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General News/UKSP Business

  • Space Programme Review Panels (SPRPs): call for membership nominations June 2024
    Dear Colleagues, Below is a link to the recently announced call for membership nominations for our Space Programme Review Panel. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/space-programme-review-panels-sprps-call-for-membership-nominations-june-2024/information-about-making-a-nomination
  • IRIS 10th Announcement of Opportunity for Science Planners
    Dear  SPC, SSAC, Working Groups and Scientific Community I am pleased to invite you to respond to the 10th Announcement of Opportunity for “Science Planners” in the NASA-led IRIS mission. The Announcement of Opportunity, containing the necessary information about the IRIS mission, the tasks of the Science Planners and the information needed by proposers, can be found at: http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/iris-2024  The Announcement of Opportunity will close on 3 June 2024 at 12:00 hrs (noon) CEST Proposals must be submitted electronically to ESA as indicated at: http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/iris-2024 I would appreciate if you would circulate this Announcement to interested colleagues within your institute. Yours sincerely, Professor Carole Mundell Director of Science
  • Call for nominations: International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals 2024
    Dear Colleagues, We are happy to announce the 2024 contest for the three International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals: –The Kristian Birkeland Medal for Space Weather and Space ClimateThe Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal for Space Weather and Space ClimateThe Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate The medal recipients will be announced during the Medal Ceremony on 4th November 2024 at the European Space Weather Week in Coimbra (Portugal). Each winner will be invited to give a 20-minute lecture about his/her research in a dedicated session on the following day. All three prizes are prestigious recognitions of the recipients’ major contributions in the field of Space Weather and Space Climate. Medal recipients’ achievements must have been documented via publications in peer-reviewed journals or book chapters, or must be technological contributions that have led to a fully implemented and documented new Space Weather or Space Climate capability. Medal recipients’ work must be internationally recognized in the field of Space Weather and/or Space Climate. In addition to the above common criteria, there are the following specific requirements for each of the three medals, which you can find here.
  • Congratulations to Prof Helen Mason OBE, Dr Giulio Del Zanna, and their colleagues for receiving the NASA Group Achievement Award!
    Recently, the CHIANTI team has been awarded a NASA Agency Honor Award in the Group Achievement category “for outstanding contributions to the scientific productivity of NASA missions and the creation of a uniquely valuable tool for spectroscopic scientists worldwide.” CHIANTI is an essential atomic database for emission lines. For more information, please visit their website: CHIANTI Database If you are aware of any awards received by your colleagues, please do let us know. Best regards, UKSP Council Giulio Del Zanna now leads the CHIANTI effort in the UK, and heads the Atomic Astrophysics Group at DAMTP, Cambridge University. Version 11 of CHIANTI, which has some significant updates, is in press.
  • STFC final SBF community update
    Please see here the latest updates with regards to STFC’s transition to the new Funding Service and the overarching Simpler and Better Funding Programme. As we have now transitioned all of our regular funding opportunities, this will be our final community update.  

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Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools

  • UK MHD 2024 – Registration is now open
    Registration is now open for the UK MHD 2024 meeting, due to be held at Coventry University on 5th – 7th June 2024. Please see our website below for more information (including a link to the main conference site), and to register. The UK MHD 2024 meeting website: https://ukmhd2024.com/ If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch using the site and I will be happy to answer them. Please do share this event with any colleagues/students for whom this will be of interest. Best Wishes, Zoe Gibbs
  • UK Space Weather & Space Environment 2024 [7 June Deadline]
    Dear Colleagues, Abstracts are warmly invited from all national and international colleagues for UK Space Weather & Space Environment Meeting II: Celebrating 10-years of 24/7 space-weather operational forecasting in the UK https://iop.eventsair.com/ukswse2024 9-12 September 2024, Sandy Park, Exeter, UK Abstracts can be submitted here https://iop.eventsair.com/ukswse2024/abstract-submission . It is possible to submit more than one abstract. Abstract deadline and other key dates are currently as follows: Abstract submission deadline: 7 June 2024 Programme release: 3 July 2024 Early registration deadline: 21 July 2024 Standard registration deadline: 13 August 2024 Final registration deadline: 25 August 2024 Accommodation deadline: TBC For questions regarding the running of the conference (logistics etc) please get in touch with contacts as described according to this page https://iop.eventsair.com/ukswse2024/contacts For questions regarding the scientific programme please contact the Science Organising Committee (https://iop.eventsair.com/ukswse2024/committee , o.d.allanson@bham.ac.uk) We look forward to the conference! With kind regards, Oliver Allanson On behalf of SOC — Oliver Allanson, University of Birmingham and University of Exeter, UK Francois-Xavier Bocquet, Met Office, UK Claire Foullon, University of Exeter, UK Ishita Gulati, Met Office, UK Sophie Murray, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Ireland Jonathan Rae, Northumbria University, UK Jasmine Kaur Sandhu, University of Leicester, UK Maria Walach, Lancaster University, UK
  • STFC Introductory Summer School in Solar & Solar-Terrestrial Physics – Pencil in the date in your calendar
    The next STFC Introductory Summer School in Solar & Solar-Terrestrial Physics will take place 1-6 September 2024, University of Sheffield. While we still finalise the programme, we invite PhD students who have either commenced their PhD after the last intro summer school in 2023 or will be joining our solar and solar-terrestrial community for their PhD studies in the Autumn 2024, as well as any other interested parties (e.g. junior postdocs). Please, pencil in the dates in your calendar if you wish to participate. The School is free of charge for STFC-sponsored and self-funded students, subject to terms and conditions to be published (e.g. thereis a limited room capacity, etc). Consideration will be given by the STFC, in conjunction with the Course Directors, to offering any remaining places to students in receipt of other sponsorship. Please, circulate this preliminary announcement to your new PGR students, colleagues or collaborators. Thank you. The Course Directors: Marianna Korsos, Noemi Zsamberger, Robertus Erdelyi robertus@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Solar MHD II: “Informing MHD simulations from observations”
    We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the second Solar MHD conference. This meeting will offer you the opportunity to examine the connections between MHD simulations to observations in the beautiful island setting of Tenerife, Spain. There is also financial assistance available for early career researchers. To enhance cohesion and facilitate long-term collaborations among participants, we have limited attendance to 40 individuals for Solar MHD 2024. We encourage applicants to apply early. Website : https://pdg.sites.sheffield.ac.uk/seminars-and-conferences/solar-mhd-2024 Venue : Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain Conference dates : Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th September 2024 Registration and abstract submission open: 15 May 2024 https://pdg.sites.sheffield.ac.uk/seminars-and-conferences/solar-mhd-2024/registration Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2024 https://pdg.sites.sheffield.ac.uk/seminars-and-conferences/solar-mhd-2024/abstract Registration and Payment closes: 2 September 2024 Financial support : Full financial support is available for 3 students from the European Space Agency member states through the ESA sponsorship scheme. Additional support for Early Career Researchers may also be considered. Please, check the conference webpage for details. Registration fee : £250 (EUR 290) The conference fee covers: * The full 3.5 days of attendance including 3 hands-on workshop sessions, 6 speaker sessions; * Lunches; * Coffee breaks; * Conference dinner; * Excursion to the Teide observatory; * A conference icebreaker event. Speaker sessions : * Spectral synthesis and simulated data * Machine learning in simulations and observations * Using observations to establish constraints for MHD simulations * Multi-fluid and partially ionised plasma models * Enhanced MHD/hybrid models * The next generation of solar and stellar MHD simulations If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Suzana de Souza e Almeida Silva (suzana.silva@sheffield.ac.uk) Malcolm Druett (malcolm.druett@kuleuven.be) Elena Khomenko (khomenko@iac.es) Rahul Sharma (rahul4.sharma@northumbria.ac.uk) We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our meeting participants. We encourage and welcome participation from all members of the community. We particularly welcome participation from historically under-represented groups.
  • RAS SD Meeting “Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics in the Solar Atmosphere and Interior” – First Announcement
    Dear colleagues, It is our pleasure to announce that our Special Discussion Meeting on “Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics in the Solar Atmosphere and Interior” has been supported by RAS and is currently scheduled for Friday 11th October 2024 (can be put in calendars as a placeholder). More details on the meeting organisation to follow. The preliminary topics to be covered in the meeting include:
    • Thermal instability and thermal misbalance
    • Thermal non-equilibrium in the solar atmosphere
    • Coronal rain and prominences
    • Chromosphere-corona mass and energy flows (associated with these instabilities)
    • Magnetic reconnection (in the context of thermal instability and non-equilibrium)
    • Non-adiabatic surface effects in helioseismology and connections to the atmospheric dynamics
    Organisers: Dr Dmitrii Kolotkov (University of Warwick), Dr Patrick Antolin (Northumbria University), Dr A.-M. Broomhall (University of Warwick). Questions/queries can be emailed to D.Kolotkov.1@warwick.ac.uk. Best regards, Dmitrii

Jobs/Studentships

  • “Solar and Space Physics” research group at Northumbria University is inviting applications for multiple fully-funded PhD studentships for a September/October 2024 start
    The Solar and Space Physics research group at Northumbria University is inviting applications for multiple fully-funded PhD studentships for a September/October 2024 start. The closing date for applications is Sunday 2nd June 2024. We offer:
    • 3-year, fully-funded PhD studentship (funded via the Leverhulme Trust)
    • 4-year, fully-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science PhD studentship (funded via STFC)
    • 4-year, fully-funded PhD studentship (funded via Royal Society, note: this opportunity has a later deadline of Thursday 20th June 2024),
    Details of these PhD opportunities can be found on to the Group’s research webpage. The webpage has all the info but, in summary, we are advertising: 3-year, fully-funded PhD studentship (deadline = 2nd June 2024, Home student only):
    • A Bayesian inference approach to solving Poisson equation for 3D vector fields
    4-year, fully-funded STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science PhD studentship (deadline = 2nd June 2024, Home student only):
    • AI for smart spacecraft control
    • Construction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) models of processes that govern space weather in Earth’s radiation belts to describe extreme events
    • Future Proof Space Traffic Management Data Systems
    • In the presence of uncertainty: Exploring the use of Gaussian Processes to examine the Sun’s corona
    • Mapping the global structure of nonlinear dynamics in Earth’s magnetosphere using machine learning
    • Predicting the source regions of solar energetic particles using machine learning techniques
    • Reconstructing and analysing space plasma data using machine learning
    • Using AI to find the giant magnetospheric waves driving near-Earth space weather
    • Using AI to predict coronal-loop kink instabilities by designing physics-informed neural networks
    • What lies beneath the surface of Mars? Advanced Numerical Modelling and Data Intensive Processing for Large and Complex Ground Penetrating Radar Data
    4-year, fully-funded PhD studentship (deadline = 20th June 2024, Home or International student):
    • Unveiling the turbulent dynamics of the near-Earth and near-Sun solar wind with numerical modelling and spacecraft observations
  • PhD Scholarship – Radio propagation effects – Bath
    Dear All, A PhD Scholarship is available at the University of Bath to study radio propagation effects. The preferred start date is Monday 30 September 2024. There is flexibility for a later start date (with the latest possible start date being 01 April 2025). More details can be found at: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/study-of-ionospheric-propagation-disturbances/?p169886 Many thanks and Best wishes, Biagio
  • One PhD studentship in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics at FCS, Coventry University
    Our research centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS) at Coventry University is pleased to announce a four year PhD studentship in Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics funded by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Applications are invited from ambitious and self-motivated candidates to work on a broad range of exciting topics in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics, including: solar rotation, convection and evolution, solar flares/sunspots, accretion disks, planetary dynamics, magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, the generation of magnetic fields (dynamos), reconnection and Alfven waves. Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements Funding details: Tuition fees, stipend and additional allowances Duration: Full-Time – four years Application deadline: 20 May 2024 Start date: September 2024 Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates For more details, please refer to https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/research-studentships/astrophysical-and-geophysical-fluid-dynamics/
  • ESA – IRIS Science Planners: 10th ESA Announcement of Opportunity
    ESA solicits proposals for participation in the NASA-led IRIS mission from scientists working in ESA Member States, in the role of Science Planners. The Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and a Letter of Invitation by the ESA Director of Science can be found at https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/iris-2024 As in previous years, all IRIS science planning and training can be done remotely, so there is no requirement for the successful applicants to carry out these activities in Palo Alto, CA, USA. The IRIS team is committed to facilitating the timing and requirements of any selected science proposals that are focused on coordinated observations with IRIS and Solar Orbiter. Proposals shall be submitted electronically in PDF format at the above web site and must be received not later than 3 June 2024, 12:00 (noon) Central European Summer Time (CEST).
  • Two postdoctoral positions in solar and stellar physics at HIT Shenzhen, China
    Institute of Space Science and Applied Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen (HIT Shenzhen), China is hiring two postdoctoral researchers for a duration of two years. The postdocs will address the fundamental physical processes responsible for impulsive energy releases in the solar and stellar atmospheres, such as flares and coronal mass ejections (CME). The main emphasis will be put on the quasi-periodic pulsations in flares, the role of oscillatory processes in CMEs, and the exploitation of the solar-stellar analogy. The project is jointly led by Professor Ding Yuan (HIT Shenzhen) and Professor Valery Nakariakov (University of Warwick, UK). The project is dedicated to analysis of data obtained with modern EUV, X-ray, white light, and radio observational facilities, analytical studies, and high-performance numerical simulations, including forward modelling of plasma emissions. The postdocs will be based at the dynamic and cosmopolitan Shenzhen campus of Harbin Institute of Technology, located in one of the most modern and advanced cities in China. The annual salary is around 240k RMB. The candidates shall possess a PhD in solar physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, machine learning or related field. Experience in numerical simulation of plasma processes is a strong plus. Applicants shall send an e-mail with a CV, publication list and references (at least two) to yuanding@hit.edu.cn. The position will remain open until filled, with priority for applications received before end of August. Feel free to reach out with any informal inquiries to V.Nakariakov@warwick.ac.uk.