SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2017 Number 4
Aimee Norton, editor
15 February 2017


Who's News

Egidio Landi Degl'Innocenti (1945 – 2017)
Roberto Casini
13 Feb 2017

It is with extreme sadness and incredulity that we must inform the solar community of the sudden passing of Prof. Egidio Landi Degl’Innocenti. Egidio had just turned 72, and he was looking forward to a period full of scientific commitments and extended visits to various institutes in the upcoming months. Since his retirement at the end of 2015, he had kept actively working in the field of spectro-polarimetry, collaborating with his pupils and colleagues on new important papers, updating the editions of his textbooks, and overall continuing to provide a critical support to the scientific community by sharing his deeply insightful knowledge of the subject. A conference to honor his career, the 8th Solar Polarization Workshop, had just been held last September in Florence, the city where he was born, raised, and had attained the maturity of his scientific intellect. His unexpected passing is a terrible loss for the solar community, and a deeply hurtful personal one for us who are delivering this sad news, and for all who personally got to know him. We lost a mentor, a colleague, and a friend. He will be very sorely missed. He is survived by his mother, his wife of almost fifty years, his daughter, and his brother. On behalf of the entire scientific community, we express to them our deepest condolences for their terrible loss.

Luca Belluzzi, Roberto Casini, Javier Trujillo Bueno.


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Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate – Topical Issue on "Developing New Space Weather Tools: Transitioning Fundamental Science to Operational Prediction Systems"
Shaun Bloomfield
06 Feb 2017

Topical Issue on “Developing New Space Weather Tools: Transitioning fundamental science to operational prediction systems”

Deadline: 28 April 2017

The open-access Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC; www.swsc-journal.org/) plans a topical issue on “Developing New Space Weather Tools: Transitioning fundamental science to operational prediction systems”, to appear in 2017. This interdisciplinary issue is an outcome of Session 5 and Session 7 at the 13th European Space Weather Week (ESWW13) conference in November 2016 that brought together solar, space and Earth scientists, statisticians, operational forecasters and industry stakeholders. This Topical Issue will focus on the creation of new space weather prediction tools and highlight best practices applied in transitioning existing research tools to operational systems.

Authors of oral and poster presentations given at the ESWW13 conference are hereby encouraged to submit manuscripts. However, this Topical Issue is completely open to all contributors (i.e., it is not limited to conference participants).

This Topical Issue will address, among others:

Manuscripts must be submitted in PDF format via the SWSC online submission tool (articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/swsc/). The deadline for submissions is 28 April 2017.

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:

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

Please find below some additional information on the journal:


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CHIANTI Atomic Database – 20th Anniversary
Peter Young
06 Feb 2017

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the first version of the CHIANTI atomic database. CHIANTI made accurate atomic data and spectral analysis tools freely available to the solar community for the first time and it played a key role in the success of the SOHO mission (launched in 1995).

CHIANTI has continued to develop and examples of the wide use of the database include the calibration of solar spectrometers, the creation of response functions for solar imaging instruments (EIT, TRACE, AIA), and the construction of realistic images and spectra from solar models (e.g., HYDRAD, CORHEL, RADYN, AWSoM). CHIANTI has also been used to model a wide range of astronomical objects including galaxy clusters, accretion disks, supernovae, stellar atmospheres and the interstellar medium.

Comprehensive data validation is a critical component of the CHIANTI team’s work, and is recognized by the direct use of CHIANTI data in other astrophysics plasma codes, including CLOUDY, ATOMDB, XSTAR and MOCASSIN.

From the beginning CHIANTI has been freely available to the community, and it continues to be distributed through the IDL Solarsoft library and our website. In 2010 a Python version of the software (ChiantiPy) was released and is maintained alongside the IDL version.

CHIANTI was first described in Dere et al. (1997), and the CHIANTI papers have received over 3000 citations. The latest version is described in Del Zanna et al. (2015), and a recent assessment of CHIANTI and its impact was given in Young et al. (2016).

CHIANTI was conceived by Ken Dere, Helen Mason and Brunella Monsignori-Fossi (now deceased), and the current team consists of  Ken Dere, Helen Mason, Enrico Landi, Giulio Del Zanna and Peter Young. Massimo Landini was also a team member for a number of years before his retirement.

The team thanks the solar community for helping to make CHIANTI so successful, and we look forward to your continued support and encouragement in the years ahead.

Peter Young
On behalf of the CHIANTI team


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Thomas Metcalf Travel Award Program – 28 February Deadline Reminder
J Todd Hoeksema
08 Feb 2017

Final reminder for meeting organizers to apply for the 2017 Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Award Program. The fund helps newer members of the solar community to attend relevant meetings.

Two or three meetings will be selected on the basis of brief proposals from meeting organizers. Meeting Organizers select Metcalf Lecturers who can make significant contributions to the meeting. Grants are provided by the fund directly to the Metcalf Lecturers. The program is not limited to meetings of the SPD. The amount available this year for all awards is expected to be about $10,000. See MTAP_2017.pdf for details about this year’s program.

Organizers of solar physics meetings that will take place before 1 March, 2018 are encouraged to submit proposals to the Chair of the Metcalf Travel Award Committee (jthoeksema@sun.stanford.edu). Proposals of no more than two pages must be received by 28 February 2017.  Detailed instructions can be found at MTAP_Application.pdf.


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

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 links and details can be found at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/cesra_community/k438UOkGmkk
or here:
www.springer.com/gp/livingreviews/solar-physics-news/topical-issue-in-solar-physics-combined-radio-and-space-based-so/11997712


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Employment Opportunities

University of Glasgow – Research Assistant: Acceleration and Transport of Non-thermal Electrons and Radio Emission in the Outer Solar Corona
Jennifer Thompson-Ross
01 Feb 2017

University of Glasgow
College of Science and Engineering
School of Physics and Astronomy

Vacancy Ref: 016867
Grade 6: £27,629 – £31,076 per annum

You will contribute to a project “Acceleration and transport of non-thermal electrons and radio emission in the outer solar corona” working with Dr Kontar. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in solar energetic particle acceleration and transport. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

This position is funded for 3 years.

To apply, please visit: www.gla.ac.uk/jobs

Closing date: 28 February 2017.

The School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion status and also the Athena SWAN Silver Award.
The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.


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Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC: Tenerife, Spain) – Severo Ochoa Postdoctoral Positions in Solar Physics
Javier Trujillo Bueno
09 Feb 2017

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC; Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in the area Solar Physics. The positions are financed by the Severo Ochoa Program, following the selection of the IAC as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, a recognition awarded for the second time to the IAC by the Spanish Government. The successful candidates will work on, at least, one of the following topics:

The appointment is for 2.5 years (30 months). For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit www.iac.es/info.php?op1=26&id=630


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Aberystwyth University – PhD Opportunities in Solar Physics
Huw Morgan
10 Feb 2017

The Physics Department at Aberystwyth University welcomes applicants for funded PhD opportunities in solar physics. Potential topics include: (1) Advanced numerical modelling of magnetic flux tubes/loops in the low solar atmosphere (2) Forward modelling of spectroscopic and narrowband EUV observations of the low solar atmosphere, (3) Solar Rotational Tomography of EUV and/or coronagraph coronal observations, (4) Automated detection and prediction of coronal mass ejections, (5) Analysis of solar wind turbulence observations by in situ spacecraft, (6) Eclipse instrumentation, observations and data analysis. See www.aber.ac.uk/en/phys/research/solar/members/ for details of potential supervisors, see also eagle.imaps.aber.ac.uk/ for a taste of the solar research conducted at Aberystwyth.

Applicants should be eligible for, and apply through, the AberDoc scheme (see www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/uk-eu/research-competition/). Applications, consisting of a short proposal and standard PhD application form, will be competing both for the University PhD scholarship scheme and for STFC or other available funding. The deadline is March 1st. Before applying, please contact Dr. Huw Morgan (hmorgan@aber.ac.uk) to discuss your proposal.


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Dunn Solar Telescope – Chief Telescope Engineer
R. T. James McAteer
10 Feb 2017

In order to enable a transition of operations of the Sunspot site from the National Solar Observatory to a multi-institute consortium,  New Mexico State University is seeking an experienced telescope systems engineer as a Chief Telescope Technologist for daytime observations at the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM.

Responsibilities include maintaining and documenting the telescope control system at the Dunn Solar Telescope. Including telescope interface relating to pointing adaptive optics systems and instrument connectivity to main observer platform. The successful candidate will also make recommendations for Telescope Control System upgrades and will be involved in the design and implementation of a new system, including both hardware and software. Includes maintenance, troubleshooting, programming, data analysis, and upgrade projects.

We are looking for individuals with a B.S. in astronomy or related field and significant experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined or equivalency. Ability to work independently, and in a small team, is critical. Physical work location is at an altitude of 9200 ft.

Required application documents include: CV/Resume, three references, and unofficial copy transcripts; all documents must be attached the NMSU electronic application system: jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/27139

Application Deadline: March 31st, 2017
Targeted Start Date: May 1st, 2017


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Dunn Solar Telescope – Instrument / AO specialist
R. T. James McAteer
10 Feb 2017

In order to enable a transition of operations of the Sunspot site from the National Solar Observatory to a multi-institution consortium, New Mexico State University is seeking a instrument specialist to support daytime observations at the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM.

Responsibilities include maintaining, documenting, redesigning, upgrading and supporting observations with the adaptive optics systems and all (4) science instruments at the telescope. Instruments include broad-band imaging, narrow-band imaging, spectroscopy, imaging spectroscopy, and spectropolarimetry. The instrument specialist will plan a major role in the construction and implementation of a new adaptive optics system.The instrument specialist will also be responsible for recommendations for design modifications that will facilitate long-term operations and minimize support requirements. The successful candidate will also make recommendations for observation design and software for operating each instrument.

We are looking for individuals with a B.S. in related field. Candidates need to have significant instrumentation experience, ideally with astronomical imaging, spectroscopy and / or spectropolarimetry instruments. Ability to work independently, and in a small team, is critical. Physical work location is at an altitude of 9200ft.

Required application documents include: CV/Resume, three references, and unofficial copy transcripts; all documents must be attached the NMSU electronic application system:

jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/27336/

Application deadline: March 31st, 2017
Targeted start date: May 1st, 2017


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Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg – Support Engineer for the German Solar Facilities at the Observatory del Teide, Tenerife, Spain
Reiner Volkmer
13 Feb 2017

Support Engineer for the German Solar Facilities at the Observatory del Teide, Tenerife, Spain

The German Solar Facilities at the Spanish Observatory del Teide are operated under the leadership of the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) in close collaboration with the Astrophysikalische Institut Potsdam (AIP) and the Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (MPS). The main facilities are the new 1.5m open solar Telescope GREGOR, the 70cm solar Vacuum Tower Telescope and the robotic full disc solar telescope ChroTel.

A position is open for an engineer (Dipl., B.Sc., B.Eng. ,M.Sc., M.Eng. or equivalent) in order to support the operation and the technical development of the German installations.

The successful candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with our software and electronics engineer on site and with the technical and scientific staff from the operating institutes.

The employment will be at the KIS. The salary and benefits are according to the rules for government employees of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany (TV-L). The location of work will be at the observatory Tenerife, Spain, with regular visits to the KIS in Freiburg.
The position is initially limited to a period of two years with the option for continuation.

The requirements for a qualified candidate include: A degree in mechanical or optical engineering or comparable fields; good communication skills in English and Spanish; the willingness to stay and live at Tenerife and to commute on a regular base to the observatory.

Previous experience in development and operation of optical instruments, preferably in the area of astronomical instruments, and German language skills are advantageous.

Duties include maintaining the operational reliability of observing facilities and instrumentation, support of scientific observing campaigns and support of the repair, development and commissioning of new devices.

Frequent interaction with scientists, engineers and technicians from the KIS and the partner institutions are a necessity for a successful performance in the position. The observatory is located at an altitude of 2500 m, most of the work time is to be spent there.

The Kiepenheuer-Institut is committed to equal opportunity and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.
The review of applications will begin on March 5th, 2017 and will be continued until a candidate is selected. Applications should include a CV, copies of professional certificates and references, and should be send to:

Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik
Reference: OT Support Engineer
Schöneckstr. 6
79104 Freiburg
Germany
Email: secr@kis.uni-freiburg.de


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Trinity College Dublin – PhD Studentship in High Energy Solar Physics
Shane Maloney
13 Feb 2017

The Solar Physics Group at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded PhD studentship in the area of X-ray imaging of solar flares. The student will use images and spectra from NASA’s RHESSI mission to study the evolution of solar flares and their association with coronal mass ejections. In addition, the student will be involved in the development of X-ray imaging techniques for the Spectrometer-Telescope Imaging X-rays (STIX) instrument onboard ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Solar Orbiter, which is scheduled for launch in late 2018, will fly inside the orbit of Mercury and enable us to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the Sun and solar energetic events.

This 4-year PhD studentship includes an annual stipend of EUR 16,000, payment of tuition fees of EUR 6,700, and an annual travel award of approximately EUR 2,000.

Experience with IDL and/or Python is essential.

For general inquires and details of the application process, please contact Prof. Peter T. Gallagher (peter.gallagher@tcd.ie) and Dr. Shane Maloney (shane.maloney@tcd.ie). Further details on the research carried out in the group can be found at www.physics.tcd.ie/astrophysics.

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2017


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New Mexico State University – Postdoctoral Research in Spectropolarimetry
R.T.James McAteer
13 Feb 2017

The solar physics research group at NMSU has an opening for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in spectropolarimetry of the chromosphere. The successful candidate will work at NMSU in close collaboration with the FIRS instrument personnel at NSO and IfA, in order to carry out detailed inversions of the HeI 10830 line using the HAZEL code. Training in data acquisition and performing these complex inversions will be provided, in order to provide the candidate with all skills required to take advantage of future DKIST data.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in solar physics or a closely related subject, or expect to obtain one shortly. Candidates with some experience in any inversion algorithm, and/or a knowledge of current and future NSO instrument capabilities are strongly encouraged to apply and should highlight these areas in their application.

Application deadline: March 31st, 2017
Targeted start Date: May 1st, 2017

Interested applicants should contact Dr R.T. James McAteer (mcateer@nmsu.edu) for further details and submit their application to jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/27436

In addition to a CV and cover letter, candidates should provide for 3 letters of reference, one of whom should be your PhD supervisor.

NMSU is a equal-opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and female scientists.


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Paris Observatory – Post-doctoral Position (2 years)
Sophe Masson
14 Feb 2017

The solar group of LESIA at Paris Observatory offers a two-year post-doctoral position to investigate one of the most challenging question in solar physics: How do the small-scale processes developing in 3D flare current sheets impact the dynamics and energetics of large-scale coronal mass ejections (CMEs)? Answering this question is critical for understanding how CME’s are initiated and how magnetic reconnection affects, if not controls, these explosive phenomena. In this context, the successful candidate will primarily work (1) on achieving realistic 3D line-tied MHD numerical simulations of CME triggering and development, at sufficiently high resolution to obtain the development of the tearing mode in 3D, (2) on analyzing its nature and its non-linear development, and (3) on quantifying its feedback on the eruption itself. The second aspect of the post-doc appointment will consist in confronting the simulation results with EUV and SXR observations from STEREO, SDO and Hinode. The successful candidate will work with G. Aulanier and S. Masson as well as E. Pariat and P. Démoulin. The monthly net salary ranges between 2230 and 2450 euros based on the number of years of experience after the PhD. The grant includes 6000 euros for travel. The candidate should hold a PhD in solar physics or equivalent. She/he should have a strong interest and skills in reconnection theory and numerical studies, and be concerned by the observational constrains. The application must include a CV, a list of publications, copies of degree diplomas, two reference letters, and statement of motivation. We will start to review applications on March 1, 2017 until the position is filled. Starting date can extend up to December 1, 2017. The application should be send to guillaume.aulanier@obspm.fr and sophie.masson@obspm.fr


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University of Warwick, UK – Post-graduate Research Position on Chromospheric Physics
Tony Arber
14 Feb 2017

A post-graduate research position in chromospheric physics is available in Warwick University, UK for three-years.

The projects is to conduct research on the physics of the solar chromosphere. In particular, the research will aim to extend the work published in “Simulations of Alfvén and kink wave driving of the solar chromosphere: efficient heating and spicule launching” C. S. Brady and T. D. Arber, Astrophysical Journal, 829 (2016).

The deadline for applications is 13 March 2017.

Full details and application procedure can be found on www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXI136/research-fellow-79068-027/


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University of Warwick, UK – Post-doctoral Research Position (PDRA) in Solar/Stellar Physics
Anne-Marie Broomhall
14 Feb 2017

We seek candidates for an STFC-funded postdoctoral vacancy to work on helioseismology and asteroseismology at the Centre for Fusion, Space, and Astrophysics (CFSA), Warwick. The job will focus on data analysis techniques in helioseismology and asteroseismology with a particular emphasis on understanding the Sun’s activity cycle and the solar-stellar connection. You will work with Dr A.-M. Broomhall, and other members of CFSA. The contract will be for 36 months.

Details can be found at jobs.ac.uk (Reference: 79071-027, www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXI082/research-fellow-79071-027/)

Informal enquiries: Dr. Anne-Marie Broomhall (a-m.broomhall@warwick.ac.uk)

Deadline: 13th March 2017


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Meeting Announcements

The First China–Europe Solar Physics Meeting – Kunming, China: May 15 – 19, 2017
Jun Lin
04 Feb 2017

This is the second announcement of the First China–Europe Solar Physics Meeting. Solar physics is an important branch of astrophysics, and is tightly related to the exploration in the deep space, and the space environment. Researches on solar physics and the topics in the related fields in Europe, especially those conducted in Germany, France, and Great Britain, have been well developed in many areas. In recent years, development in studies of solar physics in China is also significant, and solar physics has become a preponderant subjects compared to the other academic disciplines of astrophysics in China. In last three decades, collaborations between China and the European countries have been promoted and got tighter and tighter. There have been totally 4 China–France solar physics meetings and 2 China–Germany meetings have successfully held in China and Europe alternatively. To promote collaborations between China and the European countries in a wider area, and to allow more efficient communications among scientists, especially young scientists, from various countries, solar physicists from China and Europe decide to promote the first China–Europe Solar Physics Meeting in 2017.

The schedule is as following:
Date  Morning  Afternoon
May 14  Registration
May 15  Session 1  Session 2
May 16  Session 2  Session 3
May 17  Sessions 3 and 4  Session 4
May 18  Session 4  Session 5
May 19  Session 6  Session 6
May 20  Adjourn

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Cheng Fang, Co-ChairChinafangc@nju.edu.cn
Sami K. Solanki, Co-ChairGermanysolanki@mps.mpg.de
Pengfei Chen Chinachenpf@nju.edu.cn
Weiqun Gan Chinawqgan@pmo.ac.cn
Manolis K.Georgoulis Greece manolis.georgoulis@academyofathens.gr
Louise K. HarraUKl.harra@ucl.ac.uk
Peter HeinzelCzechpheinzel@asu.cas.cz
Rony KeppensBelgiumRony.Keppens@wis.kuleuven.be
Jun LinChinajlin@ynao.ac.cn
Fernando Moreno-InsertisSpainfmi@iac.es
Goran B. ScharmerSwedenscharmer@astro.su.se
Brigitte SchmiederFrancebrigitte.schmieder@obspm.fr
Jean–Claude VialFrancejean-claude.vial@ias.u-psud.fr
Oskar von der LüheGermanyovdluhe@kis.uni-freiburg.de
Jingxiu WangChinawangjx@nao.cas.cn
Yuming WangChinaymwang@ustc.edu.cn
Yihua YanChinayyh@bao.ac.cn
Francesca ZuccarelloItalyFrancesco.Zuccarello@obspm.fr

Local Organizing Committee:
Jun Lin (Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, Chair)
Yu Liu (Yunnan Astronomical Observatories)
Lei Ni (Yunnan Astronomical Observatories)
Xiaoli Yan (Yunnan Astronomical Observatories)
Kaning Wei (Yunnan Astronomical Observatories)

Contacts:
Yu Liu (lyu@ynao.ac.cn), Xiaoli Yan (yanxl@ynao.ac.cn), Lei Ni (leini@ynao.ac.cn)

More information available at: cespm2017.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1


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

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

Reminder - 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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Cosmic Ray Physics in Space – Course of the International School of Space Science.
Francesco Berrilli
08 Feb 2017

Course on “Cosmic Ray Physics in Space” of the International School of Space Science. 12 – 16 June 2017 – L’Aquila (Italy)

The International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale organizes a Course on “Cosmic Ray Physics in Space”, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, June 12 – 16, 2017, directed by M. Boezio, S. Coutu, R. Sparvoli.

The course is designed for PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers. The school will offer an overview of current knowledge of the Physics of Galactic Cosmic Rays as observed with space-borne instruments in a broad sense, thus including charged particles and antiparticles, gamma rays and related topics on neutrinos. The connection with ground-based experiments will be explored. The most important space missions of the past, present and future will be presented. A special emphasis will be given to the indirect search for dark matter.

Applications are due before March 12, 2017.

For more information visit www.cifs-isss.org/ or send an e-mail to ssc@aquila.infn.it


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Space Weather School – Advanced Concepts in Solar–Terrestrial Coupling in the Context of Space Weather, Irkurtsk, Russia
Dibyendu Nandi
09 Feb 2017

Advanced Concepts in Solar–Terrestrial Coupling in the Context of Space Weather
A Concepts and Tools School for Students during the VarSITI 2017 General Symposium

9 – 14 July, 2017
Irkutsk, Russia
School Webpage: en.iszf.irk.ru/Space_weather_summer_school_2017
Symposium Webpage: varsiti2017.iszf.irk.ru

First Announcement

Target Audience: Graduate (PhD) students working in heliophysics and space weather sciences (including star–planet interactions in exoplanetary systems) whose research will benefit from the school program and advanced Master students (Physics, Astrophysics or Space Sciences) who are desirous of pursuing a research career in space sciences.

Summary: The VarSITI 2017 General Symposium will host a school on Space Weather encompassing all aspects from solar origins to the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The school is being organized in collaboration with personnel from the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC/NASA), the Institute of Solar–Terrestrial Physics (Irkutsk, Russia), the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI) and the SCOSTEP-VarSITI program. The school will be based on the Space Weather Research, Education and Development Initiative which has been adapted for portable, remote hands-on demo and training purposes. This training program will be held the full day on Sunday, 9 July, 2017 and will be followed by two half-day interactive programs and demo sessions during the week of the Symposium. During the Symposium, the students will have the opportunity of listening to scientific talks by space weather scientists from around the world and interact with them.

The school will be a mix of introductory tutorials, demos and hands-on Labs.  The one-day introductory program and tutorial lectures is geared towards the development of a broad overview of space weather domains and science concepts.  In addition, demonstrations of specific tools and utilization of CCMC’s models and global web-based space weather resources will be conducted during the week.

Travel Plan

School participants should plan to arrive at the Symposium venue by Saturday, 8 July, 2017 evening as the School starts on 9 July morning. Participants should plan to leave on Saturday, 15 July, 2017. For information on the VarSITI Symposium and other logistics refer to the main symposium webpage at: varsiti2017.iszf.irk.ru

Application and Registration Process

Interested students should email their application as a single PDF file by the deadline. The subject-line of the email should contain “VarSITI Space Weather School” and the file should be named firstname_surname.pdf (where firstname and surname denotes that of the applicant).

The application package should contain the following information (embedded within the single pdf file):

a) Contact information, including, email, phone and mailing address
b) Curriculum Vitae
c) One page Statement of Purpose outlining the applicant’s motivation for attending this school
d) A reference letter from the applicant’s supervisor, containing his/her contact information and indicating support for the candidate’s attendance
e) Mention the requirement for accommodation support (Yes/No)

Candidates selected to attend the School will be notified by email and given further instructions for enabling their participation.

Financial Assistance

The registration fees will be waived for all selected school participants. Limited number of participants may receive accommodation support. If you wish to apply for the same, indicate so during the registration.  No travel support will normally be provided and it is assumed that participants will arrange for their travel from alternative sources.

Email applications to: SSchoolVarSITI@iszf.irk.ru

Deadline of receipt of applications: 15 March, 2017


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AOGS Sessions in Sun, Heliosphere, Space Weather, and Ionosphere...
Mario Bisi
13 Feb 2017

Dear Colleague.

I would like to draw your attention to the impending abstract-submission deadline of 15 February 2017 (Singapore time) for submissions to this year’s AOGS meeting in Singapore (06-11 August 2017).  The abstract-submission site is here: www.meetmatt-svr3.net/aogs/aogs2017/mars2/login.asp and the full list of sessions is here: www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2017/public.asp?page=sessionList.htm

The following sessions I would like to advertise for which I am a convenor/co-convenor and would like to ask for contributed abstracts to be submitted to one or more are as follows:
ST14 – Sun and Heliosphere General Session Including Helioseismology and Solar Diagnostic Techniques
ST20 – Forecasting Solar-wind and Magnetic-field Parameters Throughout the Inner Heliosphere
ST24 – Broadband Radio Solar, Coronal, Heliospheric, and Ionospheric Physics: Observations, Theory, Modelling, and Scientific Investigation
ST26 – General Session for Upper Atmosphere and Ionosphere
ST27 – Mesosphere-thermosphere-ionosphere Coupling Processes on Global Scale

Please remember that each AOGS registration covers the presentation of up to two abstracts – you do not need to be the first author of both abstracts but can be the presenting author as long as you are named on each abstract you are to present.  This counts for both oral and poster presentations.  Full regulations and costs can be found here: www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2017/public.asp?page=abstract.htm

And here are the other sessions relevant to Sun and Heliosphere:
ST02 – Energetic Particle Acceleration and Transport in the Heliosphere
ST06 – Origin, Eruption, Propagation and Space Weather Effect of Magnetic Flux Ropes
ST07 – THE WAVE COUPLING BETWEEN THE LOWER SOLAR ATMOSPHERE AND CORONA: MHD APPROACH
ST08 – Sun-earth System Response to Extreme Solar and Seismic Events
ST09 – Magnetic Reconnection in Space Plasma: Observations and Simulations
ST12 – Waves and Turbulence in the Solar Atmosphere and Solar Wind
ST13 – Global Solar Wind-planetary Environment Interactions : a Comparative View of Recent Observations, Modeling and Numerical Simulations
ST16 – The Large-scale Interplanetary Phenomena: Sources, Properties and Space Weather Effects
ST22 – Use of Nano/microsatellites for Solar-terrestrial Studies
ST23 – Future and Current Space Missions and Instrumentation for Space and Planetary Science

Looking forward to seeing you in Singapore.

Best wishes,

Mario.
ST-H (Sun and Heliosphere Secretary, elected 2011-2013, 2013-2015, and 2015-2017)
ST President Candidate (2017 election at Singapore)


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UK National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2017 – Call for abstracts on “The Physical Processes Underlying Space Weather”
Francesco Zuccarello
14 Feb 2017

We invite abstract submission for the National Astronomy Meeting 2017 session “The Physical Processes Underlying Space Weather: Formation, Eruption and Propagation of Coronal Mass Ejections”. 

The aim of the session is to bring together solar and heliospheric physicists, both modelers and observers, to discuss the formation and evolution of magnetic flux ropes with particular focus on (1) what are the universal physical mechanisms responsible for triggering solar eruptions, (2) how and when magnetic flux ropes are formed, (3) how their structure evolves during their propagation through the inner heliosphere,  and (4) how the structure of the interplanetary magnetic clouds relate to their source regions on the Sun.

The NAM 2017 will be hosted at the University of Hull (UK) during the 2nd – 6th July 2017. We note that this is shortly before the IAU Symposium on Space Weather of the Heliosphere in Exeter (UK), and that this perhaps provides an opportunity for colleagues from further afield to combine two meetings.
Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is April 14, 2017.

For more information, please visit the conference website: nam2017.org/


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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
14 Feb 2017

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

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. Confirmed invited speaker:
Mike Wheatland - coronal magnetic field reconstructions in ARs
Alexei Pevtsov - chromospheric magnetic field probing
Sergey Anfinogentov - gyroresonant magnetic field probing in ARs
Andreas Lagg - magnetic field probing at QS.

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-Conveners:
Sven Wedemeyer-Böhm, Dr.
– stellar and solar physics
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
www : folk.uio.no/svenwe
www : www.solartornado.info

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Hinode-11/IRIS-8 Joint Science Meeting – Second Announcement (updated)
Marc DeRosa
14 Feb 2017

As announced earlier, registration is now open for the joint 11th Hinode and 8th IRIS science meeting, held from Tuesday May 30 to Friday June 2, 2017, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. Please use the link on the meeting webpage (www2.hao.ucar.edu/iris2017) to register.

The SOC would like to remind students and early-career scientists that a limited number of travel grants are available. If you are interested in applying, please complete the Registration Form, including the Abstract and Travel Support portions, before March 1, 2017. When you finish, click the Submit button but ignore the payment site. You will be notified by March 14 with the result of your application.

Additionally, if you need an invitation letter (e.g., for visa purposes), please contact sheryls_at_ucar_dot_edu or derosa_at_lmsal_dot_com.

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


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