Final Call for abstracts and financial support – WISA@Northumbria, 20-23 June 2023

Final Call for Abstracts – deadline extended
Financial support applications open
METCALF support possibility – please express your interest

The first Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA) meeting will be held on 20-23 June 2023 at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 15th April.

The Sun’s atmosphere provides a unique laboratory to examine magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) phenomena that occur in magnetised plasmas. The WISA series meetings are the follow-up to the BUKS meetings and are dedicated to progressing our understanding of MHD wave phenomena; examining how they drive and contribute to the observed dynamics from the photosphere to the corona, and how they can be exploited to probe plasma conditions.

This meeting will focus on four key topics, namely:

– Wave generation, energy transport, dissipation and heating
– Instabilities
– Seismology of solar and stellar atmospheres
– Novel diagnostic techniques and forward modelling

The meeting will include a full day workshop (half-day theory + half-day tutorials) on novel diagnostic techniques. We will have tutorials on:

• MHD spectroscopy (LEGOLAS code), given by Niels Claes (KU Leuven)
• Fourier and wavelet analysis (WOW code), given by Frédéric Auchère (IAS)
• Motion magnification, given by Tim Duckenfield (Northumbria U)
• Sonification of astronomical data (STRAUSS code), given by Christopher Harrison (Newcastle U) and James Trayford (Portsmouth U)

Registration fee: £120 and includes:
– Daily refreshments
– Lunch
– Welcome reception
– Conference dinner

Financial support is available and priority will be given to early career researchers. Please apply, including a brief case for support here:

This meeting may receive support from the Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Award Committee. Should this be the case, please express your interest in applying for the Metcalf Travel Award in the financial support registration form. You can read more about this award here (


– Abstract submission portal has been extended to 15 April 2023
– Registrations open in early April 2023
– Financial support deadline: 15 April 2023

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

• Frédéric Auchère (Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale)
• Mahboubeh Asgari-Targhi (Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian)
• Cosima Breu (University of St Andrews)
• Niels Claes (KU Leuven)
• Sergio Diaz-Suarez (Universitat de les Illes Ballears)
• Tim Duckenfield (Northumbria University)
• Tobias Felipe (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias)
• Christopher Harrison (Newcastle University)
• Andrew Hillier (University of Exeter)
• Mingzhe Guo (KU Leuven)
• Dmitrii Kolotkov (Warwick University)
• Elena Kupriyanova (Central Astronomical Observatory at Pulkovo)
• Beatrice Popescu-Braileanu (KU Leuven)
• Tanmoy Samanta (Indian Institute of Astrophysics)
• Rahul Sharma (Northumbria University)
• Mijie Shi (Shandong University)
• Yuandeng Shen (Yunnan observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
• Munehito Shoda (University of Tokyo)
• Marco Stangalini (Italian Space Agency)
• Ramada Sukarmadji (Northumbria University)
• James Trayford (Portsmouth University)
• Zihao Yang (Peking University)
• Sihui Zhong (University of Warwick)
• Noemi Zsamberger (University of Sheffield)

Local Organising Committee:

• Patrick Antolin (Chair)
• Shaun Bloomfield
• Natasha Jeffrey
• James McLaughlin
• Hemanthi Miriyala
• Richard Morton
• Seray Sahin
• Eamon Scullion
• Rahul Sharma
• Ramada Sukarmadji
• Edris Tajfirouze

Scientific Organising Committee:

• Patrick Antolin (Chair)
• Tom Van Doorsselaere (KU Leuven, Belgium)
• Iñigo Arregui (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Spain)
• Dipankar Banerjee (Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, India)
• Anne-Marie Broomhall (Warwick University, UK)
• Bo Li (Shandong University, China)
• Mihalis Mathioudakis (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

Online policy:

An online platform will be available for online participation under exceptional circumstances. These include covid related issues, visa issues and so forth.

If you require letters of invitation for visa purposes please contact Patrick Antolin (

For any questions please contact