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Volume XXVI, Issue 11


Table of Contents

1. Nominations for Union Awards - Deadline March 15

2. Faculty Development in the Space Sciences

3. AOGS Abstract Deadline Extended to February 19

4. MEETING: 2019 5th MMS Community Science Workshop and SWT, Biarritz, France,  October 22-24, 2019

5. MEETING: AGS 2019-Space Weather, Cairo, Egypt, March 25-28, 2019 -- Abstract Deadline Extended to March 1

6. Summer School on "Natural Space Risks"

7. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Dundee (UK)


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


Nominations for Union Awards - Deadline March 15

From: Christina Cohen (cohen at srl.caltech.edu)

Our community has an abundance extraordinary scientists, some of which you may know personally.  I urge you to nominate these deserving individuals for one of the appropriate AGU Union awards.

The deadline for nomination submission is March 15 (honors.agu.org/awards-medals-prizes)

Awards to consider include:

Spilhaus Award (honors.agu.org/medals-awards/athelstan-spilhaus-award) - given in recognition of ‘enhancement of the public engagement with Earth and space sciences.’

Africa Award (honors.agu.org/medals-awards/africa-awards-for-research-excellence-in-earth-and-space-science) - given to an early career scientist from the African continent in recognition of ‘completing significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in space science.’

Lal Medal (honors.agu.org/medals-awards/devendra-lal-memorial-medal) - given in recognition of ‘outstanding Earth and/or space sciences research by a scientist belonging to and working in a developing country.’

Macelwane Medal (honors.agu.org/medals-awards/james-b-macelwane) - given in recognition for ‘significant significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding early career scientist.’

Simpson Medal (honors.agu.org/medals-awards/joanne-simpson-medal-mid-career-scientists) - given in recognition of ‘significant contributions to the Earth and space sciences by an outstanding mid-career scientist.’

Fleming Medal (honors.agu.org/medals-awards/john-adam-fleming) - given in recognition for ‘original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and/or related sciences.’

Bowie Medal (honors.agu.org/medals-awards/william-bowie) - given in recognition for “outstanding contributions for fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research.”


Faculty Development in the Space Sciences

From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

The Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences is pleased to offer awards for the creation of new tenure-track faculty positions within the intellectual disciplines which comprise the space sciences to ensure the health and vitality of solar and space sciences on university teaching faculties. The aim of these awards is to integrate research topics in solar and space physics into basic physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, geoscience, meteorology, computer science, and applied mathematics programs, and to develop space physics graduate programs capable of training the next generation of leaders in this field. Space Science is interdisciplinary in nature and the Faculty Development in the Space Sciences awardees will be expected to establish partnerships within the university community. NSF funding will support the entire academic year salary and benefits of the newly recruited tenure-track faculty member for a duration of up to five years with a total award amount not to exceed $1,500,000.

Full solicitation at

HTML - https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19558/nsf19558.htm
PDF - https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19558/nsf19558.pdf


AOGS Abstract Deadline Extended to February 19

From: Takehiko Satoh, AOGS 2019 Program Chair (info at asiaoceania.org)

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended for a week till 19 February by considering the impacts from the Lunar New Year holidays. Therefore, the door is still open for all members' abstract submission.


MEETING: 2019 5th MMS Community Science Workshop and SWT, Biarritz, France,  October 22-24, 2019

From: Benoit Lavraud (Benoit.Lavraud at irap.omp.eu)

The 5th Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) community science workshop will be held on October 22-24, 2019, in Biarritz, France. This workshop is open to the broad scientific community with interest in magnetic reconnection and other, MMS-related, science topics. Breakout sessions for the MMS SWT and other team meetings will be held on Monday 21, and the full community science workshop will be on October 22-24. All sessions will be located at the Conference Center "Le Bellevue" in the center of town.

- Early registration deadline is August 31, 2019 at 350 Euros. Registration is 450 Euros thereafter.
- Abstract and submission deadline is currently set on September 30, 2019

You may already register and submit your abstract on the Workshop web site:


See you soon in Biarritz!

Science Organizing Committee:
Jim Burch, Tai Phan, Sergio Toledo-Redondo, and Benoit Lavraud 


MEETING: AGS 2019-Space Weather, Cairo, Egypt, March 25-28, 2019 -- Abstract Deadline Extended to March 1

From: Ayman Mahrous (Director at spaceweather.edu.eg)

Dear Colleagues

We are pleased to invite you to the conference 'African Geophysical Society (AGS) Conference on Space Weather 2019', to be held in Cairo, EGYPT, from 25-28 March 2019.
Space weather is a global challenge that requires improved and sustained international coordination to respond to severe space weather events.
There is a need for advanced space weather models, forecast tools and data-sharing, which is the main concern of AGS2019 sessions. 
AGS2019 sessions will discuss the global forecast, nowcast and space weather warning capabilities needed to improve predictions and preparedness for space weather events.  
In the context of that topic, AGS2019 will height the need of more international cooperation and effort toward establishing a global space weather warning network.
In addition to the enrichment of scientific knowledge and research capability committed to the young African researchers , 
ASG2019 would be an effective tool to raise the awareness on impacts of space weather phenomenon among African policymakers, designers and engineers.

• Solar active phenomena
• Space Weather prediction and forecasting
• Ionospheric Irregularities and Geomagnetic Disturbances
• GNSS and Communication systems
• Space Environment effects on Satellite Systems
• Space Weather and Climate Change
• Space Weather Hazards

The excellent Conference Venue is located in Cataract Pyramids Resort;5 star international standard hotel; which has unique location with beautiful panorama of the great Pyramids.

Registration/Abstract (Deadline Extended to 1 March) 

Kindly circulate this announcement between your colleagues.

Hope to see you soon in Egypt.

Ayman Mahrous
AGS2019 Local Coordinator


Summer School on "Natural Space Risks"

From: Carine Briand (carine.briand at obspm.fr)

This summer school aims at providing undergraduated and master students with an intensive training on all Earth natural space risks. The programme will address space weather, space debris, near-Earth objects, and their societal impacts. Resilience aspects will also be tackled by researchers and by experts from the civil society.

During this one-week school students will have a mix of academic lectures and hands-on sessions on orbitography, solar observations, and applied data reduction and analysis, during splinter sessions. The lectures and the hand-on sessions will be run by experts coming from all over Europe; experts from the industry will explain the importance of natural space risks for their activities. This school is a unique opportunity to meet academic and non-academic researchers at the early stage of a career. 

Paris Observatory will host the summer school from August 26th to August 31, 2019. 

Applications should be submitted by email to nsr-2019 at sciencesconf.org by April 15th, 2019 (17:00 Paris time). All information regarding the submission process can be found on: https://nsr-2019.sciencesconf.org/


JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Dundee (UK)

From: David Pontin (d.i.pontin at dundee.ac.uk)

The School of Science and Engineering in Dundee invites applications for a faculty position (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader, corresponding to Assistant Professor/Associate Professor) for a joint position between Physics and Mathematics in a field which complements the existing research strengths in solar magnetohydrodynamics, scientific computing, exoplanet systems and star formation (see https://www.dundee.ac.uk/scienceengineering). 

For further details see https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BQA484/lecturer-in-mathematics-and-physics-astrophysics-teaching-and-research    

The closing date is the 20th of March 2019. For further information about this position, please contact  Gunnar Hornig (g.hornig at dundee.ac.uk).


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