SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 9

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 9

Aimee Norton, editor
01 May 2016

Chair’s Chat

Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act

Dana Longcope
30 Apr 2016

On April 19, 2016 the US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation (CST) committee introduced a bill called the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act (S.2817). This proposed bill is sponsored by Sen. Peters (D-MI), co-sponsored by Sens. Booker (D-NJ) and Gardiner (R-CO), and concerns many topics in the wheel houses of our members. Its text, its current status, and other information about the bill, can be found at

The SPD Public Policy Committee, chaired by A. Gordon Emslie, worked with the AAS to communicate with the CST committee in advance of its introduction. With input from the PPC, the SPD committee, and the AAS, a letter was sent to the CST endorsing the bill on behalf of the AAS president (Meg Urry) and the SPD Chair (Longcope). The letter can be found at

I am not naive enough to believe this will become a focus in the upcoming political season.  I am, however, heartened to see attention being paid to Space Weather and its consequences.

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AAS Journals (ApJ, AJ) – New Policy on Software Articles

Leon Golub
15 Apr 2016

AAS Journals (ApJ, ApJS, ApJL and AJ) have adopted a policy that reflects the importance of software to the astronomical community, and the need for clear communication about such software which ensures that credit is appropriately given to its authors. Such papers need not include research results produced using the software, although including examples of applications can be helpful. If a piece of novel software is important to published research then it is likely appropriate to describe it in such a paper.

Details of the new policy and recommendations concerning submission of related manuscripts can be found at:

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HMI Science Nuggets #50 – #52

Xudong Sun
26 Apr 2016

We are delighted to announce three new HMI Science Nuggets this month.

#50. “Analyzing SDO/HMI Data Using Python” by Monica Bobra

#51. “Magnetic Field Reconstruction Based on Sunspot Oscillations” by Johannes Löhner-Böttcher

#52. “F10.7 Microwave Flux Matches the Total Disk Unsigned Magnetic Flux from MDI and HMI” by Leif Svalgaard

New and past entries can be viewed at We welcome submissions related to the HMI science goals, and encourage readers to utilize the “comment” feature on the website.

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RHESSI Science Nuggets in April 2016

Hugh Hudson
28 Apr 2016

No. 271, “Radio polarization signatures in twisted flare loops” by Ivan Sharykin and Alexei Kuznetsov: Flux-rope geometry via radio polarization signs

No. 272, “Extreme events, stellar evolution, and magnetic reconnection” by Hugh Hudson: Stellar activity measured by flare rates over the eons.

See listing the current series, 2008-present, and or 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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NJIT–CSTR’s Big Bear Solar Observatory – New Appointments

Andrew Gerrard
28 Apr 2016

The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (NJIT-CSTR) is pleased to announce a number of new appointments at the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) and within CSTR’s solar group.  First, Professor Wenda Cao is the new Director of BBSO.  Dr. Cao has been serving as Associate Director of BBSO since 2010.  He has been leading projects on the development of focal plane scientific instruments for BBSO’s 1.6 meter New Solar Telescope (NST) providing the solar community with unprecedented high-resolution and high-cadence photometric, spectroscopic and spectro-polarimetric data.  He has developed the next generation visible and infrared imaging spectro-polarimeters for high precision measurement of solar magnetic fields from the deepest photosphere through the chromosphere to the base of corona.

Second, we announce that Dr. Dale Gary has been appointed to a newly created position of Director of Solar Observatories at NJIT.  Dr. Gary is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics at NJIT, and Director of the Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA) near Big Pine, California.  This appointment serves to couple and synergize the science and management of NJIT’s two large solar observatories.  We are very grateful to Dr. Dale Gary for his great leadership and tremendous work as the Interim Director of BBSO over the past year.

Finally, we announce that Dr. Haimin Wang, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Director of Space Weather Research Lab and Director of Applied Physics Graduate Program at NJIT, continues his current appointment as Chief Scientist of BBSO.  He will coordinate the effort of scientific research,  education and national/international collaborations.

The outstanding team of NJIT BBSO researchers, faculty, staff, and students have moved BBSO forward as a unique resource among the internationally recognized and top ranked solar observatories, thus extending the great vision of the former Directors Drs. Hal Zirin and Phil Goode.

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Big Bear Solar Observatory – Call for Observing Proposals – 2016 Session 2

Haimin Wang
29 Apr 2016

New Jersey Institute of Technology continues to offer 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 2 (2016 July 1 – 31 and September 15 – October 31). Proposals are due Tuesday, May 24, 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 selected joint NST–IRIS observations

For additional information, contact: Prof. Haimin Wang ([email protected]), Chair of BBSO TAC.

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Solar Physics Topical Issue on “Earth-affecting Solar Transients”

Jie Zhang
29 Apr 2016

We solicit research articles on the subject of Earth-affecting Solar Transients. In the past decade, nearly continuous observations of the Sun and the inner heliosphere with an unprecedented wide spatial coverage from a fleet of spacecraft, including STEREO Ahead/Behind, SDO, SOHO, Messenger, Venus Express, ACE and WIND, in combination with a significant advancement of global MHD numerical simulation and theoretical analysis, have greatly improved our understanding of solar transients and the prediction of their potential impact on Earth. Recently, the ISEST (International Study of Earth-affecting Solar Transients) Program was launched to bring together scientists across many countries to join efforts on addressing this problem. The event catalogs, data and information used during the past three ISEST workshops can be found at The ISEST is one of the four projects of the VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact) Program, sponsored by SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics) for the period 2014 – 2018.

Earth-affecting solar transients encompass a broad range of phenomena, including major solar flares, CMEs, ICMEs, solar energetic particle events, and co-rotating interaction regions. We solicit research articles that address, but are not limited to, the following questions: (1) how do various geo-effective phenomena originate? (2) how do they propagate and evolve in the inner heliosphere? (3) how can we reconcile in-situ and remote-sensing data on the transients? (4) how can we predict the probability of arrival, time of arrival, and geo-effectiveness of these phenomena? (5) what kind of solar wind transients are geoeffective and why? Articles on observational, numerical, and theoretical studies are all welcome. We particularly encourage results on campaign events listed in the ISEST website. This Topical Issue is not a conference proceedings volume and is not limited to research presented at the ISEST workshops. All submissions must be original papers that meet the quality and peer-review standards of Solar Physics.

The deadline for the Statement of Interest (SOI) is 15 June 2016, and the deadline for manuscript submission is 15 September 2016. Please submit the SOI (i.e., title, authors, a short abstract, and three potential referees) to Jie Zhang at Solar Physics… …”>[email protected]).

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SolarSoft Package “FORWARD” – A Community Toolset for Coronal Model–Data Comparison

Sarah Gibson
29 Apr 2016

The FORWARD set of IDL codes enables forward modeling of various coronal observables, and the access and comparison of synthetic data to existing observations. It includes routines to reproduce data from EUV/Xray imagers, UV/EUV spectrometers, white-light coronagraphs, and visible/IR and radio polarimeters. FORWARD includes several analytic models in its distribution, works with user-inputted numerical simulation datacubes, and automatically interfaces with the Solar Soft IDL “PFSS SolarSoft package” and “Magnetohydrodynamics on a Sphere (MAS)-corona datacubes”. Finally, FORWARD connects to the “Virtual Solar Observatory” to download data in a format directly comparable to model predictions.

Documentation describing how to access and use FORWARD is found at

A recent publication further reviewing the physical models and applications of FORWARD is found at

Contact Sarah Gibson for further assistance.

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Employment Opportunities

Staff Scientist in Solar/Stellar Physics – University of Göttingen (can become permanent)

Laurent Gizon
28 Apr 2016

The Faculty of Physics at the University of Göttingen invites applications for a Staff Scientist in solar/stellar physics at the Institute for Astrophysics. The position is full time and for an initial period of two years, after which it can become permanent subject to a successful performance review. The position should be filled in 2016; the start date is negotiable. Remuneration: pay grade E13 TV-L on the German civil service salary scale.

Your duties:
  • Contribute to teaching activities as defined in Section 31 of the Higher Education Act of Lower Saxony (NHG) and to the organization of examinations.
  • Carry out support tasks for the physics faculty, for example, administer computer systems at the Institute for Astrophysics.
  • Perform research in one or more of the following research areas:
    • solar and/or stellar physics;
    • helioseismology and/or asteroseismology;
    • exoplanets and their host stars;
    • computational physics;
    • applied mathematics.

Your profile:

  • A proven track record of scientific achievements.
  • A genuine interest in teaching.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team.
  • A doctoral degree

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are under-represented in this field. Applications from disabled persons are encouraged and will be given preference in the case of equivalent aptitude. Please send your application with the usual documents by 1st July 2016 to [email protected] as a single PDF file. For questions please contact [email protected]. Please see the Universty of Göttingen’s website for the full job advertisement:

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Research Fellow in Extreme Environments : Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

James McLaughlin
29 Apr 2016

Research Fellow in Extreme Environments (3 years, then with expectation of progression to permanent) Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Closing Date = 12 May 2016

Northumbria University is investing in several multidisciplinary research themes. Solar Physics is one of the research areas relevant to the “Extreme Environments” multidisciplinary research theme. Hence, I wanted to bring this opportunity to your attention.

The “Vice-Chancellor” Fellowship will be for three years in the first instance with the expectation of progression to a permanent academic position at the end of the Fellowship subject to satisfactory progress.
The Extreme Environments multidisciplinary research theme is a university-wide initiative which draws together ground-breaking research in understanding and harnessing physical and biological environments that operate under extreme conditions, such as those found in the Earth’s surface, subsurface, oceans, atmosphere and in the solar system. Theme expertise ranges from the geophysical exploration of Antarctic subglacial lakes, responses of glaciers, snow cover and permafrost to climate change through the investigation of nonlinear waves, the Sun-Earth connection, solar physics and space weather, to the reconstruction of past extreme climates using ocean cores, speleothems and pollen records.

We seek to appoint high calibre individuals at Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow level, with an excellent international reputation in research areas relevant to the Extreme Environments multidisciplinary research theme.
You will be based in the Department of Mathematics & Information Sciences or the Department of Geography as appropriate to your disciplinary strengths. You will drive and enhance the highest quality research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities and actively encourage this amongst colleagues. The Departments have particular strengths in solar physics, computer science, environmental geochemistry & microbiology, mathematics, cold and palaeoenvironments, physics and statistics.

Candidates with expertise in any of these research areas are welcome to apply, and we will consider high quality applicants in any fields of research relevant to the Extreme Environments theme.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact: Dr James McLaughlin (Solar Physics and Mathematics) at [email protected]

Job advert and further details can be found here:

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Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz – PhD Student Position in Space Plasma Physics

Yasuhito Narita
29 Apr 2016

Space Research Institute
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz

Applications are invited for a PhD student position in the area of space plasma physics focusing on preparation for the Solar Orbiter mission of European Space Agency. The task is to analyze the solar wind data (plasmas and magnetic fields) primarily from the Helios mission, and to build a model and a toolkit for waves and turbulence in the inner heliosphere for the magnetic field measurements on board Solar Orbiter.

The applicant must hold a Master degree or equivalent in physics (e.g. plasma physics, turbulence physics), astrophysics, geophysics, or a related field. Experience in spacecraft data analysis for space plasma missions, planetary missions, and solar missions is a prerequisite. Knowledge on waves and turbulence in space plasmas is beneficial. The appointment begins as soon as possible for three years. Salary will be on grade IV/1 75% according to the scale of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which is 28,146 Euro per year (before tax and social insurance).

The application deadline is May 31, 2016. Applications include 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of publications if available, 4) a statement of applicant’s past and current research experience (up to 2 pages), 5) certificates and transcripts for full academic record, and 6) up to two 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 separate 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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Meeting Announcements

8th Solar Coronal Loops Workshop – Invitation for Proposals to Host

Steve Bradshaw
15 Apr 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The Coronal Loops Workshop series, inaugurated in Paris (2002), has been tremendously successful in bringing together researchers from all over the world to discuss current problems related to the physics of closed magnetic structures in the solar corona, and to present their progress toward solving them. The Workshops have also provided an excellent forum for young researchers to participate in discussions and to showcase their work.

The Steering Committee for the Coronal Loops Workshops now invites proposals to host the 8th Workshop in the series, which will be convened in 2017.

Letters of intent to submit a proposal are due on May 13th and full proposals on June 3rd.

Proposals should be no more than 3 pages in length and must include:
  • A description of the proposed location (including accessibility from major transport hubs).
  • The preferred dates, avoiding conflicts with other major community meetings in 2017.
    (e.g. EGU [Apr. 23 – 28]; Hinode/IRIS [May 30 – Jun. 2]; AOGS [Aug. 6 – 11]; AAS/SPD [Aug. 21 – 26]; ESPM-15 [Sept.])
  • A description of the venue, meeting room, and facilities.
  • An overview of the local accommodation and dining options.
  • Transport between the accommodation and the workshop venue (e.g. a walk, bus ride, etc).
  • An estimate of the total cost of the workshop.
  • An estimate of the registration fee (assuming 60 participants).
  • Who will Chair the SOC/LOC?
  • Any other comments that you think would be helpful to the Steering Committee in support of your proposal.

Please send letters of intent, full proposals, and requests for a copy of the Workshop Guidelines, to Steve Bradshaw (Steering Committee Chair: [email protected]).

With best wishes,

Steve Bradshaw
(on behalf of the Coronal Loops Workshops Steering Committee)

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7th Solar Orbiter Workshop – Exploring the Solar Environs

Ada Ortiz Carbonell
18 Apr 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Please mark your calendars:

Exploring the Solar Environs
7th Solar Orbiter Workshop

to be held from 3rd to 6th of April 2017 at the Granada Convention Center (Granada, Spain). This event will be hosted by the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia – CSIC.

Please mind that on April 7th the 20th SWT meeting will take place at the same venue.

Jose Carlos del Toro Iniesta (on behalf of the SOC and the LOC)

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Hinode-11/IRIS-8 Joint Science Meeting – First Announcement

Neal Hurlburt
22 Apr 2016

The 11th Hinode and 8th IRIS science meetings will be held jointly from Tuesday May 30 to Friday June 2, 2017, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, Washington.

This meeting will bring together scientists interested in connections between the solar photosphere, chromosphere, transition region, and corona. More details are available at

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STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System 2016

Robertus Erdelyi
25 Apr 2016

4 – 9 September 2016

The 2016 STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System Physics (ASSSSP16) is organised and hosted by SP2RC (Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre, Sheffield University). The School programme consist of a set of advanced lectures providing a broad overview of the Sun and solar system plasmas. The ASSSSP is an ideal training for PhD students who have already started their PhD. Early-career postdocs are also highly welcome.

Registration is now open, see the website for further information.

*** Deadline for Registration: 5pm GST, 10 June 2016. ***

Full funding is available, on a first-come first-served basis, for STFC-supported and self-funding PhD students with priority given to STFC students.

Contact: Robertus von Fay-Siebenburgen
Email: [email protected]

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2016 SHINE Workshop – SEP Session: Call For Abstracts

Georgia de Nolfo
25 Apr 2016

Session : Understanding the Origin and Transport of GLEs with Modern Observations
Convenors: Georgia de Nolfo, Jim Ryan, Gen Li, and Eric Christian

How the highest energy solar energetic particles, the so called Ground Level Enhancements (GLEs) are accelerated to GeV energies remains a mystery. Both acceleration through flare reconnection and CME-driven shocks are plausible, but the question remains as to their relative importance in driving the highest energy SEP events. While these high-energy particles often reach near Earth with minimal transport effects compared to the widely studied low-energy SEPs, the spectral shape, anisotropy, and time-evolution of GLEs suggest that transport is important in interpreting these events.  This session will focus on the origin and transport of the highest energy (>100 MeV) particles in SEP events, with a focus on GLEs and high-energy SEP events that may fail to register in neutron monitors, the so-called sub-GLEs (e.g. Jan 6 2014, Jan 27 2012). 

Solar cycle 24 has provided an unprecedented view of GLE events including the first spectral and pitch angle measurements of GLEs over a wide range in energy from PAMELA and AMS, complementing the observations of traditional ground-based instruments. In addition, multi-point observations from spacecraft at 1 AU and the STEREO spacecraft provide detailed contextual data, particularly on CME structure and evolution and potential magnetic connectivity. While solar cycle 24 brings excited new observations to shed light on the GLE process, we welcome discussions on high-energy events from previous solar cycles. 

Our session will expand on the discussion from SHINE 2015, focusing on the following questions:
  • What is the spectral shape (and its evolution) over a broad energy range and how does this constrain models of acceleration? Are there spectral roll-overs, breaks?
  • Is there a relationship between the anisotropic phase and it’s evolution with time and the spectral shape (and its evolution)? 
  • Do all GLEs exhibit an anisotropic phase? What about sub-GLEs? Isotropy at later times appears to be universal. 
  • What spectral features and/or pitch angle differences do we expect between GLE events that are well-connected. such as 2012 May 17, and other events (not necessarily GLEs) originating from the eastern hemisphere, e.g., 2012 March 7?
  • Several of the GLEs in cycle 24 are associated with high-energy gamma-ray observations from Fermi/LAT. How or do the gamma-ray observations influence our understanding of GLE particle acceleration? Are the particles in the flare and those in space related, and how?

SHINE 2016
Workshop Dates: July 21st-25th, 2016
(Student Day August 20th)
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Early Bird Registration Fee: $425
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 20th
Late Registration: $475
Deadline for student support: April 29st
Deadline for abstract submission: June 9th
Hotel Reservation Deadline: June 9th

All queries about the session should be sent to
Georgia de Nolfo [email protected]

NASA/Goddard Heliospheric Physics Division
Greenbelt, MD, 20771

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International School of Space Science Course on “Planetary Interiors” – L’Aquila, Italy, September 12 – 16, 2016

Francesco Berrilli
26 Apr 2016

Course on “Planetary Interiors”

The International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale organizes a Course on “Planetary Interiors”, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, September 12-16, 2016, directed by L. Iess, T. Van Hoolst, W. Pecorella.

The school is designed for PhD students, young post-doctoral researchers, and engineers working in planetary sciences or instrument development for planetary missions. The school will provide an integrated overview of our current understanding of the interior structure and evolution of planets and satellites, focusing on three complementary modules: 1) theoretical models, 2) observational methods and measurements, 3) space instrumentation. The school intends to contribute to the development of a new generation of planetary scientists and engineers motivated by two major upcoming missions of the European Space Agency, BepiColombo to Mercury in 2018 and JUICE to Jupiter and its satellites in 2022, and several other planetary missions (including NASA’s JUNO and InSight missions to Jupiter and Mars) designed to probe the interior of planets and moons. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, the school will explain how current and future planetary missions will be able to broaden our knowledge of the interior structure, dynamics, and evolution of solar system bodies.  Mission perspectives and challenges on short and longer term will be discussed, and links with exoplanetary research will be explored.

Applications are due before June 12, 2016.

For more information visit or send an e-mail to [email protected]

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IAU Symposium 328 “Living Around Active Stars” – Metcalf Award Application Deadline Approaching

Sarah Gibson
27 Apr 2016

We are pleased to solicit applications for a Thomas Metcalf Travel Award to support the participation of two early­ career scientists in the upcoming IAU Symposium 328 “Living Around Active Stars”. This meeting will take place October 17 – 21, 2016, in Maresias, Brazil.  Further information about the meeting can be found at

To be eligible, applicants must be members of the Solar Physics Division (, and be within 4 years post-PhD or no more than 1 year pre-PhD at the time of the meeting.  The criteria for selection will be scientific excellence, potential for future contribution to the field of solar physics, and relevance of the applicants work to the symposium topic.

We anticipate funding two Metcalf Lecturers via a $1750 grant for travel and local expenses, along with a registration waiver.  The successful candidates will give invited talks and be profiled in the meeting program and introduced as Metcalf Lecturers. After the meeting, the two lecturers must provide the SPD Metcalf committee with a one-page summary of their work suitable for public distribution on the Metcalf Award web site (

Please send applications consisting of a cover letter, abstract for a talk, a short CV, and name and email address of one reference whom we may contact.  Please send these materials to
no later than May 7, 2016.

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Fifteenth RHESSI Workshop – Reminder – May 10 Abstract Submission

Gordon Emslie
28 Apr 2016

The next RHESSI Workshop (number XV in the series) will be held in Graz, Austria, from July 26-30, 2016. Topics include integration of RHESSI and IRIS observations, analysis of RHESSI/Fermi data, the SXR and EUV response of the solar atmosphere to flare heating, joint radio/HXR studies, next steps in RHESSI imaging, and theory and modeling of flare processes.

This workshop is now open for registration/abstract submission at

The deadline for registration is May 10, so please take a few moments to register and submit an abstract so that the group leaders can better define the scientific program for this workshop.

I look forward to seeing you in Austria this summer !

Gordon Emslie
RHESSI Workshop Convenor

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IRIS-6 – Final Announcement

Jorrit Leenaarts
29 Apr 2016

The participation registration deadline for the IRIS-6 workshop is May 15, 2016. We still accept poster contributions. Please visit to register and see the program and list of attendees.

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

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IAU Symposium 327 “Fine Scale and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere” – Second Announcement – October 9 – 14, 2016, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Santiago Vargas Domínguez
29 Apr 2016

On behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee, we invite you to Register and Submit an Abstract for the International Astronomical Union Symposium 327 (IAUS327) on “Fine Scale and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere”, which will be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, October 9 – 14, 2016.

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

The website for registration, abstract submission, hotel and further program details is:

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

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

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

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

Important Dates:
Early Registration Deadline: June 20, 2016
Abstract Deadline: July 20, 2015
Early Registration Fee (before June 20): Students 200 USD / Others 280 USD

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

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

Local Organising Committee: Benjamiín Calvo Mozo (OAN, Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Jose Gregorio Portilla Barbosa (OAN, Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Juan Manuel Tejeiro Sarmiento (OAN, Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Cristian Góez Theraín (Universidad Libre, Universidad Antonio Nariño), Javier Montoya (Universidad de Cartagena), Jaime Bernal (Universidad Tecnológica de Bolivar), Andrés Torres (Instituto Tecnológico de Medellín), José Iván Campos Rozo (OAN, Universidad Nacional de Colombia).

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IAU Symposium 327 – Thomas Metcalf Travel Award

Santiago Vargas Domínguez
30 Apr 2016

We are pleased to announce the reception of applications for the Thomas Metcalf Travel Award to support the participation of two early­ career scientists in the next IAU Symposium 327 “Fine Structure and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere” to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, October 9-14, 2015.

Further information about the IAUS327 can be found at

To be eligible, applicants must be members of the Solar Physics Division (, and have been awarded their PhD within 4 years of the meeting date or be a student within one year of completing their degree.

The criteria for selection will be scientific excellence, potential for future contribution to the field of solar physics, and relevance of the applicants work to the symposium topic.

We can support funding for two Metcalf Lecturers ($1750 grant for travel and expenses). Furthermore, registration fee will be waived. The successful candidates will give invited talks as Metcalf Lecturers.

After the meeting, the granted participants must provide the SPD Metcalf committee with a one-page summary of their work appropriate for public distribution on the Metcalf Award web site (

Please send applications, i.e. a cover letter, title and abstract for an oral contribution, a short CV, and name and email address of one reference whom we may contact. Please send the application to [email protected], no later than June 10, 2016.

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First Workshop on Astronomy Beyond the Common Senses for Accessibility and Inclusion

Santiago Vargas Domínguez
30 Apr 2016

As part of the CC1 activities and in particular of the objectives of the WG3: Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion, we have the pleasure to announce the first workshop on Astronomy Beyond the Common Senses for Accessibility and Inclusion.  This is an interdisciplinary meeting with participation from astronomers, educators and disability specialists.

This workshop provides an opportunity to develop new strategies, work toward specific objectives, share experiences, discuss recent applications, and participate in workshops that were developed for audiences with disabilities.

The workshop will be developed as part of the LARIM 2016 (, on October 8th, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and with the support from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Bogotá-Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cartagena, Parque Explora y Planetario de Medellín, Idartes – Planetario de Bogotá.

We have also the pleasure to have as chair of the SOC, the help of Wanda Diaz-Merced, a blind astronomer, associated member of the Division C.

For further information about the meeting please visit or send your request to: [email protected]

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SPD 2016 – Scientific Program & Other Meeting Updates

Valentín Martínez Pillet
30 Apr 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Some important information and updates about the upcoming 47th Solar Physics Division Meeting in Boulder, CO (

• The scientific program has been published. See, or browse it (including abstracts) at;

• The reservation deadline for SPD-designated hotels is *May 6, 2016*. See;

• The standard online registration deadline is *May 16, 2016*. After this deadline, registration will only be available in person at the meeting.

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Aimee Norton
01 May 2015

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