Category: General News

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Reminder: UKSP Council Elections

Dear colleagues,

It is time to elect the new UKSP Council. Council is comprised of seven members:

Chair, Deputy Chair, three staff members, two PDRA members and one PhD student member. More details about the current Council membership, UKSP activities and a copy of the Charter can be found at:

Council members serve for 3 years.

Nominations for all positions should be sent by email to the current Chair, Sarah Matthews ( and Deputy Chair, Natasha Jeffrey ( Candidates should get two colleagues to nominate them and should also send a brief motivation statement and a photo by email.

The closing date for nominations is July 31.

The e-voting begins on August 1 and ends August 31.… continue to the full article

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Reminder: RAS Awards and Prizes 2022 (deadline 31st July)

Dear Colleagues,

We strongly encourage the community to submit nominations for RAS Medals and Prizes. Please see the RAS message below for more details. The deadline is 31st July for most prizes.

Kind regards,

UKSP Council

[original message from RAS]


The Society presents several awards, medals, and prizes as part of its remit to support and encourage scientists working in the fields of astronomy and geophysics. Some are aimed at young scientists, while others recognise many years of dedicated service to our sciences.

Nominations are invited for RAS Medals and Prizes to be awarded in January 2023. The deadline for nominations is 31 July 2022. A separate call will go out later for the Education and Outreach Awards. These have a deadline of Friday, 30 September 2022.

Anyone may submit a nomination for an award, it is not necessary to be a Fellow of the RAS. All nominations are made in strict confidence; nominees should not be informed of submissions in order to avoid unnecessary disappointment. This does not apply to the Education and Outreach Medals. Please visit ‘Awards, Medals, and Prizes’ for more information and links to all RAS awards.

If you have any questions please email me via

Best wishes

Nush Cole

Awards & Grants Officer… continue to the full article

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UKSP Poster Prizes at NAM2022

Dear Colleagues,

During NAM2022, UKSP will award two poster prizes to early career researchers (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers within 5 years of their PhD, allowing for career breaks) for the best solar and heliospheric posters. If you fit into the criteria and would like to be considered for a prize then stickers will be provided for in-person attendees. If you are presenting your poster online only, then please send your name and poster number to and

Each prize is kindly funded by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). The prizes will consist of £50 and an opportunity to write an article about your research in A&G magazine (RAS).

Please pass this message onto any new students etc. that may not yet be on the UKSP mailing list.

Kind regards,

UKSP Council… continue to the full article

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PGR pay and inflation

Hi all,

There is a petition going around as part of a UCU campaign in an attempt to pressure UKRI to raise PGR funding in line with inflation. If nothing changes PGRs are facing a huge real-terms pay cut. The stipend was already laughably low pre-covid. I would not be surprised if in addition to an exodus of staff from academia, it is soon followed by increased difficulty in recruiting PhD students.

The open letter is here:

And the link to sign is here:


Ryan… continue to the full article

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STFC Consolidated Grant Consultation – UKSP Community Response

The recording and slides from the STFC Astronomy Consolidated Grant Community Consultation which took place on Monday 13th June are now available to view:


Passcode: .STFCCG2022

Note the presentation will be available for 30 days

We are aware that many people and groups will have already responded or are planning to. If you would also like to have your views represented in a UKSP community response could you please complete the following Google form by 17.00 on Tuesday 5th July:

Many thanks,

UKSP council… continue to the full article

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Solar Physics’ 2022 Kees de Jager Prize awarded to Stephanie L. Yardley

The Kees de Jager Prize, established in 2021, is awarded annually by Springer Nature to the best article in the journal Solar Physics. The winner is selected by the Editors and the Advisory Board from all publications of the previous year.

The 2022 Kees de Jager Prize is awarded to Stephanie L. Yardley and co-authors (MSSL, University College London / University of St Andrews) for the article “Simulating the Coronal Evolution of Bipolar Active Regions to Investigate the Formation of Flux Ropes“ Sol Phys 296, 10 (2021)

We hope to be able to award the prize in person at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2022) in Warwick on 14 July 2022.

This award is honoring the founding editor of the journals Solar Physics and Space Science Reviews as well as the book series Astrophysics and Space Science Library – Cornelis “Kees” de Jager, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 100, and acknowledging the work of our authors by highlighting outstanding research articles. It carries a certificate and a cash award of €1000 sponsored by Springer Nature. to the full article

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First Solar Orbiter/EUI Guest Investigator Call is now open

The EUI PI team welcomes research proposals for the first round of its Guest Investigator Program for research based on EUI and Solar Orbiter data analysis by scientists outside the EUI PI team.

Selected proposers will be invited to spend a few weeks with the PI team at the Royal Observatory in Brussels to obtain expert knowledge on the instrument, to participate in the planning of observations according to the needs of their proposal, and to conduct their research. Each guest investigator will get reimbursed for travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Proposals must be received by November 1, 2022 (23:59 CET) and visits should be scheduled between January 2023 and January 2024. Details on the EUI Guest Investigator Program can be found here: to the full article

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STFC Consolidated Grant Community Consultation – Slides and Recording Available

Dear Colleagues

Please be advised that the recording and slides (please email Chloe Woodcock for slides) from the STFC Astronomy Consolidated Grant Community Consultation which took place on Monday 13th June are now available for you to view.

Passcode: .STFCCG2022
Note the presentation will be available for 30 days

If you have any comments/questions you’d like to input please send via email to AND no later than Friday 8th July.

Kind regards

Chloe Woodcock
Senior Programme Manager
Astronomy Awards
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Next UK-SOSS on 30th June, 10:00 (BST)

Dear All,

We have the pleasure of announcing the next instalment of the UK-SOSS which will take place at 10:00 (BST) on 30th June (Thursday). Our speaker is Prof. Robert Walsh from University of Central Lancashire.

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

With warmest regards,

Chris Nelson, on behalf of Marianna Korsos and Jiajia Liu
Speaker: Prof Robert Walsh (University of Central Lancashire)
Title: It is rocket science! Coronal physics research highlights from sounding rocket instrumentation
Zoom link:
Meeting ID 953 3817 1418

For over 40 years NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program has provided vital scientific, technical, and educational contributions to space science and is still one of the most robust, versatile, and cost-effective ways to undertake innovative space-based research.

Sounding rockets carry scientific instruments into space along a parabolic trajectory. Their overall time in space is brief (typically approx. 15 minutes from launch to landing), and at lower vehicle speeds for a well-placed scientific experiment. The cost factor makes sounding rockets an attractive alternative as they do not need expensive boosters or extended telemetry and tracking coverage since they never achieve orbit. This cost effectiveness continues as the sounding rocket program takes advantage of a high degree of commonality and in many cases, only the experiment (provided by the science team) is changed. In almost all astronomy, planetary, solar, and microgravity missions, the payloads are recovered which means the costs of the experiment and sub-systems are spread out over many possible repeated missions. Of course, the limited factor of only a few minutes of true space-based data resulting such a rocket flight must also be taken into account,

The solar physics community has benefited greatly over many years from sounding rocket missions for both the calibration of in-operation satellite instrumentation as well as the development of high performance imagers and spectrometers to examine the corona in remarkable ways. This talk will examine some of these missions, outlining what it is like to part of such a “ successful rocket team” (and how to act when things don’t go according to plan!). In particular, the presentation will focus on results from the unique datasets obtained by the Marshall X-ray Imaging Spectrometer and the High Resolution Coronal Imager, both of which are scheduled to fly again in 2023 and 2024 respectively.
For the previous talk, please visit the UK-SOSS website: to the full article

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STFC Early Stage Research & Development Call – Webinar 21st June 2022, 10:00 – 11:00am

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to highlight the following new funding opportunity.

STFC Early Stage Research & Development call
New for 2022, STFC’s External Innovations team is running a new Early Stage Research & Development call, which aims to support the development of new technologies and innovations specifically for the PPAN community. The £1M call provides funding for several projects to support the development of low TRL innovations (up to TRL5), which aims to address the current and future challenges facing the STFC PPAN community.

To launch this call, we will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 21st June 2022, 10:00 – 11:00, where more information will become available. There will also be the opportunity for any potential applicants to ask questions directly to STFC office staff. To register for the webinar, please visit STFC Early Stage Research and Development Scheme Tickets, Tue 21 Jun 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite. Additional information can be found on the pre-call announcement page on the Funding Finder (

Please can you share this with the STFC colleagues at your institution.

Best regards
STFC External Innovations team… continue to the full article

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