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Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

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2019 RAS Council elections

As you may have seen, the nominations for RAS Council are currently open with a deadline of 29 November. MIST falls under the “G” (Geophysics) category and there are up to 3 councillor positions and one vice-president position available. MIST Council strongly encourages interested members of the MIST community to consider standing for election.
 
Clare Watt (University of Reading) has kindly volunteered to be a point of contact for the community for those who may wish to talk more about being on council and what it involves. Clare is a councillor on RAS Council, with her term due to complete in 2020, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

 

Outcome of SSAP priority project review

From the MIST mailing list:

We are writing to convey the outcome of this year’s priority project “light touch” review, specifically with reference to those projects within the remit of SSAP. We would like to thank all the PIs that originally submitted ideas, and those who provided updates to their projects over the summer. SSAP strongly believe that all the projects submitted are underpinned by strong scientific drivers in the SSAP area.

The “light touch” review was undertaken with a unified approach by SSAP and AAP, considering factors that have led to priority project development (in STFC or other research councils) or new funding for priority projects (1/51 projects in the STFC remit) in the last 12 months. After careful discussion, it was agreed by SSAP and AAP not to select any project where the remit clearly overlaps with UKSA (i.e. space missions or TRL 4+), reflecting STFC’s focus on ground-based observations, science exploitation and TRL 0-3 development. Whilst in no way reflecting the excellence of the science, or community scientific wishes, this approach has resulted in some changes to the list of SSAP priority projects. However, now, unlike at the time of the original call, it is clear that such projects cannot move forwards without UKSA (financial) support, and such funds are already committed according to UKSA’s existing programme. SSAP remain strongly supportive of mission-led science in solar-system exploration, so SSAP have strongly recommended that the high-level discussions between UKSA and STFC continue with a view to supporting a clear joint priority projects call in future, more naturally suited to mission and bi-lateral opportunities.

The priority projects (and PIs) identified by SSAP for 2019/20 are:

  • Solar Atmospheric Modelling Suite (Tony Arber)
  • LARES1: Laboratory Analysis for Research into Extra-terrestrial Samples (Monica Grady)
  • EST: European Solar Telescope (Sarah Matthews)

SSAP requested STFC continue to work with all three projects to expand their community reach and continue to develop the business cases for future (new) funding opportunities. In addition, SSAP have requested that STFC explore ways in which the concept of two projects—“ViCE: Virtual Centres of Excellence Programme / MSEMM Maximising Science Exploitation from Space Science Missions”—can be combined and, with community involvement, generate new funding for science exploitation and maximising scientific return in solar-system sciences. Initially this consultation will occur between SSAP and STFC.

We would like to thank the community again for its strong support, and rapid responses on very short timescales. A further “light touch” review will occur in 2020, with a new call for projects anticipated in 2021. SSAP continue to appreciate the unfamiliar approach a “call for proposals with no funding attached” causes to the community and are continuing to stress to STFC that the community would appreciate clearer guidance and longer timescales in future priority project calls.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Helen Fraser on behalf of SSAP

The Global Network for the Sustainability In Space (GNOSIS)

The Global Network for the Sustainability In Space (GNOSIS) is an STFC Network+ with the goal of helping researchers within the Particle, Nuclear and Astrophysics areas to engage with researchers from other research councils and industry to study the near Earth space environment. For more details, visit the GNOSIS website or see this issue of the GNOSIS newsletter.

Over the next few years we expect a large increase in the number of satellites in Earth orbit. This will lead to unprecedented levels of space traffic much of which will end as debris. The aim of this network is to understand the debris populations and its impact on space traffic management with a view to enabling a safer environment.

The free GNOSIS lunch event will be held on 18 November 2019 at the British Interplanetary Society at Vauxhall, London, with a video link to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, to facilitate participation from across the UK. Tickets can be obtained here.

GNOSIS will be producing a programme of meetings for both space operations specialists and subject matter novices and will be able to support the development of collaborative ideas through project and part graduate student funding. Details of our first workshop will be announced in the next month.

If you are an academic with no direct experience but have knowledge of areas such as observations, data analysis, simulation or even law, then register your interest on our website. If you are a currently working in the space sector or if you are just interested in the aims and goals of the network please also register your interest and get involved.

SWIMMR: A £19.9M programme of the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund

Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR) is a £19.9M programme of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund.

MIST would like draw the attention of the research community to the potential opportunities which will become available as a result of this programme, which received final approval from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in August. The programme will run from now until March 2023 and is aimed at improving the UK’s capabilities for space weather monitoring and prediction. UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund provides a means for linking research council investment to governmental research priorities, hence the areas being emphasised in the programme reflect space weather threats to critical infrastructure, as reflected in the UK national risk register.

The programme will be delivered jointly by the STFC and NERC, mainly through open grant calls, but including some elements of commissioned work to be delivered through open competitive tenders. The first calls are expected to appear during the coming weeks. More information about the programme is available through the RAL Space website, and is forthcoming from the NERC web site.

To mark the official launch of the programme and provide more details of the planned activities, a kick-off meeting is being held in the Wolfson Library of the Royal Society on Tuesday 26 November 2019, from 10:30. Pre-registration is required for this event and can be done using this link. We hope that many of you will be able to attend.

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.

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.