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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..

New MIST forum via Slack

In the days of yesteryear, there was a MIST forum provided for members of the MIST community to discuss things in a fashion more immediate and informal than email. It has been some years since the fabled MIST forum was a going concern, and in that time, the MIST Council has technically been in violation of the MIST Charter, which states that

MIST will provide an on-line forum to allow ongoing discussions and the formulation of ideas prior to public dissemination. This forum will be private, visible only to registered members; membership is restricted to active MIST scientists and is offered at the discretion of MIST council chair.

As a result of realising that the Charter mandates the maintenance of a forum, MIST Council have chosen to create a Slack workspace for the MIST community. If you would like to join, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. specifying the email address you would like to use, and you will be invited to join.

MIST Council election results

The polls have closed, and Oliver Allanson (Reading) and John Coxon (Southampton) have been elected to MIST Council. The full results of 2018’s elections are as follows:

  • Oliver Allanson: 56 votes
  • John Coxon: 100 votes
  • Simon Pope: 27 votes
  • Samuel Wharton: 38 votes
  • Darren Wright: 40 votes

121 people cast two votes, and 19 cast a single vote, for a total of 140 responses. This is a turnout of 32.9% against the MIST mailing list, which comprises 426 eligible voters.

The chair of MIST Council, Ian McCrea, said:

I would like to congratulate John on his re-election to MIST Council and to congratulate Oliver on his election – we look forward to you joining us at our next meeting. To the unsuccessful candidates, I would like to say a sincere thank you for taking part and for your interest in being part of MIST Council. Obviously only two candidates can be successful in any given year, but there are elections every year and we hope that you will not be discouraged from standing again at a future date.

MIST Council would like to express their thanks and appreciation to Luke Barnard who is leaving MIST Council, and whose contributions over the last three years have been invaluable. We would also like to thank Q Stanley for handling the technical aspects of the election.

Astronomy/Solar System Advisory Panels call for priority projects

The Astronomy and Solar System Advisory Panels have been asked to identify a few priority projects, comprising 'large scale' (>£50M), ‘medium scale’ (£10-50M) and ‘small scale’ (<£10M) projects that can be started within the next 6 years. The outline business cases put forward by the community will be considered by STFC’s Executive Board and Science Board in September. We will then work with the community and UKRI to identify the best way of taking these ideas forward. 

Interested parties should summarize their ideas for priority projects using the template provided. Only those projects considered to be the most exciting and highest priority (by the Advisory Panels) will be asked to develop an outline business case. Please email your project summary to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Astronomy) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Solar System). If your project has overlap with both astronomy and solar system, then please indicate this in your summary and send to both panels. The deadline is Wednesday 18 July 2018. If you have any questions regarding remit, format or submission, please feel free to contact the relevant Advisory Panel.

Jonathan Eastwood wrote, in his email to the MIST mailing list:

STFC has launched a consultation with research communities, designed to identify new world class science and technology proposals for potential future investment. The aim is to develop an ambitious portfolio of outline business cases for priority projects that relate to our strategic scientific and research infrastructure objectives, covering our remit, and driven by our communities… the scope of the projects is very broad – what is needed are exciting and ambitious scientific projects within the broad remit of astronomy and solar system science. Funds for estates and campus development are out of scope, and projects should not be an uplift to the grant/fellowship lines. This exercise is not part of the Evaluation of Astronomy which STFC will undertake in the Autumn (part of its assessment of the wider astronomy, particle and nuclear physics programmes), but projects identified here will be forwarded to that exercise to ensure information is not lost.

MIST Council would like to urge members of the MIST community to engage with this exercise in order to make sure that MIST science is well-represented in STFC strategy in the future.

Petition to eliminate harassment and bullying

MIST council is committed to fostering an open and inclusive scientific environment.

Many people will have seen the recent reports of bullying and harassment in Universities are becoming more and more widespread. In one of many steps to highlight the need for these actions to stop, an open letter and petition has been prepared by members of the wider community, including faculty from Imperial, UCL, and other UK and international institutions. This cross-institute example underlines the importance of eliminating harassment and bullying from the university and research environments. If you wish to sign the petition, you can find it by clicking here.

Our community is a big part of the RAS, which has a Code of Conduct and a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Policy that we must adhere to:

  1. Promoting an inclusive environment for all.
    2. Promoting equality of opportunity.
    3. Welcoming applications from all backgrounds.
    4. Supporting and developing careers for all.
    5. Recruiting and promoting staff based on merit, rather than absence or presence of underrepresented characteristics.

We would strongly encourage our community to continue to participate in eradicating these issues from our scientific and every day lives.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To be added to the list, please tell us your name, institution, career stage, email address, and keywords describing your research interests (no more than 30 words, please). We note that there is no obligation for the people listed below to accept invitations extended by MIST institutions.

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.