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UK SKA Community Events Committee Vacancies

from Astrolists [August 6, 2020]

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s UK SKA Science Committee is looking for Early Career Researchers to feed into a newly created committee for UK SKA community events planning from September.

The UK SKA Community Events Committee will meet in the weeks leading up to events and webinars as required. The primary purpose of the committee will be to shape future UK SKA community events led by the UK SKA Science Committee and supported by STFC. The committee will also provide an opportunity for members to input into how the UK SKA Science Committee and STFC might facilitate closer engagement with the scientific community and better share information regarding SKA science to the public.

All people from astronomy fields at an early stage of their careers are encouraged to join, be that PhD students, post-doctoral research assistants, research scientists or any other role connected to the science goals of the SKA. In line with STFC and UKRI’s ED&I policies, the UK SKA Science Committee affirms its support in striving for diversity in all aspects of its work, with the firm belief that greater diversity and inclusivity results in broader perspectives, more collaboration and greater innovation. With this in mind, the committee welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds, genders and ethnicities. We will also strive to make reasonable adjustments to enable people with disabilities to fully engage with and contribute to the work of the committee where required.

In order to apply, please submit a CV and a short paragraph outlining your current experience and why you would like to join the committee.

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Hugh Alabaster on by 7th September 2020.

National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP) is now live!

from Astrolists [July 27, 2020]

The UK Space Agency is pleased to announce that the National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP) is now live!

The national call documents can be found in the link below.

For any questions, please direct these to

STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement is now open for applications

from Natasha Jeffrey [July 24, 2020]

We are pleased to announce that the 2020/2021 call for STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement is now open for applications. The call closes at 16:00 on 1st October 2020.

STFC Leadership Fellows undertake high quality programmes of engagement and outreach while concurrently acting as champions for the value and practice of engagement with research in their host institution and research community.

STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement are expected to remain ‘research-active’ during their Fellowship: the scheme is designed to support those individuals who wish to champion and lead high-quality public engagement as a core component of a high-quality research or technical career.

Further details and how to apply can be found at
or e mail the STFC public engagement team at with any enquiries.

Please circulate this message to all interested colleagues.

Richard C. Canfield Chosen to Write Solar Physics Memoir

from Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi [July 23, 2020]

We are delighted to announce that Richard Canfield, as well as George Doschek, has been chosen to write a 2021 Solar Physics Memoir. Prof. Canfield was unable to commit immediately, hence the delay in this announcement. He recently retired from Montana State University, the third major solar group (in addition to UC San Diego and U. Hawai`i) in whose formation he was instrumental. Prof. Canfield’s career and interests span a wide range of topics – from spectroscopic diagnostics and radiative transfer, especially of the flaring chromosphere, to solar magnetic fields and the origins and implications of magnetic helicity in the solar atmosphere. Prof. Canfield won the 2013 Hale Prize of the Solar Physics Division of the AAS with recognition of his roles not just as a scientific leader, but also as a mentor and teacher (and purveyor of colorful phrases). With stories in mind from his early days at Sacramento Peak Observatory to Mees Solar Observatory to the wilds of Montana, the selection committee picked Prof. Canfield to address the memoir series’ three main goals: (1) to honor colleagues for distinguished careers, (2) to provide long-term personal perspectives on solar science; and (3) to help educate younger members of the community. The selection committee is chaired by Ed Cliver and includes Peng-Fei Chen, Jim Klimchuk, K.D. Leka, Eric Priest, Kazunari Shibata, Sami Solanki, Astrid Veronig, and Michael Wheatland.
Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi and Ed Cliver


New Hinode/EIS Nugget

from Deb Baker [July 29, 2020]

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce a new Hinode/EIS Science Nugget by Yumi Bamba entitled: ‘EIS observed indicators of push-mode magnetic reconnection that is crucial in the largest flare in solar cycle 24’.

The nugget can be found here:

The nugget archive is located here:

We welcome contributions from the solar physics community. Please contact: deborah dot baker at ucl dot ac dot uk

Deb Baker

New UKSP Nugget #111

from Iain Hannah [July 24, 2020]

111. Increasing occurrence of inverted magnetic fields from 0.3 to 1 au
by Allan Macneil, Mathew Owens, Mike Lockwood, Matthew Lang, Sarah Bentley (Reading) and Robert Wicks (Northumbria)

Are growing magnetic switchbacks the result of bending of the heliospheric field by waves and turbulence?


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:

Online Advanced Study Program on Helicities in Astrophysics and Beyond

from Kirill Kuzanyan [August 3, 2020]

We are going to organize the Online Advanced Study Program on Helicities in Astrophysics and Beyond.

We aim for not just an online replacement of another Helicity Thinkshop but more flexible communication involving rather broader community, by scientific interests, age, geographic coverage and experience in science, which would never physically gather for a traditional off-line focus event. The format of this activity is seen as a flexible communication platform rather than just a handful of meetings, so a wide bunch of scientists and students can optionally attend, participate and communicate with each other.

The proposed schedule of the Program will be spread over approximately 8 weeks between September through November/December 2020 with one or two sessions per week. Each session can be formed of either one 60+ minute talk, or two 30-40 minute talks with complementary discussion. We expect at least 15-20 presentations of various formats over the Program. The timing of each session can be arranged by convenience of the speaker and the community with account of their time zones. Afterwards, the lecture materials, such as podcasts, presentations files (at least brief) may be published fully or partly online. If you would like to give a talk, please contact the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) by email

The preliminary announcement is here: . More detailed information will be available closer to the dates of the Program.

Kirill Kuzanyan (IZMIRAN, Moscow, Russia),on behalf of Online Organization Committee

Dynamic Sun III: A new era of multi-wavelength solar and stellar observation

from Viktor Fedun [July 30, 2020]

Venue and date
San Pedro de Atacama (near ALMA facility), Hotel Cumbres, Chile, 16-20 December 2020

‘Dynamic Sun’ is a conference series, which provides a highly visible platform to the observers, theoreticians, numerical modellers and instrumentation experts in the fields of solar and stellar physics and space science to discuss cutting edge scientific challenges. The first and second Dynamic Sun meetings focused on solar magnetism and MHD wave phenomena in the solar atmosphere and took place in 2016 in Varanasi, India and 2018 in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
The Dynamic Sun III meeting will follow up on the success of the first two. The focus of the Dynamic Sun III meeting will be to discuss in detail the recent achievements and future research related to the multi-wavelength solar and stellar observations. Special attention will be paid to the solar-stellar connection and the key results and goals of the current and proposed space and ground-based instruments.

This meeting will also be useful for future scientific data interpretation from a new generation instruments, e.g., the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), Solar Orbiter, European Solar Telescope (EST), Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), Solar Parker Probe, VLT, SKA. In particular, a session will be devoted to Solar and Stellar ALMA results.

We warmly welcome participation of internationally recognised experts in the fields of solar and stellar physics, early career researchers and PhD students. Dynamic Sun III will help to establish long-term relationships between research groups.

Depending on the developing international situation the meeting may have to be postponed until 2021

The conference will cover the following scientific themes:
 Highlights from the Solar Eclipse 2020
 Solar Atmospheric Multi-Layer Magnetic Coupling
 Fundamental MHD and Kinetic Mechanisms of Energy Release
 Mass and Energy Cycles at Multiple Scales
 Solar and Stellar surface features: implications from dynamos
 Solar and Stellar Science with ALMA, SKA & ESO facilities
 Solar-Stellar Connections Across the Multi-Wavelength Spectrum
 Novel Observational Instruments and their Science Goals

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Philippa Browning (Manchester University, UK)
Heather Cegla (Warwick University, UK)
Shahin Jafarzadeh (University of Oslo, Norway)
Sandra Jeffers (Goettingen University, Germany)
Dave Jess (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
Gaitee Hussain (ESO, Germany)
Eduard Kontar (Glasgow University, UK)
Richard Morton (Northumbria University, UK)
Hui Tian (Beijing University, China)
Amy Winebarger (MSFC, US)

Conference website

Registration and abstract submission deadline: 30 September 2020

V. Fedun, P. Antolin, G. Verth and E. Scullion (on behalf of SOC)

UK Space Safety Community Meeting – Registration is Open!

from Natasha Jeffrey [July 28, 2020]

Dear Colleagues.

We are planning to announce as a result of the Doodle Poll: – that the date for the online UK Space Safety Community Meeting is 20th August 2020 and registration for the event is now open. This meeting is to ensure everyone is up to date on the Space Safety Programme and enable us to share detail of what is being delivered and what we are still seeking to achieve from our £80M investment. Additionally, we are hoping it will be an excellent forum to identify opportunities and risks in the current programme and provide evidence towards making cases for future investments.

It will be full day virtual Zoom meeting, split across two distinct sessions. This will enable us to facilitate plenty of short breaks and will also to allow participants to connect for the morning or afternoon session if they do not want to attend the entire day.

To receive the Zoom link, please ensure you register on Eventbrite: before the 17th August deadline – only those registered on Eventbrite will be able to join the Zoom online meeting.

The proposed agenda is as follows and will be updated on Eventbrite, accordingly:

Morning Session 09:00h-13:00h

Keynote: UK interests in the ESA Space Safety Programme (UKSA)

Focus Space Weather, by TBC
o Space Weather core activities
o The Lagrange L5 Mission
o Space Weather Infrastructure & International opportunities
o SWIMMR – progress and next steps
o Next steps for Space Weather in the UK

Afternoon Session 14:00h-17:30h

Keynote: Wider developments across the ESA Space Safety Programme (ESA)

Focus SST, Debris & Cleanspace, by Holger Krag
o Cleanspace Core Activities
o ADRIOS Mission update
o SST Core Activities
o UK National & International SST Development

Best wishes and we look forward to talking with you on Zoom,

Mario (on behalf of the organisers)
Mike Willis (UKSA), Barbara-Ann Curran (Met Office), Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space), and Claire Garland (IOP)

P.S. If you did not receive a similar notification directly from Mike Willis on Monday of this week, then this is because you are not on his mailing list for these UK announcements; should you wish to be on his mailing list, then please E-Mail Mike to have your E-Mail address, name, and affiliation added to the list…



from Georgina Bennett [August 5, 2020]


The 2020 Industrial CASE studentship competition opens 7 August 2020.
Call closes: 16:00 hrs on Thursday 1 October 2020

The STFC Industrial CASE scheme provides an opportunity to apply for additional studentships. The studentships come with extra funding (compared with standard studentships) for both the university and the student.

The scheme provides support for students to work in collaboration with a non-academic partner on projects that fall within the STFC core science programme in astronomy, particle physics, nuclear physics and accelerator science; or that aim to apply technologies or techniques developed within the programme into other areas.

We also support Industrial CASE-Plus studentships. Industrial CASE Plus extends the Industrial CASE studentship with the student spending a further year working full-time on the premises of the non-academic partner as an employee.

Non-academic partners in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) no longer need to make a contribution to the host university or to the student’s stipend. These contributions – £1,400 to the university and £2,760 to the student – will be provided by STFC. SMEs would still be expected to fund the additional accommodation and travel costs associated with attending the non-academic partner and additional expenses incurred due to the use of equipment and facilities.

In addition, STFC will, for all CASE studentships, provide an enhancement to the student stipend of £1,615 pa (compared with other STFC studentships).

There is one round each year and the next closing date is 1 October 2020. This Call is for students starting on 1 October 2021.

Departments also have the flexibility to convert any of their normal Doctoral Training Partnership studentships into CASE studentships, attracting the additional funding from STFC mentioned above. For further details about CASE studentships and how to apply please visit our webpage –

EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowships Call 2020

from Astrolists [July 30, 2020]

STFC would like to draw your attention to the EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowships Call 2020.

The aim of the Call is to recognise the contribution of RSEs who are driving the development of high-quality research software, and demonstrating leadership in embedding the vital role of software in disciplinary and institutional research cultures.

Up to £4.5 million of funding is available from EPSRC to support approximately four to eight RSE Fellows in the EPSRC remit for a duration of up to five years, and up to £0.6 million of funding is available from STFC to support one RSE Fellow in the STFC remit for a duration of up to five years.

The deadline for outline submissions is 16:00 on 18th August.

Please visit the EPRSC website for further information:

Radiation Belt Scientist at British Antarctic Survey

from Cecilia Lemaire [July 24, 2020]

Hi all,

The British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Radiation Belt Scientist to join they dynamic Space Weather and Atmosphere Team. The job holder will improve our understanding and modelling of the Earth’s radiation belts. They will develop new boundary conditions for the BAS Radiation Belt Model (BAS-RBM) using data from geostationary and low Earth orbit. The role is a two years’ fixed-term based in Cambridge.

If you are interested, you can find more information about the role and BAS-RBM here:

The closing date is Sunday 2nd of August.

Best wishes,
BAS HR team

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Space Weather Forecast Applications Scientist in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder and located within NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)

from Eric Adamson [July 23, 2020]

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) encourages applications to fill a Research Associate position resident at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)! SWPC is the nation’s official source of space weather alerts and warnings. SWPC forecasts and products support a wide range of customers, including power grid operators, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), aviation, satellite operators, and emergency managers.

Our Research Associate will work within the SWPC Testbed section of the Space Weather Prediction Center, working with the wider Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), Space Weather Follow On – L1 (SWFO-L1), and Compact Coronagraph teams. Specifically, this position will initially support the DSCOVR mission, with the expectation the candidate will take a lead in developing experimental space weather forecasting applications for the benefit of forecasters and customers. In addition to data from DSCOVR, the successful applicant is encouraged to investigate future missions including the SWFO-L1 and Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) for their use in crafting new space weather applications. Together, these missions are important to ensuring the highest quality space weather forecasts and it is encouraged that the applications developed using these missions will be used to improve and enhance SWPC’s geomagnetic and radiation storm forecasts. Through this role, the successful candidate will participate in preparing these missions, ground systems, and forecast products for post-launch, real-time operations!

For Additional Information and to Apply:

For Specific Questions Regarding the Position, Contact Eric Adamson (eric.adamson at