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GREGOR – Call for Observing Proposals 2023A (April to August 2023)

GREGOR is a 1.5-meter on-axis solar telescope at the Observatorio del Teide in Tenerife that is operated in PI mode. We invite proposals for the first season campaign (April to August 2022), at GREGOR in 2023, with the submission deadline on January 20, 2023, at 12:00 (CET).

Instrumentation available in 2023A:
1. GRIS Spectro-polarimeter in near-infrared at wavelengths 1.0–1.3 or 1.5–1.8 microns. Modes: Slit-scanner (64arcsec x 0.26arcsec simultaneously, 64arcsec x60arcsec scanned) or Image slicer- IFU (FOV: 3”x6” simultaneously, 60”x60” scanned). Simultaneous H-alpha and continuum Slitjaw images are available if the 650nm beam splitter is used.
2. The upgraded High-resolution Fast Imager (HiFI+) consists of three camera control computers with two synchronized sCMOS cameras each. HiFI+ offers near-diffraction limited imaging at the high cadence in sin spectral windows: Ca II H, G-band, blue continuum, broad- and narrow-band H-alpha, and TiO.

Please see our website for the current capabilities and restrictions.

The allocation time is distributed as follows:
1. KIS time: Application via kis_tac@leibniz-kis.de. Eligibility: Any researcher with no restriction on institute/nationality can apply for observing time if at least one collaborator from KIS is included in the proposal.
2. The remaining time is reserved for the partners. The proposal form for KIS time and more information on the instrumentation can be found here: https://www.leibniz-kis.de/en/observatories/gregor/observations-with-gregor/ and on the “Scientific instruments” page.

Proposal submission for SOLARNET, CCI, and Spanish time is announced in separate calls.

The German consortium will offer on-site or remote observations on all days including weekends. The PI will be able to conduct observations remotely with the support of assistants present at the observatory in Tenerife or remotely assisting from Germany.

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European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) 2023 Prizes

The European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) awards several prizes every year in recognition of the scientific excellence of European solar physicists and their service to the community.
– The 2023 ESPD Patricia Edwin PhD Thesis Prize will be awarded to a young researcher whose PhD thesis/viva was defended in 2022.
– The 2023 ESPD Giancarlo Noci Early Career Prize will be awarded to a young researcher whose PhD was awarded after 01/012019 (with possible extension).
– Moreover, starting with this year, a new prize (ESPD Kees Zwaan Inspirational Community Prize) will be awarded, with the aim of recognising researchers/technicians/organisations/groups whose contribution goes beyond scientific research in the field of Solar Physics.

These prizes are nomination-based. The deadline for nomination is February 5th, 2023.

Further information about eligibility, documents to be included in the nomination package, and the submission process for each prize can be found on the ESPD prizes webpage:
https://www.eps.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=85203&id=641304

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.

The ESPD Prize Committee… continue to the full article

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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 https://docs.sunpy.org/en/stable/whatsnew/4.1.html, and the full changelog at https://docs.sunpy.org/en/stable/whatsnew/changelog.html.

🖥 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 https://community.openastronomy.org/c/sunpy/5.

👏 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

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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 (www.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
instrumentation
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

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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: https://ukri.zoom.us/j/98212807735

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 chloe.woodcock@stfc.ukri.org

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 (chloe.woodcock@stfc.ukri.org) and Kim Burchell (kim.burchell@stfc.ukri.org)

Kind regards
The Astronomy Awards Team
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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.

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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 (kmeyer001@dundee.ac.uk) or
-Matthew Lennard (mglennard1@sheffield.ac.uk)

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

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