There have been some recent ingoings and outgoings at MIST Council - please see below our current composition!:
Charter amendment and MIST Council elections open
Nominations for MIST Council open today and run through to 8 August 2021! Please feel free to put yourself forward for election – the voting will open shortly after the deadline and run through to the end of August. The positions available are:
2 members of MIST Council
1 student representative (pending the amendment below passing)
We also move to amend the following articles of the MIST Charter as demonstrated below. Bold type indicates additions and struck text indicates deletions. Please respond to the email on the MIST mailing list before 8 August 2021 if you would like to object to the amendment; MIST Charter provides that it will pass if less than 10% of the mailing list opposes its passing.
4.1 MIST council is the collective term for the officers of MIST and consists of six individuals and one student representative from the MIST community.
5.1 Members of MIST council serve terms of three years, except for the student representative who serves a term of one year.
5.2 Elections will be announced at the Spring MIST meeting and voting must begin within two months of the Spring MIST meeting. Two slots on MIST council will be open in a given normal election year, alongside the student representative.
5.10 Candidates for student representative must not have submitted their PhD thesis at the time that nominations close.
SSAP roadmap update
The STFC Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP) is undertaking a review of the "Roadmap for Solar System Research", to be presented to STFC Science Board later this year. This is expected to be a substantial update of the Roadmap, as the last full review was carried out in 2012, with a light-touch update in 2015.
In carrying out this review, we will take into account changes in the international landscape, and advances in instrumentation, technology, theory, and modelling work.
As such, we solicit your input and comments on the existing roadmap and any material we should consider in this revision. This consultation will close on Wednesday 14 July 2021 and SSAP will try to give a preliminary assessment of findings at NAM.
This consultation is seeking the view of all members of our community and we particularly encourage early career researchers to respond. Specifically, we invite:
The Interim Board is composed of volunteers from the community in Europe. Its role is to coordinate the efforts so that the space weather (and including space climate) European community can:
Elect people to represent them
To reach this goal, the Interim Board is inviting anyone interested in and outside Europe to join the “Quo Vadis European Space Weather Community ” discussion forum.
Eligible European Space Weather Community members should register to the “Electoral Census” to be able to vote in June for the final choice of organisation.
This effort will be achieved through different actions indicated on the Quo Vadis webpage and special Slack workspace.
Call for applications for STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum
The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the ‘PEER Forum’) will support talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals, to ensure the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement.
To foster peer learning and support between early career scientists and engineers with similar passion for public engagement and outreach, thus developing a peer support network that goes beyond an individual’s term in the forum
To foster a better knowledge and understanding of the support mechanisms available from STFC and other organisations, including funding mechanisms, evaluation, and reporting. As well as how to successfully access and utilise this support
To explore the realities of delivering and leading public engagement as an early career professional and build an evidence base to inform and influence STFC and by extension UKRI’s approaches to public engagement, giving an effective voice to early career researchers
What will participation in the Forum involve?
Participants in the PEER Forum will meet face-to-face at least twice per year to share learning and to participate in session that will strengthen the depth and breadth of their understanding of public engagement and outreach.
Who can apply to join the Forum?
The PEER Forum is for practising early-career scientists and engineers who have passion and ambition for carrying out excellent public engagement alongside, and complementary to, their career in science or engineering. We are seeking Forum members from across the breadth of STFC’s pure and applied science and technology remit.
The specific personal requirements of PEER Forum membership are that members:
Have completed (or currently studying for – including apprentices and PhD students) their highest level of academic qualification within the last ten years (not including any career breaks)
Are employed at a Higher Education Institute, or a research-intensive Public Sector Research Organisation or Research Laboratory (including STFC’s own national laboratories)
Work within a science and technology field in STFC’s remit, or with a strong inter-disciplinary connection to STFC’s remit, or use an STFC facility to enable their own research
Clearly describe their track record of experience in their field, corresponding to the length of their career to date
Clearly describe their track record of delivering and leading, or seeking the opportunity to lead, public engagement and/or outreach
Can provide insight into their experiences in public engagement and/or outreach and also evidence one or more of
As MIST is a subcommunity of the Royal Astronomical Society, all MIST members are bound by the RAS Code of Conduct. If you have witnessed or been the subject of an incident, please refer to the following: