SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 5

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 5

Aimee Norton, editor
01 March 2016

RHESSI: Science Nugget No. 267

Hugh Hudson
17 Feb 2016

“When the Earth’s atmosphere becomes dynamic…”, by Temmer, Krauss, and Veronig: The Earth’s atmosphere reacts strongly to the occurrence of flares and CMEs.

See for a listing the current series, 2008 – present, and for the original series, 2005 – 2008.

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.

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The Astrophysical Journal: Changes in Article Submission Process

Leon Golub
22 Feb 2016

Starting in late February 2016, AJ and ApJ submissions have been consolidated into a single submission site. From the site authors will select an appropriate broad subject corridor. For the SPD community this will most often be the corridor named “The Sun and The Heliosphere.”

Details about the new submission process can be found at and links from that page. The seven corridors are described in the links, which also include broad guidelines about which papers will go to AJ and which to ApJ. In the Solar and Helio corridor the baseline assumption is that accepted papers will appear in ApJ.

Note that until the ApJL is integrated into the new single submission site authors who wish to publish in the Letters must go to the ApJL submission site.

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NASA SMD: Release of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2016, Omnibus Solicitation NNH16ZDA001N

19 Feb 2016

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate announces the release of its annual omnibus solicitation, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) for 2016 at

Table 2 of individual programs in order of due date can be found at

Table 3 of individual programs organized by subject area can be found at

This ROSES NRA (NNH16ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA=92s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). ROSES is an omnibus NRA, with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics. All together these cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by SMD. Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of specialized science experimental hardware). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allow selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals, depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intraagency transfers, depending on the nature of the work proposed, the proposing organization, and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is three years, but some programs may allow up to five years and others specify shorter periods. Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on teaming arrangements. Note that it is NASA policy that all investigations involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds.

Details of the solicited program elements are given in the Appendices of this NRA.

Proposal due dates are given in Tables 2 and 3 of this NRA, which will be posted at the URLs given above. Interested proposers should monitor or subscribe to the SMD electronic notification system there for additional new program elements or amendments to this NRA through February 2017, at which time release of a subsequent ROSES NRA is planned. A web archive (and RSS feed) for amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES-2016 will be available at: This NRA will be available upon its release at

Questions concerning general ROSES NRA policies and procedures may be directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at [email protected].

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Space Weather Special Issue: Sun to Earth: Heliospheric Remote Sensing Observations Applicable to Space Weather” – Final Announcement

Mario Bisi
24 Feb 2016

Dear Colleagues.

This is the final notice that we are soliciting statements of interest for contributions to a special issue in AGU’s Space Weather Journal (SWJ) focused on scientific aspects of remote sensing techniques that support improvements in understanding and predicting space weather. The special issue will document scientific results of the Third Remote Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere and Space Weather Applications Workshop held in Morelia, Mexico, 20-24 October 2015, and we welcome non-workshop manuscripts related to inner heliosphere remote sensing of space weather, especially those emphasizing radio techniques.  The special issue will highlight: 1) Advances in heliospheric Sun to Earth remote-sensing techniques for space weather, and ancillary measurements; 2) ground-based observations of interplanetary scintillation (IPS) and radio polarisation; and 3) the recently-established space-weather service in Mexico (SCiESMEX) including the dedicated IPS array near Morelia, Mexico. See for further information on the Morelia workshop.

The special issue will consist of original research papers on this common theme, which would benefit from being published together.  Manuscripts should clearly describe new space-weather-related science results derived from remotely-sensed observations or from model-data comparison.  All papers will be fully refereed according to AGU publication standards.  Dr. Mario M. Bisi, Dr. J. Americo Gonzalez-Esparza, Dr. Bernard V. Jackson, and Prof. Igor V. Chashei will act as Guest Editors and will assist the SWJ Editor, Dr. Barbara Giles, in seeking referees for the special issue.

The final deadline for submission of the statement of interest – consisting of title, preliminary author list, preliminary abstract, estimated number of pages, and names and E-Mail addresses of at least three suggestion referees – is Monday, 07 March 2016.  Please provide this information via E-Mail to Mario Bisi (Mario.Bisi [at] with the subject line: URGENT – Space Weather Remote Sensing Special Issue.  The Space Weather GEMS page ( will open for submissions that have been coordinated with the Guest Editors on Friday 01 April 2016.  Completed manuscripts must be submitted via GEMS by Friday 01 July 2016.

If you have already sent us your statement of interest and have not received a response as yet, please note that we are in the process of reviewing them now.  We will respond soon.  However, if you sent it with a subject other than that requested above, please can you re-send to be sure of its successful receipt.

We will be strict with submission deadlines in order to accommodate an anticipated printing of the special issue by late Fall of 2016.  Papers that are delayed in submission or protracted review can appear individually in later issues of the journal.

Many thanks, best wishes, and we look forward to hearing from you soon,

Mario M. Bisi, J. Americo Gonzalez-Esparza, Bernard V. Jackson, and Igor V. Chashei (Guest Editors).

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The “Heliophysics” Series: A New Volume

Karel Schrijver
25 Feb 2016

A fourth volume in the “Heliophysics” series will be released by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on March 17, 2016, entitled “Heliophysics: Active stars, their astrospheres, and impacts on planetary environments”. This volume, edited by C. Schrijver, F. Bagenal, and J. Sojka, expands the topics related to the Sun-Earth connections presented in the preceding three volumes to other bodies in the solar system and to extrasolar planetary systems.

CUP (at offers a 20% discount (on pre-orders, and throughout 2016 after the book becomes available) with discount code “heliophy”:

The same discount (with the same code) applies to the hardcover and paperback editions of the preceding three “Heliophysics” volumes, subtitled “Plasma physics of the local cosmos”, “Space storms and
radiation: causes and effects”, and “Evolving solar activity and the climates of space and Earth”.

A provisional 5th volume on “Space Weather and Society” can be freely downloaded

The Heliophysics books aim at the advanced undergraduate and at graduate-level students, taking the perspective of heliophysics as a single intellectual discipline.  The books touch on most branches of heliophysics, with particular emphasis on universal processes and on the multi-disciplinary character of many of its diverse range of specialties. The list of topics includes the formation of planetary systems, astrophysical dynamos, heliospheric perturbations, particle acceleration, cosmic-ray modulation, interactions of the solar wind with planetary magnetospheres, impulstive and explosive events, irradiance and the tropospheric climate system, ionospheric processes, and impacts of space weather on satellites and for manned space flight, among many more.

The Heliophysics book series has its origins in the Summer School series of the same name. Many of the recorded lectures, problem sets, lab manuals, and other online supporting materials can be accessed at the School’s site at

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Big Bear Solar Observatory: Observing Proposals Sought

Haimin Wang
27 Feb 2016

As a follow-up to our SolarNews announcement on November 15, 2015, the New Jersey Institute of Technology announces the availability of a limited amount of observing time for the solar community at its Big Bear Solar observatory (BBSO) 1.6-m, off-axis New Solar Telescope (NST). The BBSO telescope allocation committee (TAC) is accepting outside proposals for the session 1 (2016 May 1 – Jun 30) observing quarter. Proposals are due Sunday, March 20, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with BBSO/NJIT scientists to facilitate proposal preparation, observations, and data analysis. Descriptions of the NST and its instrumentation are available at

The observing proposal should be submitted via the following web link

Meanwhile, much of our existing data are already open to the community. The data availability with quick look movies can be found at:

Data can be requested via:

There is also a list of joint NST–IRIS observations:

For additional information, contact: Prof. Haimin Wang ([email protected]), Chair of TAC. After your submission, please send an e-mail to Prof. Wang to inform him the title and PI of the proposal.

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IRIS Science Planners: 2nd ESA AO

Bernhard Fleck
29 Feb 2016

ESA solicits proposals for participation in the NASA-led IRIS mission from scientists working in ESA Member States, under the form of Science Planners.

The Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and a Letter of Invitation by the ESA Director of Science can be found at

Proposals shall be submitted electronically in PDF format at above web site and must be received not later than 4 May 2016, 12:00 (noon) CEST.

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SPD: 2016 Thomas Metcalf Travel Awards – Deadline Extended

J Todd Hoeksema
29 Feb 2016

The deadline for proposals to the Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Award Program for 2016 has been extended to 15 March, 2016. The Thomas Metcalf Travel Fund helps newer members of the SPD to attend meetings relevant to solar physics.

Two or three meetings will be selected by the Fund on the basis of brief proposals from meeting organizers. The amount available this year for all awards is expected to be about $7000.

Organizers of solar physics meetings that will take place before February 28, 2017 are encouraged to submit proposals to the Chair of the Metcalf Travel Award Committee ([email protected]). Proposals must be received by 15 March 2016. Proposals should be no more than two pages. Detailed guidelines can be found at .

For additional information about the program, please see

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Employment Opportunities

Senior Scientist at Arctic Slope Technical Services: supporting NASA Heliophysics Division

Jared Leisner
17 Feb 2016

Arctic Slope Technical Services is seeking a Senior Support Scientist in Arlington, VA.

One role of the Senior Scientist/Support Scientist (Sr. Support Scientist) will be the conduct of day-to-day management and/or support of Research and Analysis (R&A) programs in the Heliophysics Division (HPD) of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Programs of potential interest would include Research Opportunities for Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) solicitations covering Supporting Research, Guest Investigator, Technology and Instrument Development for Science, Grand Challenge Research and Living With a Star Science. The ideal candidate will have Heliophysics Science-related advanced degrees and a minimum of 10 years relevant experience. This experience should include but not be limited to principal and/or co-investigative research, publications, progress reporting, familiarity with the Heliophysics Science proposal submission process; and the aforementioned scientific community.

A role of the Sr. Support Scientist will be to increase efficiency in the running of R&A programs. Other than duties determined by law or by policy to be restricted to NASA civil servants (e.g., final decisions on reviewer assignments will be made by Program Scientist and final decisions on what will be funded will be made by the HPD Division Director), the Sr. Support Scientist would have the many of the responsibilities of a Program Officer.

1. The Sr. Support Scientist must have a minimum of a Master of Science Degree in an area related to Heliophysics Science, OR a relevant Advanced Degree in an area related to Heliophysics Science.
2. Must have at least 10 years of relevant scientific research work experience.
3. The candidate must have demonstrated professional experience in Heliophysics.
4. Knowledge of and experience in, NASA practices and procedures.
5. The candidate must be able to pass a basic background screening for admission into a Federal facility.
6. Other procedural requirements as stated within the full job description.

For the full job description and details on how to apply, see

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University of Northumbria at Newcastle: PhD Studentship, Solar Computational MHD

Sergiy Shelyag
19 Feb 2016

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become a part of ever-growing solar magneto-hydrodynamics group at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. One fully funded PhD studentship is available for 3-year Doctoral research project in solar computational magneto-hydrodynamics. Funding covers tuition fees and includes a full stipend paid for three years. The position is open for UK/EU/overseas/non-EU/international applicants. For project description, further details, and on how to apply please visit or contact Dr Shelyag directly by email [email protected]

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New Jersey Institute of Technology: Postdoctoral Position in Solar Radio Physics

Bin Chen
19 Feb 2016

The Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in solar physics. NJIT/CSTR houses the 1.6-m New Solar Telescope (NST) of the Big Bear Solar Observatory and a newly expanded solar radio telescope: the Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA). The postdoctoral researcher will participate in the OVSA expansion project, conducting flare and space weather research using data from OVSA, NST, Jansky Very Large Array, and other observatories including ALMA, SDO, RHESSI, Hinode, and IRIS.

The successful candidate is expected to be a recent PhD in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field. The position is initially for one year but can be extended to two years or more contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Interested applicants should submit a CV, a list of publications, a letter of interest, and contact information of three references to the NJIT recruitment system at (search for position number 0603192). For more information about this position please contact Dr. Bin Chen (bin.chen at

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University of Minnesota: Post-Doctoral Associate – Space Physics,

Julie Murphy
24 Feb 2016

The Space Physics group at the University of Minnesota has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher to work on analysis and instrumentation for high-energy solar astrophysics.  This researcher will play an integral role in hardware and analysis for CubeSat and sounding rocket instruments, including the FOXSI-3 experiment, which is a rocket experiment planned to fly in 2018.

Hardware experience with one or more of the following systems will be considered a plus:  X-ray, gamma-ray, or particle detectors; grazing-incidence optics; and rocket, balloon, or CubeSat payloads.  Experience in analyzing solar flare data will be considered a plus, though candidates with interests in other space physics topics or other X-ray astrophysical topics are also encouraged to apply.  Candidates with experience in single-event detectors for particle or nuclear physics may also be considered.

The Space Physics group at UMN includes faculty and researchers with diverse research interests in the physics of space and plasmas, including topics in the ionosphere, magnetosphere, solar wind, and the high-energy Sun. The group also has expertise in electric field and wave instrumentation. The Space Physics group is part of the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics and the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Job duties will include the following:
  • to development of the FOXSI-3 payload, including science planning, detector upgrades, and participation in the 2018 launch campaign.
  • with a faculty member, supervise and mentor students on a hard X-ray solar CubeSat project.
  • solar and space physics data, including but not limited to multi-wavelength analysis of solar flares.
  • to the development, commissioning and operation of experimental equipment and data analysis software for X-ray detectors.
  • science results at conferences and in publications, including national and international conferences and collaboration meetings.
  • Contribute to proposals for submission to funding agencies, including NASA and the NSF.

Required qualifications
Applicants with a Ph.D. in physics or space physics by beginning date of appointment.
Experience with astronomical instrumentation or semiconductor detectors.

Preferred qualifications
Experience with X-ray, gamma-ray, or particle detectors; grazing-incidence optics; and rocket, balloon, or CubeSat payloads.
Experience in analyzing solar flare data will be considered a plus, though candidates with interests in other space physics topics or other X-ray astrophysical topics are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply:, Search for Job ID: 307475

Please provide
  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and complete contact information for three references
  • A research experience statement

Arrange to have three letters of reference sent to [email protected]

Julie Murphy
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
116 Church Street SE
148 Tate Laboratory of Physics
Minneapolis MN 55455

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik in Freiburg, Germany: Tenure Track Position in Solar Physics

Rolf Schlichenmaier
25 Feb 2016

Applications are invited for the position of an Experimental Astrophysicist with the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik in Freiburg, Germany, to start after Dec. 1, 2016.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics or astrophysics and a record of several years of post-doctoral research in astrophysics, preferentially in the area of solar physics. We expect the successful candidate to take over the responsibility for the instrument development of the German facilities in Tenerife, to participate in research programs with the German facilities and other solar observatories, to cooperate with a team of scientists, to acquire third-party funding, and to contribute to the education of students and young scientists. KIS is committed to increasing the number of female scientists and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.

The initial appointment will be for a term of up to 5 years according to German legislation and depending on the expertise and scientific standing of the successful applicant. A decision about promotion to an indefinite appointment will be made based on an evaluation. The salary and benefits are according to the rules for government employees of the State of Baden-Württemberg (TV-L). The application should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, copies of three relevant publications, a list of three potential referees, and a description of the research planned at KIS.

The selection of candidates will start after April 30, 2016.

Full details are available at:

Prof. O. von der Lühe
Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik
Freiburg, Germany
E-mail: [email protected]

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University of Oslo, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics: Researcher in Solar Physics

Viggo Hansteen
29 Feb 2016

Position as researcher available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics.

The position has funding for 3 years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date no later than 01.07.2016.

See also:

Job description/ Project description:

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics has won a 3-year grant to observe, analyse and understand small-scale magnetic flux emergence into the Sun’s outer atmosphere. While the flux emergence of photospheric small-scale structures has been better observed and understood, our understanding of the impact of the emerging flux on the energetics and magnetic structure of the above-lying atmosphere is insufficient, as is the fate of the rising magnetic field and how it couples the different regions of the atmosphere. In this project we will use the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA)‘s access to state-of-the-art ground and space-based facilities, complemented by ‘realistic’ 3D simulations of the outer solar atmosphere to determine the fraction of weak internetwork photospheric flux that reaches the chromosphere and transition region; to analyse the ubiquitous magnetic flux emergence process that occurs at all spatial and temporal scales; and to measure the chromospheric magnetic field itself.

The successful applicant will assist the project leader in planning observations, securing and collating observational data from the ground and from space-based observatories, in analysing this data, and presenting the resulting science in articles in refereed journals and at international conferences.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for this position will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Astrophysics. Further, the candidate must have proven track record of publications in observational solar physics. The candidate is assumed to be computer literate, with knowledge of data analysis programs such as IDL, Python or MatLab, and capable of producing reduced data in image and video formats suitable for presentations and publications.  The candidate must document experience in gathering data at ground and/or space based solar observatories.

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1109 , Pay Grade: 57 – 65 (NOK 483 700 – 560 700 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority).

The application must include:

– Application letter
– CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
– A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
– Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
– Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

Application deadline: 1 April, 2016

Application form:

Professor Viggo H. Hansteen
Telephone: +47 22856120
Mobile: +47 90955042
Questions regarding Easycruit, contact HR Officer Torunn Standal Guttormsen
Telephone: +47 22854272

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Meeting Announcements

SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity – Second Meeting Announcement

W. Dean Pesnell
15 February 2016

October 17 – 21 2016 | Burlington, Vermont

Living With a Star’s Solar Dynamics Observatory invites you to its 2016 Science Workshop “SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity,” to be held October 17-21, 2016, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, VT. All members of the science community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Invited speakers will introduce eight broad areas of solar research:

  • Motions Inside the Sun
  • The Evolution of Active Regions
  • Studies of Solar Eruptive Events (SEEs)
  • Motions Near and Above the Solar Surface
  • Atmospheric Dynamics and Sources of the Solar Wind
  • Solar Magnetic Variability and the Solar Cycle
  • The Sun as a Star
  • Space Weather at the Earth and other Planets

Abstracts are solicited for presentations describing research in those areas.

Important dates:

  • The abstract and registration websites at will open March 1, 2016.
  • Abstract submission closes July 15, 2016 (all late submissions will be assigned to poster sessions.)
  • Early registration and hotel reservation deadline is September 16, 2016.

The Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center can be explored at

We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop.

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

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Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School: “Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics”

Adriane Liermann
19 Feb 2016

Spectroscopy is a universal tool used in modern Astrophysics, from solar physics to the high-redshift Universe. Essential for the study of most astrophysical phenomena, uses of spectroscopy are manifold:

  • Solar physics: probing solar activity
  • Stellar physics: characterizing stellar parameters, the ambient medium, stellar activity and evolution
  • Interstellar and intergalactic medium: understanding the composition by emission and absorption processes
  • Galaxies and their kinematics: studying the evolution of the Milky Way and the Universe on cosmological scales
  • Exoplanets: unveiling their atmospheres
  • … and many more

Date & Place:
The Leibniz Graduate School for Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics will host the Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) from June 20th to 24th, 2016.

Invited are interested graduate students in Physics or Astrophysics to join a week of lectures and hands-on exercises given by experienced scientists in their fields from the AIP and the University of Potsdam. Participants will get an insight into state-of-the-art research via the recent progress in quantitative spectroscopy both in theoretical methods and observational techniques. No matter which field you are interested in, learning the techniques to extract information from spectra and couple this information with dedicated models to gain quantitative insights is vital to start a scientific career in modern Astrophysics.

Registration & Contact:
For more information please see the website:

Registration is open now till March 31st, 2016.

For inquiries please send an email to [email protected] .

The Leibniz Graduate School for Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics is a collaborative project of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the Institute of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Potsdam (UP).

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IRIS-6: The Chromosphere: Abstract Submission Deadline for the Workshop is March 15, 2016.

Jorrit Leenaarts
24 Feb 2016

The deadline for abstract submissions for the IRIS-6 workshop is March 15, 2016. The participation registration deadline is May 15, 2016. Please register and submit your abstract at

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the physics of the solar chromosphere and its connections to the photosphere and corona from both an observational (whether with IRIS or with other observatories) and a theoretical point of view.

Date and location: June 20 to June 23, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

Important dates:
16 January: Registration opens.
15 March: Last day for abstract submission and application for travel support
15 May: Last day for registrations.
20 May: Final day for reservations/cancellations of block-booked hotel rooms.

Invited speakers:
Patrick Antolin, Mats Carlsson, Manolo Collados, Jaime de la Cruz Rodríguez, Ryoko Ishikawa, Lucia Kleint, David Orozco Suárez, Hardi Peter, Bart de Pontieu, Tom Schad, Gary Verth, Alfred de Wijn

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EWASS 2016 Symposium S17 on Magnetic Helicity in Sun and Stars: From Dynamo Action to Eruptive Phenomena – Second Announcement

Manolis Georgoulis
25 Feb 2016

Abstract Submission deadline approaching: 15 March 2015

Important meeting deadlines:

This year’s European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) will take place in Athens, Greece, during 4 – 8 July, 2016. For more information on the meeting as a whole, please visit

We are pleased to announce the meeting’s Symposium S17, entitled Magnetic Helicity in Sun and Stars: From Dynamo Action to Eruptive Phenomena

The Symposium’s description can be found at

This Symposium will recap studies that have shaped and continue to shape the intricate topic of magnetic helicity, affording the well-acquainted or simply interested audience a succinct, top-level view of our understanding of the topic. Future prospects enabled by contemporary understanding will also be discussed. The Symposium will promote a balance between observational effects of helical manifestations and theory, emphasizing studies that embolden this connection. To remain attractive to both solar / space physicists and astrophysicists, it will also investigate the solar-stellar connection of helical manifestations in the universe.

Please consider submitting an abstract to the Symposium. We solicit both oral and poster presentations. Please notice, however, that due to the lack of poster space the European Astronomical Society and the meeting’s Scientific Organizing Committee have decided that posters will be all-electronic and will be distributed to all participants. In addition, each presenting author will be allotted a few (up to 5) minutes to present his/her poster during the Symposium.

The Symposium’s confirmed invited speakers currently include M. Berger (University of Exeter, UK), M. Cheung (LMSAL, USA), K. Kusano (University of Nagoya, JP), Gherardo Valori (UCL, UK), and H. Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHN)

The Symposium’s SOC: Manolis K. Georgoulis, Alexander Nindos, Dibyendu Nandi

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NASA Ames Summer Program 2016: Call for Proposals Deadline

Susanne Demaree
26 Feb 2016

Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2016

NASA Ames Summer Program 2016

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
June 6 – July 1, 2016

2016 Topic Areas

  • Solar stellar connection
  • Space weather impacts on solar and exo-planets
  • Achieving helio/astro-physics science goals with small/nano satellites


The NASA Ames Summer Program focuses on the physics of space weather events and their interactions with planetary atmospheres. In the heliosphere, the events start at the Sun and influence the atmospheres, ionospheres, and magnetospheres of Earth and the other planets in the solar system. Observations of these interactions provide data on the interaction of these bodies with the plasma environment and can be studied to advance theoretical development and validation. 

Similar processes occur around other stars and their exo-planets. The wide variety of exoplanet systems being discovered offers a rich ground to explore. Even when restricted to Sun-like stars, the variety of activities is large; our limited lifespan offers us a only a brief sample of solar activities, whereas comparative stellar astrophysics enables us to effectively study solar conditions over much longer timescales and so to explore solar and heliospheric activity of the distant past and future.

The “Comparative Heliophysics Summer Program 2016” at NASA Ames will focus on the foundations of heliophysics and related disciplines as applied to stars like the Sun and planets like those in the solar system with similar formation histories and that are relevant to understanding the formation, evolution, and present state of our immediate space environment. The program offers also the opportunity to explore approaches to sensor development that address space-weather impact on planetary atmospheres. It is intended to offer the participants an opportunity to carry out a serious program of research while interacting with colleagues. The primary focus is to seed and encourage new multi-disciplinary research through interactions with scientists of various backgrounds. It is expected that the investigations will lead to high-impact publications and opportunities to expand into new research areas.

Up to 25 students will be selected through a competitive process organized by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. In addition, three to five advisors will be recruited from NASA’s Ames Research Center to participate in the Summer Program. The program will last for four weeks from June 6 to July 1, 2016.

Successful candidates are:

  • Currently enrolled as advanced undergraduate students** or graduate students in any phase of training, or first or second year postdoctoral fellows. **undergraduates in physics in their final years (Junior, Senior) with strong background in applied mathematics, numerical methods, and computer science including advanced programming language skills in C++ , Python, and/or FORTRAN.
  • Majoring in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, geophysics, plasma physics, and space physics, or experienced in at least one of these areas.
  • Pursuing a career in heliophysics, or astrophysics or planetary science.

For additional information on this program, submitting a proposal and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Heliophysics website at

For further information, call (303) 497-1605 or e-mail [email protected]

The Living With a Star program of the Heliophysics Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate sponsors the NASA Ames Summer Program. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Visiting Scientist Programs collaborates with NASA in administering the program. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EE/AAE who values and encourages diversity in the workplace. Images courtesy of NASA.

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Solar Polarization 8: A Workshop in Honor of Egidio Landi Degl’Innocenti, September 12 – 16, 2016, Firenze, Italy – Second announcement

Luca Belluzzi
28 Feb 2016

This is the second announcement of the Solar Polarization Workshop 8 (SPW8), which will be held in honor of the career and work of Egidio Landi Degl’Innocenti in the fields of solar and stellar spectropolarimetry.

The aim of the workshop is to highlight and discuss the latest results and advances in the fields of solar and stellar spectropolarimetry. All the main aspects of these disciplines will be debated: theory, observations, numerical modeling, and instrumentation. In each session, we expect contributions from scientists active in both solar and night-time spectropolarimetry, in order to promote know-how exchange between the two research fields.

Participants can apply to present a talk (standard or review) or a poster. The preliminary time slot for a review talk is 40 minutes (including 10min of Q&A), that for a standard talk is 25 minutes (including 10min of Q&A). The SOC is ultimately responsible for the selection of the presentations and the allocation of the final presentation time slots. The SOC also has the prerogative to directly invite review and keynote speakers.

1) Physics of polarization
2) Modeling of polarization in the atmospheres of the Sun and other stars
3) Polarization measurements: observations, analysis and interpretation
4) Polarimetry as a diagnostic tool for stellar atmospheres
5) Polarimetry of the solar corona and of the outer layers of stars
6) Ground-based telescopes and instrumentation for polarization studies
7) Polarimetry from space


Registration and abstract submission is open on the workshop webpage.

All the relevant information, including venue and accommodation, can be found in the workshop webpage.

1 June: Last day for early bird registration
1 June: Last day for abstract submission
1 June: Last day for hotel reservation through the SPW8 website

Luca Belluzzi
Roberto Casini
Javier Trujillo Bueno
SPW8 Chairpersons

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AOGS 2016: ST26 Multiwavelength and In-situ Observations Of CME and Flare Evolution and Dynamics – Call for Abstracts

Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros
29 Feb 2016

Dear All,

We invite contributions to the session (ID#: ST26) “Multiwavelength and In-situ Observations of CME and Flare Evolution and Dynamics” at the  AOGS meeting in Beijing from July 31  to August 5, 2016.  Details on the session follow.

We would like to remind you that the abstract submission deadline was extended to 4 March 2016.

Abstracts can be submitted using the following link:

Best regards,

Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros
Ying Liu
Hazel Bain
David Sundkvist

Session Title:
Multiwavelength and In-situ Observations Of CME and Flare Evolution and Dynamics

Session Description:
Flares and CMEs are two spectacular manifestations of the explosive release of magnetic energy in the solar atmosphere. The released magnetic energy is transformed into kinetic and thermal energy and radiations. The focus of this session is to discuss how multi-wavelength observations and in situ measurements from current (IRIS, SDO, RHESSI, Hinode, NoRH, NRH, OVSA, STEREO, Wind, ACE) and future (Solar Orbiter, Solar Probe Plus) instruments and theoretical modeling can help our understanding of the mechanics, dynamics and evolution of these phenomena in the corona and interplanetary space.

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AOGS 2016: ST27 New Insights into the Physics of White-light Flares – Last Reminder: Call for Abstracts to the Session

Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros
29 Feb 2016

Dear All,

We invite contributions to the session (ID#: ST27) “New Insights Into The Physics Of White-light Flares” at the  AOGS meeting  in Beijing, 31 Jul to 5 Aug, 2016.  Details on the session follow.

We would like to remind you that the abstract submission deadline was extended to 4 March 2016.

Abstracts can be submitted using the following link:

Best regards,

Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros
Hugh S Hudson
Lucia Kleint
Mingde Ding

Session Title:
New Insights Into The Physics Of White-light Flares

Session Description:
The white-light continuum of a solar flare was the first manifestation of a flare ever detected, and this continuum emission contains a large fraction of the total luminous energy of a flare. Thus its identification has always posed an important problem for solar and stellar physics. A zoo of phenomena accompanies these events and their analysis can provide a wealth of information about the solar atmosphere. The focus of the discussion is the manifestation in the visible continuum of flares, from the corona to the solar interior and how multi wavelength observations (RHESSI, IRIS, SDO, Hinode, infrared, NoRH, OVSA) can help our understanding of the mechanics of momentum and energy transfer in the solar atmosphere.

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Cool Stars 19: Splinter Session on “Variability of Solar/Stellar Magnetic Activity”

Damian Fabbian
29 Feb 2016

Variability of Solar/Stellar Magnetic Activity
June 7th and June 9th, 2016,
splinter session at Cool Stars 19 (Uppsala, Sweden)

Co-chairs: Damian Fabbian & Rosaria Simoniello

Additional splinter SOC members: R. Collet; S. Criscuoli; H. Korhonen; N. Krivova; K. Olah; A. Shapiro; A. Vidotto; N. Vitas

We are pleased to announce that a two-afternoon splinter session on solar and stellar variability and activity will be held within this summer’s CS19 meeting. The topics to be addressed in the splinter session include magnetic variability as a key to explore the solar/stellar connection, and the origin of magnetic activity and variability throughout stellar evolution.

Key questions/scientific motivation:

– How does the Sun’s variability and activity compare to that of other solar-like stars?

– What do we know about magnetically-driven variability and activity in FGK-type stars of different evolutionary stages?

In particular, the different sessions will focus on:

1. Solar/stellar variability: observational properties and theory
2. Stellar magnetic fields and their impact on the surrounding environment
3. Rotation/Activity relation from stellar survey and theory
4. Constraining Solar/Stellar dynamo theory

We kindly invite solar and stellar astrophysicists to present their latest results on this topic, in particular in relation to the solar-stellar connection and on the peculiarities and common features between magnetic activity and variability of our Sun and cool stars.

Sami K. Solanki and Mark S. Giampapa are (up to now) our confirmed invited speakers.

Abstract submission deadline: Friday April 29th, 2016

For further information and to send your abstracts for contributed talks:

For posters, please note that corresponding abstracts should be submitted during the compulsory registration of attendees via the CS19 plenary session website at www.coolstars19

Further announcements about this splinter session will follow soon including additional confirmed invited speakers and other relevant instructions.

Damian Fabbian & Rosaria Simoniello (on behalf of the SOC of the “Variability of solar/stellar magnetic activity” splinter session)

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