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Dr Shaun Bloomfield

Associate Professor

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering


I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2001 with a MSci (Honours) Physics with Astrophysics degree, before continuing at Queen’s for my PhD studies in Solar and Stellar Astrophysics. After successfully defending my thesis entitled “Oscillatory Phenomena in Solar and Stellar Atmospheres" in 2005, I accepted a Max Planck Fellow position at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany. In 2007 I moved to Trinity College Dublin in Ireland to initially work as a Research Fellow on the PROBA2 space-weather satellite, funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). During my 9 years at Trinity, I held an EU Framework Programme 7 Marie Curie Fellowship to study solar flare prediction, was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2012, joined the Science and Instrument Teams of the Spectrometer/Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX) payload on the upcoming ESA Solar Orbiter satellite mission, and in 2014 won EU Horizon 2020 funding for a space-weather consortium project (FLARECAST) as the Project Scientist. In 2016, I was appointed as a Reader at Northumbria University.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), a Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP), a lifetime Member of the Marie Curie Fellows Association and an Individual Member of both the International Astronomical Union and the European Physical Society.

In addition, I am an elected Board member of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society and co-Chair of the “Space Weather Forecasting” Topical Working Group within ESA’s Space Weather Working Team.

Campus Address

D119, Ellison Building


  • Science PhD June 30 2005
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2018
  • Individual Member of the European Physical Society 2012
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society FRAS 2005
  • Member of the Institute of Physics MInstP 2005

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Solar Flare Forecasting from Magnetic Feature Properties Generated by Solar Monitor Active Region Tracker, Domijan, K., Bloomfield, D., Pitié, F. Jan 2019, In: Solar Physics
  • Photospheric Shear Flows in Solar Active Regions and Their Relation to Flare Occurrence, Park, S., Guerra, J., Gallagher, P., Georgoulis, M., Bloomfield, D. 3 Aug 2018, In: Solar Physics
  • Flare Forecasting Using the Evolution of McIntosh Sunspot Classifications, McCloskey, A., Gallagher, P., Bloomfield, D. 22 Jun 2018, In: Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate
  • Forecasting Solar Flares Using Magnetogram-based Predictors and Machine Learning, Florios, K., Kontogiannis, I., Park, S., Guerra, J., Benvenuto, F., Bloomfield, S., Georgoulis, M. Feb 2018, In: Solar Physics
  • Active Region Photospheric Magnetic Properties Derived from Line-of-sight and Radial Fields, Guerra, J., Park, S., Gallagher, P., Kontogiannis, I., Georgoulis, M., Bloomfield, S. 2018, In: Solar Physics
  • Understanding the physical nature of coronal "EIT waves", Long, D., Bloomfield, S., Chen, P., Downs, C., Gallagher, P., Kwon, R., Vanninathan, K., Veronig, A., Vourlidas, A., Vršnak, B., Warmuth, A., Žic, T. Jan 2017, In: Solar Physics
  • A comparison of flare forecasting methods, I: Results from the 'All-Clear' Workshop, Barnes, G., Leka, K., Schrijver, C., Colak, T., Qahwaji, R., Ashamari, O., Yuan, Y., Zhang, J., McAteer, R., Bloomfield, S., Higgins, P., Gallagher, P., Falconer, D., Georgoulis, M., Wheatland, M., Balch, C., Dunn, T., Wagner, E. 26 Sep 2016, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • Flaring Rates and the Evolution of Sunspot Group McIntosh Classifications, McCloskey, A., Gallagher, P., Bloomfield, S. Aug 2016, In: Solar Physics
  • Conditions for electron-cyclotron maser emission in the solar corona, Morosan, D., Zucca, P., Bloomfield, D., Gallagher, P. 16 Apr 2016, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Performance of Major Flare Watches from the Max Millennium Program (2001-2010), Bloomfield, D., Gallagher, P., Marquette, W., Milligan, R., Canfield, R. Feb 2016, In: Solar Physics

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Andre Chicrala Amaral Silva Start: 01/10/2017


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