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Newton Fund Call for Proposals – Collaborative research for higher level STEM skills in Malaysia

from Sian Giles [October 13, 2017]

Newton Fund Call for Proposals
Collaborative research for higher level STEM skills in Malaysia
Call submission deadline: 1600hrs GMT 5 December 2017

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) are pleased to announce a call to fund high quality research projects stemming from nuclear physics, particle physics & particle astrophysics, astronomy & space science, and accelerators & computing in support of these) or from STFC Laboratories/Facilities. These research projects will deliver transferable skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to raise skills levels in the Malaysian academic research community.

The objective of the call is to deliver significant three-year funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative research projects between UK researchers within the STFC community and Malaysian researchers that will help to raise the high-level STEM skills in the Malaysian academic research community . The skills development would be in the context of some of the biggest and most cutting-edge scientific collaborations in the world, for example the Large Hadron Collider, astronomical telescopes and gravitational wave detectors.

Proposals are welcomed from across the remit of STFC, thereby offering scientific projects that have some of the largest and most complex skills requirements in the world within the particle physics, astronomy and nuclear physics research community.

For further details of this call please see

STFC Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) 2017 – Healthcare

from Sian Giles [October 9, 2017]

Outline application closes at 4pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017
This briefing event was to launch the STFC’s CLASP Healthcare call for 2017. The main purpose of the day was to enable delegates to discover more about the programme including the priority challenge areas set by the healthcare community, to hear from agencies driving the healthcare agenda and to meet with researchers from the STFC community as well as companies and users engaged in developing solutions to tackle healthcare challenges. There was also networking opportunities for potential applicants to meet and share ideas with potential project partners. Up to £2m will be available for this call.
STFC External Innovations runs a Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) to support the application and commercialisation of STFC research in the key global research challenge areas of energy, environment, healthcare and security. Individual annual calls are aligned to specific challenge areas.

There is a two stage application process for CLASP. Applicants are invited to submit a short outline, which is assessed by the CLASP panel. Short listed applicants are then invited to develop a full proposal with the assistance of CLASP panel members assigned as mentors.

STFC launched a new call in September 2017, offering £2M to fund a range of projects from short feasibility studies to large developmental projects that will use STFC funded research to solve key challenges in the Healthcare sectors. Priority challenge areas identified by the Healthcare focus group are:


from Richard Harrison [October 6, 2017]

We would like to remind you that nominations for COSPAR awards need to be submitted by 30th November, with awards being made at the Scientific Assembly in 2018. Information about the COSPAR awards, including lists of previous recipients, is available at: The nomination form and accompanying information sheet are also available at:

For most awards, the nominations need to be made through the UK National COSPAR Committee. However we encourage you, in particular, to nominate young scientists for the Zeldovich and Outstanding Paper awards, for which you can make the nomination. The Committee should endorse such a nomination, so please send the completed forms to directly Richard Harrison. We will pass them on to COSPAR. Full details are at

Professor Richard Harrison


New UKSP Nugget #83

from Iain Hannah [October 8, 2017]

83. Beam electrons as sources of Hα ribbons in a C-class flare
by Valentina Zharkova, Malcolm Druett and Eamon Scullion (Northumbria)

New flare simulations explain a decades-old redshift mystery.

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

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

“Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas – particle acceleration and plasma heating” Session at EGU General Assembly – first annoucement

from Philippa Browning [October 16, 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:
Deadline: January 10th 2018.

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.

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

Helicity Thinkshop 3: 19–23 November 2017 (SEIKEN SYMPOSIUM), Tokyo, Japan – Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

from Kirill Kuzanyan [October 16, 2017]

The registration for Helicity Thinkshop 3 (SEIKEN SYMPOSIUM) is available at .
Please register at this website and submit your Abstract. The deadline has been extended up to Monday 23 October 2017.
Scientific Organizing Committee:
Axel Brandenburg (Sweden/USA), Manolis Georgoulis (Greece), Kirill Kuzanyan (Russia), Raffaele Marino (France), Alexei Pevtsov (USA/Finland), Takashi Sakurai (Japan), Dmitry Sokoloff (Russia), Nobumitsu Yokoi (Chair, Japan), Hongqi Zhang (China)
Important dates:
23 October 2017: Deadline of abstract submission (extended)
31 October 2017: Program announcement
19 November 2017: Registration and reception
20-23 November 2017: Scientific talks and discussions
Conference venue:
Institute of Industrial Science, Univ. of Tokyo: Komaba, Tokyo
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan: Mitaka, Tokyo
For more information, please visit the website:
Contact: Nobumitsu Yokoi nobyokoi (at)
and Kirill Kuzanyan kuzanyan (at)

NAM/EWASS 2018 SS12 Flares in the Lower Atmosphere of the Sun and Stars

from Lyndsay Fletcher [October 12, 2017]

Abstract submission now open for this special session at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, Liverpool, UK, April 3-6 2018

Aims and scope
This session will bring together solar and stellar astrophysicists to address the physics of flares in the lower atmosphere of the Sun and stars. In a flare, magnetic energy stored in the magnetised corona of the Sun, and presumably also of stars, is released and transported through the atmosphere and solar or stellar surroundings, giving rise to the multiple observable flare radiation signatures and other phenomena such as particle acceleration, plasma flows, sunquakes, and disturbances in the magnetic field. Understanding the basic physical processes taking place in a flare requires investigation of both the photosphere and the chromosphere, which is where most of the flare radiation and diagnostics originate, as well as their links to the evolving corona. Including both solar and stellar flares in the session means that on the one hand, the range of flare phenomena in different stellar types can help place solar flares in their broader astrophysical context, and on the other hand the detailed spatially resolved observations and modeling available for the Sun can help interpret stellar flares, where this detail is unavailable.

The session will encompass presentations on theory and observations related to the transport and dissipation of flare energy through the corona and lower atmosphere, the generation of line and continuum emission, the response of the lower atmosphere including magnetic changes and sunquake /starquake generation, and the measurement and interpretation of diagnostic radiation. The area of solar and stellar flares is currently a lively one, with a multitude of flare star observations by Kepler in particular; high resolution flare observations with facilities such as the Swedish Solar Telescope and the anticipated first light in 2019-2020 of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope with its focus on the magnetised photosphere and chromosphere; and the increased use of advanced modeling to understand flare radiative signatures.

We particularly encourage submissions for the oral programme from PhD students and early career researchers.

Submission deadline – 27th November 2017

Programme topics
– Multi-wavelength solar and stellar flare observations
– Theory and modelling of solar and stellar flare energy transport
– The flare magnetic environment
– Flare particle acceleration and its lower atmosphere manifestations
– Synergies between solar and stellar flares
– Flare evaporation and condensation flows
– The chromosphere-corona link in flares
– Flare-related helio/asteroseismic disturbances

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

On behalf of the session scientific organisers
Lyndsay Fletcher (University of Glasgow)
Petr Heinzel (Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
Mihalis Mathioudakis (Queen’s University Belfast)
Sarah Schmidt (Astronomical Institute Potsdam).

Main contact: lyndsay.fletcher @

Dynamic Sun: II. Solar Magnetism from Interior to the Corona

from Richard Morton [October 11, 2017]

Dynamic Sun: II. Solar Magnetism from Interior to the Corona

Venue: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Dates: Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2018

Dynamic Sun II focuses on the recent theoretical and observational achievements in our understanding photospheric, chromospheric and coronal magnetic field dynamics and its role in the energy transport between the lower and upper layers of the solar interior and solar atmosphere. Sun-driven magnetospheric dynamics will be covered in an additional session. Special attention will be paid to the key results and goals of the current space and ground-based observational missions. We will also discuss the opportunities, which will arise from forthcoming new generation instruments.
We warmly welcome participation of internationally recognised experts in the field of solar physics, early career researchers and PhD students.

Conference website:

Registration and Deadlines:
Registration and accommodation deadline – 15 December 2017
Abstract submission deadline – 15 January 2017

Scientific Programme

Monday, 12 February
Magnetised Solar Photosphere: Coupling with Sub-layers, Dynamical Phenomena, Waves

Tuesday, 13 February
Chromospheric Dynamics and Heating Processes
Plasma Flows at Diverse Spatio-Temporal Scales

Wednesday, 14 February
Excursion (Angkor Wat)

Thursday, 15 February
MHD Waves: Observations and Modelling in Various Magnetic Structures and Seismology

Friday, 16 February
The Sun-driven magnetospheric dynamics (special session)
Instruments and Their Novel Science Aspects

More info and updates can be found at:

E. Scullion, S. Shelyag, V. Fedun and A.K. Srivastava (on behalf of SOC)

Reminder: RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting “Wave-based heating in the solar atmosphere”

from Paolo Pagano [October 6, 2017]

RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting
“Wave-based heating in the solar atmosphere”

Friday, 12 January 2018 – 10:30 – 15:30
Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre

We remind you that The Royal Astronomical Society will host a Specialist Discussion Meeting on January 12th 2018 on “Wave-based heating in the solar atmosphere”. This meeting aims to bring together experts in numerical modelling, observational detection and theoretical analysis of the role of MHD waves in heating the solar atmosphere.

Invited talks will be given by Tobias Felipe (IAC), Tom Van Doorsselaere (KU Leuven), and Bart De Pontieu (LMSAL)

Further information and abstract submission details can be found on the meeting website:

The deadline for abstract submission is November, 12th 2017

Paolo Pagano, Patrick Antolin, Ineke De Moortel, Sergiy Shelyag

CISM School “Advanced topics in MHD”, June 11-15, 2018

from David MacTaggart [October 3, 2017]

I am delighted to announce that registration is open for an advanced CISM summer school on MHD. Taught by a team of international researchers, the school will focus on MHD stability theory, magnetic topology, MHD turbulence, magnetic reconnection and how all these topics are linked. The school will take place in a beautiful renaissance palace in Udine (Italy). This school is ideal for PhD students and postdocs working in MHD.

Full details can be found via the link provided.


3-year Postdoc Position in Heliophysics at FHNW, Switzerland

from Marina Battaglia [October 18, 2017]

The Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in Heliophysics to work on the project “A new perspective on particle acceleration on the Sun: Solar Flare radio observations with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

FHNW hosts a lively group of solar researchers and engineers. The group’s research focus is on high energy heliophysics with emphasis on multi-wavelength observations and modeling of solar eruptions and their effects on the solar atmosphere. The institute is the PI institution of the STIX X-ray telescope to be flown onboard ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission and is also involved in cubesat projects.

The successful candidate will work on the analysis and interpretation of solar flare related radio-bursts observed with the VLA, in collaboration with our project partner at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJ, with the possibility of getting involved in STIX science and operations planning.

Applicants are expected to have a PhD in physics or astrophysics, preferably in the area of solar physics, awarded no longer than two years prior to the anticipated starting date. Experience in the analysis of radio interferometry data and the use of the CASA analysis package is desired.

The selection of candidates will start after November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The starting date is negotiable, preferably around May 1, 2018. The position is for a term of 3 years. The salary and benefits are according to the rules of SNF and the collective employment agreement of FHNW.

Applications shall include: a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a max. 2-page statement describing past and envisioned research, to be submitted within a single PDF file. Please arrange for two reference letters to be sent directly by the referees to the email address below.

For more information about the project or FHNW and to submit your application please contact:
Dr. Marina Battaglia (

VACANCY AT LANCASTER UNIVERSITY: 3-year Research Associate post in space weather impacts

from Richard Morton [October 12, 2017]

Dear colleagues,

We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to join the “Space Weather Impacts on Ground-based Systems (SWIGS)” project. SWIGS is supported by a £3.8 million Highlight Topic grant awarded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to a collaboration of 10 UK universities and research institutions. Working with a comprehensive network of industry stakeholders, the objective of SWIGS is to upgrade existing or create new models that relate geomagnetically induced currents in power, pipe and railway networks to ionospheric, magnetospheric and space weather conditions.

This three-year post will be based in the Space and Planetary Physics group in the Physics Department at Lancaster University, working in close collaboration with the Mathematics and Statistics Department. You will therefore work with diverse research teams including space physicists exploiting ground-based instruments and space missions to study the ionospheres and magnetospheres of Earth and the other planets, and statisticians developing statistical methodology to understand the behaviour of extreme events in real-life environmental applications.

Anyone interested should visit for more details. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 8 November 2017.

Best regards,

Group Leader Positions at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Gottingen, Germany)

from Richard Morton [October 8, 2017]

The Max Planck Society invites applications for positions as Max Planck
Research Group Leader, an excellent opportunity for junior scientists
who hold a doctoral degree to autonomously conduct research and thus
qualify for a further career in research at a high level. The successful
candidates will be offered funding to setup a Max Planck Research Group
for a period of five years at a participating Max Planck Institute of
their own choice, including a W2 position (equiv. associate professor)
and a start-up package. More than two thirds of all Max Planck Research
Group Leaders have subsequently obtained faculty positions at academic
institutions in Germany and abroad.

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS:
in Gottingen, Germany, may host up to two new Max Planck Research Groups
from 2019. Excellent candidates with a background in solar physics and/or
helioseismology are strongly encouraged to apply; please contact Prof.
Laurent Gizon at for further information.

The deadline for application is 18 October 2017. For further information
on the position of the Max Planck Research Group Leader and the
application procedure please see the following links: