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Representing the MIST Community in award nominations

MIST Council has recently launched an effort to create an award nominations task force with the following aims:

  1. Actively contribute towards more equal representation and a diverse range of nominees for awards
  2. Recognise and promote the work of overlooked members of the community
  3. Provide a means for students and ECRs to gain experience in preparing an effective nomination package

The initial plan is to start by considering those awards given out by the Royal Astronomical Society. This is so there will be sufficient time to prepare nomination packages by the RAS deadline (July 2020), and the wide range of awards will allow us to consider the entire MIST community. The task force is spearheaded by Oliver Allanson, Jasmine Sandhu, and Maria-Theresia Walach.

This task force is inspired by Liz MacDonald, a heliophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Liz Macdonald organized the Nomination Task Force within AGU’s Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) section, which has been summarised in an article in Eos. We plan to work in a manner similar to that described in the article, as we believe that by having a community task force we will be able to achieve community-wide representation in a timely manner.

If you would like to be part of the task force then please sign-up using our Google Form by Friday 4th October. At this stage we are not soliciting for specific ideas for nominees. Instead we are seeking to gauge support and receive feedback. We would like to emphasise that all members of the MIST community are welcome, and indeed encouraged, to sign-up to to join this task force, from PhD student to Emeritus Professor.

New MIST Chair and Vice-Chair elected

Congratulations to John Coxon on becoming MIST Chair, and to Jasmine Sandhu on becoming MIST Vice-chair in a unanimous vote at a Council meeting last week.
MIST Council elects a new Chair whenever the previous Chair steps down, and in addition this year, the council has decided to elect a Vice-Chair for the first time.
On behalf of the MIST community, we would like to thank Ian McCrea for doing a superb job as Chair during his tenure on the Council.

EGU elections now open

The call for candidates for the EGU 2019 elections is currently open, with a deadline of 15 September 2019. The following roles are up for election: Union President, General Secretary, and the Division Presidents. More details about these roles and how you can nominate yourselves/colleagues can be found on the EGU website. 
MIST Council would like to emphasise that this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to and shape the field on an international scale, and we hope to see members from the MIST community putting themselves forward.

Summer Science Exhibition 2020

The Royal Society is currently accepting proposals for the Summer Science Exhibition 2020, and the deadline for proposals is 10 September 2019. Further details on applying can be found here.
MIST Council would like to highlight that this is an excellent opportunity for cross-institutional collaborations! The MIST community is involved in a number of projects with a particularly timely aspect (e.g. Solar Orbiter and SMILE), which would be very appropriate to propose to the Royal Society. If you are currently preparing a proposal that you are happy to invite community members to join or you have an idea for a proposal that you would like to work with the community on, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a short outline by 9 August 2019. We hope to then share these projects with the community to build support for the proposals and involve the wider community!
We will be discussing this further and sharing ideas on the #public-engagement channel on the MIST Slack workspace. If you aren’t on the MIST Slack workspace then click here for details.

2019 Rishbeth prize winners announced

We are pleased to announce that the Rishbeth Prizes this year are awarded to Affelia Wibisono and Michaela Mooney , both of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (UCL).
Affelia Wibisono wins the prize for the best MIST student talk, entitled “Jupiter’s X-ray Aurorae as seen by XMM-Newton concurrently with Juno”. Michaela wins the best MIST poster prize, for a poster entitled “Evaluating auroral forecasts against satellite observations”.
MIST Council would like to congratulate both Affelia and Michaela. As prize winners, Affelia and Michaela have been invited to write articles for Astronomy & Geophysics, which we look forward to reading.

Minutes from remote meeting on 25 October 2018


  • List of seminar speakers for the MIST community
  • NAM sessions/plenaries
    • Oliver's suggestion
  • Autumn MIST submissions
  • MIST communications



Seminar speakers for the MIST community

  • Useful for early career researchers to make themselves known to group seminar organisers
  • UKSP does this as an on-request service but it might be better for us to do it on the website
  • List should include name, email address, seniority, institution, and topic(s) they can talk on
  • Oliver to send emails and construct list
  • John to add Oliver to the website and add initial list

NAM sessions/plenaries

  • MIST strategy day/bolt-on planning:
    • Sarah raised idea of MIST strategy day at end of NAM, no resistance from Lancaster
    • Ian talked with Mihalis (UKSP chair) about the idea of a parallel UKSP/MIST strategy slot at NAM
    • Mihalis invited MIST people to annual mission forum on 10 January at Burlington House
      • Jonny has been to these before
    • Mihalis indicated that he'd be open to a collaborative follow-up at NAM
    • Sarah to email HOGS and keep organising this
  • We should make sure that UKSP/MIST sessions are proposed:
    • A member of the community has approached Jasmine about co-convening an MHD waves session
    • Oliver mentioned a ‘from Sun to mud’ session being talked about at Reading, including Rad Sat and SWIGS from the MIST side and UKSP
    • [redacted] suggested that exoplanetary magnetospheres aren't advanced enough yet to have a session which includes solar system bodies
      • If the title includes habitability or atmospheres that might open it up to more exoplanetary researchers
  • Suggestions for plenary speakers are sought:
    • Council to suggest speakers by next meeting (as Lancaster internal deadline is end of December)
    • Since 2013, there has been:
      • 3x solar talks (Green '17, Dougherty '16, Fletcher '15)
      • 1x gas giant talk (Bunce, 2018)
      • 1x cometary talk (Taylor, 2015)
      • 1x terrestrial talk (Lester, 2013)
    • [redacted] could be a good suggestion
    • A terrestrial talk might be nice given the last was 2013
    • Mercury/Venus/Mars are not at all represented
    • Gas giants were covered very recently (last year)

Autumn MIST submissions

  • Six talk/poster abstracts so far
  • Zero lightning talks so far
    • Might be worth making criteria more flexible in the next reminder email
  • Jasmine to send reminder email with plug for lightning talks

MIST communications

  • John has asked Q to redirect This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jonny to join the MIST Slack