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from Richard Morton [August 15, 2019]

As of 7 August, NASA is blocking external access to ftp servers within NASA. This includes sohoftp, which is the distribution site for SolarSoft updates.  A new procedure has been developed to install and update SolarSoft using the external applications cURL and wget.  The web page below explains how to prepare your local SolarSoft installation to use this new method for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems.

All users have to modify their installations, so we encourage you to follow the instructions as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or problems, a SolarSoft helpdesk has been set up at:

Sam Freeland, Dominic Zarro, Bill Thompson, Peter Young

P.S.  The update team especially want to thank Sam Freeland for all his hard work on the migration from FTP to HTTPS.

STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum – Closing Date 6th September 2019

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [August 12, 2019]

If you are interested in getting involved in STFC’s public engagement programme this might be of interest to you , it offers a fabulous opportunity to help shape our programme , get involved in initiatives and most of all, hear from you so we can make sure what we do is what people want. We have extended the 2019 call for applications so please forward this to all who might be interested.

Call for Applications
Closing date: 6th September 2019

The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the ‘PEER Forum’) will support talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals, to ensure the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement.

Why Join the PEER Forum?
• To learn practical skills on how to lead public engagement activities, giving you a more rewarding career
• For support and expertise from the wide ranging network of academics and public engagement professionals within the STFC community
• To enhance your reputation within the scientific community and give you the opportunity to boost the profile of your work by talking to a wider audience

Further information
For details on how to apply please go to our website or contact

Recent Change of Institution — Patrick Antolin

from Patrick Antolin [August 5, 2019]

Dear Colleagues,

I have recently moved to Northumbria University, where I will be resuming my position as STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow followed by a Senior Lectureship. Please find my new contact details below:


Postal Address:
Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Northumbria University
Ellison Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

New book – Topics in Magnetohydrodynamic Topology, Reconnection and Stability Theory

from David MacTaggart [August 5, 2019]

We would like to announce the publication, by Springer, of “Topics in Magnetohydrodynamic Topology, Reconnection and Stability Theory” (eds MacTaggart and Hillier).

This book is based on lectures from a summer school held at the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM) in 2018. It covers a range of important topics in solar MHD in an accessible manner, making the book ideal for both students and researchers.

New Book – MHD Waves in the Solar Atmosphere

from Richard Morton [July 17, 2019]

A new book is available: Roberts, B. (2019). MHD Waves in the Solar Atmosphere. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Published 18 July 2019.


New UKSP Nugget #102

from Iain Hannah [August 1, 2019]

102. Do p-modes power the corona of cool stars?
by Richard Morton (Northumbria University).

A bump in CoMP data suggests an overlooked source of energy for the corona.


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:

WISA meeting 2020 (Northumbria, UK) – First announcement

from Richard Morton [August 15, 2019]

We would like to announce that the Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA) meeting will be held on 27th-30th July 2020 at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

Please mark the dates in your diaries.

A future announcement will follow with a website and further details.

Richard Morton (on behalf of the LOC)

Interact Engagement Symposium 4th September at the University of Central Lancashire

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [August 15, 2019]

With just under three weeks to go registration for the Interact engagement Symposium is still open. The draft programme can now be viewed here

We have over 200 delegates already signed up for this lively and fun one day event at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. There is something for everyone, whether you are new to engagement or an experienced practitioner. We have a fabulous range of workshops, marketplace exhibits and interactives and some fabulous networking opportunities for everyone.

For early arrivals, UCLan will be hosting a free informal reception on the 3rd September from 6-8pm.

3rd UK Solar Orbiter workshop – Save the dates

from Gherardo Valori [August 12, 2019]

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd UK Solar Orbiter Workshop will be held at the

University of St.Andrews,
from 10:30am of Monday 13th to 4:30pm of Tuesday 14th January 2020,

under the coordination of Duncan Mackay. Further information on registration and accommodation possibilities will follow in due time. In the meantime, please save the dates to your diary!

One Day Science Meeting: The Importance of Binary Stars Throughout the Universe

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [August 1, 2019]

Registration is now open for a one day science meeting on the role of Binary Stars across cosmic time

Title: Exploring the Importance of Binary Stars Throughout the Universe

Organisers: Elizabeth Stanway (Warwick), J J Eldridge (Auckland, NZ)

Date: Wednesday 18th September 2019 (with optional practical workshop on 19th)

Venue: University of Warwick

Cost: Attendance is free but Registration is essential. Lunch will be provided for registrants on 18th.


Binary stars are ubiquitous throughout the Universe. Virtually all massive stars have at least one stellar mass companion, and 70% will interact during their evolutionary lifetimes. At lower mass, the binary fraction is smaller but instrumental in the formation of cataclysmic variables, X-ray binaries, SN Ia, Short Gamma Ray Bursts and Gravitational Wave chirps from compact object mergers. Increasingly the relevance and important consequences of binary star evolution in the extragalactic Universe is being recognised – partly as a result of the incorporation of binaries into the BPASS stellar population synthesis code and its widespread adoption, as well as the growing interest in compact mergers from a GW perspective.

In this one day science meeting we aim to discuss the current status, impact and future developments required in binary stellar evolution and galaxy evolution models. We will explore the consequences of binary interactions for our understanding of the properties of stellar populations, and evaluate the continuing uncertainties and community priorities for future research in this area. Talks will be relatively short, with space for a mixture of invited and contributed presentations. A practical workshop session on the BPASS models and their application to data analysis will also run on Thursday 19th for those who wish to stay.

Please register at – the meeting is free of cost but registration ASAP and before 1st September 2019 is essential for room booking and catering management.

Fall AGU – SH025: Space Weather Research and Forecasting: End Users, Impacts, and Tomorrow’s Monitoring Capabilities – FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

from Mario M. Bisi [July 17, 2019]

Dear All.

This is our first call for contributed abstracts to our co-convened SH and SM (and SI, SA, and NH cross-listed) SWIRLS Extreme Events & Hazards session (SH025) “Space Weather Research and Forecasting: End Users, Impacts, and Tomorrow’s Monitoring Capabilities” at the upcoming Fall AGU in San Francisco, CA, 09-13 December 2019 ( The FINAL abstract-submission deadline is 31 July 2019 2019 at 11:59 P.M. EDT / 01 August 2019 at 03:59UT (see: for full details on abstract submissions).

To submit your abstract, please go here:

The full session details are below. To submit, the first author must be the submitting author and must be an AGU member. First authors are allowed to submit one contributed abstract, or one contributed abstract and one invited abstract, or two invited abstracts to the science sessions. You can also submit to Public Affairs sessions separately without counting towards this quota. You can also be presenting author on multiple abstracts.

Please note that this session is being organized as one of the alternate-format sessions which will include oral talks, panellists, and posters.

This is further a follow-on from previous years which have included very-active poster sessions, good interactions at talks, and excellent audience participation at the panel session.

Best wishes, and thanks,

Mario (on behalf of all the SH025 Conveners).

Session ID#: 77736

Session Description:
Year-on-year civilization advancement means that society becomes even-more reliant on energy-supplies/technologies susceptible to damage/interruption from space weather (SW). Thus, new capabilities are being imagined and/or realized (missions/infrastructures/models) to improve SW forecasting, our understanding of SW impacts, and to provide end users the solutions they require across many sectors (power, GNSS-positioning/timing, spacecraft/satellite operations, transport/communications, etc.).

As the session’s fifth incarnation (since 2015), the focus specifically turns to end users and what their requirements are for the current/future ground-/space-based SW capabilities and data/modelling products. Multiple ongoing international studies are scoping the options for sustained/improved SW observations/measurements/modelling that include novel models, instrumentation, satellites, and spacecraft with multi-national collaborations becoming ever-more important/necessary. It is critical that end users are fully engaged in the process to best-realize their specific needs going forward.

We solicit contributions of: ideas/discussions regarding specifying end-user needs/requirements; economic impacts; developing SW architectures that meet end-user requirements; and wider international collaborations/concepts.

Primary Convener: Mario Mark Bisi, UKRI STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, RAL Space, Harwell Campus, Didcot, United Kingdom.
Co-Conveners: Antti A Pulkkinen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States; Brent Gordon, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder, CO, United States; and Krista Hammond, Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom.

Co-Organized between:
SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics (SH), and SPA-Magnetospheric Physics (SM)

SI – Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
SA – SPA-Aeronomy
NH – Natural Hazards

SWIRL Themes:
Extreme Events & Hazards

Index Numbers:
4323 – Natural Hazards: Human impact
7594 – Solar Physics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy: Instruments and techniques
7934 – Space Weather: Impacts on technological systems
7999 – Space Weather: General or miscellaneous


Doctoral Researcher in Solar Physics

from Meetu Verma [August 14, 2019]

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for a Doctoral Researcher in Solar Physics (f/m/d). The three-year position is within the project »From Flux Emergence to Decay – A High resolution Study of Sunspots« supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Applications for and inquiries about the doctoral position should be sent to Dr. Meetu Verma via

The full job announcement can be found at:

Research Chair in Space Weather at South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

from Lee-Anne McKinnell [August 8, 2019]

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is recruiting for a Research Chair in Space Weather, preferably specializing in Solar Physics.

The Research Chair would be mainly responsible for undertaking research within the specialized area, providing guidance to the operational space weather centre, and supervising postgraduate students.

The successful candidate will: • have an extensive research track record within an area of Space Weather (preferably Solar Physics) • high and sustained publication record in reputable research journals • international collaborations • lead large projects • raise and manage research funds • lead research groups and postgraduate student supervision and training.

The position is based in Hermanus in South Africa, and would be for an initial 5 year period renewable for an additional 5 years based on performance. The applicants do not have to be South African – this is a global recruit initiative for a specialised scarce skill area.

More information can be found from the full advert available at:

JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Positions in Coronal Modelling at the Space Physics Group, University of Helsinki, Finland

from Emilia Kilpua [August 7, 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. Our current research areas include physics of coronal mass ejections, their influence in the magnetospheric dynamics, as well as reconnection, shocks and particle acceleration. We are leading a Finnish Centre of Excellence (

We are now opening two postdoctoral positions in the field of modelling of the solar corona. These positions are involved in the ERC Consolidator Grant project SolMAG (Unraveling the structure solar flux ropes and their magnetosheaths; One of the positions is involved to the development of data-driven coronal models (magnetofrictional and MHD simulations), the other one includes more applying the simulations and interpreting the simulation results. The candidate should have a good knowledge in space plasma physics as well as coding experience (e.g., Python, C/C++). The other useful skills include expertise in supercomputer environments, parallel computations, and coronal observations.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. As our Centre of Excellence also builds and launches CubeSats establishing new technologies with cutting edge scientific payloads, our community extends from space physics to space technology and entrepreneurial startups.

The positions can start at the earliest 1 Oct 2019 and are for two years at least. The positions are open until they are filled.

For specifics about the position, contact Associate Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua ‘at’

Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and maximum of three names to act as references to Mila Hyytinen (mila.hyytinen ‘at’

Two Assistant Professor (Lecturer) openings at Durham

from Anthony Yeates [August 6, 2019]

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University is investing in excellence and seeks to appoint two talented individuals to the role of Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics, joining the existing Applied & Computational Mathematics group ( We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests that will contribute to, and enhance the expertise of the group, which includes MHD, analysis of PDEs, and mathematical biology.

The closing date is 20 October 2019 and successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 September 2020.

I am happy to take informal enquiries.


from Richard Morton [August 1, 2019]

Predictive Science invites applications for a research position in solar and space plasma physics.  While we anticipate hiring a recently-graduated or early-career scientist, more senior scientists may be considered.  A review of applications will begin September 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.


  • Ph.D. in solar/heliospheric physics, space physics, or a related field
  • Expertise in numerical modeling and/or data analysis
  • Experience working with particle, fluid and/or MHD algorithms
  • Experience in massively parallel computations is desirable but not required


  • Help support the current activities of the solar physics group, including model and tool development
  • Perform research in key areas of solar and heliospheric physics, such as solar eruptions, coronal and heliospheric structure, and heating/acceleration processes
  • Present research at conferences and in peer-reviewed scientific publications

All applications must include a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and the names of three references.  Send applications and/or inquiries to Meaghan Marsh at

University of Newcastle, Australia – Faculty Position in Space Physics/Solar Physics

from David Pontin [July 31, 2019]

The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, invites applications for a faculty position (level B – lecturer) in computational or experimental Space Physics. Space Physics is an area of strength at the University of Newcastle, where the School’s four-digit code ‘Astronomical and Space Sciences’ was ranked 5 (well above world standard) in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. The group has historical strength in magnetospheric/ionospheric physics and space weather applications. This expertise has now been expanded into Solar Physics/Space Plasma Physics with the appointment of A/Prof David Pontin.

The successful candidate is expected to complement, collaborate, and strengthen Space Physics at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. They will contribute to a dynamic, transdisciplinary and globally competitive research environment through research collaboration, securing external grant income, delivering high quality publication outcomes and attracting higher degree research students. The successful candidate will contribute to a lively, passionate and internationally recognised teaching environment through curriculum development, innovative course delivery and excellent student engagement.

Further details can be found at$VAC.QueryView?P_VACANCY_REF_NO=4070

The closing date is 1st September. Formal enquiries about this position should be made to Prof Thomas Nann ( Informal enquiries can be made to David Pontin ($VAC.QueryView?P_VACANCY_REF_NO=4070

Data Scientist for Sunspot Solar Observatory

from James McAteer [July 17, 2019]

Sunspot Solar Observatory has an opening for a Data Scientist (support astronomer). The Data Scientist is responsible for preparing all Dunn Solar Telescope data to level 1, and for making these data openly available to the worldwide solar physics community. As such, the candidate leads both the synoptic program, and visiting astronomers, in obtaining high quality observational data by providing technical and scientific support, including assistance with data analysis software. Time will be made available for the data scientist to perform their own observations and to conduct their own astronomical research.

Contact James McAteer ( for application details.

Deadline is August 12, although applications will be reviewed upon submission.