The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2017 Number 6
Aimee Norton, editor
15 March 2017

Who's News

Lucio Paternò (1939 – 2017)
Maria Pia Di Mauro and Rita Ventura
1 March 2017
It is with extreme sadness and sorrow that we inform the solar scientific community that Prof. Lucio Paternò suddenly passed away on 21 February 2017.

A pioneer in Italy for study of helio- and asteroseismology, he was a charismatic coordinator and organizer who made a great contribution to the development of solar research, playing a central role in his career in the understanding of solar and stellar internal structure and dynamics by means of the study of stellar oscillations. In addition he developed fundamental theories on angular momentum transport and the solar dynamo, demonstrating the key role played by rotation in shaping the evolution of the Sun. He made major contributions to the subjects participating in different solar experiments from the ground and the space. He published more than 200 scientific articles and reviews in national and international scientific journals.

He was also a great professor and enthusiastic teacher of physics at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Catania from 1973 to 1987, and solar physics, astronomy, astrophysics and fluid dynamics at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Catania since 1983. In January 2000 he won the competition for a full professor of Astrophysics at the University of Florence and immediately after he was called by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Catania to be the chair of Astrophysics which he held for a period of ten years, until his retirement from University in 2010. He was supervisor of more than forty theses for the degree in Physics at the University of Catania on astrophysical subjects.

He also lectured at the Specialization School and Doctoral School in Physics of the Catania University and at the National Doctoral School in Astrophysics.

He was a member of the Academy of Science of France in the Sciences of the Universe section since 1995 and Emeritus member of the Gioenia Academy of Natural Sciences in Catania since 1997.

Besides his formidable work as a scientist and teacher, Lucio Paternò held important admistrative positions, in which he revealed excellent managerial skills. He was Director of the Institute of Astronomy of the Catania University from 1992 to 1997, member of the board of directors of the Inter-university Consortium for Space Physics from 1992 to 2003 and of the Italian Astronomical Society from 1994 to 1998. He was also member of the Scientific Council of the National Group of Astronomy of the National Research Council (CNR) from 1983 to 1995.

Lucio had just turned 77 last December, and from his retirement in the 2010, he was still active in the field, tireless collaborating with his former students and overall continuing to provide a critical support to colleagues of the Observatory of Catania by sharing his deeply insightful knowledge.

His unexpected passing is a terrible loss for the entire astrophysics community, and a deeply painful personal one for all who personally got to know him. We will always remember his kindness, his generosity, and his great sense of humor. We have lost a mentor, an exceptional colleague and for some of us a very close friend: a man with unique human qualities.

He will be very sorely missed by those who have been lucky to spend several scientific adventures with him, appreciating his ironic and happy approach to life, teaching us to see only the good in every situation.

All our thoughts are going to his wife Marcella, his daughter Antonia, his son Alessandro and the three beloved grandchildren: Mathieu, Lucio Jr. and Gianmarco. On behalf of the entire solar scientific community, we express our deepest condolences for their terrible loss.

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Solar Storms in Virtual Reality – Public Outreach Material Available
Miho Janvier
01 Mar 2017

Solar Storm VR is a virtual reality experience that let you witness the birth of a solar storm at the Sun, its journey in the solar system and how it impacts the Earth. This outreach project, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK) and Sf2A (France) in 2016, aims at inspiring, enthusing and educating the general public, from kids to adults, about space science, and in particular solar storms.

Solar Storm VR was presented exclusively at science festivals in 2016 (Smashfest UK, International Edinburgh Science Festival, The Times Cheltenham Science Festival). However, since 2017, Solar Storm VR is freely available for downloads or direct viewing on Youtube (some browsers may not enable 360 viewing, we recommend Google Chrome)

You can find downloadable materials (for VR headsets) on our website:

Youtube 360 link:

Alternatively, some explanations can be found on our brochure:

Do not hesitate to use this material for public outreach!

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Applied Space Environments Conference – Abstract Extension: March 9
Joseph Minow
02 Mar 2017

Dear Colleagues,

By popular request, we are extending the abstract submission for the Applied Space Environments conference to Thursday March 9, 2017!!

Also, Registration is now open!!

The event is co-sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA, and NSF and will be held in Huntsville, AL on May 15-19, 2017 at the Westin Huntsville.  We invite you to register today at:

Professional:            $300 (early) / $350 (late)
Student:                $200 (early) / $250 (late)
Banquet ticket:        $55

Early registration February 17 - May 1, 2017.  Late registration May 14-19, 2017.

Conference website:
NASA Conference Tracking System (NCTS) #28268-17

Thank you!

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A History of Solar Activity over Millennia: Living Reviews in Solar Physics – New Version of Available
Ilya Usoskin
11 Mar 2017

An updated version of the review “A history of solar activity over millennia” in Living Reviews in Solar Physics by I. Usoskin is available
Usoskin I.G, A history of solar activity over millennia, Liv. Rev. Solar Phys., 14, 3, 2017

It presents a review of present knowledge of the long-term behavior of solar activity on a multi-millennial timescale, as reconstructed using the indirect proxy method.

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Advances in Space Research – Special Issue on MHD Wave Phenomena in the Solar Interior and Atmosphere (Deadline Extended)
Viktor Fedun
13 Mar 2017

Original contributions and review papers related to the MHD Wave Phenomena in the Solar Interior and Atmosphere are solicited for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research.

This thematic issue is focused on studies of the various MHD wave processes in the solar interior and exterior.  It is expected that the published articles will provide new insight on the mechanisms of excitation of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, their role in triggering localized energetic events and the energy and momentum transport from photosphere to chromosphere and further to the solar corona. Articles on magnetic fields modeling, current development of the models to replicate the impulsive heating of the solar chromosphere, and repetitive magnetic reconnections processes are also welcome.

The manuscript submission site is at (Advances in Space Research).  Please select “Waves in Solar Atmosphere” in the special issue drop-down for article type.  Submitted papers must be written in English and should include full affiliation addresses for all authors.  Only full-length papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review by a minimum of two reviewers. There are no page limits although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented.  The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2017.  Papers will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted.  The printed issue will be assembled within a reasonable time with late papers being printed in regular issues of ASR.  All articles will be typeset at no cost to the author; there is a nominal charge for printing color figures although there is no charge for color figures in the electronic version.  The general format for submission of papers can be found on the ASR Elsevier web site at

Dr. Viktor Fedun ( and Dr. Abhishek K. Srivastava ( are the Guest Editors for this special issue.
Questions can be directed to Drs. Fedun or Srivastava or to the ASR Co-Editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea (

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VSO SolarSoft Client will Require IDL 8.4 or Later
Joe Gurman
13 Mar 2017

Due to changes in federal government policy (“https only”), the IDL SolarSoft VSO client (vso_search and vso_get) software will require IDL 8.4 (released in early 2014) or later. We plan on making the change by 2017 May 15. If your IDL licenses are on maintenance, please upgrade to at least version 8.4 by then.

Upgrades to the SunPy VSOClient will also needed to work with https only.

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RHESSI Science Nuggets
Hugh Hudson
14 Mar 2017

No. 294, “Edward Chupp”

No. 295, “Radio Emissions from Double RHESSI TGFs”, by Andrey Mezentsev and Thomas Gjesteland: Lightning helps with microsecond timing calibrations, and is really interesting as a phenomenon of high-energy astrophysics.

See listing the current series, 2008 – present, and 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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Employment Opportunities

University of Colorado-CIRES – Position in Space Physics
Paul Loto'aniu
01 Mar 2017

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for an up to 3-year duration Research Associate to support NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) work related to the magnetometers on the GOES-R mission satellites. The first GOES-R satellite was launched November 2016 and is now called GOES-16. The role of the Physicist is to support the NCEI MAG Instrument Scientist in all aspects of NCEIs GOES-R MAG efforts including on-orbit instrument calibration and validation, development and implementation of MAG space weather products, determining the quality of Level 1 MAG data, investigating data anomalies, writing technical documents and attending/contributing to NASA/NOAA/vendor technical meetings, briefings, reviews and instrument tests as needed. The Physicist is also expected to publish in research journals, attend conferences and at a minimum help write grant applications. Continuation of the Research Scientist position beyond the first three years depends on funding and performance. The position is located within the Solar-Terrestrial Physics Branch of the NCEI Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics (CCOG) at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado.

Minimum Requirements:
U. S. citizenship or permanent resident status. A recent Ph.D. in physics or similar scientific or engineering discipline with an emphasis on magnetometer instrument design or scientific research using magnetometer data. Excellent technical skills and experience handling science-grade magnetometer datasets. Strong understanding of how to handle magnetometer data issues such as data gaps, spikes, and other anomalies. An understanding of both instrument and external factors that affect magnetometer data quality. Strong background in the use of higher-level computer languages, such as Python or IDL or Matlab. Ability to work cooperatively within a team environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Willingness to make irregularly-spaced short-term trips to NASA-GSFC, NOAA-NSOF or vendor facilities for technical meetings and/or pre-and post-launch activities. Inquiries contact Dr. Paul Loto’aniu ( To apply and for full job description go to:

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National Weather Service (NWS) Space Weather Position – Closing Date 17 March 2017
Howard Singer
06 Mar 2017

A job vacancy has been posted on USAJOBS for a Physical Scientist, GS-1301-14 at NWS HQ in Silver Spring, Maryland.  One of many duties of the position will be to manage and lead NWS’ National Space Weather Program. The job vacancy can be found via this link on USAJOBS: and has a closing date of 3/17/17.

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Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen – Post-doctoral Position in Solar Plasma Physics
Johannes Stecker
10 Mar 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for a post-doctoral position in solar plasma physics. The successful candidate will join the DFG-funded project “The Solar Interface Region” led by Thomas Wiegelmann. The aim is to study the interface region between the solar photosphere and the solar corona, which consists of the chromosphere and transition region. Plasma heating and mass supply from the photosphere to the corona takes place in this interface region, which is still not well understood. We study this region with the help of data-driven modelling based on observations from the balloon-borne mission SUNRISE and the small explorer mission IRIS. Analyzing data from these two new missions (and additionally from SDO and Hinode) together with sophisticated magnetic field extrapolation and plasma modelling techniques developed in the SOCo3D-group at MPS, gives the opportunity to investigate the mass and energy supply of the solar atmosphere.

“The Solar Interface Region” project will reside in the solar department of the MPS, one of the largest groups in solar physics worldwide. The institute is located in Göttingen (Germany), a lively and scenic university town.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record. Relevant experience in numerical computing and solar plasma physics are of advantage. Applications including a CV, a statement of research experience and a publication list should be sent to In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent separately to the same address.

The position is offered for a period of three years. The exact starting date is negotiable. Salary will be according to grade E13 of the TVoeD scale of the German public services. Review of applications will start 15 April 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities.

For further information please contact Thomas Wiegelmann ( or Johannes Stecker (

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University of Oslo, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics – PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Solar Physics
Luc Rouppe van der Voort
13 Mar 2017

The University of Oslo invites applications for two fellowships in solar physics: one PhD fellowship and one postdoctoral fellowship.

The fellowships are connected to the project “Unravelling the dynamics of the solar atmosphere” funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo. The project aims to achieve deeper understanding of the workings of the solar atmosphere by combining observations both from space and from the ground and through comparisons with advanced numerical simulations.

The University of Oslo has an annual quota of 42 observing days at the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope (SST) on La Palma which is one of the world-leading facilities for high-resolution solar imaging, polarimetry and spectroscopy. From space, we use data from NASA’s IRIS spacecraft which provides a window on the upper part of the solar atmosphere through high resolution UV observations. As part of the project, we conduct coordinated observing campaigns with the SST and IRIS to obtain a complete picture of the solar atmosphere from the deep photosphere to the transition region and corona.

For numerical modelling of the solar atmosphere, we make use of state-of-the art 3D radiative magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) codes. We simulate the solar atmosphere from the convection zone to the corona and make synthetic observables that are confronted with observations.

The PhD and postdoctoral fellows will be part of the solar physics group at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. The group is renowned for its expertise in numerical simulations and observations of the solar atmosphere and thus offers an attractive work environment and access to world-class computational and observational infrastructure.

for more information on the PhD fellowship:

for more information on the postdoctoral fellowship:

Applications have to be submitted through the webportal.

Application deadline: 18 April, 2017

For further information, please contact:
Professor Luc Rouppe van der Voort

For questions regarding the application process and the webportal, please contact:
HR Officer Oerjan Pretorius, phone +47 22 85 63 49

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Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC; Tenerife, Spain) – Severo Ochoa Postdoctoral Positions in Solar Physics
Javier Trujillo Bueno
14 Mar 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:

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). Deadline is April 15. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit

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Meeting Announcements

UK STFC Introductory Summer School at Northumbria University
Valentina Zharkova
01 Mar 2017

We are pleased to announce that this year the STFC Introductory Course in Solar System Plasma Physics will take place from 10 – 15 September 2017 at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

The course is aimed at 1st year PhD students but open to PhD students of any year. There are some fully-funded places available for STFC-funded PhD students, booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. Non-STFC PhD students and PDRAs are welcome to attend but will have to pay a registration fee.

Aside from the taught programme, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking and socialising with other students and lecturers with an ice breaker event and conference dinner, plus an excursion to the historical Tynemouth Priory, located on one of Northumberland’s glorious beaches.

For more details please see

We ask kindly that supervisors highlight this opportunity to their PhD students.

Best wishes,

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HK STFC Introductory Course in Solar System Plasma Physics – First Announcement
Richard Morton
03 Mar 2017

We are pleased to announce that this years STFC Introductory Course in Solar System Plasma Physics will take place from 10 – 15 September 2017 at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

The course is aimed at 1st year PhD students but open to students of any year. There are some fully-funded places available for STFC-funded PhD students, available on a first come first serve basis. Non-STFC students and PDRA’s
are welcome to attend but will have to pay a registration fee.

Aside from the taught programme there will be plenty of opportunities for networking and socialising with other students and lecturers with an ice breaker event and conference dinner, plus an excursion to the historical Tynemouth Priory, located on one of Northumberland’s glorious beaches.

For more details please see

We ask kindly that supervisors highlight this opportunity to their PhD students.

Best wishes,

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"Numerical Techniques in MHD Simulations"
Stefaan Poedts
03 Mar 2017

    August 16 – 18, 2017, Cologne, Germany

The international conference on Numerical techniques in MHD simulations
(MHD-SIM) is hosted by the Competence Area 3: Quantitative Modeling of Complex Systems of the University of Cologne, Germany. It is organized by the Institute of Mathematics, the 1st Institute of Physics (Astrophysics), and the Institute of Geophysics & Meteorology.


Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations are an important tool to better understand the complex physics of astrophysical and geophysical plasma flows.  As the frontiers are constantly pushed towards more accurate, faster and higher resolved simulations new mathematical approaches are needed to meet these goals. Therefore, the conference Numerical Techniques in MHD Simulations (MHD-SIM) focuses on recent developments of numerical techniques, models, and algorithms to address challenging science questions in computational space and astrophysics. Our conference covers various approaches to describe plasmas as a fluid, i.e., single fluid, multi-fluid and Hall-MHD approaches. The aim is to bring together researchers of several fields, such as applied mathematics, computer science, space science and astrophysics, in order to foster interdisciplinary discussions and to stimulate potential future collaborations.

    *Keynote Speakers* (so far confirmed)

Michael Dumbser
  - Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy

Gabor Toth
  - Department of Climate and Space, University of Michigan, USA

Rony Keppens
  - Centre for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics, KU Leuven, Belgium

Christian Klingenberg
  - Institute of Mathematics, University of Würzburg, Germany

Helen Yee
  - NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, USA

    *Invited Speakers* (so far confirmed)

Alex Lazarian
  - Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

    *Scientific Organizing Committee*

Gregor Gassner
  - Mathematical Institute, University of Cologne, Germany

Stefaan Poedts
  - Centre for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics, KU Leuven, Belgium

Joachim Saur
  - Institute of Geophysics & Meteorology, University of Cologne, Germany

Gabor Toth
  - Department of Climate and Space, University of Michigan, USA

Stefanie Walch-Gassner
  - 1st Institute of Physics, University of Cologne, Germany

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SPD Meeting, Portland, OR, August 21 – 25, 2017
Holly Gilbert
05 Mar 2017

The next SPD meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2017 total solar eclipse. The SPD meeting will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR.

The hotel reservation system and meeting registration will be available in the next 2 – 4 weeks (mid-March to early-April. It will be advertised as soon as the system opens up). A block of rooms is reserved for SPD members with the following group rates:

Standard Queen $194/night (single or double occupancy)
Premium with two queens or one king $214 (single or double occupancy)

A smaller block of rooms will be available at the government per diem rate.

Bus transportation will be available for a fee from Portland to Salem to view the eclipse at Willamette University. The cost will be on the order of $45 – $50. Food options will also be offered for the bus trip and the viewing location has a cafeteria and facilities. There will also be outreach opportunities (more info forthcoming with the opening of registration).

Stay tuned for info on meeting and hotel registration.

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Flux Emergence Workshop 2017 – Registration Reminder
Tibor Torok
06 Mar 2017

We would like to inform you that the registration deadline for the upcoming Flux Emergence Workshop (12 – 16 June in Budapest, Hungary) is drawing close. If you would like to participate but have not registered yet, please do so by March 31 on our web page:
See the web page also for more information on the workshop. For specific questions or enquiries, please contact the LOC/SOC.

Tibor Torok (on behalf of the SOC and LOC)

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Space Weather Workshop – Student Abstract Submissions Deadline is 10 March!
Susanne Demaree
07 Mar 2017

Space Weather Workshop
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

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Hinode-11/IRIS-8 Joint Science Meeting – Abstract Submission and Early Registration Closes March 21!
Alfred de Wijn
09 Mar 2017

Abstract Submission and early registration 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, closes on March 21.

On March 22 the registration fee increases by $100. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, morning and afternoon coffee and snacks, and the Monday evening welcome reception.

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

The meeting will feature reviews by Jaro Dudik (Czech Academy of Sciences) and Luc Rouppe van der Voort (Univ. Oslo), and invited talks by Thomas R. Ayres (Univ. Colorado), Bin Chen (NJIT), Sanja Danilovic (MPS), Jaime de la Cruz Rodriguez (Stockholm Univ.), Lindsay Glesener (Univ. Minnesota), Lijia Guo (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 21, 2017 – Abstract Submission Deadline
March 21, 2017 – Early Registration Ends $500
March 22–May 29 – Late Registration $600

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2017 Fall AGU Meeting – Invitation to Submit a Session Proposal
J Todd Hoeksema
13 Mar 2017

This year the fall AGU meeting moves to New Orleans. December 11 – 15 may seem a long way off, but it’s already time to think about session topics. This is your opportunity to bring together a group of your colleagues to present the latest results in an area of interest to you. Proposals from first-time session planners and those under-represented in our field are especially welcome. Note that you must be a member of the American Geophysical Union to be the primary convener of a session.

The 2017 AGU Fall Meeting Session Proposal submission site is now open and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 19 April. To submit a proposal, go to:

Before submitting your proposal, please look to see if a session on a similar theme has already been submitted. If so, consider contacting the other proposers to discuss a merger, or rework your session proposal to focus on a unique topic. Proposals with significant overlap may be merged or rejected, so please make sure your proposal is focused and unique. You can view existing submissions at Preliminary Program.

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Helicity Thinkshop 3: 19–23 November 2017, Tokyo, Japan – Preliminary Announcement
Kirill Kuzanyan
14 Mar 2017

Helicities (kinetic, magnetic, current, cross, etc.), as well as energies, are fundamental quantities of hydrodynamics (HD) and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). In helical turbulence, mean-field structures (global vorticity, mean magnetic field, etc.) can be generated through a dynamo action by turbulent motions. Therefore, the dynamic and magnetic activities of the Sun and stars are intimately related to turbulent helicities. These relationships have been extensively investigated, both theoretically and observationally.
In the past, two Helicity Thinkshops, mainly on solar physics, were held in 2009 and 2013 at the National Astronomical Observatory of China (NAOC) at Beijing, China (Chair: Hongqi Zhang). They originated from a Chapman Conference on Magnetic Helicity in Space and Laboratory Plasmas held at Boulder, USA, in 1998 (Chair: Alexei Pevtsov). This time we organize a Helicity Thinkshop in Tokyo, Japan.

The aims of Helicity Thinkshop 3 are
(i) to share frontier knowledge on the topic of helicity stemming from observational investigations in astrophysics and geophysics, and from numerical simulations and experiments in fluids and plasmas;
(ii) to promote closer collaboration between different research fields involved in helicity studies (e.g., solar/stellar/geo, theory/modeling/experimental/observations);
(iii) to construct models of phenomena potentially influenced by helicity whose underlying physical mechanisms are not entirely understood.

Topics to be discussed
- insights on and estimates of helicity in the Sun and solar wind, helical structures on Earth and other astrophysical bodies;
- role of helicities in solar and stellar flares and in coronal mass ejections with an emphasis on space weather phenomena and their coupling with the Earth environment;
- role of helicities in dynamo theories and numerical modelling;
- sources of helicities in astro/geophysical context;
- future directions in helicity studies.

Host Institutes:
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo
National Astronomical Observatory (NAOJ)

IIS, University of Tokyo
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, for participants from Japan)
Russia Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR, for participants from Russia)

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Axel Brandenburg (Sweden/USA), Manolis Georgoulis (Greece), Kirill Kuzanyan (Russia), Raffaele Marino (France), Alexei Pevtsov (USA/Finland), Takashi Sakurai (Japan), Dmitry Sokoloff (Russia), Nobumitsu Yokoi (Chair, Japan), Hongqi Zhang (China)

Local Organizing Committee:
Nobumitsu Yokoi (Chair, University of Tokyo), Takashi Sakurai (NAOJ), Yoichiro Hanaoka (NAOJ), Masaoki Hagino (NAOJ), Shin Toriumi (NAOJ)

Venues of the Helicity Thinkshop 3:
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

Preliminary Schedule:
Sunday, 19 Nov. Registration at IIS
from Monday, 20 Nov. to Thursday, 23 Nov. Scientific Talks and Discussions
including one session at NAOJ and tour to Solar Observatory

Registration fee will be in the range of $50 – 100 excluding the banquet.
The details of the registration procedure will be given later in forthcoming announcement.

Have you any questions or comments, please contact Nobumitsu Yokoi nobyokoi (at) or Kirill Kuzanyan kuzanyan (at)

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RHESSI XVI – Second Announcement
Gordon Emslie
14 Mar 2017

The next RHESSI Workshop (number XVI in the series) will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, USA from June 19 to 24, 2017. This workshop will consist of a blend of plenary sessions at the beginning and end, with various working group sessions in between. Topics to be addressed include electron acceleration and transport, ion acceleration and transport, the solar atmosphere response to flare energy and momentum input, correlated radio/hard X-ray observations, and pertinent theory.  There will also be sessions on next steps in RHESSI imaging; new results from the MinXSS CubeSat on flare thermal emission and quiescent soft X-ray emission; and future instrumentation.

The workshop website is now available at  In addition to local and logistical information (travel, accommodation), the website also contains brief summaries of the scientific scope of the various topical sessions. You are invited to submit a contribution to one of these sessions. Abstract submission and registration will be open by March 20. The details of the final program will be constructed from the input we receive from the community, so please submit your contributions and help guide the scientific goals of the workshop.  Abstract submission and registration will be due by April 15, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you in Boulder this summer!

Gordon Emslie and Amir Caspi, on behalf of the Scientific and Local Organizing Committees, respectively

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Fourth UK-Ukraine-Spain Meeting on Solar Physics and Space Science (UKUS) – First Announcement
Viktor Fedun
14 Mar 2017
Kyiv, Ukraine
Monday 28th August – Friday 1st September 2017

Important deadlines
Registration deadline – 1 June 2017
Abstract submission deadline – 15 June 2017

The meeting will cover a broad range of aspects of solar physics, space science and solar-terrestrial relations. We aim to include every side of solar and space research, including observations, theory, and numerical modelling. The main idea behind the meeting is to treat the entire solar-terrestrial domain as one system, rather than each region independently.

The participants of the UKUS usually come from different backgrounds, therefore the meeting will be divided into a number of different topics highlighting a number of areas of expertise.

The most of the oral presentations will be scheduled in the morning sessions, followed by dedicated discussion meetings in the groups relating to the workshop objectives in the afternoon session. For the morning presentations, we foresee one-two invited speaker per topic, who should introduce their expertise to the participants. Contributed talks will be scheduled after the invited lecture. The afternoons are foreseen to have a more open character.

Our aim is to develop new collaborative projects leading to publications and grant applications. Enough discussion time will also be scheduled, to ensure sufficient interaction between the scientists, and allow for the generation of ideas for collaboration.

Tentative Programme:
- Dynamic processes in the Earth ionosphere
- MHD waves - coupling between lower solar atmosphere and corona (observations, theory, numerics)
- Solar energetic processes: dynamics of a small and large scale eruptive events
- Multi-scale plasma waves in the Sun–Earth system

Web page:

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Address Change

Ryan Milligan
Ryan Milligan
06 Mar 2017

Dear colleagues,

Please note that I have recently taken up a position at the University of Glasgow as an Ernest Rutherford Fellow under a 5 year fellowship from the STFC (UK).

My new email address is ryan.milligan[at]

Postal address:
SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Glasgow,
G12 8QQ



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Editor's Note

2016 SolarNews Instructions
Aimee Norton
11 November 2016

SolarNews is normally distributed on the first and fifteenth of each month. Please send in your submissions by midnight (UT-8) the day before.

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