Category: General News

General news item that doesn’t fit under the other categories

sunpy 4.1

Dear all,

The SunPy developers please to announce the latest release of the sunpy core package, version 4.1🎉 Headline new features are:

– Extract map values along coordinate paths
– Easier reprojecting to Carrington and Stonyhurst coordinates
– Drawing the solar equator and prime meridian
– Sample data downloaded on demand

📜 The full list of what’s new can be found at, and the full changelog at

🖥 As always, to update pip users can run `pip install -U sunpy` and conda users can run `conda update sunpy`.

❓ If you have any questions, issues, or suggestions, we would love to hear about them on the new SunPy discussion forum at

👏 Finally, we would like to give a shout out to new contributors to sunpy since the release of the previous major version:

Akash Verma, Alex Kaszynski, Alex W, Andy Tang, Chris Bard, Daniel Garcia Briseno, Jan Gieseler, Jia Qing, Karthikeyan Singaravelan, Krish Agrawal, Marius Giger, Matt Wentzel-Long, Naveen Srinivasan, Timo Laitinen, William Jamieson, William Russell.

🌏 SunPy is a community powered project, and would not exist without continual input from contributors around the world!

Enjoy the new release,
David Stansby (on behalf of the SunPy developers)… continue to the full article

Read more

Announcement of Opportunity: Enabling Technologies Programme – Call Two Technology for Space Science

As part of a joint initiative between UK Space Agency (UKSA) and STFC-UKRI, proposals are sought by UKSA for projects in areas including innovation; innovative technology proof of concept that could result in a significant technological step-change; new technology developments; establishing new academic/industrial research collaborations and feasibility studies targeting emerging disruptive technologies.

Both STFC and UKSA are contributing to the cost of this significant scheme – targeted specifically on a limited number of key themes related to fostering the development of technologies required to position the UK for the next generation of space science / astrophysics opportunities. The goal is to repeat this opportunity for other themes and to connect work funded here with follow-on funding via associated initiatives.

This an open call and encourages emerging and innovative technology development proposals in space science technologies. Details can be found here: Announcement of Opportunity: Enabling Technologies Programme – Call Two – GOV.UK (

Any submissions, within scope of space science technology, are welcome into this call, but we are particularly interested in:
1. innovative and/or emerging technology research and development – proof of
concept, feasibility studies targeting emerging disruptive technologies
2. detectors – new ideas for photon capture, at any wavelength, to enabling
new science from space instrumentation
3. robotics – enabling remote / autonomous operation of science
4. instrumentation/techniques to meet Planetary Protection Protocols for outgoing missions and returned samples; space weather instruments
By the end of the project there must be a tangible improvement in the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the technology or a demonstration of advancement in approach (engineering method, technical competence etc) that would enable and support space science:

We expect proposals to seek to focus on ETP supported maturity levels of TRL 1 to 4, though higher TRL developments will be considered.

Awarded Projects must start no later than 28 April 2023 and must have fully completed by 31 May 2024.

Grant funding per project is expected to range from £100k to £250k per grant. In exceptional circumstances, UKSA reserve the right to adjust the value or duration of the grant funding available.

Applications can be submitted at values within this funding level; however, it should be noted all proposals should clearly demonstrate that they meet the identified TRL levels indicated in the paragraph above.

The Scheme is being led by UKSA so enquiries should be via the contacts on the UK.GOV site

Colin Vincent, STFC… continue to the full article

Read more

STFC Astronomy Awards Scheme

Dear Colleagues

We are pleased to confirm we have now had endorsement from STFC’s Science Board and approval from STFC’s Executive to implement proposed changes to the Astronomy Grants Scheme from 2023.

Following the community consultation, which took place in June, we have listened to the community input and the proposed Small and Large Award schemes have been revised accordingly. From 2023 we will be implementing the Small Awards Scheme only; the Large Awards will follow in March 2024.

We invite you to join us (Jim Wild (Chair of the Implementation Panel), Lyndsay Fletcher (AGP Chair) and Mark Sullivan (AGP Deputy Chair) and the STFC Astronomy Team) for a Q&A session to respond to any queries you may have regarding the new scheme. This will take place on Monday 7th November from 1-3pm via Zoom. The meeting will be recorded for those unable to attend. You do not need to register for this event. Please join via the following link:

The attached slides outline the scope of Small Awards and Large Awards, the eligibility for submissions and how we will manage demand. Please be advised these are intended as an overview only, detailed guidance will be available on the STFC website in due course (early November).
Please email Chloe Woodcock for the slides

Key Points:
– The eligibility for Small Award submissions has been updated to implement a phased approach. For the 2023 round, only 2020 applicants will be eligible to apply as a PI (note that Co-I eligibility is not restricted to 2020 applicants).
– Demand management has been revised to decouple the management between Small and Large Awards.
– There is no longer a cap on costs for both types of award, instead there is a limit on the requested FTE and resources permitted; allowing more flexibility for technology development and lab based projects.
– Invited resubmissions from the 2022 round will be contacted shortly after the outcome of the 2022 round has been communicated.

Please be advised we are in process of emailing all PIs due to submit in the 2023 round, we should have contacted everyone by the end of tomorrow (Wednesday 26th October).

If you have any urgent queries ahead of the Q&A session please contact Chloe Woodcock ( and Kim Burchell (

Kind regards
The Astronomy Awards Team
Science and Technology Facilities Council… continue to the full article

Read more

Barbara Bromage 1948-2022

It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend and colleague Dr Barbara Bromage passed away peacefully in her sleep, in hospital and after a long illness, with her husband Gordon at her side.

Having obtained a PhD in Infrared Spectroscopy, Barbara’s research interests spanned solar and solar-terrestrial physics. At the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory she worked for the EISCAT group and studied the aurora and solar effects on the Earth’s upper atmosphere. She later joined RAL’s solar physics group, leading some of the pre-launch calibration of the Coronal Diagnostic Spectrometer (CDS) on SOHO.

In 1994 she joined the University of Central Lancashire, where she effectively founded the solar physics group. Over the following 20 years at the University she continued her research on solar-terrestrial effects, solar active regions and coronal holes. She was a well-liked lecturer and staff member and was promoted to Reader in Solar Physics. She was active both in UKSP (of which she was secretary for some years) and in MIST. She will be missed.

To offer condolences please contact Gordon Bromage at… continue to the full article

Read more

Use of UKSP Zoom Licence for Small Workshops

The UKSP council offer free zoom licence access to the UKSP community so that PhD students to senior researchers can host their own meetings, short workshops and summer schools. We would particularly like to encourage PhD students and early career researchers to consider organising such events. The UKSP council can provide support in organising and advertising your event.

If you are interested in using the UKSP Zoom licence, then please contact:

-Karen Meyer ( or
-Matthew Lennard (

with details of your prospective meeting:
• What type of meeting, who it is aimed at.
• When the zoom licence will be required (date: from… to…).
• Details of the person who will host the meeting (name, position, institute, department, and email address).

The UKSP zoom licence is supported by a Royal Astronomical Society Grant.… continue to the full article

Read more

Launch of STFC Visions

We’re delighted to let you know about the launch of STFC Visions.

STFC Visions aims to identify ground-breaking, early-stage concepts that have the potential to be developed into ambitious initiatives and infrastructures, transforming the research and innovation landscape and shaping the future of our economy and society.

There is no direct funding attached to Visions and it does not seek to replace standard funding channels and mechanisms. Therefore we are only accepting concepts that fall into the following two categories into the Visions scheme:
1. Research and Innovation concepts: it is anticipated these concepts will be of a scale greater than £5 million; be inter- or multi-disciplinary; require new collaborations; and will be driven by UKRI or government strategic priorities
2. Infrastructure concepts: Multi and single discipline infrastructure concepts will be in scope for Visions as long as there is a key benefit for the research and innovation community; the concept can provide national or international level capability; and will lead to a large capital project with the total costs of the UK contribution likely to exceed £15 million

By developing a pipeline of concepts STFC will be able to support its communities by being better placed to respond to strategic opportunities as they arise.

Full details about Visions, including concept guidance and the Visions proforma, can be found at

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Visions team directly on VISIONS@stfc.ukri.orgcontinue to the full article

Read more

Call for members of UKSA Space Exploration Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The UK Space Agency seeks nominations for membership of its Space Exploration Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Space exploration has an exciting few years ahead. There is strong UK interest, both academic and industrial, in programmes such as Lunar Gateway and Mars Sample Return. We are looking for people who can represent their specialist area through the lens of an understanding of human and robotic exploration, the UK’s activities in this field, both nationally and through ESA, and the wider National Space Strategy and the government’s science and technology ambitions.

We are looking for 3 people for 3 areas due to membership durations ending:

• Lunar science and exploration
• Mars science and exploration
• Microgravity science and experimentation (especially in the Life Sciences) (deadline for applications – Monday 14 November 2022).

Joanna Bird
Exploration Science Community Officer… continue to the full article

Read more

Applications are now open to STFC-funded doctoral students to take part in the UKRI Policy Internship Placement Scheme – Deadline 4th November 2022 16:00 (UK time)

Applications are now open to STFC-funded doctoral students to take part in the UKRI Policy Internship Placement Scheme.

The Policy Internship Placement scheme provides an opportunity for STFC-funded doctoral students to undertake a three-month placement at either the Government Office for Science or the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

During their internship, the student undertakes work on a policy topic agreed with their host partner that is relevant to both parties. At the end of the internship, the student is expected to have:

• produced a briefing paper
• participated in a policy inquiry and, or
• organised a policy event

The intention of the scheme is to embed students in an environment where they can engage with the process of converting research outputs into policy. These internships equip students with transferable skills and training relevant to the future career paths that the student may choose.

The closing date is 4 November 2022 16:00 UK time. For more information and how to apply, visit:

Applicants should contact the training grant administrator at their Research Organisation with any queries relating to their funding status.

Any enquiries should be directed to in the first instance.… continue to the full article

Read more

DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 15th Call for Proposals Closing date reminder: Tuesday 4th October 2022 at 16:00

We would like to remind the community that the DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 15th Call for Proposals closes on Tuesday 4th October 2022 at 16:00 UK time.
Proposals received after this time will not be accepted.

The original Call announcement is included below for information.

DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 15th Call for Proposals

The DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 15th Call for Proposals is now open. The UK theory and modelling communities in Astronomy and Cosmology, Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics are invited to apply for computational resources on the STFC DiRAC HPC Facility.

The deadline for proposal submissions to the 15th Call is Tuesday 4th October 2022 at 16:00 UK time. The following documents should be sent direct to STFC via email

1. Scientific application form
2. Scientific case for support
3. Project Management and Data Management Plan
4. Relevant publications (annex)
5. References (annex)
6. Any letters of verification (non-mandatory, maximum of 3, if the work proposed is dependent on other scientific results or being part of a large collaboration)
7. Technical application form
8. RSE application form – if applicable

STFC recommends that applicants send their documents via secure email.

Please note that all applicants must submit a technical case (technical application form) otherwise a full proposal submission will not be accepted.
Successful awards will be scheduled to begin on 1st April 2023.
All proposal types will be accepted, including Research Software Engineering Support. Seedcorn proposals can be submitted at any time
The application forms and guidance notes, plus descriptions of the DiRAC services are available at

STFC welcomes applications from Early Career Researchers.

Please note that no single application can request more than 80% of the availability of a DiRAC machine within a given year (availability figures are provided in the guidance notes at annex 1).

There have been some changes to the guidance for RAC15 which are summarized in section 1.2 of the guidance notes. Applicants are strongly advised to read the RAC Guidance Documentation for the 15th Call.


Enquiries should be directed as follows:

RAC process and remit: STFC Swindon Office:
Technical questions: RSE Team:
Direct allocations or discretionary requests: DiRAC Director, Prof Mark Wilkinson (… continue to the full article

Read more