SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 4

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 4

Aimee Norton, editor
15 February 2016

IAU Letter of Support for Digitization of Historical Archives of Solar Data

Alexei Pevtsov
01 Feb 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Some of you are involved in the research and digitization of historical datasets pertinent to past solar activity. These records may be stored in libraries or historical archives with a limited/restricted access. To help with gaining the access to these materials for the research purposes, the IAU has issued a letter of support. If you are communicating with a library or an archive about the access to some historical observations of the Sun and require a copy of the IAU letter of support, please contact the co-chairs of the Inter-Division B-E Working Group on Coordination of Synoptic Observations of the Sun (

As a reminder, the mission of this working group is to facilitate the international collaboration in synoptic long-term solar observations, which includes past, current, and future synoptic programs, preservation, calibration, and access to synoptic solar data products. The working group provides a forum for discussion of all issues relevant to synoptic long-term observations of the Sun including (but not limited to) coordination between the synoptic programs in different countries (both in respect to exchange of information and planning for future synoptic programs) and a proper calibration of historical data from different sources (e.g., sunspot drawings, Ca K plage indices, magnetic field measurements etc). The membership in this group is opened to all interested scientists working in relevant areas of research.  The current web page of WG can be found at

Alexei Pevtsov and Frédéric Clette
IAU Inter-Division B–E WG on Coordination of Synoptic Observations of the Sun

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SPD EPO Committee Seeking New Members

Claire Raftery
02 Feb 2016

The SPD Education and Public Outreach committee are actively seeking new committee members with backgrounds in academia, industry, EPO, government agencies and education. Graduate students are also welcome to apply.

SPD members who have an existing interest in science education, student learning, outreach, SPD community support, or would like to become more involved in these areas are encouraged to email Claire Raftery with the subject line: “SPD EPO committee”. In your email, please introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in joining the committee.

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SOLARNET Mobility of Young Researchers Programme Announcement (2 grants)

Alberto Escobar
04 Feb 2016

The SOLARNET Mobility Evaluation Committee (MEC) is pleased to announce the 7th Call for Proposals of Mobility Programme of Young Researchers (Deadline: March 15th, 2016). SOLARNET ( is a project that brings together and integrates the major European research infrastructures in the field of high-resolution solar physics, in order to promote their coordinated use and development. SOLARNET also supports the mobility of young researchers. This task is supervised by the MEC, which evaluates and selects the submitted applications. There are 2 grants available for the seventh period (July 1st – December 30th, 2016). Detailed information about the Young Researchers Mobility Programme can be found at See the full text of the Call for Proposals at

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ALMA: Solar Observations in Cycle 4

Gautier Mathys
08 Feb 2016

As advertised in the ALMA Cycle 4 Pre-announcement (, proposals will be accepted for interferometric and single dish observations of the Sun at select frequencies in Bands 3 and 6 (wavelengths of about 3.1 and 1.3 mm, respectively). Detailed information will be published in the Call for Proposals, to be released on 22 March 2016 on the ALMA Science Portal ( The deadline for submission of proposals will be 21 April 2016.

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PROBA2: Seventh Call for Guest Investigators

Matthew West
11 Feb 2016

The PROBA2 team welcomes research proposals for the seventh round of its Guest Investigator program for research based on SWAP and LYRA data analysis by scientists outside the SWAP and LYRA PI-teams. We encourage in particular young post-docs and PhD students to apply, although more senior guest investigators’ proposals are welcome also. In this round we anticipate funding for around six guest investigators or teams who will visit the PROBA2 Science Center at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, in Brussels, between April 2016 and December 2016.

Selected proposers will be invited to spend a few weeks with the PI teams to obtain expert knowledge on the instruments, to participate in the daily commanding of the SWAP and LYRA instruments according to the needs of their data analysis proposal, and to conduct their research. Guest investigators may be reimbursed for travel, accommodation and living expenses up to a maximum of 5000 euro. Limited support to present the results at an international conference (during the visit at P2SC) can also be considered.

During the selection process, special consideration will be given to young scientists and PhD students, collaborative research teams with members from more than one research institute (funding above the 5000 euro level may be approved for such teams), and to proposals addressing research topics to which SWAP and LYRA are particularly well-suited.

More details about the application process can be found here:, or by emailing [email protected]

Deadline: Proposals must be received by March 18, 2016

The PROBA2 team

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Employment Opportunities

Queen Mary University of London, UK: Lectureship / Senior Lecturership / Readership in Space Plasma Physics

David Burgess
04 Feb 2016

The Astronomy Unit in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (UK) is advertizing a position in Space Plasma Physics at the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader level.
The deadline for applications is 6th March 2016.

Full details are available on

Please pass this information on to anybody who might be interested.

Prof. David Burgess
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary University of London

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Monash University, Australia: Two Postdoc Positions in Computational MHD/Solar Physics

Paul Cally
09 Feb 2016

Candidates are sought for two Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Clayton campus, Monash University, to participate in a research project on “Advanced Simulation Methods for the Coupled Solar Interior and Atmosphere”. The two postdocs will collaborate with the project team to develop advanced numerical methods and carry out large-scale simulations that allow us to address challenging questions in the area of wave propagation in the solar interior and atmosphere.

Research Fellow (Position A)

The first postdoctoral fellow (Position A) will focus on developing novel numerical methods and software for parallel simulation of compressible fluids on adaptive grids. The fellow will be supervised by Professor Hans De Sterck, in collaboration with Professor Clinton Groth from University of Toronto.

To be considered for Position A you will have a PhD in applied/computational mathematics, mechanical/aerospace engineering, or computational science, with specialisation in one or more of numerical methods for PDEs (hyperbolic conservation laws), scalable solvers, or computational fluid dynamics. Experience with parallel programming in C++ is desirable. Specific research topics of interest include parallel linear and nonlinear solvers for high-order accurate implicit time integration, and parallel adaptive grid refinement with error estimation.

Research Fellow (Position B)

The second postdoctoral fellow (Position B) will focus on the computational study of wave propagation in the solar interior and atmosphere using high-performance simulation codes. The fellow will be supervised by Professor Paul Cally (Monash) and Dr Sergiy Shelyag (Northumbria University).

To be considered for Position B you will have a PhD in applied mathematics, computational (astro)physics, solar physics, or a related discipline. Familiarity with magnetohydrodynamics, solar or stellar astrophysics and/or some experience in helioseismology would be an advantage. Specific topics of research will include numerical simulation of MHD waves in the solar interior and atmosphere, including data analysis, visualisation and solar physics interpretation.

The intended start date for these positions is between June and September 2016 (negotiable).

Your online application must address the selection criteria, identify the position you are applying for (Position A or B) and include contact details for 3 referees.

Full details including formal position descriptions and job application instructions may be found at


Professor Hans De Sterck (Position A), +61 3 9905 6294

Professor Paul Cally (Position B), +61 3 9905 4471

Closing Date

Thursday 31 March 2016, 11:55pm AEST

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NSO Senior Instrument Systems Engineer

Allison C. Stirling
04 February 2016

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Project has an immediate opening for a Senior Instrument Systems Engineer (SISE) who is responsible for delivering the required performance of the assembled instruments, detectors, calibration units and software. This includes all system engineering activities for DKIST Instrumentation: development, laboratory acceptance testing, site integration testing, commissioning (IT&C) and handover to operations. These tasks will be accomplished in close collaboration with the sub-system Lead Engineers, Scientists and other Systems Engineers. The SISE will begin in Boulder, CO, relocating to Maui, HI, in early 2018. Frequent travel between Boulder, Maui and Tucson is anticipated.

For complete information, please see

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.

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University of Dundee (UK): Lectureship in Magnetohydrodynamics / Solar Physics

David Pontin
10 Feb 2016

The University of Dundee is seeking an exceptional candidate to join our Magnetohydrodynamics research group in Applied Mathematics, based within the School of Science and Engineering.

Mathematics at Dundee was ranked 8th (of 53) in the UK and 1st in Scotland in the national Research Excellence Framework assessment in 2014 – a major contributor to this success was the internationally-recognised research of the Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) group. The MHD group carries out fundamental research into the structure and dynamics of magnetic fields and plasmas, using a combination of numerical simulations (HPC) and mathematical analysis based on dynamical systems theory, braid theory and differential geometry. The main areas of application are astrophysical plasmas, particularly solar plasmas. Group members also work on applications to laboratory plasmas and other fluid dynamical systems (for more details see ).

The successful candidate will be expected to perform internationally leading research in an area that complements that of the MHD group. We interpret the research area in its broadest sense and welcome applications in all areas of theory, modelling and observations of plasmas and fluids. The successful candidate should also have a commitment to excellence in teaching. Mathematics as a discipline has been placed in the top 10 in the UK in all major subject league tables in 2016, and offers a range of undergraduate and MSc degrees.

The School holds Athena Swan Bronze Awards in all of its discipline areas, recognising its commitment and success in developing practices to support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in academia.

For a full job description and details of how to apply, see

Appointment will be at grade 7 – 8 Lecturer (£34,576 – £46,414)

Closing Date: 6 March 2016

Informal inquires may be made to Prof Gunnar Hornig [email protected] or Dr David Pontin [email protected]

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University of Alabama-Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center – Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Heliophysics

Samaiyah Farid
14 Feb 2016

The Heliophysics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center invites applications for the Summer 2016 program.

Ten undergraduate students will be invited to Huntsville, Alabama for a 10-week research experience covering various topics in heliophysical research.  Participants will receive a stipend of $6,000, lodging, a supplemental meal card, travel expenses, and provide partial support to attend the Annual Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting in December 2016.  Applicants should be full-time, undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.5 or better and majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematical (STEM) fields. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents in order to be considered. Rising sophomores, underrepresented groups, and students from small institutions are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by March 11, 2016 for consideration.  For more information and application, please visit the program website at or contact [email protected].

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Meeting Announcements

Space Weather Workshop

Susanne Demaree
5 February 2016

Space Weather Workshop REGISTRATION is now OPEN!

Space Weather Workshop is an annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog about space weather. What began in 1996 as a conference for the space weather user community, Space Weather Workshop has evolved into the Nation’s leading conference on all issues relating to space weather.

The Meeting of Science, Research, Applications, Operations & Users
April 26 – 29, 2016
Broomfield, Colorado

Student Abstract Submission: Friday, March 4
All other speaker and poster abstract submission: Friday, April 1
Hotel Room Block: Monday, April 4

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AOGS 2016: Session ST19: Radio Heliophysics and Space Weather, FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Mario Bisi
13 Feb 2016

Dear Colleagues.

We would like to invite you to submit a contributed abstract for our exciting upcoming AOGS 2016 session in Beijing, China, 31 July 2016 to 05 August 2016 – ST19: “Radio Heliophysics and Space Weather”.

The full session description is given below and the Conference WebPages can be found here:

The full abstract-submission details are given here:; but please note that the AOGS Conference Fee only covers two abstracts – any more would require additional fees.  The abstract-submission deadline is 19 February 2016.

Please submit early so as not to have any last-minute submission problems…

Apologies if you receive multiple instances of this advertisement.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Mario M. Bisi (STFC RAL Space) – AOGS ST-H Secretary, and
T. Oyuki Chang M. (UNAM Morelia);
Convenors for ST19.

ST19: “Radio Heliophysics and Space Weather”

Various industries and aspects of human society have become highly reliant on modern technologies and regular, uninterrupted energy supplies, many of which are at risk from extreme space weather.  Such industries and our technologies can also be impacted to a lesser degree by the ‘everyday’ space weather that often occurs at the Earth during moderate-to-intense geomagnetic storms.  Such industries include the power grids, airlines, telecommunications, GNSS, etc…

Radio heliophysics in all aspects of space weather is being enhanced in no small part by the use of new-generation radio-telescope arrays such as the Long-Wavelength Array (LWA) in the USA, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) in western Australia, and the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) in northern and western Europe.  In addition, various new techniques and model developments are, and have, enabled the use of radio systems to greater effect for space-weather purposes.  For example: solar radio bursts can now be studied in far-greater detail; interplanetary scintillation (IPS) observations (via tomographic reconstructions) are being used to drive 3-D MHD models; tests of heliospheric Faraday rotation are being undertaken in the hope of being able to measure and predict Bz through the inner heliosphere; and new methods and advances are being made in ionospheric riometry and scintillation studies such as being able to obtain estimates of the height of the scattering screen in the ionosphere.

This session solicits contributions based around the ongoing development of space-weather forecasting services using radio techniques, new scientific methodologies that could be employed for space-weather purposes, novel results which could not be obtained before the advent of such radio systems, and plans for new observations (such as on the Square Kilometre Array – SKA) and new designs or concepts for future radio instruments.

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AOGS 2016: Session ST20: Sun and Heliosphere General Session Including Solar Diagnostic Techniques and Variabilty, and Helioseismology, FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Mario Bisi
13 Feb 2016

Dear Colleagues.

We would like to invite you to submit a contributed abstract for our exciting upcoming AOGS 2016 session in Beijing, China, 31 July 2016 to 05 August 2016 – ST20: “Sun and Heliosphere General Session Including Solar Diagnostic Techniques and Variability, and Helioseismology”.

The full session description is given below and the Conference WebPages can be found here:

The full abstract-submission details are given here:; but please note that the AOGS Conference Fee only covers two abstracts – any more would require additional fees.  The abstract-submission deadline is 19 February 2016.

Please submit early so as not to have any last-minute submission problems…

Apologies if you receive multiple instances of this advertisement.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Mario M. Bisi (STFC RAL Space) – AOGS ST-H Secretary, and
Alessandra Giunta (STFC RAL Space);
Convenors for ST20.

ST20: “Sun and Heliosphere General Session Including Solar Diagnostic Techniques and Variability, and Helioseismology”

This is the general session of talks within the ST Section covering topics on the Sun and/or Heliosphere that are not suited to any of the other sessions available.  In addition, talks based on or around solar diagnostic techniques, the related atomic physics and spectroscopy, space climate, solar variability, or Helioseismology are also welcomed into this session including abstracts related to all aspects of solar irradiance as well as studies on climate change (local and/or global) that can be attributed to, at least in part, solar variability.  The Sun varies in brightness over differing time scales.  There is evidence that some climate change on Earth can be attributed to solar variability.  Variations in solar radiation output beyond that of the solar cycle are typically not well known.

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AOGS 2016: Session ST33: Kinetic Alfven Waves in Solar and Heliospheric Plasmas – Call for Abstracts (closes on 19 Feb 2016)

Bo Li
06 Feb 2016

Title: ST33: Kinetic Alfven Waves in Solar and Heliospheric Plasmas
Dr. De-Jin Wu (Purple Mountain Observatory, CAS, China), [email protected]
Dr. Bo Li (Shandong University at Weihai, China), [email protected]
Dr. Jian-Sen He (Peking University, China), [email protected]

This session is part of the 13th annual meeting of the Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society, which will take place in Beijing from Jul. 31 to Aug. 5, 2016. For more details of AOGS 2016, please visit

Session Description:

Kinetic Alfven Waves (KAWs) are dispersive Alfven waves with perpendicular wavelengths comparable to microscopic kinetic scales of plasma particles such as the ion (or ion-acoustic) gyroradius and the electron inertial length. They have parallel wavelengths much longer than the ion inertial length because their frequencies are well below the ion cyclotron frequency. Due to these distinct scale characters, KAWs can play an important role in various active plasma phenomena, such as the acceleration of auroral energetic electrons, the heating of solar coronal plasmas, and the formation of filamentous structures in the Earth’s magnetosphere as well as in the solar wind and the solar atmosphere. Since the 1990s, experimental studies in both laboratory and space plasmas have dramatically advanced our knowledge of KAWs, and some important progress has been made both in theories and applications of KAWs. In this session, we will focus on KAWs in solar and heliospheric plasmas and cover theories, observations, and applications of KAWs from the solar atmosphere to the solar wind to planetary magnetospheres. We believe that KAWs are an increasingly interesting topic that can be associated with various phenomena in solar and heliospheric plasmas, such as field-aligned electron acceleration and cross-field ion heating in the auroral plasma, vortices and particle transport in the magnetopause, nonuniform heating of plasmas in the solar lower-atmosphere, the anisotropic and mass-charge dependent heating of minor heavy ions in the extended solar corona, anomalous wave-particle dissipation in magnetic reconnection, and the formation of filaments, turbulence and dissipation of AWs in the solar atmosphere and the solar wind, etc. This session will provide a forum of communication for researchers who are interested in this topic.

Please note that abstract submission closes on 19 Feb 2016.
For more information, please contact De-Jin Wu at [email protected] .

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COSPAR 2016: Session S.3: Novel Techniques for Measurement and Processing of Solar and Space Data – Call for Abstracts

Figen S. Oktem
08 Feb 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit contributed abstracts to the event S.3: “Novel techniques for measurement and processing of solar and space data” at the 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from July 30 to August 7, 2016. Details of the event are given below.

The abstract submission deadline is 12 February 2016. Abstracts can be submitted using the following link:

Best regards,

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Figen S. Oktem, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Farzad Kamalabadi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Joseph M. Davila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Session Title:
S.3: Novel techniques for measurement and processing of solar and space data

Session Description:
Unprecedented observations enabled by advances in instrumentation, along with the development of sophisticated information processing techniques provide a unique opportunity for improving our understanding of the space environment. This event aims to bring together a cross-disciplinary research community that work on the development of innovative instrument concepts and data processing techniques needed to address fundamental scientific questions in space and solar physics. Main key topics are

(i) Novel measurement techniques for next-generation instrumentation,

which include new instrument concepts and design approaches for remote and in-situ sensing of space plasmas, as enabled by emerging technologies, and with the goals of addressing challenging observational tasks and providing unprecedented information with improved capabilities such as low-cost, low-power, lightweight, high-resolution, high-accuracy, and high-bandwidth

(ii) Novel mathematical, statistical, and computational techniques for information processing,

with an emphasis on advanced data-driven methods that combine theoretical models, observational data, and reconstruction techniques (in concert) for meaningful scientific inference, optimal processing methods for autonomous detection, tracking, and prediction of solar and space events from multiple, heterogeneous, and distributed data sets (such as EUV imagers, spectrographs, magnetograms, coronographs, etc.), dimensionality reduction for increasing volumes of data

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COSPAR 2016: Session D-2.3: Call for Abstracts: Observations and Modeling of Accelerated Particles at the Sun and in the Inner Heliosphere (Reminder)

Nicole Vilmer
09 Feb 2016

The deadline for COSPAR submission is February 12, 2016.

We would like to remind you about the COSPAR session D-2.3 “Coordinated Observations and Modeling of Accelerated Particles at the Sun and in the Inner Heliosphere” and invite you to submit an abstract to this session.

This session will be devoted to the energetic particles at the Sun and in the Heliosphere. It will deal both with observations and modeling and is aimed at describing the general knowledge on this topic based on the recent observations from the numerous instruments on the different heliospheric missions. The session will discuss both escaping particles and particles interacting at the Sun (diagnosed from X-ray, gamma-ray and radio observations), the relative role of flares and CMEs in the acceleration process, the propagation of particles in the interplanetary medium…

COSPAR will take place from July 30-August 7, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting web page is


Bob Wimmer (MSO)
Nicole Vilmer (DO)

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SPD 2017: Summer Meeting Venue Change

Dana Longcope
10 Feb 2016

Several years ago the SPD committee voted to hold the 2017 SPD meeting in Jackson Hole, WY from Mon – Sat Aug. 21 – 26, 2017.  It was to be part of back-to-back meetings with the AAS High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) meeting the week before and the SPD meeting the week following the eclipse.  Most importantly, the path of the total eclipse on Aug. 21 would pass directly through Jackson Hole.  The SPD meeting was to officially begin with an evening reception on Mon. Aug 21 followed by regular sessions beginning on Tues. Aug 22.  Following this decision, a contract was signed with the Snow King hotel in Jackson Hole.

Recently the Snow King has come under new ownership and converted many of its rooms to condominiums.  It also chose to cancel our contract (under a cancellation clause – paying a penalty to the SPD).  It offered to renegotiate the terms, proposing to charge more than the original $235.00/night, and wanted to add fees and to remove concessions.  Some of the additional fees would have appeared as “resort fees”, for which some of our members might bot be reimbursed.  Kim Earle from AAS repeatedly attempted to negotiate on our behalf, but the outcome was not in our favor.

One additional challenge was that due to their newly reduced capacity it became unlikely that the hotel could accommodate both SPD and HEAD members on that all-important night, Sun Aug 20.  We assume that most of their membership will want to stay that night to see the eclipse 11:00 on Mon, and that most of ours would want to arrive Sunday to be in time to see the eclipse.  This would not be possible at the Snow King.

In light of the rapidly decreasing time horizon, the SPD committee was forced to come quickly to a decision about the 2017 SPD meeting.  After weighing different options, the committee voted to change the venue for the 2017 SPD meeting.  The 2017 meeting will be held over the original dates, Mon – Sat Aug. 21 – 26, 2017.  It will be held in Portland Oregon, at the Doubletree Portland.  Portland is outside the eclipse path, but a 1-hour bus trip gets one to Salem, OR (although, expect heavy traffic on eclipse morning), which has among the highest chances of clear skies on the entire path.  SPD member and famed eclipse-chaser Jay Pasachoff has already made his plans to view the eclipse from Salem.  The SPD will arrange buses to take members to a location in Salem to view the eclipse from.  Details TBD.

More details about the eclipse path can be found at
Eclipse meteorology (Jay Anderson),
Eclipse maps (Michael Zeiler),
Former NASA eclipse site (Fred Espenak),
Links from IAU Working Group (Jay Pasachoff),
Espenak and Anderson, Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21

The meeting hotel, the Doubletree Portland, offers rates far more reasonable than we faced in Jackson Hole ($194.00 compared to $265.00+ at the Snow King).  The hotel has agreed to offer a large number (65) of rooms at the Government Rate to those who qualify.  (Lack thereof has proven problematic in the past, and could have been more so in Jackson Hole, where only 20 rooms would be available).  Portland offers several other advantages as a venue for the SPD meeting that will follow the eclipse.  It is readily accessible by air even from overseas, has convenient public transit even to the airport, and a large variety of hotel and restaurant options.  I am very hopeful that this meeting, in its new venue, will attract an unusually large contribution from our international colleagues, drawn by the combination of a total solar eclipse, an accessible, affordable, and pleasant city, and of course high-quality scientific presentations.

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SOLARNET 5 School: Save the date.

Peter Keys
11 Feb 2016

We are pleased to announce that the 5th SOLARNET summer school and workshop on “Waves and oscillations in the solar atmosphere” will be held at Queen’s University Belfast from the 25th of August 2016 to the 2nd of September 2016.

Please save the dates to your diary. Further announcements for this school will be made in due course.

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Theoretical and observational approaches to the solar magnetic field: Achievements and remaining problems – Conference in honor of Prof. Takashi Sakurai’s career

Yoichiro Hanaoka
12 Feb 2016

We would like to invite you to take part in a one-day conference in honor of Prof. Takashi Sakurai’s career, “Theoretical and observational approaches to the solar magnetic field: Achievements and remaining problems”. The conference will take place on 27 May 2016 at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan.

Needless to say, Prof. Sakurai has energetically worked in the field of solar physics, and produced vast and ingenious research achievements. Upon the retirement of Prof. Sakurai in March this year, to look back on his successful career, and to express our appreciation to his considerable contribution, we organize the commemorative conference as well as a retirement party.

Keynote Speech: T. Sakurai
Invited speakers: T. Kudoh, M. Goossens, T. Wiegelmann, H. Zhang, J. Chae, S. Solanki

Visit the website of the meeting for further information:

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ISSS International School “Ground- and space-based instruments for future research in Solar-Terrestrial physics”

Francesco Berrilli
12 Feb 2016

Second Announcement of the ISSS International School “Ground- and space-based instruments for future research in Solar-Terrestrial physics”.

As a part of the International School of Space Science (ISSS), and with the scientific support of Italian Space Agency (ASI), we are organizing an advanced course in Instrumentation for research in Solar-Terrestrial Physics. The course is designed for advanced graduate students and young postdocs and will be held at the ISSS Institute ( in L’Aquila, Italy, June 6 – 10, 2016.

The school will offer an interactive, hands-on approach to the computational and experimental techniques that will be applied in the next generation of ground- and space-based instruments for solar-terrestrial physics related research. In particular, a mix of experienced scientists and engineers will provide an integrated overview of the experimental techniques that are being applied in the observation and forecasting of Solar Activity, Space Weather, and the conditions in the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere: all of which are important components of Space Situational Awareness.

Specific sessions dedicated to oral contribution of young researchers will be allocated to allow them to present their latest scientific results.

For further information, including application procedures, poster and list of confirmed speakers, please refer to the School website:
or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Application deadline is March 27, 2016.

Board of Directors
Francesco Berrilli – University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Stuart Jefferies – Georgia State University and University of Hawaii, USA
Carlo Scotto – Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy

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DKIST Critical Science Plan Development Workshop 1

Mark Rast
12 Feb 2016

4 June 2016, NSO Headquarters, Boulder

A one-day workshop dedicated to broadening community involvement in the development of the DKIST Critical Science Plan ( will be held on June 4, 2016 at NSO headquarters in Boulder following SPD2016 meeting earlier that week.  The workshop will include brief summary talks on the detailed capabilities of the DKIST telescope and instrument suite, a discussion of the purpose and scope of the Critical Science Plane, and real time development of Science Use Cases that will form the basis for observations at the start of operations.  The aim is to formulate and submit to the project, by the end of the workshop, PI lead use-cases that outline the scientific motivation, instrument suite, and observing strategies to be employed.  After the workshop and before the start of operations, these will be further developed by the PI, with the aid of the project, into observing proposals that will provide the framework for some of the first science observations to be made with the telescope.

Continental breakfast and a working lunch will be provided by the NSO, and some resources will be available to help defray the cost of the extended Boulder stay beyond the end of SPD meeting proper.

If you are interested in participating and will attend the SPD meeting earlier in the week, please indicate your interest on the SPD registration form and you will be contacted with participation details.  If you will not be attending the SPD meeting but are interested in participating in the DKIST CSP workshop, or for more information, please contact [email protected].

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SPD 2016: Student Poster Contest

Kathy Reeves
12 Feb 2016

The Solar Physics Division of the AAS is pleased to announce the student poster award, to be made based on posters presented at the AAS/SPD Meeting in Boulder, CO.

The award carries with it a cash prize of $250.

Terms for participation:

A “student” is defined in this context as either:

1. any individual who has not yet been awarded the Ph.D. degree, or
2. a recent (since January 1, 2016) doctoral graduate whose work, as presented on their poster, was carried out wholly as part of earning that degree

The student must be the first author on the poster.

To be considered for the award, students should indicate interest when submitting their abstract for the SPD meeting.  Additionally, students shoule place a “candidate” sticker on their poster. These stickers will emailed to students who sign up in advance, and they will also be available at the SPD booth in the poster display area at the AAS/SPD meeting.

The award winner will be determined by the SPD Studentship Committee (Gordon Emslie, Kathy Reeves, Matthias Rempel), based on input from an eminent set of jurists drawn from the solar physics community.

Criteria include:

* quality of the poster presentation;
* impact of the presented work on solar physics; and
* clarity of the oral discussion by the student presenter.

The SPD looks forward to reviewing the poster research presented by both undergraduate and graduate students in our field.

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SPD 2016: Registration Opens

Valentin Martinez Pillet
14 Feb 2016

Registration and abstract submission are open for the 47th Solar Physics Division Meeting, to be held in Boulder, CO, from May 31 through June 3, 2016. Early registration and abstract submission will be available until April 6, 2016.

Note that some funds are available to waive registration fee for a limited number of students and early career researchers.

All information is available at

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Chromo AID: 3rd Circular

Hugh Hudson
15 Feb 2016

This workshop, “The Sun’s Chromosphere in the Era of ALMA, IRIS, and DKIST,” will take place March 15-18 in Boulder, CO (USA). See and its links for full details. The workshop aims at exploiting new data and simulations from existing facilities in anticipation of the revolutionary capabilities of ALMA and DKIST. The program is complete and includes practical demonstrations as well as planning aids for the first ALMA solicitation for solar proposals.  Some additional registrations (and poster presentations) would be welcome.

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Cool Stars 19: Splinter Session “The Solar-Stellar Connection in the Era of ALMA”

Sven Wedemeyer
15 Feb 2016

The solar-stellar connection in the era of ALMA
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Uppsala, Sweden

On June 9th, 2016, the splinter session ” The solar-stellar connection in the era of ALMA” will be organized as part of the Cool Stars 19 meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, (June 6-10, 2016). The aim of the session is to bring together solar and stellar astrophysicists for discussing how the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array could be used to study the solar-stellar connection.

The session is very timely because regular ALMA observations of the Sun will be offered from October 2016. The data and experience gained from solar test campaigns have already demonstrated ALMA’s great potential for solar observations. In particular, millimeter radiation offers indicators for stellar activity and for the dynamics and structure of stellar chromospheres, which are much easier to interpret than commonly used indicators like H alpha, Ca II or Mg II lines. These diagnostic tools can be applied to observations of stars and the Sun, where spatially resolved observations of the Sun are complementary to stellar observations covering large parameter ranges. ALMA’s impressive capabilities enable us therefore to reevaluate stellar activity by means of comparative solar-stellar studies.

The invited speakers W. Vlemmings, S. Ramstedt, M. Shimojo and J. Linsky will give an overview of ALMA, stellar observations, solar observing modes and future potential for solar-stellar studies.

Abstract deadline: April 18th, 2016

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