The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2019 Number 10
Aimee Norton, editor
15 May 2019

Chair's Chat

SPD – Election Results
Holly Gilbert
09 May 2019
Thank you for voting in the SPD election- the results are in! The new SPD Secretary is Peter Young. Nicki Viall and Bin Chen have been elected to the SPD Committee.

David McKenzie will serve for another term as SPD Treasurer.

All will take office at the AAS/SPD meeting next month.

I congratulate the three newly elected members and look forward to working with them in the coming years.

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Notice of Proposed SPD Bylaws Changes 2019
Dale Gary
14 May 2019
The SPD Committee proposes changes to the the SPD bylaws to address three issues:

We request that interested SPD members view the detailed changes and further explanation given at An opportunity will be given for discussion and changes to the wording of the proposed amendments during the 2019 SPD business meeting. After this meeting the Secretary will distribute ballots containing the final wording of the proposed amendments to all members of the Division who will need to return their ballots not later than three weeks after the date of distribution of the ballot. The adoption of the amendments will require the affirmative vote of not fewer than two-thirds of the members voting.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2 July 2019 – LASCO Support
Bernhard Fleck
08 May 2019
Dear Eclipse Observation teams,

The Solar Eclipse spanning the South America countries of Chile and Argentina is approaching July 02, 2019.  The LASCO team is offering support for this event.  We are accepting requests for special observations and timings that support your times of totality at the various locations.

We have prepared a page with information showing our basic eclipse observation program with timeline. There is also an images page for object and informational planning that will begin update at 1 solar rotation prior to eclipse day (June 04).

Best Regards,

Kevin Schenk

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GREGOR/VTT – Call for Observing Proposals 2019B (Aug 12 – Nov 30)
Lucia Kleint
10 May 2019
GREGOR is a 1.5 meter on-axis solar telescope at the Observatorio del Teide in Tenerife operated in PI mode. VTT is a coelostat with a 70 cm main mirror, also operated in PI mode. We invite proposals for observing campaigns at GREGOR and/or VTT in 2019, with a submission deadline of June 2, 2019, 23 UT.

Instrumentation available for 2019B is:

Please see our website for the current capabilities and restrictions.


The GRIS IFU campaigns will take place from ≈ Aug – Sep and the GRIS slit specrograph campaigns from Oct – Nov. The VTT grating will be exchanged in Sep/Oct if requested by the submitted proposals.

There are different quotas for observing time in 2019B:

The proposal form and more information on the instrumentation can be found here <

and on the “Scientific instruments” page.

Proposal submission for SOLARNET and Spanish time is announced in separate calls.

For questions, please contact L. Kleint (KIS and GREGOR/VTT SOLARNET time; or E. Khomenko (Spanish time;

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SOLARNET – Access Time: Call for Proposals
Dan Kiselman
14 May 2019
Proposals are hereby invited under the SOLARNET Trans-National Access Programme for observing time at the solar telescopes GREGOR and VTT for the period 2019B (Aug-Nov 2019).
Proposals will be handled by the EAST TAC, a common European time allocation committee installed by the European Association for Solar Telescopes. SOLARNET campaigns get travel grants for going to the telescope. Certain criteria of eligibility related to the nationalities of the applicants exist. If in doubt, ask. New users of the facilities are encouraged to apply.

Data acquired in the SOLARNET Access Programme will become public one year after being delivered to the PI.

For more information on the call and how to apply, see the web page for this call. Proposals can be made for each individual telescope or for a combination of them. All proposals should be sent via email to and must be received by June 2, 2019 at 23 UT.

SOLARNET is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 824135.

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AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) Images for AGU Centennial
Christina Cohen
14 May 2019
Greetings from Your Space Physics & Aeronomy Section Leadership!

This Fall Meeting is also our Centennial, and we are collecting iconic images and graphics that represent progress within our field over the past 100 years. The images and graphics can include results and observations, science history, vision of the future, scientists and engineers in action (instrumentation development and building), rocket spacecraft missions, etc. Some of the images will be displayed at the Centennial theater screen on a rotating basis with images collected from other sections and potentially on other AGU media.

For additional questions or comments about the images, please contact any one of the SPA section leadership members, listed below.  Images/graphics along with a short title or brief description may be sent to Christina Cohen (

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Fall Meeting!

Christina Cohen, President
Geoff Reeves, President-elect (
Elizabeth MacDonald, Secretary - Magnetospheric Physics (
Romina Nikoukar, Secretary - Aeronomy (
Christina O. Lee, Secretary - Solar-Heliospheric Physics (

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Solar Physics Webinar of Global Reach – Next Talk
Gregory Fleishman
14 May 2019
Solar Physics Webinar of Global Reach (SPW-GR) runs under support of the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) at NJIT (connection and coordination support) and Laboratory for Experimental Astrophysics, Ioffe Institute (web site support). The presentations and recordings of the past talks are available online at the webinar web page ( for free access.

NEXT TALK (UNUSUAL DATE: rescheduled from May, 01):
Wed, 22 May 2019: “Solar Energetic Particle Observations Made by the STEREO Spacecraft During Solar Cycle 24” by Dr. Ian Richardson; at 14:00 UT.

Wed, 29 May 2019: “Plasma diagnostics from optically thin plasmas” by Dr. Enrico Landi; at 14:00 UT.

Subscribe to SPW-GR Google Calendar at

The Webinar uses the Cisco Webex service available at NJIT (link to connect:; meeting # 924 797 400) and is coordinated by Dr. Gregory Fleishman.

For details, see the SPW-GR web page

SCHEDULE: four-weekly
Subject to change; visit the SPW-GR web page

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Employment Opportunities

Center for Radioastronomy and Astrophysics Mackenzie (CRAAM, São Paulo, Brazil) – Postdoc Position Available
Adriana Valio
04 May 2019
The Center for Radioastronomy and Astrophysics Mackenzie (CRAAM) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of Space Weather.  The succesful applicant will work with the Solar Physics group increasing the capacity to perform diagnosis of active solar phenomena at submillimeter and mid-IR wavelengths. For this purpose, the use of techniques such as Big Data and machine learning are of particular interest.

Applicants must have a PhD in Astrophysics, Physics, or related field. Excellent computing skills and hands-on experience relevant to Solar Physics observations and data analysis are essential. Experience in Mid-IR and THz observations is a plus.

Applications can be submitted until May 20, 23:59 Brazilian Standard Time, to the email More information can be found in

The Center for Radioastronomy and Astrophysics Mackenzie is a research center of the Mackenzie Presbyterian University Enginnering School.  Located in the city of São Paulo (Brazil), during its almost 60 years of life, CRAAM has developed an international recognition, mostly in the Solar Physics field, where it has contributed to both new diagnostics of the flare dynamics and to the observing instrumentation. CRAAM is now developing new solar dedicated telescopes in the THz to Mid-IR almost unexplored bands.

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University of New Hampshire (Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS) and the Department of Physics) – Post-doctoral Research Position in the Study of CMEs and SEPs
Noé Lugaz
08 May 2019
The solar-heliospheric research group in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS) and the Department of Physics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is seeking an exceptional candidate to fill a postdoctoral researcher position in the field of space physics with an emphasis on the study of coronal mass ejections and/or solar energetic particles. Candidates specializing in numerical simulations and/or data analysis are welcome to apply. The appointment is expected to start in September 2019, although earlier or later start dates can be negotiated. A PhD in physics or related fields is required.  The initial appointment will be for one year with possible renewal for up to two additional years. Work is to be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Noé Lugaz and will involve collaborations with Prof. Gang Li from U. Alabama at Huntsville, as well as researchers from the solar-heliospheric team at UNH. The solar-heliospheric team at UNH includes over a dozen researchers, with involvement in numerous space missions, including STEREO and IMAP.

Review of complete applications will commence on May 31, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Prof. Noé Lugaz.

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Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) – PhD Position in Solar Physics
Patrick Antolin
13 May 2019
Northumbria University is currently advertising a PhD position in the field of Solar Physics within the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering. The PhD project is titled “The Coronal Cooling problem” and will have as principal supervisor Dr. Patrick Antolin.

The project’s main motivation is the study of fundamental physical processes of stellar atmospheres, such as coronal heating, MHD waves and plasma instabilities. To achieve deeper understanding of these processes we will focus on the observational and/or computational investigation of cool material in the solar atmosphere and in particular, coronal rain and prominences.

We are primarily looking for strongly motivated applicants with a degree in Mathematics, Physics or Astrophysics. Previous experience of numerical modelling, observational data analysis and computer programming is desirable but not essential. For further information related to the details of the project please contact Dr Patrick Antolin:

The Department has particular strengths in Solar Physics and Space Weather. For more information about the Group, visit
The deadline for applications is 1st July 2019 and the starting date is 1st October 2019.
The job advert can be found at

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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Space Physics Department, Geophysics Institute, México City)
Primoz Kajdic
13 May 2019
Space Physics Department
Geophysics Institute
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Topic: Solar Physics, Magnetospheric Physics, Physics of Cosmic Rays, Planetary Physics and Instrumentation and Development of Infrastructure for Space Science Studies.
Title: Plaza de Investigador Asociado “C”
Number: 78712-47

Salary: The basic monthly salary is 19,014.60 MXN, but the stimuli(grants) provided by different institutions augment this sum initially by roughly 100% and potentially much more afterwards.

Geophysics Institute at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City is announcing a full time job as a scientists in the fields of: Solar Physics, Magnetospheric Physics, Physics of Cosmic Rays, Planetary Physics and Instrumentation and Development of Infrastructure for Space Science Studies.


In order to postulate for the job, the candidates will:

The candidates need to present the following documents by no later than June 14 2019:

  1. A letter addressed to the Director of the Geophysics Institute asking to be considered for the job and explaining their motives.
  2. Research project.
  3. Curriculum vitae with the copies of all the documents that prove its validity.
  4. A copy of their PhD title.
  5. Two reference letters which should not be from the candidate’s PhD advisor(s).
The documents (Research project and CV) must be written in Spanish and either delivered to the Secretaría Académica del Instituto de Geofísica located in the Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City or emailed to the address

The candidates will be notified about the date and place of the interview and the seminar.

All the documents will be analyzed by Cuerpos Colegiados of the Geophysics Institute. The documents of the selected candidate will be sent to the Consejo Técnico de la Investigación Científica for analysis and final approval. The decision will be final and indisputable.

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Stockholm University, Institute for Solar Physics – Postdoc Position in Solar Physics (closing 25th May)
Jaime de la Cruz Rodriguez
14 May 2019
The Institute for Solar Physics announces one postdoc position in Solar Physics.

The position will be for the ERC project “Understanding magnetic-field-regulated heating in heating and explosive events in the solar chromosphere”.
The aim of the project is to work with new non-LTE inversion techniques to study the chromosphere of flares and active regions, the 3D structure of the atmosphere, and how energy is released in the chromosphere.

The main task of the selected candidate would be to perform radiative transfer calculations in chromospheric lines from rMHD simulations to estimate radiative cooling rates and to generally compare those models with our non-LTE inversion results. The main solar target would be active regions, plage and/or flares.

Depending on the background of the selected applicant, we will teach her/him to use the latest versions of the Multi3D and STiC codes.
This position will be funded for 3 years and it includes a very generous yearly travel allowance for conferences and collaborations.

Closing date: 25th of May 2019.
Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Jaime de la Cruz Rodriguez, telephone: +46 8 5537 8559, jaime(at)

Interested candidates can find more information and apply at the following web page:

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Meeting Announcements

2020 Sun–Climate Symposium (27–31 January 2020, Tucson, Arizona ) – Call for Abstracts
Vanessa George
07 May 2019
2020 Sun–Climate Symposium:
“What is the Quiet Sun and What are the Subsequent Climate Implications?”
Jan. 27-31, 2020   *  Tucson, Arizona    

* Call for Abstracts:  Due Nov. 15, 2019 *

  We are pleased to announce the 2020 Sun–Climate Symposium, which is sponsored by the Sun–Climate Research Center (SCRC), a joint venture between NASA GSFC and LASP at the University of Colorado.  Please visit the meeting website for a detailed program description, abstract form and submittal instructions, confirmed speaker listing, and logistical information:
  What is the quiet Sun? Is it a time-invariant base level or is there secular variability in the Sun’s radiative output? What do those alternate scenarios imply for Earth-climate responses? The current solar minimum provides an opportunity to answer these and related questions.
  Observations of the Sun and Earth from space have revolutionized our view and understanding of how solar variability and other natural and anthropogenic forcings impact Earth’s atmosphere and climate. For more than four decades the total and spectral solar irradiance and global terrestrial atmosphere and surface have been observed continuously, providing unprecedented high-quality data for Sun–climate studies. The 2020 Sun–Climate Symposium will convene experts from across the solar-terrestrial community, including the disciplines of climate research, atmospheric physics and chemistry, heliophysics, and metrology, to discuss solar and climate observations and models over both spacecraft-era and historical timescales.

Sessions will be organized around eight themes:

  1. The Sunset of SORCE
  2. Recent/Space-Era Solar Cycle Timescales
  3. Solar Influence on the Atmosphere and Climate
  4. Solar Variability and Climate Trends on Secular Time Scales
  5. Observational Predictions
  6. A New Reference Spectra for Remote Sensing
  7. Looking Ahead – Future Observations of the Sun and Earth
  8. Climate of the Desert Southwest

The format for this symposium consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations. We encourage your participation and hope that you will share this announcement with colleagues. Please join us!

Best regards,
2020 Sun–Climate Symposium Organizing Committee
(Peter Pilewskie, Stéphane Béland, Odele Coddington, Jerry Harder, Greg Kopp, Jae Lee, Doug Rabin, Erik Richard, Marty Snow, Tom Woods, Dong Wu)

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Machine Learning in Heliophysics (ML-Helio, Amsterdam ) – Registration Open
Michael Kirk
08 May 2019
The 1st conference on Machine Learning in Heliophysics (ML-Helio) will be held on 16 – 20 September in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
It will bring together a cross-disciplinary research community: physicists in solar, heliospheric, magnetospheric, and aeronomy fields as well as computer and data scientists.

Early-bird registration is now OPEN (deadline: May 31st)

We are currently accepting applications for early-career travel grants (deadline: May 19th).

For further information, please look at the conference website:

We strongly advice to book your accommodation in advance, since Amsterdam is always in season.

For any question, please contact

Looking forward to meet you in Amsterdam!

Michael Kirk and Enrico Camporeale - on behalf of the SOC

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NASA – Living with a Star Program Analysis Group (LPAG) AAS/SPD Summer Meeting: Town Hall
Mark Linton
08 May 2019
The NASA Heliophysics Living with a Star Program Analysis Group will be holding a town hall at the AAS summer meeting in St. Louis. The town hall will be held on Tuesday, June 11, starting at 1:40PM in Grand Ballroom B of the meeting site.

The purpose of this Town Hall is to present and solicit community input for ongoing NASA LPAG ( activities. The LPAG activities for 2019 are primarily focused on: reexamination of the Living with a Star (LWS) Strategic Science Areas (SSAs, (; and development and tracking of metrics for evaluating progress by LWS Focused Science Topics ( in addressing NASA Heliophysics and LWS goals.

Mark Linton and Anthea Coster, LPAG Executive Committee co-chairs

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Hinode-13/IPELS 2019 – Abstract and Early-bird Registration Due on 31 May
Toshifumi Shimizu
10 May 2019
The abstract submission and early bird registration for the Hinode-13/IPELS 2019 are due on “31 May”. If you have not, please visit the web site for your abstract submission and registration before the due date.

The Hinode-13/IPELS 2019 conference “Fundamental Plasma Processes in the Sun, Interplanetary Space, and in the Laboratory” will be held at the University of Tokyo, Japan 2 – 6 September 2019.

Abstract for any presentation (invited, contributed, and poster) should be submitted by the due date.

Early bird registration fee will be applied when the payment is completed by the due date.

If any inquiry and requests in registration, please send an email to the registration desk (email address given in the registration page) or leave messages in “remarks” box.

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European Space Weather Week – Session 14: Machine Leaning and Statistical Inference Techniques Applied to Space Weather
Giovanni Lapenta
13 May 2019
Conveners: Giovanni Lapenta (KULeuven), Enrico Camporeale

Web site:

The science of ‘making predictions’ has been historically based on statistical inference (e.g., frequentist, Bayesian, information criterion-based) and, more recently, on machine learning techniques.

Entire disciplines, such as system identification, data assimilation, information theory, deep learning and uncertainty quantification, have proliferated in the attempt to improve our ability to extract information from data and build predictive models.

Each of these disciplines has been studied and developed in contexts typically unrelated to Space Weather (e.g., quantum mechanics, financial forecasting, astronomy, etc.), yet present powerful new opportunities for our community. Coupled with massively expanded data availability and sophisticated means to analyze voluminous and complex information, the timing is ripe for the Space Weather community to embrace new innovative methodologies.

This session is devoted to contributions to Space Weather specification and prediction that use innovative, multidisciplinary, and, perhaps, unconventional approaches.

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Summer School for Solar Observers (Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife, Spain) – A Week Above the Clouds: Call for Applications
Francesca Zuccarello
13 May 2019
SOLARNET is pleased to announce its first call for proposals of its Training Programme: *SOLARNET Summer School for Solar Observers – A week above the clouds* which will be held at the Observatorio del Teide August 5 – 9, 2019.

Our purpose is to instruct students and young postdocs in the capabilities and operation of the German solar facilities at the observatory, by giving them the opportunity to

Due to restrictions in accommodation, the number of participants is limited to 12.
To register, please send an email to with a brief statement of interest indicating your field of research and why you want to participate in the school.
Registration deadline: June 15, 2019.
More information:

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SHINE 2019 – Registration Open: Student Financial Aid & Early Registration Deadlines Soon
Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla
13 May 2019
The registration for the 2019 SHINE workshop is open. SHINE will take place from August 5th to August 9th (student day August 4th) in Boulder, CO at the Millenium Harvest House. The scientific program (24 sessions) and details about the registration and abstract submission processes are listed in the SHINE website ( Rooms are available at the rate of $129/night before fees and taxes. The registration fee includes one poster per person, no additional posters are allowed.

Important deadlines:

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SHINE 2019 – Session #2: Connecting Heliophysics and Laboratory Plasma Studies
Lucas Tarr
14 May 2019
Please join our session at this year’s SHINE meeting (August 5 – 9) in Boulder, CO, on bridging the disciplines of heliophysics and laboratory plasma physics.  We have two invited scene setting speakers, listed below, and we encourage a lively discussion and participation from observers, theorists, experimentalists, and modelers.

Some key questions we aim to address are:

Please see our full session description here:

Invited Scene-Setting Speakers:  Mark Koepke (WVU) and Shreekrishna Tripathi (UCLA)

Organizers:  Michael Hahn, Adam Kobelski, Nick Murphy, Lucas Tarr

Early registration deadline: June 1, 2019.  Abstract deadline: June 15, 2019.

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SHINE 2019 – Session #3: What is the Pre-eruptive Magnetic Structure of CMEs from Active Regions? MFRs or SMAs? Do We Even Care?
Georgios Chintzoglou
13 May 2019
You are cordially invited to attend our special half-day session on “What is the Pre-eruptive Magnetic Structure of CMEs from Active Regions? MFRs or SMAs? Do we even care?” at the upcoming SHINE Workshop in Boulder, Colorado (August 5th to August 9th, 2019).


Closure on key aspects of the Coronal Mass Ejection phenomenon is near. For example, we now realize that successful CMEs – those that make it into the heliosphere—-are the result of the ejection of a Magnetic Flux Rope (MFR) because all CME eruption theories predict that the ejected structure is an MFR.
A great debate is raging, however, on the nature of the pre-eruptive magnetic structure. There are only two viable candidates: (pre-formed) Magnetic flux ropes (MFRs) or Sheared Magnetic Arcades (SMAs). Both have similar observational signatures, and both result in an ejected MFR. The structure debate actually reflects a dichotomy about the physical process responsible for the initiation. Is it an ideal plasma instability, in the pre-formed MFR case? Or is it magnetic reconnection, in the SMA case?

In this session, we seek to further the debate by focusing on certain aspects:

Our two ‘scene-setters’ will lay out the key issues of the SMA and MFR camps, with an emphasis on ways to resolve the debate via observations. We invite contributions that address one or more of the above questions. We are looking forward to a lively and useful debate.

Invited Scene-Setting Speakers: Prof. Spiros Patsourakos (University of Ioannina), Dr. Tibor Torok (Predictive Science Inc).

Organizers:  Georgios Chintzoglou (LMSAL/UCAR) and Angelos Vourlidas (JHU/APL).

Deadlines: Early bird registration: June 1, 2019.  Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2019.

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SHINE 2019 – Session #6: Achievements and Challenges of Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Analysis and Prediction of Solar Activity
Viacheslav Sadykov
01 May 2019
Dear Colleagues, please join us for the session “Achievements and Challenges of Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Analysis and Prediction of Solar Activity” at the SHINE Workshop 2019 (August 5 – 9, Boulder CO). The main focus of the proposed session is to discuss recent results in machine learning and data assimilation applications, share the knowledge and experience within the SHINE community, and to understand the current demand for cross-disciplinary approaches to tackle problems of analysis, modeling, and prediction of solar activity from the solar interior to heliosphere. In particular, the following questions are planned to be discussed:
  1. What are the current challenges in application of machine learning and data assimilation techniques for prediction of solar and heliospheric phenomena?
  2. What are the applicability and limitations of machine learning methods for analysis of multidimensional heliophysics data sets? What new features/approaches need to be developed?
  3. How can we link machine learning and numerical simulations for understanding of underlying physical processes and development of physics-based forecasts?
Session details: “Achievements and Challenges of Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Analysis and Prediction of Solar Activity”, August 8th (Thursday), 14:15 – 17:15 pm. Detailed description is available at:

Invited scene-setting speakers: Manolis Georgoulis, Mark Cheung

Organizers: Viacheslav Sadykov, Irina Kitiashvili

Early registration deadline: June 1, 2019.  Abstract deadline: June 15, 2019.

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SHINE 2019 – Session #16: On the Origin of Neutrals and Low-Charge Ions in the Corona
Vincenzo Andretta
10 May 2019
We invite all interested researchers to join us at this year’s SHINE Workshop (August 5 – 9, 2019) in Boulder, Colorado, for a special half-day session dedicated to the origin of neutrals and low-charge ions in the corona. 

For years, observations have demonstrated the presence of neutrals and low ionization states of various elements in the inner corona and the nascent solar wind but where do they come from?
Eclipse spectroscopy detected cool material associated with CME fronts up to several solar radii, but showed no evidence of a diffuse neutral component.
On the other hand, ground-based spectroscopy suggested the presence of a diffuse coronal surface brightness in the He I 1083 nm line, apparently originating from an “inner source” of neutral helium atoms in the solar corona below 2 R_Sun.
Can we make these observations consistent?
Do we have a good grasp of the possible sources of neutrals and low-charge ions in the inner corona, and how they can be influenced by external factors such as solar wind, magnetic activity and variability, etc?
Do abundances play a role? Conversely: How are abundance measurements affected by all these processes?

This session explores these questions, with an eye to the new observational capabilities offered by facilities such as PSP, Solar Orbiter and DKIST. In particular, with its 4-m aperture and coronagraphic capabilities, DKIST will soon be able to probe the extended corona up to 1.5 R_sun in several spectral diagnostics, including lines from both neutrals and highly ionized elements.

Invited Scene-Setting Speakers:  Shadia Habbal, Jeff Kuhn

Organizers:  Gianna Cauzzi, Valentin Martinez-Pillet, Vincenzo Andretta

More info on this and the SHINE meeting at:

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“Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” Workshop – Second Announcement
Mario Bisi
14 May 2019
Dear Colleagues.

Not enough scintillating science in your life?

This is our second official announcement for our upcoming “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” focussed/specialist workshop to be held in Hermanus (near Cape Town), South Africa, 15 – 19 July 2019.  This is a great location for an exciting multi-faceted topic and time to get an insight into other aspects of scintillation.

Thus, the workshop will cover all aspects of scintillation from the science (including all the domains in which it can be applied, e.g. ionosphere, heliosphere, interstellar) through to engineering concepts/requirements including all aspects of its theory/modelling.  More-detailed themes are being updated on the workshop website before the end of this week.  In addition, we are in the process of finalising our invited and scene-setting speakers.

The late registration ends on Friday 31st May 2019 at 23:59UT.  The full list of deadlines can be found on the workshop website here: along with further information about the scope of the workshop and local information.

Best wishes on behalf of the workshop SOC and LOC,

Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space – SOC Co-Chair)
Mike Kosch (SANSA/Lancaster University – SOC Co-Chair/LOC Chair)

Science Organising Committee (SOC):
  Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK) (Co-Chair)
  Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK) (Co-Chair)
  Richard A. Fallows (ASTRON, NL)
  Daniel Stinebring (Oberlin College and Conservatory, OH, USA)
  Anna Bilous (University of Amsterdam, NL)
  Ue-Li Pen (University of Toronto, ON, Canada)
  Lucilla Alfonsi (INGV, Italy)
  Joseph Olwendo (Pwani University, Kenya)
  Biagio Forte (University of Bath, UK)
  Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa)
  Oyuki Chang (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK)

Local Organising Committee (LOC):
  Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK)
  Lee-Anne McKinnell (SANSA, South Africa)
  Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa)

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European Space Weather Week – Abstract Submission is Open
Mario M. Bisi
14 May 2019
Dear Colleagues.

This is just to draw your attention to the abstract-submission deadline for European Space Weather Week 16 (2019) which is coming soon on 9th June 2019.  Full details of the meeting can be found here: and the full list of deadlines here:

Best wishes,

Mario Bisi
PC Vice Chair

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L5 Consortium Meeting "Missions to non-Earth Vantage Points" (Stanford, October 1–3, 2019) – Third Announcement and Call for Papers
Nat Gopalswamy
14 May 2019
L5 Consortium Meeting
October 1 – 3 (Tue – Thu), 2019
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA

What can be learned about the Sun and heliosphere from observations collected far from Earth?

Rationale: The L5 Consortium is an informal group of scientists that has been promoting space missions to the Sun–Earth Lagrange points and other viewpoints off the Sun-Earth line. The scientific benefits of such vantage points are many, as are the opportunities for improving space-weather forecasting capability.

A series of L5 Consortium Meetings have been organized to address open questions in heliophysics utilizing such missions, with the last meeting in 2017 (see programs at The next meeting will take place at the beautiful Stanford University, California in a perfect early-autumn weather, October 1 – 3, 2019.

We welcome contributed papers/oral presentations on missions, instruments, and science pertinent to the following Session Topics:

An exciting meeting program is currently being formulated, with the following invited speakers confirmed so far:
Christopher Russell (UCLA, Keynote), Dick Mewaldt (Caltech), Thomas Berger (CU Boulder), Cooper Downs (PSI), Sam Krucker (UC Berkeley), Philip Scherrer (Stanford), Daniel Seaton (CU/NOAA), Alan Title (LMSAL), Junwei Zhao (Stanford)

Important Dates:

Since the development to fruition of such space missions may take decades, we encourage early-career scientists to participate. We will be able to provide travel support for a limited number of young scientists (e.g., with the AAS/SPD Metcalf Travel Award). Please contact the organizers if you are interested at (email:

The number of participants is capped at the the room capacity of 75, and thus early registration is encouraged. Details and logistics are updated at We look forward to seeing you at Stanford this fall.

Sincerely yours,
L5 SOC [Nat Gopalswamy (co-chair, NASA/GSFC), Todd Hoeksema (co-chair, Stanford), Neal Hurlburt (co-chair, LMSAL), C. Nick Arge (NASA/GSFC), Benoit Lavraud (IRAP), Paulett Liewer (JPL), Wei Liu (LMSAL), S. P. Rajaguru (Indian Institute of Astrophysics), Phil Scherrer (Stanford), Jesper Schou (MPS), Seiji Yashiro (CUA)]

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Editor's Note

2016 SolarNews Instructions
Aimee Norton
11 November 2016

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