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Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

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Debye mission proposal for ESA F-class call

We are currently preparing a proposal for the space mission “Debye” in response to ESA’s F-Class call. As the first dedicated electron-astrophysics mission, Debye will use the solar wind as a testbed to study universal small-scale electron processes throughout the universe. The mission's key science question is: “How are electrons heated in astrophysical plasmas?”
 
Debye will consist of up to four spacecraft that will orbit the Lagrange point L2. The main spacecraft will measure electron distribution functions with unprecedented cadence and very high resolution, electric fields, magnetic fields, and plasma ions. The deployable spacecraft will provide multi-point and multi-baseline measurements of the magnetic field to determine the nature of fluctuations on electron scales.
 
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RAS Specialist Discussion suggestions invited

The RAS is inviting suggestions from Fellows of the RAS for Specialist Discussion meeting topics in the academic year 2019/20. These meetings are held on the second Friday of the month between October and May in a given academic year; the April meeting will be moved due to the second Friday being Good Friday. 

If you would like to organise one of these meetings, you can do so by submitting a proposal no longer than one A4 page. Geophysics proposals, including MIST science, should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and the deadline is 1 March 2019.

Your proposal should include the title of the meeting; the names of the co-convenors (at least one of whom should be a RAS Fellow); the topics you intend to cover; the rationale (including timeliness); suggestions for invited speakers; and the preferred date for the meeting. More information, including detailed guidance, can be found on the RAS website.

 

RAS awards for 2019 announced

MIST Council would like to extend their congratulations to the 2019 Royal Astronomical Society award winners, as well as the recent AGU award winners. In particular, we congratulate the following MIST members recognised for their significant achievements:
  • Margaret Kivelson (UCLA) has been awarded the Gold Medal in Geophysics for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in understanding planetary magnetospheres and their connections to the planets they surround.
  • Tom Stallard (Leicester) has been awarded the Chapman medal in Geophysics for outstanding contributions to understanding planetary upper atmospheres and their interactions with their magnetospheres.
  • The Cluster Science and Operations Team have been awarded the Geophysics Group Award for their continued success ensuring the operations and scientific exploitation of the European Space Agency’s Cluster mission.
  • Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey) has been awarded the James Dungey Lecture for their excellent research on energetic particle precipitation and its effects on the upper atmosphere and climate, and their vast experience delivering outstanding scientific talks to a broad range of audiences.
  • Julia Stawarz (Imperial College London) has been awarded the Basu United States Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science for significant contributions in furthering understanding of collisional plasma turbulence and kinetic scale processes. 
MIST Council would also like to congratulate Fran Bagenal (Colorado), who has been awarded the AGU Van Allen Lecture for exceptional work on the understanding of planetary magnetospheres and outstanding contributions to planetary missions.

New community resources now available

MIST Council are pleased to announce three resources for the MIST community on the MIST website.

List of research groups

The list of MIST research groups has been updated to include the latest members of the MIST community, and to incorporate the latest links to their presences online. Old groups, or groups at institutions which have merged since the original list was written, are now excised, and the list should be an exhaustive and up-to-date list of British MIST institutions.

List of seminar speakers

We asked the MIST community to come forward and be listed on our list of seminar speakers, and the uptake has so far been very encouraging. The list ranges from relatively junior PhD students to academics at various institutions, and if you're arranging seminars for your research group, we would encourage you to take a look.

List of public engagement projects

Following the success of the recently-held Public Engagement in MIST (MIST+PE) symposium, there was an appetite for MIST Council to better advertise the public engagement being done at MIST institutions across the UK. The Public Engagement page on the MIST website aims to advertise the MIST community's strengths to the rest of the community.

If you spot omissions on any of the above pages, or would like us to include content, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New mailing list for Python in space science

A new mailing list for space scientists who use Python has been founded. Angeline Burrell writes: 

There's been a recent push for more community python development and peer-to-peer support. Much of this is focused in the US at the moment, but as the results of the recent survey showed, MIST scientists are active or interested in python as well. If you would like to become involved, you can join the email list by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The mailing list will comprise discussion as well as webinars/telecons from Python users, so the list should be useful for a range of abilities with Python. To join, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

List of seminar speakers

The following is a list of people who have registered their interest in giving seminars on their research interests at other institutions. The aims of this list are:

  1. To improve the visibility, and awareness, of the work done by different researchers and research groups.
  2. To assist local organisers of regular institutional seminar series with suggestions for speakers, particularly PhD students and postdocs who may be less widely known in the community.
  3. To assist the science organising committees of conferences and meetings, as above.

If you would like to appear on the below list or you would like to edit the details that appear on this page, please fill in this google form. We note that there is no obligation for the people listed below to accept invitations extended by MIST institutions. The list is also available in this spreadsheet.

 (Last updated on 25 February 2019.)

Speakers

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Numerical experiments of wave-particle interactions in the inner magnetosphere; basic theory of collisionless plasma equilibria and stability (current sheets and flux tubes).
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Dayside magnetospheric dynamics at Earth; transient kinetic phenomena in the foreshock, bow shock and magnetosheath; magnetospheric ULF waves and resonances; magnetospheric variability; novel analysis techniques; sonification of data; public engagement.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — high latitude thermosphere-ionopshere coupling (mainly the effects of ion drag and the timescales on which it acts); the resultant Joule heating; its variations due to multiple criteria (aurora/neutral winds).
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Machine learning; solar wind; radiation belts; space weather; big data techniques.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Interactions with the ionosphere; radar observations; satellite observations; community programming.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Type II solar radio burst band-splitting.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Birkeland currents (aka field-aligned currents); AMPERE observations; substorms; flux transfer events (FTEs); northward IMF.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Heliospheric physics; evolution of coronal mass ejections (CMEs); magnetic clouds; solar wind; solar transients.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Magnetospheric physics; ionospheric physics; space weather; magnetic reconnection; magnetohydrodynamics (MHD); computer simulations
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Field-aligned currents; the Jovian magnetodisc.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Ionosphere; magnetosphere; solar quiet currents; equatorial electrojets; geomagnetic field.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Mars plasma system, ionosphere, space weather.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Substorms; ring current energisation; Van Allen observations; field line eigenfrequencies.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Electrical current systems of the magnetosphere (field-aligned currents); dynamics of the terrestrial magnetosphere; sub-auroral polarization streams (SAPS); magnetospheric and ionospheric convection.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling; response time-scales to solar wind driving; SuperDARN observations; auroral observations.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Heliospheric physics; solar wind; plasma turbulence; collisionless heating; non-linear plasma physics; kinetic physics; micro-instabilities; statistical data analysis; hybrid/particle-in-cell simulations.