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The next UK-SOSS talk will be held on 12th of November, 10:00 (UK time)

from Jiajia Liu [October 28, 2020]

Speaker: Prof. Silvia Dalla (University of Central Lancashire)
Title: Solar Energetic Particles: origins and propagation
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 953 3817 1418

Solar Energetic Particles (SEPs) are ions and electrons detected in interplanetary space in association with flare and coronal mass ejection events. By propagating through the solar wind’s magnetic field, these particles may reach near-Earth locations, where they pose a radiation risk to humans in space and satellite hardware. This talk will review our understanding of the origin and transport of SEPs, based on a large body of data gathered by spacecraft detectors and on theoretical models. It will focus on recent results of test particle simulations, which show that accurate modelling of SEP propagation requires a 3D approach, due to guiding centre drifts and magnetic field line meandering.

With warmest regards,
Jiajia Liu, Marianna Korsos and Chris Nelson
For information about previous talks, please visit the UK-SOSS website:
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The UK-SOSS is supported by Aberystwyth University and Queen’s University Green Fund

STFC research into early career experiences of public engagement and outreach

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 26, 2020]

Dear Early Career Scientists and Engineers,

I would like to invite you to participate in a study we are carrying out into the experiences that early career scientists and engineers* have of public engagement and outreach. This study has been commissioned by the STFC PEER Forum for early career scientists and engineers, which you can find out more about here:

As part of this study we are looking to collect as wide a range of experiences of engagement as possible through an online questionnaire. We are looking for negative and neutral responses as well as positive ones. All responses will be anonymous; there is more detail on this on the consent page before you participate.

You can access the questionnaire for early career scientists and engineers through this link:

We will be collecting responses for the next month. The survey will close on 24th November 2020. Please do complete it at your earliest convenience, and feel free to pass it onto other people who you think meet our criteria.

This survey is accompanied by a complementary one for the managers of early career scientists and engineers. If you also meet this criteria, or know someone who does, then this questionnaire can be accessed through this link:

Many, many thanks in advance for your contributions!
Dr Elizabeth Cunningham, on behalf of the STFC PEER Forum

*Our current definition for early career is: Have completed (or currently studying for) their highest level of academic qualification within the last ten years (not including any career breaks).

ESPD Media of the Month: October 2020

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 15, 2020]

The European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) run a ‘Media of the Month’ competition and they are now accepting images for the November competition:

“The ESPD is proud to announce the winning entry of its “Media of the Month” contest for October 2020: the image The Solar Corona (, by Lakshmi Pradeep Chitta (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research). The contest is running every month, so please submit your best images or videos by the end of this month to be considered for November 2020!”

Please see for more details about how to submit your images.

IAU PhD Prize

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 15, 2020]

Please see the message below about the IAU PhD Prize from Professor Teresa Lago.

Dear colleague, I hope that this message finds you well.

As you know each IAU Division has, once a year, the opportunity to award its own prize to the candidate it feels has carried out the most remarkable work in the previous year (i.e. a PhD Thesis which has been defended between the 16 December in the previous year, and 15 December this year).

The IAU PhD Prize is open to candidates from any country, regardless of whether the country has IAU National Membership. The objective is to recognize outstanding scientific achievement in astrophysics around the world even at that early stage in the career.
I would like to count on you in informing potential candidates, in your country or institution, of this opportunity since the deadline for applications for the 2020 IAU PhD Prize will be the 15th December.
The application form is available here:
The conditions and details for the application are available on the IAU webpage here:
I thank you in advance for your collaboration.

Best regards, Teresa

Prof. Teresa Lago
IAU General Secretary
98bis, bd Arago, F-75014 Paris

Solar Orbiter first data release

from Yannis Zouganelis [October 1, 2020]

On September 30, ESA released the first science data from the Solar Orbiter mission launched on 10 February 2020. This release concerns data from the in-situ payload that entered its science phase on 15 June 2020, when the spacecraft was at its first perihelion at 0.51 astronomical units. Calibrated data from the instruments EPD (Energetic Particle Detector), MAG (Magnetometer) and RPW (Radio and Plasma Waves) are publicly available, while data from the SWA instrument (Solar Wind Analyser) will become public later this year. The remote-sensing payload will start its science phase in November 2021.

All data are available via the ESA Solar Orbiter Archive:

In the future, new calibrated science data will be made available at the latest three months after their reception on the ground, following the open-data philosophy of the mission.

For more information, feel free to contact the instruments’ Principal Investigators:

EPD (Energetic Particle Detector) PI: Javier Rodríguez-Pacheco, University of Alcalà, Spain,
MAG (Magnetometer) PI: Tim Horbury, Imperial College London, UK,
RPW (Radio and Plasma Waves) PI: Milan Maksimovic, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, France,
SWA (Solar Wind Analyser) PI: Chris Owen, MSSL, University College London, UK,

For mission-level questions, please contact:

Daniel Müller (ESA Project Scientist):
Yannis Zouganelis (ESA Deputy Project Scientist):

For questions about the Solar Orbiter Archive, please contact the Archive Scientist, Pedro Osuna (

The Solar Orbiter mission A&A special issue

from Yannis Zouganelis [October 1, 2020]

The Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) journal has published a special issue featuring a series of 17 papers on the Solar Orbiter mission and its instruments.
The entire issue is open access and all papers can be downloaded following this link:

List of mission papers:

1. The Solar Orbiter mision. Science overview (Mueller et al.)
2. The Solar Orbiter Science Activity Plan. Translating solar and heliospheric physics questions into action (Zouganelis et al.)
3. The Solar Orbiter spacecraft (Garcia Marirrodriga et al.)
4. Coordination of the in-situ payload of Solar Orbiter (Walsh et al.)
5. Coordination within the remote-sensing payload on the Solar Orbiter mission (Auchère et al.)
6. Models and data analysis tools for the Solar Orbiter mission (Rouillard et al.)
7. Integrating observations and measurements from Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe and other space and ground-based observatories (Velli et al.)

List of instrument papers:

1. The Energetic Particle Detector (EPD, Rodriguez-Pacheco et al.)
2. The Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI, Rochus et al.)
3. The magnetometer (MAG, Horbury et al.)
4. The visible light and ultraviolet coronal imager (Metis, Antonucci et al.)
5. The Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (SO/PHI, Solanki et al.)
6. The Radio and Plasma Waves instrument (RPW, Maksimovic et al.)
7. The Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI, Howard et al.)
8. The extreme UV imaging spectrometer (SPICE, SPICE Consortium)
9. The spectrometer/telescope for imaging X-rays (STIX, Krucker et al.)
10. The Solar Wind Analyser suite (SWA, Owen et al.)

Participate in user research for UKRI’s new funding service Survey

from Astrolists [September 29, 2020]

UKRI are building a new funding service that will eventually replace the existing Je-S system. If you have any experience applying for funding, likely to apply for or assess funding in the future we would like you to help us design the service in a way that will meet need your needs.

If you would like to input into the design of the new service, please use the online form to provide us with your details. We may then contact you to participate in a user research session, which typically would involve you commenting on some proposed designs and takes no longer than an hour. Sessions are arranged at a time convenient for you. Click here to find out more about the UKRI Funding Service.

If you have any issues completing this survey, you can contact us here:

Next UK-SOSS Seminar – 15th of October, 10:00 (UK time)

from Chris Nelson [September 28, 2020]

The next UK-SOSS talk will be held on 15th of October, 10:00 (UK time)

Speaker: Prof. Robertus Erdelyi (University of Sheffield)
Title: Waves and oscillations in the solar atmosphere
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 953 3817 1418

Satellite and ground-based observations from e.g. SOHO, TRACE, STEREO, Hinode, SDO and IRIS to DST/ROSA, IBIS, CoMP, STT/CRISP have all provided a wealth of evidence of waves and oscillations present in a wide range of spatial and temporal scales of the magnetised solar atmosphere. Our understanding about localised solar structures has been considerably changed in light of these superb spatial and temporal resolution observations. However, MHD waves not only enable us to perform sub-resolution solar magneto-seismology (SMS) but are also potential candidates to carry and damp the observed non-thermal energy in localised MHD waveguides.

First, we will briefly outline the basic recent developments in MHD wave theory focussing on linear MHD waves both in symmetric and asymmetric waveguides. This latter may be an important aspect for the fantastic kitty: DKIST.

Next, we will concentrate on the role of the most frequently studied wave classes, including the mysterious Alfven, and magneto-acoustic sub-classes of kink and sausage waves. Finally, we will address how solar MHD waves, swirls and solar jet formation may be related. We will argue to unite MHD wave and jet theories and make efforts to develop a common modelling platform with solar applications. An example will be shown where prevalent swirls, in the form of Alfven pulses, propagate upwards through the solar atmosphere dragging with them jets and reach the chromospheric layers. We will argue why this maybe seen as an important step towards understanding better the heating problem of the solar atmosphere.

With warmest regards,
Chris Nelson, JiaJia Liu and Marianna Korsos
For information about previous talks, please visit the UK-SOSS website:
You can subscribe to the UK-SOSS newsletter on this link:
The UK-SOSS is supported by Aberystwyth University and Queen’s University Green Fund


New UKSP Nugget #114

from Iain Hannah [October 28, 2020]

114. Hidden Coronal Loop Strands within Hi-C 2.1 Data
by Thomas Williams and Robert W. Walsh (UCLan)

Statistical width analysis of high-resolution observations finds hidden strands.


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

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

New Hinode EIS Nugget

from Deb Baker [October 19, 2020]

We are pleased to announce a new EIS Nugget:

‘Hinode/EIS Measurements of Active Region Magnetic Fields’ by E. Landi (University of Michigan, USA), R. Hutton (Fudan University, People’s Republic of China), T. Brage(Lund University, Sweden), W. Li (Lund University, Sweden).

The nugget link is:

The EIS nugget archive link is:

We welcome contributions from the community. Contact Deb Baker (email: deborah dot baker at ucl dot ac dot uk).

RHESSI Nuggets in September 2020

from Hugh Hudson [October 19, 2020]

No. 388, “Submerged Flare Acoustic Sources,” by Juan Camilo BUITRAGA CASAS and Angel MARTINEZ: Flare acoustic radiation emanates from a source _inside_ the Sun.

No. 389, “Flare/CME Cartoon Archive,” by Hugh HUDSON. A new edition of the Flare/CME Archive, now packing 0.4 kilotoons.

We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See for these and others. Comments about specific flares can often be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.

New Hinode EIS Nuggets

from Deb Baker [October 6, 2020]

We are pleased to announce two new EIS Nuggets:

‘A Solar Magnetic-fan Flaring Arch Heated by Nonthermal Particles and Hot Plasma from an X-Ray Jet Eruption’ by Kyoung-Sun Lee and collaborators.

The nugget link is:

‘Dynamics of Late-Stage Reconnection in the 2017 September 10 Solar Flare’ by Ryan French.

The nugget link is:

The EIS nugget archive link is:

We welcome contributions from the community. Contact Deb Baker (email: deborah dot baker at ucl dot ac dot uk).

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

SOLARNET’s 2nd Forum on Telescopes & Databases

from Tirtha Som [October 28, 2020]

This Online Event via Zoom will take place Thursday 26 November 2020, 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:30 CET.

Topics will cover:
• The Trans-national Access Programme: The solar telescopes GREGOR, SST, THEMIS, and VTT plus the Piz Daint supercomputer
• The Virtual Access Programme: Databases for solar data and their use.
• Presentations and discussions on issues related to telescope and database operations and use.

Anyone with an interest in high-resolution solar physics is welcome to register. This specifically includes current or potential users of the solar telescopes, the supercomputer, and the databases. Participation is free of cost but registration is necessary.

For registration, please email with the following information: 1) Your full name, 2) Position held, 3) Institute/ Organization affiliation and 3) email address.
Registration Deadline: 24 November 2020

For an updated Agenda, keep an eye on the SOLARNET’s website.

MHD Coronal Seismology 2020: Twenty Years of Probing the Sun’s Corona with MHD Waves (8-11 Dec 2020)

from Dmitrii Kolotkov [October 26, 2020]

Since the discovery of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) wave processes in the corona of the Sun at the beginning of the era of spatially and temporally resolving multi-band telescopes, coronal seismology has become widely accepted as a highly powerful technique for probing the physical conditions in the Sun’s corona. This international 4-day online conference is intended to mark the 20-year milestone since the publication of the pioneering work on the application of coronal seismology for probing the coronal magnetic field (Nakariakov & Ofman 2001A&A…372L..53N). The conference is also held in honour of Prof Nakariakov’s 55th birthday, with particular emphasis on the various aspects of coronal seismology that he made a special contribution to. Standing at the origin of this research field, Prof Nakariakov has established strong scientific links and collaborations in the UK and worldwide, and trained a new generation of young and actively working solar physicists, thus seeding a solid ground for the further development of coronal seismology with MHD waves in particular and highly influencing solar physics in general. The conference will include invited talks of 25 min given by the UK and international researchers who used to be either PhD students or postdocs of Prof Nakariakov at some stage of their academic career, and also by his close collaborators and those with close scientific connections to Prof. Nakariakov. The conference also warmly welcomes 20-min contributed talks from researchers working either directly on coronal seismology or in closely related areas. We shall also consider arranging online poster sessions and a few minutes oral poster presentations, depending on the number of registered participants. Please kindly email your intention to participate and (tentative) abstracts to using the following form:







Your time zone during the conference:


Important dates:

Registration open: 26 Oct 2020
Registration close: 30 Nov 2020
Conference dates: 8-11 Dec 2020

NO registration fees for all participants, as the conference will be held online.

Preliminary research topics to address:

1. Kink and sausage oscillations and waves in the corona;
2. Slow magnetoacoustic waves in coronal loops;
3. MHD waves in open coronal structures;
4. Novel techniques of data analysis in coronal seismology;
5. Multi-wavelength observations (from radio to gamma-rays) and modelling of quasi-periodic pulsations in solar and stellar flares;
6. Thermodynamic activity of the corona and implications of MHD waves for coronal heating;
7. Nonlinear effects of coronal MHD waves: observational manifestations and theoretical modelling;
8. Coronal MHD waves and magnetic reconnection in the solar atmosphere;
9. Interaction of coronal MHD waves with a lower solar atmosphere.


D. Kolotkov (Warwick, UK, Chair),
B. Li (Weihai, China, co-Chair),
S. Anfinogentov (ISTP, Russia),
K. Murawski (UMCS, Poland),
G. Nistico (Calabria, Italy),
D. Tsiklauri (QMUL, UK),
T. Van Doorsselaere (KU Leuven, Belgium).

For more details, please see the conference webpage below.

NAM2021 call for session proposals

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 15, 2020]

The Royal Astronomical Society is proud to present the National Astronomy Meeting, NAM2021, to be held at University of Bath from Sunday 18th July to Friday 23rd July, 2021.
NAM2021 will bring together members of the Astronomy, UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) communities from the UK, and will feature a wide-ranging scientific programme in parallel with exciting outreach and cultural events. The meeting is currently planned to take place as a face-to-face event. However, we will be monitoring ongoing global developments due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we will confirm the format of the meeting in early Spring of 2021.

The call for session proposals is now open, and we encourage members of the Astronomy, UKSP and MIST community from all levels of seniority to apply for specialist, and cross-disciplinary sessions. As well as hosting parallel sessions of varying duration, the conference will have space for collaborative meetings, half-day workshops and lunch sessions. There is no limit on the number of sessions an individual can propose.

To submit a session proposal please follow the link on our webpages:

The deadline for submitting proposals for sessions is on Monday 4th January 2021 at 17:30 UTC.

RAS discussion meeting: Modelling and observing the lower solar atmosphere: registration now open, abstract extension

from Ben Snow [October 14, 2020]

Registration is now open for the RAS specialist discussion meeting entitled ”Modelling and observing the lower solar atmosphere: new solutions to old problems” on 13th November 2020, beginning at 10:30 UTC. The meeting will be held online, and is open to all scientists. Registration is required and is free for RAS members, and £5 for non-members.

The registration can be done on the RAS meeting page:

Abstracts deadline has been extended until the 18th of October.

Registration will close on the 12th of November.

European Space Weather Symposium 2020 (ESWS2020) – Registration Deadline Extension to 10th October 2020

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 1, 2020]

Dear Colleagues.

Now that the programme for the online European Space Weather Symposium 2020 (ESWS2020) is completed, we have extended the registration deadline to 10th October 2020 for anyone else interested in taking part in the live event or in seeing the hosted Quick View presentations before and during the meeting.

To register, please visit here:

We look forward to seeing you “virtually” 02-06 November 2020 on Zoom.

Best wishes,

ESWS2020 PC Chair
ESWS2020 OOC Vice Chair

Dynamic Sun III: A new era of multi-wavelength solar and stellar observation – Postponement

from Viktor Fedun [September 29, 2020]

Dear Colleague,

The Dynamic Sun III meeting is postponed to December 2021. The new calendar of important dates will be announced later. For updates, please consult the conference website:

V. Fedun (on behalf of SOC)

RAS discussion meeting: Modelling and observing the lower solar atmosphere: ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN

from Ben Snow [September 28, 2020]

Abstracts are now open for the RAS specialist discussion meeting entitled ”Modelling and observing the lower solar atmosphere: new solutions to old problems” on 13th November 2020, beginning at 10:30 UTC. The meeting will be held online, and is open to all scientists. Registration is required and is free for RAS members, and £5 for non-members.

This year, numerous telescopes and cutting-edge instruments are seeing first light as well as satellites being launched that will observe the solar photosphere, chromosphere, and transition region with unparalleled spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution. In this session, observational discoveries will be simultaneously compared to, and contrasted with, the latest breakthroughs from numerical models of the chromosphere.

Specifically, the following issues will be addressed:

1) Advances in instrumentation for observing the lower solar atmosphere.
2) New insights from numerical modelling and observations of chromospheric features such as fibrils, spicules, jets, Ellerman bombs, and flares, as well as the energy transported via particles and waves in such features.
3) The transport of energy between the chromosphere and the photosphere or corona, and how new discoveries alter our understanding of the fundamental energy budgets of the solar atmosphere.

The goals are the dissemination of new ideas and addressing ongoing debates informed by the latest information.

Abstract submission is now open until 15th October. Please email your abstracts to b.snow_at_exeter. (replace _at_ with the @ symbol) with the email title of ‘RAS Discussion Meeting’


PhD position at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

from Lucia Kleint [October 19, 2020]

The University of Geneva invites applications for an SNSF-funded PhD student position in Solar Physics and Machine Learning. The project consists of analyzing observations from the satellites IRIS, SDO, Kepler, and/or TESS with the option of applying for additional state-of-the-art observations at the largest solar telescopes worldwide (DKIST, GREGOR, SST). The goal is to identify and classify flares and their spectra, potentially find outliers and commonalities, develop new machine learning techniques for the analysis, and to interpret the results with physics models, such as radiative transfer simulations.

The PhD student will be employed at the computer science department of the University of Geneva, under the supervision of the project leader, Dr. Lucia Kleint and the head of the stochastic information processing group Prof. Dr. Slava Voloshynovskiy. The length of a PhD is typically 3-4 years. A generous budget for conferences and collaborations is available.

More details, including the eligibility and the application procedure, can be found on the following website:

The selection of candidates will start after November 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date is negotiable, preferably around February 1, 2021.

STFC-funded PhD position at the University of Sheffield – closing date October 30th 2020

from Viktor Fedun [October 4, 2020]

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, has a STFC funding for three years PhD studentship in the research areas relevant to space science (including space weather) and solar physics. The studentship provides UKRI fees and stipend for up to 3.5 years and a RTSG of £4,300 (across the award) as well as a fieldwork allowance

The particular research topics and corresponding academic points of contact are:

– physics of collisionless shocks (research related to Cluster (ESA), Solar Orbiter (ESA), MMS (NASA) and THEMIS (NASA) spacecraft missions). Collaborations with ESA Cluster team, GSFC NASA and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor are envisaged in this research,
Prof Michael Balikhin (;

– magnetospheric physics (research related to Cluster (ESA), THEMIS (NASA) and VAP (NASA) spacecraft missions. Research collaborations with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor),
Prof Michael Balikhin (;

– interaction of Jovian moons with the magnetosphere of Jupiter (research related to the preparation for JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) ESA mission that is planned for launch in 2022),
Dr Simon Pope (, Prof Michael Balikhin (;

– application of systems engineering to the development of operation Space Weather forecasting tools,
Dr Hua-Liang Wei (, Prof Michael Balikhin (;

– application of data science and machine learning methods to Space Weather forecast,
Dr Inaki Esnaola (, Prof Michael Balikhin (;

– general MHD wave theory and numerical modelling (HPC and GPU computing) of plasma wave processes in the solar atmosphere and beyond. This research may also include ML and AI methodologies,
Dr Viktor Fedun (

While space physics and space weather are priority areas for this year applicants interested in the solar physics projects also will be considered.

The eligibility requirements are:
Applications are invited from physics, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences students who have graduated with a first or upper-second class degree. Due to STFC funding restrictions, this studentship is open to the UK (tuition fees and stipend) and the EU (tuition fees only) students.

Application deadline: 30 October 2020.
PhD staring date (anticipated): January 2021

To apply, follow this link:

In your application please:
– List up to three potential supervisors.
– Indicate and elaborate on your preferred area of research interest in the “Research Proposal” section. – Indicate that you are applying for the STFC studentship in the “Funding” section.

University of Colorado / National Solar Observatory (Boulder, USA) – Postdoctoral Research Position in Solar Physics

from Maria Kazachenko [September 30, 2020]

We invite applications for a two-year NSF/NASA-funded postdoctoral position starting January 1, 2021 or later. Review of applications will begin on October 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

The goal is to improve our understanding of solar active region magnetic structure and energy budget before and during solar eruptions. To address this goal the candidate will assist with the development and performance of data-driven numerical simulations of the solar eruptions and will validate these with high quality observations taken with space and ground-based observatories, including the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the largest 4-meter solar telescope in the world. This post is a unique opportunity that will bridge expertise of groups with internationally leading competence in areas of data-driven simulations and space and ground-based observations at the National Solar Observatory (headquarters of DKIST), High Altitude Observatory (HAO) and University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). The candidate will participate in collaborative and independent solar physics research, present results at scientific meetings and publish articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. A key component of this post will be participation in the NSO Community Science Program activities, that includes development and application of DKIST data reduction tools and production of level-2 science data from limited sets of DKIST observations.

PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related field (by the start date). One to three (1-3) years of research experience in solar physics or space plasmas, with at least one (1) first-authored, peer-reviewed article in credited scientific journals. Scientific background in solar physics. Full proficiency in scientific programming with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and/or Python, and C and/or Fortran. Demonstrated ability to analyze solar data and/or perform numerical simulations, conduct independent research and collaborate with colleagues, communicate scientific ideas effectively in person and on paper.

DOCUMENTS TO SUBMIT: 1. Resume/CV, 2. Cover Letter, 3. Research statement, 4. Letter of recommendation.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2020 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled.

START DATE: January 1, 2021 or later.

INQUIRIES: Dr. Maria Kazachenko,