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ST15 ‘MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling’, AOGS 2019 – deadline extended to 19 February 2019

from Viktor Fedun [February 14, 2019]

We would like to draw your attention to the ST15 session: ‘MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling’ in the framework of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference. The 16th Annual AOGS will take place in Singapore, 28 July-02 August 2019. Further details regarding abstract submission, registration, accommodation and relevant deadlines can be found on the meeting website: http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2019/public.asp?page=abstract.htm

Important! Abstract submission deadline is 19 February 2019.

ST15 ‘MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling’

Conveners:
Dr Viktor Fedun (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom), v.fedun@sheffield.ac.uk
Dr Wernher Brevis (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile), wbrevis@ing.puc.cl
Dr Sergiy Shelyag (Deakin University, Australia), shelyag@gmail.com
Dr Marco Stangalini (INAF-OAR National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy), marco.stangalini@inaf.it
Dr Gary Verth (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom), g.verth@sheffield.ac.uk

Session Description
Space-based and ground solar observations have detected a variety of plasma waves, oscillations, and instabilities (e.g., fast/slow/EUV waves, global kink and sausage mode oscillations, Alfven waves) propagating in the magnetised plasma structures on the Sun. These magnetic configurations are observed across a wide range of spatio-temporal scales (e.g., small scale flux ropes in the surface-granulation pattern, spicules, solar prominences, coronal loops). Over the last years, due to both technical advancements and improved inversion techniques, spectropolarimetry has become an import tool for the investigation of the plasma-magnetic field interaction in the solar atmosphere, providing new diagnostics useful for the study and identification of MHD waves and modes in different magnetic concentrations, down to the present resolution limit of solar telescopes (100-150 km). However, forthcoming and recently launched next generation of solar observational facilities e.g. The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) and European Solar Telescope (EST), COronal Solar Magnetism Observatory (COSMO), Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe, thanks to their unmatched spatial resolution and spectropolarimetric sensitivity and accuracy, will further advance our possibilities, by providing an unprecedented view of the mechanisms of excitation and dissipation of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere. Development of mathematical models (analytical and numerical) and data analysis techniques of observable solar plasma structures can help us fully utilize their diagnostic capabilities and better understand the role of various plasma processes in energy transport across different layers of the solar atmosphere. The proposed session will provide us an excellent platform to bring together world-leading experts in solar observational analysis and numerical analytical / modelling, in order to exploit different approaches in the investigation of plasma processes in the solar atmosphere.

With our Best Regards,
Viktor Fedun, Wernher Brevis, Sergiy Shelyag, Marco Stangalini and Gary Verth

http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2019/public.asp?page=home.htm

Nordic Optical Telescope: OPTICON Call for proposals

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [February 14, 2019]

The OPTICON common call for EU supported access to telescopes in semester 2019B (1 October 2019 – 1 April 2020) is open. It will close on 28 February 2019 at 23.59UT exactly.

The NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE offers a total of 25 nights per semester.

For the details of the announcement, see:

https://www.astro-opticon.org/h2020/tna/call/call-2019b.html

ALL non-Nordic and non-Spanish proposals for the Nordic Optical Telescope MUST be submitted through the OPTICON common proposal and evaluation system.

We would like to *emphasize* that apart from regular visitor mode, the NOT also offers (queue) service mode observing and provides a wide range of options for flexible scheduling through Target-of-Opportunity programs and/or monitoring programs on any time-scale (from hours, to days, to weeks, to months, to years).

*We note that*

– A set of 2 holographic diffuser are available to do high-precision photometry with ALFOSC. The diffuser effectively scrambled the incoming light, providing a more constant and optimal (`top-head’) shape, with minimal light loss, significantly reducing any
systematic effects in the photometry. The diffusers provide a very stable stellar image with a size (~FWHM) of between ~5 and ~7.5 arcsec, depending on where they are mounted. See for more information: http://www.not.iac.es/instruments/alfosc/diffuser.html

– The SOFIN high-resolution Echelle spectrograph is again available. It only is offered to do circular spectro-polarimetry with the
medium-resolution (R~80,000) camera. SOFIN is not a common-user instrument: only limited support is provided.

Kind regards,
Thomas Augusteijn
Director, NOTSA

https://www.astro-opticon.org/h2020/tna/call/call-2019b.html

Software in Solar Physics Survey

from Stuart Mumford [February 13, 2019]

The SunPy Project would like to conduct a survey about software use in solar physics. This survey is based on a similar one conducted by Ivelina Momcheva and Erik Tollerud in 2015, who surveyed 1142 astronomers about software use in astrophysics (https://arxiv.org/abs/1507.03989).

This short, 12-question survey will help us understand how to develop better tools and resources for the community. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill it out!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PxWWzjWqxqEPLxQ-ppnY7f8dKLwNOZDXsbCwidDlA58

Thank you,
The SunPy Project

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PxWWzjWqxqEPLxQ-ppnY7f8dKLwNOZDXsbCwidDlA58

Influencing the future ESA archives (including for Solar Orbiter).

from Louise Harra [February 11, 2019]

I’d like to briefly discuss an opportunity for you to influence the way you will be able to access data in the future from ESA. I am a member of the ESA Heliophysics Archives User Group (HAUS). This was all new to me as I personally hadn’t used ESA archives before but Solar Orbiter data will be available from them (http://soardev.esac.esa.int/soar-beta/#home).
The plasma community will know this better through Cluster, and there are planetary archives as well. SOHO is obviously there as well. https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/esdc

The ESA HAUS committee want to collate short science cases on how to use their archives in different ways – this can be combining datasets such as planetary with solar, solar with astronomy, or modelling with anything. Is there anything would make your research easier? Enable you to answer science questions that are currently difficult now? Or enable you to address Solar Orbiter questions with more ease? jHelioviewer comes under the ESA wing for example. These science cases will be used to help mould how the archives will look in future. The science cases will be short, and your input is important for the future. Guidance for your input is given below – no more than 1 A4 page. Please send to me at l.harra @ ucl.ac.uk by the end of March.

Science case format:

Science goal: provide science questions that are currently challenging to carry out with separate archives.

Archives and modelling required: describe which datasets and archives are necessary to carry out this work.

Ideal situation of data sources: in an ideal world, describe how the data access and modelling interaction could be easier.

pfsspy: a new python package for PFSS calculations

from Richard Morton [February 9, 2019]

 pfsspy, a new python package for computing Potential Field Source Solutions, has just had its first release (0.1). This package builds on code written by Anthony Yeates (https://github.com/antyeates1983/pfss) to provide an accessible, well documented, and freely available code for calculating PFSS solutions in python.

 

pfsspy can be installed from PyPi using

 

                pip install pfsspy

 

Documentation can be found here:

https://pfsspy.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

 

and two examples of use here:

https://pfsspy.readthedocs.io/en/latest/auto_examples/index.html

 

Any suggestions or bugs can be reported on the issue tracker: https://github.com/dstansby/pfsspy/issues

Congratulations

from Richard Morton [February 4, 2019]

The UKSP council would like to offer their congratulations to our colleagues selected by Elsevier as “most valued reviewers in 2018”:
https://www.journals.elsevier.com/new-astronomy/reviewers/thank-you-reviewers-newast-14

Special issue “Advances in Solar Physics” – published

from Eduard Kontar [January 31, 2019]

The special issue “Advances in Solar Physics” inspired by the last European Solar Physics meeting is published :

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/advances-in-space-research/vol/63/issue/4

The Guest Editors are grateful to all the authors for their valuable time and efforts, without which the publication of this issue would have been impossible, and we congratulate them for the acceptance of their manuscripts. We also thank all the referees for their hard work and invaluable advice, that profoundly improved the Issue. The names of all reviewers who agreed to be identified are listed at the end of the Issue. Last, but certainly not least, we thank in advance the diverse readers of this Issue, who can contribute decisively to its success. To these perpetual intellectual wanderers, students, scholars and thinkers alike, we wish an enjoyable and rewarding reading.

Guest Editors:
Manolis K.Georgoulis
Eduard P.Kontar

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/advances-in-space-research/vol/63/issue/4

SSI/ISSI-BJ Joint Call for Proposals 2019 for International Teams in Space and Earth Sciences

from Richard Morton [January 28, 2019]


The  International  Space  Science  Institute  (ISSI)  in  Bern, Switzerland, and ISSI-BJ in Beijing, China, invite  proposals  for  establishing  International  Teams to conduct on its premises research activities in Space Sciences, based on the
interdisciplinary  analysis  and  evaluation  of  data  from  spacecraft  and possible integration with ground data and theoretical models. For the purpose of  this  Call,  Space  Sciences  include the Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Solar-Terrestrial   Sciences,   Space   Plasma  and  Magnetospheric  Physics, Planetary   Sciences,   Astrobiology,  Cosmology,  Astrophysics,  Fundamental
Physics in Space, and Earth Sciences using Space data.

Letter of Intent:                 February 28, 2019

Deadline for proposals:      March 28, 2019

The Call for International Teams proposal is available on the ISSI web site:       

January 28, 2019

Maurizio Falanga
———————————————————————————————————–
Dr. Maurizio Falanga
International Space Science Institute (ISSI)
Hallerstrasse 6
CH-3012 Bern
Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)31 6314893

UK access to the Swedish Solar Telescope during the 2019 Observing Season

from Mihalis Mathioudakis [January 28, 2019]

We are pleased to announce the availability of observing time on the Swedish Solar Telescope (SST) for proposals with a UK-based PI, during the 2019 observing season. The availability of this time has been made possible through funding from STFC.

Observations will be undertaken on behalf of PIs in service mode/queue scheduling by two observers with considerable experience in SST operations and instrumentation.

Interested scientists are requested to submit a *** maximum *** 2-page description of their observing request, in pdf format only. The description should include:

1. An abstract
2. A case for support
3. A description of the observing plan, including instrumentation required
4. The seeing conditions required to achieve the science goals
5. Any other observing constraints.
6. Information on SST applications for time in 2019 via SOLARNET – see note below.

Note: In 2019, the UK community also has access to the SST via the SOLARNET agreement. If you have submitted a SOLARNET application for time in 2019, note this in your observing request along with a brief description of how your SOLARNET programme relates to your request for SST time via the UK access route.

The 2-page observing request should be submitted to: f.keenan@qub.ac.uk.

The deadline for submitting requests is 1 MARCH 2019.

Informal enquiries can be made to: M.Mathioudakis@qub.ac.uk

More information of SST and its instrumentation may be found at the website:

https://dubshen.astro.su.se/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

We plan to inform PIs of decisions regarding their requests by the end of April 2019.

European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) 2019 PhD Thesis and Early Career Researcher Prizes – Upcoming deadline

from Istvan Ballai [January 27, 2019]

European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) 2019 PhD Thesis and Early Career Researcher Prizes – Upcoming deadline

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 February 15th, 2019.

The 2019 ESPD PhD Thesis Prize will be awarded to a young researcher whose PhD thesis/viva was defended in 2018.

The 2019 ESPD Early Career Prize will be awarded to a young researcher whose PhD was awarded after 01/012015 (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: www.eps.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=85203&id=641304

The ESPD Prize Committee


Nuggets:

RHESSI Nuggets in January 2019

from Hugh Hudson [January 30, 2019]

No. 343, “Short-period Waves”, by Sijie YU and Bin CHEN. New decimetric imaging spectroscopy suggests Alfvenic energy transport in solar flares.

No. 342, “The Interesting RHESSI/SAS Archive”, by Hugh Hudson and Martin Fivian. The full mission database shows RHESSI to have been very stable geometrically.

Although RHESSI is off the air, results continue to appear. We welcome contributions on a variety of solar research areas, especially those involving RHESSI, and will welcome more for at least the duration of 2019. See

http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets, listing the current series, 2008-present, and

http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ for the original series, 2005-2008.

New UKSP Nugget #98

from Iain Hannah [January 24, 2019]

98. Observing and Modelling a Flux Rope in the Corona
by Alexander James, Lucie Green, Gherardo Valori, and Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi (MSSL/UCL).

Reconstructing a pre-eruptive high-altitude flux rope that formed by reconnection in the corona.

http://www.uksolphys.org/?p=15179

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

http://www.uksolphys.org/uksp-nuggets

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

http://www.uksolphys.org/?p=15179


Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

ST15 ‘MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling’, AOGS 2019 – deadline extended to 19 February 2019

from Viktor Fedun [February 14, 2019]

We would like to draw your attention to the ST15 session: ‘MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling’ in the framework of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference. The 16th Annual AOGS will take place in Singapore, 28 July-02 August 2019. Further details regarding abstract submission, registration, accommodation and relevant deadlines can be found on the meeting website: http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2019/public.asp?page=abstract.htm

Important! Abstract submission deadline is 19 February 2019.

ST15 ‘MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling’

Conveners:
Dr Viktor Fedun (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom), v.fedun@sheffield.ac.uk
Dr Wernher Brevis (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile), wbrevis@ing.puc.cl
Dr Sergiy Shelyag (Deakin University, Australia), shelyag@gmail.com
Dr Marco Stangalini (INAF-OAR National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy), marco.stangalini@inaf.it
Dr Gary Verth (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom), g.verth@sheffield.ac.uk

Session Description
Space-based and ground solar observations have detected a variety of plasma waves, oscillations, and instabilities (e.g., fast/slow/EUV waves, global kink and sausage mode oscillations, Alfven waves) propagating in the magnetised plasma structures on the Sun. These magnetic configurations are observed across a wide range of spatio-temporal scales (e.g., small scale flux ropes in the surface-granulation pattern, spicules, solar prominences, coronal loops). Over the last years, due to both technical advancements and improved inversion techniques, spectropolarimetry has become an import tool for the investigation of the plasma-magnetic field interaction in the solar atmosphere, providing new diagnostics useful for the study and identification of MHD waves and modes in different magnetic concentrations, down to the present resolution limit of solar telescopes (100-150 km). However, forthcoming and recently launched next generation of solar observational facilities e.g. The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) and European Solar Telescope (EST), COronal Solar Magnetism Observatory (COSMO), Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe, thanks to their unmatched spatial resolution and spectropolarimetric sensitivity and accuracy, will further advance our possibilities, by providing an unprecedented view of the mechanisms of excitation and dissipation of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere. Development of mathematical models (analytical and numerical) and data analysis techniques of observable solar plasma structures can help us fully utilize their diagnostic capabilities and better understand the role of various plasma processes in energy transport across different layers of the solar atmosphere. The proposed session will provide us an excellent platform to bring together world-leading experts in solar observational analysis and numerical analytical / modelling, in order to exploit different approaches in the investigation of plasma processes in the solar atmosphere.

With our Best Regards,
Viktor Fedun, Wernher Brevis, Sergiy Shelyag, Marco Stangalini and Gary Verth

http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2019/public.asp?page=home.htm

AOGS 2019 Abstract-Submission Deadline Extended to 19 February 2019

from Mario M. Bisi [February 14, 2019]

Dear All.

I’d like to let you know that the abstract-submission deadline for AOGS in Singapore this year has been extended to 19 February 2019. Submission and meeting details can be found here: http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2019/ and the abstract submission is done through the MARS Login at the top-right-hand side of the screen.

I would also like to draw your attention to two sessions: ST28 – Radio Heliophysics from Sun to Mud: How Radio Techniques can be Used to Study the Chain of Activity from Solar Origin to its Effects at Earth and Other Solar-System Bodies and ST 27 – General Session in Solar and Terrestrial Sciences. The full session details are below.

Many thanks,

Mario (Space Weather Secretary and ST President Candidate)

ST28: This session brings together all things Radio Heliophysics in nature, crossing all the sub-disciplines within Heliophysics from Solar, Heliosphere, Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Planetary, Space Weather, and Beyond. The session encourages submissions around all aspects and use of radio in the Heliophysics domain, including but not limited to observations, data analyses, results discussions, modelling, use in space-weather forecasting, planetary science outside of the Earth’s own space environment, technique developments/needs, and future/developing instrumentation. Any and all abstracts linking into or using radio Heliophysics will be welcome in this session to try to bring the wider community into a single joined-up session.

ST27: This session is intended to cover all general contributions from the Sun to the Earth and beyond throughout the heliosphere. Contributions from helioseismology, solar physics, heliospheric science, space weather, magnetospheric physics, ionospheric physics, sun-planetary interactions, cosmic rays, and all aspects of the heliosphere and outer heliosphere are welcomed – particularly if they do not fit any of the more-specialised ST Sessions.

http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2019/

NAM Session: Active Region Laboratories

from Paolo Pagano [February 14, 2019]

We would like to encourage abstract submission for the NAM 2019 session on Active Region Laboratories.

Active regions are of fundamental importance in Solar Physics as they are the primary source of a multitude of solar activity that occur on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. In particular, the formation and eruption of magnetic flux ropes, the generation and propagation of MHD waves, solar flares and the acceleration of energetic particles. In this session we bring together state-of-the-art models and high-resolution observations of active regions and their associated phenomena in order to review recent advances in the field and discuss requirements for future missions with an outlook towards active regions on other stars and stellar flares.

The abstract submission is now open.

NAM will take place at Lancaster University on 30th June – 4th July 2019

P. Pagano, S. L. Yardley, A. W. James, L. M. Green

https://nam2019.org/science/abstract-submission

IAU Symposium 355

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [February 12, 2019]

Registration, abstract submission and grant applications are now open

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce IAU Symposium 355 on “The Realm of the Low Surface Brightness Universe”, which will be held from July 8 to 12, 2019, at the Guajara Campus of the University of La Laguna in the island of Tenerife, Spain.

With this first announcement we open the registration, the abstract submission, and the possibility to apply for IAU grants, all through the conference webpage at http://www.iac.es/congreso/iaus355/

———————
Rationale and Key Topics:

IAU Symposium 355 aims to survey the denizens of the low surface brightness skies, at all wavelengths and resolutions, to show the richness of physical processes taking place in this regime, which has not been fully explored yet. From the Zodiacal light in the Solar System all the way to the cosmological backgrounds, and from the contributions of amateurs to space-based instrumentation, this Symposium will provide participants with a broad glimpse of one of the few last niches that remain to be explored.

A wide range of topics will be addressed:

– State-of-the-art in present and future ground- and space-based instrumentation for LSB observations
– Data analysis and management of upcoming LSB surveys
– The nature of interplanetary/cometary dust grains and meteoritic streams in the Zodiacal light
– Dust grains in the interstellar medium as traced by cirri
– Mass loss episodes, shocks and debris discs as traced by LSB features around stars; orphan SN and GRBs
– Low surface brightness features around galaxies: signatures of past and on-going accretion and their constraints on dark haloes
– The nature of ultra-diffuse galaxies and other galaxies discovered by LSB surveys
– The intracluster light and its role in galaxy evolution in clusters
– The circumgalactic medium of low- and high-redshift galaxies
– The cosmic web of large-scale filaments
– The UV/optical/IR cosmological background radiation and its fluctuations
– The role of amateurs in LSB observations and citizen science LSB projects
———————
We look forward to seeing you in Tenerife in July!

David Valls-Gabaud, on behalf of the SOC Johan Knapen, on behalf of the LOC
Conference webpage: http://www.iac.es/congreso/iaus355/
Conference contact email: iaus355@viajeseci.es

http://www.iac.es/congreso/iaus355/

NAM 2019 abstract submission now open

from Jim Wild [February 11, 2019]

The online abstract submission system for the 2019 Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting is now open at https://nam2019.org The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 March.

NAM 2019 will be held at Lancaster University between Sun 30 June – Thu 4 July. Further information and a full list of parallel sessions is available on the event website. Additional practical information will be added to the site prior to registration opening on Mon 25 February, but it is not necessary to register to submit an abstract.

Key dates to note:

11 Feb: Abstract submission opens
25 Feb: Registration opens
15 March: Abstract submission closes
Early May: Abstract acceptance notices and final timetable published
20 May: Registration deadline for presenters
14 June: General registration (e.g. for non-presenters) closes. There will be no on-site registration.

The LOC and SOC look forward to welcoming you to Lancaster in the summer!

nam2019@lancaster.ac.uk

https://nam2019.org

7th Space Climate Symposium: Future of Solar Activity, 8-11 July 2019, Orford, Canada

from Ilya Usoskin [February 9, 2019]

Space Climate 7: Future of Solar Activity
8-11 July 2019, Orford, Canada:

The 7th Space Climate Symposium will be held on 8-11 July 2019 in Canton Orford, in Québec’s beautiful Eastern townships, about one hour drive from Montréal.

The scientific program includes the following sessions (and confirmed speakers so far):
Solar dynamo as a driver of space climate (S. Brun, M. Schüssler, J. Warnecke)
Long-term solar activity (H. Hayakawa, A. Muñoz-Jaramillo, A. Pevtsov, K. Tapping)
Solar photosphere and TSI/SSI (N. Krivova, T. Woods)
Solar cycle prediction (M. Dikpati, J. Jiang, D. Pesnell, K. Petrovay, L. Upton)
Solar corona, solar wind and heliosphere (P. Manoharan, G. Petrie, A. Rouillard)
Solar wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere interaction (A. Chambodut, A. Pulkkinen, C. Rodger)
Solar Influence on atmosphere and climate (M. Mlynczak, M. Sinnhuber, B. Tinsley)

For registration, abstract submission, accommodation, airport shuttle and else, see the meeting web page:

IMPORTANT DATE: 28 February 2019

This is the early registration deadline. Fee will raise on 1 March 2019.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:

28 February 2019 is also the submission deadline for abstracts to be considered for a contributed oral presentation. Abstracts for poster presentations can be submitted even later, as long as space for posters or conference premises are filled up.
NOTE: Conference capacity is limited to 120 participants so register and send your abstract as early as possible.

INVITATION LETTERS AND VISA:

Please let us know (spaceclimate7[at]astro.umontreal.ca) as early as possible if you need an invitation letter for visa application. Note also that meeting participants from countries not requiring an entry visa may still have to file in an Electronic Travel Authorization. See meeting web site for more details. Do not delay visa application, this can be a lengthy process depending on your nationality, country of residence, and/or dual-citizenship status.

ACCOMODATION:

Canton Orford is a small countryside village, with no public transportation and very limited taxi services. We highly recommend securing accommodation at the meeting venue, Hotel Estrimont Suites & SPA, taking advantage of the housing package offered.
Please book early, as the Hotel’s capacity is limited.

http://craq-astro.ca/spaceclimate7/

AOGS 2019 ST20 Solar Flare Forecasting Using Machine Learning

from Róbertus Erdélyi [February 1, 2019]

We would like to draw your attention to the abstract submission deadline of 12 Feb 2019 for session “AOGS 2019 ST20 Solar Flare Forecasting Using Machine Learning”.

We would also encourage you to send in an abstract and come to this session.

http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2019/public.asp?page=home.htm

18th RHESSI Workshop – Second Announcement

from Eduard Kontar [January 31, 2019]

18th RHESSI Workshop – Second Announcement

The 18th RHESSI Workshop, “High-Energy Solar Physics; Building on the RHESSI Legacy,” will be held at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, from May 28 through June 1, 2019. This workshop will follow the very successful format of previous RHESSI workshops, with a balanced mix of plenary and workshop sessions, focused on topical themes. The workshop will feature results from RHESSI and several other instruments studying high-energy solar physics, including NuSTAR, EOVSA, Fermi (GBM and LAT), and MinXSS, and will also focus on preparing for future missions such as FOXSI, ASO-S and STIX.

The conference website, which contains summary paragraphs explaining the themes of the various working groups, is at http://rhessi18.umn.edu/. Travel, registration, and local information will be added in the coming weeks. The abstract deadline is March 15, 2019, with the registration deadline soon after. As a novel feature, we are also asking registrants to vote on the best RHESSI nuggets, and the winning nuggets will be summarized by nugget-meister Hugh Hudson on the last day of the workshop. I encourage all of you to submit abstracts, register, and vote for your favorite nuggets, and I look forward to seeing you in Minnesota in May!

Gordon Emslie
RHESSI Workshop Convenor

RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting: Flares on the Sun and stars: microflares, megaflares, and the largest flare of Solar Cycle 24

from Anne-Marie Broomhall [January 31, 2019]

Abstract submission is now open at https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/cfsa/people/broomhall/ras_flares/
Submission deadline Midnight 12th March 2019

Organisers: Anne-Marie Broomhall (Univ. of Warwick), James McLaughlin (Northumbria Univ.), Valery Nakariakov (Univ. of Warwick), Aaron Reid (Queen’s University, Belfast)
For queries e-mail: a-m.broomhall@warwick.ac.uk

Friday, 12th April 2019
Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly

Flares that are far more energetic than typical solar flares have been observed on solar-like stars, leading to predictions that the average occurrence rate of these so-called “superflares” on “stars with similar rotation periods to the Sun is about once in 500 to 600 years” (Maehara et al., 2015). However, given that these flares are far more energetic than typical solar flares, and that the data upon which these predictions are made consist of unresolved white light observations of the star in question’s brightness, it is reasonable to ask whether these predictions are justified. This specialist discussion meeting will focus on the synergies and differences between solar and stellar flares, from the impact of observational constraints to the presence of analogous features (e.g. flare shape and quasi-periodic pulsations) and from models that can account for the vastly differing energies observed in solar and stellar flares to explanations for recent observations of flares in massive A stars that do not have outer convection zones. We will also discuss the exciting series of solar flares observed from active region AR12763 in September 2017, which included the largest flare of Solar Cycle 24, and particularly encourage the community to consider the unique Swedish solar telescope observations of this event, obtained on behalf of the UK solar physics community. Talks and posters will be accepted.

Confirmed invited speakers: Petr Heinzel (Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic), Paolo Romano (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania)

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/cfsa/people/broomhall/ras_flares/

Reminder: EWASS – Session on Coronal Mass Ejections, observations and models

from Paolo Pagano [January 29, 2019]

Dear Colleagues,

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (24 – 28 June 2019, Lyon) will host a Special Session on “Combining Observations with Models to Derive Coronal Mass Ejections Properties: Where We Stand and What’s Next” to be held on June 26th.

The registration is open and the deadline for abstract submission is March, 3rd 2019.

https://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2019/session.jsp?id=SS20

SOC: Paolo Pagano, Alessandro Bemporad, Spiros Patsourakos, Bojan Vrsnak

https://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2019/session.jsp?id=SS20


Jobs/Studentships:

University of Hawai‘i, Institute for Astronomy (Pukalani, Maui) – Solar Physics Postdoctoral Fellow

from Richard Morton [February 15, 2019]

SOLAR PHYSICS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW – ID# 19025.

Institute for Astronomy.  Non-Regular, Full-Time, Limited Term (Up to two (2) years in duration with possibility of extension for an additional year), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), located in Pukalani, Maui, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:  $3,455/Mon.

DUTIES:  Participates in several NASA-grant research projects that study the solar active region magnetic fields and their relation to solar eruptive events. Performs extrapolation modeling to understand the magnetic field evolution and the structure of magnetic flux ropes. Assists with the development of a new data-driven model of the coronal magnetic field. Pursues collaborative and independent research in solar physics. Publishes articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents results at conferences.

REQUIRES:  PhD from an accredited college or university in Physics, Astronomy, or related field. (PhD candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire).  One to three (1 – 3) years of research experience in solar physics or related field, with at least one (1) first-authored, peer-reviewed article in credited scientific journals.  Scientific background in solar physics.  Proficiency in scientific programming with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and/or Python, and C and/or Fortran. Demonstrated ability to analyze solar data. Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and collaborate with colleagues.

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience in solar physics research related to magnetic fields measurement or numerical modeling. Experience with parallel computation and data visualization.

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Xudong Sun 573-9513 (Maui).

CLOSING DATE: March 1, 2019 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

University of Oslo, Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics – 1–2 positions as Research Software Engineer

from Richard Morton [February 15, 2019]

The positions as Research Software Engineer are connected to the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS) funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo from November 1st, 2017. The primary goal of RoCS 10-year effort lies in understanding the workings of the energetic Sun. To attack this goal a concerted effort of numerical modelling, both fluid (extended MHD) and particle oriented, will be combined with high quality observations taken at ground based and space based observatories to produce models of the active Sun. Application deadline is February 28. More information and application procedure: www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/164113/research-software-engineer

Research Fellow in Solar Physics and Space Plasma Physics

from Suzanne Winter [February 15, 2019]

We are advertising for a Research Fellow to undertake research in the area of Solar Orbiter science in the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) at University College London (UCL). The mission is due to be launched in 2020 with new data expected to be available a few months later. This post will bridge the expertise of both the MSSL Solar Physics and Space Plasma Physics groups. Both groups have academic-level involvement in key instruments on the mission. A key question for the Solar Orbiter mission is understanding the source regions of the various states of the solar wind, and determining how the characteristics of those sources influence its evolution through the heliosphere. The post-holder will combine solar remote sensing observations with in-situ data from current missions and combine with modelling to address this question, and initially prepare for, but then deliver some of the science returns of Solar Orbiter.

The Solar Physics group is an established group within UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) at the forefront of solar physics research in the UK. We are the PI group for the EIS instrument on Hinode, and Co-PI on the EUI instrument on the Solar Orbiter mission. We have additional roles in the development of the visible light cameras for DKIST and in the development of the EST and Solar C EUVST projects.
The Space Plasma Physics group is a growing group within UCL/MSSL, undertaking research at the forefront of magnetospheric and solar wind research in the UK. Currently, we have four Academics, two independent research fellows, three post-doctoral research associates and five PhD students. We are the PI group for the PEACE instruments on Cluster and Double Star, and for the Solar Wind Analyzer (SWA) suite on the Solar Orbiter mission. The laboratory is also the PI institute of the SMILE mission and for the Lagrange in-situ instrument package.

The applicant will be expected and encouraged to participate in wider scientific activities of the two research groups, including preparations for future solar and space plasma research missions. This position also offers the opportunity for travel for the post-holder to present their work at relevant national and international conferences and workshops. The post is available from 1 April 2019 for a three-year period, with a possible extension subject to funding availability through the MSSL Consolidated Grant.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory is located on its own campus in the beautiful Surrey Hills, surrounded by woodland. UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 40 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA (US), Japan, Russia, China and India, and flown over 230 rocket experiments.
Informal enquiries should be made to Louise Harra (l.harra@ucl.ac.uk) or Chris Owen (c.owen@ucl.ac.uk).
Applications should be completed on line http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/. However if you are having difficulty accessing the on-line recruitment system please contact Suzanne Winter (s.winter@ucl.ac.uk) for advice.

https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?SID=amNvZGU9MTc5MjIwNSZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT05NjUmb3duZXI9NTA0MTE3OCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZicmFuZF9pZD0wJmpvYl9yZWZfY29kZT0xNzkyMjA1JnBvc3RpbmdfY29kZT0yMjQ=

Lecturer in Mathematics and Physics

from Gunnar Hornig [February 9, 2019]

Dear Colleagues,

The School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee invites applications for a lectureship (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader level) for a joint position between Physics and Mathematics in a field which complements the existing research strengths in solar magnetohydrodynamics, scientific computing, exoplanet systems and star formation (see https://www.dundee.ac.uk/scienceengineering).

For further details see https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BQA484/lecturer-in-mathematics-and-physics-astrophysics-teaching-and-research

The closing date is the 20th of March 2019. For further information about this position, please contact Gunnar Hornig (g.hornig@dundee.ac.uk).

UAF in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds

from Richard Morton [February 4, 2019]

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the strategic investment associated with the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics (https://fluids.leeds.ac.uk/), the University of Leeds has recently posted an advert for a University Academic Fellow in Fluid Dynamics:

https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=MAPMP1006

This University Academic Fellowship is  a permanent post at a level equivalent to Lecturer / Assistant Professor, leading to promotion to Reader / Associate Professor within five years, subject to probation.

The closing date for applications is 10th March 2019. Please contact Steve Tobias <S.M.Tobias@leeds.ac.uk > for further information.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Magnetohydrodynamics/Solar Physics at the University of Dundee

from David Pontin [January 31, 2019]

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in the area of Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). The position is available to work on a project within an STFC consolidated grant. The project aims to assess the contribution of interchange reconnection to accelerating and structuring slow solar wind. This will involve analysis of the 3D magnetic field topology of the Sun’s corona and designing and performing large-scale MHD simulations of interchange reconnection processes.

The project will be carried out in the MHD group at the University of Dundee, and in collaboration with colleagues at Durham University and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Further details about our group in Dundee can be found here:
http://www.maths.dundee.ac.uk/mhd/

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of MHD and solar physics and will have extensive experience in either one or both of the following: (i) computational MHD/hydrodynamics, (ii) mathematical modelling of plasmas or fluids. Experience in solar physics observations would also be beneficial. Applicants must hold a PhD in solar physics, plasma physics or applied mathematics by the start of the project.

The position is available for three years, with earliest start date being April 1st 2019. The starting salary will be on Grade 7 of the UK Universities’ pay scale, around GBP 32-35K, depending on experience.

For further details, or to make an application, please go to https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BPW695/postdoctoral-research-assistant-in-solar-magnetohydrodynamics

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof David Pontin d.i.pontin@dundee.ac.uk

Closing date: 28th February

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BPW695/postdoctoral-research-assistant-in-solar-magnetohydrodynamics

JOB OPENING: A Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

from Hanna Partio [January 29, 2019]

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator to investigate the near-Earth space in ion kinetic scales utilising hybrid-Vlasov methods.

We are now opening a postdoctoral fellow position. The postdoctoral fellow will focus on developing Vlasiator and modeling space plasmas. Prior knowledge in the following areas is required: high-performance computing, supercomputer environments, parallelisation algorithms, version control, C++. Other useful skills include: Python, plasma physics, adaptive mesh refinement.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. The 2-year position is available immediately. The deadline for applications is 31.3.2019.

For more information, please visit:
http://helsinki.fi/vlasiator
http://blogs.helsinki.fi/spacephysics/
https://www.helsinki.fi/sustainable-space

For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth(at)helsinki.fi). Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to Hanna.Partio(at)helsinki.fi, and cc: Minna.Palmroth(at)helsinki.fi.

http://helsinki.fi/vlasiator

STFC-funded PhD positions at Aberystwyth University – closing date March 1st 2019

from Huw Morgan [January 27, 2019]

The Solar System Physics research group (https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/phys/research/solar/) within the Physics Department of Aberystwyth University seeks high-quality candidates for STFC-funded PhD projects in the field of Solar System Physics. The group has particular strengths in solar and solar atmospheric physics – modelling and observations. Our recent work concentrates on the development of novel data analysis techniques for solar atmospheric images, sources of space weather, advanced numerical modelling of coronal structures, ionospheric modelling and ground-based spectro-polarimetry of the low corona.

Applications are due by March 1st, 2019 for a September start. Successful candidates are expected to attend the appropriate STFC Introductory Summer School in August. Outstanding applications will also be entered for the Aberystwyth University PostDoctoral scholarship schemes. Applications should follow the PhD scholarship instructions at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/uk-eu/research-competition/ , thus a description of the proposed research project is required. Please therefore talk to a potential supervisor to help prepare this part of the application.

For initial enquiries, please contact Head of Group, Dr. Huw Morgan, by email: hmorgan@aber.ac.uk.

Research Fellow in Solar Physics

from Mihalis Mathioudakis [January 21, 2019]

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position in Solar Physics for up to 24 months in the first instance. The post is located in the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) of the School of Mathematics and Physics.

Located within ARC, the QUB Solar Physics Group is part of the UK-DKIST Consortium which is delivering the detectors for the DKIST instruments operating in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The successful candidate will work on the analysis and interpretation of observations form ground-based and space-borne solar facilities. He/she will be responsible for contributing to project deliverables in a timely fashion.

The Solar Physics Group is a vibrant, highly productive research team within ARC, currently comprising 3 academic staff, 3 postdoctoral researchers and 5 PhD students. Group members make extensive use of a wide range of solar satellites and ground-based telescopes. We constructed the Rapid Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere (ROSA) imaging system that can observe the solar atmosphere in as many as 7 wavelengths simultaneously, and with a cadence of up to 200 Hz. The Group makes extensive use of image reconstruction techniques for the analysis of ground-based solar observations from the Swedish Solar Telescope and Dunn Solar Telescope.

Applicants must have a PhD in Solar Physics or a closely-related discipline completed by the time of taking up the post. Experience is essential in the reduction and analysis of observations from ground-based instruments, such as imagers and imaging spectropolarimeters.

An application pack for the post, containing further details and guidelines on how to submit your application online, is available at:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QUBJobVacancies/ResearchJobs/

under post reference 19/107109.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Mihalis Mathioudakis (telephone: +44 2890 971339; email: m.mathioudakis@qub.ac.uk).

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QUBJobVacancies/ResearchJobs/

Postdoc position in MHD at Durham University

from Anthony Yeates [January 18, 2019]

We have an STFC-funded postdoc position available for 3 years starting from 1st April 2019. The closing date for applications is 18th February.

The position will primarily involve computational modelling of the magnetic field in the Sun’s corona, using a magneto-frictional code. The aim is to determine the role of memory in building up the coronal magnetic structure, and the possible observational consequences.

For more information, see the job description
https://recruitment.durham.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=017334 or contact Dr Anthony Yeates.

https://recruitment.durham.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=017334