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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.

Call for MIST/GEM Liaisons

There is a potential opening for a member of the MIST community to act as a liaison with the GEM (Geospace Environment Modelling) group. This will be an opportunity to act as a representative of the UK MIST community and inform GEM about relevant activities within the MIST community.

GEM liaisons will typically have the following responsibilities:

  1. Attend​​ a preponderance ​​of ​​GEM Steering ​​Committee ​​meetings​ ​at ​​summer​ ​workshop and​ ​mini-GEM​ ​​(June​ ​and​ ​December)
  2. Provide​​ written​​ annual​​ report​​ to​​ GEM Communications ​​Coordinator​​​ (by ​​April)
  3. Help ​​recruit ​​new​ ​GEM Steering​ ​Committee ​​members ​​​(as ​​needed)
  4. Provide ​​feedback​​ from​​ the​​ MIST community ​​and​​ share​​ with the GEM Chair/Vice​ ​Chair​ ​​(ongoing)

At this stage we would like to welcome any expressions of interest for this role from the community. If you are interested in being a GEM Liaison, then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including up to 100 words detailing why you would like to be a liaison and how your experience equips you for this role, and how often you would be able to attend GEM meetings.

If you have any further questions or would like more information about what the role would entail then please get in touch!

ESA Voyager 2050

As was touched upon at the business lunch at NAM, ESA has launched the next in its series of milestones to shape long-term scientific planning, which is called Voyager 2050.
The next milestone in this process is a call for white papers, and this is outlined in detail here. In short, 20 page proposals are invited describing clear science questions and explaining how a space mission would address those questions. The deadline is 5 August 2019.
MIST Council hopes that members of the MIST community are planning to submit white papers to this call, and we would be very interested to hear from those who are planning to do this, or those who have already applied to be part of the Topical Teams also outlined in the call.

MIST Council election results

Following a call for nominations, Greg Hunt (Imperial College London) and Maria-Theresia Walach (Lancaster University) have been elected unopposed to MIST Council. We congratulate the two new MIST councillors!

We would also like to express our thanks and appreciation to both Ian McCrea and Sarah Badman who are leaving MIST Council, for their invaluable contributions and commitment to the MIST community.

UK Space Agency call for nominations for the position of Chair of the Science Programme Advisory Committee

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) is seeking a new Chair for the Science Programme Advisory Committee (SPAC). The position of Chair of the Science Programme Advisory Committee will become vacant on 1 July 2019.

The UK Space Agency welcomes applications from the UK space science community. The full position and person specifications are on the Government's website.


Rishbeth Prizes 2013

Congratulations to James Blake (Leicester) and Sam Tuttle (Southampton), who have won this year's Rishbeth prizes.

James won the prize for the best MIST poster - his poster was on "H3+ peak altitude emission on Saturn".

Sam won the prize for the best MIST student talk - his talk was entitled "Estimating the energy spectrum of auroral electron precipitation at subkilometre spatial scales using multi-monochromatic optical observations".

Both will be contributing articles to A&G, so if you missed either of these presentations, you will be able to read about them there.

Congratulations to James and Sam, and many thanks to all who presented talks and posters at NAM.

Rishbeth Prizes 2014

Congratulations to Simon Thomas (Reading) and Hanna Dahlgren (Southampton/KTH), who won this year's Rishbeth prizes for their presentations at the Spring MIST meeting.

Simon won the prize for the best student talk, which was "Can we remote sense coronal mass ejections using neutron monitors?"

Hanna won the prize for the best poster, for "Investigation of the electrodynamics and formation mechanism of a polar cap arc".

Articles by both winners now appear in A&G (Thomas et al., Dahlgren et al.)

MIST Council Election

Voting is now open for a position on MIST Council. There are two candidates:

  • Ian McCrea
  • David Southwood

All members on the MIST mailing list should have received an email with a link to the voting form. The ballot will close at 23:00 BST on 3rd July, and the result will be announced the following day at the MIST business meeting at NAM. The elected candidate will join Mike Hapgood, Emma Woodfield, Mario Bisi and Rob Fear, all of whom remain on MIST Council.

Call for nominations to MIST Council

The membership of MIST Council is staggered, such that each year at least one position becomes vacant each year. This year there is one post up for election. If you would like to stand for election, or would like to nominate someone else, then please email Rob Fear (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the 31st May.

If you wish to nominate someone else, please first check with them to ensure they are willing to stand.

The elected candidate will join Mike Hapgood, Emma Woodfield, Mario Bisi and Rob Fear, all of whom remain on MIST Council. If you would like more information about what membership of MIST Council entails, then please contact one of them.

The election timetable is as follows:

Friday 31st May - close of nominations
Monday 3rd June - polls open
Friday 28th June - polls close
Monday 1st July - result announced