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Volume XXVI, Issue 76


Table of Contents

1. MEETING: "Cometary Science: from Rosetta to Comet Interceptor and beyond”, 23-27 November 2020, Nice, France -- First Announcement

2. JASTP Special Issue: The Plasma Physics of the Magnetosphere

3. AACGM-v2 Update

4. The 2nd ISEE Award to UCSD IPS Group

5. JOB OPENING: Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Space Physics at UiT

6. JOB OPENING: Research Associate in Solar Physics at the University of Colorado/NOAA in Boulder, CO


Announcement Submission Website: http://goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g


MEETING: "Cometary Science: from Rosetta to Comet Interceptor and beyond”, 23-27 November 2020, Nice, France -- First Announcement

From: Pierre HENRI (pierre.henri at oca.eu)

We are pleased to announce the Conference "Cometary Science: from Rosetta to Comet Interceptor and beyond" to be held 23-27 November 2020 in Nice, France. 

The conference will focus on the various scientific aspects of cometary science, including both the current state of knowledge and the prospects for future endeavours. Practical details will be provided on the conference website in February 2020, together with a call for contributions. Registration will open in March 2020.

Please mark now your calendar for 23-27 November 2020 and forward this information to those who are interested in comet-related science. 

Pierre Henri (Lagrange, OCA, UCA, CNRS, Nice, France & LPC2E, CNRS, Orléans, France), 
Chrysa Avdellidou (Lagrange, OCA, UCA, CNRS, Nice, France), 
Christelle Briois (LPC2E, Univ. Orléans, Orléans, France), 
Guilbert-Lepoutre Aurélie (LGL-TPE, ENS Lyon, CNRS, Lyon, France)
Marco Delbo (Lagrange, OCA, UCA, CNRS, Nice, France), 
Uwe Meierhenrich (ICN, UCA, Nice, France), 
Patrick Michel (Lagrange, OCA, UCA, CNRS, Nice, France), 
Alessandro Morbidelli (Lagrange, OCA, UCA, CNRS, Nice, France), 
Colin Snodgrass (Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, United Kingdom). 
Matt Taylor (ESTEC, ESA, The Netherlands), 
Cecilia Tubiana (MPG, Göttingen, Germany)


JASTP Special Issue: The Plasma Physics of the Magnetosphere

From: Joe Borovsky (jborovsky at spacescience.org)

Special Issue of Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics on “The Plasma Physics of the Magnetosphere”

Several new spacecraft missions are becoming mature with research accomplishments in the plasma physics of the magnetosphere. The MMS mission is making unprecedented progress on the microphysics of reconnection, Van Allen Probes has made recent great progress on the physics of the plasma waves that accelerate the Earth’s radiation-belt particles, the Cluster mission has studied the plasma boundaries of the magnetosphere at a level beyond the past, THEMIS continues to make progress on the understanding of the large-scale plasma physics of the magnetosphere. Additionally, there are new global and local plasma simulation codes that have recently come online. And the space-plasma-physics community continues to develop new understanding, new ideas, and new questions. Still there are many outstanding questions about the plasma physics of the magnetosphere. A special issue of JASTP is now open to receive papers highlighting our understanding of (or lack of understanding of) the plasma physics phenomena that determine the dynamics of the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere, and of the solar wind, including the diverse plasmas of the magnetosphere and how they interact with each other by plasma waves and other plasma processes.

Submission Deadline is April 1, 2020

Guest Editors:
     Joe Borovsky
     Gian Luca Delzanno
     Pablo Moya
     Marina Stepanova
     Juan Alejandro Valdivia

Submission directions:
1. The submission website for this journal is located at:
2. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, please select “VSI:Magneto Plasma Physics” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. 

Note that there are no length restrictions on papers for the special issue.


AACGM-v2 Update

From: Simon Shepherd (simon.shepherd at dartmouth.edu)

With the recent release of the 13th generation International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF-13) (https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/IAGA/vmod/igrf.html) an update to AACGM-v2 is now available at http://superdarn.thayer.dartmouth.edu/aacgm.html

The update includes new AACGM-v2 coefficients that extend the date range to 2025 and small changes to the software to accommodate the new date range and coefficient files.

Note that small differences in the IGRF-13 coefficients will cause corresponding small changes in AACGM-v2 coordinates derived using the new model for dates beginning in 2010.


The 2nd ISEE Award to UCSD IPS Group

From: Kanya Kusano (kusano at nagoya-u.jp)

Aiming to develop space-earth environmental research, promoting interdisciplinary research, and exploring the new discipline of space-earth environmental research, the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University is presenting an ISEE Award to a prominent research activity that is based on the ISEE Joint Research Program.

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd ISEE Award is awarded to UCSD IPS Group (Dr. B. V. Jackson, Dr. H.S. Yu, Dr. P. P. Hick, Dr. A. Buffington, and Dr. D. Odstrcil) for their great contribution to the space-earth environmental research through the studies on the improvement of space weather forecasting by the computer-assisted tomography of interplanetary scintillation data. The award ceremony and memorial lecture will be held as below.

Date & Time: January 29, 2020, 16:35-17:35
Place: ES hall of the ES building in the Nagoya University Higashiyama Campus
Speaker: Dr. Bernard V. Jackson (CASS/UCSD)
Title: Global Heliospheric Remote Sensing: A Brief Recent History
Web: http://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/topics/20191220.html

The citation and the career of the award winners:


JOB OPENING: Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Space Physics at UiT

From: Patrick Guio (p.guio at ucl.ac.uk)

Dear colleagues,

The Department of Physics and Technology at UiT in Tromso, Norway has a tenure-track position as Associate Professor in Space Physics available and hosted by the Department of Physics and Technology. The appointment is for a period of 6 years. Competitive start-up package is offered to the successful applicant.

More information about the position and application form are available at

Note that the deadline for application is 2nd February 2020.


JOB OPENING: Research Associate in Solar Physics at the University of Colorado/NOAA in Boulder, CO

From: Dan Seaton (daniel.seaton at noaa.gov)

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a Research Associate in Solar Physics supporting NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) work on the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) on the GOES-R mission satellites. The Space Weather Team within NCEI, is responsible for supporting NOAA’s space weather mission and for ensuring the operational and scientific utility of NOAA’s space environmental data. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R) is NOAA’s next generation of spacecraft, which includes a complement of space weather sensors to monitor the local space environment and the sun.

The selected candidate will help coordinate and participate in on-orbit calibration and validation of SUVI, stewardship of SUVI data, and the development of data tools and products, as well as conducting solar physics research using SUVI and other observations. They will also support the planning and development of NCEI’s role in the Compact Coronagraph (CCOR) to fly on NOAA’s upcoming GOES-U and Space Weather Follow-On (SWFO) missions. Applicants for this position should possess excellent scientific skills and a proven capacity for team leadership. Applicants should also possess strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills and the ability to translate scientific requirements and findings into traceable/actionable tasks. The position is located in the Solar Terrestrial Physics Section within NCEI at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO.

For complete details on the position or to apply see: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=23171

For questions about the position, contact Dr. Dan Seaton (daniel.seaton at noaa.gov).


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