SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2017 Number 3
Aimee Norton, editor
01 February 2017


New EIS Nugget – Measuring Solar Flare Non-Gaussian Velocities using EIS Spectroscopy
Deb Baker
17 Jan 2017

We are pleased to announce a new EIS nugget entitled ‘Measuring solar flare non-Gaussian velocities using EIS spectroscopy’ by by Natasha Jeffey, Lyndsay Fletcher, and Nicolas Labrosse (University of Glasgow).

The nugget can be found here: solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/nuggets/nugget_2017jan.jsp

Please see the archive of nuggets: solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/eisnuggets.jsp

We welcome contributions from the community.
Best regards,
Deb Baker
UCL/MSSL


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Solar Physics – Solicitation of Ideas for Topical Issues
John Leibacher
16 January 2017
The journal Solar Physics publishes one or two Topical Issues (TIs) per year dedicated to a focused topic, frequently with a small number of survey articles introducing regular unsolicited articles, all of which benefit from appearing together. Not infrequently, these stem from a monothematic conference or conferences, but all articles submitted for consideration for a TI are handled and refereed in the same way as regular research papers, and submissions not associated with the conference are solicited. Recent TIs include Recalibration of the Sunspot Number (November 2016) and Waves in the Solar Corona: From Microphysics to Macrophysics (December 2015)

To aid in our planning, we solicit statements of interest from potential Guest Editors of Topical Issues by 15 February 2017, via email to SolarPhysicsEditors@gmail.com.

John Leibacher, Cristina Mandrini, Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi, Michael Wheatland

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Frontiers Special Topic – Challenging the Paradigm of the Solar Magnetic Activity: Bringing Observation and Models Together
Scott McIntosh
19 Jan 2017

Happy New Year All,

Please consider submitting an article to the special research topic in the new journal “Frontiers” (home.frontiersin.org/). The topic title is: “Challenging the Paradigm of the Solar Magnetic Activity: Bringing Observation and Models Together”

Frontiers is an exciting new concept in science communications and part of the Nature family of journals. The journal is open, the peer review process, and that dialog are open in addition to discussion forums on the journal articles themselves once published. Read more about Frontiers here: home.frontiersin.org/about/about-frontiers

The point of this Frontiers Topic is to seize upon the opportunity that exists for the high quality observational data obtained in the last 40 years, together with amazing analysis techniques such as Local Correlation Tracking, to be brought to bear on our understanding of the dynamo. This topic hopes to bring observational and numerical analysis together in a new push to understand the critical processes at play in the generation of the Sun’s magnetic field and its variability. The expected outcome of this topic will be a demonstration of the wealth of high quality observations which are now available constrain dynamo theory. This includes whether they can either be understood in terms of our one of the current theories or whether they require the dynamo theories to be revised. Interest in this topic extends far beyond the solar domain.

For full details of the FrontiersIn topic please follow this link:
journal.frontiersin.org/researchtopic/5329/challenging-the-paradigm-of-the-solar-magnetic-activity-bringing-observation-and-models-together

We have set the abstract submission deadline for March 31, 2017 and the final manuscript deadline as July 31, 2017.

Guidelines for authors can be found here home.frontiersin.org/about/author-guidelines

The editors of this topic are:
Ed Cliver (NSO, USA)
Robert Cameron (MPS, Germany)
Dario Passos (CENTRA, Portugal)
Scott McIntosh (HAO, USA)

If you have further questions then please contact Scott McIntosh (mscott@ucar.edu)


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JASTP Special Issue – Expected Evolution of Solar Activity in the Following Decades
Katya Georgieva
25 Jan 2017

In 2016, a joint ISSI/VarSITI SEE forum was held in Bern, Switzerland, on “Expected evolution of solar activity in the following decades”. (ISSI is the International Space Science Institute, www.issibern.ch, and VarSITI is the current scientific program of SCOSTEP, the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics, www.varsiti.org, and SEE – Solar Evolution and Extrema – is one of its four scientific project). A Special Issue of Elsevier’s Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics will be published on this topic, with papers both presented and not presented at the forum.

Elsevier provides promotional access for all papers included in this and other VarSITI’s Special Issues of JASTP, which means:

• the submission is free for the authors
• the papers will be free to download for everyone for 9 months after they have been published online
• as normal for all Elsevier publications, authors will be allowed to share a revised personal version of their paper to their institutional or personal website which will help the research to be widely available beyond the promotional access period.

We remind that from Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics has moved to an enhanced online submission and peer review system, EVISE. To submit a manuscript, please go to ees.elsevier.com/atp/, click on the “go to EVISE” link and follow the instructions.

The extended submission deadline is 15 March 2017.

Looking forward to your contributions,

Katya Georgieva – VarSITI co-chair, ISSI/VarSITI forum organizer
Vladimir Obridko – VarSITI/SEE project co-leader, and the Managing Guest Editor of the Special Issue


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NAS Arctowski Medal Recipients – Mats Carlsson and Viggo Hansteen
Aimee Norton
26 Jan 2017

Mats Carlsson and Viggo Hansteen, Professors at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo, will receive the 2017 Arctowski Medal. Working in collaboration, Carlsson and Hansteen led the development of the Bifrost numerical model of the solar atmosphere, a complex, three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics model that has vastly improved our understanding of the physics of the sun, including its dynamic and constantly changing chromosphere, transition region, and corona.

Carlsson and Hansteen’s multifaceted approach, which combines both modeling and observations, allowed Bifrost to solve decades-old mysteries of the chromosphere, such as the physical mechanisms that drive chromospheric and coronal dynamics and energetics. It has also provided key insights into solar features such as the short-lived bursts of gases known as spicules, the micro solar flares known as Ellerman bombs, chromospheric surges, and coronal flares.

Among its many applications, the constantly evolving Bifrost code has played a central role in NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite project, which is exploring how the solar atmosphere is energized. Read more about their work here www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/2017/Carlsson-Hansteen.html .

The Arctowski Medal is presented every two years to recognize outstanding contributions to the study of solar physics and solar terrestrial relationships. The Medal is now presented with an award of $100,000, plus $100,000 to support research in solar physics and solar terrestrial relationships at an institution of the recipient’s choice. The Arctowski Medal was established in 1958 by the bequest of Jane Arctowska in honor of her husband, Henryk Arctowski.


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J. Space Weather Space Climate Topical Issue – Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections and Solar Energetic Particles and their Space Weather Impacts
Olga Malandraki
27 Jan 2017

Deadline for submission: 30 April 2017 Deadline for expression of interest for submission: 15 February 2017 Contact Topical Editors-in-Chief: Nicole Vilmer, LESIA, Paris Observatory (Nicole.Vilmer@obspm.fr) Olga Malandraki, IAASARS, National Observatory of Athens (omaland@noa.gr)

Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and their interplanetary counterparts (ICMEs) remain topics of important research in the field of solar terrestrial relations. Flares can have an important impact (UV radiation, particles) on the Earth’s atmosphere. Recent remote observations and modeling studies have shown that coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can drive shock waves very low in the solar corona, which, in turn, may produce significant fluxes of solar energetic particles (SEPs). Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections (ICMEs) are the main drivers of large geomagnetic storms.

In this topical issue, we invite observational, theoretical, and modeling contributions that address the following topics:

- particle acceleration at flares as well as the response of the lower ionosphere to a variety of external forcing during flares, such as energetic particles and solar UV and X-ray variability, - the coronal dynamics of CME and shocks in connection with the early production of SEPs - the magnetic connectivity and early-stage transport in the heliosphere of SEPs - the propagation of coronal mass ejections in the heliosphere, their interaction with Earth and/or with other planets, - the link between CMEs and ICMEs, the relation of coronal mass ejections with energetic particles.

This Topical Issue is seen as an outcome of the session on a similar topic organized at the 13th European Space Weather Week in Ostende but is open to any contributions on the subject.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The Topical Editors-in-Chief are Nicole Vilmer, LESIA, Paris Observatory (Nicole.Vilmer@obspm.fr) and Olga Malandraki, IAASARS, National Observatory of Athens (omaland@noa.gr)

For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of them. For questions concerning the submission process the Editorial Office should be contacted. (swsc@edpsciences.org)


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List of Prominence Eruption Events from SDO/AIA Images
Nat Gopalswamy
29 Jan 2017

A Catalog of Prominence Eruptions Detected Automatically in the SDO/AIA 304 Å Images*

Prominence eruptions (PEs) are routinely imaged by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in the 304 Å pass band since May 2010. Using an algorithm developed as part of an LWS project, we have been detecting PEs in 304 Å synoptic images with 2-min cadence. The 304 Å images were polar-transformed and divided by a background map (pixels with minimum intensity during one day) to get the ratio maps above the limb. The prominence regions were defined as pixels with a ratio >2. Two prominence regions with more than 50% overlapped pixels were considered the same prominence. If the height of a prominence increased monotonically in 5 successive images, it was considered eruptive. All the PEs seen above the limb were detected by the routine, but only PEs with width ≥15° are included in the list to eliminate polar jets and other small-scale mass motions. The identifications were also cross-checked with the PEs identified in Nobeyama Radioheliograph images ( solar.nro.nao.ac.jp/norh/html/prominence/).

Here is the link to the list of PEs automatically detected and checked for their reality: cdaw.gsfc.nasa.gov/CME_list/autope/

The list gives the date and time of the prominence eruption, its central position angle (CPA), the latitude of eruption (LAT) and the width (WD) of the eruptive prominence in degrees. Under “Movie”, links are provided to Javascript movies that combine SDO/AIA images with GOES data (AIA304+GXRAY) and with SOHO/LASCO C2 images (+LASCO).

Related Publications:

•  Gopalswamy, N., Yashiro, S., Akiyama, S. (2015) Kinematic and Energetic Properties of the 2012 March 12 Polar Coronal Mass Ejection, ApJ 809, 106
•  Gopalswamy, N., Yashiro, S., Akiyama, S. (2016), Unusual Polar Conditions in Solar Cycle 24 and Their Implications for Cycle 25, ApJ 823, L15
•  Yashiro, S., Gopalswamy, N., and Akiyama, S. (2017), Automatic Detection of Prominence Eruptions from SDO/AIA Images at 304 Å …, JASTP, to be submitted.
* Work supported by NASA LWS TR&T program


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RHESSI Science Nuggets in January 2017
Hugh Hudson
30 Jan 2017

No. 290, “GOES Hard X-rays?” by Hugh Hudson, Janet Machol, and Rodney Viereck. Solar minimum conditions reveal interesting properties of the GOES X-ray observations.

No. 291, “Hard X-ray Emission fro Partially Occulted Solar Flares,” by Frederic Effenberger and Fatima Rubio da Costa. Systematic use of occultationlets us observe the corona in hard X-rays.

See sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets listing the current series, 2008 – present, and sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ for the original series, 2005 – 2008.

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.


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National Solar Observatory/Dunn Solar Telescope – Call for Observing Proposals at the DST for the 2nd Quarter of 2017
Han Uitenbroek
30 Jan 2017

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) is fully committed to operate its main high-resolution facility, the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) and its full complement of instruments through FY2017, and make observing time available throughout that year. Calls for proposals are issued quarterly, with the deadline for submission occurring one and a half month before the start of the quarter. Thus, the deadline for submission for the upcoming quarter, the second quarter of 2017, is Feb 15, 2017. Observing requests can be filled out electronically at: www.nso.edu/obsreq. Help with reduction of data and obtaining the data are available upon request.

Han Uitenbroek (huitenbroek@nso.edu)
DST Program Scientist


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International Space Science Institute – Call for Proposals 2017 Johannes Geiss Fellowship
Andrea Fischer
30 January 2017
The JGF is established to attract to ISSI – for limited duration visits – international scientists of stature, who can make demonstrable contributions to the ISSI mission and increase ISSI’s stature by their presence and by doing so will honour Johannes Geiss for his founding of ISSI and his contributions to ISSI, and for his many contributions to a broad range of space science disciplines. Deadline for submission to ISSI: March 20, 2017.

Call for Proposals 2017 Johannes Geiss Fellowship

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International Space Science Institute – Call for Team Proposals 2017
Andrea Fischer
30 January 2017
Teams are one of the ISSI and ISSI-BJ tools, through which small groups of scientists can work together in an efficient and flexible format of several subsequent meetings, during which data are analyzed and compared with theories and models. This call is open to scientists of any nationality, and active in research in Space Sciences and Earth Sciences using space data. These proposals are evaluated and selected by the ISSI Science Committee in mid-May 2017.

This Call is jointly made by ISSI and ISSI-BJ. Successful applicants for International Teams can organize all or part of their team meetings either in Bern or in Beijing, but the applicants are required to show the added value of ISSI or ISSI-BJ in the applications. The applicants are, therefore, required to indicate clearly if they are applying for ISSI and/or for ISSI-BJ. Deadline for letter of intent: February 17, 2017.

ISSI/ISSI-BJ Joint Call for Proposals 2017 for International Teams in Space and Earth Sciences

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Topical Issue of Solar Physics "Combined Radio and Space-based Solar Observations: From Techniques to New Results" – Reminder of Call for Statements of Interest
Eduard Kontar
01 Feb 2017

Topical Issue of Solar Physics “Combined Radio and Space-based Solar Observations: From Techniques to New Results”

groups.google.com/forum/#topic/cesra_community/k438UOkGmkk

We solicit manuscripts on this general subject for inclusion in this Topical Issue (T.I.) of Solar Physics, which is an outgrowth of CESRA’s (Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers; cesra.net) successful 2016 workshop (see cesra2016.sciencesconf.org). Topics to be considered for the T.I. include: Particle acceleration and transport; CMEs, shock waves, and their radio diagnostics; Fine structures and radio wave propagation; Radio emission from non-flaring active regions and the quiet Sun; Space Weather; Future solar/heliospheric radio instruments.

Please fill in the statements of interest (Google Form - statement of interest) with a tentative title, name and e-mail of the corresponding author, author list, and three suggestions for referees by February 15, 2017.

The Topical Issue is not a conference proceedings volume and is not limited to research presented at the CESRA workshop. All submissions must be original papers that meet the quality and peer-review standards of Solar Physics.

Authors will be able to submit their articles, through the Solar Physics on-line submission system, from February 2017 to 15 May 2017.  Please note Solar Physics will have Continuous Article Publishing, i.e. all accepted articles are included in the current issue being built and do not wait for the rest of the TI articles to be accepted. TI articles will be collected online under their specific topical tab and are considered to be printed together as a (“spin-off”) book.

Guest Editors: Eduard Kontar and Alexander Nindos;
Solar Physics Editors: Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi and Mike Wheatland


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Employment Opportunities

Montana State University – Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Solar and Space Physics
Jiong Qiu
18 Jan 2017

The solar/space research group at Montana State University invites applications for a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program for students interested in solar-terrestrial and space physics. Research projects in this program involve analysis of data from solar space missions such as Yohkoh, SoHO, TRACE, RHESSI, Hinode, SDO, and IRIS, numerical modeling in solar magnetohydrodynamics, and space hardware development. The program includes lectures on a variety of topics that are relevant to solar physics, space weather, and space hardware. The program is suitable for most math, physics, and astronomy students at the sophomore or junior level.

The 2017 summer program will run from May 30 – August 10. Successful applicants will receive stipend, room and board, and travel allowance. Application must be complete by February 20. For more information and on-line application, please visit the website at solar.physics.montana.edu/reu


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University of Alabama in Huntsville Department of Space Science – Graduate Research Assistantships
Jacob Heerikhuisen
18 Jan 2017

The Department of Space Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville is accepting applications to its MS and PhD programs for the Fall 2017 semester. We have a number of GRA fellowships to award incoming students, which provide tuition and a competitive stipend, and allow motivated students to begin working on a research project from the day they arrive on campus. We are a small research-focused department that aims to produce proficient and self-reliant scientists through our MS and PhD programs. Students have the opportunity to not only work with our world-renowned faculty, but also with adjunct faculty from the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center. Scientists from both centers share office space on the UAH campus with faculty from the department. Our research projects cover topics including: the Sun, solar atmosphere, inner heliosphere and space weather, the solar wind and its interaction with the interstellar medium, solar energetic particles and cosmic rays, high energy astrophysics. Our students graduate with a broad range of professional scientific skills including: analytic methods for solving physics problems, computational physics, data analysis, presentation of scientific ideas in both written and oral formats. UAH is an anchor tenant of the second largest research park in the country, in a city with a rich history of space science that dates back to Wernher von Braun and the birth of the US space program.


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Nagoya University – Postdoc opportunity in the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE)
KD Leka
23 Jan 2017

The Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE) at Nagoya University seeks a post-doctoral researcher for cross-disciplinary research into the understanding and forecasting of solar energetic events. The successful candidate may have a background in solar physics, statistics/applied mathematics, image processing techniques, and/or computer science.  A good command of English, or of Japanese plus fair English, is required.  The post-doctoral researcher will be under the guidance of Prof. Kanya Kusano (ISEE, also Principal Investigator of the PSTEP effort, see www.pstep.jp) and Dr. KD Leka (NWRA, also a Designated Foreign Professor at ISEE).  The project centers on statistical examination and novel analysis of solar observational data, spanning sub-disciplines from model validation to evaluation of operationally-designed event forecasting systems.  Applications due: 01 March 2017 (Wednesday), JST.  Starting Date: May 1, 2017 or later; as early as possible. For more information please see www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/


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Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK – Research Fellow
Valentina Zharkova
24 Jan 2017

Research Fellow position in Solar Physics at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
Ref: EAE16/27 Salary: £33,943 - £38,183

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in the area of Solar Plasma Physics. work4.northumbria.ac.uk/hrvacs/eae1627

A successful candidate will conduct research relevant to producing investigation with 3D Particle-in-cell (PIC) approach of energetic particles in reconnecting current sheets of the Sun and heliosphere. This position is funded by a research project grant from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research. You will work primarily with Prof. Valentina Zharkova (PI of grant) and Dr. Spiro Antiochos (NASA) (project partner). Further details about the research project and the group can be found here: computing.unn.ac.uk/staff/slmv5/kinetics/ and www.northumbria.ac.uk/sun/

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of solar plasma physics and will have extensive experience in algorithmic programming in C++, Matlab, Fortran or any other languages. Experience in particle kinetic theory and/or code parallelisation on computer clusters would also be beneficial. Although the full training will be given in both kinetics and specifics to work with PIC codes. Applicants must hold a PhD in Solar Physics, Astrophysics, Physics or Applied Mathematics by the start of the project. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof. Valentina Zharkova at valentina.zharkova@northumbria.ac.uk.

Closing date: 2 February 2017

If you would like to apply, please send your completed Application Form to staffcareers@northumbria.ac.uk quoting the reference number. See the web link for further documents work4.northumbria.ac.uk/hrvacs/eae1627


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Meeting Announcements

European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM)-15 – First Announcement
Istvan Ballai
23 Jan 2017

This is the first detailed announcement for the 15th European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-15) that will take place in Budapest (Hungary) in the period 04-08 September, 2017. The meeting will be hosted by Eotvos University, which is centrally located in Budapest.

ESPMs are organized by the Board of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD, solar.epsdivision.org), a joint Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) and the European Astronomical Society (EAS).
ESPMs are held every 3 years with the purpose of bringing together researchers from Europe and beyond, who are active in the theoretical and observational study of solar phenomena.

The scientific programme of ESPM15 include the following sessions:

Online registration and abstract submission will open in early spring. The ESPM-15 Local and Scientific Organizing Committees are currently working to secure funding that will hopefully provide limited travel and/or local support mainly to young researchers.
Further details related to registration fees, abstract submission, accommodation, financial assistance and relevant deadlines will be circulated in a second announcement and will also be available on the meeting’s website.
The ESPM-15 meeting website can be found at astro.elte.hu/espm15

We look forward to welcoming you to Budapest.
Best regards,
Istvan Ballai
on behalf of ESPM-15 Scientific and Local Organizing Committees


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NSO/Sacramento Peak Farewell Workshop – High Resolution Solar Physics: Past, Present, Future, 7 –11 August, 2017
Stephen Keil
25 Jan 2017

Workshop website: www.nso.edu/workshops/2017/

We are now soliciting contributed presentations for the workshop, both talks and posters.  They should fit the program specified on the website. The deadline is March 1, 2017. Please use the form under “Abstract Submission” on the website and also pre-register (“Pre-registration” on the website).

In view of the limited seating capacity of the Sunspot Visitor Center it may become necessary to limit attendance.  We therefore invite those who wish to participate without submitting a contributed presentation to pre-register at www.nso.edu/workshops/2017/, also before March 1, 2017.  The registration and payment pages (200 USD workshop fee) will open only after the selection of presenting and other participants.

Steve Keil and Rob Rutten, SOC chairs


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Applied Space Environments Conference 2017 – Abstract Submission Now Open
Joseph Minow
26 Jan 2017

Applied Space Environments Conference 2017 – Measurements, Models, Testing, and Tools: sti.usra.edu/asec2017

Abstract Submission Now Open!

Abstract submission is now open for the Applied Space Environments Conference (ASEC) that will be held in Huntsville, AL on May 15 – 19, 2017 at The Westin. This event is co-sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and NASA and will focus on a broad range of topics related to space environments and their effects on space systems.

All abstracts are welcome, with special consideration for presentations that address aspects of space environment and effects modeling, in-space observations of space environment impacts on space systems, recent space environment measurements and using historical data sets for characterizing space environments for system design and environment specification, and laboratory testing to better understand material and hardware interactions with space environments.  Relevant areas of the space environment include (but are not limited to):

Please go to the following link to submit your abstract:  asec2017.exordo.com


Abstracts due March 1, 2017.


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IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly 2017 – A27 "Studies of the Quiet Sun and Active Regions": Capetown, South Africa, August 27 – September 1, 2017
Gregory Fleishman
29 Jan 2017

The Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly 2017 www.iapso-iamas-iaga2017.com/ is approaching with the following deadlines: February 17, 2017 Grant applications CLOSE March 12, 2017 Abstract submission DEADLINE (extended)

There will be a number of Solar Physics (Div. IV) Symposia www.iapso-iamas-iaga2017.com/index.php/2016-05-15-22-51-06/scientific-programme-2/iaga-sessions?limit=20&start=20 including the Symposium dedicated to the Quiet Sun and Active Regions (A27, see its announcement below). Given a series of new space and ground based observing instruments, it is timely to deeply discuss the present status and state-of-the-art of the observational, theoretical, and modeling studies in this area. Therefore, the organizers encourage all interested researches to take part in Symposium A27 and take advantage from having many other related symposia happening just next door within this same Assembly. Looking forward to seeing you in Capetown. See the symposium manifesto below.

A27 Studies of the Quiet Sun and Active Regions (IAGA’s Division IV) Solar observations and state-of-the-art 3D MHD simulations during the recent years have significantly advanced our understanding of the structure and dynamics of the quiet Sun and active regions (QSAR) down to very small spatial scales. Today we know that QSARs are very dynamic and exhibit a plethora of physical processes. In particular, it has become clear that the various solar layers are strongly coupled with each other and must be considered consistently. Thus, the goal of this session is to bring together researches from various sub-areas of QSAR studies to envision a bigger synthetic picture. The emphasis of the session will be given to new multi-wave observations in decimeter, microwave, millimeter, sub-millimeter, infrared, optical, UV and X-ray bands from already available instrument (e.g., SDO, IRIS, Hinode, NST, ALMA, LOFAR, EVLA) as well as microwave facilities, which are under construction/expansion now (e.g., Expanded OVSA, multiwavelenght SSRT, MUSER) on one hand, and on state-of-the-art simulation and modeling (MHD, NLFFF, coronal heating) on the other hand. We anticipate intensive interaction between the observational and modeling components of the session both towards a better understanding of the QSAR physics and also towards diagnostics of the corresponding magnetic and thermal structures using the available observational tools.

Convener: Gregory Fleishman, gfleishm@njit.edu Department of Physics, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey 07102-1982, USA Phone: (973) 596-5569

Co-Convener: Sven Wedemeyer-Böhm Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics University of Oslo, Postboks 1029 Blindern, N-0315 Oslo, Norway; Phone : +47-22 85 65 20 Fax : +47-22 85 65 05 E-mail : svenwe@astro.uio.no folk.uio.no/svenwe www.solartornado.info


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IAU Symposium 335: Space Weather of the Heliosphere, Processes and Forecasts – Second Announcement
Claire Foullon
30 Jan 2017

Registration is now open for IAUS335, Space Weather of the Heliosphere: Processes and Forecasts. The symposium will be held at the University of Exeter, UK, from 17 – 21 July 2017.

Space weather is increasingly recognised as an international challenge faced by several communities. The ability to understand, monitor and forecast the space weather of the Earth and the heliosphere is of paramount importance for our high-technology society and for the current rapid developments in knowledge and exploration within our Solar System.

We invite you to register today to discuss this important area of research and to:

This is a two-stage registration process. The deadline for the submission of abstracts and for financial support is 27 February 2017. The deadline for early registration is 20 April 2017.

Specific details including the confirmed lists of invited speakers, registration and accommodation, abstract submission, financial support, updated information about location, scientific excursions, social events, and travel can be found on the symposium website.

We look forward to welcoming you in Exeter this year!

On behalf of the IAU Symposium 335 Organising Committees,
The Scientific Organising Committee:
Claire Foullon (Chair), Olga Malandraki (Co-chair), Zouhair Benkhaldoun, Francesco Berrilli, Anil Bhardwaj, Allan Sacha Brun, Norma Bock Crosby, Sergio Dasso, Alina Donea, Hans Haubold, Hermann Opgenoorth, Patricia Reiff, Kazuo Shiokawa, Ilya Usoskin, Jingxiu Wang, David Webb

The Local Organising Committee:
Claire Foullon (Chair), Mitchell Berger (Co-chair), David Jackson (Co-chair), Mark Baldwin, Alice Mills, David Strange
Contact us:
Email:  iaus@exeter.ac.uk,
Website: www.exeter.ac.uk/iaus335
Twitter: #iaus335 @iaus335

This event is kindly supported by:
Lead sponsor: International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Co-sponsors: RAS, VarSITI, STFC Astronomy, EGU, COSPAR, IAGA, CUP, IoP Plasma Physics, DK Books, AFOSR (tbc).
Further sponsorship opportunities are available.


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Flux Emergence Workshop 2017
Tibor Torok
30 Jan 2017

We like to announce that the next Flux Emergence Workshop (FEW) will take place 12 – 16 June 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. The FEW series was established in 2007 with the purpose of fostering interactions and collaborations amongst scientists working on topics related to flux emergence.

The registration fee is 140 Euros. Registration and abstract deadlines are 31 March 2017 and 30 April 2017, respectively. Further information can be found on the workshop web page: astro.elte.hu/few2017

As for previous workshops, the number of participants will be limited to about 40 – 50. At present, there are still a number of spots available. People interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register on the web page (go to the tab “Pre-registration”), which will help us to keep track of the number of participants.

Tibor Torok (on behalf of the SOC and LOC)

P.S.: We are experiencing some problems with our web page at present. If the page should not be available, please try again at a later time or contact the LOC/SOC.


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8th Coronal Loops Workshop
Fabio Reale
30 Jan 2017

8th Coronal Loops Workshop: Many Facets of Magnetically Closed Corona

2nd announcement

Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to announce that the online registration and abstract submission for the 8th Coronal Loops Workshop to be held at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo, Italy from 27 – 30 June 2017 will be open in a few days.

A limited amount of funds will be available to support students and early post-docs.

Conference website: www.astropa.unipa.it/CLW2017/CLW2017.html

Registration and deadlines:

The SOC intends to limit the number of participants to ensure focused discussions.

Accommodation

Please find at the website a list of hotels, situated near the conference venue. Since June is high season in Palermo, it is better to book well in advance.  We suggest to look into the WEB pages of the hotels to choose the best offer available at the time of your reservation.

Scientific Programme

The loops workshops are a series of highly focused workshops dealing with the observation and modeling of magnetically confined plasma in active regions.
The conference will review past and recent achievements, as well as future challenges, in the field of solar coronal loop physics, and in particular:

  1. Observation, modelling and diagnostics of coronal loops: from fine structure and dynamics to global active regions.
  2. Magnetic energy conversion in loops: reconnection, waves, and alternatives
  3. Connection of loops to cool chromospheric plasma: the mass and energy cycle
  4. Challenges in the interpretation of observed loop spectra

Invited Speakers

Jeff Reep – Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Paola Testa – Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, USA
Ineke De Moortel – University of St. Andrews, UK
Alan Hood – University of St. Andrews, UK
Eamon Scullion – Northumbria University, UK
Zoran Mikic – Predictive Science, Inc., USA
Giulio Del Zanna – University of Cambridge, UK
Lindsay Glesener – University of Minnesota, USA

The review talks will introduce the topics, highlighting recent progress and unresolved questions. Both observational and theoretical aspects will be covered during each session by contributed talks and discussion. Note that there are no normal poster boards – the only poster presentation form is e-poster. E-poster means that there will be 24” monitors available in the coffee break area. This monitor can then be coupled to your laptop to show material/your talk/poster during coffee breaks.

The workshop’s main goal is to encourage discussion among the participants.  We strongly encourage young researchers to participate.

Contacts
– For further information on the scientific aspects of the meeting, please contact Fabio Reale
– For the logistics, please contact Laura Daricello

The meeting is organised with the financial and logistic support of Universita’ degli Studi di Palermo – Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica – Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo G.S. Vaiana, and European Space Agency.

Fabio Reale


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Hinode-11/IRIS-8 Joint Science Meeting – Second Announcement
Alfred de Wijn
30 Jan 2017

Registration is now open for the joint 11th Hinode and 8th IRIS science meetings, held from Tuesday May 30 to Friday June 2, 2017, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, Washington.

This meeting will bring together scientists interested in connections between the solar photosphere, chromosphere, transition region, and corona. More details are available at www2.hao.ucar.edu/iris2017

Confirmed Invited Speakers include: Jaro Dudik (Czech Academy of Sciences), Luc Rouppe van der Voort (Univ. Oslo), Thomas R. Ayres (Univ. Colorado), Bin Chen (NJIT), Sanja Danilovic (MPS), Lindsay Glesener (Univ. Minnesota), Lijia Gou (LMSAL), Louise Harra (UCL), Haruhisa Iijima (Nagoya Univ.), Graham Kerr (Univ. Glasgow), Ying Li (Nanjing Univ.), Valentin Martinez Pillet (NSO), Masumi Shimojo (NAOJ), and Angelos Vourlidas (JHU / APL).

Important Dates:
March 1, 2017 – Travel Support Deadline
March 21, 2017 – Abstract Submission Deadline
March 21, 2017 – Early Registration Ends


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