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Volume XXVI, Issue 10


Table of Contents

1. EarthCube Solicitation NSF 16-514

2. NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR)

3. Plasma 2020 Decadal Assessment: Call for White Papers - Extended Deadline March 8

4. SCOSTEP Next Scientific Program (NSP) Call for Feedback

5. MEETING: Applied Space Environments Conference 2019, Los Angeles, CA, 12 – 17 May 2019

6. MEETING: VarSITI Closing Symposium, June 10-14, 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria -- Deadlines Approaching

7. MEETING: Seventh Space Climate Symposium: Future of Solar Activity, 8-11 July 2019, Orford, Canada

8. MEETING: Machine Learning in Heliophysics, Amsterdam (NL) -- 2nd Announcement: Deadline 1st April

9. pfsspy: A python Package for PFSS Modelling

10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position at ISEE, Nagoya University in Japan


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


EarthCube Solicitation NSF 16-514

From: Irfan Azeem (sazeem at nsf.gov)

EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system. The following opportunities for support are described in Amendment VII to this solicitation. An informational webinar will provide more information on the support available.

Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16514 

- EarthCube Science-Enabling Data Capabilities – Deadline date: March 5, 2019
- Research Coordination Networks (RCN) – Target date: March 14, 2019
- Science adoption supplement requests – Contact an EarthCube Program Director
- Data resource adoption supplement requests – Contact an EarthCube Program Director

Informational webinar: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 2 PM EST 


NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR)

From: Irfan Azeem (sazeem at nsf.gov)

NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. The HDR vision is realized through an interrelated set of activities and funding opportunities.  Each of these efforts is designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the emerging field of data science.

Deadline Updates for HDR Solicitations:
Due to the recent 35-day lapse in appropriations and shutdown of the agency, NSF will be extending the deadline dates for the HDR solicitations noted below:

Pub ID / Title / Original Deadline / Submission Type / New Deadline Date:

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Ideas Labs (I-DIRSE-IL)
Preliminary proposals

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC)
Full proposals

HDR Webinar
NSF has scheduled a webinar providing an overview of the current HDR funding opportunities:

Event Title: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Information Webinar
Date/Time:  February 15, 2019 – 1:00pm until 3:00pm Eastern Time

• Register in Advance at URL: https://nsf2.webex.com/nsf2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e825991c55703f366add84da206f055b3
• Audio Options:  Connect using computer audio.  Alternatively, choose call-me and enter your phone number to receive a call back, or call-in using USA/Canada Toll: +1-510-210-8882 or Toll-Free: 1-844-700-9959 and event number/access code 900 748 538.
• Real-time Captions: View real-time captions the day of the event at: www.fedrcc.us/ by clicking “Join Now” and entering event ID # 3912679.

Further information on these opportunities, and others available to geoscientists, can also be found on the NSF webpage for “Cyberinfrastructure for the Geosciences” (https://www.nsf.gov/geo/geo-ci/index.jsp).


Plasma 2020 Decadal Assessment: Call for White Papers - Extended Deadline March 8

From: Gary P Zank (garyp.zank at gmail.com)

Dear Colleague,

The US National Academies Decadal Assessment of Plasma Science (http://nas.edu/plasma) - Plasma 2020 – has extended the deadline for white papers to March 8 owing to the government shutdown.  We look forward to receiving your input.  The original call for white papers follows.

The US National Academies has recently started the Decadal Assessment of Plasma Science (http://nas.edu/plasma) - Plasma 2020.  As with the previous decadal assessment, Plasma 2010 (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/bpa/BPA_048210), the Plasma 2020 report will provide an overview of accomplishments in all fields of plasma science and technology during the previous decade, and provide guidance on the most critical science challenges leading to societal benefit to be addressed in the coming decade.  As with Plasma 2010, we expect the Plasma 2020 report to be highly influential in establishing priorities for plasma focused agencies, both in the US and internationally.   The Plasma 2020 committee invites the US and international plasma science and technology communities to submit white papers addressing past accomplishments, future science challenges, opportunities to provide societal benefit, needed interdisciplinary collaborations and means to enhance careers in the fields of plasma science and technology.  The white papers will be a major source of input to the committee.  Instructions for submitting white papers are at the bottom of http://nas.edu/plasma. Please submit white papers by [now March 8].  Questions can addressed to the study Director, Christopher Jones (cjjones at nas.edu) or the co-chairs of the study.

Gary Zank, Co-chair Plasma 2020 (garyp.zank at gmail.com)
Mark J. Kushner, Co-chair Plasma 2020 (mjkush at umich.edu)


SCOSTEP Next Scientific Program (NSP) Call for Feedback

From: Ioannis A. Daglis (iadaglis at phys.uoa.gr)

Dear Colleagues,

this is the second call for community feedback for SCOSTEP’s Next Scientific Program (NSP), which will cover the period from 2019 to 2022.  
The updated document describing the NSP is accessible at:

The NSP committee invites feedback from the scientific community, in the form of white papers, or short comments, which should be uploaded to the "Community Feedback Folder": 

until February 24 at the latest, in order to be considered for discussion at the SCOSTEP NSP Forum that will be held at the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland, on February 25-27.

Your feedback is very much appreciated.


MEETING: Applied Space Environments Conference 2019, Los Angeles, CA, 12 – 17 May 2019

From: Joseph Minow (joseph.minow at nasa.gov)

The Applied Space Environments Conference (ASE) 2019 will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel in Universal City (Los Angeles), California from 12th to 17th May 2019.  ASEC is a forum for the space environment engineering and applied space science community to discuss the discipline’s ability to support current space programs and to identify gaps in knowledge and technology needs required to meet future space exploration goals.  Abstract submission and registration is now open.

ASEC 2019:  https://sti.usra.edu/ASEC2019/

Conveners:  Insoo Jun/JPL, Linda Neergaard Parker/USRA, and Joseph Minow/NASA


MEETING: VarSITI Closing Symposium, June 10-14, 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria -- Deadlines Approaching

From: Kazuo Shiokawa (shiokawa at nagoya-u.jp)

This is a reminder that the deadlines for VarSITI Closing Symposium (http://newserver.stil.bas.bg/VarSITI2019/) are quickly approaching:

Pre-registration: 1 March 2019
(NOTE: Please complete your pre-registration before you can submit an abstract)

Abstract submission: 31 March

Financial support applications: 1 March
(NOTE: Please submit an abstract before applying for support).


MEETING: Seventh Space Climate Symposium: Future of Solar Activity, 8-11 July 2019, Orford, Canada

From: Cassandra Bolduc, Paul Charbonneau, Kalevi Mursula, Ilya Usoskin (ilya.usoskin at oulu.fi)

Space Climate 7: Future of Solar Activity
8-11 July 2019, Orford, Canada:

The 7th Space Climate Symposium will be held on 8-11 July 2019 in Canton Orford, in Québec's beautiful Eastern townships, about one hour drive from Montréal. 

The scientific program includes the following sessions (and confirmed speakers so far):
Solar dynamo as a driver of space climate (S. Brun, M. Schüssler, J. Warnecke)
Long-term solar activity (H. Hayakawa, A. Muñoz-Jaramillo, A. Pevtsov, K. Tapping) 
Solar photosphere and TSI/SSI (N. Krivova, T. Woods) 
Solar cycle prediction (M. Dikpati, J. Jiang, D. Pesnell, K. Petrovay, L. Upton) 
Solar corona, solar wind and heliosphere (P. Manoharan, G. Petrie, A. Rouillard)
Solar wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere interaction (A. Chambodut, A. Pulkkinen, C. Rodger) 
Solar Influence on atmosphere and climate (M. Mlynczak, M. Sinnhuber, B. Tinsley)

For registration, abstract submission, accommodation, airport shuttle and else, see the meeting web page:


IMPORTANT DATE: 28 February 2019

This is the early registration deadline. Fee will raise on 1 March 2019. 

28 February 2019 is also the submission deadline for abstracts to be considered for a contributed oral presentation. Abstracts for poster presentations can be submitted even later, as long as space for posters or conference premises are filled up. 
NOTE: Conference capacity is limited to 120 participants so register and send your abstract as early as possible.

Please let us know (spaceclimate7 at astro.umontreal.ca) as early as possible if you need an invitation letter for visa application. Note also that meeting participants from countries not requiring an entry visa may still have to file in an Electronic Travel Authorization. See meeting web site for more details. Do not delay visa application, this can be a lengthy process depending on your nationality, country of residence, and/or dual-citizenship status.

Canton Orford is a small countryside village, with no public transportation and very limited taxi services. We highly recommend securing accommodation at the meeting venue, Hotel Estrimont Suites & SPA, taking advantage of the housing package offered. 
Please book early, as the Hotel's capacity is limited.


MEETING: Machine Learning in Heliophysics, Amsterdam (NL) -- 2nd Announcement: Deadline 1st April

From: Enrico Camporeale (enrico.camporeale at colorado.edu)

We are pleased to invite you to the conference ‘Machine Learning in Heliophysics’ to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from September 16-20, 2019.

Conference Website:

Abstract submission is now open (deadline 1st April) 

The goal of this first ML- Helio conference is to leverage the advancements happening in disciplines such as machine learning, deep learning, statistical analysis, system identification, and information theory, in order to address long-standing questions and enable a higher scientific return on the wealth of available heliospheric data.

We aim at bringing together a cross-disciplinary research community:  physicists in solar, heliospheric, magnetospheric, and aeronomy fields as well as computer and data scientists. ML- Helio will focus on the development of data science techniques needed to tackle fundamental problems in space weather forecasting, inverse estimation of physical parameters, automatic event identification, feature detection and tracking, times series analysis of dynamical systems, combination of physics-based model with machine learning techniques, surrogate models and uncertainty quantification.
See the website for a list of topics covered.

The conference will consists of classic-style lectures, complemented by hands-on tutorials on Python tools and data resources available to the heliophysics machine learning community.

Enrico Camporeale -- on behalf of the SOC


pfsspy: A python Package for PFSS Modelling

From: David Stansby (david.stansby14 at imperial.ac.uk)

pfsspy, a new python package for computing Potential Field Source Solutions, has just had its first release (0.1). This package builds on code written by Anthony Yeates (https://github.com/antyeates1983/pfss) to provide an accessible, documented, and freely available code for calculating PFSS solutions in python.

pfsspy can be installed from PyPi using

        pip install pfsspy

Documentation can be found here:

and two examples of use here:

Any suggestions or bugs can be reported on the issue tracker: https://github.com/dstansby/pfsspy/issues


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position at ISEE, Nagoya University in Japan

From: Yuichi Otsuka (otsuka at isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp)

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University

Project for Solar-Terrestrial Environment Prediction (PSTEP; http://www.pstep.jp/) is a nation-wide research collaboration supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas from MEXT/Japan. PSTEP aims to contribute to building a next-generation space weather forecast system to prepare for severe space weather disasters by answering some of the fundamental questions concerning the solar-terrestrial environmental system. Successful candidates will work under a project “Solar-Terrestrial Environment Prediction as Science and Social Infrastructure” of PSTEP. The successful candidates are required 
(1) to mainly analyze the Arase data on radiation belts and inner magnetosphere to compare them with results from the radiation belt simulations in order to contribute understanding and predictions process on variations of the outer belt electrons, or
(2) to mainly analyze ground-based GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and optical measurement data to compare them with outputs from a whole atmosphere-ionosphere coupled model, GAIA (Ground-to-topside model of Atmosphere and Ionosphere for Aeronomy) in order to contribute to prediction of the ionospheric variations.

Job requirements and Qualifications
1. Work location: Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University
2. Appointment conditions:
 (1)Position: Postdoctoral researcher
 (2)Salary: Approx. 400,000JPY/month
 (3)Work hours: 38.75 hours/week
 (4)Insurance enrollment: Health insurance, Welfare pension, Employment insurance, Workers compensation insurance
3. Research area: magnetospheric physics or ionospheric physics
4. Number of persons:  2 
5. Qualifications: Applicants must satisfy all of the following conditions:
 (1) Holds a doctoral degree or is expected to earn a doctoral degree, and
 (2) does not have other primary occupation or is not a graduate student or a researcher at the time of start of the employment.
6. Starting date: May 1, 2019 or later at the earliest possible time
7. Term of employment: Up to March 31, 2020
8. Application deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019 (Japan standard time)
9. Screening process: Document screening and, if necessary, interview
10. Application materials:
 (1) Curriculum Vitae
 (2) Summary of research achievements (up to two A4 sheets)
 (3) List of publication and research activity
 (4) PDF files of the three most important publications
 (5) Research plan (up to two A4 sheets)
 (6) Name and contact of two professional references
 (7) Possible starting date

11. Method of application:
Applicants should send application materials to the email address below with “Application to PSTEP Post-Doc” in the subject heading. 
   Submission email address:  application-pstep-pd at stdb2.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp
After submission, applicants should make further inquiries if a confirmation email is not received within three days of their submission. 

12. Inquiries:
Prof. Yoshizumi Miyoshi or Dr. Yuichi Otsuka
Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University 
F3-3 (250), Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8601, Japan
E-mail: miyoshi(at)isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp or otsuka(at)isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp
   (replace (at) with @)

13: Remarks: 
Personal information provided in relation to the application will be used only for the purpose of screening. Upon completion of the screening, all personal information, except for information of those who passed the screening, will be discarded responsibly. In addition, Institute for Space– Earth Environmental Research is an active promotor of Gender Equality. Browse the web page below for more detail. http://www.kyodo-sankaku.provost.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/

The contents herein are originally created in Japanese. If any discrepancies do exist, the original Japanese version shall prevail.


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