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Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

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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 MIST meetings

This table (up to and including MIST 64) was published in "MISTs of Time: a history" by Henry Rishbeth, Astronomy & Geophysics, 38(2), p. 22 (1997).

No Date Title and Venue Organizer or
*Chairman
Published Report
1 701120 Geomagnetic Storm Effects *V.C.A.Ferraro QJ 12, 169-178 (1971)
2 710604 The Solar Wind *J.W.Dungey QJ 13, 67-69 (1972)
3 711126 Ionospheric D & E Regions *W.J.G.Beynon QJ 13, 403-408 (1972)
4 720526 Geophysical Plasma Dynamics *H.S.W.Massey QJ 13, 520-523 (1972)
5 721124 Winds in the Ionosphere *J.A.Ratcliffe QJ 14, 190-198 (1973)
6 730330 VLF and ULF Emission @ York D.Orr QJ 14, 409-414 (1973)
7 731119 Electric Fields *W.R.Piggott QJ 15, 296-301 (1974)
# 740314 Electron Density Profiles *W.J.G.Beynon QJ 15, 419-422 (1974)
8 740329 Atmospheric Waves @ Leicester T.B.Jones QJ 15, 423-432 (1974)
9 741115 Ferraro Memorial Mtg @ QMC C.Plumpton GJ 41, 307-446 (1975)
10 750325-26 MIST @ Exeter G.Rosser QJ 16, 282-296 (1975)
11 751128 Atmospheric Rotation (+ RMS) R.Hide QJ 17, 139-145 (1976)
12 760414-15 MIST @ Aberystwyth G.M.Brown QJ 17, 457-471 (1976)
13 761119 Akasofu Meeting *J.W.Dungey QJ 18, 248 (1977)
14 770412-15 MIST @ UKGA Edinburgh W.F.Stuart GJ 49, 292-300 (1977)
15 771202 Bates Meeting *M.J.Seaton QJ 19, 310-313 (1978)
16 780406-07 MIST @ Southampton P.Rothwell QJ 20, 42-46 (1979)
17 780713 Dr Piggott Mtg @ Sheffield L.J.C.Woolliscroft QJ 20, 160-163 (1979)
18 781124 Waves & Particles M.J.Rycroft QJ 20, 439-441 (1979)
19 790402-05 MIST @ UKGA Southampton P.Rothwell GJ 57, 294-305 (1979)
20 791123 Comet Missions & Autumn MIST M.K.Wallis QJ 21, 282-287 (1980)
21 800125 Price Memorial Meeting S.R.C.Malin & G.A.Wilkins QJ 21, 288-292 (1980)
22 800414-15 MIST @ UKGA Birmingham J.W.G.Wilson GJ 61, 227-230 (1980)
23 801114 Autumn MIST *R.L.F.Boyd QJ 22, 293-298 (1981)
24 810409-10 MIST @ Cambridge M.J.Rycroft QJ 22, 423-431 (1981)
25 811127 Autumn MIST *B.R.Leaton QJ 23, 256-259 (1982)
26 820329-30 MIST @ Lancaster J.K.Hargreaves QJ 24, 48-56 (1983)
27 821126 Aurora & Autumn MIST D.A.Bryant QJ 24, 453-459 (1983)
28 830407-08 MIST @ RAS Keele P.C.Kendall QJ 25, 157-167 (1984)
29 831014 Middle Atmosphere MIST (+ RMS) J.A.Pyle QJ 25, 321-326 (1984)
30 831125 Plasmapause & Autumn MIST M.Lockwood & J.F.E.Johnson QJ 25, 429-434 (1984)
31 840412-13 MIST @ RAS Leicester T.B.Jones QJ 26, 60-67 (1985)
32 841109 AMPTE & Autumn MIST D.A.Bryant & H.Rishbeth QJ 26, 295-299 (1985)
33 850411-12 MIST @ RAS Liverpool H.Rishbeth QJ 27, 194-204 (1986)
34 851122 Autumn MIST H.Rishbeth QJ 27, 462-467 (1986)
35 860408-09 Scots MIST @ Edinburgh W.F.Stuart QJ 28, 43-53 (1987)
36 860509 Reconnection MIST H.Rishbeth QJ 28, 339-348 (1987)
37 861212 Autumn MIST H.Rishbeth QJ 28, 472-476 (1987)
38 870413-15 Minster MIST @ York D.Orr QJ 29, 69-79 (1988)
39 871113 G/MIST Solar Wind Interactions with Planets, Satellites & Comets S.W.H.Cowley & H.Rishbeth QJ 29, 353-358 (1988)
40 871127 Autumn MIST H.Rishbeth QJ 29, 525-529 (1988)
41 880108 G/MIST Middle Atmosphere & Lower Ionosphere L.Thomas & H.Rishbeth QJ 29, 531-534 (1988)
42 880328-30 Spring MIST @ Sheffield L.J.C.Woolliscroft QJ 30, 75-85 (1989)
43 881125 Autumn MIST M.Lester QJ 30, 437-442 (1989)
44 890113 G/MIST Radar Studies of the High Latitude Ionosphere S.W.H.Cowley & M.Lockwood QJ 30, 327-332 (1989)
45 890329-31 MIST @ UKGA Royal Holloway College M.Lester QJ 31, 123-132 (1990)
46 891124 Autumn MIST M.Lester QJ 31, 405-410 (1990)
47 900404-06 MIST @ RAS Glasgow M.Lester QJ 33, 191-199 (1992)
48 901012 G/MIST: Radio Studies of the Upper Atmosphere & the Ionosphere S.W.H.Cowley & M.Lester QJ 32, 295-300 (1991)
49 901130 Autumn MIST M.Lester QJ 32, 423-428 (1991)
50 910409-11 MIST over Cardigan Bay P.J.S.Williams QJ 33, 201-212 (1992)
51 911129 Autumn MIST M.Lester QJ 33, 351-356 (1992)
52 920110 G/MIST: Satellite-Ground Comparisons of Space Plasma Phenomena M.A.Saunders & M.Lockwood
53 920409 MIST @ EGS Edinburgh M.Lester QJ 34, 95-100 (1993)
54 921127 Autumn MIST M.Lester QJ 34, 513-520 (1993)
55 930316-18 Sussex MIST @ Brighton S.C.Chapman QJ 35, 95-106 (1994)
56 931126 Autumn MIST M.Lester QJ 35, 479-485 (1994)
57 940211 G/MIST: Substorms in Space & on the Ground M.Grandé & T.K.Yeoman QJ 36, 47-52 (1995)
58 940412-14 Cambridge MIST A.S.Rodger QJ 35, 487-500 (1994)
59 941125 Autumn MIST M.Lester QJ 37, 181-187 (1996)
60 950411-13 Green MIST @ Aberystwyth P.J.S.Williams
61 951124 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith QJ 37, 307-313 (1996)
62 960325-27 Solent MIST @ Southampton H.Rishbeth QJ 37, 605-615 (1996)
63 961122 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 38(1), 20-22 (1997)
64 970214 G/MIST: New STP projects: the first fruits P.J.S.Williams & M.A.Hapgood
65 970415-17 Midlands MIST @ Warwick S.C.Chapman A&G 38(3), 25-27 (1997)
66 971128 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 39, 1.27-1.28 (1998)
67 980109 G/MIST: Plasma Physics from Ionospheric Radars M.Lockwood, P.J.S.Williams & M.A.Hapgood
68 980331-0402 Oxford MIST @ Oxford J.Foster & I.W.McCrea A&G 39, 3.31-3.33 (1998)
69 981009 G/MIST: Remote Sensing the Magnetosphere and Ionosphere D.Orr & M.Lester
70 981127 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 40, 1.29-1.30 (1999)
71 990212 G/MIST: The Mesosphere/Lower-Thermosphere Region N.J.Mitchell & M.A.Clilverd  
72 990312 G/MIST: Svalbard - a Focus for Solar-Terrestrial Studies M.A.Hapgood, A.D.Aylward & M.Lester  
73 990413-15 Lakeland MIST @ Ambleside F.Honary A&G 40, 3.31-3.33 (1999)
74 991126 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 41, 1.29-1.30 (2000)
75 991210 G/MIST: Space Weather - Its Impact and Forecasting P.Cargill & M.A.Hapgood A&G 41, 2.31-2.32 (2000)
76 000310 G/MIST: Terrestrial, Planetary and Inter-planetary magnetic fields A.J.Smith, D.R.Barraclough & M.Grande A&G 41, 3.32-3.33 (2000)
77 000413-15 Millennium MIST @ Imperial College P.Cargill A&G 41, 4.28-4.30 (2000)
78 001124 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 42, 1.27-1.28 (2001)
79 001208 G/MIST: Self-Organised Criticality & Turbulence in the Solar System S.C.Chapman, M.P.Freeman & S.Oughton A&G 42, 2.22 (2001)
80 010309 G/MIST: Living with an Active Star: A.Breen & M.Hapgood A&G 42, 3.35-3.36 (2001)
81 010409-11 Jorvik MIST @ York I.R.Mann A&G 42, 4.18-4.20 (2001)
82 010511 G/MIST: Imaging Near Earth Space M.Grande & M.Clilverd  
83 011109 G/MIST: CLUSTER - A new view of the magnetosphere M.Hapgood, P.Cargill & M.Grande A&G 43, 1.26 (2002)
84 011123 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 43, 1.23-1.24 (2002)
85 020111 G/MIST: The 3D Sun and heliosphere at solar maximum A.R.Breen & R.J.Forsyth  
86 020409-12 Steel MIST/SP @ Sheffield R.J.Moffett A&G 43, 3.27-3.31 (2002)
87 021108 G/MIST: Magnetic Reconnection on the Earth's Magnetopause M.Freeman, G. Chisham, I.Coleman & M.Pinnock A&G 44, 3.33-3.34 (2003)
88 021122 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 44, 1.30-1.31 (2003)
89 030110 G/MIST: Comparative Aeronomy in the Solar System I.Mueller-Wodarg & E.Bunce A&G 44, 2.33 (2003)
90 030314 G/MIST: Carrington 2000 A.R.Breen & P.J.S.Williams  
91 030414-16 Soarly MIST @ Leicester M.Lester A&G 44, 3.26-3.28 (2003)
92 031010 RAS/MIST: Identifying the Open-Closed Field Line Boundary G.Chisham, G.Abel and S.Milan A&G 45, 3.36-3.38 (2004)
93 031128 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 45, 1.27-1.28 (2004)
94 031212 RAS/MIST: Twenty-Two Years of EISCAT A.D.Aylward and S.E.Pryse  
95 040329-0401 Auld Reekie MIST/UKSP @ Edinburgh A.W.P.Thomson A&G 45, 3.29-3.32 (2004)
96 041008 RAS/MIST: The magnetospheric cusps revealed P.Cargill, M.W.Dunlop and C.J.Owen A&G 46, 1.32-1.35 (2005)
97 041126 Autumn MIST A.J.Smith A&G 46, 3.36-3.37 (2005)
98 050405-07 Granta MIST @ Cambridge A.J.Smith A&G 46, 4.18-4.21 (2005)
99 051014 RAS/MIST: Connecting the Sun to the Earth Louise Harra & Chris Owen  
100 051125 Autumn MIST N.F.Arnold  
101 060410-13 UKSP/MIST over the Mountains @ Aberystwyth A.R Breen and S.E. Pryse  
102 061013 RAS/MIST: Solar-Terrestrial Magnetic Fields & Reconnection Dr Clare Parnell  
103 061124 Autumn MIST N.F.Arnold  
104 070416-20 MIST/UKSP/NAM @ Preston J. A. Wild and F. Honary  
105 071109 RAS/MIST: A Year of Observations with Hinode and STEREO Richard Harrison, Len Culhane, Louise Harra  
106 071130 Autumn MIST C.S. Arridge A&G 49, 1.19-1.21 (2008)
107 080331-0404 MIST/UKSP/NAM @ Belfast A.J. Kavanagh A&G 49, 3.11-3.14 (2008)
108 081128 Autumn MIST G. Provan & B.S. Lanchester  
109 090419-23 MIST/UKSP/JENAM @ Hatfield G.A. Abel A&G 50, 3.12-3.12 (2009)
110 091009 RAS/MIST: Preparing for the SWARM Multi-Satellite Mission Richard Holme, Malcolm Dunlop, Kathy Whaler  
111 091127 Autumn MIST C. Forsyth A&G 51, 1.27-1.35 (2010)
112 091211 RAS/MIST: Solar Wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Interactions within the Solar System A. Wood, H. Mortimer, J. Cartwright, M. Hapgood  
113 100108 RAS/MIST: Alfven Waves: From Predictions to Evidence M. Mathioudakis, R von Fay-Siebenburgen  
114 100312 RAS/MIST: Waves and Turbulence in Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas E. Verwichte, B. Hnat & C. Foullon  
115 100412-16 MIST/UKSP/NAM @ Glasgow A.W.P. Thomson  
116 101008 RAS/MIST: Structure and physical processes in solar system magnetotails: planets, moons and comets A. P. Walsh, C. S. Arridge, C. Forsyth, S. E. Milan  
117 101112 RAS/MIST: Five years of Venus Express and a look to the future C. Wilson, M. Galand  
118 101126 Autumn MIST C. Forsyth A&G 52, 3.34-3.36 (2011)
119 110311 RAS/MIST: Future Opportunities for Whole Atmosphere Science using UK Ground Based Radars M. Lester, M. P. Freeman  
120 110417-21 MIST/UKSP/NAM @ Llandudno    
121 111125 Autumn MIST C. Forsyth A&G 53, 1.27-1.30 (2012)
122 120309 RAS/MIST: Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling and Auroral Emissions at Planets in Our Solar System and Beyond J. D. Nichols, A. Masters, C. Forsyth, T. S. Stallard  
123 120327-30 MIST/UKSP/NAM @ Manchester    
124 121130 Autumn MIST R. C. Fear and E. E. Woodfield  A&G 54, 2.21-2.24 (2013)
125 121214 Future exploration of the outer planets L. Fletcher and C. S. Arridge  
126 130110 Jim Dungey 90th birthday meeting D. J. Southwood  A&G 54, 3.13-3.15 (2013)
127 130111 Integrated Atmospheric and Space Science M. Lester, T. Moffat-Griffin and M. P. Freeman  A&G 54, 3.21-3.22 (2013)
128 130701-05 MIST/UKSP/NAM @ St. Andrews    
129 131011 RAS/MIST: Field-aligned particle acceleration in space plasmas C. Forsyth and I. J. Rae  
130 131129 Autumn MIST E. E. Woodfield and R. C. Fear  
131 131213 Space weather: a dialogue between scientists and forecasters D. Baker, L. Green, L. van Driel-Gesztelyi
and S. E. Milan
 
132 140110 Geomagnetic field dynamics and structure on timescales from minutes to decades K. Whaler, M. P. Freeman and N. Olsen  
133 140423-25 Hot Spring MIST @ Bath M. Fullekrug  
134 141010 Celebrating ten years of Cassini-Huygens in the Saturnian System C. S. Arridge, E. J. Bunce, L. Fletcher,
A. Masters, C. Murray and J. Zarnecki
 
135 141114 Energetic particles in the heliosphere and their influence on space weather and space climate S. Thomas, L. Barnard, S. Dalla and T. Laitinen  
136 141128 Autumn MIST R. C. Fear, I. J. Rae and I. McCrea A&G 56, 1.34-1.38 (2015)
137 141212 Magnetic reconnection: Where now and where next? A. Yeates, A. Russell and J. Eastwood  
138 150213 Meeting the challenges in Upper Atmosphere Science A. J. Kavanagh, I. McCrea and M. P. Freeman  
139 150705-09 MIST/UKSP/NAM @ Llandudno    
140 13/11/2015
Current and future research with the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network
 
Mark Lester, Mervyn Freeman and Jim Wild  
141 27/11/2015
Autumn MIST
MIST Council  
142 11/03/2016
Turbulence in solar, space and astrophysical plasmas
 
Lorenzo Matteini, David Burgess
and Joanne Mason
 
143 05–07/04/2016
Luner MIST @ Lancaster
Jim Wild  
144 25/11/2016 Autumn MIST
 
 
MIST Council  
145 13/01/2017
Multi-scale dynamic auroral processes
Colin Forsyth, Nadine Kalmoni,
Hanna Dahlgren and Clare Watt
 
146 10/02/2017 Understanding the Space environment before the space age Luke Barnard, Chris Scott and Mat Owens  
147 10/03/2017
High-latitude magnetospheres: Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn
Licia Ray, Jonathan Nichols and Sarah Badman  
148 02–06/07/2017 MIST/UKSP/NAM @ Hull    
149 08/12/2017
Dynamic coupling in the terrestrial atmosphere
Tracy Moffat-Griffin, Andrew Kavanagh,
Nick Mitchell and Alan Gadian
 
150 09/03/2018
Ground effects of severe space weather events
Ciaran Beggan, Jim Wild and Mark Gibbs  
151 26–28/03/2018
Test MIST Special @ Southampton
Rob Fear  

Unless otherwise noted, the meetings have been held at Burlington House (Savile Row in the case of the first meeting). # = by invitation only, not included in numerical sequence; `+ RMS' = in cooperation with a group of the Royal Meteorological Society; UKGA = UK Geophysical Assembly. Reports or abstracts appear in RAS publications as shown above: Quarterly Journal (QJ), Geophysical Journal (GJ) or Astronomy & Geophysics (A&G). In the case of the Ferraro Memorial Meeting, full papers were published in GJ. From 1978, most reports were compiled by M.J.Laird and P.A.Hadjiry, with assistance from many others. Neil Arnold took over as MIST Reporter from Mike Laird in 1999. Gary Abel took over as MIST reporter for 2008. Since 2008 several people have reported on the MIST meetings.