Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

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MIST recognised in 2018 RAS awards

MIST Council would like to congratulate those who have been recognised for contributions to the field by the Royal Astronomical Society recently, but particularly we would like to congratulate those members of the MIST community who are to be honoured at the next National Astronomy Meeting.

Emma Bunce has won the Chapman Medal for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the magnetospheres of gas giants, Matt Taylor has won the Service Award for his exceptional work in co-ordinating and contributing to ESA's Rosetta mission, and Jim Wild has been awarded the James Dungey lectureship for his excellent and highly relevant work on substorms and reconnection in the magnetotail. We would also like to congratulate Kerri Donaldson Hanna for winning the Winton Award for planetary science.

MIST Council applauds each of the winners, alongside the other academics who will be recognised in Liverpool this spring!

More details are available at the RAS website.

New MIST councillors in 2017

Congratulations to Jasmine Sandhu and Jonny Rae, both at MSSL, who have been elected (and, in Jonny’s case, re-elected) to MIST Council. They join Ian McCrea (Chair - RAL), Sarah Badman (Lancaster), Luke Barnard (Reading) and John Coxon (Southampton), all of whom continue in their posts.

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Rishbeth Prizes 2017

Congratulations to Jade Reidy (University of Southampton) and Mervyn Freeman (British Antarctic Survey) for winning this year's Rishbeth prizes for their presentations at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull this July.

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Nigel Wade

Nigel Wade
Nigel Wade - University of Leicester

It is with deep sadness that we have to inform the MIST community of the untimely death after a short illness of Nigel Wade who worked in the Radio and Space Plasma Physics (RSPP) group at Leicester for over 30 years.

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New Members of MIST Council

After a hard-fought campaign by the five candidates, the results of the MIST Council elections are now in!

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RAS Meeting: Dynamic coupling in the terrestrial atmosphere

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting is to be held at Burlington House on Friday 8 December. The meeting is being convened in conjunction with the Royal Meteorological Society, and is convened by Tracy Moffat-Griffin and Andrew Kavanagh (BAS); Nick Mitchell (Bath); and Alan Gadian (Leeds). If you'd like more details, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you'd like to attend, please register on the Eventbrite page for the meeting so that the convenors can tailor the meeting space to the number of attendees.

The abstract is below!

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the lower, middle and upper atmosphere are more strongly coupled than was once thought to be the case and that atmospheric waves play a central role in this coupling. Generated by a variety of sources, these waves carry energy and momentum vertically, and are a principle driver of atmospheric circulation, transporting important chemical species through the atmosphere. In the lower atmosphere global scale waves (tides and planetary waves) are generated; smaller scale waves (such as gravity waves) are generated by weather systems, topographic flow and the polar vortex as well as by processes in the upper atmosphere (via space weather effects). There is growing evidence that space weather can have an effect on surface conditions in the Polar Regions yet the coupling mechanism is not fully understood. This meeting aims to bring together the lower, middle and upper atmosphere communities to explore these coupling effects and their impact on global circulation.

MIST at NAM 2013: Call for Parallel Sessions

As discussed at our business meeting in Manchester, MIST will join in the 2013 National Astronomy Meeting as usual. Please note that this meeting is in July, rather than March/April, but the presence of the meeting in St. Andrews provides an excellent opportunity for joint sessions with the UK Solar Physics Community.

Below is the call for session proposals; proposals on current topics in MIST science are strongly encouraged, in order to ensure that we have a series of good MIST sessions, both oral and poster, throughout the meeting period.

Read more: MIST at NAM 2013: Call for Parallel Sessions

Autumn MIST 2012

The programme and list of abstracts for this year's Autumn MIST meeting are now available. We had an excellent response - many thanks to all who submitted an abstract!

The meeting will run from 10:30-17:15 on Friday 30th November at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, London. Coffee will be served from 10:00.


The RAS poster boards are 914mm by 1082mm (portrait). They can therefore display A1 posters in either portrait or landscape, or A0 portrait.

Future MIST meetings

Two dedicated MIST meetings are held each year; a one-day meeting in London in November, and a multi-day 'out-of-town' meeting in the spring. Spring MIST is held at the National Astronomy Meeting every other year, with this occurring in odd-numbered years. The dates of upcoming MIST meetings are:


  • Autumn MIST, 25 November 2016, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
  • MIST at NAM, 3–7 July 2017, University of Hull
  • Autumn MIST, autumn 2017, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
  • Spring MIST, spring–summer 2018, University of Southampton

Future RAS meetings with a MIST theme

Members of the MIST community propose and organise one-day meetings on MIST themes as part of the RAS specialist discussion meeting series. Meetings in the current academic year include:

  • Multi-scale dynamic auroral processes – 13 January 2017
  • Understanding the space environment before the space age – 10 February 2017
  • High-latitude magnetospheres: Earth, Jupiter and Saturn – 10 March 2017

For a full list of upcoming RAS specialist discussion meetings, please see the RAS website.