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    Availability of X-class flare data from the Swedish Solar Telescope

    from Aaron Reid [June 14, 2018]

    During the UK service run at the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) in 2017, the observers managed to capture a series of M- and X-class flares from Active Region 12763.

    This active region produced the most powerful flares of the current solar cycle, and we are pleased to announce that the first reduced dataset is available to the UK community.

    The dataset was obtained from 11:55 to 12:51 UT on 2017-09-06, for an X9.3 flare, and consists of H-alpha imaging spectroscopy and Ca II 8542A spectropolarimetry, with an average cadence of 15 seconds. Currently, the H-alpha dataset has been reduced, with the Ca II 8542 data having some fringing issues in reduction due to the scale of the observed event.

    Should you wish to access these data, please email and to organise transfer of the relevant files. Further flare data will be available in due course, and their release will be announced in the UKSP Newsletters.


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    Reminder: STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School 2018 (ISSP18): 27 – 31 August 2018

    from Claire Foullon [June 14, 2018]

    A reminder that the STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School 2018 (ISSP18) is open for registration.

    To secure their place, we welcome early registrations from students whose offer of a PhD position is conditional on their final degree result and registrations from self-supported students, who are eligible for any fully-funded positions remaining on the course after the registration deadline.

    STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School 2018 (ISSP18)
    27 – 31 August 2018
    University of Exeter

    The 2018 STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School will be hosted by the Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, Department of Mathematics at the University of Exeter. The School programme consists of Core Material and more Specialised Topics reflecting local Exeter activities (e.g. specialist lecture on space weather forecasting from the Met Office). It is suitable for incoming PhD students.

    Registration opens on 1st of June, until 15th of July 2018. Details of how to register will be made available on the School’s website:

    Full funding is available for up to 20 STFC (or self-supported) PhD students. These places will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Non-STFC students are welcome to attend subject to a conference fee.

    Contact: Dr Claire Foullon (Course director) and Dr Emma Clarke (Secretariat)


    ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

    from Nicolas Labrosse [June 21, 2018]

    The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year.

    The aim of these fellowships is to provide scientists in their early career, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing research in fields related to the ESA Science Programme.

    Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years, with the possible extension to three years, and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

    Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2019. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates in an early stage of their career. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

    ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA’s Social Security Scheme, which covers medical expenses. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.

    The deadline for applications is 1 October 2018.

    More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can retrieved from

    Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinators, Dr. Oliver Jennrich or Dr. Bruno Altieri at the address

    Anyone interested in applications combining Proba-3 preparatory activities with on-going solar science studies may contact Joe Zender <>