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Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA) 2020


Northumbria University

The Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University is delighted to be hosting the first Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA) meeting from 27th to 30th July 2020. The WISA meeting takes over from the successful BUKS series of meetings, welcoming all to participate.

The Sun's atmosphere provides a unique laboratory to examine many Magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) phenomenon that occur in magnetised plasmas. The WISA meetings are dedicated to progressing our understanding of MHD wave phenomenon; examining how they drive and contribute to the observed dynamics from the photosphere to corona, and how they can be exploited to probe plasma conditions.  

This meeting will focus on four key topics, namely:

  • Wave generation, energy transport, dissipation and heating
  • Instabilities
  • Seismology of solar and stellar atmospheres
  • Novel diagnostic techniques and forward modelling

The meeting will consist of invited and solicited talks, and posters.

We welcome you to submit an abstract to the meeting. The submission form for abstracts can be found here (link to web form). The deadline for abstracts submission is the 15th May 2020.

Invited Speakers:

  • Elena Kupriyanova (Central Astronomical Observatory at Pulkovo, Russia)
  • Tanmoy Samanta (X)
  • Mahboubeh Asgari-Targhi (Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian, USA)
  • Andrew Hillier (Exeter University, UK)
  • Dmitrii Kolotkov (Warwick University, UK)
  • Tobias Felipe (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain)
  • David Pascoe (KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Maria Montes-Solis (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain)


The registration fee is £65. Registration will open on the 15th May 2020 and the deadline is the 15th June 2020.

Accommodation & Travel

A selection of student accommodation and local hotels will be available shortly at the link below. There are also plenty of other local options for accommodation.

Northumbria University is located at the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne and is very accessible by motorway access, Newcastle Central railway station, and Newcastle International Airport. 

The conference will take place in our Business & Law building at City Campus East, building number 5 on this map further travel and other information can be found at the Practical Information link below.

Should you have any questions please e-mail the conference organisers.

Conference dinner

Details of the conference dinner are TBC.

Key Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline 15 May 2020
  • Registration opens 15th May 2020
  • Requests for travel support deadline 30 May 2020
  • Registration deadline 15 June 2020

Local Organising Committee:

  • Richard Morton
  • Patrick Antolin
  • Shaun Bloomfield
  • Natasha Jeffery
  • James McLaughlin
  • Eamon Scullion
  • Ajay Tiwari

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Tom Van Doorsselaere (KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Inigo Arregui (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Spain)
  • Dipanker Banerjee  (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India)
  • Anne- Marie Broomhall (Warwick University, UK)
  • Bo Li (Shandong University, China)
  • Mihalis Mathioudakis (Queen's University Belfast, UK)


Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East 1
Business & Law Building
Newcastle upon Tyne


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