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UK research and innovation infrastructure roadmap

from Richard Morton [March 8, 2018]

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is developing a research and innovation infrastructure roadmap. This is a challenging task as the UK has never undertaken a road mapping exercise of this breadth and scale. It will offer enormous benefit in increasing understanding of the UK’s current capability and in planning for the future. UKRI has been asked to undertake this project by the Universities and Science Minister and it will contribute to the Government’s ambition of 2.4% UK GDP investment in R&D by 2027.

As part of this programme UKRI are conducting analysis to better understand the current research and innovation infrastructure landscape. They have launched a survey to gather information on research and innovation infrastructures of strategic importance to the UK.

If you believe your infrastructure meets the criteria outlined at the start of the survey and you haven’t been contacted directly by UKRI they would welcome your survey response by 19 March 2018.

Research and innovation infrastructures – Facilities, resources and services that are used by the research and innovation communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. They include:

– major research equipment (or sets of instruments)
– knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives and data
– e-infrastructures such as data and computing systems and communication networks
– any other tools that are essential to achieve excellence in research and innovation.

Annales Geophysicae, special issue “Solar magnetism from interior to corona and beyond”

from Sergiy Shelyag [March 6, 2018]

We are pleased to inform you that our application to organise a special issue “Solar magnetism from interior to corona and beyond” has been accepted by Annales Geophysicae journal.

If you wish to publish your contribution in this special issue, please start preparation of your paper. The submission starts on 1 September 2018.

Full description can be found on the Annales Geophysicae scheduled special issue website:

European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) 2018 PhD Thesis and Early Career Researcher Prizes – First Call for Nominations

from Richard Morton [February 15, 2018]

Since 2017, the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) awards two prizes yearly: the ESPD PhD Thesis Prize and the ESPD Early Career Researcher (Postdoc) Prize. These prizes are nomination-based. The deadline for nomination is May 1st 2018.
The 2018 ESPD PhD Thesis Prize is awarded to a young doctor who defended their thesis in 2017.

The 2018 ESPD Early Career Prize is awarded to a young researcher who defended their PhD less than 4 years ago (with possible extension).

Further information about eligibility, documents to be included in the nomination package and submission process for each prize can be found on the ESPD prizes webpage:

Étienne Pariat for the ESPD Prize Committee

STFC PPAN Programme Evaluations

from Sian Giles [February 15, 2018]

A process has been agreed, by STFC Science Board and Executive Board, for a three yearly cycle of detailed programme evaluations of the STFC specific research disciplines to complement the Balance of Programme (BoP1) exercise, published in 2017.

The purpose of the programme evaluations is to look at the portfolio and science strategy to define a balanced programme of excellent science within a realistic financial planning envelope for each scientific discipline. The evaluations will generate detailed information and data on specific research disciplines and will be used to feed into the next Balance of Programmes (BOP2) exercise which will take place in 2019. The evaluations will complement the evaluation of skills that was undertaken within STFC. The evaluations will provide advice on the shape of the programme.

Each evaluation will be carried out by its own panel, which will be chaired by a member of the STFC Science Board. The Terms of Reference can be found on the website linked below. The evaluations will be completed by May 2019 to enable the information to feed into BoP2, which will begin in spring 2019 and report to Science Board in December 2019.

Whilst the Programme Evaluations reports will have a similar and standardised process and format, it is acknowledged that some additional information, such as tensioning new projects, will be specific to certain research disciplines and that a certain level of flexibility will be required. Consideration will also be given as to whether each project still sits within the appropriate research area for future budgetary tensioning.

The agreed timeline for starting each evaluation is listed below. Each evaluation will be expected to last around five/six months.

Computing QTR 4 2017
Particle Astrophysics QTR 1 2018
Nuclear Physics QTR 2 2018
Particle Physics QTR 3 2018
Astronomy QTR 3 2018
Accelerators QTR 4 2018

Details of the process can be found at the PPAN Evaluations website, which will be updated throughout the duration of the exercise. This will shortly include additional information such as Panel Membership.

For more information contact Malcolm Booy.


New Hinode/EIS Nugget – Spectroscopic Observations of Current Sheet Formation and Evolution

from Deb Baker [March 7, 2018]

Dear all,

We have a new Hinode/EIS nugget entitled ‘Spectroscopic Observations of Current Sheet Formation and Evolution’ by Harry Warren, David Brooks, Ignacio Ugarte-Urra, Jeffrey Reep, Nicholas Crump, and George Doschek.

The link to the nugget is here:

The archive of EIS nuggets is here:

We welcome contributions from the community.

Deb Baker

New UKSP Nugget #87

from Iain Hannah [February 28, 2018]

87. Giant solar loops and LOFAR radio observations
by Hamish Reid and Eduard Kontar (Glasgow).

Using LOFAR’s high resolution to map accelerated electrons in a colossal coronal loop.

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

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

RHESSI Nuggets in February 2018

from Hugh Hudson [February 21, 2018]

No. 316, “Joint MinXSS and RHESSI Flare X-ray Spectra between 1 and 15 keV”, by Chris Moore, Brian Dennis, and the MinXSS Science Team. MinXSS adds systematic views of flare soft X-ray spectra to RHESSI imagery.

No. 317, “Non-Maxwellian Diagnostics from SDO/EVE spectra of an X-class flare,” by Jaroslav Dudik. Ratios of high-excitation ion lines can readily detect kappa distributions in flare plasmas.


listing the current series, 2008-present, and

for the original series, 2005-2008.

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, chriwhich should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.

New Hinode/EIS Nugget – Explosive Chromospheric Evaporation and Warm Rain in a C3.1 Flare Observed by EIS, IRIS, and RHESSI

from Deb Baker [February 15, 2018]

Dear all,
A new Hinode/EIS nugget by Jeff Brosius in now available. Read about explosive chromospheric evaporation and warm rain in a C3.1 flare here:

The EIS nugget archive is found here:

We welcome contributions from the community.

Best wishes,
Deb Baker

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

Solar Wind 15 – Second Announcement, Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2018

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

The 15th edition of the International Solar Wind Conference (Solar Wind 15; is gearing up to welcome solar wind experts from June 18 to 22, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The triennial Solar Wind Conference covers all aspects of solar wind physics, with presentations that examine current research and outline future directions in all the relevant fields. It is organized by the KU Leuven in collaboration with the Royal Observatory of Belgium.

We are proud to introduce the following speakers:

Plenary Speaker

    • Thomas Zurbuchen (Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at


    NASA Headquarters)

Keynote Speakers

    • Joseph Lemaire (UC Louvain, Belgium)


    • William Matthaeus (University of Delaware, USA)


    • Marco Velli (University of California, USA)


    Bob Wimmer (Universität zu Kiel, Germany)

Invited speakers

    • Natalia Borodkova (Space Research Centre, Russia)


    • Christina Cohen (Space Radiation Lab, California Institute of Technology, USA)


    • Steven Cranmer (University of Colorado, USA)


    • Andrzej Czechowski (Space Research Centre, Poland)


    • Pascal Demoulin (Paris Observatory, France)


    • Cooper Downs (Predictive Science Incorporated, USA)


    • Andy Driesman (John Hopkins University, USA)


    • Ian Hutchinson (MIT, USA)


    • Justin Kasper (University of Michigan, USA)


    • Olga Katushkina (Space Research Institute, Russia)


    • David McComas (Princeton University, USA)


    • Jack Scudder (University of Iowa, USA)


    • Durgesh Tripathi (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, India)


    • Lucile Turc (University of Helsinki, Finland)


    Francesco Valentini (Universita della Calabria, Italy)

We would also like to remind you to submit your abstract for the Fifteenth International Solar Wind Conference via our online submission

Please keep in mind that the abstract submission deadline is March 31, 2018!

Topics that will be covered during the conference include:

    • Origin and acceleration of the solar wind close to the sun


    • Solar wind evolution during its propagation in the heliosphere


    • Connection of CMEs and ICMEs


    • Suprathermal and energetic particles in the solar wind


    • Solar wind interaction with solar system objects and dust


    • Interaction of the solar wind with the interstellar medium


    Current and future solar and heliospheric missions

Please note that all authors should register for the conference and that submitting an abstract does not automatically mean that you are registered for the conference. Registration can be found at:

The Solar Wind 15 Conference will take place at the Hotel Métropole, the renowned venue of the famous 1911 Solvay Conference (, which kicked off modern physics. The hotel is located in the heart of Brussels, within walking distance of cultural and recreational activities. If you would like to book your room at the Métropole hotel, please fill out the booking form available on the meeting website and send it to

On behalf of all the organizing team of Solar Wind 15, we are looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels in June 2018 for a successful scientific meeting! Keep an eye on our website for further updates. A preliminary program will follow soon:

The organizing committee

    • Giovanni Lapenta, KU Leuven


    • Stefaan Poedts, KU Leuven


    • Andrei Zhukov, Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)


    • Luciano Rodriguez, Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)


    • Viviane Pierrard, UC Louvain and Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (IASB-BIRA)


    David Berghmans, Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)


Cool Stars 20 – Abstracts Due Soon

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

Hello Cool Star and Solar Enthusiasts!

Here are several important announcements  First, we are happy to announce science themes, invited speakers, and now splinter sessions for the Cool Stars 20 workshop, July 29 – Aug 3, 2018. These are listed on our website

Second, we are now accepting abstract submissions for contributed talks and posters; the deadline for contributed talks is March 14, less than two weeks away.  Fill out your abstract at:

Poster abstracts will be accepted until June 15 or until we run out of space, which IS possible.
Registration will open in early March. The conference early registration fee is $475 until May 1st, and will increase after that (regular registration $550 until June 1st, and late registration $600 after June 18th). We will also offer one-day registration ($125 per day).

Lodging: Dorm rooms will be available for about $100 a night, we are working on the final contract and will update you and the website when they are ready to reserve.

Student/Postdoc Funding

We anticipate funding to provide support for students to attend Cool Stars 20.  The deadline to apply is March 14. See  details.

RHESSI XVII – Abstract/Registration Date March 17

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

The 17th RHESSI Workshop ( ) will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, from June 18 – 23, 2018 (opening reception on Monday, June 18).  The format will follow the highly successful model of previous workshops, with a mix of topical plenary sessions with invited talks and small working group meetings for more involved discussion. The summaries of the various working groups have been posted at

Registration is now open at

We encourage all interested individuals to register before March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day !) and to submit a presentation abstract (on the registration page).

Note that hotel rooms are at a premium in Dublin during the summer, so please book early. There are rooms available on campus, which can be booked via the workshop website.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin!

Gordon Emslie
RHESSI Workshop Convenor
Peter Gallagher
LOC Chair

HAO Summer Workshop on “Model Coupling and Data Driven Simulations of Solar Eruptions” (Mesa Lab of NCAR, Boulder), August 13–16, 2018 – Second Announcement

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

Registration and application for travel support are now open:

To improve the realism of modeling active region flux emergence and work towards simulating realistic solar eruptive events, HAO is hosting a workshop focusing on model coupling and data driven numerical simulations. Significant progress has been made in recent years in both of these areas. Near surface layer radiation MHD simulations of active region formation driven by lower boundary condition of emerging flux from a solar convective dynamo simulation are able to model sunspot and active region formation with realistic properties of the observed solar active regions. Methods of using observed time sequences of vector magnetograms to drive simulations of realistic solar eruptive events in the corona are being explored and developed.  This workshop will bring together modelers and observers working in these areas to review recent results, discuss methodologies and future directions.  The following are some of the questions to be addressed:

  1. What are the challenges of modeling realistic active region formation? How can model coupling be used to bridge the wide range of temporal and spatial scales (from global scale dynamo generation of active region flux to near surface layer fine scale evolution of sunspot formation) and the different physical regimes the problem encompasses?
  2. How coupled models and simulations can help us interpret surface observations of active region evolution in terms of the subsurface structure of emerging flux, and deriving the boundary driving condition for coronal models of solar eruption?
  3. Are photospheric observations of vector magnetic field evolution adequate to drive MHD models to be able to realistically model the magnetic field evolution of eruptive events? What additional observational data can be used?
  4. Many current CME simulations use ad-hoc boundary-driving to numerically construct a pre-eruptive coronal configuration and trigger its eruption. What are the adequate boundary conditions for such simulations, especially for the imposed electric fields? How can information derived from vector magnetic data or flux-emergence simulations be used to further increase their realism?

We hope to have useful and effective discussions on these topics during the workshop. The format of the workshop will be informal oral presentations and open discussion sessions.  All interested in this area of research are welcome to participate in this workshop and present their work.  Some travel support is available for graduate student participants. Here is the workshop web page where registration, hotel reservation, and application for travel support are open at the following website:

Important deadlines:

  • Financial Support Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Meeting Registration (with title of talk) Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

Workshop SOC:

    • Matthias Rempel (HAO/NCAR)


    • Yuhong Fan (HAO/NCAR)


    • Chaowei Jiang (Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China)


    • Maria Kazachenko (SSL/UC Berkeley, CU/NSO)


    • Mark Cheung (LMSAL)


    • Mark Linton (NRL)


    Tibor Török (PSI)


BUKS2018 Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Confronting the Current State-of-the-Art – Second Announcement

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

BUKS2018 Workshop on “Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Confronting the Current State-of-the-Art” will take place in La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain) from 4 to 7 September 2018, organised by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC).

The aim is to create a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on recent results regarding observations, data analysis and theoretical/numerical modelling of waves, oscillations, associated instabilities and seismology of the solar atmosphere. Emphasis is given to the exploitation of present and future facilities, instruments and observational bands; the development and application of modern data analysis methods; and confrontation with state of the art modelling.

A few review talks will introduce the relevant topics, highlighting recent progress and unresolved questions. Recent results will be covered by contributed talks and posters.  Ample time will be available for discussions.

All researchers active in the field are welcome to attend. Graduate students and early-career postdocs are particularly encouraged to participate and present their research work.

Important dates

    • March 15, 2018: Registration and abstract submission open

June 1, 2018: Abstract submission closes

June 30, 2018: Notification of acceptance of contributions

July 15, 2018: Deadline for payment of the registration fee

August 1, 2018: Deadline for hotel reservation with special rates

Contact and further information: More information at

Manuel Luna and Iñigo Arregui

On behalf of SOC

RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings – DEADLINE 1st March

from Richard Morton [February 28, 2018]

The RAS invites suggestions from Fellows of the RAS who wish to propose (and therefore organise) Specialist Discussion meetings for the academic year beginning October 2018. Meetings are held monthly from October to May, on the second Friday of the month.

To help with assessment, proposals should include the following information:
– Title of meeting and organiser(s), at least one of whom should be an RAS Fellow
– The topics to be covered in the meeting
– Rationale for the meeting, including timeliness,
– Suggestions for invited speakers
– Preferred date for meeting, if any

Proposals should not exceed one A4 page in length.

For information, detailed guidance for meeting organisers may be found at:

Proposals for Astronomy SD meetings (including Exoplanets) should be sent to Mandy Bailey ( and proposals for Geophysics SD meetings (including Solar, Solar Terrestrial and Planetary Physics) should be sent to Mark Lester ( The deadline for receipt of proposals is 1st March 2018.

Final reminder: UKMHD 2018 registration closes on Friday 2 March 2018

from Richard Morton [February 27, 2018]

Just a reminder that registration for UKMHD 2018 (on 26 and 27 April) and BAMC 2018 (from 26 to 29 April) closes on Friday 2 March 2018. We have some funding available to support travel and accomodation costs of STFC funded PhD students and postdocs and also Royal Astronomical Society PhD and postdoc fellows. Please pass on this message to anyone you think may be interested in the meeting. The website is at


Kyoto University, Astronomical Observatory – Postdoctoral Position

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Astronomical Observatory at Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University.

The position is mainly for a study of solar physics and related instrumentation at Hida observatory, but this time the position is also available for a study of broader research subjects on the Sun.  Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the use of IDL or other similar data reduction and analysis package.

Current research in the Hida Observatory of Kyoto University has emphasis on the followings; (a) Study of solar MHD processes with spectroscopic and   spectro-polarimetric observations using the 60cm Domeless   Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (DST) combining with   data from space solar missions (such as Hinode). (b) Observational study of space weather using the Solar   Magnetic Activity Research Telescope (SMART) and the   international ground-based solar observation network (CHAIN). (c) Instrument development for future ground and space missions.

The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to actively join (one of) these researches.

The position is available for one year, from July 1st of 2018 to the end of June 2019. There is the possibility of further offer of employment up to 3 years in total. The monthly salary is about 300,000 Japanese Yen.

Applicants should send their CV, publication list, and research plan, by e-mail to Prof. K. Shibata ( ). by 30 Apr, 2018. For further information, contact Professor Kazunari Shibata ( ).

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) – Post Doctoral Contract ERC Advanced Grant POLMAG

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for one post-doctoral contract funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant project “Polarized Radiation Diagnostics for Exploring the Magnetism of the Outer Solar Atmosphere” (POLMAG).
The selected candidate will carry out research on the following topics:

To carry out novel investigations based on spectro-polarimetric observations with ground-based and space solar telescopes, with emphasis on the study of the magnetic field in chromospheric and coronal structures and its coupling with the underlying photosphere.
To apply the group’s plasma diagnostic tools in order to interpret the spectro-polarimetric observations, in collaboration with other members of the POLMAG team.
The appointment is till December 31st 2022, subject to annual revisions.
The deadline for receiving applications is April 30, 2018.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) – Post Doctoral Positions

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for three postdoctoral contracts and one computer programmer contract funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project “Partial Ionisation: 2-fluid approach” (PI2FA), led by Dr. Elena Khomenko. The successful candidates will work on the development and analysis of multi-fluid simulations of partially ionized solar plasma (waves, instabilities, magneto-convection).
Previous experience in Solar Physics is considered as an advantage. Scientists with experience in treatment of astrophysical partially ionized plasmas (interstellar medium, solar chromosphere, Earth’s ionosphere) are encouraged to apply.

Duration: the computer programmer contract is of 3 years duration; three other positions are of 3 years duration with possible extension for another 2 years (5 in total).

The starting date is 1st of September, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants must be in possession of a PhD degree in Astrophysics, Physics or Informatics at the time of application deadline 14th of May (23:59h London time).

To apply please use the online application system, (links will be open soon).

For more information contact Elena Khomenko: khomenko (at)

University of Colorado Boulder – George Ellery Hale Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Solar, Stellar and Space Physics

from Richard Morton [March 15, 2018]

The University of Colorado Boulder is seeking applicants for the George Ellery Hale Postdoctoral Fellowship in Solar, Stellar and Space Physics. The University of Colorado and surrounding institutions provide a rich environment within which to conduct solar research, and this two-year research fellowship accompanies the relocation of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) headquarters to Boulder.
Of particular interest are postdoctoral candidates who are interested in theoretical and computational studies of dynamics within solar and stellar interiors, photospheres, and atmospheres (chromospheres and coronae). Boulder is an internationally recognized center for studying convection, turbulence, radiative magnetohydrodynamics, and the dynamo amplification of magnetic fields in the Sun. The successful candidate will have access to extensive computational resources and existing modern, highly parallel astrophysical fluid dynamics codes, and could be involved in the creation of next generation codes for studying solar fluid dynamics. Connections between such modeling activities efforts and the observational capabilities of NSO’s Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST, formerly ATST) and/or Integrated Synoptic Program (NISP) will enhance an application, and the successful candidate is encouraged to forge those connections while in Boulder.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity play a prominent role in the new George Ellery Hale collaborative graduate education program, which aims to offer solar physics course work and summer professional development to students enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology via telepresence technology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the program to develop capability and facilitate learning in this distributed environment. Thus candidates with a strong interest and experience in teaching and learning methodologies, in addition to those more focused on solar physics research goals, are encouraged to apply. Primary duties of a Hale postdoctoral fellow are in research, but the successful candidate may negotiate for a portion of their duties to be dedicated to teaching or service.

Details on the broader Hale program, including current fellows, can be found at

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a description of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three references. These materials should be submitted electronically to:, requisition ID #12519.

For more information please contact Prof. Benjamin Brown, Search Committee Chair, Review of the applications will begin 2 April 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

PhD Plasma Astrophysics

from Joerg Buechner [February 21, 2018]

Open PhD project: Probing electron acceleration by fast magnetic reconnection using coherent stellar radio emissions

We invite applications for a PhD position funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Goettingen and the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) of the Technical University (TU) Berlin.

The successful applicant will work with Prof. Dr. Jörg Büchner and Dr. Patricio Muñoz on kinetic simulations of electron acceleration by magnetic reconnection in stellar atmospheres to be verified by observed solar type-III radio bursts. The selected doctoral candidate will use a state-of-the-art fully-kinetic and massively parallel particle-in-cell code, running on European network High-Performance Supercomputers, to simulate the electromagnetic radiation caused by magnetic reconnection. In particular the influence of the electron cyclotron maser instability will be investigated. At the TU Berlin the PHD thesis will additionally be supervised by Prof. Dr. Dieter Breitschwerdt.

The desired start date is March 1st, 2018, but applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is selected.

Online application portal: