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Availability of X-class flare data from the Swedish Solar Telescope

from Aaron Reid [June 14, 2018]

During the UK service run at the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) in 2017, the observers managed to capture a series of M- and X-class flares from Active Region 12763.

This active region produced the most powerful flares of the current solar cycle, and we are pleased to announce that the first reduced dataset is available to the UK community.

The dataset was obtained from 11:55 to 12:51 UT on 2017-09-06, for an X9.3 flare, and consists of H-alpha imaging spectroscopy and Ca II 8542A spectropolarimetry, with an average cadence of 15 seconds. Currently, the H-alpha dataset has been reduced, with the Ca II 8542 data having some fringing issues in reduction due to the scale of the observed event.

Should you wish to access these data, please email and to organise transfer of the relevant files. Further flare data will be available in due course, and their release will be announced in the UKSP Newsletters.

New research group at Sheffield University

from Istvan Ballai [May 29, 2018]

The Plasma Dynamics Group (PDG) has recently been formed at the University of Sheffield. The new research group will be dedicated to the study of dynamical process in plasmas, including the dynamics and stability of astrophysical fluids (e.g. solar, heliospheric, and stellar environments) and laboratory plasmas (magnetically confined fusion).

The PDG founding members are (in alphabetical order): Drs Istvan Ballai, Viktor Fedun, Rekha Jain, Eun-jin Kim, Gary Verth, Alastair Williamson.

The PDG webpage is now available at

PhD studentship enquiries are most welcome!

Hinode EIS is back on!

from Louise Harra [May 29, 2018]

On 21st January 2018, the EIS instrument on the Hinode spacecraft unexpectedly switched off. Since then we explored possible causes, and also any risks to the other instruments if EIS was turned back on. We concluded that the most likely cause was a single event upset in the current limiter. During the week of the 21st May we slowly turned the instrument back on, and all is nominal. The EIS instrument is back in science observing mode.

SCOSTEP NSP Call for Feedback

from Ioannis Daglis [May 25, 2018]

Dear Colleagues,

The SCOSTEP Bureau has established a committee to coordinate the design of SCOSTEP’s Next Scientific Program (NSP), which will cover the period from 2019 to 2022. This committee has prepared a document describing the NSP, which is accessible at:!Akpx0yeihiGHoRrANb2ZkIa_f-Gm

The central scientific topic of the NSP is the predictability of the Sun-Earth system at various time scales.

The NSP committee invites feedback from the scientific community, in the form of white papers, or short comments, or even verbally to one or more of the committee members, which are listed with their email addresses in the NSP document mentioned above. Please send your feedback until July 31, 2018!

To encourage an open and transparent discussion, all white papers will be made publicly viewable at:!Akpx0yeihiGHoRtUB6m2wPKVk8cc

In addition, there will be public opportunities to provide input at discussion sessions to be held at

– the Workshop “Solar Influences on the Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Atmosphere” in Primorsko (Bulgaria) on 4-8 June

– the SCOSTEP 14th Quadrennial Solar-Terrestrial Physics Symposium in Toronto (Canada) on 9-13 July

– the 42nd COSPAR General Assembly in Pasadena, California (USA) on 14-22 July

The NSP committee will use the feedback received to produce a second draft and issue another call for feedback in autumn. The goal of the committee is to have a final description of the NSP by the end of February 2019.

The Sun: Living With Our Star exhibition at the Science Museum

from Giulia Delprato [May 24, 2018]


My name is Giulia and I’m contacting you from the Science Museum, with something that I believe will be of interest to your members/ your students.

In October we open our next major blockbuster exhibition, The Sun: Living With Our Star.

The exhibition explores the role of the Sun as a source of life, power and energy, bringing together a unique collection of scientific objects, from ancient astronomical artefacts to modern technological innovations. Through this we examine humanity’s relationship with our nearest star.

We currently have a 25% off offer for early bird bookers, which you can find out more about in the link attached. This offer ends on 21 June.

It would be great if you were able to share this booking opportunity with other members of the UKSP, or if there was any other way that you would be willing to help us get the word out about the exhibition, that would also be amazing.

If there’s anything I can do to help, provide images or copy for you to share, please let me know.

Best wishes,
Giulia (


New UKSP Nugget #90

from Iain Hannah [June 1, 2018]

90. A novel magneto-seismology technique for solar magnetic field diagnostics

by Matthew Allcockand Robertus Erdélyi (Sheffield).
Breaking symmetry to probe coronal structures.

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 – Spectroscopy of very hot plasma in non-flaring parts of a solar limb active region: spatial and temporal properties

from Deb Baker [May 31, 2018]

Dear all,
A new Hinode/EIS nugget by Susanna Parenti and colleagues is now available. It can be found here:

The nugget archive is available at:

We welcome contributions from the community. Please contact us if you would like to submit a nugget.

Best wishes,
Deb Baker

RHESSI Science Nuggets in May 2018

from Hugh Hudson [May 30, 2018]

No. 324, “Understanding HMI pseudocontinuum in white-light flares”, by Michal Svanda et al. The HMI pseudocontinuum (the Ic product) is ill-calibrated in regions with strong fields, ie for white-light flares.

No. 323, “To beam or not to beam – that is (still) the question”, by Paulo Simoes and Hugh Hudson. Descriptions of the lower solar atmosphere of flares ca. Cycle 21 sound surprisingly current.

No. 322, “Observation of Cosmic-Ray Spallation Events from SoHO,” by Serge Koutchmy and Ehsan Tavabi. LASCO’s images capture high-energy nuclear interactions from cosmic-ray hits.

See listing the current series, 2008-present, and for the original series, 2005-2008. We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

Reminder: STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School 2018 (ISSP18): 27 – 31 August 2018

from Claire Foullon [June 14, 2018]

A reminder that the STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School 2018 (ISSP18) is open for registration.

To secure their place, we welcome early registrations from students whose offer of a PhD position is conditional on their final degree result and registrations from self-supported students, who are eligible for any fully-funded positions remaining on the course after the registration deadline.

STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School 2018 (ISSP18)
27 – 31 August 2018
University of Exeter

The 2018 STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School will be hosted by the Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, Department of Mathematics at the University of Exeter. The School programme consists of Core Material and more Specialised Topics reflecting local Exeter activities (e.g. specialist lecture on space weather forecasting from the Met Office). It is suitable for incoming PhD students.

Registration opens on 1st of June, until 15th of July 2018. Details of how to register will be made available on the School’s website:

Full funding is available for up to 20 STFC (or self-supported) PhD students. These places will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Non-STFC students are welcome to attend subject to a conference fee.

Contact: Dr Claire Foullon (Course director) and Dr Emma Clarke (Secretariat)

STFC Advanced Summer School 2018

from Robert Fear [June 6, 2018]

Dear MIST and UKSP colleagues,

It is a pleasure to announce that the 2018 STFC Advanced Summer School covering Solar System Plasma Physics will be held at the University of Southampton from Sunday 9th to Friday 14th September 2018.

The school is ideally suited to 2nd and 3rd year PhD students, as it will build on the topics covered at previous years’ introductory schools. We have a limited number of free spaces for STFC-supported and self-supported students; however, PhD students supported by other funders and postdocs are also very welcome, subject to a registration fee.

Registration is now open – further details are available at

Registration will be available until Friday 24th August, but we ask that STFC/self-funded students wishing to register for the free places do so by Friday 29th June. At that point, the free places will be allocated; any remaining free places at that point will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students.

If you have any queries about the summer school, please contact us at

Many thanks,

Rob Fear (Course director)

BUKS2018 – Abstract Deadline Extended to June 8

from Richard Morton [June 1, 2018]

The new abstract submission deadline is Friday, June 8th, i.e. extended by one week.

BUKS2018 Workshop on “Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Confronting the Current State-of-the-Art” will take place in La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain) from 4 to 7 September 2018, organised by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC).
The aim is to create a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on recent results regarding observations, data analysis and theoretical/numerical modelling of waves, oscillations, associated instabilities and seismology of the solar atmosphere. Emphasis is given to the exploitation of present and future facilities, instruments and observational bands; the development and application of modern data analysis methods; and confrontation with state of the art modelling.

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

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

Invited Reviews: Michael Ruderman, Marco Stangalini, Shahin Jafarzadeh
Invited Speakers: Clara Froment, Bo Li, Norbert Magyar, Tanmoy Samanta, Roberto Soler, Qinmin Zhang

Important dates

March 15, 2018: Registration and abstract submission open

June 8, 2018: Abstract submission closes

June 30, 2018: Notification of acceptance of contributions

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

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

Contact and further information: More information at

Manuel Luna and Iñigo Arregui

STFC Introductory Summer School for Research Computing

from Richard Morton [June 1, 2018]

The E. A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull is hosting the STFC Introductory Summer School for Research Computing in Solar Physics and Astronomy from 2nd to 7th September 2018. The Summer School is aimed at (but not restricted to) PhD students in astrophysics and solar physics. We will use the Python language, which is fast becoming the de facto standard in scientific computing, particularly in astronomy and space physics. Python’s simple, readable syntax and thriving developer community make it an excellent choice of first language for beginners. However, the principles we will be teaching are language-agnostic and will give the students a good understanding of how to develop and maintain high-quality software in any language. This summer school will consist mostly of practical sessions, allowing the students to quickly put into use the concepts they are being taught. This will be combined with a number of invited talks and specialist sessions. The programme is now available here

As this will be a small summer school (~30 students), we expect to be over-subscribed. Therefore we are not accepting people primarily on a first come, first served basis, unlike other similar schools. Instead we aim to select attendees from the pool of applicants once all applications have been received. To register, please complete the following  short questionnaire, which will allow us to select the most suitable participants.

Participants for this summer school will be selected using an algorithm, which will use questionnaire answers as input. One of the aims of this process is to help increase the diversity of participants by reducing bias in the selection process. A description and demonstration of the software used for this process can be found here In accordance with STFC rules, priority will be given to STFC funded candidates with a number of additional places now allocated for non-STFC candidates should the demand be too high. 

The deadline for applications is now July 13, 2018 with the results of selection to be made available to candidates shortly thereafter. Please contact Dr Sergei Zharkov ( if you have any questions.

CESRA summer shool 2018

from Eduard Kontar [May 31, 2018]

CESRA 2018 Summer School Announcement

The next CESRA Summer School ( will be take place at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, in Brussels, from September 10 to September 14 2018. It will provide to students having a Master degree in physics or astrophysics, or students/researchers in technical domains connected to radio astronomy, an introduction and an overview of present-day solar radio physics.

Registration to the school starts now and will close on June 27 2018.

As the number of seats is limited to 25 students, registration applications will be reviewed. Applicants will be informed of the result the first week of July by the latest.

More information on the preliminary program can be found on the school website:

where students can also apply for registration.

The school is organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium and the Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence, and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 730562 [RadioNet]

Main contact: Christophe Marqué – Local Organizer – Royal Observatory of Belgium


from Silvia Perri [May 23, 2018]

The University of Calabria will host the international workshop on ‘Particle acceleration and transport: from the Sun to extragalactic sources’ on November 12-16, 2018.
Abstract submission and registration are now open at

Contributing talks abstract submission: September 16th, 2018

Main Topics:
-Observations of energetic particles in the solar, heliospheric, galactic and extragalactic environments
-Properties of cosmic ray transport and acceleration from in-situ and remote observations
-Solar flares, Crab flares, flaring phenomena in astrophysics
-Shock acceleration: problems and advances
-Particle acceleration in magnetic reconnection, including the relativistic regimes
-Particle acceleration in accretion flows and relativistic jets
-Transport and acceleration in non-linear regimes
-Magnetic turbulence in astrophysical plasmas: properties from large to small scales and effects on particle transport
-Theoretical models and numerical simulations of particle transport and acceleration


Silvia Perri (Chair, Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy)
Elena Amato (co-chair, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy)
Gianfranco Brunetti (IRA-INAF, Bologna, Italy)
Andrei Bykov (Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Silvia Dalla (University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Horst Fichtner (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Natasha Jeffrey (University of Glasgow, UK)
William H. Matthaeus (University of Delaware, USA)
Reinout J. van Weeren (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Gaetano Zimbardo (Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy)

For further info visit


From First Stars to Life: Science with the OST

from Sian Giles [May 23, 2018]

Scientific Rationale: The infrared is the key wavelength regime for understanding the formation and early evolution of galaxies, stars and planetary systems. These wavelengths probe the obscured Universe from Cosmic Dawn to proto-planetary disks tracing both the dust and the dominant atomic, ionic and molecular cooling lines. When studied together, dust continuum and lines allow us to trace the chemical enrichment of the gas in the Universe and the physical processes which determine the evolution from the primordial gas to habitable exoplanets. In particular, the infrared is host to a series of molecular bio-markers that can be used to characterize the atmospheres of exoplanets. Only in the IR can we follow the water trail in the Universe, from distant galaxies down to the solar system.

Building on the success of the previous far-IR missions (IRAS, ISO, Spitzer, Herschel and Planck) and their importance for the European astronomical community, the goal of this workshop is to bring together the community in order to home in on the most pressing questions a next-generation far-IR facility (such as the Origins Space Telescope) would be able to tackle. The Workshop will focus on the following themes:

• The rise of metals and dust
• Cosmic Dawn and the adolescent Universe
• The Starburst-AGN connection: finding the hidden supermassive black holes
• Stars and ISM: the baryonic cycle
• Astrochemistry
• The Solar System & protoplanetary disks
• Characterization of Exoplanets

The Origins Space Telescope (OST) is one of four NASA 2020 Decadal survey missions currently under study. OST will carry a suite of instruments covering the 6 to 600 microns and with its cooled telescope (down to 4K) will deliver superb imaging and spectroscopic capabilities including far infrared polarimetry. The aim of the Workshop is to bring together -primarily but not exclusively- European scientists interested in the OST to discuss potential science projects.

The format: The Workshop will consist of invited talks from the OST team introducing the capabilities of the instruments and the main OST science areas, as well as, contributed talks from the community. We ask interested participants to consult the OST webpages (accessible through the Workshop page) and come prepared to discuss their science projects, posters are also welcome. The audience is limited to 100 people.

Place of the Workshop: it will be held in the Physics Department, University of Oxford, UK, during September 4-7, 2018. There will be a small registration fee (~80 GBP) to cover coffee breaks and lunches.

Registration is now open:
Abstract submission:
Abstracts will be accepted until August 1st 2018

D. Rigopoulou (Univ. of Oxford, co-Chair), S. Aalto (Chalmers Univ. Of Technology, co-Chair), A. Cooray (UC Irvine), E. De Beck (Chalmers Univ. of Technology), M. Gerin (Paris Observatory), M. Griffin (Univ. of Cardiff), F. Helmich (SRON), M. Meixner (Space Telescope Science Institute), M. Wiedner (Paris Observatory), P. Hartogh (Max-Planck for Solar System Research)



ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

from Nicolas Labrosse [June 21, 2018]

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year.

The aim of these fellowships is to provide scientists in their early career, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing research in fields related to the ESA Science Programme.

Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years, with the possible extension to three years, and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2019. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates in an early stage of their career. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA’s Social Security Scheme, which covers medical expenses. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2018.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can retrieved from

Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinators, Dr. Oliver Jennrich or Dr. Bruno Altieri at the address

Anyone interested in applications combining Proba-3 preparatory activities with on-going solar science studies may contact Joe Zender <>

JOB OPENINGS: 2 Postdoctoral and 2 PhD Student Positions in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

from Minna Palmroth [May 25, 2018]

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. For example, we develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator and have a strong focus on solar eruptions. Our current research areas include magnetospheric dynamics as driven by solar wind, as well as reconnection, shocks and particle acceleration.

We are now opening two postdoctoral positions, and two doctoral student positions. The specifics of the positions are given below.

– Postdoctoral researcher with a strong plasma physics modelling background, having expertise in algorithm development. Modelling expertise in the following areas are considered an advantage: Kinetic plasma physics, Landau fluid theory, wave-particle interactions.

– Postdoctoral researcher with strong space plasma observational background, having expertise in magnetospheric dynamics. Observational expertise in the following areas are considered an advantage: Particle precipitation, radiation belt physics, wave-particle interactions.

– The doctoral students are regarded as strong candidates when they a have solid expertise in space plasma physics either in the solar or in the magnetospheric context.

Other useful skills for all applicants include: Python, C/C++, supercomputer environments, experimental data analysis techniques. Previous knowledge of cubesat projects is also considered an advantage.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. The positions are available immediately. The positions are open until they are filled.

For more information, please visit:

For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth ‘at’ and Associate Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua ‘at’ Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to the above addresses.

Post Doctoral Position at IUCAA, Pune, India

from Durgesh Tripathi [May 23, 2018]

The Solar Physics Group at IUCAA invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The successful candidates will primarily work on the observations and MHD simulations including forward modelling of transient phenomena such as active region transient brightenings and jets in the solar atmosphere. For observations, data from space missions such as the Interface Region Imaging Spectrometer (IRIS), Hinode, and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shall be used. Whereas, for simulations, we shall be using the PLUTO code. Experience with emission line spectroscopy will be an advantage.

The IUCAA solar group’s ongoing research concentrates on heating and dynamics of solar active regions from imaging and spectroscopic observations, MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, dynamics of solar prominences and initiation of CMEs. IUCAA currently hosts the Max-Planck partner group of Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Goettingen. In addition, we are the PI institute for the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) onboard Aditya-L1 mission of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) that will be launched in 2020. SUIT will be observing the Sun between 200-400 nm and will be providing full disk continuous observations of the Sun from the L1 point. There will also be a possibility of joining the effort towards building SUIT by working on the data-pipeline, calibration plan etc.

To apply please visit

PhD place in Solar Orbiter science available!

from Louise Harra [May 23, 2018]

As you all know, Solar Orbiter will be the next big solar mission to be launched – with key instruments, and the spacecraft built in the UK. This PhD project works on linkage science – crossing the boundary between solar physics and space plasma physics – in preparation for Solar Orbiter. It will be jointly supervised by Louise Harra (co-PI of the EUV Imager) and Chirs Owen (PI of the Solar Wind Analyser). More details are here:

Please send to any student you think may be interested. The deadline is 10th June so not far away.