SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 14

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 14

Aimee Norton, editor
15 July 2016

Exploring Gift of Telescopes

Rajmal Jain
02 Jul 2016

Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya (KSV) University, Gandhinagar (near Ahmedabad), India is a private university, which runs courses in engineering, sciences, pharmacy, commerce and management. In the faculty of science KSV runs Masters in Physics (M.Sc Physics) with a special paper on Space and Astrophysics.  For this program we are planning to establish a lab with some good experiments related to space and astrophysics. In this context, we are planning to set-up a modest observatory with one telescope to observe the Sun and other to observe the night time celestial objects to teach and train the students with observational techniques and data analysis etc. In this connection, we are exploring research institutes and universities over the globe who can gift us modest size telescopes (>30 cm) for solar and night sky observations with required accessories for observations. We also seek help and appreciate receiving gift of Celeostat, good quality lenses, associated optics and other accessories to build spectrographs etc.

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Special Issue in JGR-Space Physics “Observations, Simulations and Theory of Electric Currents in the Solar System” – Call for Papers

Michael Wheatland
06 Jul 2016

Special Issue in JGR-Space Physics – Call for Papers

“Observations, Simulations and Theory of Electric Currents in the Solar System”

Submission acceptance begins: 6/24/2016
Submission deadline: 2/15/2017

Special section organizers:
Andreas Keiling, UC Berkeley
Octav Marghitu, Institute for Space Sciences, Bucharest
Michael Wheatland, University of Sydney

Electric currents are fundamental to the structure and dynamics of space plasmas. New developments in observations, simulations and theory make it timely to collect new research studies on electric currents. Hence, this special issue of JGR-Space Physics solicits research papers on electric currents in the ionospheres and magnetospheres of the Earth and other planets, in the heliosphere, and on the Sun. Studies are welcome addressing not only current system structure and dynamics but also the impacts and ramifications on the local space environment. Many of the collected papers will be based on presentations and discussions at a recent AGU Chapman conference held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in May 2016. Papers relevant to the scope but not presented at the conference are also solicited.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the website:

For additional information please contact: [email protected]

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Sacramento Peak Observatory – Notice of Intent to Initiate Environmental Review

David Boboltz
08 Jul 2016

The National Science Foundation has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Initiate Section 106 Consultation for Proposed Changes to Sacramento Peak Observatory Operations, Sunspot, New Mexico and a Notice of Public Scoping Meetings and Comment Period. As indicated in the NOI, scoping comments may be submitted to the National Science Foundation during the public comment period, which extends through August 5, 2016, via email at [email protected] or via mail to Ms. Elizabeth Pentecost, RE: Sacramento Peak Observatory, National Science Foundation, Division of Astronomical Sciences, Suite 1045, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22230.  Comments may also be provided during the public scoping meeting scheduled for July 21, 2016 at the following location:

July 21, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Space History
3198 State Route 2001
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone:  (575) 437-2840

Federal Register: Sacramento Peak Notice of Intent at
Information will be posted throughout the process at Please note that comments must be submitted via the mechanisms described above in order to be considered.

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F-CHROMA: Availability of Ground-based Flare Datasets

Mihalis Mathioudakis
08 Jul 2016

The F-CHROMA consortium would like to announce the availability of a large number of solar flare datasets, obtained from ground-based solar facilities during the two most recent solar cycles. A few of these datasets are currently available online through a simple wiki interface, and more will be made available in the next months. All the others sets can be obtained by contacting the F-CHROMA partners. For each flare entry links to corresponding space-based observations are also provided.

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Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics: Special Issue on “Expected Evolution of Solar Activity in the Following Decades”

Katya Georgieva
12 Jul 2016

VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact — is the current 5-year scientific program of the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP). One of its four projects is SEE — Solar Evolution and Extrema. Among the main questions which the project seeks to answer, are: “Are we at the verge of a new grand minimum? If not, what is the expectation for cycle 25? For the next few decades, what can we expect in terms of extreme solar flares and storms, and also absence of activity? Another Carrington event? What is the largest solar eruption/flare possible? What is the expectation for periods with absence of activity?”

A joint forum on “Expected Evolution of Solar Activity in the Following Decades” was jointly organized by the VarSITI SEE project and the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland ( in March 2016. A special issue of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics will include papers based on the presentations at this forum, as well as other contributions related to its topics (

As for other VarSITI related JASTP special issues, “promotional access” will be provided which includes:
– no publishing fees for the authors;
– each paper will be free to download for everyone for 9 months after it has been published online;
– authors will be allowed to share a revised personal version of their paper to their institutional or personal website which would help the research to be widely available beyond the promotional access period.

Guest Editors
Vladimir Obridko (SEE project co-leader) – [email protected], IZMIRAN, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia – managing guest editor
Katya Georgieva (VarSITI co-chair) – [email protected], Space Research and Technology Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Kristof Petrovay – [email protected], Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Alexander Kosovichev – [email protected], Stanford University, USA

Submission Window Open: Sep 1st, 2016
Submission Deadline: Feb 1st, 2017
Acceptance Deadline:  Aug 1st, 2017

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New Solar Flare Finder tool available in SSWIDL

Ryan Milligan
14 Jul 2016

Our current fleet of space-based solar observatories offer us a wealth of opportunities to study solar flares over a range of wavelengths, and the greatest advances in our understanding of flare physics often come from coordinated observations between different instruments. However, finding or keeping track of which flares have been observed by specific combinations of instruments can be cumbersome and time consuming. To alleviate this issue, and provide access to a broader range of flaring events observed by GOES, RHESSI, Hinode (EIS, SOT, and XRT), SDO/EVE (MEGS-A and MEGS-B), and IRIS, a new interface has been developed and incorporated into SSWIDL. After updating your SSWIDL directory, simply type IDL> solar_flare_finder to bring up the widget. After selecting a time range (it defaults to the beginning of the SDO mission to the present day), and which combination of instruments you require to address a given science question, along with options for GOES class, maximum energy observed by RHESSI, and flare location (disk or limb), etc, click the Search button. This will return a list of flares that conform to your search criteria. Clicking on a given flare in this list will call up a plot that containing 1) the GOES X-ray lightcurves with the timing of your chosen observations overlaid, 2) the RHESSI lightcurves up to the maximum recorded energy, and 3) a RHESSI full-disk quicklook image with the fields of view of the different instruments overlaid. The option exists to also download a copy of this .png file to your current working directory, or an IDL .sav file containing the metadata used in generating the plots.

These plots are also accessible via the RHESSI browser ( for flares observed by RHESSI since the launch of SDO. Check the box marked “Cross-Mission Synoptic”, and expand it to include the “Hinode/EVE/IRIS” check box. Future improvements to this service will include adding flares that were not observed by RHESSI, adding additional instruments (e.g. Fermi, NoRH, GOES/EUVS, etc), and direct access to the data itself. Please address any questions, comments or requests to [email protected]. Thanks to Kim Tolbert for her help with designing the widget, Albert Shih for incorporating the plots into the RHESSI browser, and Dominic Zarro for help with the Hinode/EIS software.

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Employment Opportunities

Collaborator in Space Weather Services – ROB, Brussels

Jesse Andries
06 Jul 2016

The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB, invites applications for a collaborator to support its Space Weather Services.

In addition to the various research activities in the area of Space Weather, the Royal Observatory of Belgium, as a federal Belgian institute, provides services to citizens, industry and government by means of alerts and predictions for space weather. These Space Weather activities are increasingly developed through support by the European Space Agency ESA (“Space Situational Awareness” Program, SSA). To assure the successful continuation of our operations in this context, the Royal Observatory of Belgium seeks a collaborator for the further development and support of its Space Weather Services.

The offered position will involve the support of the space weather services at IT as well as at scientific/conceptual level. The tasks will include participation in the management & execution of ESA/SSA projects related to space weather; support of the mutual integration of the SSA activities and other ROB/SIDC activities; as well as participation in the operational duties for the surveillance and forecasting of space weather.

Applicants must maximally combine the following criteria: hold a Master or PhD. degree in (exact) sciences (preferably Solar Physics, Space Weather or related Space Sciences); be acquainted with UNIX and have experience with at least 1 (scientific) programming language; have experience with the management or execution of international projects (EU, ESA).

The job opening is in the “Solar Physics and Space Weather” Operational Directorate (, a small, international group of dedicated scientists and engineers. The offered position is immediately available and will be scaled according to the applicable scales for Belgian federal institutes depending on the qualifications of the candidate.

To apply, please send your CV and an accompanying motivation letter as soon as possible to [email protected] (cc: [email protected]). Applications are welcome till August 15 2016 included. For further enquiries contact [email protected] .

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ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

Oliver Jennrich
06 Jul 2016

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year.

The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Programmes. Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2017. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA’s Social Security Scheme, which covers medical expenses, invalidity and death benefits. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.

The deadline for applications is 29 October 2016.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can retrieved from

Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinators, Dr. Oliver Jennrich or Dr. Bruno Altieri at the address [email protected]

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Joint PhD Opportunity between Universities of Rome (Sapienza and Tor Vergata) and National Institute for Astrophysics – INAF

Francesco Berrilli
11 Jul 2016

A PhD general call is open for 14 PhD positions in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science (11 out of 14 with scholarship) at the University of Rome Sapienza, University of Rome “Tor vergata” and INAF.

The research fields covered by the PhD program are:
i) Solar, Planetary and Stellar Physics,
ii) Space Sciences,
iii) Galactic and extragalactic Astrophysics,
iv) Gravitation and Cosmology.

The poster is available at:

Examples of PhD projects available can be found at:

Application forms and instructions can be found at:

Publication of the list of candidates admitted to the interview: September 9th, 2016
Interviews will starts on September 12th, 2016, at 9 am

Any possible question on the selection modes must be addressed to or specifying in the ‘subject’ field: question on PhD selection

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Heliophysics Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters

Peg Luce
14 Jul 2016

Job Opportunity: Heliophysics Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters

From: Peg Luce [email protected]>

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has one immediate opening for an experienced scientist to fill a Program Scientist position within the Heliophysics Division.  The incumbent will manage major research and analysis and advanced technology programs, as well as represent the scientific interests of several current and future NASA missions within SMD. The incumbent will participate in developing budgets for major agency initiatives, program plans for data analysis and science operations, and long-range strategic plans for SMD. This position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced scientist to affect positively the future of heliophysics in the U.S.

Applicants are expected to be able to succeed in a demanding work environment and to demonstrate a high degree of initiative.  Applicants should be familiar with the U.S. grants programs and possess an ability to communicate effectively with the stakeholders in SMD activities, including the scientific community, educators, the media and others. Salary is competitive with senior scientists at universities and NASA Centers.

Open to all U.S. citizens:
Open to civil servants in the U.S. government:

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Meeting Announcements

2016 AGU Fall Meeting Session SH020 “Sun-to-Earth Evolution and Characteristics of Geo-Effective Solar Eruptions” – Call for Abstracts

Miho Janvier
01 Jul 2016

We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for the following Solar and Heliospheric Physics session at this year’s AGU meeting in San Francisco (12-16 December): “Sun-to-Earth Evolution and Characteristics of Geo-Effective Solar Eruptions”

This session will investigate the conditions under which the most geo-effective coronal mass ejections (CMEs) form and propagate in the corona and interplanetary space. Abstracts are invited that discuss topics such as the identification and characterization of the solar source region of the eruption, preconditioning of the corona and heliosphere for CME propagation, interactions of CMEs with the ambient solar wind structures and other CMEs, transformation of the CME flux rope, and geo-effective plasma and magnetic field characteristics at the Earth. Contributions that discuss multi-point observations and modeling that address these questions are especially welcome.

Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 3 August 23:59 EDT (Early Submission Deadline: 27 July, 11:59 P.M. EDT Submit early for your chance to be a Fall Meeting VIP)
Abstract submission link at:

The session conveners: Ying D. Liu (NSSC National Space Science Center), Emilia Kilpua (University of Helsinki), Noe Lugaz (University of New Hampshire), Miho Janvier (Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale)

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2016 AGU Fall Meeting Session SH015 “Preparing for Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter: A Coordinated Science from the Corona to the Inner Heliosphere” – Call for Abstracts

Kelly Korreck
01 Jul 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to bring to your attend the session SH015 “Preparing for Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter:  A Coordinated Science from the Corona to the Inner Heliosphere” that will be held at the upcoming Fall 2016 AGU meeting.

We will discuss mission progress and the exciting scientific preparations going on to be ready for the data these exciting missions will return!

We would like to invite you to submit your abstract and attend this session.

Fall AGU is December 12 – 16 in San Francisco! 

Abstract Deadline is August 3, 2016.

Looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco this fall!

Kelly Korreck, Nathan Schwadron, Nicola Fox, Yannis Zouganelis
SPP/SO Session Conveners

Session Title: SH015. Preparing for Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter: A Coordinated Science from the Corona to the Inner Heliosphere
Session ID: 12437

Session Description: Understanding coronal heating and solar wind acceleration, unveiling the mechanisms of coronal mass ejections and energetic particle acceleration, linking the magnetic field evolution from the solar interior to its consequences in terms of solar variability and space weather are at the core of heliophysics exploration in the next decade with Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter.  While each mission will achieve its own important science objectives, taken together they will be capable of doing simultaneous and synergized observations to best address these questions.  This session focuses on opportunities and capabilities for coordinated science studies with advanced instrumentation on multiple spacecraft, assets at Earth and beyond, and sophisticated modeling of basic plasma physical processes on multiple scales that will be key to understand the dynamics of the solar atmosphere from the base of the corona into the inner heliosphere, the origins of the solar wind and its evolution from the sun.

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2016 AGU Fall Meeting Session SH021 “Synergies Amidst the Magnetic Environment of Solar Eruptions” – Call for Abstracts

Xudong Sun
07 Jul 2016

Space weather events are driven by eruptive activity originating on the Sun. The plasma dynamics and radiation signatures depend on the magnetic field configuration in the lower solar atmosphere, whereas the magnetic environment in the intervening heliospheric volume determines its geo-effectiveness. This session focuses on the complex magnetic environment from the Sun to 1 AU, knowledge of which is crucial to understanding and forecasting solar eruptions and their impact on Earth.

We invite contributions that preferably combine (theoretical and observational) knowledge taken from two or more of the following themes: the energy budget and stability of solar active region field; the predicability of CME productiveness of solar flares; the special magnetic topology responsible for SEP and gamma-ray production; the remote-sensing and in-situ magnetic signatures of flux ropes; or the mapping of magnetic field from the interplanetary space to the Sun.

The early abstract deadline is July 27th, and the final deadline is August 3. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco this December!

Conveners: Xudong Sun (Stanford Univ), Xin Cheng (Nanjing Univ), & Marc DeRosa (Lockheed)

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2016 AGU Fall Meeting Session SH013 “Organizing and Understanding Solar and Heliospheric Data for Discovery” – Call for Abstracts:

Jack Ireland
14 Jul 2016

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to submit abstracts to the 2016 Fall AGU session “Organizing and Understanding Solar and Heliospheric Data for Discovery.” The description of the session is given below. Abstracts may be submitted here

The abstract submission deadline is 3 August 2016 11.59pm EDT.

Session Description:
The Sun influences the Earth through a complex set of interactions across interplanetary space. The behavior of this system is measured by many different instruments that produce many varied data. In the near future, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope will produce data at rates exceeding the Solar Dynamics Observatory, and Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter will bring entirely new perspectives on the Sun-Earth system. These disparate data are essentially different views of the same Sun-Earth system. Maximizing the scientific output from these variegated data is the key to progress, and the subject of this session. We solicit contributions covering the following topics: – automated solar feature recognition and tracking – cloud computing in support of solar big data analysis – data/knowledge visualization and discovery – efficient spatio-temporal data querying – machine learning from solar data – spatio-temporal pattern mining – storage of, and access to big data repositories.

Conveners: Jack Ireland (NASA GSFC/ADNET Systems, Inc) and Rafal Angryk (Georgia State University, US)

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2016 AGU Fall Meeting Session SH017 “Joint Session on Solar Prominences and Coronal Rain” – Call for Abstracts

Wei Liu
15 Jul 2016

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to a joint session on solar prominences/filaments and coronal rain at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting, December 12–16, 2016, San Francisco. This session will provide a venue for discussion on these two closely related, but traditionally separated phenomena, and thus facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Important dates for abstracts submission:
  Early Deadline – 27 July
  Final Deadline – 3 August, 11:59 P.M. EDT.


Session Title: Snow Flakes in the Oven – Cool Prominences and Coronal Rain in the Hot Solar Corona

Session Description:
The solar corona is hot and tenuous. Yet, it hosts a variety of mysteriously cool and dense plasma structures, primarily in two distinct forms – prominences and coronal rain. Their importance has been increasingly recognized, especially with the advent of the IRIS mission since 2013. They can involve a radiative cooling instability that causes hot coronal mass to condense and fall back to the chromosphere, closing the loop of the corona-chromosphere mass cycle and providing implications for the fundamental coronal heating problem. Some prominences form the cores of CMEs that are major drivers of space-weather disturbances. We invite contributions on such topics as observational and modeling investigations of the formation and dynamics of prominences and coronal rain, their magnetic and plasma environments, their relevant physical processes such as ion-neutral coupling and magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasmas, their diagnostic applications, and their space-weather consequences and predictive potential.

Conveners: Wei Liu, Patrick Antolin, Tom Berger

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2016 AGU Fall Meeting Session SH011 “New Observations and Recent Results for Solar X-ray Spectral Measurements and their Applications for Earth’s Atmosphere” – Call for Abstracts

Amir Caspi
14 Jul 2016

We cordially invite you to submit a contributed abstract for the Fall AGU 2016 meeting, session SH011, “New Observations and Recent Results for Solar X-ray Spectral Measurements and their Applications for Earth’s Atmosphere.” This session is inspired by recent and upcoming missions to measure the critically under-observed ≈0.2 – 5 keV (≈0.25 – 6 nm) spectral range, including the Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat.

We invite presentations discussing spectrally-resolved solar X-ray measurements (including spectroscopy and imaging), new techniques, and instrumentation; their implications for studies of plasma heating and particle acceleration in the flaring and quiescent corona; and their influence on Earth’s upper atmosphere.  The full session description, and a link to submit an abstract, can be found here:

The deadline to submit an abstract is 3 August 2016.  We look forward to your submissions!

Conveners: Amir Caspi (SwRI), Tom Woods (CU/LASP)

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2017 IAU Symposium 335 “Space Weather of the Heliosphere”: 17 to 21 July 2017

Claire Foullon
01 Jul 2016

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 IAU Symposium 335 “Space Weather of the Heliosphere: Processes and Forecasts” will be held at the University of Exeter, Devon, UK, from the 17th to the 21st of July 2017. We look forward to welcoming you. A first announcement with more details will follow in September 2016.

In the meantime, please save the date to your diary, bookmark and register your interest at .

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2016 IAU Symposium 327 “Fine Structure and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere” – Abstract Submission Deadline

Santiago Vargas Domínguez
13 Jul 2016

IAUS 327: Fine Structure and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere
October 9 – 14, 2016 Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Abstract Deadline: July 20

International Astronomical Union Symposium 327 (IAUS327) on “Fine Scale and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere”, which will be held at Universidad de Cartagena in Colombia, October 9-14, 2016.

To submit your abstract, register, or review the science program details, please visit our website:

Abstracts are solicited for oral/poster contributions describing solar research for the following sessions:

Session 1: Key fundamental questions and challenges
Session 2: Advances in high-resolution solar observations – I
Session 3: Advances in high-resolution solar observations – II
Session 4: Energy, mass and magnetic flux transport between the convection zone and the outer solar atmosphere – I
Session 5: Energy, mass and magnetic flux transport between the convection zone and the outer solar atmosphere – II
Session 6: Multi-scale magnetic reconnection: observations and theories
Session 7: Wave phenomena and atmospheric dynamics
Session 8: Fine structure and dynamics of active regions and sunspots – I
Session 9: Fine structure and dynamics of active regions and sunspots – II
Session 10: Magnetic structure and dynamics of coronal holes and solar wind
Session 11: Energy release and explosive events at the finest spatial and temporal scales
Session 12: Role of small-scale structures in the chromosphere-corona heating
Session 13: Fine-structure of solar flares
Session 14: Solar-stellar connections
Session 15: Future directions
Session 16: High energies – fine structure (Radio, X and gamma rays)

The scientific goal of this symposium is to discuss recent results on the processes shaping the structure of the solar atmosphere and driving plasma eruptions and explosive events. 

Confirmed Speakers:
S. Solanki, A. Asensio, M. Carlsson, R. Centeno, J. Martínez-Sykora, J. Qiu, K. Shibata, T. Pereira, A. Winebarger, F. Rubio da Costa, C. Xia, T. Van Doorsselaere, S. Bale, L. Glesener

Chair of Scientific Organising Committee: Santiago Vargas Domínguez (OAN, Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Alexander Kosovichev (NJIT, USA), Juan Carlos Martínez Oliver’s (SSL, UC Berkeley, USA)., Patrick Antolin (NAOJ, Japan & University of St Andrews UK), Louise Harra (MSSL, UK), Cristina Mandrini (CONICET, Argentina).

International Scientific Organising Committee: Laura Balmaceda (Argentina), Luis Ramon Bellot Rubio (Spain) , Michele Bianda (Switzerland), Juan Camilo Buitrago-Casas (USA), Mark Cheung (USA) Ineke De Moortel (UK), Sirajul Hasan (India), Ryoko Ishikawa (Japan), Lucia Kleint (Switzerland), Valentin Martínez Pillet (USA) Rob Rutten (Netherlands), Natalia Schukina (Ukraine), Brigitte Schmieder (France), Oskar Steiner (Germany), Mike Wheatland (Australia), Jingxiu Wang (China).

For questions, contact: Santiago Vargas Domínguez [email protected]

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cartagena de Indias!

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2016 IAU Symposium 328 “Living around Active Stars”

Dibyendu Nandi
11 Jul 2016

International Astronomical Union Symposium 328

Living around Active Stars
17 – 21 October, 2016
Maresias, SP, Brazil

Second Announcement

The variable activity of stars such as the Sun is mediated via stellar magnetic fields, radiative and energetic particle fluxes, stellar winds and magnetic storms. This activity influences planetary atmospheres, climate and habitability. Studies of this intimate relationship between the parent star, its astrosphere (i.e., the equivalent of the heliosphere) and the planets that it hosts have reached a certain level of maturity within our own Solar System – fuelled both by advances in theoretical modelling and a host of satellites that observe the Sun-Earth system. In conjunction, the first attempts are being made to characterize the interactions between stars and planets and their coupled evolution, which have relevance for habitability and the search for habitable planets. This Symposium will bring together scientists from diverse, interdisciplinary scientific areas such as solar, stellar and planetary physics, atmospheric and climate physics and astrobiology to review the current state of our understanding of solar and stellar environments.  The Symposium is expected to fertilize exchange of ideas and identify outstanding issues – tackling which necessitates coordinated scientific efforts across disciplines. Scientific themes of the Symposium and an updated list of invited speakers are available at the conference website.

This is the second and final call for abstract submission and registration by the deadline:

Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2016
Early Registration deadline: 31 July 2016

Further details, including registration, abstract submission, and accommodation information are available at the conference website:

We look forward to hosting you in Maresias, Brazil.

Scientific Organizing Committee: Dibyendu Nandi (Chair), Sarah Gibson (Co-Chair), Pascal Petit (Co-Chair), Margit Haberreiter, Emre Isik, Heidi Korhonen, Kanya Kusano, Duncan Mackay, Cristina Mandrini, Allan Sacha-Brun, Adriana Valio, Aline Vidotto, David Webb

Local Organizing Committee: Adriana Valio (Chair), Gustavo Guerrero (Co-Chair), Alisson Dal Lago, Jorge Melendez, Emilia Correia, Caius L. Selhorst

Contact: [email protected]

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SDO 2016 – Reminder: Abstracts Due Friday, 15 July

Vanessa George
07 Jul 2016

SDO 2016:  Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity
Oct. 17-21, 2016   *  Burlington, VT

Living With a Star’s Solar Dynamics Observatory invites you to its 2016 Science Workshop “SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity.”  We have an excellent program and we hope you will participate as a presenter.  Submit your abstract to one of eight session by Friday, July 15.  Multiple abstracts are allowed, but only one oral presentation per person.  With a great science program and Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage in mid-October, we hope you make plans to join us.  Submit your abstract today!

SDO 2016 Important Dates:
•  Abstracts Due:  ** Friday, July 15 **
•  Early Registration & Hotel Reservation:  September 16

The Scientific Organizing Committee for SDO 2016:
W. Dean Pesnell (chair), Charles Baldner, Mark Cheung, Frank Eparvier, Meng Jin, Aimee Norton, and Barbara Thompson

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15th European Solar Physics Meeting Budapest – 04 to 08 September, 2017: Early Announcement

Istvan Ballai
10 Jul 2016

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that the 15th European Solar Physics Meeting will be held in Budapest (Hungary), during the week of 04 – 08 September, 2017. Some preliminary information about the meeting can be found at

Further announcements will be made in due course.

Best wishes

Istvan Ballai & Emese Forgacs-Dajka
(On behalf of the Local Organising Committee)

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