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Volume XXIX, Issue 13


Table of Contents

1. Time to Nominate a Colleague for an AGU or SPA Award

2. Nominations Sought for National Academies Roundtable on Space Weather

3. Joint ESA/NASA Working Group

4. MEETING: ECLIPSE 2022 Meeting on March 9-11, 2022

5. MEETING: Decadal Preparation Workshop: The Future of Ground-Based Research for Magnetospheric and ITM Physics

6. MEETING: Future Solar and Heliospheric Assets for Space Weather Prediction: Instruments, Modelling and Machine-Learning, London, UK, April 22, 2022 - Abstract Submission Open

7. MEETING: Help Shape the Future of Heliophysics: Register for the 3rd Eddy Cross Disciplinary Symposium

8. MEETING: Cluster 22nd Anniversary Symposium: First Announcement

9. RBSP Online Seminar 25 February 12:00 ET US

10. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

11. Outer Heliosphere/LISM Online Discussion, Wednesday, March 2nd

12. Python in Heliophysics Community Summer School 2022: 30 May - 03 June

13. Deadline Extended: Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Solar, Terrestrial, and Space Weather Physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology

14. JOB OPENING: Lectureships (Assistant Professor Equivalent) in Digital Environment at QMUL

15. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Researcher in Solar Physics (2 Positions) at Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO


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


Time to Nominate a Colleague for an AGU or SPA Award

From: Geoff Reeves (Geoff at ReevesResearch.org)

It’s the time of year again when we all have an opportunity to recognize our friends and colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to our science and community. The nomination period for (most) awards is open now and closes on April 1. Putting together a successful nomination package takes time and effort so please start early. AGU subcontracts the web system “OpenWater” that processes nominations. We’ve been told it’s much improved over the past but I also suggest you get familiar with it and not wait until the last minute to submit your package.

Let me point out again the great resource we have in the form of SPA’s Nomination Task Force. The NTF was developed to increase the diversity of nominees for AGU Fellow but has expanded its scope and stands ready to help with any Union or Section award. If you’re new to leading a nomination and want some guidance the NTF and/or SPA Leadership Team can help with that too. (https://connect.agu.org/spa/committees/ntf)

Union awards that are of most relevance to SPA members are described at https://connect.agu.org/spa/awards/union-awards

SPA Section awards are described at https://connect.agu.org/spa/awards/section-awards

To start a nomination (or become familiar with OpenWater) start at https://aguhonors.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home From there choose Union Medals, Awards, and Prizes; Section Awards; or Union Fellows Program and log in using your AGU credentials.

If you submit a nomination for a Section Award you will find it under the “Awards” drop down menu under Space Physics and Aeronomy. Please note that the Space Weather and Nonlinear Physics award is listed but is no longer accepting nominations.

The link to submit a nomination for the Edmond M. Dewan Young Scientist (Graduate Student) Scholarship is particularly tricky. Most student awards will open this summer but the Dewan award is open now. For that award, start directly at https://agu.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/submissions/ The Dewan award is under “Submit an Application” then “Research Grant Opportunities”. Please contact AGU_Honors at agu.org directly if you have problems with the OpenWater system.


Nominations Sought for National Academies Roundtable on Space Weather

From: Art Charo (acharo at nas.edu)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is establishing the Space Weather Roundtable (referred to in Public Law No. 116-181 as the “Government-University-Commercial Roundtable on Space Weather”) to facilitate communication and knowledge transfer among government participants in the Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation (SWORM) Interagency Working Group, the academic community, and the commercial space weather sector.  We are seeking nominations, including self-nominations, for membership in this activity.  For details and to submit a nomination, please visit https://tinyurl.com/y7zmvqzs.  Nominations are requested by March 7, 2022, but will be accepted through March 14, 2022.


Joint ESA/NASA Working Group

From: John McCormack (John.p.mccormack at nasa.gov)

Call for Letters of Application for Membership in ESA/NASA Lower Thermosphere-Ionosphere Science (ENLoTIS) Working Group: DUE 11:59 hrs Central European Time 21 March 2022.

The ESA Earth Observation Science, Applications, and Climate Department, together with the Heliophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, is establishing an informal working group to cooperatively explore future lower thermosphere-ionosphere (LTI) satellite mission concepts, targeting very low altitude (100-200 km) in situ sampling of relevant geophysical parameters for neutrals, plasma, electromagnetic fields, and energetic particles that together will enable advancements in process understanding of neutral-ion interactions and other related science topics. The specific altitude region of interest sits at the interface between Earth and Space, focusing on the lower thermosphere and the ionospheric E-region in particular.

The primary activities of the ENLoTIS working group will be to review, revise, justify, and consolidate consensus science questions/goals, mission objectives, and high-level mission requirements driving the definition and design of (a) future mission concept(s). The ENLoTIS working group will consist of an equal number of experts from both European, Canadian, and US research communities external to ESA and NASA. Upon its formation, it is anticipated that this group will meet on an ad hoc basis up to 4 times a year, and membership is expected to be reviewed in early 2023. 

All applications from the US, and ESA Member States, Associate Members and Cooperating States will be collected through ESA Earth Observation Programmes’ Advisory Group website (https://missionadvice.esa.int), and should include, in a single PDF file, a short (2 page limit) CV and a one page explanation of the applicant’s research background, expected contributions to the ENLoTIS working group, and statement of availability during the initial 12-24 month period of the group’s activities. Members will be selected collaboratively by ESA and NASA agency representatives based upon demonstrated expertise in areas relevant to lower thermospheric-ionospheric research.

For more information on the ENLoTIS working group, including a description of desired areas of expertise for the group, please see the call website (https://missionadvice.esa.int/esa-nasa-science-working-group/). For further information on the group or application process, please email questions using the link https://missionadvice.esa.int/contact-us/. Letters of application must be received no later than 05:59 hrs Eastern US time or 11:59 hrs Central European Time on 21 March 2022. 


MEETING: ECLIPSE 2022 Meeting on March 9-11, 2022

From: Vyacheslav Lukin (vlukin at nsf.gov)

The geospace community is invited to watch the upcoming Ecosystem for Collaborative Leadership and Inclusive innovation in Plasma Science and Engineering (ECLIPSE) 2022 Meeting on March 9 - 11, 2022 [ https://www.eclipsemeeting.org/ ].

The meeting will include talks by well-recognized leaders and the rising stars in plasma physics and nearby fields of science and engineering.  The closing session of the meeting is a first-of-a-kind multi-agency roundtable with over a dozen representatives from NSF, NASA, DOE, DOD, and the National Academies.

Meeting schedule and Zoom webinar registration info can be found at https://www.eclipsemeeting.org/schedule. Slack Workspace will be made available for online audience discussions.


MEETING: Decadal Preparation Workshop: The Future of Ground-Based Research for Magnetospheric and ITM Physics

From: Allison Jaynes (allison-n-jaynes at uiowa.edu)

To support the organization and writing of Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey White Papers, the third workshop in a series will be centered on the future of ground-based research for magnetospheric and ITM research. Presenters will discuss the technological and infrastructure requirements to set the foundation of truly transformational science. Participants are encouraged to suggest white paper topics and/or join in as co-authors on existing white papers, with the aim of promoting ground-based observations as a core strategy in the future of Heliophysics. This virtual workshop will be held March 15-16 from 1-5pm EDT each day. 

Please consider registering and submitting an abstract to this important workshop: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/decadalsurvey2021/workshop3/

SOC: Allison Jaynes, Asti Bhatt, Larisa Goncharenko, Julio Urbina, Tzu-Wei Fang, Lindsay Goodwin, Steve Kaeppler, Mark Engebretson, and Xueling Shi


MEETING: Future Solar and Heliospheric Assets for Space Weather Prediction: Instruments, Modelling and Machine-Learning, London, UK, April 22, 2022 - Abstract Submission Open

From: Ravindra Desai (Imperial College London), Siegfried Gonzi (UK MET Office), Jackie Davies (RAL Space), Matthew Lang (University of Reading) (ravindra.desai at imperial.ac.uk)

We invite abstract submissions for the upcoming Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting:  “Future Solar and Heliospheric Assets for Space Weather Prediction: Instruments, Modelling and Machine-Learning” which will take place virtually on Friday, 22nd April, 2022.   


Meeting Abstract: 
The UK has world leading heliophysics and space weather programmes with, for example, major involvement in operating space missions such as SOHO, STEREO and Solar Orbiter, ground-based facilities such as BISON and LOFAR, and the creation of the MET Office Space Weather Operations Centre. Notably, currently under development, is the (formerly known as Lagrange) ESA Vigil  operational space weather mission to the Lagrange L5 point in which the UK has invested heavily via ESA’s Space Safety Programme. In tandem with further L1 missions under development, Vigil will underpin a wave of new research opportunities aimed at increasing predictive capabilities for space weather forecasting.  

As we enter the era of satellite mega-constellations and domestic rocket launches, and with the NASA/ESA Lunar Gateway Space Station due to be stationed outside the protective influence of the Earth’s magnetic field, there is a strong need to better understand the fundamental link between solar and interplanetary space weather and the near-Earth environment. As we observe increasing solar activity in Solar Cycle 25, a community wide effort is required to coordinate and synergise current and future developments. 
We invite contributions from academic and space weather communities on all aspects of solar- and helio-physics starting from the solar surface, extending out through the solar corona, into the solar wind, and out to Earth’s orbit and beyond. The meeting will focus on three key themes: 

1. Space-, ground-based and in-situ observations of the photosphere, corona and inner heliosphere; 
2. Physical models which solve the relevant physics to make best use of sparse observations in space and to fill gaps where observations are unavailable; and 
3. Data assimilation and machine learning techniques which are now understood to be fundamental for many regimes of space weather forecasting.  

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now open, please fill in the following form to submit your abstract: https://forms.office.com/r/90j8kzeBh3

Any queries can be addressed to Ravindra Desai (ravindra.desai at imperial.ac.uk)

Registration for the meeting will be separate to abstract submission, and announced closer to the date of the meeting.

Invited Speakers include:  
Dr. Enrico Camporeale (NOAA, University of Colarado) 
Dr. Eftyhia Zesta (NASA Heliospherics Division) 
Prof. Dr. Stefaan Poedts (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) 
Prof. Dr. Jasmina Magdalenić (Royal Observatory of Belgium) 

We look forward to welcoming you at this meeting, 

Ravindra Desai (Imperial College London) 
Siegfried Gonzi (UK MET Office) 
Jackie Davies (RAL Space) 
Matthew Lang (University of Reading)


MEETING: Help Shape the Future of Heliophysics: Register for the 3rd Eddy Cross Disciplinary Symposium

From: Kendra Greb (kgreb at ucar.edu)

Join a frontier community of open scientists shaping the future of Heliophysics from June 6 -10, 2022 in Vail, CO for the 3rd Eddy Cross Disciplinary Symposium. 

We will convene a diverse and international community spanning the geosciences, astrophysics, data science, and heliophysics with scientists worldwide to answer the question "Why Grand Challenges in Solar Terrestrial Physics Require Open Science?" 

“Open science is transparent and accessible knowledge that is shared and developed through collaborative networks” - Vicente-Saez & Martinez-Fuentes [2018]

You will have the opportunity to learn from and with an uncommon group across the following high-level topics:

- Open Science Methods: Emerging Open Science Methodologies
- The Interconnection of Sun, Climate, and Society
- Risk and Resiliency to Space Weather Disruption
(- Exo)Planetary Atmosphere: the Impact of Stars and Solar Physics on Habitability and Life

For more information and to register, please visit the Symposium website at: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/meetings/eddy-symposium-2022 


Sunday, June 5, 2022
	Welcome Reception and Networking Session

Monday, June 6 - Thursday, June 9, 2022 
Plenary sessions each morning will include invited talks, short talks, lightning sessions, and discussions. Afternoon sessions will be spent in smaller groups working on exploring novel open science methods to explore pressing questions in the science focus areas listed above.

Friday, June 10, 2022
	Friday morning will consist of report out sessions from the afternoon working groups.

Travel Support for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows:

Approximately 10 graduate students and early postdoctoral fellows will be selected through a competitive process organized by the UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science. The Eddy Symposium lasts for five days, and each selected participant will receive full travel support including: registration fees, airline tickets, lodging and per diem costs. Applications are due on Friday, March 25, 2022.

For more information please contact Kendra Greb (UCAR/CPAESS).

Funding for the Symposium is provided by NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).


MEETING: Cluster 22nd Anniversary Symposium: First Announcement

From: C. Philippe Escoubet (philippe.escoubet at esa.int)

22nd Cluster anniversary symposium
First announcement
ESOC, Darmstadt (Germany) on 7-11 November 2022

The symposium will celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the Cluster launches in July and August 2000. Cluster was the first mission with four identical satellites flying in formation, joined later by the five THEMIS spacecraft and by the four MMS spacecraft.

We will use this opportunity to review discoveries made during the 22 years of operations as well as well as remembering  the  history of Cluster from the proposal submission, to its development up to launch. Contributions on Cluster science as well as on other currently operating missions (Arase, Geotail, MMS, THEMIS and Van Allen probes), ground-based observatories and simulations are welcome. 

The symposium will be a hybrid one allowing people who could not travel to participate online.

The workshop will take place at ESOC (https://www.esa.int/ESOC), ESA centre for satellite operations. Tours of the satellite main control room, where Cluster is operated, will be organised.


RBSP Online Seminar 25 February 12:00 ET US

From: Sasha Ukhorskiy (ukhorskiy at jhuapl.edu)

Next RBSP online seminar will be held on 25 February 2022, 12:00 ET US on the topic: What can we learn about energetic particle processes from laboratory experiments?

Michael Mauel “Laboratory-Space Experiments Reveal Wave-Particle Processes in Magnetospheres”

Jacob Bortnik “Understanding Magnetospheric Wave Excitation and Wave Particle Interactions Through Laboratory Observations”

Zoom information and other details are at: https://sites.google.com/view/rbsp/home


Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

From: Homayon Aryan, David Sibeck, Kyle Murphy et al.,  (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 February 28, Barbara Thompson will give a presentation on how to get started with Python.

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

You can view the current 2021 schedule here:

Add your name to our mailing list here:


Read about previous talks here:



Outer Heliosphere/LISM Online Discussion, Wednesday, March 2nd

From: Justyna Sokol, Elena Provornikova, Marc Kornbleuth  (Elena.Provornikova at jhuapl.edu)

Dear Colleagues,
We continue online meetings to discuss science of the outer heliosphere and preparations for the upcoming Heliophysics Decadal Survey.  In our next meeting we will focus on a better understanding of the Decadal process and will host Prof. Eberhard Moebius (University of New Hampshire) who will share with us an experience from the previous Heliophysics Decadal in 2013. Please join us on Wednesday, March 2nd 11:00 am EST using a Zoom link which will appear on the website https://outer.helio.zone/ shortly before the meeting. We encourage early-career scientists to attend and use this opportunity to ask all your questions!


Python in Heliophysics Community Summer School 2022: 30 May - 03 June

From: Arnaud Masson, Julie Barnum, Shawn Polson, Aaron Roberts, Brian Thomas, Reinhard Friedel, Jack Ireland, Nick Murphy, Russell Stoneback, Eric Grimes, Jonathan Niehof, Stuart Mumford, Nicolas André (Arnaud.Masson at ext.esa.int)

Want to know more about SunPy, pySPEDAS, PlasmaPy, pysat, SpacePy or Speasy Python packages? Meet their developers? The Python in Heliophysics Community (PyHC) is excited to announce its inaugural 2022 Summer School! It will take place from 30 May to 3 June 2022 at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), near Madrid, Spain. There will also be remote participation options for those unable to attend in-person. This hybrid event is free and open to all graduate students, early career scientists, and established scientists looking to transition to Python in the Heliophysics and Space Weather domains. The PyHC Summer School will focus on introducing each major project through science use cases, tutorials, and hands-on examples. An online platform will be made available to all participants and the sessions recorded. On the last day, participants will learn how to install the packages on their machine, be presented Python best practices and how to actively contribute to these open-source software packages. Registration is opened at https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/ihdea/2022-pyhc-summer-school


Deadline Extended: Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Solar, Terrestrial, and Space Weather Physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology

From: Hyomin Kim, Bin Chen, Elena Moise (hmkim at njit.edu)

The Institute of Space Weather Sciences (ISWS) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in the summer of 2022 (May 23 to July 29, 2022), funded by the National Science Foundation. The application deadline is extended to March 1, 2022.

Undergraduate students in STEM fields will be invited to Newark, New Jersey for 10 weeks to engage in cutting-edge solar physics, terrestrial physics, space weather, and big data research with space physicists, astronomers, and computer scientists. A list of research projects offered can be viewed at https://sites.google.com/njit.edu/iswsreu/research-projects. Students will be provided a stipend of $6,000 for the 10-week program. Additionally, travel, meal allowance, and accommodation are provided to each student. Applications by members of under-represented groups are encouraged. For more information about the program and online application, please visit the ISWS REU website at https://sites.google.com/njit.edu/iswsreu/home.

We kindly ask our colleagues to spread the word to any prospective undergraduate students who may be interested in this opportunity. A flyer can be downloaded at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QzBKCm56XGOa2IXzyK5kHFypNKmovg3s/view?usp=sharing.


JOB OPENING: Lectureships (Assistant Professor Equivalent) in Digital Environment at QMUL

From: Christopher Chen (christopher.chen at qmul.ac.uk)

Queen Mary University of London is opening a set of Lectureships / Senior Lectureships (equivalent to Assistant Professor in USA) in strategic research areas that overlap with interests/approaches of the Heliophysics community - in particular, connections to big data / machine learning / artificial intelligence / sustainability and the environment. If your research incorporates aspects of these, you may be eligible for these positions.

Those appointed will be welcomed, supported, inspired, and mentored within one of five academic Schools, including the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences which hosts the Astronomy Unit. Successful candidates will also be associated with Queen Mary’s new strategic investment in a Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI).

The Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary is one of the largest astronomy and astrophysics research groups in the UK, with 14 full-time permanent academic staff, as well as many postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, and a vibrant visitors' research programme. The Astronomy Unit is keen to host one or more of these new positions to expand our research direction in any area of astronomy, astrophysics, or space physics at the forefront of new techniques in artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and/or the environment.

Further information about the Faculty and the posts can be found at https://www.qmul.ac.uk/lectureships-se . Applications will be considered through a faculty-wide process that is not specific to a particular School or Department. The closing date for applications is 13 March 2022. Please contact Christopher Chen [christopher.chen at qmul.ac.uk], or any other member of staff for more information.


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Researcher in Solar Physics (2 Positions) at Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO

From: Amir Caspi (amir at boulder.swri.edu)

The Heliophysics Section within SwRI's Boulder, CO office is looking for up to 2 postdoctoral researchers in solar physics to participate in mission and instrument development activities, develop and apply new tools and techniques for coronal imaging and spectroscopy, and carry out research with existing solar coronal observations and new mission data.

A PhD in Solar Physics, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics, Applied Physics, or related field is required; applicants may be students but must complete their degree prior to starting work.

For full details about responsibilities, requirements, and how to apply, please see the complete job announcement:



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