The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2018 Number 6
Aimee Norton, editor
15 March 2018

NASA – Intention to Release SALMON-3 Heliophysics Mission of Opportunity
James Spann
9 March 2018
Date: 3/9/2018 4:00 PM
Community Announcement: NASA Heliophysics Program Science
Mission of Opportunity

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) intends to release a Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3) Program Element Appendix (PEA) for Heliophysics Science Missions of Opportunity (MO) by May 2018. The Heliophysics Division conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations in SMD's heliophysics programs under a not-to-exceed cost cap. Evaluation and selection for flight will nominally be made through a two-step competitive process. It is anticipated that two or more Heliophysics Science MO investigations will be selected for 9-month, $400K (RY) Phase A concept studies through this SALMON PEA. At the conclusion of these concept studies, it is planned that at least two Heliophysics Science MO investigations will be selected to continue into Phase B and subsequent mission phases. Multiple missions may be selected. The intent is that at least one of the two Heliophysics MOs will be selected for flight on the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA).

Heliophysics Science investigations must address NASA's heliophysics science objectives as described in 2014 Science Plan for NASA's Science Mission Directorate and Our Dynamic Space Environment: Heliophysics Science and Technology Roadmap for 2014-2033. Consistent with these documents, investigations should focus on understanding the Sun and its interactions with Earth and the solar system, including space weather.

This opportunity will solicit Science Enhancement Options (SEOs) as part of the Concept Study Reports produced at the end of the Phase A concept studies; SEOs submitted as part of the Step-1 proposal will not be reviewed. SEOs are optional activities outside the scope of the baseline mission that have the potential to broaden the scientific impact of investigations.

Two types of Mission of Opportunity (MO) may be proposed in response to this solicitation: (1) Partner Missions of Opportunity (PMOs), which may include CubeSats, and (2) Small Complete Missions (SCMs). SCMs are ISS payloads, hosted payloads, shared rides, SmallSats (including CubeSats), or suborbital class (Super Pressure Balloon (SPB), Long Duration Balloon (LDB) or Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (sRLV)) investigations. SCMs may also be proposed for flight on the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) that will go to the Sun-Earth L1 location. The ESPA is intended to be an unpowered, non-propulsive, 5-port ESPA Grande ring.

It is anticipated that the following classes of platforms will be provided by NASA for access to space, or near space:

It is anticipated that this opportunity will solicit proposals for science investigations requiring the development and operation of space-based investigations. The projects are designated as Category 3 as defined in NPR 7120.5E, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements. The payloads are designated as Class D as defined in NPR 8705.4 consistent with the new NASA Science Mission (SMD) Class-D Tailoring/Streamlining Decision Memorandum, except for PMOs, which depend on host mission's risk classification requirements that must be specified in the proposal. See

Investigations will be cost capped, including all mission phases, reserves, and the cost of accommodation on and/or delivery to the host mission. The intended cost cap is as follows:

A 25% minimum reserve on Phases A–D and 15% minimum reserve on Phases E–F will be required within the cost cap. The time frame for the solicitation is intended to be:
 Release of Draft SALMON-3 PEA             March 2018 (target)
Release of final SALMON-3 PEA May 2018 (target)
Pre-proposal conference 2-3 weeks after final SALMON-3 PEA release
Proposals due 90 days after SALMON-3 PEA release
Selection for competitive Phase A studies January 2019 (target)
Concept study reports due December 2019 (target)
Down-selection June 2020 (target)
Launch readiness date NLT December 31, 2024
The Heliophysics Science SALMON-3 PEA will be based on the Standard PI-led Mission AO Template available at Proposers should read the  Heliophysics Science SALMON-3 PEA carefully when it is released.

Further information will be posted on the Heliophysics Science MO Acquisition Page at as it becomes available. Questions may be addressed to Dr. James Spann, Heliophysics Science MO Lead Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington, DC  20546; Email:

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ALMA – Cycle 6 Call for Proposals
Tim Bastian
05 Mar 2018
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a powerful, general purpose telescope designed to address a broad program of forefront astrophysics at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. Radiation at these wavelengths offers a unique, high resolution probe of the solar chromosphere and chromospheric phenomena. ALMA currently supports solar observations at 3 mm (band 3) and at 1.25 mm (band 6).

The Joint ALMA Observatory will release its Call for Proposals for Cycle 6 on 2018 March 20. Proposals will be due on 2018 April 19. Successful proposals will be announced at the end of 2018 July and Cycle 6 observations will begin in 2018 October.

Additional information and important links will be provided to the community with the release of the Call. We encourage members of the solar community to consider submitting an ALMA proposal.

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Annales Geophysicae – Special Issue "Solar Magnetism from Interior to Corona and Beyond"
Sergiy Shelyag
06 Mar 2018
We are pleased to inform you that our application to organise a special issue “Solar magnetism from interior to corona and beyond” has been accepted by Annales Geophysicae journal. 

If you wish to publish your contribution in this special issue, please start preparation of your paper. The submission starts on 1 September 2018.

Full description can be found on the Annales Geophysicae scheduled special issue website:

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Hinode/EIS Nugget – Spectroscopic Observations of Current Sheet Formation and Evolution
Deb Baker
07 Mar 2018
Dear all,

We have a new Hinode/EIS nugget entitled ‘Spectroscopic Observations of Current Sheet Formation and Evolution’ by Harry Warren, David Brooks, Ignacio Ugarte-Urra, Jeffrey Reep, Nicholas Crump, and George Doschek.

The link to the nugget is here:

The archive of EIS nuggets is here:

We welcome contributions from the community.

Deb Baker

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NASA Frontier Development Lab 2018 – Call for Applicants
Lika Guhathakurta
07 Mar 2018
NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) is looking for doctorate or post-doc researchers with an understanding or interest in one of this year’s problem areas. These include a variety of topics under Space Weather, Orbital Debris, Space Resources, NEOs, Exoplanets and Astrobiology. For details, please visit the website listed below.

Hosted by the SETI Institute and NASA Ames in Mountain View, FDL brings together teams of experts in the physical sciences and specialists in data science and machine learning for an intense 8-week concentrated study on topics important to NASA – and to humanity’s future.

The format encourages rapid iteration and prototyping to create outputs with meaningful application, papers and conference posters. All participants are paid and provided accommodation and transport in Silicon Valley.

The 2018 8-week program is still accepting qualified participants and will run June 25 – August 17, 2018.

Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the 3rd of April, although we encourage you to apply sooner to ensure a place.

To learn more about FDL and submit your application, please visit the FDL website at!/

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Solar Particle Radiation Storms Forecasting and Analysis, The HESPERIA HORIZON 2020 Project and Beyond – New Book
Olga Malandraki
08 Mar 2018
We are glad to announce the publication in the Springer, ASSL series, of the new book entitled: ‘Solar Particle Radiation Storms Forecasting and Analysis, The HESPERIA HORIZON 2020 Project and Beyond’

Editors: Olga E. Malandraki (National Observatory of Athens, Athens, Greece) and Norma B. Crosby (Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium)

OPEN ACCESS of the e-Book is provided here: This book:
- Explains why it is important to understand the effects of solar energetic particles (SEPs) and be able to predict them from a modern society perspective

- Presents most recent state-of-the-art scientific results on SEPs

- Provides the reader with basic textbook type chapters on SEP origin, SEP acceleration and propagation, SEP interpretation, and SEP forecasting

- Can be used both as background course material to complement other textbook material, as well as a reference book for more senior scientists

Solar energetic particles (SEPs) emitted from the Sun are a major space weather hazard motivating the development of predictive capabilities. This book presents the results and findings of the HESPERIA (High Energy Solar Particle Events forecasting and Analysis) project of the EU HORIZON 2020 programme. It discusses the forecasting operational tools developed within the project, and presents progress to SEP research contributed by HESPERIA both from the observational as well as the SEP modelling perspective. Using multi-frequency observational data and simulations HESPERIA investigated the chain of processes from particle acceleration in the corona, particle transport in the magnetically complex corona and interplanetary space, to the detection near 1 AU. The book also elaborates on the unique software that has been constructed for inverting observations of relativistic SEPs to physical parameters that can be compared with space-borne measurements at lower energies.

Introductory and pedagogical material included in the book make it accessible to students at graduate level and will be useful as background material for Space Physics and Space Weather courses with emphasis on Solar Energetic Particle Event Forecasting and Analysis. This book is published with open access under a CC BY license.

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SPD Election – Vote Now
Aimee Norton
08 Mar 2018
The Solar Physics Division election is open to voting from now until April 15. Please vote at and follow the link to the SPD online ballot.

Two positions for SPD committee member are being filled. The following four people are running: Adam Kobelski, Sarah Jaeggli, Dan Seaton, and Maria Kazachenko. 

One position for SPD vice chair is being filled. Three people are running for this: Brian Welsch, Scott McIntosh, and Dale Gary.

The incumbent secretary (myself) will serve a second term as indicated on the ballot and if approved by the division. Thank you.

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2018 Metcalf Travel Awards – Meetings Selected
J Todd Hoeksema
08 Mar 2018
The Thomas Metcalf Travel Award Committee is pleased to announce that two solar physics meetings have been selected to receive funds to support participation by newer members of our science community. 

Please watch for further announcements from meeting organizers.

The committee would also like to thank retiring members Mark Miesch and Todd Hoeksema for their years of service and to welcome new members Andres Munoz-Jaramillo (chair) and Michael Kirk. Continuing members are Marc DeRosa and Kathy Reeves.

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UKSP Nuggets #85–87 – Sunquakes, Fan-shaped Jets and Giant Radio Loops
Iain Hannah
09 Mar 2018
UKSP nuggets are monthly short articles highlighting solar physics research in the UK:

The UKSP Nuggets over Nov 2017 to Feb 2018 are

85. The role of the magnetic field in sunquakes
by Lucie Green, Gherardo Valori, Francesco Zuccarello, Sarah Matthews (MSSL/UCL), Sergei Zharkov (Hull) and (Catania).
Magnetic lensing could determine the location of sunquakes.

86. Evidence of recurrent reconnection driving fan-shaped jets
by Aaron Reid, Mihalis Mathioudakis (QUB), Vasco Henriques (UiO), Tanmoy Samanta (Peking).
Photospheric activity drives chromospheric jets in a sunspot.

87. Giant solar loops and LOFAR radio observations
by Hamish Reid and Eduard Kontar (Glasgow).
Using LOFAR’s high resolution to map accelerated electrons in a colossal coronal loop.

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Space Weather Training Opportunity – CCMC and NASA GSFC Heliophysics Division June 2018
Anna Chulaki
14 Mar 2018
Space weather training opportunity organized by the CCMC and NASA GSFC Heliophysics Science Division (Space Weather REDI Bootcamp) will be held at Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) on June 4 – 8, 2018:

Application deadline: April 10, 2018

The space weather training will be presented by the NASA GSFC scientists (presenters include, but are not limited to, the CCMC staff). Tutorials will provide participants with a basic knowledge of space weather and forecasting, without going into detailed physics, and acquaint them with the applications of space weather.

While the training is geared to undergraduate students, it will be beneficial for anyone interested in broadening their space weather knowledge – graduate students, educators, scientists, engineers, mission operators, and competitive high school students.

The Bootcamp is free, however ALL housing and transportation costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the bootcamp participant.

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Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) – On-Orbit Test, March 28–April 25, 2018
William Dean Pesnell
14 Mar 2018
SDO uses two high-gain antennas (HGAs) on the spacecraft to maintain continuous contact with the ground station. Should one of those antennas fail we would have to roll the spacecraft to a variety of position angles during the year to keep the remaining HGA in contact with the ground station. The SDO Team will be testing the procedures needed to run SDO on a single HGA from March 28, 2018, to April 25, 2018.

During the test the roll angle of SDO will vary from 0 to 180 degrees. Near-realtime images from SDO may appear with the incorrect position angle, similar to what happens during an instrument calibration. To ensure you have correctly aligned science data, please use the exported images from the JSOC or the SSW IDL routines and If you use other software for data analysis, make sure you properly account for the value of the CROTA2 when preparing the data.

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Employment Opportunities

Kyoto University, Astronomical Observatory – Postdoctoral Position
Kazunari Shibata
12 Mar 2018
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Astronomical Observatory at Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University.

The position is mainly for a study of solar physics and related instrumentation at Hida observatory, but this time the position is also available for a study of broader research subjects on the Sun.  Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the use of IDL or other similar data reduction and analysis package.

Current research in the Hida Observatory of Kyoto University has emphasis on the followings; (a) Study of solar MHD processes with spectroscopic and   spectro-polarimetric observations using the 60cm Domeless   Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (DST) combining with   data from space solar missions (such as Hinode). (b) Observational study of space weather using the Solar   Magnetic Activity Research Telescope (SMART) and the   international ground-based solar observation network (CHAIN). (c) Instrument development for future ground and space missions.

The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to actively join (one of) these researches.

The position is available for one year, from July 1st of 2018 to the end of June 2019. There is the possibility of further offer of employment up to 3 years in total. The monthly salary is about 300,000 Japanese Yen.

Applicants should send their CV, publication list, and research plan, by e-mail to Prof. K. Shibata ( ). by 30 Apr, 2018. For further information, contact Professor Kazunari Shibata ( ).

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Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) – Post Doctoral Positions
Elena Khomenko
13 Mar 2018
The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for three postdoctoral contracts and one computer programmer contract funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project “Partial Ionisation: 2-fluid approach” (PI2FA), led by Dr. Elena Khomenko. The successful candidates will work on the development and analysis of multi-fluid simulations of partially ionized solar plasma (waves, instabilities, magneto-convection).

Previous experience in Solar Physics is considered as an advantage. Scientists with experience in treatment of astrophysical partially ionized plasmas (interstellar medium, solar chromosphere, Earth’s ionosphere) are encouraged to apply.

Duration: the computer programmer contract is of 3 years duration; three other positions are of 3 years duration with possible extension for another 2 years (5 in total).

The starting date is 1st of September, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants must be in possession of a PhD degree in Astrophysics, Physics or Informatics at the time of application deadline 14th of May (23:59h London time).

To apply please use the online application system, (links will be open soon).

For more information contact Elena Khomenko: khomenko (at)

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Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) – Post Doctoral Contract ERC Advanced Grant POLMAG
Javier Trujillo Bueno
14 Mar 2018
The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for one post-doctoral contract funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant project “Polarized Radiation Diagnostics for Exploring the Magnetism of the Outer Solar Atmosphere” (POLMAG). 

The selected candidate will carry out research on the following topics:

The appointment is till December 31st 2022, subject to annual revisions.

The deadline for receiving applications is April 30, 2018.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit

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University of Colorado Boulder – George Ellery Hale Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Solar, Stellar and Space Physics
Benjamin Brown
14 Mar 2018
The University of Colorado Boulder is seeking applicants for the George Ellery Hale Postdoctoral Fellowship in Solar, Stellar and Space Physics.  The University of Colorado and surrounding institutions provide a rich environment within which to conduct solar research, and this two-year research fellowship accompanies the relocation of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) headquarters to Boulder. 

Of particular interest are postdoctoral candidates who are interested in theoretical and computational studies of dynamics within solar and stellar interiors, photospheres, and atmospheres (chromospheres and coronae).  Boulder is an internationally recognized center for studying convection, turbulence, radiative magnetohydrodynamics, and the dynamo amplification of magnetic fields in the Sun.  The successful candidate will have access to extensive computational resources and existing modern, highly parallel astrophysical fluid dynamics codes, and could be involved in the creation of next generation codes for studying solar fluid dynamics. Connections between such modeling activities efforts and the observational capabilities of NSO’s Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST, formerly ATST) and/or Integrated Synoptic Program (NISP) will enhance an application, and the successful candidate is encouraged to forge those connections while in Boulder.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity play a prominent role in the new George Ellery Hale collaborative graduate education program, which aims to offer solar physics course work and summer professional development to students enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology via telepresence technology.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the program to develop capability and facilitate learning in this distributed environment. Thus candidates with a strong interest and experience in teaching and learning methodologies, in addition to those more focused on solar physics research goals, are encouraged to apply.  Primary duties of a Hale postdoctoral fellow are in research, but the successful candidate may negotiate for a portion of their duties to be dedicated to teaching or service.

Details on the broader Hale program, including current fellows, can be found at

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a description of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three references.  These materials should be submitted electronically to:, requisition ID #12519.

For more information please contact Prof. Benjamin Brown, Search Committee Chair,  Review of the applications will begin 2 April 2018 and continue until the position is filled.  The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

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Meeting Announcements

Solar Wind 15 – Second Announcement, Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2018.
Ian Richardson
01 Mar 2018
The 15th edition of the International Solar Wind Conference (Solar Wind 15; is gearing up to welcome solar wind experts from June 18 to 22, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The triennial Solar Wind Conference covers all aspects of solar wind physics, with presentations that examine current research and outline future directions in all the relevant fields. It is organized by the KU Leuven in collaboration with the Royal Observatory of Belgium.

We are proud to introduce the following speakers:

Plenary Speaker

Keynote Speakers

Invited speakers

We would also like to remind you to submit your abstract for the Fifteenth International Solar Wind Conference via our online submission tool:

Please keep in mind that the abstract submission deadline is March 31, 2018!

Topics that will be covered during the conference include:

Please note that all authors should register for the conference and that submitting an abstract does not automatically mean that you are registered for the conference. Registration can be found at:

The Solar Wind 15 Conference will take place at the Hotel Métropole, the renowned venue of the famous 1911 Solvay Conference (, which kicked off modern physics. The hotel is located in the heart of Brussels, within walking distance of cultural and recreational activities. If you would like to book your room at the Métropole hotel, please fill out the booking form available on the meeting website and send it to

On behalf of all the organizing team of Solar Wind 15, we are looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels in June 2018 for a successful scientific meeting! Keep an eye on our website for further updates. A preliminary program will follow soon:

The organizing committee

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Cool Stars 20 – Abstracts Due Soon
Lindsay Glesener
05 Mar 2018
Hello Cool Star and Solar Enthusiasts!

Here are several important announcements  First, we are happy to announce science themes, invited speakers, and now splinter sessions for the Cool Stars 20 workshop, July 29 – Aug 3, 2018. These are listed on our website

Second, we are now accepting abstract submissions for contributed talks and posters; the deadline for contributed talks is March 14, less than two weeks away.  Fill out your abstract at:

Poster abstracts will be accepted until June 15 or until we run out of space, which IS possible.
Registration will open in early March. The conference early registration fee is $475 until May 1st, and will increase after that (regular registration $550 until June 1st, and late registration $600 after June 18th). We will also offer one-day registration ($125 per day).  

Lodging: Dorm rooms will be available for about $100 a night, we are working on the final contract and will update you and the website when they are ready to reserve.

Student/Postdoc Funding

We anticipate funding to provide support for students to attend Cool Stars 20.  The deadline to apply is March 14. See  details. 

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Solar Energetic Particles, Solar Modulation and Space Radiation: New Opportunities AMS-02 Era #3 – Workshop, Washington DC: April 23 to 26, 2018
Veronica Bindi
07 Mar 2018
Hello everyone,

I would like to bring to your attention our coming workshop “Solar Energetic Particles, Solar Modulation and Space Radiation: New Opportunities in AMS-02 Era #3”  in Washington DC from April 23 to 26, 2018.

We still have availability for talks please submit your abstract asap!

Topics covered: Solar Energetic Particle, Solar Observations, Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections, Solar Modulation of Galactic Cosmic Rays, Propagation inside the Heliosphere and in Earth’s Magnetosphere, space radiation, space weather and ...

April 23rd, the workshop will be held at the Embassy of Italy, located in Georgetown, at 3000 Witheheaven Street, Washington DC.

09:00am – 10:00am Registration, Coffee & Networking
10.00am – 12.00am: Talks
12.00am – 1.30pm: Lunch provided, included in the registration fee
01.30pm – 5.00pm: Talks
05.30pm – 8.00pm: Welcome Social Dinner & Networking, included in the registration fee

April 24 th, 25 th, and 26 th the workshop will be hosted at the Madison Hilton Hotel located at the 1177, 15th Street, Washington DC.
09:00am – 5:00 pm Talks with coffe and lunch breaks

You can find all the details about the workshop at:

I hope to see you at the workshop!!!

Best wishes,

Veronica Bindi
Associate Professor, University of Hawaii

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RHESSI XVII – Abstract/Registration Date March 17
Gordon Emslie
08 Mar 2018
A reminder:

The 17th RHESSI Workshop ( ) will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, from June 18 – 23, 2018 (opening reception on Monday, June 18).  The format will follow the highly successful model of previous workshops, with a mix of topical plenary sessions with invited talks and small working group meetings for more involved discussion. The summaries of the various working groups have been posted at

Registration is now open at

We encourage all interested individuals to register before March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day !) and to submit a presentation abstract (on the registration page).

Note that hotel rooms are at a premium in Dublin during the summer, so please book early. There are rooms available on campus, which can be booked via the workshop website.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin!

Gordon Emslie
RHESSI Workshop Convenor
Peter Gallagher
LOC Chair

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2018 AGU Fall Meeting – Invitation to Submit a Session Proposal
J Todd Hoeksema
12 Mar 2018
The fall AGU meeting moves to Washington, DC this year. December 10 – 14 probably seems a long way off, but now is the time to think about scientific 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.

Besides the traditional oral- and poster-session formats, you can organize a panel, have short-presentations, or organize an eLightning session. New this year is the opportunity to propose a Tutorial Talk.

The 2018 AGU Fall Meeting Session Proposal submission site is now open and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 18 April. To submit a proposal, go to

Before submitting your proposal, please check 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 by clicking on the section name.

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SHINE 2018 Workshop – Registration Open
Noé Lugaz
13 Mar 2018
The registration for the 2018 SHINE workshop is now open. SHINE will take place from July 30th to August 3rd (student day July 29th) in Cocoa Beach, FL jointly at the Courtyard Marriott (posters) and Hilton (oral sessions). The scientific program (27 sessions) and details about the registration and abstract submission processes are listed in the SHINE website ( Rooms are available at both hotels at the rate of $169 (Courtyard Marriott) and $159 (Hilton). Researchers who are required to pay the per diem rate should contact Noé Lugaz or Umbe Cantu directly.

The registration fee includes one poster per person; this year, no additional posters are allowed.

Important deadlines:

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HAO Summer Workshop on “Model Coupling and Data Driven Simulations of Solar Eruptions” (Mesa Lab of NCAR, Boulder), August 13–16, 2018 – Second Announcement
Yuhong Fan
14 Mar 2018
Registration and application for travel support are now open:

To improve the realism of modeling active region flux emergence and work towards simulating realistic solar eruptive events, HAO is hosting a workshop focusing on model coupling and data driven numerical simulations. Significant progress has been made in recent years in both of these areas. Near surface layer radiation MHD simulations of active region formation driven by lower boundary condition of emerging flux from a solar convective dynamo simulation are able to model sunspot and active region formation with realistic properties of the observed solar active regions. Methods of using observed time sequences of vector magnetograms to drive simulations of realistic solar eruptive events in the corona are being explored and developed.  This workshop will bring together modelers and observers working in these areas to review recent results, discuss methodologies and future directions.  The following are some of the questions to be addressed:

  1. What are the challenges of modeling realistic active region formation? How can model coupling be used to bridge the wide range of temporal and spatial scales (from global scale dynamo generation of active region flux to near surface layer fine scale evolution of sunspot formation) and the different physical regimes the problem encompasses?
  2. How coupled models and simulations can help us interpret surface observations of active region evolution in terms of the subsurface structure of emerging flux, and deriving the boundary driving condition for coronal models of solar eruption?
  3. Are photospheric observations of vector magnetic field evolution adequate to drive MHD models to be able to realistically model the magnetic field evolution of eruptive events? What additional observational data can be used?
  4. Many current CME simulations use ad-hoc boundary-driving to numerically construct a pre-eruptive coronal configuration and trigger its eruption. What are the adequate boundary conditions for such simulations, especially for the imposed electric fields? How can information derived from vector magnetic data or flux-emergence simulations be used to further increase their realism?

We hope to have useful and effective discussions on these topics during the workshop. The format of the workshop will be informal oral presentations and open discussion sessions.  All interested in this area of research are welcome to participate in this workshop and present their work.  Some travel support is available for graduate student participants. Here is the workshop web page where registration, hotel reservation, and application for travel support are open at the following website:

Important deadlines:

Workshop SOC:

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BUKS2018 Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Confronting the Current State-of-the-Art – Second Announcement
Manuel Luna
15 Mar 2018
BUKS2018 Workshop on “Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Confronting the Current State-of-the-Art” will take place in La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain) from 4 to 7 September 2018, organised by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC).

The aim is to create a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on recent results regarding observations, data analysis and theoretical/numerical modelling of waves, oscillations, associated instabilities and seismology of the solar atmosphere. Emphasis is given to the exploitation of present and future facilities, instruments and observational bands; the development and application of modern data analysis methods; and confrontation with state of the art modelling.

A few review talks will introduce the relevant topics, highlighting recent progress and unresolved questions. Recent results will be covered by contributed talks and posters.  Ample time will be available for discussions.

All researchers active in the field are welcome to attend. Graduate students and early-career postdocs are particularly encouraged to participate and present their research work.

Important dates

Contact and further information: More information at

Manuel Luna and Iñigo Arregui

On behalf of SOC

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Aimee Norton
11 November 2016

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