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Volume XXVIII, Issue 31


Table of Contents

1. MEETING: Virtual Fireballs Workshop #1 on Fireball Databases and Machine Learning

2. MEETING: Parker Solar Probe Scholars – Second Meeting August 17-18, 2021

3. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

4. CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue in Physics of Plasmas on "Plasma Physics from the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission”

5. PhD Position in Space Physics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


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


MEETING: Virtual Fireballs Workshop #1 on Fireball Databases and Machine Learning

From: Ute Amerstorfer (ute.amerstorfer at oeaw.ac.at)

In cooperation with Europlanet, a series of four workshops that will bring together different networks of fireballs observers as well as machine learning experts is planned over the next two years. This series aims to culminate into i) the development of a common data format and/or common entry point to the observational data of the different fireballs networks, and ii) machine learning science cases for meteor observations.

The first of these workshops will take place virtually on 11-12 June 2021 and aims towards
(1) introducing and discussing the different fireballs networks, databases and data formats with a strong focus on its technical aspects; (2) discussing and exploring the possibilities of a common data format and/or a common entry point to all data; (3) discussing and identifying machine learning science cases for fireball observations.

The workshop will also introduce and discuss Europlanet, its Virtual Observatory for planetary sciences (VESPA) and the support it can offer to the fireballs community. Through EPN-TAP services, VESPA currently provides access to more than 50 decentralised databases worldwide, and it might be one option for a common entry point to the different fireballs networks that will be explored over the course of the workshop. In addition, Europlanet also provides support for the development of machine learning science cases, and the fireballs community is invited to discuss potential use cases during the second half of the first meeting. As an outcome, this workshop intends to provide an outline for the next months and to define first tasks towards the overarching meeting goals. The second workshop of the series is intended to be organized in autumn 2021.

Workshop Details:
Date: 11-12 June 2021
Workshop Program: bit.ly/3w5kyvg
Registration: bit.ly/3szo1jp

The registration is open until 31 May 2021. 
Organizing Committee: Manuel Scherf (manuel.scherf at oeaw.ac.at, europlanet-iwf at oeaw.ac.at), Ute Amerstorfer (ute.amerstorfer at oeaw.ac.at), Detlef Koschny (detlef.koschny at esa.int), Günter Kargl (guenter.kargl at oeaw.ac.at) 


MEETING: Parker Solar Probe Scholars – Second Meeting August 17-18, 2021

From: Nour E. Raouafi (Nour.Raouafi at jhuapl.edu)

Parker Solar Probe Scholars is a regular and open virtual meeting series aiming to promote heliophysics research by early-career scientists. The new platform will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, etc., to showcase their research, advance their careers, foster collaborations, and seek help when needed. It is also meant to promote diversity and interest in heliophysics, particularly recent space missions and ground-based observatories (e.g., Parker Solar Probe, Solar Orbiter, and DKIST), and do so in a friendly and collegial environment.

The second PSP Scholars meeting will be on August 17-18, 2021. All information about the meeting series (e.g., how to join the mailing list, present your work, and attend the meetings) is available at the Parker Solar Probe Scholars website: https://sppgway.jhuapl.edu/psp_scholars.
Contributions can be submitted through https://sppgway.jhuapl.edu/psp_scholars_abstract.

For further information, questions, and suggestions, contact Nour E. Raouafi (PSP Project Scientist, Nour.Raouafi at jhuapl.edu).


Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

From: Jason Shuster (magnetosphere.seminars at gmail.com)

We invite you to join us every Monday at 12pm (ET) for the weekly Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series.

On Monday, May 24, Christopher Balch will present on "NOAA’s Regional Geoelectric Field Modeling Project - Mitigating Space Weather Impacts on the Power Grid". A link to join the seminar via Zoom or YouTube can be found on our home page:
The password to join the Zoom seminar is: Mag at 1

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, on May 31 there will be no seminar.

The following week on June 7, Yihua Zheng is scheduled to give a presentation about the space weather capabilities of the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC).

You can view the current 2021 schedule here:

Add your name to our mailing list here:

Read about previous talks here:


CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue in Physics of Plasmas on "Plasma Physics from the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission”

From: Julia E. Stawarz, Kevin Genestreti (j.stawarz at imperial.ac.uk)

We are seeking submissions for a special topic in Physics of Plasmas on "Plasma Physics from the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission”. 

Website: https://publishing.aip.org/publications/journals/special-topics/php/plasma-physics-from-the-magnetospheric-multiscale-mission/
Submission Deadline: 30 July 2021
Guest Editors: Julia E. Stawarz (Imperial College London) & Kevin Genestreti (Southwest Research Institute) 

This Special Topic highlights new understandings of the plasma physics learned from Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) investigations. We welcome observational, theoretical and computational papers based on the unique capabilities of the MMS spacecraft and instruments, including the small-scale three-dimensional structure and dynamics of magnetic reconnection, the processes that energize particles, and the development of understanding that contributes to prediction and govern space weather. 

Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- The plasma physics regulating the rate and cause of reconnection observed by MMS
- The 3D structure of the electron diffusion region
- The role of plasma turbulence in the reconnection observed by MMS
- Acceleration of particles during reconnection
- The interconnection of small scales to large scale dynamics
- Novel instruments with application in the study of heliospheric plasma


PhD Position in Space Physics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

From: Nickolay Ivchenko (nickolay at kth.se)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm is looking for a PhD student to investigate electron heating and energetic electron generation at collisionless shocks using data from the NASA multi-spacecraft mission MMS.

More details and application instructions are available here: 

Deadline for application: 7 June 2021.

Please contact Nickolay Ivchenko (nickolay at kth.se) with any questions about the position.


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