Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

Latest news

RAS Awards

The Royal Astronomical Society announced their award recipients last week, and MIST Council would like to congratulate all that received an award. In particular, we would like to highlight the following members of the MIST Community, whose work has been recognised:
  • Professor Nick Achilleos (University College London) - Chapman Medal
  • Dr Oliver Allanson (University of Birmingham) - Fowler Award
  • Dr Ravindra Desai (University of Warwick) - Winton Award & RAS Higher Education Award
  • Professor Marina Galand (Imperial College London) - James Dungey Lecture

New MIST Council 2021-

There have been some recent ingoings and outgoings at MIST Council - please see below our current composition!:

  • Oliver Allanson, Exeter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to 2024 -- Chair
  • Beatriz Sánchez-Cano, Leicester (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to 2024
  • Mathew Owens, Reading (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to 2023
  • Jasmine Sandhu, Northumbria (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to 2023 -- Vice-Chair
  • Maria-Theresia Walach, Lancaster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to 2022
  • Sarah Badman, Lancaster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to 2022
    (co-opted in 2021 in lieu of outgoing councillor Greg Hunt)

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)

Please email nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8 August 2021. Thank you!

Charter amendment

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.

The current version of the SSAP Roadmap can be found here.

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:

Comments and input on the current "Roadmap for Solar System Research" via the survey by clicking here.

Short "white papers" on science investigations (including space missions, ground-based experimental facilities, or computing infrastructure) and impact and knowledge exchange (e.g. societal and community impact, technology development). Please use the pro-forma sent to the MIST mailing list and send your response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Quo vadis interim board


A white paper called "Quo vadis, European space weather community" has been published in J. Space Weather Space Clim. which outlines plans for the creation of an organisation to represent the European space weather community.
Since it was published, an online event of the same name was organised on 17 March 2021. A “Quo Vadis Interim Board” was then set up, to establish a mechanism for this discussion, which will go on until June 21st.

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:

  1. Organise itself
  2. 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.

MIST online seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Tuesday 02 May 2023 | 11:00 - 12:00 GMT | Mark Lester (University of Leicester)

Title TBA




Past Seminars

Previous MIST online seminars are recorded and available on the  MIST YouTube channel .

Links to individual seminars are in the table below.



Title (Click for Link to Seminar)

07 Mar 2023

Audrey Schillings

(University of Leicester)

Strong variations in the Earth’s magnetic field (dB/dt spikes) possibly associated with sub-auroral polarizations streams (SAPS)

17 Feb 2023

Alexandra Fogg 

(Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)

Investigating the effects of solar wind pressure pulses on the terrestrial magnetosphere

01 Nov 2022

Ingrid Cnossen

(British Antarctic Survey)

Climate of the upper atmosphere: Long-term change and North-South asymmetries

04 Oct 2022

Alan Wood

(University of Birmingham)

Ionospheric structures and their drivers observed with the International LOFAR Telescope and the ESA Swarm mission

06 Sept 2022

Andrew Kavanagh

(British Antarctic Survey)

Simultaneous multi-scale measurements of Ion Drift in the Earth's Auroral Ionosphere

07 June 2022

Maria-Theresia Walach

(Lancaster University)

Ionospheric Electrodynamics at Earth

03 May 2022

Chris Owen


Solar Orbiter – Progress to date and prospects going forward.

05 April 2022

Henrik Melin

(University of Leicester)

Aeronomy of the giant planets from over 30 years of H3+ observations

01 February 2022

Daniel Whiter

(University of Southampton)

Neutral heating by auroral electrodynamics

07 December 2021

Adam Masters

(Imperial College London)

A More Viscous-Like Solar Wind Interaction With All the Giant Planets

02 November 2021

Sandra Chapman

(University of Warwick)

‘Data analytics’ approaches to space weather in space and time

05 October 2021

Laura Berčič

(Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL)

Physical mechanisms related to the sunward electron deficit in the solar wind

07 September 2021

Beatriz Sánchez-Cano

(University of Leicester)

Mars’ Space Weather: the role of the ionosphere for (near) unmagnetised planets 

06 July 2021

Graziella Branduardi-Raymont

(University College London)



Soft X-ray imaging of geospace with SMILE

01 June 2021

Julia Stawarz

(Imperial College London)

Turbulence and Magnetic Reconnection in Space Plasmas: Insights from the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

04 May 2021

Emma E. Woodfield

(British Antarctic Survey)

From Van Allen to Juno: Radiation Belts of the Solar System

13 April 2021

David Themens

(University of Birmingham)

Data first, physics later: How user needs have framed the development of E-CHAIM

02 March 2021

Martin Archer

(Imperial College London)

Researchers and public engagement: What role should I play to make a real difference?

02 February 2021

Luke Barnard

(University of Reading)

Coronal Mass Ejection modelling and prediction with Heliospheric Imagers

12 January 2021

Gabrielle Provan

(University of Leicester)

Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at Saturn and Jupiter in the era of Juno and Cassini

01 December 2020

Mike Lockwood

(University of Reading)

Semi-annual and Universal Time variations in the magnetosphere

03 November 2020

Clare Watt

(Northumbria University)

Earth's outer radiation belt: From microscale to macroscale

06 October 2020

Imogen Gingell

(University of Southampton)

Earth’s Bow Shock: A Laboratory for Kinetic Plasma Physics

01 September 2020

Caitriona Jackman

(Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)

Solar wind influence at the gas giant planets

04 August 2020

Jim Wild

(Lancaster University)

Space weather: living with our star

14 July 2020

Daniel Verscharen

(Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL)

Kinetic physics, collisions, and turbulence in the solar wind: a multi-scale perspective