere: Submissions Welcome

from Yana Maneva [December 4, 2017]

Dear colleagues,

We invite abstract submissions to our session on kinetic processes at the EGU 2018 meeting to be held 8-13th of April in Vienna, Austria.

Session ST2.2: Kinetic and non-thermal physics in the solar wind and terrestrial magnetosphere

Large-scale perturbations induced by solar plasma outflows propagate and decay in space plasmas and may trigger kinetic effects at small scales, which can explain their dissipation, particle acceleration, or the observed enhanced fluctuations and instabilities, turbulence and diverse non-linear effects. Small-scale kinetic modelling of plasma micro-states, e.g., particle distributions, may create valuable tools and real perspectives for decoding these processes. The proposed session invites contributions that respond to these challenges, aiming to provide realistic models and predictions, and overcome the existing theoretical, numerical and observational limitations. These reports should help in understanding the origin as well as the implications of non-thermal effects in the solar wind and terrestrial magnetosphere, and in particular the complex mechanisms involved in solar-terrestrial interactions.

Note that the deadline for abstract submission is 13:00 CET on the 10th of January 2018. Abstracts can be submitted here:

Yours sincerely,
Yana Maneva, Marian Lazar, Viviane Pierrard and Yuriy Voitenko ​


Faculty members and post-docts at Harbin Institute of Technology at Shenzhen

from Ding Yuan [December 15, 2017]

Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) is founded at 1920, a top Chinese university in science and engineering and a member of the C9 League. HIT Shenzhen campus was established as a graduate school in 2002, and officially starts to provide undergraduate education in 2018. HIT since operates at three campuses: Harbin, Weihai and Shenzhen.

Institute of Space Science and Applied Technology (ISSAT) at HITsz, founded in June 2017, invites applications for faculty and post-doctoral positions at all levels. Scientists specialized in the following fields are welcome to apply:
(1) Solar physics
(2) Heliospheric physics
(3) Magnetospheric physics
(4) Ionospheric physics
(5) Upper atmospheric physics
(6) Space weather and its effects on human activities

(1) Conduct research in an area compatible with the relevant interests,
(2) Publish papers in peer-reviewed journals,
(2) Supervise postgraduate and post-doctors,
(3) Getting grants at municipal, provincial, national and world funding bodies,
(4) Teaching and administration duties.

Qualifications and Requirements:
Ph.D. completed in related field, postdoctoral experience is preferred.
All strong candidates in solar/space physics and space weather are encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits:
HITSZ offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package. Salary and rank will commensurate with qualifications and experience of the applicants.

For information and inquiries, please contact: Cui Lijun or Ding Yuan (

PhD position in Solar Physics at Stockholm University

from Richard Morton [December 12, 2017]

Dear colleague,
I have announced a PhD position in Solar Physics at Stockholm University.

I would appreciate it the most if you could forward this information to any
potential candidate or to master students that are close to finishing and that are looking for a PhD position.

As advertised in our webpage:
“We announce a PhD position to study the physics of active region and flares in the solar chromosphere. This project involves modelling of very high resolution spectropolarimetric observations acquired with the CRISP and CHROMIS instruments at the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) and with NASA’s IRIS satellite. The selected candidate will compute and analyze empirical 3D models from these observations using data inversion techniques.”

More details about the position and the application form can be found here:

Best regards!
Jaime de la Cruz Rodriguez

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at Leeds (Closing Date: 2nd January 2018)

from Richard Morton [December 12, 2017]

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funded project to investigate tidal flows in stars and giant planets. The project will involve performing hydrodynamical simulations to study tidal flows in spherical and ellipsoidal geometries using one or more existing codes (including Nek5000). The results from these simulations will be applied to interpret current observations of extrasolar planets and close binary stars, and to make predictions.

The successful candidate will work with Dr Adrian Barker in the Department of Applied Mathematics (, and will join the Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics research group (, which is one of the largest such groups in the world. This project will strongly complement and benefit from other STFC-funded projects at Leeds, such as those in planetary and stellar dynamos.

The post is available from 1st April 2018, but the start date is flexible and could be delayed up until 1st October 2018 at the latest. The funds are available for 2 years and the salary range is Grade 7 (£32,548–£38,833 p.a.).

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics, Computational Fluid Dynamics or Planetary Sciences), together with computational experience, and they should be able to demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research and possess a developing track record of publications in international journals. In addition, the applicant must have excellent communication, planning and team working skills.

Applications must be made online (using the link below) before 23.59 (UK time) on the advertised closing date. Applicants must submit a CV and Publication List and provide the names and contact details of 3 people from whom references letters may be requested. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Adrian Barker ( Interviews are expected to be held during the week of 15th January 2018.

Closing Date: 2nd January 2018.



JOB OPENINGS: PhD Student Positions in Space Physics Group, University of Helsinki, Finland

from Minna Palmroth [December 7, 2017]

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a world-leading group specialised in modelling of the space environment. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator (, which is massively parallelised and regularly run on the largest European supercomputers.

We have recently obtained several new research grants, including a Finnish Centre of Excellence (2018 – 2025), a European Research Council grant (2016 – 2021), and an Academy of Finland grant (2018 – 2022).

We are now looking for PhD students in space physics, HPC or computational physics, to work on modelling of space plasmas, adaptive mesh refinement, communication reduction or other relevant HPC algorithms. Useful skills include: Python, C/C++, supercomputer environments, and code repositories.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. As our the Centre of Excellence 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 are available from 1 Jan 2018, and they are open until they are filled. For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth ‘at’ Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, and maximum of three names to act as references to the above address.

Space Weather Applications Scientist

from RHEA Group [December 5, 2017]

RHEA Group is currently recruiting a Space Weather Applications Scientist to support the ESA SSA Space Weather Program at our client’s premises in Darmstadt, Germany.

Tasks and Activities
The scope of work will include:
• Support updates of the SWE System Requirements Documents.
• Support reviews of SWE Service Development Roadmaps.
• Provide technical support for any development, testing and acceptance of applications and software delivered by the SSA DS team to SWE Segment.
• Participate in SSA SWE Network reviews as an expert member as appointed by the SWE Service Coordinator.
• Support preparation of the work in SWE Segment as a space weather solar and heliospheric applications expert.
• Provide support for the organisation of SWE Segment related education, outreach and user needs discussion events for the SSA end users as appointed by the SWE Service Coordinator.
• Provide technical input for the development and definition of the SSA Workplans.
• Provide expert support to the definition of the SWE Segment architectural design.
• Support the definition of SWE data models in the frameworks of all SSA SWE service development activities.
• Provide expert support to the definition of space weather related international standards as appointed by the SWE Service Coordinator.
• Provide a consolidated monthly progress report of the progress of all activities

Skills and Experience
The following skills and experience are mandatory:
• PhD or equivalent academic degree on space physics, space weather or solar physics.
• Strong background in space weather physics and engineering impacts having carried out original research in a space weather related discipline.
• Practical experience in developing space weather applications and services
• Practical experience in advanced space weather modelling techniques is required.
• Minimum of 5 years of working experience with space weather related topics
• Experience in working with data models.
• Experience in participating international industry contracts with a clearly defined management responsibility (e.g task or workpackage manager)
• Experience in communicating with international partners including space agencies, international entities and scientific community.
• Experience in explaining or lecturing space weather related topics to academic community, students and general public.

Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of SECRET or above.

About RHEA Group
RHEA Group is a leading engineering consultancy firm with demonstrated expertise in space, system- and secure software solutions.
We attract skilled engineers, scientists and management professionals; and offer a range of exciting career paths working alongside clients such as the European Space Agency, the European GNSS Agency, EUMETSAT and NATO.

Fully-funded PhD studentships in Solar Physics at University of Warwick

from Anne-Marie Broomhall [December 1, 2017]

Fully-funded PhD studentships in Solar Physics at University of Warwick

The Centre for Fusion, Space, and Astrophysics (CFSA) at University of Warwick are advertising fully-funded PhD studentships, each for 3.5yr, starting in October 2018. The students will have a degree in Physics, Mathematics or similar. Although there is no deadline for applications interviews will take place in Feb/March.

Research at the CFSA focuses on plasma physics applied to the grand challenges of magnetic and inertial fusion power, space physics, solar physics, and astrophysics. Our work spans fundamental theory, observation, and the analysis of experimental data, combined with high performance computing. The specific projects currently advertised here pertain to solar physics. The CFSA considers all aspects of solar physics form the solar interior, out through the solar atmosphere and beyond, in the form of space weather. This year we are offering a number of projects on a variety of topics.

One of the projects will use helioseismology and asteroseismology to study solar and stellar interiors, with a specific interest in aspects relating to magnetic activity and is entitled ‘Seismic measures of magnetic activity in the Sun and other stars’. This project will be supervised by Dr Anne-Marie Broomhall ( for informal enquiries, funded by STFC).

The second project is entitled ‘The Physics of Wave Dynamics in the Solar Atmosphere’ and will examine the role of waves at the physical interface between hot (coronal) and cool (chromospheric) plasmas. This project will be supervised by Dr Erwin Verwichte and Prof. Tony Arber ( for informal enquiries, funded by STFC).

Another project concerns space weather and is entitled ‘Data analytics approach to space weather’ and will develop new methodology to characterize the dynamically evolving full spatial pattern of space weather in terms of dynamic networks, and correlated extreme events. This project will be supervised by Prof. Sandra Chapman ( for informal enquiries, funded by WCPRS and AFOSR). Please note that interviews for this project will take place in the week of 5th-9th March.

Subject to funding an additional PhD studentship project may become available entitled ‘Terrestrial foreshock physics’. This project will combine observations from Cluster spacecraft and numerical simulations to test the hypothesis that the nonlinear coupling between the reflected ion population and the bulk plasma leads to a secondary instability of the fire hose or proton cyclotron type, explaining the results of a recent Warwick study. This project will be supervised by Dr Bogdan Hnat ( for informal enquiries, funded by STFC).

More details concerning all projects, along with details of how to apply, can be found at

For further details on the CFSA please go to