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Advances in Space Research – Special Issue on MHD Wave Phenomena in the Solar Interior and Atmosphere (Deadline extended)

from Viktor Fedun [March 14, 2017]

Original contributions and review papers related to the MHD Wave Phenomena in the Solar Interior and Atmosphere are solicited for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research.

This thematic issue is focused on studies of the various MHD wave processes in the solar interior and exterior. It is expected that the published articles will provide new insight on the mechanisms of excitation of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, their role in triggering localized energetic events and the energy and momentum transport from photosphere to chromosphere and further to the solar corona. Articles on magnetic fields modeling, current development of the models to replicate the impulsive heating of the solar chromosphere, and repetitive magnetic reconnections processes are also welcome.

The manuscript submission site is at (Advances in Space Research). Please select “Waves in Solar Atmosphere” in the special issue drop-down for article type. Submitted papers must be written in English and should include full affiliation addresses for all authors. Only full-length papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review by a minimum of two reviewers. There are no page limits although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2017. Papers will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted. The printed issue will be assembled within a reasonable time with late papers being printed in regular issues of ASR. All articles will be typeset at no cost to the author; there is a nominal charge for printing color figures although there is no charge for color figures in the electronic version. The general format for submission of papers can be found on the ASR Elsevier web site at

Dr. Viktor Fedun ( and Dr. Abhishek K. Srivastava ( are the Guest Editors for this special issue.
Questions can be directed to Drs. Fedun or Srivastava or to the ASR Co-Editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea (

STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement – 2017

from Dave Godfrey [March 9, 2017]

STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement – 2017
Pioneering programme seeks to boost engagement skills within wider science community

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has launched a new leadership scheme to help inspirational researchers champion public engagement across their academic communities. The call for applicants to the scheme – which seeks to empower scientists to train other scientists in public engagement – is now open and replaces STFC’s existing Public Engagement Fellowships.

Our Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement will support passionate academics and STFC facility users to undertake their own engagement and to actively increase the skill and confidence of their colleagues when it comes to engaging others with their research. This broader effort at spreading skills and confidence is designed to enhance engagement between the public and the wider science and technology community.

The STFC community has a long track record of delivering high quality engagement and outreach, and our existing Public Engagement Fellows have proved highly successful in strengthening relations with public audiences.

The 2017 call for STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement is now open for applications. The call closes at 16:00 on 30 March 2017.
Before submitting your application you are encouraged to contact the Public Engagement Team to discuss your ideas.

Andy Thompson
STFC Public Engagement Office Manager

Address change – Ryan Milligan

from Ryan Milligan [March 6, 2017]

Dear colleagues,

Please note that I have recently taken up a position at the University of Glasgow as an Ernest Rutherford Fellow under a 5 year fellowship from the STFC (UK).

My new email address is ryan.milligan[at]

Postal address:
SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Glasgow,
G12 8QQ



Solar Storms in Virtual Reality – Public outreach material available

from Miho Janvier [March 2, 2017]

Solar Storm VR is a virtual reality experience that let you witness the birth of a solar storm at the Sun, its journey in the solar system and how it impacts the Earth. This outreach project, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK) and Sf2A (France) in 2016, aims at inspiring, enthusing and educating the general public, from kids to adults, about space science, and in particular solar storms.

Solar Storm VR was presented exclusively at science festivals in 2016 (Smashfest UK, International Edinburgh Science Festival, The Times Cheltenham Science Festival). However, since 2017, Solar Storm VR is freely available for downloads or direct viewing on Youtube (some browsers may not enable 360 viewing, we recommend Google Chrome)

You can find downloadable materials (for VR headsets) on our website:

Youtube 360 link:

Alternatively, some explanations can be found on our brochure:

Do not hesitate to use this material for public outreach!

Nominations sought for ESPD prizes

from Tom Van Doorsselaere [February 27, 2017]

The European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) announces the awarding of three (3) prizes: a PhD thesis prize, a Postdoc (Early Career Researcher) prize and Senior prize. Nominations are invited for each of them. The selection of each prize awardee will be made by the ESPD Board and by an external committee.

All required documents should be combined into a single PDF file and submitted by May 1, 2017 at

PhD thesis prize eligibility: The calendar year after the viva or public defence. [e.g. defence/viva 01/12/2016 – eligible in 2017 only]
The nomination is normally by the PhD supervisor and should include

– Nomination letter from a research advisor (or equivalent collaborator) outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
– Nominee’s CV (up to 2 page)
– Nominee’s bibliography resulting from the PhD research work (refereed published papers as well as presentations)
– The extended summary of the dissertation that explains major findings, significance and impact (up to 2 pages)
– Two letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (e.g. members of the thesis committee and/or other collaborators, up to 2 pages each)
– URL where thesis can be downloaded without any restrictions

PostDoc(Early Career Researcher) prize: Up to 4 calendar years after the viva or public defence. The applicant should not have a permanent position. Parental leave or similar circumstances can extend the deadline by a period
equal to the leave time [e.g. defence/viva on 01/12/2014 – eligible for application up to 01/12/2018, if no further justification of an extension is
The nomination package should include:

– Nomination letter from the supervisor/grant holder outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages each)
– Nominee’s CV (2 page max)
– Nominee’s bibliography (refereed published papers)
– Two letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (e.g. collaborator, former PhD supervisor, co-supervisor, up to 2 pages each)
– The summary of the research work over last 4 years explaining major findings, significance and impact on the area of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
– If applicable, the letter outlining circumstances in case of the deadline extension

Senior Prize: A prize presented to a distinguished senior solar scientist for a life-long prolific career or scholarship.
The nomination package should include:

– Nomination letter outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
– Nominee’s CV (6 page max)
– Nominee’s bibliography (refereed published papers, books)
– Three letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (up to 2 pages each)

More information can be found on the ESPD webpage:


RHESSI Nuggets in March 2017

from Hugh Hudson [March 27, 2017]

No. 296, “Suppression of Hydrogen Emission in an X-class White-light Solar Flare,” by Ondřej Procházka and Ryan Milligan. The absence of hydrogen signatures suggests an event buried in the deep solar atmosphere.

No. 295, “Radio Emissions from Double RHESSI TGFs”, by Andrey Mezentsev and Thomas Gjesteland: Lightning helps with microsecond timing calibrations, and is really interesting as a phenomenon of high-energy astrophysics.

No. 294, “Edward Chupp”

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.

Two RHESSI Science Nuggets

from Hugh Hudson [March 15, 2017]

No. 294, “Edward Chupp”

No. 295, “Radio Emissions from Double RHESSI TGFs”, by Andrey Mezentsev and Thomas Gjesteland: Lightning helps with microsecond timing calibrations, and is really interesting as a phenomenon of high-energy astrophysics.


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.

RHESSI Nuggets in February 2017

from Hugh Hudson [February 27, 2017]

No. 292, “RHESSI’s 15th Anniversary”, by Brian Dennis, Sa”m Krucker, and Albert Shih. We celebrate 15 years in orbit!

No. 293, “PIerre Kaufmann”. RHESSI has lost a friend.

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:

Special Conference in honour of Mike Proctor’s retirement – early bird registration until March 31

from Richard Morton [March 27, 2017]


This conference will take place at the University of Cambridge (CMS) on 11-12 September, 2017 to mark Michael Proctor’s retirement.

The meeting will cover topics on which Mike’s scientific research has been focused throughout his career. We therefore encourage abstract submissions on dynamo theory, MHD, convection, magneto convection,pattern formation and other relevant topics. All abstract submissions are very welcome and we particularly encourage presentations from Mike’s former students and close collaborators.

The conference website contains information about registration can be found here:

The early-bird conference fee is £30 (inc lunch on both days) and runs until March 31. The conference dinner will be held on the evening of 11 September at King’s College and the early-bird dinner cost is £50 (or £60 for guests of delegates). There are a limited number of dinner places available for meeting attendees and their guests. Please book early to avoid disappointment. If you are unable to attend the talks but would like to join us for dinner, please let us know via email.

If you would like to get more information please contact the local organising team:
• Dr. Robert Teed (rt449(at)
• Ms. Valeria Shumaylova (vs391(at)

Russian-British Seminar of Young Scientists “Dynamical plasma processes in the heliosphere: from the Sun to the Earth”

from Valery Nakariakov [March 27, 2017]

The Russian-British seminar of young scientists, chaired by Professor V.M. Nakariakov (Warwick, UK) and Professor A.T. Altyntsev (ISTP, Russia) will hold on the 18-21st of September in Irkutsk, Russia. The main topics include
• Analogies and differences between the coronal, solar wind and magnetospheric plasmas; and the ionospheric and chromospheric plasmas.
• Magnetohydrodynamic waves.
• Magnetic reconnection and impulsive energy releases: solar flares and geomagnetic storms.
• Charged particle acceleration and dynamics.
• Advanced modelling techniques, high-performance computing.
• Advanced data analysis techniques.
• Modern instrumentation.
The attendance of the selected participants will be fully supported (airfare, accommodation and other travel expenses). In addition, we shall also welcome up to 15 self-paying attendees specialised in the relevant research fields.

Who can be a supported participant?
The supported participants of workshop are early career researchers affiliated with UK and Russian universities and research institutions, specialising in the field of the workshop: solar, solar wind, magnetospheric, ionospheric and upper atmospheric physics and space weather. Specialists in basic plasma, geophysics, planetology, stellar physics and plasma astrophysics are also be very welcome. We expect the supported early career researchers to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to the workshop, but allowances can be made for career breaks.

Self-paying participants can be affiliated in any country and be PhD students or post-doctoral researchers of any stage of their career.

Please submit your application that should consist of
– CV (curriculum vitae),
– List of publications,
– Motivation letter
to email Deadline is the 30th of April 2017.

Additional information about the seminar, its venue, travel, social activity, SOC and LOC, excursions and visas can be found on the webpage

Requests for talks at NAM/UKSP2017 Parallel Session: Is the Sun in Transition? The Unusual Cycle 24, and Implications for the Solar-Stellar Connection

from Bill Chaplin [March 24, 2017]

We invite applications for contributed talks to this UKSP parallel session at NAM2017. It will run over two 90-minute slots on the afternoon of Tuesday 4th July. Our aim is to bring together scientists from all areas of the solar and heliospheric communities to consider results from the wide variety of data that bear on the unusual Cycle 24, its causes, and what those results might signal for the next cycle. We would particularly like to encourage young members of our community (PhD students and postdocs) to request talks.

Further details of the session may be found on the conference website at:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bill Chaplin ( We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Bill Chaplin, Louise Harra, Rachel Howe, Duncan Mackay

First announcement for the Fourth UK-Ukraine-Spain Meeting on Solar Physics and Space Science (UKUS)

from Viktor Fedun [March 15, 2017]

First announcement for the Fourth UK-Ukraine-Spain Meeting on Solar Physics and Space Science (UKUS)
Kyiv, Ukraine
Monday 28th August – Friday 1st September 2017

Important deadlines
Registration deadline – 1 June 2017
Abstract submission deadline – 15 June 2017

The meeting will cover a broad range of aspects of solar physics, space science and solar-terrestrial relations. We aim to include every side of solar and space research, including observations, theory, and numerical modelling. The main idea behind the meeting is to treat the entire solar-terrestrial domain as one system, rather than each region independently.

The participants of the UKUS usually come from different backgrounds, therefore the meeting will be divided into a number of different topics highlighting a number of areas of expertise.

The most of the oral presentations will be scheduled in the morning sessions, followed by dedicated discussion meetings in the groups relating to the workshop objectives in the afternoon session. For the morning presentations, we foresee one-two invited speaker per topic, who should introduce their expertise to the participants. Contributed talks will be scheduled after the invited lecture. The afternoons are foreseen to have a more open character.

Our aim is to develop new collaborative projects leading to publications and grant applications. Enough discussion time will also be scheduled, to ensure sufficient interaction between the scientists, and allow for the generation of ideas for collaboration.

Tentative Programme:
– Dynamic processes in the Earth ionosphere
– MHD waves – coupling between lower solar atmosphere and corona (observations, theory, numerics)
– Solar energetic processes: dynamics of a small and large scale eruptive events
– Multi-scale plasma waves in the Sun-Earth system

NAM session – second announcement

from Christopher Nelson [March 15, 2017]

Abstracts are invited for the NAM 2017 session ‘Latest Trends In Observing And Understanding The Dynamics Of The Solar Atmosphere: From MHD Waves To Small-Scale Transients’.

The Sun is a highly structured and dynamic body, exhibiting a wide range of waves, instabilities, and transient phenomena (e.g., Ellerman bombs, swirls, spicules) which are all likely important for the transfer of energy to the chromosphere, transition region, and corona. The inference of properties (density, magnetic field) of wave-guides from models which assume small-scale perturbations against a static background has proved successful over recent years; however, if one observes the photosphere (specifically in Active Regions) using high-resolution ground-based data, one would find anything but a stable background at the foot-points of these magnetically dominated regions. How these two pictures (an unpredictable lower solar atmosphere and an upper atmosphere stable on time-scales of minutes) of the solar atmosphere couple is still unknown. This session will bring together experts from across the solar physics community to review recent advances in the field and discuss future improvements.

Preliminary Announcement of “Helicity Thinkshop 3” 19-23 November 2017, Tokyo, Japan

from Kirill Kuzanyan [March 14, 2017]

Helicities (kinetic, magnetic, current, cross, etc.), as well as energies, are fundamental quantities of hydrodynamics (HD) and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). In helical turbulence, mean-field structures (global vorticity, mean magnetic field, etc.) can be generated through a dynamo action by turbulent motions. Therefore, the dynamic and magnetic activities of the Sun and stars are intimately related to turbulent helicities. These relationships have been extensively investigated, both theoretically and observationally.
In the past, two Helicity Thinkshops, mainly on solar physics, were held in 2009 and 2013 at the National Astronomical Observatory of China (NAOC) at Beijing, China (Chair: Hongqi Zhang). They originated from a Chapman Conference on Magnetic Helicity in Space and Laboratory Plasmas held at Boulder, USA, in 1998 (Chair: Alexei Pevtsov). This time we organize a Helicity Thinkshop in Tokyo, Japan.

The aims of Helicity Thinkshop 3 are
(i) to share frontier knowledge on the topic of helicity stemming from observational investigations in astrophysics and geophysics, and from numerical simulations and experiments in fluids and plasmas;
(ii) to promote closer collaboration between different research fields involved in helicity studies (e.g., solar/stellar/geo, theory/modeling/experimental/observations);
(iii) to construct models of phenomena potentially influenced by helicity whose underlying physical mechanisms are not entirely understood.

Topics to be discussed
– insights on and estimates of helicity in the Sun and solar wind, helical structures on Earth and other astrophysical bodies;
– role of helicities in solar and stellar flares and in coronal mass ejections with an emphasis on space weather phenomena and their coupling with the Earth environment;
– role of helicities in dynamo theories and numerical modelling;
– sources of helicities in astro/geophysical context;
– future directions in helicity studies.

In order to enhance interdisciplinary communication, all speakers of the Thinkshop are expected to present their talks in plain, generic physics language.

Host Institutes:
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo
National Astronomical Observatory (NAOJ)

IIS, University of Tokyo
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, for participants from Japan)
Russia Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR, for participants from Russia)

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Axel Brandenburg (Sweden/USA), Manolis Georgoulis (Greece), Kirill Kuzanyan (Russia), Raffaele Marino (France), Alexei Pevtsov (USA/Finland), Takashi Sakurai (Japan), Dmitry Sokoloff (Russia), Nobumitsu Yokoi (Chair, Japan), Hongqi Zhang (China)

Local Organizing Committee:
Nobumitsu Yokoi (Chair, University of Tokyo), Takashi Sakurai (NAOJ), Yoichiro Hanaoka (NAOJ), Masaoki Hagino (NAOJ), Shin Toriumi (NAOJ)

Venues of the Helicity Thinkshop 3:
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

Preliminary Schedule:
Sunday, 19 Nov. Registration at IIS
from Monday, 20 Nov. to Thursday, 23 Nov. Scientific Talks and Discussions
including one session at NAOJ and tour to Solar Observatory

Registration fee will be in the range of $50-100 excluding the banquet.
The details of the registration procedure will be given later in forthcoming announcement.

Have you any questions or comments, please contact Nobumitsu Yokoi:
nobyokoi (at) or Kirill Kuzanyan: kuzanyan (at)

UKMHD 2017 – Durham University – Reminder

from Chris Lowder [March 13, 2017]

This is just a quick reminder of the upcoming UKMHD 2017 meeting being hosted at Durham University on 20-21 April 2017. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 31 March 2017, followed by a registration deadline of Monday 10 April 2017.

Accommodation and registration will be waived for a limited number of early career scientists, on a first-come-first-served basis.

For further details and registration:

NAM2017 SolMag parallel session: Generation and evolution of Solar and Stellar Magnetic Fields, and Implications for the Solar-Stellar Connection

from Anne-Marie Broomhall [March 13, 2017]

We welcome abstract submissions to the parallel session entitled ‘Generation and evolution of Solar and Stellar Magnetic Fields, and Implications for the Solar-Stellar Connection’

We aim to bring together experts in the solar and stellar communities to review recent advances in modeling the generation and evolution of stellar magnetic fields and the observational signatures detectable by modern instruments.

We have two sessions, one on Monday afternoon and one on Tuesday morning. The deadline for submission is 14th April 2017.

Further details can be found on the conference website or at the address given below.

If you have any questions please e-mail

Anne-Marie Broomhall, Paul Bushby, Louise Harra, Sean Matt, David Pascoe, Nick Wright

Summer School: Natural Space Risks, Paris Observatory

from David Tsiklauri [March 9, 2017]

Summer School: Natural Space Risks, Paris Observatory

August 28 to September 1st 2017

Culham Plasma Physics Summer School

from Philippa Browning [March 6, 2017]

The 54th Culham International Plasma Physics Summer School will be held
17th – 28th July 2017 at CCFE (Culham, near Oxford).

The closing date for applications is May 22nd.

The aim of the Summer School is to provide an introduction to the fundamental principles of plasma physics, together with a broad understanding of its fields of application. The summer school consists of lectures, problem classes, a poster session, and laboratory visits. The first few days provide an introduction to the basic principles of plasma physics through lectures and problem solving sessions. Thereafter, the course covers fusion plasmas, solar, space and astrophysical plasmas, laser plasmas, industrial applications, and data analysis.
The course is directed and supervised by Dr. Joanne Flanagan and Dr. Michael Fitzgerald and is co-ordinated by Mr. Andrew Wise.
Lecturers are drawn from the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) together with leading European universities. All are renowned experts in their fields.


Postdoctoral position at Leeds

from David Hughes [March 27, 2017]

We are advertising a 2 year postdoctoral position, funded by STFC, to work on planetary dynamos in the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds. The project forms part of the STFC Consolidated Grant awarded to the department. Further details of the post, including application details, can be found at