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Jan Frič Award Lecture – Galina Motorina

We cordially invite our colleagues, work-fellows and anyone interested in astrophysics to the lecture of Jan Frič Award, which will take place on Monday, 24th January 2022 at 13:00 (Prague time) via zoom:

Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences grants the Premium to its junior researchers for their extraordinary results which contribute to the international prestige of the Institute. The laureate for the past year is our colleague Galina Motorina, Ph.D. Galina receives this award for the collection of works “Multiwavelength study of solar flares and associated phenomena”.


Bruno Jungwiert – Chairman of the Council of the Astronomical Institute


Vladimír Karas – Director of the Astronomical Institute

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Broken/incorrect institution links on UKSP website

Dear Colleagues,

On the UKSP website, we have links to UK institutions and their associated research groups currently undertaking and contributing to solar physics research.

The information/links can be found here:

Please check that your group information is present and correct as some of the links no longer work. Please send any updates to the deputy chair (… continue to the full article

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Upcoming RAS deadlines

Thesis Prizes (deadline 31st January 2022)

The Keith Runcorn Prize for the best doctoral thesis in geophysics (including planetary science and solar physics) is awarded annually.  The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and an invitation to present the results of their thesis at an Ordinary (A&G) Meeting of the RAS.

Subjects covered include:

  • Exploration geophysics
  • Physics of the Earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere or magnetosphere
  • Planetary science
  • Solar physics
  • Solid-Earth geophysics

Nominees are not required to be Fellows of the RAS.

Full information can be found here:

A separate Michael Penston Prize ( is awarded for theses in astronomy and a Patricia Tomkins Prize ( is awarded for theses in instrumentation science (astronomy and geophysics).


RAS February Grants Round – Call for applications (deadline 20th February 2022)

The RAS offers grants in support of research or study in areas of astronomy and geophysics, including:

– Activities related to the history of Astronomy or Geophysics

– Conference/Meeting Travel Subsistence

– Funding for Meeting Organising

– Instrumentation – RAS Tomkins awards

– Observing/Field Trips – E.A. Milne Travelling Fellowship

– Study or Research Projects

– Undergraduate Bursaries (February grants round only)

Full information can be found here: to the full article

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UKRI Impact Consultation request

Dear Colleagues,

Since the withdrawal of Pathways to Impact  as part of research grant applications , UKRI  has launched a consultation exercise which  is designed to enable UKRI to better understand how impact is being embedded into applications. This includes  involvement of external stakeholders and project partners in embedding and enabling impact, the breadth of associated impact enabling activities and their efficacy, as well as how impact is reviewed or assessed.

This consultation also includes elements of both Public Engagement and Innovation and Commercialisation. It will not focus on specific outcomes or impacts of research, but instead focuses on how applicants are handling impact development and associated activities within their funding applications. It also  covers the application, review and panel stages of our funding processes.

Based on this, we wish to invite members of the STFC community to complete a short survey and feedback any thoughts and comments on impact and how it should be included in grant submissions.

We fully appreciate that not all the STFC community have had an opportunity to consider the implications of earlier policy changes and so comments are welcome from a retrospective and forward planning perspective. However, due to the change in assessment criteria placing a stronger focus on Impact, we would encourage you to complete the survey and think about how to get involved. In addition, we would also flag a new STFC  guidance document ( which has been developed to help guide you on what to consider when thinking about and planning for impact as part of a  grant application

To complete the survey, please navigate to the following link: to the full article

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European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) Prizes–Reminder

European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) 2022 PhD Thesis and Early Career Researcher Prizes – Upcoming deadline

Since 2017, the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) awards two prizes every year: the ESPD PhD Thesis Prize and the ESPD Early Career Researcher (Postdoc) Prize. These prizes are nomination-based. The deadline for nomination is 6th February, 2022.

The 2022 ESPD PhD Thesis Prize will be awarded to a young researcher whose PhD thesis/viva was defended in 2021.

The 2022 ESPD Early Career Prize will be awarded to a young researcher whose PhD was awarded after 01/012018 (with possible extension).

ESPD aspires to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who enjoy solar physics. In order to promote the gender equality in science, ESPD strongly encourages the nomination of young female solar physicists.

Further information about eligibility, documents to be included in the nomination package, and submission process for each prize can be found on the ESPD prizes webpage:

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Astronomy Grants Round 2022 – Correction to Applicant Guidelines

Dear Colleagues

Please be advised that a small revision to the Astronomy Grants Round 2022 Guidelines for Applicants has been made in relation to the structure of the proposal (removal of the impact bullet in structure of the project, impact should be addressed in the 1 page section for the proposal as a whole).

The revised guidance has been uploaded to the UKRI finding finder pages for each call as below:

If you have any queries regarding your submission to the 2022 call(s) please contact:
Kim Burchell (Head of Astronomy Awards) – and/or
Chloe Woodcock (Senior Programme Manager, Astronomy Awards) – chloe.woodcock@stfc.ukri.orgcontinue to the full article

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The next UK-SOSS on 13th of January, 10:00 (UK time)

We have the pleasure of announcing the next instalment of the UK-SOSS which will take place at 10:00 (UK time) on the 13th of January.

Speaker: Prof James McLaughlin (Northumbria University)
Title: Oscillatory Reconnection: wave-generation, quasi-periodic pulsations, time-dependent reconnection and seismological tool
Zoom link:
Meeting ID 953 3817 1418

Oscillatory Reconnection – a relaxation mechanism with periodic changes in connectivity – has been proposed as a potential physical mechanism underpinning several periodic phenomena in the solar atmosphere, including quasi-periodic pulsations (QPPs). At its heart, Oscillatory Reconnection is a time-dependent reconnection process and the dynamic release of stored magnetic energy is central to multiple fields of study (including solar physics, astrophysics, fusion, laboratory-based plasma, computational MHD and space weather). This talk will review the state-of-the-art in this area, and we reveal a relationship between the equilibrium magnetic field strength, decay rate and period, which opens the tantalising possibility of utilising Oscillatory Reconnection as a seismological tool.

Reference: McLaughlin et al. (2018, Space Science Reviews, 214, 45) + Zimovets, McLaughlin, et al. (2021, Space Science Reviews, 217, 66) + Karampelas, McLaughlin, et al. (2022, Astrophysical Journal, accepted)

We look forward to welcoming you all to the talk at that time.

With warmest regards,
Marianna Korsos, on behalf of Chris Nelson and Jiajia Liu
For the previous talk, please visit the UK-SOSS website:
You can subscribe to the UK-SOSS newsletter on this link:
The UK-SOSS is supported by Aberystwyth University and Queen’s University Green Fund… continue to the full article

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STFC Public Engagement funding schemes open for applications

STFC is pleased to announce that the following calls for Public Engagement are open for applications:

Leadership Fellowships  – You can apply for a fellowship to engage the public with STFC supported science, technology or facilities. Applicants must be from the academic, engineering or technical community, work within STFC’s remit and be based at an eligible UK research organisation. The closing date for applications is the 13th January 2022 at 16:00

Nucleus awards– You can apply for funding to engage the public with STFC supported science, technology or facilities. Applicants must work for an organisation that is based in the UK and has audited accounts. Proposals must include a researcher in an STFC funded area. The closing date for applications is 27 January 2022 at 16:00

Legacy awards– You can apply for funding to  continue your programme to improve public engagement in science and Technology. Applicants must have previously received funding through STFC public engagement awards. The closing date for applications is the 3rd February 2022

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See here for more information

Dear all,

The ESA Director of Science solicits the scientific community in ESA’s Member States for proposals for both a “Fast” mission opportunity (to be launched in the 2030-2031 timeframe) and for a “Medium” mission opportunity (to be launched around 2037). The new long-term scientific plan Voyage 2050, for the Science Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA), has been issued in June 2021, following a broad consultation of the scientific community and a peer review process, with final recommendations issued by an independent scientific Senior Committee. The plan includes three Large (L) missions in selected science themes (Moons of the Giant Planets, From Temperate Exoplanets to the Milky Way, and New Physical Probes of the Early Universe) and a set of Medium (M) and Fast (F) missions. The definition of the F and M space missions is based on a competitive, peer-reviewed selection process. Even though the Voyage 2050 plan identifies a set of possible themes for the Medium missions, proposals in all fields of space science will be considered, with no prejudice.

Phase-1 proposals must be submitted electronically (in pdf format) by 12:00 (noon) CET on 14 February 2022. Details of the required content for Phase-1 proposals are given in the Call for a Medium-size and a Fast mission opportunity in ESA’s Science Programme document.

Opportunity for those within the UK Solar Physics Community interested in submitting a proposal towards this call. There has been a view for many years that the breadth and depth of the solar and space plasma physics communities within the UK would greatly benefit from consolidating our wide ranging science interests into a bespoke set of science mission designs, suitable for responding to the fast turnaround F and M class ESA calls. In designing the next generation space missions, we may be best served by coming together and coordinating as a community, or at least identifying who may be interested in submitting mission ideas towards this call. ESA will look more favourably on proposals which have obtained broad community support and this may even lead to M-class missions addressing fundamental science in our subject area. Currently, there is an ongoing parallel effort to discuss community coordination and planning towards this call via the European Solar and Space Physics Community forum and an online briefing and discussion meeting will be arranged likely for the afternoon of Monday 20 December (time and date TBC) to discuss key aspects of this call and how to attempt a coordination over proposal preparation.

If you are interested in proposing a mission under this call, or if you are part of an international team planning to submit towards this call and / or you would generally like to discuss mission proposals as community, please respond to Eamon Scullion at *before Friday 17 December* and he will be able to update you on the invitation to the meeting on Monday 20 December (TBC).

Kind Regards,

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AGP (Astronomy Grants Panel) Chair’s Community Report 2021

Dear Colleagues

Please find attached the Chairs Community Report for the 2021Astronomy Grant Round (AGP Chairs Community Report 2021 final). A copy will also be added to the AOAT 2022 and SSPL 2022 call pages which will be available shortly on Opportunities – UKRI

Kind regards,

Chloe Woodcock (Senior Programme Manager, Astronomy Awards). Sent on behalf of the AGP Chair, Prof Lyndsay Fletcher… continue to the full article

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