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General News/UKSP Business:

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Award

from Mihalis Mathioudakis [April 25, 2017]

We would like to congratulate Peter Keys who started his Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast on April 1st 2017.

Reminder: Nominations sought for ESPD prizes

from Tom Van Doorsselaere [April 13, 2017]

This is a reminder that the European Solar Physics Division will be awarding
three prizes: PhD thesis prize, Postdoc prize, Senior prize. The deadline for
submission of nominations in these three categories is the 1st of May 2017.

For the complete details and submission/evaluation process, please visit


New EIS Nugget – `Plasma turbulence and the standard solar flare model’ by Eduard Kontar

from Deb Baker [April 24, 2017]

We are pleased to announce a new EIS nugget by Eduard Kontar entitled ‘Plasma turbulence and the standard solar flare model’. The nugget can be found here:

Previous nuggets are available here:

We welcome contributions from the community.

Dr. Deb Baker

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

MEETING: SPD Meeting, Portland, OR, August 21 – 25, 2017

from Richard Morton [April 25, 2017]

The next SPD meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2017 total solar eclipse. The SPD meeting will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR.
The hotel reservation system and meeting registration is now open on the SPD website: You have to register before receiving a link via email for hotel reservations (this is to protect our block).
A block of rooms is reserved for SPD members with the following group rates:
Standard Queen $194 + tax/night (single or double occupancy)
Premium with two queens or one king $214 (single or double occupancy)

A smaller block of rooms is available at the government per diem rate: $169 + tax/night.

Bus transportation will be available from Portland to Salem to view the eclipse at Willamette University at a cost of $70 per person (includes food and water). The viewing location has a cafeteria and facilities. Buses will leave around 4am to account for potentially bad traffic. Bus tickets can be purchased for family members but a separate form needs to be submitted (see website).

There will also be outreach opportunities (more info forthcoming).

2018 Sun-Climate Symposium, March 19-23 — Save the Date

from Vanessa George [April 24, 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, USA

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Sun-Climate Symposium, which is sponsored by the Sun-Climate Research Center, a joint venture between NASA GSFC and LASP at the University of Colorado.

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. Sessions will be organized around the following six themes:

1. Making accurate climate records
2. The state of the TSI and SSI climate records near the end of the SORCE Mission
3. What was learned about solar variability and impacts on the terrestrial environment during Solar Cycle 24?
4. What are the expectations for the next solar minimum and Solar Cycle 25?
5. Stellar variability and connections to the Sun
6. Next generation of solar and atmospheric observations

The format for this symposium consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations. The Call for Abstracts will come out later this summer. We encourage your participation and hope that you will share this announcement with colleagues.

Please save the date and join us!

IPELS Meeting, 19-23 June, San Diego

from Christopher Chen [April 15, 2017]

IPELS 2017, June 19-23, San Diego, CA

The 14th international IPELS meeting (Interrelationships between Plasma Experiments in the Laboratory and in Space) will be held June 19-23 near San Diego, CA, USA. The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to foster intellectual interaction and scientific collaboration between the ionospheric, magnetospheric, solar, heliophysics, and astrophysics communities and the laboratory experimental, theoretical and computational communities to address the fundamental plasma processes governing these extraordinarily complex and dynamic environments.

The meeting website is:
The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 1.

Program Committee:
Stuart Bale, UC Berkeley
Troy Carter, UCLA
Christopher Chen, Imperial College
Masahiro Hoshino, U. Tokyo
Hantao Ji, Princeton
Nuno Loureiro, MIT
QuanMing Lu, USTC
Michael Mauel, Columbia University
Alessandro Retino, Ecole Polytechnique
Earl Scime, West Virgina University
Masaaki Yamada, Princeton


PhD position in (Astro)statistics at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

from Dr. L. Lefevre [April 18, 2017]

The Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Sciences (ISBA) of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, has a vacancy for a PhD position in (astro)statistics, in collaboration with the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), in Brussels.

Financed by a grant from the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO,, the supervision of the PhD student will be assumed by Prof. Rainer von Sachs (ISBA), in collaboration with researchers of the ROB. Support will also be given by the Statistical Methodology and Computing Service (SMCS,

We are looking for candidates with knowledge in methodological statistics: nonparametric statistics, multivariate analysis, regression, time series analysis, quality control. The candidate should have a keen interest in stellar and solar physics, quantitative data analysis and/or climate sciences.

More information can be found at and

The closing date for application is June 15, 2017 (applications received after this date will be considered as they arrive, until the position is filled). Starting date would be September 2017 or another date to be agreed on by all parties.