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UK Solar Missions Forum 2023 – Request for Community Input

Dear Colleagues,

For many years, a short meeting known as the UK Solar Missions Forum was held yearly to discuss current and future ground and space-based instrumentation projects and bring together different representatives from our community, STFC panels and UKSA.

After a break due to Covid, we want to organise such a meeting in 2023. The meeting will be organised by the UKSP Council and led by Professor Richard Harrison (RAL).

We hope we can use the time to discuss:
– Projects in operation
– Projects in development
– Horizon scanning future projects
– Strategy/planning/updates from UKSA/STFC

We propose that the name of the meeting is changed to ‘UK Solar Instrumentation and Facilities Forum’ to account for all categories we may discuss, including ground and space-based missions (collaborations with e.g., NASA, ESA), as well as new opportunities such as CubeSat development and the opportunities arising for our field with the construction of UK spaceports.

Also, we propose that the meeting could be held as part of a two-day hybrid workshop (1-day for the UK Solar Instrumentation and Facilities Forum and 1-day for a UKSP specialist discussion meeting that promotes the work of early career researchers in the UK).

To organise the meeting, we would value input from the community about e.g., the best time, location and format of the meeting via a very short survey:
If possible, please complete the survey by December 15th. Other comments and suggestions can also be added to the survey form (last box).

Kind regards,
UKSP Chair on behalf of Richard Harrison and the UKSP Council.… continue to the full article

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UKSP/MIST List of STFC Introductory Summer School Hosts – Request for Information

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the STFC Introductory Summer School is held at a different UK institution every year. In the past, the UKSP and MIST councils have compiled a list of potential hosts/bids (over a timeframe of five to ten years).

Our lists are coming to an end (2025). Therefore, we ask the communities to email both Natasha Jeffrey ( and Jasmine Sandhu ( if they are planning to bid for the STFC Introductory Summer School in years 2026–2030. Please send your responses by December 1st, 2022.

Our respective councils can then provide an updated list of potential hosts/bids. Furthermore, we can help to make sure that the school is being held at different geographical locations around the UK and ensure that the schools are being shared equally amongst solar and MIST institutions.

Kind regards,
Natasha Jeffrey and Jasmine Sandhu on behalf of the UKSP and MIST councils… continue to the full article

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Congratulations to Dr Nicolina Chrysaphi for winning the runner-up prize of the Keith Runcorn Thesis Prize 2021

On behalf of the UKSP community, we congratulate Dr Nicolina Chrysaphi. In this year, Dr Nicolina Chrysaphi is the runner-up for the Keith Runcorn Thesis Prize 2021 of the RAS.

The awarded thesis is:

Title: Fine structures of solar radio bursts: origins and radio-wave propagation effects

Supervisor: Prof Eduard Kontar (University of Glasgow)

Abstract: Solar eruptive events are associated with radio emissions that appear as impulsive increases in intensity, known as solar radio bursts. Turbulence in the solar corona impacts the propagation of radio waves, obscuring the intrinsic emission properties. Here, anisotropic scattering on small-scale density fluctuations is investigated using novel 3D radio-wave propagation simulations. Several observed radio properties are simultaneously reproduced for the first time, verifying the necessity to consider anisotropic scattering. The sub-second evolution of fine radio burst properties at a single frequency is also investigated, enabled by conducting observations that utilise the unprecedented imaging capabilities of the LOw-Frequency ARray (LOFAR). The fundamental and harmonic sources of a Type IIIb burst are quantitatively compared, demonstrating that harmonic emissions arise from an intrinsic source with a finite size and finite emission duration. Drift-pair burst observations are successfully described by the radio echo hypothesis. It is shown that the radio echo, which produces the second Drift-pair component, is detected only when the anisotropy is strong. A dependence of the observed properties on the source’s intrinsic location and on the assumed emission-to-plasma frequency ratio is inferred. Moreover, the subbands of a split-band Type II burst are simultaneously imaged for the first time. Despite the large separations observed between subband sources, it is shown that once scattering is quantitatively accounted for, the sources become co-spatial. Corrections on the observed source locations also allude to lower coronal densities. Additionally, the first observation of a Type II burst that transitions between a stationary and drifting state—termed as a transitioning Type II burst—is reported. The radio emissions are related to a jet eruption that drives a streamer-puff CME. Overall, state-of-the-art simulations and radio observations are combined and compared. The importance of accounting for radio-wave propagation effects—primarily anisotropic scattering—and the consequence of neglecting to do so on any subsequent interpretations is illustrated.

The Keith Runcorn Prize for the best doctoral thesis in geophysics (including planetary science and solar physics) is awarded annually. The prize is named after Keith Runcorn (1922-1995).

Hereby, we also take the opportunity to congratulate Dr Juan Alday Parejo (University of Oxford) – ‘Unravelling the isotopic imprints of Martian CO2 and H2O using solar occultation observations from the Atmospheric Chemistry Suite onboard ExoMars Trace Gas orbitor.’ for the first prize.… continue to the full article

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New editors of UKSP Nuggets

The UKSP Nuggets are a series of short articles highlighting recently published work led by UK researchers in solar physics. After a distinguished tenure, Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher are stepping down from their role as editors of the UKSP nuggets. I’m sure you’ll join me in offering them many thanks for their time and effort in maintaining the high quality of the nuggets over the years.

The UKSP nuggets are now being absorbed by the UKSP council. Taking over as editors for the next 12 months or so will be:

Peter Wyper (
Rahul Sharma (

Correspondence or queries regarding nuggets should be directed to them from now on. Examples of published UKSP Nuggets can be found here:

We’d also like to take this opportunity to strongly encourage in particular PhD students and postdocs (and their supervisors) based in UK institutions with recently published work to approach us to discuss potential nugget submissions. Nuggets are science highlights advertising your work/paper and are an excellent way to raise the profile of a piece of work as well as the profile of the authors themselves.… continue to the full article

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FAO Solar Seminar Organisers – UKSP Council Support for Online Seminars

To all Solar Seminar Organisers,

The UKSP Council have decided not to continue the monthly online UK-SOSS seminar series, due to a decline in numbers after the lifting of pandemic restrictions. We are currently exploring other potential options for enabling the UKSP community to present their work and interact with each other more widely.

One possibility that we are considering is for individual groups to stream and advertise some of the talks in their own seminar series online, to allow members of the UKSP community to attend remotely. The UKSP Council could provide free access to the UKSP Zoom licence if needed, and could advertise your chosen seminars through our newsletter, website and social media.

At this stage, we are consulting individual groups, to determine whether there would be any interest in this proposal. Please contact Karen Meyer ( to let us know if this is something that would be of interest your group or not.

Kind regards,
Karen Meyer and Matthew Lennard on behalf of the UKSP Council… continue to the full article

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We need your help to update the UKSP website

The UKSP council has started updating the UKSP website. Therefore, we would like to ask the community to help with the following:

1) Public Outreach page (

This page would be the collection of public outreach activities in the UK related to solar physics. We would like to list outreach activities which are meant to engage a large audience and to bring knowledge and expertise on the Sun to the general public. These outreach activities can take several forms, such as school presentations, workshops, public talks, lab visits, etc…
If you would like to add information about your outreach activity, please contact the Deputy Chairperson directly.

2) Seminar Speaker page (

This page is dedicated to listing early career lecturers, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD students who would like to give seminars at institutes around the UK.
We would particularly like to encourage PhD students and early career researchers to consider this opportunity.
Please contact the Deputy Chair if you would like your name added (with a short description of your research).

3) Mentors page (

The UKSP community has decided to put in place a mentoring scheme. The mentors cover a range of career stages and are available to provide advice on a range of issues, e.g. jobs (applying for post-docs, promotions), applying for grants, publishing, outreach, writing up the PhD etc.
We would like to invite more people to participate in our mentoring scheme.
If you are interested in this role, please contact the Deputy Chair directly.
We note this is not an attempt to replace University mentoring schemes but should be used as an additional resource.

4) Institutions page (

The page includes links to the UK institutions and their associated research groups currently undertaking and contributing to solar physics research.
We would like to add those groups which are not listed on the website yet.… continue to the full article

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UKSP Council Election 2022 – Results

Following the recent elections the following members of our community have been elected to the UKSP Council:

Chairperson: Dr Natasha Jeffrey, Northumbria University

Deputy Chairperson: Dr Marianna Korsos, Aberystwyth University

Staff member: Dr Peter Wyper, Durham University
Staff member: Dr Karen Meyer, Dundee University
Staff member: Dr Ryan Milligan, Queen’s University Belfast

PDRA member: Dr Rahul Sharma, Northumbria University
PDRA member: Dr Suzana de Souza e Almeida Silva, Sheffield University

PhD student member: Mr Matthew Lennard, Sheffield University

We would like to congratulate the members of the new Council and wish them a very successful term.

The new council will start their three-year term on the 1st October 2022.

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UKSP Council Elections 2022 – Voting Closes TOMORROW (2nd September) at 23:59

Dear Colleagues,

Voting for the UKSP Council Elections 2022 is now open. We apologise for the delay.

The voting form can be found here:

To prevent one person voting multiple times, you must sign in to vote. However, this information is not stored and all voting is anonymous.

Voting will end on the 2nd September 2022 at 23:59.

The candidate information (statement, photo and nominators) can all be found on the UKSP website via:

On the website, this page can be found under the ‘Planning and Strategy’ tab.

Please note that many of the positions only have one candidate and/or have the required number of candidates (i.e. staff positions) and hence voting will not change the result. However, all candidates and their statements are shown for transparency. *Please vote for the PDRA candidates since only two PDRA positions are available on the council.*

Any questions or queries should be directed towards the outgoing chair ( and deputy chair ( and not to the candidates.

Kind regards,

UKSP Council… continue to the full article

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Reminder: UKSP Council Elections

Dear colleagues,

It is time to elect the new UKSP Council. Council is comprised of eight 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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UKSP Poster Prizes at NAM2022 – Winners!

Dear Colleagues,

During NAM2022, UKSP offered 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.

We are pleased to announce that the winning posters are:

Bradley Ramsey (Aberystwyth) – “Automated methods for detecting, tracking and characterising bright points in multi-instrument solar imagery”

Oliver Rice (Durham) – “Eruptivity Criteria for Two-dimensional Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Solar Corona”

Congratulations Bradley and Oliver!

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

Finally, thanks to everyone involved in the judging and to everyone that entered their poster into the competition.

Kind regards,

UKSP Council… continue to the full article

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