RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting – “Advances in Techniques in Space Plasma Physics”, 10th May 2024

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a RAS Specialist Discussion meeting on “Advances in Techniques in Space Plasma Physics”.

This meeting will be held on Friday 10th May 2024, 10:30 – 15:35 at Burlington House, London and online.


Space plasma is highly variable and susceptible to energy redistribution, acceleration, and transport due to space weather and physical phenomena. Understanding the response and conditions of space plasma is vital in understanding the dynamics of plasma regions, which stretch from the Sun far past the Earth. This meeting aims to understand how advances in techniques shape a global picture of the behaviour of solar-planetary interaction by bringing together a range of different emerging observational, numerical, and computational methods applied to different solar-planetary environments to gain a large-scale insight on the development of space plasma understanding using modern techniques.

We invite abstracts pertaining to all topical areas of space plasma physics, with an emphasis on emerging techniques including, but not limited to, machine learning, numerical modelling, data assimilation and forecasting techniques.

Confirmed invited speakers on techniques in space plasma physics include Connor O’Brien (University of Boston), Jonas Suni (University of Helsinki) and Sanita Vetra-Carvalho (Spire Global Ltd).

The programme will feature talks and time for open discussion and a poster session. If you are working on space plasma physics (modelling or observational) then please consider submitting an abstract and attending the one-day meeting in London. To reduce the barriers in attendance this meeting has a hybrid option. There is funding available to attend for UK students who wish to present relevant work. Please get in touch ASAP if you are a student and need financial support to attend.

The deadline for abstracts is the 12th April 2024:

Please note registration only opens a month prior to the meeting, and further details will be sent in due course.

Shannon Killey

On behalf of convenors Shannon Killey (Northumbria University), Sarah Bentley (Northumbria University), Alexandra Fogg (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), Matthew Lang (British Antarctic Survey), Rachel Black (British Antarctic Survey, University of Exeter)