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    General News/UKSP Business:

    Michael Thompson – “Dynamics of the Sun and Stars”

    from Natasha Jeffrey [January 22, 2021]

    Many of you knew Michael Thompson, and may be interested to know that the book “Dynamics of the Sun and Stars”, commemorating Michael’s life and work, and legacy in solar and stellar physics, has just been published in electronic and print format. It contains articles and papers sourced from the conference held in Michael’s honour in Boulder, September 2019.…57…..M/abstract

    Bill Chaplin & Rekha Jain

    A&A Page Charges

    from Natasha Jeffrey [January 14, 2021]

    [on behalf of Sarah Matthews]

    As many people will know, A&A introduced page charges for UK authors during 2020. This was a commercially driven decision and there were subsequent negotiations between JISC (who represent all UK universities who subscribed to A&A) and the publisher, and it is very likely that all of your libraries were also part of these discussions. Unfortunately the agreement that A&A proposed that would have removed the requirement for UK authors to pay directly was considered too expensive by the JISC members and was subsequently withdrawn. Unfortunately this means UK authors will have to continue to pay page charges to publish in A&A.

    You may find that your institution’s open access budget can cover these charges in some cases, but whether that is the case and the details of the implementation would need to be confirmed with your open access contacts.

    Although this is clearly very disappointing for our community, it might be helpful to remind everyone that Monthly Notices of the RAS (MNRAS) now has a solar editor (Ineke de Moortel) and an increasing number of solar physics papers are now being published there. There are no page charges for UK authors (for papers with 20 pages or less). Publication in Solar Physics also remains free for UK authors.

    UK-SOSS next talk – 21st January 2021

    from Chris Nelson [January 11, 2021]

    Dear all,

    I have the pleasure of announcing the next instalment of the UK-SOSS which will take place at 10am (GMT) on 21st January 2021. Our speaker will be Prof. Valery Nakariakov from the University of Warwick. I look forward to welcoming you all to the talk at that time. The zoom link is:

    Please find all other relevant details below.

    All the best,
    Chris Nelson (on behalf Marianna Korsos and Jiajia Liu)

    “Magnetohydrodynamic Seismology of the Solar Coronal Plasma with Kink Oscillations”

    Professor Valery M Nakariakov
    (Centre for Fusion, Space & Astrophysics, University of Warwick, United Kingdom)

    Standing transverse oscillations of the plasma loops of the solar corona have been intensively studied for the last 20 years as a tool for the diagnostics of the coronal magnetic field. Those oscillations are confidently interpreted as standing fast magnetoacoustic kink modes of the plasma non-uniformities. Statistical analysis demonstrates that, in the majority of cases, the oscillations are excited by a mechanical displacement of the loop from an equilibrium by a low coronal eruption. Standing kink oscillations are observed to operate in two regimes: rapidly decaying large amplitude oscillations and undamped small amplitude oscillations. In both these regimes, different loops oscillate with different periods that scale with the oscillating loop length. The oscillation amplitude does not show dependence on the loop length or the oscillation period. In the decayless regime the damping should be compensated by energy supply which allows the loop to perform almost monochromatic oscillations with almost constant amplitude and phase. We developed a low-dimensional model explaining the undamped kink oscillations as a self-oscillatory process caused by the effect of negative friction, which is analogous to producing a tune by moving a bow across a violin string. The period of self-oscillations is determined by the frequency of the kink mode. The ubiquity of decayless kink oscillations makes them an excellent tool for MHD seismology, in particular, for probing free magnetic energy in preflaring active regions.

    RAS Keith Runcorn Thesis Prize

    from Natasha Jeffrey [January 5, 2021]

    Each year the RAS recognises the best PhD theses in astronomy and geophysics completed in the UK.

    Three prizes are available: the Michael Penston prize for astronomy, the Keith Runcorn prize for geophysics, and the Patricia Tomkins prize for instrumentation science in either astronomy or geophysics. The winners receive £1000 and an invitation to present the results of their thesis at a meeting of the RAS. The Michael Penston prize and Keith Runcorn prize runners-up will receive £50 book tokens.

    Nominees must have completed their PhD (viva held and all corrections completed) at a UK university during 2020. For more details and to submit a nomination, please click on the links below:

    The Michael Penston prize (, for theses in astronomy and astrophysics, including cosmology, astrobiology, etc.

    The Keith Runcorn prize (, for theses in geophysics, including seismology, solar physics, planetary science, etc.

    Patricia Tomkins thesis prize for theses in instrumentation science for astronomy and geophysics – while the support is aimed at developing skills in scientific hardware such as electronics, detectors, and optics, the development of novel software specific to a hardware project will also be considered. The Patricia Tomkins prize is sponsored by the Patricia Tomkins Foundation.

    The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2021.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me [Nush Cole] if you have any questions, my email address is:

    Best regards,

    Nush Cole

    Awards Officer

    Astronomy Research Grants 2021 – Guidelines for Applicants

    from Natasha Jeffrey [January 5, 2021]

    Dear Colleagues

    This is a note to advise that the closing date for the 2021 Astronomy Grants Round is 4th March 2021. Submissions are accepted from now.

    The Astronomy Guidelines for Applicants have been revised and can be found via the links below (the PDF with the full guidance is available under the ‘who can apply’ section on both pages).

    Please be aware, the page has now moved onto the central UKRI funding finder so there are two separate page; one to cover the AO/AT call and one for the SS/PL call:

    Applicants should ensure they have read the guidelines in detail and contact the office with any queries ahead of submission.
    Key points or revisions from the 2020 guidelines have been briefly summarised below for information:

    • Page Limits – The page limit per project has been simplified and is no longer based on a requested FTE calculation.
    • Applicant/Project FTE – There has been a change to the upper limit for requested applicant FTE (25%, not including PI management time). The guidance for total FTE requests per project has also been updated and must be strictly adhered to.
    • Outreach Projects – Clarification on the page limit for outreach projects/outreach funding.
    • Pathways to Impact – UKRI removed the requirement to submit a pathways to impact plan in March 2020; however applicants should still consider impact as part of their case for support (see guidelines for further information)
    • Publications Table – Updates to the information required in the publications table

    New groups submitting their first consolidated grant proposal or those considering a consortium proposal are advised to inform the office ahead of submitting to the closing date.

    If you have any queries please see the contact details below:

    Chloe Woodcock ( – Senior Programme Manager, Astronomy Awards
    Kim Burchell ( – Head of Astronomy Awards


    Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

    SOLARNET Public Engagement Workshop (rescheduled) 12th April – 13th April 2021

    from Richard Morton [January 21, 2021]

    Public engagement is great for creating dialogues about your science with the public and other stakeholders.

    Join us at the SOLARNET Public Engagement Workshop to meet others using solar physics to engage, and learn new skills to help make your public engagement more effective.

    Aimed at both early career and senior researchers, the workshop will build confidence, skills and perspective for a wide range of communication activities and situations.

    The workshops will be facilitated by highly experienced and award-winning public engagement professionals, who’ve worked with researchers of all levels, internationally. Their combined expertise spans primary school teaching, science broadcast, education leadership, and public engagement project management. They’ve run children’s film competitions and summer camps, built media strategies for learned institutions, and coached hundreds of academics in performance skills.

    The workshop takes place on 12th April – 13th April 2021, and it will be hosted virtually by Northumbria University, UK. And best of all – it’s free!

    Please note, the deadline for registration is 1st April. You can register at:

    For details please see ‪‬
    or any questions can be sent to Richard Morton (

    Sign up to Celebrate a Solar Cycle of SDO Science!

    from William D Pesnell [January 14, 2021]

    Join us on February 12, 2021, from noon to 3 pm ET, as the SDO PI team provides results and updates via a virtual meeting. Each of the four speakers will speak for 25 minutes. There will be an hour after they finish to answer questions about the observatory, discuss ways to collaborate with the SDO team, and describe novel ways to use the observatory.

    The speakers are:
    Dean Pesnell, SDO’s View of Solar Cycle 24
    Philip Scherrer, SDO’s Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager: Progress in Solar Cycle 24 and plans for Cycle 25
    Mark Cheung, The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly: Science Highlights, Analysis Techniques and Instrument Status
    Tom Woods, Science Highlights and Discoveries from the SDO Extreme ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE)

    This is the first in a series of mini-workshops throughout the summer of 2021 to discuss SDO science and data analysis. Each mini-workshop will have introductory presentations and opportunities for you to participate in discussions on the topic.

    Please send your email to to receive an invitation to this meeting. Invitations will be sent the first week of February.

    ST04 ‘MHD Wave Processes in the Solar Atmosphere’, AOGS 2021 (Virtual meeting)

    from Viktor Fedun [January 11, 2021]

    We would like to draw your attention to the ST04 session: ‘MHD Wave Processes in the Solar Atmosphere’ in the framework of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference.

    The 18th Annual AOGS will be a virtual event: 01 – 06 August 2021. The further details regarding abstract submission, registration and relevant deadlines can be found on the meeting website:

    Abstract submission deadline is 23 February 2021.

    ST04 ‘MHD Wave Processes in the Solar Atmosphere’
    Dr Viktor Fedun (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),
    Dr Sergiy Shelyag (Deakin University, Australia),
    Dr Gary Verth (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),

    Session Description
    A wide and complex variety of solar magnetic configurations support the propagation of a wide range of MHD waves at different spatio-temporal scales. Thankfully, due to current (and near future) high-resolution instruments (SST, DST, DIKIST, EST, COSMO, Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe) we have observational data with a quality newer achieved before. For a better understanding of observable signatures of MHD waves, associated plasma processes and to fully utilise the diagnostic capabilities of such high-resolution observational instruments, the development of advanced mathematical models (analytical and numerical) is crucial. This session will provide a timely platform for joint discussions between world-leading experts, early career researchers and PhD students in the fields of solar observational analysis and numerical analytical / modelling, in order to exploit different approaches in the investigation of MHD plasma wave processes in the solar atmosphere. The session will cover the following research topics: multi-scale (non-)linear MHD wave excitation and propagation; wave mode conversion; resonant absorption, turbulence and magnetic reconnection; coherent plasma motions (e.g. e.g., vortex, source/sink type motions and laminar flows); energy transport.

    With our Best Regards,
    Viktor Fedun, Sergiy Shelyag and Gary Verth

    EGU Session – Call for Abstracts – Energetic Particles

    from Simon Thomas [January 7, 2021]

    Dear all,

    The deadline for abstracts to EGU is fast approaching (deadline extended to 20th January at 1pm). We’re inviting abstracts to our session on ‘Energetic Particles in the Heliosphere and their influence on the Atmosphere’. We’re hoping for a broad range of talks from the acceleration of particles at solar flares, through to their impacts within the Earth’s or other planet’s atmosphere. Please find the link here: I can be contacted via email if you have any questions about the session.

    Best regards,
    Simon Thomas, Nina Dresing, and Graeme Marlton.

    EGU Session ST1.8 “Observing and Modelling the Solar Wind and its Transients (CMEs and SIRs) Through the Heliosphere” – Submission deadline January 20th 13:00CET

    from David Barnes [January 5, 2021]

    Dear Colleague,

    We invite abstract submissions to our session at EGU 2021 entitled “Any Way the Wind Blows: Observing and Modelling the Solar Wind and its Transients (CMEs and SIRs) Through the Heliosphere”

    Link for abstract submission:

    Session abstract:

    The solar wind is an uninterrupted flow of highly ionised plasma that fills the heliosphere and is crossed by strong transient perturbations such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and (corotating) stream interaction regions (SIRs). These phenomena are capable of driving large disturbances at Earth as well as at the other planets. Remote-sensing observations from multiple vantage points, in-situ measurements from multiple well-separated locations, and novel modelling efforts have been employed systematically to study the properties of the solar wind plasma and of solar transients in general, from their formation to their arrival at different in-situ locations. However, despite the number of past and current spacecraft missions distributed throughout the heliosphere, it is still difficult to fully understand the properties of these phenomena, including their 3D structure (both global and local) and their evolution with heliocentric distance.

    Studies of the ambient solar wind and its transient phenomena from their origin (the Sun) through their interplanetary journey are possible thanks to remote-sensing and in-situ observational data and models. From an observational perspective, for example, the recently launched Parker Solar Probe, BepiColombo, and Solar Orbiter have significantly increased the amount of available spacecraft in the inner heliosphere. From a modelling perspective, the recent years have seen an increase in both coronal and heliospheric models that operate in different regimes and dimensions. All these aspects will provide us with the perfect opportunity to test, validate, and refine the current knowledge of the solar wind and its transient phenomena and their interactions at different heliocentric distances. Accordingly, the aim of this session is to showcase the latest observational and modelling efforts regarding the origin and evolution of the solar wind, CMEs, and SIRs during their propagation throughout the heliosphere as seen from multiple vantage points, and to foresee future developments.

    Kind regards,
    David Barnes

    On behalf of,
    Erika Palmerio, Rui Pinto

    EGU Session “Theory and Simulation of solar plasmas” – Abstact Submission deadline January 13th

    from Philippa Browning [December 30, 2020]

    Dear Colleague
    We would like to bring your attention to our session

    Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas

    At the EGU 2021 annual meeting (virtual of course)

    Abstract submission deadline: 13 January 2021, 13:00 CET
    Link for abstract submission:

    Session Description:

    The “Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas” session solicits presentations of the latest results from theoretical investigations and numerical simulations in space plasma-physics from microscopic to global scales, in comparison with experiments and observations in the heliosphere: at the Sun, in the solar corona, in interplanetary space and in planetary magnetospheres. There are challenging questions in fundamental solar system plasma physics which require the analyses of huge amounts of data, in particular of the particle kinetics. Machine learning techniques have to be used. We further encourage presentations of theory and simulation results relevant to current, forthcoming and proposed space missions. Each year a topic of special interest is chosen as a focus of the session. For 2021 this focus will be on synergies between observations in the solar wind made by Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe with theory and simulation.

    With the occasion, happy and healthy 2021.

    Joerg Buechner
    Shangbin Yang
    Philippa Browning
    Giovanni Lapenta

    Second announcement of the Solar Orbiter school at Ecole de Physique des Houches (France)

    from Miho Janvier [December 28, 2020]

    We are pleased to announce that pre-registration for the Solar Orbiter school at Ecole de Physique des Houches (April 6th-9th 2021) is now open at .

    While we are still facing an on-going worldwide pandemic, the conference center may open but only to a very limited amount of participants. Furthermore, different situations from different locations in the world may mean that international travels will not be possible at the time the school will be held. Therefore, we will provide a live access to the online lectures/hands-on sessions/presentations as well. We therefore request interested participants (for both on-site and remote participants) to register online, to assess the interest in the community (note that registration for remote participation will be capped to allow proper online interactions).

    While we monitor the situation, the current calendar is as follows: pre-registration on the website will close on January 31st, 2021. Applicants will be notified early March, 2021 at the latest.

    For more information about the program and updates, please see the website.


    Announcement for CoolStars20.5 and CoolStars21 meetings

    from Miho Janvier [December 28, 2020]

    Dear colleagues,

    We hope that this message finds you well. With the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemics it is now clear that it is best to postpone once more the organization of CS21. The SOC took the difficult decision to postpone until 2022 the conference. We now have a new date and will be delighted to welcome you for CoolStars21 in Toulouse in 2022, from the 4th to the 9th of July! (
    Please pre-register if you wish to have news and updates about the conference (the pre-registration form will soon be available).

    The CoolStars21 SOC also decided, due to the long gap between CS20 and CS21, to organize a 3-day remote conference, named CoolStars20.5, because so much exciting science has emerged since CS20. The CS20.5 virtual conference ( will be our next meeting point on March 2-4 2021, until we meet (in-person) at CS21 in Toulouse in 2022. Abstract submission for CS20.5 is now open, please visit the web site!

    Best regards,
    A.S. Brun, J. Bouvier and P. Petit, for the SOC and LOC


    Postdoctoral Position in Solar, Stellar and Exoplanet Sciences in Exeter, UK

    from Raphaelle Haywood [January 21, 2021]

    The University of Exeter (UK) invites talented individuals to apply for a postdoctoral research position in the Astrophysics Group, to further our understanding of the intrinsic variability of Sun-like stars. Experience in solar physics is highly desirable.

    For more information and to apply, please visit:

    Please feel free to get in touch with Dr R. D. Haywood ( if you have any questions. The deadline to apply is 21 February 2021.

    Key foreign researcher at the Research Centre of Cosmic Rays and Radiation Events in the Atmosphere (CRREAT), Prague

    from Miroslav Dockal [January 15, 2021]

    Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i., announces a selection procedure for the position
    Key foreign researcher at the Research Centre of Cosmic Rays and Radiation Events in the Atmosphere (CRREAT), Prague
    The CRREAT team performs measurements of the atmospheric radiation and ionization events using satellites, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, monitoring cars, and ground stations. The CRREAT project ( shall contribute to the improvement of space weather models, air transport safety, and global navigation systems reliability.
    Objectives of the project CRREAT are to deepen the knowledge about the relation between atmospheric phenomena and ionizing radiation, and to clarify phenomena causing variations of the secondary cosmic particles (SCP) in the atmosphere.

    Job description:
    • Management of scientific activities of the whole team consisting of 15 researchers from three institutions: NPI of the CAS, Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of the CAS, Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FEE CTU)
    • Participation in the team’s scientific activities, in the preparation of scientific papers, articles and their publication, presentations of results at conferences, preparation of grant proposals (applications), assistance in supervision work of undergraduate and graduate students

    • University education in physics or applied mathematics or related fields
    • Work in a foreign scientific and research (R&D) institution within five years (2009-2013), where the employee carried out independent active research for at least 36 consecutive calendar months
    • A person well recognized in his/her field at the international level, meeting the requirements for level R3 or R4 (Established Researcher / Leading Researcher), i.e.:
    • Rich history of publishing
    • Managerial qualities
    • Demonstrable success in obtaining grants in international R&D programs
    • Other R&D experience standardly required for senior researchers in prestigious foreign R&D workplaces

    We offer:
    • Full-time employment until October 31st, 2022, fully implemented at the CRREAT project workplace (in case of the applicant’s interest, the part time contract is possible, but at least 0.5 FTE is required). From November 2022, the extention of the contract is possible at position of a researcher (initially 3 years fixed term contract, later a presumed permanent contract, on the basis of good scientific performance)
    • 5 weeks of vacation, flexible/reduced working hours, lunch vouchers, support of leisure activities
    Max. monthly gross salary for full-time employment: CZK 84,000 (approx. USD 4,000)
    Expected date of commencement: as soon as possible, no later than June 2021

    Ondrej Ploc ( and Josef Salamon (
    The workplace is located in Prague , Czech Republic, at the Department of Radiation Dosimetry, Nuclear Physics Institute of the CAS, v. v. i.

    Job offer at ROB (EUHFORIA)

    from Marianna Korsos [January 14, 2021]

    The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) is looking for scientists in the frame of research projects devoted to the validation of heliospheric simulations (EUHFORIA) on the basis of observations from recently launched space missions.

    Thanks to the funding from the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and from the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, two scientific positions have become available in the BRAIN-be project SWiM (Solar wind modeling with EUHFORIA for new heliophysics space mission), and in the H2020 project EUHFORIA 2.0.

    The aim of these projects is to validate and improve modeling of solar wind and its transients with the simulation code EUHFORIA, employing in particular in situ observations from the new heliospheric missions Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter. These two projects build on the results obtained in the framework of ongoing networking BRAIN-be project CCSOM (Constraining CMEs and Shocks by Observations and Modelling throughout the inner heliosphere) lead by the ROB scientists. Studying dynamics of the ambient plasma characteristics will help us to improve our understanding on the formation and evolution of solar wind and its transients, such as CMEs – Coronal Mass Ejections. This will result in better defined inputs to EUHFORIA, and accordingly improved forecasting capabilities of EUHFORIA. These results will be validated using corresponding metrics and statistical methods.

    The candidate will contribute to the development of mentioned research topics in collaboration with other ROB scientists. The candidate will also assist in the writing of peer reviewed publications and scientific reports.

    The ROB ( ) is a Federal Scientific Institute in the outskirts of Brussels (Uccle). The initial contract is for one year with a possibility for extension depending upon the available funding (salary level SW1 of the scientific personnel). Advantages include a flexible system of working hours.


    The ideal candidate has a PhD in Science and combines many of the following characteristics:

    Knowledge in solar physics, in particular on solar wind and CMEs
    Experience in working with in situ observations and specifically with Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter observations
    Experience on the application of validation metrics and statistical methods
    Experience in working with Python
    Speaking and writing proficiency in English.


    Send your CV with a motivation letter and names and coordinates of two referees before 15 February 2021 to Jasmina Magdalenic and Luciano Rodriguez, project responsible ( & The beginning of the employment will be on 1 April 2021 or later.

    Full time position at BIRA-IASB-KU Leuven (Belgium) Space physics ZAP-2020-202

    from Natasha Jeffrey [January 7, 2021]

    [on behalf of Marcel Goossens]

    A full-time tenure track academic vacancy as an independent academic staff (50%) work leader (50%) is vacant within the framework of the BIRA-IASB FED-tWIN research pro- gramme between the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics, Division of Plasma-astrophysics and the Federal Scientific Institute BIRA-IASB.

    The research duties include:
    You will elaborate test particle simulations embedded within large-scale MHD models on space plasmas, as well as study particle distributions using methods of supervised and unsupervised machine learning (ML). At BIRA-IASB and in collaboration with the KU Leuven team, you will address major remaining issues related to energetic particles in space plasmas using the kinetic approach, and you will implement different mechanisms in numerical models at different scales.

    The KU Leuven team has considerable expertise in space and solar physics, in using Machine Learning and in the development of simulations and models of space and solar plasmas to track the development of energetic particles.

    BIRA-IASB is a Belgian Federal Scientific Institute conducting research and providing services in space aeronomy, i.e. the physics and chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere and other planets, and outer space. BIRA-IASB has strong experience in space weather and in developing kinetic models of solar wind interactions with the terrestrial magnetosphere. You can apply for this job no later than February 15, 2021. For full details about the position, please visit:

    For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Giovanni Lapenta, tel.: +32 16 32 79 65, mail: For problems with online applying, please contact

    The search committee: N. Crosby, J. De Keyser, M. Goossens.

    Postdoctoral Researcher Position in the Space Physics Group at University of Helsinki, Finland

    from Diana Morosan [January 4, 2021]

    The Space Physics Group of the University of Helsinki is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and theoretical/computational modelling of space plasmas. We are now opening a postdoctoral researcher position for a 2-year project, funded by the University of Helsinki. The postdoctoral researcher will focus on imaging of solar radio bursts associated with solar eruptions with the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).

    The candidate should hold a PhD in solar or space physics, or a related field. Prior knowledge and useful skills include experience with Python data analysis and radio observations. In particular, we welcome candidates with previous knowledge of radio interferometry.

    We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. We are innovative, high-spirited and a close community. Finland also offers a great environment fostering equality, equality of opportunities, the best schooling system, vacations, and possibilities for work-life balance.

    The start time of the position is flexible but no later than September 2021. The application period is open until 28 February 2021.

    For more information, please visit:

    For specifics about the position, contact Diana Morosan (diana.morosan(at) Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references also to Diana Morosan (diana.morosan(at)