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STFC Introductory Course in Solar and Solar-terrestrial Physics


Northumbria University

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We are excited to announce that Northumbria University will play host for the STFC Introduction to Solar and Solar Terrestrial Physics Summer School.  

Whilst we organise the programme, we would like to encourage all students who have either started their PhD since the last summer school or who will be joining our community in September/October, or indeed any other interested parties, to register your interest below, to be held 21-26 August 2022 at Northumbria University in Newcastle.  

This school is free to attend for all STFC students, but we also offer places for non-STFC students at cost so please get in touch if you would like to come but are not STFC funded.

STFC has also given us funds to support those with caring or other responsibilities to ease difficulties in attending residential courses - please get in touch if this applies to you!

Please could you circulate the link to your students, colleagues and collaborators and encourage prospective attendees to fill it in by 30th June so that we can start to plan for numbers and book accommodation.

A preliminary scientific programme is outlined below, which will be delivered by a combination of local experts and academics across the country.

Preliminary Programme

Sunday August 21

  • 14.00 – 18.00 Arrival and registration
  • 18.00 – Icebreaker Reception

Monday August 22

  • 09.00 – 10.30 Introduction to Plasma Physics (Core 1)
  • 11.00 – 12.30 MHD: Introduction (Core 2)
  • 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 – 15.30 Solar Interior and Helioseismology (Core 3)
  • 16.00 – 17.30 Good mental health during your PhD (Specialist 1)

Tuesday August 23

  • 09.00 – 10.30 MHD: Waves and instabilities (Core 4)
  • 11.00 – 12.30 Magnetic reconnection (Core 5)
  • 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 – 15.30 Introduction to the Solar Atmosphere (Core 6)
  • 16.00 – 17.30 Down to Earth – session on public outreach (Specialist 3)
  • 18:30 –  Excursion

Wednesday August 24

  • 09.00 – 10.30 CMEs, the Solar Wind and the Heliosphere (Core 7)
  • 11.00 – 12.30 Magnetosphere (Core 8)
  • 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 17.00 Hands on computing: Introductory Python coding

Thursday August 25

  1. 09:00 – 10:30 Ionosphere (Core 9)
  2. 11:00 – 12:30 Mesosphere and Thermosphere (Core 10)
  3. 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
  4. 14:00 – 15:30 Solar Variability and Climate (Core 11)
  5. 16:00 – 17:30 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Specialist 3)
  6. 18.30 – Conference Dinner, in Sandyford Building

Friday August 26

  • 09:00 – 10:30 Planetary Plasma environments (Core 12)
  • 11:00 – 14:00 Space weather disaster scenario including Lunch (Specialist 4)
  • 14:00 Close

You can register your interest HERE 

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Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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