Category: Conferences

Conferences, workshops, meetings, summer schools

EGU 2023 Energetic Particles Session Announcement

Dear all,

Abstract submission for the EGU 2023 conference is now open and will remain so until Tuesday, 10 January 2023 at 13:00 CET. We are convening a session on
‘Energetic Particles: From the Sun to their Terrestrial and Planetary Impacts’ and we’re welcoming abstract submissions for presentations in the session. If
you’re interested in presenting in our session or would like to find out some more information, here’s the link: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/egu23/46336. The conference will run between 23 – 28 April 2023 and is expected to be hybrid again.

All the best,
Simon Thomas, Nina Dresing, Graeme Marlton & Ross Pallister.… continue to the full article

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RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting: Multi-Dimensional Solar Flare models (deadline extension)

Meeting Date: 13th January, 2023
Meeting Venue: (Hybrid online and in person) Burlington House, London, UK
RAS meeting webpage: https://ras.ac.uk/events-and-meetings/ras-meetings/new-generation-multi-dimensional-2d3d-and-multi-scale-modelling

Registration: Open now using the link above! Specialist discussion meetings are free to RAS fellows and £5 (online) or £15 (in-person) for non-fellows. Registration is required whether attending online or in-person.

Abstract Submission deadline (extended): Monday 5th December 2022
Abstract submission: email: malcolm.druett@kuleuven.be with:
• a correspondence email address
• a presentation title
• an author list and affiliation details
• an abstract
• (optional) an image
Please keep abstracts to a reasonable length, such as those for journal publications. No hard word limit will be applied. We welcome applicants from the UK, but also around the globe. We encourage applications from early career researchers. We also highly welcome abstracts from members of under-represented groups in the field. If you require early travel planning (e.g. for a UK visa application), please state this in your submission and your abstract can be given early consideration.

Chairs: Dr Malcolm Druett (KU Leuven, Belgium), Dr Natasha Jeffrey (Northumbria University, UK)

Meeting Abstract: Solar flares are the result of many complex large and small scale plasma processes occurring in the Sun’s atmosphere. Driven by access to the latest generation of High-Performance Computing (HPC) services, higher dimensional models of solar flares are finally becoming feasible and a series of flagship 3D flare simulations have recently been published in high impact journals. Thus, we stand at a key point in time to evaluate and discuss the essential inclusions, assumptions, and simplifications in flare modelling. These will steer models made in the future, in terms of accurately reproducing physics and observational features from the upcoming generation of satellite, and ground-based observatories. In this meeting, we will highlight the fundamental differences in behaviours between higher-dimensional models and their lower dimensional counterparts. We will explore the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches applied in order to make 3D modelling feasible in the current era of computing. To do this, we solicit contributions covering complementary themes, designed to bring together important aspects of comprehensively modelling solar flares in 2D and 3D.… continue to the full article

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Graduate Student & Postdoc Fair on Monday, November 14, 2022

The Solar Physics Division (SPD) Committee of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) will host its annual Graduate Student & Postdoc Fair virtually on Monday, November 14, 2022!
The goal of this event is to introduce prospective grad students and postdocs to US-based institutions that teach and/or perform research in solar physics.

This virtual event is split into two half-day focus sessions. The earlier session (9 am – 12 pm US Pacific Standard time; 5 – 8 pm UTC) is aimed at prospective graduate students, while the later session (12 – 2 pm US Pacific Standard time; 8 – 10 pm UTC) is directed towards postdoctoral scholars. Last year’s Fair had about 150 early-career participants from the US as well as from international institutions. Both the grad student session and postdoc session are divided into two parts: 1) a series of brief institutional presentations and 2) institutional breakout Q&A discussions.

If you are a prospective grad student or postdoc and would like to attend, please register via this Google Form to indicate your interest! We will make sure to contact all those who sign up with details on how to attend.

Attention Graduate and Postdoc Program Directors: Please let us know if you will be representing your institution by filling out this form.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
We aim to infuse Solar Physics with fresh perspectives and diversity of thought! The more attendees we have, the brighter the future of our scientific community will be! Share the grad/postdoc interest link above with any and all potential attendees!

Thanks for doing your part to support the future of the Solar Physics community!
Please contact this year’s Fair Facilitators, Shea Hess-Webber (shessweb@stanford.edu) and Erika Palmerio (epalmerio@predsci.com) if you have further questions.… continue to the full article

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HelioSwarm meeting, Friday 4 November, London

The UK HelioSwarm community meeting will be held at the Royal Astronomical Society at Burlington House on Friday the 4th of November.

The mission PI, deputy PI and Nicola Fox, NASA’s Heliophysics Division Director, will all be present.

The agenda is as follows:

Session I – Introduction to the HelioSwarm Mission
10:00 Welcome and Logistics (Tim Horbury, Imperial College London, UK)
10:05 NASA HQ Remarks (Nicola Fox, NASA HQ, Washington, DC USA)
10:15 Introduction to HelioSwarm (Harlan Spence, University of New Hampshire, USA)
10:45 HelioSwarm Science Overview (Kristopher Klein, University of Arizona, USA)

Session II – HelioSwarm Instrumentation Overview
11:15 Fluxgate Magnetometer (Tim Horbury, Imperial College London, UK)
11:35 Search Coil Magnetometer (Olivier Le Contel, LPP, France)
11:55 Ion Electrostatic Analyzer (Vincent Genot, IRAP, France) – REMOTE
12:15 Faraday Cup (Tony Case, SAO, USA) – REMOTE

Lunch Break (12:35 – 14:00)

Session III – Contributed Science Presentations
14:00 HelioSwarm and the magnetosphere (Colin Forsyth, MSSL/UCL)
14:25 Observations of Plasma Turbulence from Magnetospheric Multiscale:
Insights for Helioswarm (Julia Stawarz, Imperial College London)
15:50 Using Multi-Spacecraft Measurements to Understand MHD and
Kinetic-Scale Turbulence (Chris Chen, Queen Mary)
15:15 Magnetic Topology of Actively Evolving and Passively Convecting Structures
in the Turbulent Solar Wind (Bogdan Hnat, University of Warwick)
15:40 HelioSwarm and magnetic reconnection: what can we learn?
(Jonathan Eastwood, Imperial College London)
16:05 Foreshock and Magnetosheath Transients: Open Questions for a
Multi-Point Mission (Heli Hietala, Queen Mary)
16:15 Discussion and closing remarks
16:30 End

The meeting will be held in the main lecture theatre at the RAS whose address is:

Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1J 0BQ

For those who have not been to the RAS before, the entrance is to the left hand side of the square as you come from Piccadilly.

Sadly we have no budget at this point so we will not be providing catering, but there are many coffee shops close by along Piccadilly.

I hope as many people as possible will come in person so we can have an active discussion about the mission and how it can help the UK science community.

For those who cannot attend in person, we will be streaming the meeting via Zoom on the following link: https://imperial-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/95780911595?pwd=cW5PM1B5RlRsOGJpeitkbHljMkxwZz09

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STFC and the Community in a conversation around our future Net Zero priorities – RSVP 9th November 2022

Dear Colleagues

You are invited to join STFC and the Community in a conversation around our future Net Zero priorities. Whether your field is astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics, accelerator science or computational science – this event is for you.

Full details, including how to register, can be found in the link
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stfc-in-conversation-tickets-440909982627

When: Thursday 24 November, 09:30 – 16:00 (registration from 09:15)
Where: STFC Daresbury Laboratory

• Invited speakers will help to shape the conversation by offering fascinating insight from real world case studies, which are driving Net Zero.
• Following this, time will be available for you and your colleagues to consider Net Zero in the context of your own research and project groups.
• There will also be plenty of time for informal networking over refreshments and lunch.

Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues in your networks who you think will be interested in joining us.

Numbers are limited by venue capacity so please RSVP by 9 November 2022

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at
stakeholders@stfc.ukri.org

With best wishes,

Valerie Farr
Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Science and Technology Facilities Council… continue to the full article

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International Workshop on Machine Learning and Computer Vision in Heliophysics, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 19-21, 2023 — First Announcement

International Workshop on Machine Learning and Computer Vision in
Heliophysics, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 19-21, 2023

This interdisciplinary workshop will focus on applications of Computer Vision and Machine / Deep Learning techniques to heliophysics research and forecasting frameworks, as well on the integration of these techniques into modeling efforts of solar and heliospheric phenomena.

Topics to be covered:

  • Computer Vision and Machine Learning applications in
  • Solar magnetism
  • Solar activity (flares, CMEs, particles)
  • Space weather forecasting, gaps and applications that can be tackled with CV and ML
  • Magnetospheres (terrestrial and planetary) and ionospheres
  • Heliospheric radio emissions
  • CV/ML techniques, explainable ML
  • Open source tools for CV and ML (Python, OpenCV, scikit-learn, TF/Pytorch, etc).

Scientific Organising Committee:
Astrid Veronig (Graz University)
Manolis Georgoulis (Academy of Athens)
Long Xu (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Pietro Zucca (ASTRON, The Netherlands Institute of Radio Astronomy)
Shane Maloney (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)
Kamen Kozarev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Further information about abstract submission, registration and conference hotel will be provided on the conference website in the coming weeks: https://mch23.astro.bas.bgcontinue to the full article

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RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting: Multi-Dimensional (2D/3D) and Multi-Scale Modelling of Solar Flares

New Generation Multi-Dimensional (2D/3D) and Multi-Scale Modelling of Solar Flares. From reconnection to particle energisation and beyond.

• Meeting Date: 13th January, 2023
• Meeting Venue: (Hybrid online and in person) Burlington House, London, UK
• Abstract submission deadline: Sunday 27th November 2022
• RAS meeting webpage: https://ras.ac.uk/events-and-meetings/ras-meetings/new-generation-multi-dimensional-2d3d-and-multi-scale-modelling

• Abstract submission: email malcolm.druett@kuleuven.be

  • a correspondence email address
  • a presentation title
  • an author list and affiliation details
  • an abstract
  • (optional) an image

Please keep abstracts to a reasonable length, such as those for journal publications. No hard word limit will be applied. We welcome applicants from the UK, but also around the globe. We encourage applications from early career researchers. We also highly welcome abstracts from members of under-represented groups in the field. If you require early travel planning (e.g. for a UK visa application), please state this in your submission and your abstract can be given early consideration.

• Registration:

Specialist discussion meetings are free to RAS fellows and £5 (online) or £15 (in-person) for non-fellows. Registration is required whether attending online or in-person. It is handled through the RAS and will opened closer to the time of the meeting. Send me an email if you would like a reminder for when registration opens.

• Chairs: Dr Malcolm Druett (KU Leuven, Belgium), Dr Natasha Jeffrey (Northumbria University, UK)
• Invited speakers:

  • James McLaughlin, Northumbria University, “Magnetic Reconnection in 2D/3D.”
  • Sophie Masson, Observatoire de Paris, “Solar flare energetic particle acceleration.”
  • Chengcai Shen, Harvard Centre for Astrophysics, “Comprehensive solar flare models in 3D.”

• Meeting Abstract:

Solar flares are the result of many complex large and small scale plasma processes occurring in the Sun’s atmosphere. Driven by access to the latest generation of High-Performance Computing (HPC) services, higher dimensional models of solar flares are finally becoming feasible and a series of flagship 3D flare simulations have recently been published in high impact journals. Thus, we stand at a key point in time to evaluate and discuss the essential inclusions, assumptions, and simplifications in flare modelling. These will steer models made in the future, in terms of accurately reproducing physics and observational features from the upcoming generation of satellite, and ground-based observatories. In this meeting, we will highlight the fundamental differences in behaviours between higher-dimensional models and their lower dimensional counterparts. We will explore the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches applied in order to make 3D modelling feasible in the current era of computing. To do this, we solicit contributions covering complementary themes, designed to bring together important aspects of comprehensively modelling solar flares in 2D and 3D.

This meeting has three complementary themes, designed to cover, and bring together, important aspects of comprehensively modelling solar flares in 2D and 3D. Specifically:

◦ Magnetic reconnection in 2D and 3D:

▪ Discuss new findings regarding magnetic island formation and fragmentation, and the results of time-varying oscillatory reconnection.
▪ Discuss effective ways to handle the multi-scale nature of models that include accurate magnetic reconnection regions in large-scale atmospheres.

◦ From reconnection to particle energisation:

▪ Discuss the state-of-the-art regarding combined reconnection and particle modelling and linking the kinetic and macroscopic scales.
▪ Discuss how we connect energisation, escape and transport over extended regions, in non-uniform plasma conditions and in realistic magnetic field configurations.

◦ Benefits and drawbacks of 2D and 3D flare modelling.

▪ What essential physics must be retained from detailed 1D simulations in the step up to 3D flare simulations? Which assumptions and approximations are available that maintain realistic physics whilst enabling 3D simulations using modern High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities?
▪ Discuss new insights gained from 3D models of flares. How do they agree and differ from observations? What needs to be done to address existing differences?… continue to the full article

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Second Announcement: Conference on Advances in Understanding Alfvén Waves in the Sun and the Heliosphere

Berlin, Germany, 28 May – 2 June 2023
Conference website: https://www.agu.org/Chapman-Alfven-Waves
Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2023

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scientists from different communities to review and discuss the current state of research on Alfvén waves in space plasmas, including the solar atmosphere, the solar wind, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, and laboratory plasmas (if relevant to space plasmas). The conference will take place in Berlin (in-person), one of the most iconic cities in Europe with a history of over 750 years, and one of the trendiest vacation destinations in Europe (to quote a couple of travel websites).

The following science sessions will be organized:
1. Alfvén wave generation mechanisms
2. Alfvén wave propagation and coupling
3. Alfvén wave interactions with plasma and energetic particles
4. Alfvén wave applications in solar system plasmas

The conveners/SPC are:
Andreas Keiling (UC Berkeley, USA)
Tom Van Doorsselaere (KU Leuven, Belgium)
George Clark (JHU/APL, USA)
Lyndsay Fletcher (University of Glasgow, UK)
Akimasa Yoshikawa (Kyushu University, Japan)
David Knudsen (University of Calgary, Canada)
Lei Dai (National Space Science Center, China)
Ineke De Moortel (University of St Andrews, UK)
Ali Sulaiman (University of Minnesota, USA)
Hermann Lühr (GeoForschungsZentrum, Germany)
Petra Kohutova (University of Oslo, Norway)… continue to the full article

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Modeling of Multiphase Astrophysical Media – Workshop

Workshop ‘Modeling of Multiphase Astrophysical Media’ in Schloss Aspenstein, Kochelsee, Germany May 30th – June 2nd 2023.

This workshop is intended to bring theorists from different sub-fields of astrophysics together to discuss challenges and solutions in modeling multiphase systems, the relevant physical processes shaping them, and to address the following key questions:

Under which conditions does a multiphase system form?

What sets the mass / momentum / energy transfer rates between the phases?

Which morphology and what kinematics does a multiphase system have?

How can we model multiphase gas computationally?

A few examples of multiphase systems we are interested in include: coronal rain, galactic winds, the circumgalactic medium, the intracluster medium, …

Apart from short talks where the participants can present their work, we plan to include discussion sections to allow the participants to profit from the interdisciplinary nature of the workshop and build new collaborations.

The registration deadline is 1 December 2022. More information about the workshop, including the venue and accommodations, can be found on our website: https://wwwmpa.mpa-garching.mpg.de/conf/multiphase2023

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Ildar Khabibullin Max Gronke Ryan Farber… continue to the full article

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HelioSwarm community meeting, Friday 4 November 2022, London

HelioSwarm: UK community meeting, Friday 4 November 2022, Burlington House, London

Launching in 2029, HelioSwarm is a NASA mission that will transform our understanding of the physics of space plasma turbulence. Flying nine spacecraft in formation into the solar wind and magnetosphere, HelioSwarm will for the first time provide the simultaneous multi-point, multi-scale measurements that are required to disentangle the spatial and temporal variations in collisionless plasmas that connect fluid-scale turbulence with ion-scale heating. Such processes are central to the heating and acceleration of the solar wind but also occur in astrophysical plasmas throughout the Universe; they also play a central role in terrestrial plasmas such as those in fusion devices. With a 15-61 Re orbit, HelioSwarm will also provide vital new information on many magnetospheric processes.

With the UK providing key instrumentation, and science team members from Oxford, Cambridge, UCL/MSSL and Imperial College, HelioSwarm represents an opportunity for a broad UK science community over the next decade.

We are holding a meeting to introduce the science and configuration of the mission, with presentations from NASA, the mission lead and all instrument teams. We are also keen to have a discussion of the wider science impact of HelioSwarm and what, as a community, we can do to best prepare for, and exploit, the mission. We therefore also invite in-person contributions from the entire UK science community, including theory and modelling, over all scientific areas which are relevant to HelioSwarm.

The meeting will be held on Friday the 4th of November 2022, at the Royal Astronomical Society in Burlington House, London starting at 10:30am and finishing at 4:30pm. There is no charge for attending the meeting and we encourage people from all career stages to attend. It will also be streamed online but we encourage contributions in person rather than remotely.

Please register in advance for the meeting, whether you wish to contribute or just attend, by filling in the form at https://forms.office.com/r/JXGpEGQHBw . If you would like to contribute a presentation, please register by Friday 14 October.

Tim Horbury, Alex Schekochihin, Chris Reynolds, Jonathan Eastwood, Daniel Verscharen, Colin Forsyth, Chris Owen… continue to the full article

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