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:
We would strongly encourage our community to continue to participate in eradicating these issues from our scientific and every day lives.
MIST Council would like to congratulate Joe Eggington and Rob Shore for winning the Rishbeth Prizes for best student talk and best poster respectively at the 2018 Spring MIST meeting held in Southampton.
Joe’s talk was on the topic of ‘Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling in global MHD simulations’, and Rob’s poster posed the question ‘How directly driven are the polar ionospheric equivalent currents?’
As part of winning the prize, Joe and Rob have been invited to write articles for Astronomy & Geophysics – watch out for those in an upcoming issue!
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!
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.