Seminar speaker list

Here is a list of early career lecturers, postdoctoral researchers and Ph.D. students that would like to give seminars at institutes around the UK.

Please contact the Deputy Chair if you would like your name added (with a short description of your research) or removed from the list.

List of speakers (last update 02/06/2020):

  • Dr Matthew Allcock (matthew.allcock at, Natural hazards research engineer, EDF Energy

Space weather poses a substantial hazard to nuclear power stations in the UK and France. My research focusses on characterising the probability and severity of extreme space weather events, understanding and mitigating space weather effects on critical nuclear power infrastructure, and operationalising space weather prediction technology.

  • John Armstrong (j.armstrong.2 at, University of Glasgow

I am interested in the chromospheric response to solar flares which I study through the analysis of optical/NIR imaging spectropolarimetry data. The main focus of my research is inversions and machine learning and how to use these two in tandem to learn about the flaring chromosphere.

  • Ryan Campbell (, Queen’s University Belfast

My research revolves around spectropolarimetry; understanding how Stokes profiles and subsequent use of inversion techniques can be used to provide insight on the physical conditions in the solar atmosphere. My main project involves working with data obtained from the largest solar telescope in Europe, GREGOR, revealing the temporal evolution of the small-scale magnetic field in the solar inter-network photosphere, with particular interest paid to analyzing the linear polarization signals.

  • Ryan French (ryan.french.14 at, UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory

My research interests include the release and transport of energy in solar flares. In particular, spectroscopic and spectropolarimetric signatures of magnetic reconnection dynamics.

  • Dr Marie Gorman (mng2 at, Aberystwyth University

I am interested in diatomic molecules in sunspots for magnetic field diagnostics: my background is in doing quantum chemistry calculations for diatomics in brown dwarf/exoplanet atmospheres. 

  • Dr Dmitrii Kolotkov (D.Kolotkov.1 at, University of Warwick

My research interests include theory and analysis of MHD waves and oscillations in the solar corona; MHD coronal seismology; nonlinear wave dynamics; theory and analysis of quasi-periodic pulsations in solar and stellar flares; theory of prominence oscillations; physics of solar radio bursts; analysis of non-stationary, nonlinear, and short-lived solar and stellar oscillatory signals with FFT, wavelets, and EMD; Hilbert-Huang Transform analysis; Bayesian analysis; Markov Chain Monte-Carlo method.

  • Dr David Kuridze (dak21 at, Aberystwyth University

My research interest includes, diagnosis of the plasma in the solar atmosphere, spectropolarimetry and magnetic fields, chromospheric fine-structures and flares.

  • Dr David Long (david.long at, UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory

My research focusses mainly on the initiation and evolution of global waves in the low solar corona and the evolution of plasma abundances and fractionation in the solar atmosphere associated with solar eruptions.

  • Dr Sophie Murray (Sophie.Murray at, Trinity College, Dublin

Sophie works in transitioning research to operations for space weather forecasting. While her research interests span across the whole Sun-Earth connection, her current research project focuses on adapting terrestrial weather forecasting techniques for improved solar eruption prediction.

  • Jack Reid (jr93 at, University of St. Andrews

My research interests are in coronal heating, including via MHD avalanches. I study how the magnetic field contributes to the interaction of distinct heating processes, and heating events across multiple scales, from large explosions to Parker’s nanoflares, which propagate through coronal loops.

  • Dr David Stansby (d.stansby at, UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory

I am interested in making new discoveries through combining remote sensing observations of the Sun and in-situ measurements of the solar wind. In particular, I am currently working on understanding how the properties of different types of solar wind are controlled by processes occurring in the photosphere, chromosphere, and corona.

  • Dr Stephanie Yardley (sly3 at, University of St. Andrews

My research focuses on using data-driven simulations to model the coronal evolution of active regions and the Sun’s global magnetic field. I am particularly interested in modelling the magnetic field evolution pre-eruption, prior to CMEs.