Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

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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.

Autumn MIST schedule

Autumn MIST is being held on Gather and Zoom, 19–20 November 2020, is now available! 

The full schedule is available below, or you can click here to download and view a PDF. The links to the Zoom webinar, and the Gather rooms, are available through the MIST mailing list, along with a Google Drive folder containing all the posters in PDF format. If you are an attendee and do not subscribe to the MIST mailing list, you can subscribe.

The full list of abstracts can be downloaded here.

Thursday 19 November 2020

10:00 – Session 1 – Chair: Jasmine Sandhu

  • 10:00 – Sandra Chapman – A regular clock for the Schwabe and Hale variations in solar and geomagnetic activity
  • 10:15 – Megan Maunder – Multi-spacecraft observations of a new type of high-latitude ICME
  • 10:30 – Joel Baby Abraham – Statistical analysis of solar wind electron populations using Parker Solar Probe
  • 10:45 – Thomas Woolley – The proton core behaviour inside magnetic field switchbacks

11:16 – Session 2 – Chair: John Coxon)

  • 11:16 – Seong-Yeop Jeong – The evolution of the electron-strahl velocity distribution in the inner heliosphere
  • 11:31 – Sadie Robertson – A statistical study of magnetopause flux ropes near the Electron Diffusion Region (EDR) using Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS)
  • 11:46 – Lauren Orr – Wavelet and network analysis of magnetic field variation and geomagnetically induced currents during large storms

13:02 – Poster Session 1

14:14 – Session 3 – Chair: Oliver Allanson

  • 14:14 – Ned Staniland – First evidence of a cushion region at Saturn and a reconsideration of why it forms
  • 14:29 – Dale Weigt – Characteristics of Jupiter's X-ray auroral hot spot emissions using Chandra
  • 14:44 – John Coxon – MIST Council update

Friday 20 November 2020

10:00 – Session 4 – Chair: Greg Hunt

  • 10:00 – Emma Woodfield – The effect of hiss waves on electrons in Saturn’s radiation belts
  • 10:15 – Josh Wiggs – Modelling plasma transport at the outer planets using a kinetic-ion, fluid-electron approach – validation
  • 10:30 – Adrian LaMoury – Solar wind control of jets impacting the magnetopause
  • 10:45 – Beatriz Sanchez-Cano – Mars' ionopause: A matter of pressures

11:16 – Session 5 – Chair: Maria-Theresia Walach

  • 11:16 – Laura Fryer – Observations of closed magnetic flux embedded in the lobe during periods of northward IMF
  • 11:31 – Mayur Bakrania – Using dimensionality reduction and clustering techniques to classify space plasma regimes
  • 11:46 – Jasmine Kaur Sandhu – Identifying storm-time variations in ULF wave power and implications for radiation belt dynamics

13:02 – Poster Session 2

14:14 – Session 6 – Chair: Mathew Owens

  • 14:14 – Samuel Walton – The relative contribution of enhancement and loss to global variations in relativistic outer radiation belt electrons
  • 14:29 – Téo Bloch – Constraining the location of the outer boundary of the radiation belts
  • 14:44 – Alexander Lozinski – Optimisation of a steady state radial diffusion model to derive diffusion coefficients for the proton radiation belt