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New GREGOR Infrared Spectrograph (GRIS) Data Archive – Beta Version Released

from Richard Morton [April 15, 2019]

The Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) has released a beta version of the new data archive for the GREGOR Infrared Spectrograph (GRIS, Collados et al. 2012, AN 333, 872). All GRIS data prior to 2018 are in open access and available here:

The database contains more than 650 data sets recorded in the years between 2014 and 2017. Most of them are single raster scans recorded in spectropolarimetric mode in the 1.08µm and 1.56µm wavelength bands. Some of them are measurements in spectroscopic mode, time sequences capturing the evolution of solar features, sit and stare measurements or observation in other wavelength bands such as 2.2µm.

Currently, the user can access the archive via a web interface. Best performance is achieved using ‘Chrome’ Browser. The initial web page provides the possibility to query by various parameters such as date, wavelength, heliocentric angle, etc. The results are displayed as a list with some information and preview images. For each entry in the list, there is an additional page with detailed information such as a logfile, step size, exposure time, scan type, a preview and, if available, the position on the solar disk. The user can select one or multiple observing runs from the list and download the science ready ‘Level1’ data as a tar file.

The archive is a beta version at the moment. We invite the community to send us feedback on desired features to be implemented. Please send your comments and suggestions to

Call for Applications and Nominations to STFC’s Science Board, Committees and Peer Review Panels, 2019

from Richard Morton [April 8, 2019]

Every year, a number of vacancies become available on STFC’s advisory bodies and peer review panels. These bodies perform a vital function for STFC, providing advice and guidance that aids our strategic direction and supports decision-making processes. A full list of vacant positions can be found here:

Members of advisory bodies and panels have the opportunity to influence STFC’s strategy, policies, and funding decisions, as well as guiding STFC to most effectively develop the societal impact of our investments and best support our research and innovation communities. Members will also expand their professional networks and explore a wide range of challenges related to investment in UK science and engineering.


STFC is committed to the principles of fair and transparent decision-making. Appointments to our boards, committees and panels will be assessed via an appropriate review process, according to the requirements listed by each programme area that focus on an applicant’s qualifications, skills, experiences, behaviours, and personal characteristics.

This is an annual call and, as a result, membership may commence at different times. For all committees, members will be appointed for three years unless otherwise stated. Please note, you can make a self-application or can be nominated by someone. If nominating, please ensure that the nominee is aware of, and agrees to, the nomination.

Nomination / application form is available here

The closing date is Tuesday 30 April 2019.

If you require any further information, please contact Natalia Sengkudduvan.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here

from Richard Morton [April 8, 2019]

Engage school students with your research from your desk!

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is an online STEM engagement competition that gets people in science talking with curious school students. The STFC are funding Particles Zone and Space Zone, both taking place 10-21 June  – and researchers funded by, or using data from, the STFC get priority in this oversubscribed event.

“After my first live chat I was hooked! The enthusiasm of the students was inspiring, and some of the questions were incredibly thought-provoking”

David, physicist

Apply now for* I’m a Scientist* at

Make sure to select ‘Connected to STFC’ to receive priority for a place

Taking part is an enjoyable and easy way to get involved in STEM engagement. You’ll develop your communication skills and gain a fresh perspective on your work, through showing students what it’s really like to be a researcher.

Fill in your profile page, answer questions and use the text based chat system with UK school students. Everything happens online; you take part from your desk or smartphone. There’s no need to prepare activities or take time out of the office. Even better, students vote for their favourite scientist, who wins £500 to fund more STEM engagement activities.

Find out more and apply by Tuesday 23rd April at

Any questions, contact or call 01225 326 892

STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum

from Richard Morton [April 8, 2019]

STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum
Call for Applications
Closing date: 16:00, Monday 3rd June 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.

PEER Forum aims

*   To foster peer learning and peer support between early career scientists and engineers with a passion for public engagement and outreach.

*   To improve understanding of the support STFC provides for public engagement and outreach (including funding mechanisms, evaluation, and reporting) and how to successfully utilise this support.

*   To stimulate discussions that help to develop and influence STFC’s approaches to public engagement.

What will participation in the Forum involve?
Participants in the PEER Forum will meet face-to-face at least twice per year to share learning and to participate in session that will strengthen the depth and breadth of their understanding of public engagement and outreach.

Who can apply to join the Forum?
The PEER Forum is for practising early-career scientists and engineers who have an ambition to carry out excellent public engagement alongside, and complimentary to, their career in science or engineering. We are seeking Forum members from across the breadth of STFC’s pure and applied science and technology remit.

The specific personal requirements of PEER Forum membership are that members:

*   Have completed their highest level of academic qualification within the last ten years (not including any career breaks)

*   Are employed at a Higher Education Institute, or a research-intensive Public Sector Research Organisation or Research Laboratory (including STFC’s own national laboratories)

*   Work within a science and technology field in STFC’s remit, or with a strong inter-disciplinary connection to STFC’s remit, or use an STFC facility to enable their own research

*   Demonstrate a highly credible track record of experience in their field, corresponding to the length of their career to date

*   Demonstrate a highly credible track record of leading and delivering public engagement or outreach

*   Are keen communicators with a willingness to contribute to the success of a UK-wide network

Further information
For details on how to apply please go to our website<> or contact Andy Thompson<>.


RHESSI Nuggets in April 2019

from Hugh Hudson [April 23, 2019]

No. 349, “Warm UV Loops Heated by Small-Scale Cancellation Events,” by S. Şahin and V. Yurchyshyn: Precisely locating warm coronal loops helps identify the source(s) of excitation.

No. 348, “Multiple Regions of Shock-accelerated Particles during a Solar Coronal Mass Ejection,” by D. Morosan: LOFAR identifies herringbone sources within the flank of the SOL2017-09-10 shock – no joke.

We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

Winter School in Computational Fluid Dynamics in Astrophysics

from Richard Morton [April 23, 2019]

The XXXI edition of the Canary Islands Winter School in Astrophysics is dedicated to the Computational fluid dynamics in astrophysics (La Laguna, Tenerife, 19-28 November 2019). The intention of the school is to provide an overview of modern applications of the CFD simulations in the large range of astrophysical regimes (from the solar and stellar interior and atmosphere, the compact objects, the stellar and planetary simulations, to the ISM and galaxies). Full information about the school is available at

Hinode 13/IPELS 2019 (University of Tokyo; 2–6 September 2019) – Abstract and Registration Site Opened

from Richard Morton [April 15, 2019]

The Hinode 13/IPELS 2019 conference “Fundamental Plasma Processes in the Sun, Interplanetary Space, and in the Laboratory” will be held at the University of Tokyo, Japan on 2 – 6 September 2019. This year’s Hinode science meeting (Hinode 13) is jointly held with the 15th symposium of IPELS (Interrelationship between Plasma Experiments in the Laboratory and in Space).

The abstract submission and registration site opened on 1 April. The deadline of the abstract and early bird registration is 31 May;. Please visit the conference site for checking details of the conference and planning your participation:

It should be noted that one-day excursion is planned on 7 September. We will visit the foot of Mt. Fuji and Yamanashi prefecture and we hope many participants will join this excursion. For details, please see “Social Events” in the conference site.

Solar Polarization Workshop 9 (MPS, Göttingen, Germany; 26–30 August 2019)

from Richard Morton [April 15, 2019]

Following the tradition of the Solar Polarization Workshop (SPW) series started in 1995 in St. Petersburg, the 9th edition of this workshop will be dedicated to all aspects of measuring, understanding, and interpreting the polarization of sunlight. It is our pleasure to invite you to gather for the SPW9 at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany, in August 2019.

Abstract and registration deadlines: May 1, 2019.

More information:

Invited speakers: Maria Loukitcheva (U. St. Petersburg), Jaime de la Cruz Rodriguez (U. Stockholm), Javier Trujillo Bueno (IAC), Ivan Milic (NSO), Francisco Iglesias (CONICET), Andres Asensio Ramos (IAC), Luca Belluzzi (IRSOL), Arturo Lopez Ariste (FNCSR), Ryoko Ishikawa (NAOJ), Stacey Sueoka (NSO), Tino Riethmueller (MPS), Edgar Carlin (IAC), Gabriel Dima (NSO).

SOC: Achim Gandorfer (MPS, Chair), Sami K. Solanki (MPS), Valentín Martínez Pillet (NSO), Jan O. Stenflo (ETH), Marianne Faurobert (OCA), K.N. Nagendra (IIAP), Juan Manuel Borrero (KIS), Manolo Collados (IAC), Yukio Katsukawa (NAOJ), Marco Romoli (INAF), Pascal Petit (OMP).

L5 Consortium Meeting: Missions to non-Earth Vantage Points (Stanford, CA; 1–3 October 2019) – Second Announcement and Call for Papers

from Richard Morton [April 15, 2019]

L5 Consortium Meeting
1–3 October 2019
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA

What can be learned about the Sun and heliosphere from observations collected far from Earth?

The L5 Consortium is an informal group of scientists that since 2010 has been promoting space missions to the Sun–Earth Lagrange points and other viewpoints off the Sun–Earth line. The scientific benefits of such vantage points are many, as are the opportunities for improving space–weather forecasting capability.

A series of L5 Consortium Meetings have been organized to address open questions in heliophysics utilizing such missions. The most recent meeting was held in Göttingen, Germany in October 2017 (see programs at The next meeting will take place at the beautiful Stanford University, California in a perfect early-autumn weather, October 1 – 3, 2019.

We welcome contributed papers/oral presentations on missions, instruments, and science pertinent to the following Session Topics:

Science and Space Weather from non-Earth Vantage Points, Mission concepts: L5, Polar, L4, L1, and Elsewhere, Current/Implemented Missions: Parker Solar Probe/Solar Orbiter/IMAP/STEREO, Small Deep Space Satellites, Imaging and In-situ Instrumentation, Astrophysics Opportunities: Other Instrumentation on Deep-Space Missions, NASA, NOAA, ESA, and Other National/Agency Perspectives, Panel Discussions

Important Deadlines:

      • July 30, 2019: Abstracts, Registration (regular rates), and Lower-cost Accommodations

    August 30, 2019: Late Abstracts, Late Registration (higher rates), Hotel Search on Your Own.

    Since the development to fruition of such space missions may take decades, we encourage early-career scientists to participate. We will be able to provide travel support for a limited number of young scientists with the AAS/SPD Metcalf Travel Award. Please contact the organizers if you are interested (email:

    An exciting meeting program (with prominent keynote/invited speakers) is currently being formulated. Details and logistics are updated at We look forward to seeing you at Stanford this Fall.

    SOC: Nat Gopalswamy (co-chair, NASA/GSFC), Todd Hoeksema (co-chair, Stanford), Neal Hurlburt (co-chair, LMSAL), C. Nick Arge (NASA/GSFC), Benoît Lavraud (IRAP), Paulett Liewer (JPL), Wei Liu (LMSAL), S.P. Rajaguru (Indian Institute of Astrophysics), Phil Scherrer (Stanford), Jesper Schou (MPS), Seiji Yashiro (CUA)

    UK Solar Orbiter workshop – Final announcement

    from Valori Gherardo [April 15, 2019]

    UK Solar Orbiter Workshop – Final announcement
    Date : 3rd-4th June 2019
    Venue : UCLU Room Math 500, UCL Gordon Square 25, London

    Solar Orbiter is an ESA/NASA mission designed to answer some of the key questions in heliophysics, from the origin and variability of the solar wind to the link between solar eruptions, magnetic fields and energetic particles. Solar Orbiter will have a unique combination of in-situ and remote-sensing instruments, probing the atmosphere close to the Sun in and out of the ecliptic plane. The modeling of the magnetic environment that will be experienced by the satellite and its connection to the Sun will be key to the success of both the in-flight operations as well as to the mission’s scientific goals.
    With the launch of Solar orbiter scheduled for February 2020, the UK solar Orbiter Workshop aims to bring together the expertise of the UK solar community in magnetic modeling and model validation, to increase the UK impact on the international efforts in preparation for Solar Orbiter operations, and to coordinate the UK efforts for the exploitation of the satellite observations.
    All members of the UK solar physics community interested in the Solar Orbiter mission goals are encouraged to attend.

    Registration is now open and will close on May 15th. Please register at

    Due to venue limitations the number of participant is capped, and early registration is encouraged.

    For information please email

    Europlanet Lunchtime session at NAM: Exoplanetary Magnetism (Thursday 4th July 2019)

    from Richard Morton [April 12, 2019]

    As part of the Europlanet NA1 scheme, Aberystwyth University will be hosting a lunchtime session on “Exoplanetary Magnetism” on Thursday 4th July as part of the National Astronomy Meeting at Lancaster.

    The aim of this panel and networking session is to bring together expertise in solar magnetospheres and the exoplanet community to explore potential future collaborations. With the advent of new instrumentation (both space based and ground based) the routine detection of exoplanets using radio waves emitted when a stellar wind interacts with an intrinsic planetary magnetic field is becoming an increasing possibility.

    To assist those whom plan to attend this session we are able to offer bursaries of a flat rate of 100 euros. If you wish to apply for a bursary please fill out the application form and email to Dr Maire N. Gorman ( by Sunday 5th May. Outcomes will be communicated by Monday 13th May. Priority will be given to early career researchers and those from under-represented research communities and stakeholders, including new EU Member States. The bursary will be reimbursed by Aberystwyth University to recipients after the event whom will be required to fill out a short feedback form.

    Preparing for the next generation of ground-based solar physics observations – First announcement

    from David Long [April 10, 2019]

    23 to 25 July 2019
    UCL, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Holmbury St. Mary, RH5 6NT, UK

    With the advent of new facilities such as the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) and the proposed European Solar Telescope (EST), ground-based solar observations are on the cusp of experiencing a renaissance. These new facilities will probe the Sun at spectral, spatial and temporal resolutions beyond that previously possible as a result of new technical advances. There will also be a much-enhanced capacity for spectropolarimetric studies, which will need developments in our modelling capability and will open up opportunities for new instrumentation. The aim of this 3-day workshop is to bring together experts in observations, modelling and theory to help prepare for first light from DKIST, which is expected later this year.

    In addition to two days of scientific discussion, we will also have a third day dedicated to discussing next generation instrumentation, in preparation for EST and the 2nd generation instrumentation for DKIST. In particular, the aim of the third day is to identify and discuss novel materials, designs and approaches to observing the Sun that could be used for both ground-based and potentially also space-based observing. Therefore the workshop will be of interest to those working in the area of fundamental research, modelling and instrument developments.

    Please note that there is no registration fee and the registration and abstract submission deadline is Friday May 31st 2019.

    Due to venue limitations the number of participant is capped and early registration is encouraged.

    For registration and abstract submission please visit:

    Local organising committee:
    Lucie Green, David Long, Deb Baker, Gherardo Valori, Sarah Matthews

    First announcement: Dynamics of the Sun & stars – Michael Thompson in memoriam

    from Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard [April 8, 2019]

    Dynamics of the Sun & stars; Honoring the life and work of Michael Thompson

    24 – 26 September 2019, High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, Colorado

    This meeting celebrates Michael Thompson’s seminal work on solar and stellar physics, as well as his major contributions to the development of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and marks his untimely death in October 2018. Michael played a key role in the development of helioseismology and its application to the study of the structure and dynamics of the solar interior, and he provided a strong foundation for the extension of seismic studies to other stars. After concentrating for several years on more administrative activities he was returning to leading the seismic studies of solar interior rotation and he was deeply involved in the understanding of the dynamics of the core of stars, when his life was tragically lost.

    The conference will focus on dynamical aspects of the sun and stars, based on the large amount data available on solar and stellar oscillations, and the extensive and detailed modelling now becoming feasible. By combining observations, seismic analysis and modelling we hope that this will be a fitting memorial for a close colleague and friend, much missed.

    For further information and registration, see

    For the organizers

    Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Scott McIntosh


    University of Graz (Austria) – PhD Position in Solar Physics

    from Richard Morton [April 15, 2019]

    The Solar and Heliospheric Physics research group at the University of Graz invites applications for a PhD position. The PhD project will be embedded in a FWF (Austrian Science Fund) research project, focused on the modeling of magnetic helicity in solar flares. The international partners in the project include members of an ISSI International Team of Scientists.

    PhD position profile:
    We are looking for highly motivated graduates/graduate students with genuine interest in the physics of the Sun, specifically in solar eruptions which condition the space weather near Earth. The candidates are expected to have an excellent background in physics, and a good command of written and spoken English. Good knowledge and acquaintance with at least one of the following fields – solar physics, space physics, astrophysics – as well as good programming skills are required. We offer an interesting PhD project on a recent topic in solar physics that will be performed within a dynamic research group.

    3 years (Starting date: no later than October 1, 2019)

    Monthly gross salary will be ≈ 2160 EUR (14 times per year) according to the standard personnel costs and salaries for FWF project proposals

    How to apply:
    Required documents (packed into one single PDF): Motivation letter, copy of scientific certificates and transcript of studies, CV, publication list. If applicable, please attach separately the copies of bachelor and/or master thesis.
    Send application electronically to Julia K. Thalmann (
    Deadline for application: 30 April 2019
    For further information visit:

    We are looking forward to your application!

    Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno – PhD and Postdoctoral Position in Computational Solar Physics

    from Richard Morton [April 15, 2019]

    The Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL), an associate of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and its Institute of Computational Science (ICS), seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) and a postgraduate researcher as a PhD candidate (PGR) for carrying out a research project in the field of computational solar physics. IRSOL is a small solar observatory, specialized in high precision polarimetry. The main activities comprise polarimetry of the Sun, theoretical spectroscopy, and numerical radiation magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the solar atmosphere.

    Your tasks: The project foresees the post-processing of existing, and the production of new simulation data for carrying out research related to future observations with large solar telescopes and to ongoing observational programs at IRSOL.  These research activities shall carry on magnetohydrodynamic waves and turbulence, and spectroplarimetric line formation. Beyond that, and depending on interests and skills, we plan to further develop our simulation tools and computational methods with regard to supercomputing and the future era of exa-scale computing. We also plan for universal access of our simulation data and analysis tools.

    Your profile: We seek a PhD candidate (PGR) who holds a master diploma in physics or applied mathematics or computational sciences. He or she should have a good background in physics and numerical methods and be interested in astrophysics and should have experience in programming and be proficient in written and spoken English and have excellent communication skills. Likewise are the requirements for the PDRA position for which the candidate must hold a PhD in the field of astrophysics or computational sciences or applied mathematics and have a strong interest in solar physics.

    Further important information: The PhD degree will be awarded by either USI under the supervision of Prof. Rolf Krause or by another SU. The project is foreseen to be mainly carried out at IRSOL under the supervision of Dr. O. Steiner and possibly at USI or alternative SU. The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for a time period of 36 months. Salary corresponds to the standards of the SNSF.

    How to apply: Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Oskar Steiner and should include the following material: 1) Curriculum vitae; 2) statement of research interest; 3) digital copies of the master diploma including course grades; 4) contact information for two potential professional references; 5) for the PDRA position only: digital copies of the PhD diploma and the PhD thesis. Please quote as subject title ‘PDRA position’ or ‘PGR position’, respectively. Review of applications will start soon and continue until the position is filled. Questions concerning the advertised position should be directed to Dr. Oskar Steiner.

    University of Colorado, Boulder CIRES/NOAA SWPC – Solar Magnetic Field Data Scientific Programmer

    from Richard Morton [April 15, 2019]

    The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a scientific programmer at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). NOAA SWPC currently relies on the National Solar Observatory (NSO) to run the six worldwide sites comprising its Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG), collect the solar magnetogram and H-alpha data, ship it back to a central location at NSO, and process the raw data to create high level products. The plan for the future is to have NOAA take over the real-time processing of the raw data and the creation of the products used in the operational forecast center and to feed SWPC’s numerical models.

    This position will focus on the installation, maintenance, and upkeep of real-time, operational, data processing software, as well as the verification and validation of the processed solar magnetogram and H-alpha data. The data ingest and processing system will duplicate and operationalize the current system run by the NSO, on NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center resources. These GONG data are a critical element of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center data and modeling system and are used by forecasters in the Space Weather Forecast Office and as input to the solar wind and coronal mass ejection model, WSA–Enlil. The successful candidate will also support the addition of the Air Force Data Assimilative Photospheric Flux Transport (ADAPT) model into SWPC’s operational framework, improving upon the current GONG–WSA–Enlil modeling system by accounting for a more realistic evolution of solar active regions.

    Further information and the job application link are available at:

    For more information, please contact: Dr. Eric Adamson (

    Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellowships in Data Science

    from Lyndsay Fletcher [April 10, 2019]

    The University of Glasgow has advertised three fellowships in Data Science under its prestigious Lord Kelvin Adam Smith scheme. These fellowships are awarded for up to five years, with the last two years dependent on performance, and can be held in any School in the College of Science and Engineering. The closing date is April 26th 2019.

    The Astronomy and Astrophysics Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy encourages applications to this scheme from solar physicists with data science experience, or data scientists interested in solar problems. The group works on a range of solar physics problems using ground and space-based data from radio to X-ray wavelengths, and is involved in missions and facilities with clear data challenges, such as the LOFAR radio telescope and the forthcoming Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope .

    A short proposal is required, which should be aligned with current activities in the group. Therefore please contact Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher ( in the first instance to discuss a potential application.

    The salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching grades 7 or 8 (Grade 7: £35,210 – £39,610 per annum, Grade 8: – £43,266 – £50,132 per annum). In addition to the salary funding, an allowance for research costs will be made at a rate of £10,000 per annum for each year of the fellowship for laboratory-based research and £5,000 per annum for each year for non-laboratory-based research.

    More information can be found at:

    It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.
    We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

    The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.