SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 6

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 6

Aimee Norton, editor
15 March 2016

Chair’s Chat

Takashi Sakurai Retiring from Solar Physics

Dana Longcope
14 March 2016

Takashi Sakurai is retiring from his post as one of the Editors in Chief if Solar Physics. Takashi has served in that position for almost 11 years, editing over 1000 manuscripts.Solar Physics is the one journal dedicated exclusively to our field and serves an exceptionally broad international community of Solar Physics researchers. Its editors take an unusually extensive role in the preparation of manuscripts extending to the process of copy editing. Takashi was well known for his thoroughness in these duties. The field owes him a debt for his service to our community and its dedicated journal.

Takashi was greatly assisted by the two other editors, John Leibacher and Lidia van Driel-Gezstelyi, who will remain at Solar Physics. They will be joined by two new Editors in Chief: Cristina Mandrini and Michael Wheatland. Under this team I am confident that the journal will continue serving our community as it has for the past 49 years.

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Solar Physics Changes

John Leibacher
2 March 2016

There have been many changes at Solar Physics!

Takashi Sakurai is stepping down as one of the journal’s three Editors-in-Chief, after over a decade of commitment and service to the community and the journal, and we want to thank him profusely. We will sorely miss him.

The Solar Physics Editorial Board’s Editor-in-Chief Selection Committee, chaired by Dana Longcope, conducted an extensive process that culminated in the naming of two new Editors-in-Chief: Cristina Mandrini of IAFE, Buenos Aires, and Mike Wheatland, of the University of Sydney. We are extremely excited to have them both onboard in this capacity.

In addition, Matt Owens of Readiing University (UK) will be joining as an Associate Editor.

Jennifer Satten who, as Publishing Editor of Solar Physics, many of you have met at various scientific meetings, has left Springer, and her responsibilities for Solar Physics have been assumed by Ramon Khanna and Frank Schulz, whom you may know as they are now running Living Reviews in Solar Physics for Springer. Jenn has been a wonderful partner in the operation of and growing the journal.  We will really miss her, and wish her all of the best.

Thank you Takashi and Jenn!! Welcome Cristina, Mike, Matt, Frank, and Ramon!

Dana Longcope (Chair, Solar Physics EIC Selection Committee), Paul Chabonneau (Chair, Solar Physics Editorial Board), John Leibacher (Editor-in-Chief), and Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi (Editor-in-Chief)

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NASA: Call for Community Input to LWS TR&T Science Topics

Mark Linton
13 Mar 2016

The 2016 NASA Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (LWS TR&T) Steering Committee will soon begin developing the next round of LWS focused science topics and strategic capability topics, for ROSES 2017. It is vital for the success of the LWS TR&T program that there be active community engagement in the development of annual TR&T science topics. We are therefore asking the Heliophysics community to provide input by April 26, 2016 for these topics.

Suggested science topics should be organized around achieving the goals set out in the strategic science areas (SSA’s) articulated in the LWS Ten Year Vision (,

Physics-based Understanding to Enable Forecasting of:
  • SSA-0, Solar Electromagnetic, Energetic Particle, and Plasma Outputs Driving the Solar System Environment and Inputs to Earth’s Atmosphere
  • SSA-1, Geomagnetic Variability
  • SSA-2, Satellite Drag
  • SSA-3, Solar Energetic Particle
  • SSA-4, Total Electron Content
  • SSA-5, Ionospheric Scintillation
  • SSA-6, Radiation Environment

The structure of a topic should indicate a target description, the targeted SSAs, goals and measures of success, types of investigations, interactions with user communities and expected deliverables.

Input may be entered through the LWS TR&T website:

We greatly look forward to your input and to continuing on the path of innovation and scientific exploration in the LWS program.

LWS Steering Committee Members:
Eftyhia Zesta (Co-Chair), Mark Linton (Co-Chair), Yuri Shprits, Scott McIntosh, Nathan Schwadron, Karel Schrijver, Jim Slavin, Chadi Salem, Alexa Halford, Pontus Brandt, Tim Bastian, Kent Tobiska

Terry Onsager, Rodney Veireck, Ilia Roussev, Vyacheslav Lukin, Masha Kuznetsova, Mona Kessel, Dean Pesnell, Dave Sibeck, Adam Szabo, Chris St Cyr

Ex Officio:
Elsayed Talaat, Jeff Morrill, Shing Fung

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AGU Scarf Award – Call for Nominations

Yuhong Fan
14 Mar 2016

Established in 1989, the F.L. Scarf Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of an outstanding dissertation that contributes directly to solar–planetary science. The Scarf awardee will give an invited talk on his/her dissertation topic at the AGU Fall Meeting. Eligible candidates should have been awarded the degree of Ph.D. (or highest equivalent terminal degree) and have completed their degree requirements during the 17-month time period prior to the award presentation year (from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2015). The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2016.

The award includes the following tangible benefits:
  • $1,000.00 monetary prize
  • Award certificate
  • Announcement in EOS
  • Invitation to present a talk on the dissertation topic at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Complimentary ticket to the Space Physics and Aeronomy section dinner at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

More details about eligibility, required documentation, and nomination procedures can be found at: or contact Gang Lu (ganglu at for additional information.

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Employment Opportunities

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Space Research Institute: Postdoc Position – Space Plasma Physics

Yasuhito Narita
02 Mar 2016

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Space Plasma Physics

Space Research Institute
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position (full-time scale) in the area of space plasma physics focusing on the observational studies of magnetic reconnection, turbulence, and particle acceleration phenomena in Earth’s magnetosphere using data from the Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) mission.

The applicant must hold a PhD degree in physics, geophysics, astrophysics, or a related field. Experience in spacecraft data analysis for space plasmas such as Cluster, THEMIS, or planetary missions is a prerequisite, in particular using magnetic field, electric field, and particle data. The appointment begins as early as May 2016 for two years. Salary will be on grade IV/2 according to the scale of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which is 40,900 Euro per year (before tax and social insurance).

The application deadline is March 30, 2016. Applications include 1) cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of publications, 4) a statement of applicant’s past and current research experience (up to 2 pages), 5) certificates for full academic record, and 6) up to three letters of recommendation. Applications may be sent by post to Space Plasma Physics Group at Space Research Institute, or electronically via email to [email protected] in PDF format.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunity employer.

Space Research Institute
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Yasuhito Narita
Schmiedlstraße 6
A-8042 Graz

Phone   +43 316 4120 574
Fax         +43 316 4120 590
E-Mail [email protected]

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

Paul Cally
05 Mar 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). Each position is for two years.

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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University of Oslo, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics: Postdoctoral fellow in Solar Physics

Luc Rouppe van der Voort
14 Mar 2016

Position as postdoctoral research fellow available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics.

The fellowship period is 3 years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date no later than 01.10.2016.

See also:

Job description/ Project description:
The postdoctoral fellow will be working on the project “Unravelling the dynamics of the solar atmosphere” funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo. The project aims to achieve deeper understanding of the workings of the solar atmosphere by combining observations both from space and from the ground and through comparisons with advanced numerical simulations. The University of Oslo has an annual quota of 42 observing days at Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope on La Palma which is one of the world-leading facilities for high-resolution solar imaging, polarimetry and spectroscopy. The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics hosts extensive computing hard-ware dedicated to the reduction, processing and analysis of solar observations. The successful applicant is expected to carry out observational research combining ground-based data from the SST and space-based data from IRIS. Depending on qualifications and interests, there are also possibilities for comparing observations with advanced numerical simulations within the framework of the project.

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 astronomy/astrophysics or a related discipline. 

A good command of English is required.


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

The application must include:
  • Application letter
  • Project description of how the applicant envisions to carry out research within the framework of the project “Unravelling the dynamics of the solar atmosphere”
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • 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.

Application deadline: 15 April, 2016

Application must be submitted through the Easycruit webform at:

Professor Luc Rouppe van der Voort
Telephone: +47 22857528

Questions regarding Easycruit, contact HR Officer Torunn Standal Guttormsen
Telephone: +47 22854272

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GNSS Postdoctoral Opportunity at UCAR COSMIC

John Braun
14 Mar 2016

GNSS Postdoctoral Opportunity

Deadline: To receive maximum consideration, applications should be received by April 15, 2016.

The UCAR Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) Program is initiating a postdoctoral fellowship program to support and encourage the advancement and application of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) remote sensing for atmospheric and Earth sciences. GNSS Radio Occultation (RO) is a powerful observational technique with demonstrated impact on space weather, climate, and numerical weather prediction. The upcoming launch of the COSMIC-2 constellation in early 2017 will usher in a new era of RO technology. When compared to existing RO systems, this operational mission will provide improved data quality due to higher signal to noise ratio, multi-GNSS constellation retrievals, deeper penetration into the moist atmospheric boundary layer, and a higher number of occultations per day. The COSMIC-2 mission will extend the existing data record of RO. With more than 10 million neutral atmospheric profiles, and nearly 5 million ionospheric profiles processed from more than 10 satellite missions spanning 20 years, the COSMIC Data Analysis and Archive Center (CDAAC) is recognized as a world leading RO data provider.

This fellowship program is designed to support early career scientists who are interested in GNSS remote sensing and would like to begin their careers working with a group of scientists whose research interests include new retrieval technology, space weather, numerical weather prediction, and weather and climate processes.


All COSMIC fellows will work within the COSMIC program office in Boulder, Colorado. The COSMIC program is one of nine programs within the UCAR Community Programs (UCP) umbrella. Its mission is to develop innovative observational techniques that use signals from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and to support the application of these techniques in research and operations for the broad Earth Science Community.


A recent Ph.D. or Sc. D. degree granted in an area of research that is related to atmospheric science, climate, space weather, remote sensing, or engineering.

Areas of Research

All COSMIC fellows are expected to pursue a research agenda that includes GNSS radio occultation. Leveraging the unique characteristics of RO by combining with other remote sensing systems is encouraged. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Numerical Weather Prediction
• Climate
• Space Weather
• Water Cycle
• RO Science
• Improved GNSS and RO retrieval development
• Emerging GNSS research opportunities, including GNSS reflectometry

Deadline: To receive maximum consideration, applications should be received by April 15, 2016.

Application Packages

All applications must include the following elements:

• Statement of research, not to exceed three pages (PDF)
• Curriculum Vita (PDF)
• Transcripts (PDF)
• A list of four references (names and email address) (PDF)

The statement of research is a critical component of the application package. It should contain a clear statement of your research interests and how they would align with the broader mission of the COSMIC program.

Please send all materials to COSMIC Postdoctoral Review Committee at [email protected]

Appointment Term

The term of the fellowship is expected to be two years. Postdoctoral fellows will undergo comprehensive evaluation after completing the first year of the program.

Salary and Benefits

COSMIC Postdoctoral fellows are employees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and receive a fixed annual stipend that is competitive with other institutions. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, a TIAA/CREF retirement fund and life insurance. Support for travel and publication charges is available. COSMIC will sponsor a J1 visa for this position. The start date for this appointment is flexible, but expected to be around or after July 2016.

The COSMIC Postdoctoral Fellowship is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Please contact Dr. John Braun, Director of COSMIC Postdoctoral Program at [email protected] for any questions related to this announcement. Additional information regarding the COSMIC program, RO science, and application instructions can be found at:

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Meeting Announcements

2016 CEDAR–GEM Joint Workshop: Santa Fe: Registration is OPEN!

Susanne Demaree
03 Mar 2016

We are excited to present the 2016 CEDAR–GEM Joint Workshop registration website at

Due to the current funding climate, our CEDAR Workshop and community proposal funding has been reduced. In the past, CEDAR has funded 130–150 students each year, but the current student funding has been reduced to 125 students. The CEDAR Science Steering Committee (CSSC) is committed to supporting as many students as possible. Therefore, to partially compensate for the limited resources the CSSC has decided on the following:
  1. Only students who present a poster may receive funding. Students do not have to be first author but must present a poster. Student travel support will be limited to the first 125 students that request it during the registration process. No requests will be taken outside of the registration process.
  2. We have increased the student registration fee and has been changed to include all student types. All students are required to pay a student registration fee this year. The student registration fee includes the CEDAR–GEM Welcome Reception, the CEDAR Student Lunch, the CEDAR–GEM Student Dinner and the CEDAR–GEM Banquet Dinner, in order to maximize the opportunity for networking.
  3. Breakfast is included in the hotel rates at the Drury Plaza Inn and the Eldorado hotels, therefore there will be no group CEDAR–GEM student breakfasts.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Fe!

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CESRA2016 Workshop: Orléans: Solar Radio Physics from the Chromosphere to Near Earth

Karl-Ludwig Klein
04 Mar 2016

The next CESRA Workshop, CESRA2016: Solar radio physics from the chromosphere to near Earth will be held on 13 – 17 June, 2016, in Hotel Dupanloup, Orléans, France.

CESRA, the Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers, organizes triennial workshops on investigations of the solar atmosphere using radio and other observations.  Although special emphasis is given to radio diagnostics, the workshop topics are of interest to a large community of solar physicists. The format of the workshop will combine plenary sessions and working group sessions with invited review talks on science topics and new instrumentation, oral contributions, and posters.

Since Orléans is expected to be quite busy in June, attendants of the workshop are invited to make early hotel reservations. Information on the venue, hotel reservations, and the preliminary programme including invited speakers can be found on the meeting web site:

On behalf of the CESRA Board and SOC/LOC
Silja Pohjolainen, Karl-Ludwig Klein, Matthieu Kretzschmar

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Partially Ionised Plasmas in Astrophysics (PIPA): Tenerife

Elena Khomenko
07 Mar 2016

We invite abstracts for the forthcoming meeting on “Partially Ionised Plasmas in Astrophysics” (PIPA) that will take place in Tenerife (Spain) in the period 29th August-02 September, 2016.

The dynamics of partially ionized astrophysical plasmas is a relatively new and rapidly growing topic of research. There are growing evidences of the importance of the effects of plasma partial ionization in different astrophysical environments, such as solar chromosphere, interstellar medium, protostellar discs, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, etc. The meeting aims to broaden and strengthen the collaboration of scientists working in partially ionized plasmas in astrophysics and space science and to develop common scientific interest that could enhance cross-collaborations between the different fields.

The meeting will focus on 4 inter-related topical themes:
Session 1: Fundamental physical processes in partially ionised plasmas
Session 2: Waves and instabilities in partially ionised plasmas: theory and observations
Session 3: Turbulence, dynamo and non-linear processes
Session 4: Magneto-convection, flux emergence and reconnection in partially ionised plasmas

The abstract submission (for oral or poster contributions) is open via the official conference website:
At this address you will also find information about registration, accommodation, scientific and social programme

5th March 2016: Registration/Abstract submission starts
28th June 2016: Registration/Abstract submission deadline
28th July 2016: Hotel reservation deadline
29th August: The start of the meeting

Meeting SOC: Elena Khomenko (chair, IAC-ULL); Istvan Ballai (chair, Univ. of Sheffield, UK); Mark Wardle (Macquarie Univ., Sydney, Australia); Enrique Vázquez-Semadeni (Instituto de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica, Mexico); Paul Song (Univ of Massachusetts Lowell, USA); Sam Falle (Univ. of Leeds, UK); Michael Goodman (West Virginia High Tech Foundation, USA); Mats Carlsson (Univ. of Oslo, Norway); Robert Erdelyi (Univ. of Sheffield, UK)

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AGU December Meeting: San Francisco: Invitation to Submit a Special Session Proposal

J Todd Hoeksema
10 Mar 2016

The 2016 AGU Fall Meeting Session Proposal submission site is now open. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 20 April. To submit a session proposal, go to:

In order to minimize overlap of special session topics, please look to see if a session on a similar theme has already been submitted BEFORE submitting your own proposal. If so, consider contacting the original proposers to discuss merging, or rewrite your session proposal so it is focused on a different topic. You can view existing submissions at If needed, we will merge or reject proposals with significant overlap, so please make sure your proposal is focused and unique.

If you have any questions, please contact Todd Hoeksema, the SH secretary, or one of the other SPA secretaries (SM: Robyn Millan; SA: Anja Stromme).

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European Cosmic Ray Symposium (ECRS) 2016: Torino: Second Circular

Andrea Chiavassa
11 Mar 2016

25th European Cosmic Rays Symposium
September 5 – 9, 2016, Torino, Italy
Second Circular

The 25th European Cosmic Ray Symposium ECRS-2016 will be held in Torino, Italy from September 5 through September 9, 2016. ECRS-2016 is the 25th in a series of European Cosmic Ray Symposia.

The official website of the Symposium is

The conference venue is the Physics Department of Torino University.
Plenary sessions are scheduled from Monday September 5th to Friday September 9th, while the parallel ones will be organized in afternoon sessions from Monday September 5th to Thursday September 8th. Conference registration will open Sunday September 4th in the afternoon in the hall of the Physics Department.

The conference program will consist of plenary and parallel sessions including:
  1. Solar and heliospheric cosmic rays (SH)
  2. CRs at Earth and Planets (GEO)
  3. Dark Matter (DM)
  4. Cosmic Rays below the knee (CR I)
  5. Cosmic Rays above the knee (CR II)
  6. High Energy gamma rays (GR)
  7. High Energy muons and neutrinos (MN)
  8. Future instrumentation in cosmic ray research (INS)
A list of the invited speakers can be found in the conference web site.

Important dates
15 April. Abstract submission deadline
15 May. Communication of Abstract Acceptance
30 June. Deadline for early registration (350 € fee)
31 August. Deadline for standard online registration (400 € fee)
04 September. Onsite registration opens (450 € fee)
05 September. Start of the conference
09 September. End of the conference
15 January 2017. Proceedings submission deadline

We encourage early registration. The conference fee is defined as:
350 € before 30/6/2016
400 € before 31/8/2016
450 € onsite
The conference fee includes coffee breaks, lunches (Monday through Thursday) and the social dinner. The social dinner cost for accompanying persons is 60 €.

Social events
The social dinner will be held on Wednesday September 7th, the cost is included in the conference fee.

Abstract Submission
Abstract submission is open until 03 April 2016 at the conference web site: A unique ID will be assigned to each submitted abstract, and this ID will be used for further correspondence regarding presentations and proceedings.

Conference proceedings
The conference proceedings will be published online with arXiv and eConf, electronic conference proceedings archive, managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Authors will find the template for article preparation on the conference web page.

Visa assistance
Symposium participants requiring visa assistance are kindly asked to contact the Chair of the conference at [email protected] or following the link on the web page of the conference (following the “Venue, Travel, VISA” link)

Conference poster can be downloaded from the conference web site

International Advisory Committee:
M. Panasyuk (IAC Chair), G. Bazikevskaya, E. Berezhko, A. Chillingaryan. E. Flückiger, P. Gorodetzky, B. Heber, K. Kecskemety, K. Kudela, P. Picozza, M. Pimenta, V. Ptuskin, O. Ryazhskaya, O. Saavedra, P. Spillantini, J. Szabelski, I. Usoskin

Local Organising Committee:
G. Ardizzoia (Scientific Secretariat), M.E. Bertaina, M. Boezio, R. Bonino, A. Castellina, A. Chiavassa (Chair), F. Di Pierro, L. Latronico, S. Maldera, R. Mussa, G.C. Trinchero, S. Vernetto, C. Vigorito.

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Cool Stars 19 : Uppsala: “Constraining Solar/Stellar Activity and Magnetically Driven Variability” Splinter Session

Rosaria Simoniello
12 Mar 2016

On June 7th and on June 9th, 2016, the splinter session “Constraining Solar/Stellar Activity and Magnetically Driven Variability” will take place as part of the Cool Stars 19 meeting ( in Uppsala, Sweden, (June 06 – 10, 2016).

What can we learn about the Sun (and its evolution) as a variable star with magnetic cycles when comparing it to other stars having similar parameters and, conversely, what can the close view of the Sun teach us about the general characteristics of magnetically induced changes in the atmospheres of cool stars?What do we know about magnetically driven variability and activity in FGK-type stars of different evolutionary stages?

The session provides a timely opportunity to bring together the stellar and solar communities for a fruitful exchange of ideas and methods. In particular, the setting within CS19 will be an ideal venue to present to a wide expert audience new and expected observational results from current and planned solar missions (e.g., Hinode, SDO, the Sunrise flights, SORCE, TSIS and Solar Orbiter) and large-scale stellar surveys (CoRoT, Kepler, K2, GAIA and the forthcoming TESS and PLATO missions), as well as to discuss the significant progress in radiative transfer and MHD treatment in the field of solar and stellar atmospheres and spectral synthesis, which now allows creating models going far beyond what was available up until only recently.

Deadline for poster abstracts: Friday April 29th, 2016 (please note these are to be sent through the CS19 webpage during compulsory plenary session registration)

Deadline for contributed talks abstracts: Friday April 29th, 2016 (through splinter session website at

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IBUKS2016: Waves and Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere: 13/06/2016 – 17/06/2016 — Leuven, Belgium

Tom Van Doorsselaere
14 Mar 2016

After previous BUKS workshops, there is now the IBUKS workshop. It will be held between 13/6 and 17/6 in Leuven, Belgium. For more information, please check

Everyone is welcome!

The aim of the workshop is to get an overview of recent developments within the field of “Waves and oscillations in the solar atmosphere”. The workshop is aimed to be small, and is structured with plenty of time for informal discussions.

The abstract submission deadline is: 15/04/2016
The deadline for registration is: 15/05/2016
Both can be done at

The invited reviews for the meeting are:
Seismology of the solar interior: Rekha Jain (Sheffield)
Heating by and energetics of waves: Inigo Arregui (IAC)
Waves in the chromosphere: Patrick Antolin (NAOJ & St. Andrews)
Observations of waves in the solar atmosphere: Gerry Doyle (Armagh) (TBC)
Wave coupling: Paul Cally (Monash)
Wave driving of the solar wind: Leon Ofman (NASA/GSFC)

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IRIS-6 abstract submission deadline moved to March 30.

Jorrit Leenaarts
14 Mar 2016

The deadline for abstract submissions for the IRIS-6 workshop has been moved to March 30, 2016.

The participation registration deadline is still 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.
30 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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SPD 2016 Meeting Deadlines Reminder

Valentin Martinez Pillet
14 Mar 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The organizing committees would like to remind you that registration and abstract submission are open for the 47th Solar Physics Division Meeting in Boulder, Colorado (31 May through 03 June 2016).

Please visit to access the registration, abstract submission, and other meeting-related sites.

Early registration (save $60) and abstract submission will close on April 6 (Firm!). Members are allowed to submit up to 2 abstracts, with a limit of 1 oral presentation.

April 6 is also the application deadline for SPD child care support (

Note also that, despite the late April/early May hotel special rate deadlines, spring is very high season for Boulder accommodations, so we urge you to book your hotel room as early as possible.

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Aimee Norton
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