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Equitable Letters for Space Physics (ELSP)

Dear community, 

We are pleased to announce that Equitable Letters for Space Physics (ELSP) is now accepting recommendation and nomination letters to review.  ELSP’s mission is to encourage merit-based recommendations and nominations in the space physics community by providing resources for letter writing and reviews of recommendation and nomination letters.  ELSP seeks to achieve this goal by:

1) providing resources for people writing letters of recommendation and award nomination at the undergraduate level and above,
2) provide resources for people wishing to learn about different implicit biases and lessen their manifestation, and
3) provide reviews of recommendation and nomination letters, with the goal of lessening implicit bias in these letters.

This system functions similarly to double-anonymous journal article reviews, with the ELSP executive director acting as editor.  If you have more questions or would like to participate, please contact us at equitable.space.letters@gmail.com.

You can also learn more about our mission and find both letter writing and implicit bias resources at the ELSP website: https://equitableletterssp.github.io/ELSP/

Yours, 
Angeline G. Burrell, John Coxon, Alexa Halford, McArthur Jones Jr., and Kate Zawdie
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Cycle-13 e-MERLIN Call for Proposals [deadline 27th October 2021]

e-MERLIN/VLBI National Radio Astronomy Facility

www.e-merlin.ac.uk

Invitation for Proposals: Cycle-13

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: 

23:59:59 UT on 27th October 2021

Full Details:

http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe.html

e-MERLIN requests proposals from the international astronomical community for observations to be made during Cycle-13. Proposals are competitively peer-reviewed under standard STFC rules by the Programme Allocation of Telescope Time (PATT) e-MERLIN Time Allocation Group. Allocation will be made on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility alone. 

 e-MERLIN Science: e-MERLIN observations address a broad range of science topics,

http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/science.html

and its unique combination of angular resolution (mas) and sensitivity (microJy) provide crucial insights in multiple science areas including:

·         Star-formation and black hole growth in galaxies.

·         The physical processes which govern the formation of stars.

·         The modes of activity in nearby galaxies.

·         Transient radio sources.

·         Radio spectral lines (masers and in absorption).

·         The energetic processes in relativistic outflows from jets generated by black holes and compact objects.

·         Along with multiple other applications.

e-MERLIN provides high angular resolution (12 – 150 milli-arcsec) and high sensitivity (micro-Janksy) imaging at cm wavelengths as well as polarimetry, spectroscopy, and astrometry. e-MERLIN is an SKA-pathfinder instrument providing observations with resolutions and frequencies comparable to those that will be provided by SKA1-mid.

 Cycle-13 e-MERLIN Capabilities

[e-MERLIN observations between February 1st and July 31st, 2022 ]

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals:

23:59:59 UT on 27th October 2021

                                                    Ang. res.    Sensitivity

L-band (1.25 – 1.75 GHz)      ~150 mas    ~12 uJy/bm*

C-band (4.5 – 7.5 GHz)         ~ 40 mas      ~10 uJy/bm*   

K-band (19 – 25 GHz)            ~12 mas      ~130 uJy/bm

* Assumes inclusion of the Lovell Telescope at L/C-band and a full imaging track (~12hrs including calibration). It is envisaged that a limited amount of Lovell time will be available for PATT programmes during Cycle-13. The full invitation for proposals, including technical specifications, and links to the e-MERLIN Sensitivity Calculator are available at:

www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe.html

Access and financial support for e-MERLIN Scientists and Users: e-MERLIN is open to all users with projects allocated solely on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility. Additionally, e-MERLIN is one of the participating infrastructures in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the OPTICON-RadioNet PILOT project was launched on March 1st, 2021. This programme will provide facility access and financial support for users from eligible projects in Cycle-13.  For further information or contact e-MERLIN staff (emerlin@jb.man.ac.uk).  

EVN+e-MERLIN Observations: The full integration of e-MERLIN telescopes within the European VLBI Network is also available. This mode of observing provides e-MERLIN’s additional ‘short-spacing’ (10 – 200 km) component available to the EVN which allows imaging of a wider range of spatial scales. Proposals for e-MERLIN + EVN observations should be made via the EVN Programme Committee rather than through e-MERLIN directly. The next Call for EVN Proposals (including combined e-MERLIN + EVN observations) is detailed at www.evlbi.org. The next deadlines for EVN proposals are October 1st 2021, & February 1st, 2022.

e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, The University of Manchester,

Jodrell Bank Observatory,

Macclesfield,

Cheshire SK11 9DL,

United Kingdom

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IAU PhD Prize Reminder

As you know each IAU Division has, once a year, the opportunity to award its own prize to the candidate it feels has carried out the most remarkable work in the previous year (i.e. a PhD Thesis which has been defended between the 16 December in the previous year, and 15 December this year). 

The IAU PhD Prize is open to candidates from any country, regardless of whether the country has  IAU National Membership. The objective is to recognise outstanding scientific achievement in astrophysics around the world even at that early stage in the career.

I would like to count on you in informing potential candidates, in your country or institution, of this opportunity since the deadline for applications for the 2020 IAU PhD Prize will be the 15th December.

The application form is available here:

https://www.iau.org/submissions/phd-prize/

The conditions and details for the application are available on the IAU webpage here: https://www.iau.org/science/grants_prizes/phd_prize/

Please find more information in our announcement here: https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann21057/

I thank you in advance for your collaboration. 

José Miguel Rodriguez Espinosa

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Reminder: UK-SOSS 14th October at 10:00 UK time – Prof. Mihalis Mathioudakis

Dear All, 

Please find below the title and abstract of the tomorrow UK-SOSS talk, which will be held at 10:00 (UK time), on 14th of October.

We look forward to welcoming you to the seminar!

With warmest regards,
Marianna Korsos, Chris Nelson, and Jiajia Liu 

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Speaker: Prof. Mihalis Mathioudakis (Queen’s University Belfast)

Title: From high-resolution observations of the Sun to the solar-stellar connection

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95338171418

Meeting ID 953 3817 1418

Abstract:

Our nearest star has always been a unique source for our understanding of the universe in its many forms. The solar atmosphere and interior provide a working example where structures and dynamics can be studied over an enormous range of spatial and temporal scales. The seminar will begin with some global solar properties and phenomena, placing them in the context of stellar magnetic activity. We will then highlight some of the smallest features that can be resolved in the lower solar atmosphere and the physical parameters that can be extracted from them. We will comment on the high-resolution observations of the Sun and how they can help us tackle some of the challenges of stellar astrophysics. 

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For the previous talk, please visit the UK-SOSS website: https://solarphysics.aber.ac.uk/uk-soss.php

You can subscribe to the UK-SOSS newsletter on this link:
https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=UK-SOSS&A=1

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STFC Knowledge Exchange 2022 – Hybrid event

STFC Knowledge Exchange 2022 – Hybrid event

We would like to invite you to the STFC Knowledge exchange and networking event.

16th November – Royal College of Physicians London

This event will highlight the opportunities and funding available to potential applicants in 2022. With a mix of Industry, Academia and Government, we will highlight the needs of their respective communities and how you can interact with them in the STFC space.

Whilst we would love to see you in person, we understand that some of you would prefer not to travel given the current situation. As such, we will be live streaming the event alongside the in-person gathering. Please register using the link below, making clear if you will be attending in-person or virtually.

On the day there will be

  • Launch of the CLASP Security and Environment funding round
  • Advice on making applications
  • The opportunity to ask questions about the STFC Knowledge Exchange schemes.
  • Presentations from representatives from various government agencies highlighting some of the relevant challenges in their sectors. 
  • Presentations from previous recipients of both schemes
  • An opportunity to hear an update from UKRI on Commercialisation plans
  • An opportunity to listen to Innovate UK outline funding opportunities for later stage commercialisation projects
  • Network opportunities for those attending in-person

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Free zoom licence access to the UKSP community

The UKSP council offer free zoom licence access to the UKSP community so that PhD students to senior researchers can host their own meetings and summer schools.

The UKSP zoom licence is a “Standard Pro” licence with the following features:

-Host up to 100 participants
-Group meetings for up to 30 hours
-Social media streaming
-Video recording
-Private & Group Chat
-Polling for meetings
-etc.

How you can get access?

The members of UKSP community can email the council (Marianna Korsós: mak102@aber.ac.uk) with details of a prospective meeting:

-What type of meeting
-Name of your meeting
-When the zoom account will be used (date: from… to…. )
-The relevant details of the person who will host the meeting (name, position, institute, department, and email address)

The applicant will receive a temporary password which will be valid during the proposed meeting.

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DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 14th Call for Proposals

DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 14th Call for Proposals

The DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 14th 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 14th Call is Tuesday 5th October 2021 at 16:00 UK time. The following documents should be sent direct to STFC via email DiRACRAC@stfc.ac.uk

• Full scientific proposal
• Technical Case
• Research Software Engineering (RSE) Support proposals

STFC recommends that applicants send their documents via secure email.

Please note that all applicants must submit a technical case otherwise a full proposal submission will not be accepted.
Successful awards will be scheduled to begin on 1st April 2022.
All proposal types will be accepted, including Research Software Engineering Support. Seedcorn proposals can be submitted at any time https://dirac.ac.uk/seedcorn/
The application forms and guidance notes, plus descriptions of the DiRAC services are available at https://dirac.ac.uk/callforproposals/

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 application form and guidance notes).

Applicants are strongly advised to read the RAC Guidance Documentation for the 14th Call.
Enquiries:
Enquiries should be directed as follows:
• RAC process and remit: STFC Swindon Office: DiRACRAC@stfc.ac.uk
• Technical questions: RSE Team: dirac-support@epcc.ed.ac.uk
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UK Space Agency – Call for Membership Nominations

The UK Space Agency seeks nominations for membership of its Science Programme Advisory Committee (SPAC).

The SPAC is responsible for advising the Agency on the overall strategy for involvement in space science projects, taking account of issues relating to Space Science, technology, industry, potential spin-off applications, science and society opportunities, education, and skills. SPAC provides advice on the ranking and relative priority of current and potential future space science projects as an input to both funding and review decisions conducted by or for the UK Space Agency. The Committee also advises UK Space Agency’s ESA Science Programme Committee (SPC) delegation on UK positions for SPC meetings, as well as wider opportunities and benefits arising from the space science programme and the broader industrial and academic community. Membership of the SPAC consists of representatives of the academic and industrial groups from across the breadth of relevant subject areas.

Through this call for membership UK Space Agency is seeking four new members to join SPAC. The Committee relies on a broad range of expertise from academia and industry, and no specific specialisms are prioritised in this call. Through the selection process UK Space Agency will take account of balance of gender, career stage, scientific/technical/management expertise, and institutional representation across the Committee’s membership.

Nominations should be made by email, no later than 1st September at 16:00 to the email address below and include the following information:

• Name
• Organisation
• Research interests
• Summary (200-300 words) of relevant experience

Suitable candidates are expected to have:
• experience of working with international space programmes (e.g., with ESA (European Space Agency), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)).
• broad knowledge of the UK R+D landscape.
• knowledge of the political and strategic challenges of work in this area, at both a national and international level.
• scientific expertise in a space science-related discipline, such as astronomy, solar system science, astrophysics, cosmology, excluding the life sciences.

Experience of working in similar advisory positions for government or other public bodies would be beneficial (e.g., government agencies, Research Councils, other funding bodies.).

Membership is on a two-year term, and meetings are usually held quarterly with the next SPAC meeting being held in late October 2021.

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Call for nominations for RAS Education and Outreach Awards

Dear Fellow,

We are now accepting your nominations for the RAS Education and Outreach Awards 2022. Please read below for more information.

The Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach

The Annie Maunder Medal is open to everyone involved in outreach or public engagement for astronomy or geophysics. That is: academics, amateurs, and professionals (including those whose main occupation is outreach or public engagement). This Medal can be awarded to individuals or whole teams. In line with other RAS Awards, this Medal is open to nominees from anywhere in the world.

Please note self-nominations are not accepted, however, proposers may work with their nominees so that all the relevant information regarding the numbers of people reached and the impact of the work can easily be provided.

To submit a nomination, please visit our website: Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach (A/G)

RAS Education Award: Primary

The Primary Education Award is awarded for particularly noteworthy contributions to astronomy or geophysics by primary teachers e.g. by significantly improving attainment, innovative use of astronomy or geophysics in teaching, or engaging students in extra-curricular projects. The Award is normally presented at the next National Astronomy Meeting, or if this is not possible, at one of the Society’s A&G meetings. The prize for this award is £500 which will be payable to the school, to support the awardee’s activities.

To submit a nomination, please visit our website: RAS Education Award: Primary

RAS Education Award: Secondary/Further Education

The Secondary/FE Education Award is awarded for particularly noteworthy contributions to astronomy or geophysics by secondary or FE teachers e.g. by significantly improving attainment, innovative use of astronomy or geophysics across the curriculum, or engaging students in extra-curricular projects. The Award is normally presented at the next National Astronomy Meeting, or if this is not possible, at one of the Society’s A&G meetings. The prize for this award is £500 which will be payable to the school, to support the awardee’s activities.

To submit a nomination, please visit our website: RAS Education Award: Secondary/FE

RAS Education Award: Higher Education

The Higher Education Award is awarded for particularly noteworthy contributions to undergraduate or postgraduate student supervision in higher education of astronomy or geophysics. This might include innovative curriculum design or assessment and feedback practices, leadership in teaching and learning of the subject, or excellence in student support or supervision. The Award is normally presented at the next National Astronomy Meeting, or if this is not possible, at one of the Society’s A&G meetings. The prize for this award is £500 which will be payable to the awardee’s department, to support the awardee’s activities.

To submit a nomination, please visit our website: RAS Education Award: Higher Education

The deadline for nominations for all Education and Outreach Awards is Friday, September 24. If you have any queries please email me (ncole@ras.ac.uk).

Best wishes,

Nush Cole

Awards & Grants Officer

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URGENT – COSPAR PSW/ISWAT Updated Space-Weather Roadmap

Dear Colleagues.

Please note that the deadlines for the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the paper submissions into updating of the COSPAR space-weather roadmap are fast approaching! Full details can be found here: https://iswat-cospar.org/roadmap_update-pathway, but the details of the deadlines are below.

Please ensure you get your NOI in on time – this is very important for the background planning and organisation of the two Special Issues in ASR and to gauge any key areas of space weather that are not being fully represented!

Many thanks in advance,

Mario.

Important Dates

Deadlines for Notice on Intend:

July 29, 2021 for Special Issue 1 (Science Research and Applications)
August 15, 2021 for Special Issue 2 (Achievements and Future Goals)
Go to https://iswat-cospar.org/form/notice-of-intend-submission-form to fill the “Notice of Intend Submission Form”

Deadlines for paper submissions to https://www.editorialmanager.com/AISR

January 31, 2022 for Special Issue 1 (Science Research and Applications)
April 30, 2022 for ISWAT Cluster papers for Special Issue 2 (Achievements and Future Goals)
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