Solar Physics Division (SPD)​

The purpose of the Solar Physics Division (SPD) is the advancement of the study of the Sun and the coordination of such research with other branches of science. The SPD holds annual scientific meetings, awards several different prizes, and supports students in various ways.

April 20, 2023: 54th Meeting of the SPD​

The 54th Meeting of the SPD will be a standalone conference hosted by the University of Minnesota, 13-18 August at the University of Minnesota. The meeting is open to all, not only SPD members. Registration will be required.

Abstract submission is now open, through 17-May-2023.

Save the date: 55th Meeting of the SPD: TESS-2024, in the path of the April 8 2024 eclipse​

The 55th meeting of the SPD will be joint with the American Geophysical Union’s Space Physics and Aeronomy section, at the Triennial Earth-Sun Summit, April 8-12 2024, in Dallas, Texas — in the path of the April 8 solar eclipse! AGU is hosting the meeting website.

24th January 2023 – 2023 Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Awards – Call for Applications from Meeting Organizers​

The Solar Physics Division (SPD) hereby announces the Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Award Program for 2023. The Thomas Metcalf Travel Fund was established in 2007 with generous contributions from his family and many others to help early-career scientists attend meetings relevant to solar physics. For this year, two or three meetings will be selected by the Metcalf Travel Award Committee (MTAC) on the basis of brief applications from Meeting Organizers. The total amount available this year is expected to be about $10,000.

23rd January 2023 – AAS Solar Physics Division Announces 2023 Hale and Harvey Prizes​

The Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is proud to announce the 2023 winners of its two most prestigious annual scientific prizes. Dr. George H. Fisher of the University of California Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab (SSL) in Berkeley, CA is awarded the George Ellery Hale Prize for his pioneering work on modeling of solar and stellar flares and important contributions to the studies of magnetic field in the solar interior. Dr. Bin Chen of New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ is awarded the Karen Harvey Prize for his innovative research of physics of solar flares.

2023 SPD Meeting (54th)

The 54th Meeting of the SPD will be a standalone conference hosted by the University of Minnesota, 13-18 August at the University of Minnesota. The meeting is open to all, not only SPD members. Registration will be required.

2023 HALE PRIZE: GEORGE FISHER

Dr. George Fisher has made many influential contributions to the field of solar physics through modeling dynamic processes in the solar atmosphere and interior.

2023 HARVEY PRIZE: BIN CHEN

Dr. Bin Chen has significantly advanced the studies of magnetic reconnection and particle acceleration through his groundbreaking research of solar flares.

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