Founding member of the Brazilian Astronomical Society (SAB), SBF member, SBPC, SBMO, International Astronomical Union (IAU) and COSPAR.
A representative of the Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and of the Radio Astronomy Commission of the Union Radio Scientifique International (URSI)
Founder of the Group of Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics Mackenzie (GRAAM) in 1960, today CRAAM, was responsible for the construction of most of the Brazilian Radio Observatories such as that of Ibirapuera (São Paulo), Umuarama (Campos do Jordão), Itapetinga (Atibaia), VLBI in Eusébio (Fortaleza), Submilimeter Solar Telescope (Argentina), POEMAS (Argentina), Antarctic Ionospheric Research Laboratory (Antartica) and the Mackenzie Solar Observatory (São Paulo).
Always an innovative spirit, with national and international support, he also coordinated several new projects with THz and infrared photometers for solar observation in the ground, stratosphere and space, as well as a new georeferencing system.
During his career (1961-2017) he published 204 articles, he is the author of the book “La Atmosfera Solar y su Investigación atraves de Ondas Radioeletricas”. Has deposited 7 patents, having obtained the international concession of the patent “System and Process of Geographic Positioning and Navigation”. In addition he is responsible for forming several generations of radio astronomers, having supervised 17 masters, 7 PhDs, and 8 postdocs.
Brazilian radio astronomy and solar physics lose today their greatest researcher.
New Jersey Institute of Technology announces the availability of a limited amount of observing time for the solar community at its Big Bear Solar observatory (BBSO) 1.6-m, off-axis New Solar Telescope (NST). The BBSO telescope allocation committee (TAC) is accepting outside proposals for the session 1 (2017 April 15 – Jun 30) observing quarter. Proposals are due Friday, March 10, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with BBSO/NJIT scientists to facilitate proposal preparation, observations, and data analysis. Descriptions of the NST and its instrumentation are available at www.bbso.njit.edu/NJIT_Ground-Based_Solar_Observatories.pdf
The observing proposal should be submitted via the following web link www.bbso.njit.edu/cgi-bin/NSTObsForm
Meanwhile, much of our existing data are already open to the community. The data availability with quick look movies can be found at www.bbso.njit.edu/~vayur/NST_catalog/
Data can be requested via www.bbso.njit.edu/~vayur/nst_requests/
For additional information, contact: Prof. Haimin Wang (email@example.com), Chair of TAC.
The Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society solicits nominations for the Popular Writing Award, which is awarded annually to authors of popular articles about the Sun or the effects of the Sun on the Earth’s environment. One award is given for an article written by a scientist; another award is given for an article written by a journalist.
Nominations will be accepted until April 21, 2017.
The Popular Writing Award committee will judge articles based on the following criteria: relevance, educational value, accuracy, clarity, and impact. The article must be written in English and published in a North American newspaper, magazine, or popular science journal or equivalent electronic publication during 2016. Books are not eligible. Any living scientist or journalist is eligible to receive the award.
The cash amount of each award is $500. Awards will be accompanied by a certificate.
Please send the following information to submit a nomination: the title and author(s) of the article, the name and date of the publication, and the category (scientist or journalist). Self-nominations are welcome. Please submit nominations to Monica Bobra at mbobra [at] stanford [dot] edu.
For more information, see spd.aas.org/about/bylaws#PRIZES
We announce two HMI Science Nuggets for February 2017.
#66 “A Poynting-Robertson-Like Drag at the Sun’s Surface” by Jeff Kuhn (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=1802)
#67 “The New HMI High-Cadence Vector Magnetograms” by Xudong Sun (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=1820)
We welcome submissions on work related to HMI scientific goals. More information can be found at hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/
No. 292, “RHESSI’s 15th Anniversary”, by Brian Dennis, Säm Krucker, and Albert Shih. We celebrate 15 years in orbit!
No. 293, “PIerre Kaufmann”. RHESSI has lost a friend.
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
The European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) announces the awarding of three (3) prizes: a PhD thesis prize, a Postdoc (Early Career Researcher) prize and Senior prize. Nominations are invited for each of them. The selection of each prize awardee will be made by the ESPD Board and by an external committee.
All required documents should be combined into a single PDF file and submitted by May 1, 2017 at
PhD thesis prize eligibility: The calendar year after the viva or public defence. [e.g. defence/viva 01/12/2016 – eligible in 2017 only]
The nomination is normally by the PhD supervisor and should include
PostDoc(Early Career Researcher) prize: Up to 4 calendar years after the viva or public defence. The applicant should not have a permanent position. Parental leave or similar circumstances can extend the deadline by a period equal to the leave time [e.g. defence/viva on 01/12/2014 – eligible for application up to 01/12/2018, if no further justification of an extension is provided]
The nomination package should include:
Senior Prize: A prize presented to a distinguished senior solar scientist for a life-long prolific career or scholarship.
The nomination package should include:
More information can be found on the ESPD webpage: www.eps.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=85203&id=641304
NASA invites public nominations for service on four new Federal advisory committees that advise NASA on science. The four new committees, which were formerly subcommittees of the NASA Advisory Council, are The Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC), The Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC), The Heliophysics Advisory Committee (HPAC), and The Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC).
U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill vacancies on these four new committees. There will be member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will be contacted only if a vacancy should arise and the expertise of the nominees is appropriate for that specific vacancy. The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is March 8, 2017.
For more information, please see the federal register notice at:
We are pleased to announce the new 135-s-cadence HMI vector magnetogram data series (hmi.B_135s), along with the Stokes parameter data series (hmi.S_135s). These data are suited for studying rapid magnetic evolution occurring during major solar eruptions, amongst several other topics. The highest possible cadence improved to 90 s when HMI switched to the “Mod-L” observing scheme in April 2016. The 90-s dataset is still under development.
These full-disk data series have the same format as the routine 720-s-cadence data. They can be accessed in the same way, through the Stanford JSOC website (jsoc.stanford.edu), SSWIDL modules, or new Python modules (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=1757).
For details of data processing, data availability, analysis guide, and scientific usage, please refer to the webpage “HMI High-Cadence Vector Magnetograms” (jsoc.stanford.edu/data/hmi/highcad/). The reference paper (Sun et al. 2017, under review) is available on arXiv (arxiv.org/abs/1702.07338). An HMI Science Nugget on the topic is also available (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=1820).
The high-cadence vector data will be processed for selective periods of significant activity and by request only. The first release covers about 30 events and 290 hours, most of which feature M- or X-class flares. Data request (typically in chunks of a few hours) should be directed to the HMI team.
The IAC (Tenerife) invites applications for TWO postdoctoral contracts to work on topics within the project “GREST: Getting Ready for EST” (H2020-653982), led by Dr. Manuel Collados Vera.
Duties: The selected candidates will collaborate in the development of preliminary concepts for the future instrumentation required by EST as well as in the development of the telescope itself, following the principles defined at the EST conceptual design. Successful candidates will be involved in the activities of the technological and scientific work packages of the GREST project, led either by the IAC or by other consortium members.
The technological lines of interest are the following:
Whenever the technical developments require it, successful candidates will collaborate in the construction of new prototypes or in the adaptation of existing instruments or prototypes to achieve their tasks.
The selected candidates will work in close contact with the EST Project Office, and, as a result, will acquire a valuable experience for the development of the instruments for EST.
For more information: www.iac.es/info.php?op1=26&id=629
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:
Observational and/or theoretical research on the physical processes and plasma structures of the interior and atmosphere of the Sun.
Development and/or application of techniques for research in solar physics. They can be analytical, numerical or based on observations with ground-based and space telescopes.
Spectropolarimetry, Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics, Atomic Physics and Radiative Transfer, or Helioseismology, in all cases applied to research problems in Solar Physics.
The appointment is for 2.5 years (30 months). The deadline for applying is April 15, 2017.
For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit www.iac.es/info.php?op1=26&id=630
Applications are invited for the full-time position of a working group leader at the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS), Freiburg, Germany, to work on the governance structure of the European Solar Telescope (EST).
The successful candidate will lead and coordinate work of an international working group which is tasked with developing the governance structure of the European Solar Telescope during construction and operational phases. He/She will carry out studies of existing inter-governmental scientific organizations and research infrastructures, and prepare the definition of the bodies and the governance scheme for the EST. He/She will prepare and follow-up meetings of the working-group. He/She will collaborate with other EST teams who are tasked with the definition of the legal and financial structure of the EST.
Applicants shall have experience with the organization of international research facilities and/or with international project management. Academic training at the level of a PhD in natural sciences as well as experience with the operation of astronomical observatories will be considered as assets. Strong proficiency in English is required.
The position is available from April 1, 2017 until the project end in March 2021. Applications will be considered from March 15, until the position is filled.
KIS is a Foundation of Public Law of the state of Baden-Württemberg with the mission to perform fundamental astrophysics research with an emphasis on solar physics. Current research foci include fine structure of photosphere and chromosphere, global magnetic activity and high resolution spectropolarimetry. KIS operates the German solar facilities at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, including the new 1.5m Gregor solar telescope, to carry out observations at visible and near-infrared wavelengths. Further information can be obtained at the institute’s webpage (www.kis.uni-freiburg.de/).
General information: The employment, salary, and benefits are according to the rules of the “Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder” (TVL, collective agreement for public services of the Federal States). KIS is committed to increasing the number of female employees and therefore encourages qualified women to apply. Severely handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed with preference. The institute’s commitment to the balance between work and family has been examined and certified in “berufundfamilie” audits in Germany. The application should include a curriculum vitae, degree certificates, a summary and list of experiences and achievements, and a list of three potential referees.
Please send your application documents for the attention of Board of Directors Keyword: PRE-EST Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik Schöneckstrasse 6 79104 Freiburg Germany Tel.: 0761-3198-155 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conveners: Zharkova V., Browning P., Kontar E., Matthews S. and Parnell C.
The session would be dedicated to exploring the evidence – both observational and theoretical – concerning how magnetic field energy is converted into both thermal and non-thermal particle energy in various events in the solar atmosphere and heliosphere. Understanding these physical process is essential to solar activity and its effects through “space weather”.
Topics covered will include various types of magnetic reconnection scenarios, their detection from observational topologies, and conversion of magnetic energy into energetic particles via various types of acceleration mechanisms. Observational studies of energetic particles, both near the Sun and in situ space measurements, will be welcome, as well as theoretical and computational models of energy release and particle acceleration and transport.
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/
Workshop website: www.nso.edu/workshops/2017/
Pre-Registration Deadline Today, March 1st!
We are now soliciting contributed presentations, 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”).
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
REGISTRATION is now OPEN!
The Space Weather Workshop is an annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog about space weather. What began in 1996 as a conference for the space weather user community, Space Weather Workshop has evolved into the Nation’s leading conference on all issues relating to space weather.
The Meeting of Science, Research, Applications, Operations & Users
May 1–5, 2017
Omni Interlocken Hotel
500 Interlocken Blvd
Broomfield, CO 80021
Friday, March 10: Student Abstract Submission
Friday, April 14: All other speaker and poster abstract submission
Monday, April 3: Hotel Room Block
Wednesday, April 26: Banquet Registration
Meeting dates: August 27 – September 1, 2017
Joint IAGA-IAMAS session: “Space weather throughout the solar system: Bringing data and models together”
Convenors – Sarah Gibson, Enrico Camporeale, Kyung-Suk Cho, Giuseppe Consolini, Christina Plainaki and Earle Williams
The science behind Space Weather is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary. From solar eruptions, to solar-wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere interactions, to complex couplings of the Earth’s global electrical circuit and Schumann resonances, to space-weather impacts on other planetary environments, the scientific puzzles to solve are complex and require advances in modeling. Nowadays, forecasting models range from completely empirical, such as the prediction of geomagnetic indexes based on statistical regression analysis, to physics-based, for example, state-of-the-art MHD simulations of Coronal Mass Ejection propagation. The paradigm of ‘grey-box modeling’ lives between these two extrema: data-driven reduced models that on one hand stem from a physics description, and on the other hand rely on data analysis to fit the free parameters. This approach is highly effective for interpreting space-weather-related data. It can also be a useful tool in support of space missions throughout the solar system, as seen for example in global radiation modeling that includes the parameterization of space weather conditions in plasma- interaction scenarios. All of these modeling approaches benefit from mathematical techniques that have been typically studied in contexts outside that of space weather. This topic is thus a fertile ground for a broad range of interdisciplinary collaborations.
We encourage contributions pertaining to recent progress in the effective incorporation of data into space weather modeling and prediction at any point along the chain from sun to planets. Moreover, we welcome approaches that are less traditional in the space weather community but possess potential for significant progress in forecasting and understanding space weather, and that draw upon “lessons learned” or “best practices” from applications to non-space-weather problems.”
Confirmed speakers: Maria Andriopoulou, Jacob Bortnik, Michael Kosch, Kanya Kusano, Stefano Orsini, Simon Wing
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.
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.
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 Tim Bastian – Solar Science with ALMA Véronique Bommier - Electric Current Measurement at the surface of the Sun
Convener: Gregory Fleishman, email@example.com 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
Please note the approaching deadline for the IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly2017: www.iapso-iamas-iaga2017.com/
March 12, 2017 Grant applications CLOSE (extended deadline)
March 12, 2017 Abstract submission DEADLINE (extended)
Session: A28 - Multi-Spectral Studies of Solar Flares (DIV IV)
This mini-symposium aims to bring together the diverse solar flare community to discuss the latest discoveries and developments in observations, modelling and theory in the area of solar flare physics. It will focus on correlative analysis of simultaneous multi-spectral observations of solar flare phenomena addressing the key science questions of magnetic energy release, energetic particle acceleration and transport, the response and emissions in the solar atmosphere and the heliosphere. In addition, recent modeling and theoretical developments in this area and their connections with observational data will be discussed.
Abstract submission deadline is approaching: 12 March 2017
We invite both oral and poster contributions to session A30 “Advances in Solar and Heliospheric Physics” at the 2017 IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Joint Assembly, Cape Town, South Africa, August 27—September 1, 2017. Details on the session below.
Abstracts can be submitted using the following link:
IAGA Div. IV Session A30 on “Advances in Solar and Heliospheric Physics”—Call for Abstracts
Abstract deadline March 12, 2017.
2017 IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Joint Assembly
27 August - 1 September 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
IAGA Div IV
A30: Advances in Solar and Heliospheric Physics
Continuous observations from solar and heliospheric instrumentation have been advancing our knowledge of the physical and dynamical properties of the Sun and the solar wind. These observations, along with theory and models, continue to pose challenges to our understanding of the dominant physical processes. This session invites contributions covering new results from observations, from space- and ground-based observatories, and theory and modeling of different aspects of the Sun and the heliosphere, including its interior, magnetic field, atmosphere, and the solar wind. This session is aimed at stimulating exchange and promoting discussion on the recent developments derived from observations and latest research in the field.
Convener: Mari Paz Miralles (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; firstname.lastname@example.org; USA)
Co-Convener:: Ada Ortiz Carbonell (email@example.com; Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Apartado 3004, 18080 Granada Spain)
Co-Convener: Xóchitl Blanco Cano (firstname.lastname@example.org; Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, 04150 México D.F., Mexico)
Co-Convener: Jin-Yi Lee (email@example.com; Department of Astronomy and Space Science, Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Gyeonggi, 17104, Korea)
Co-Convener: Merav Opher (firstname.lastname@example.org; Department of Astronomy, Boston University, CAS Bldg., Room 514F, Boston, USA)
12 March 2017: Deadline for abstract submission and grant application
For abstract submission, registration, and more information see
This will be an important and exciting meeting in the UK this July. The deadline for abstracts and grant applications has been extended to the end of the week, Sunday, March 5. Please consider submitting an abstract.
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. Abstracts due March 5.
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:
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
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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