Issue 72, December 17, 2013

Table of Contents
1. NASA LWS TR&T Report 
2. 2014 SORCE Science Meeting, January 28-31, 2014, Cocoa Beach, Florida; 
Deadline: Friday, January 3
3. MEETING: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, April 27 – May 
2, 2014, Vienna, Austria
4. NASA Living with a Star, Extreme Space Weather Events II Workshop, June 9-
11, 2014, LASP, Boulder, Colorado
5. JOB OPENING: Positions for Post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, 
University of Oulo, Finland

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1. NASA LWS TR&T Report 
From: Nathan Schwadron 

Greetings Colleagues,

The NASA Living With a Star (LWS) Targeted Research and Technology (TR&T) 
Steering Committee Report on Recommended Focus Science Topics has 
been finalized and is now posted on the TR&T site: 

Best regards,

Nathan Schwadron
Chair of the LWS Steering Committee

2. 2014 SORCE Science Meeting, January 28-31, 2014, Cocoa Beach, Florida; 
Deadline: Friday, January 3
From: Vanessa George 

2014 SORCE Science Meeting
“Variability in the Sun and Climate over the SORCE Mission”
January 28-31, 2014  
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Pre-Registration and Hotel Reservation deadline:  **Friday, Jan. 3** 
At this meeting we will examine what we have learned in the past 11 years 
during the SORCE mission concerning variations in the Sun’s radiation, as 
well as the Sun’s influence on climate and global change.  We have many great 
speakers lined up and we would love to have you join us!  
Please visit the website (
events/meetings/2014-sorce-science-meeting/) for a science program overview, 
speaker list, abstracts, registration, hotel, logistics, etc.   We hope you 
will join us!  

3. MEETING: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, April 27 – May 
2, 2014, Vienna, Austria

Meeting Web Site:

Important Dates:
January 16, 2014    Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts
March 31, 2014    Early Registration Rate Deadline

List of Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST) Sessions:
(Detailed session descriptions will be published in a separate issue 
of SPA Newsletter.)

*** ST1 – Sun and Heliosphere

Open Session on the Sun and Heliosphere (including Hannes Alfvén 
Medal Lecture)
Convener: Volker Bothmer  | Co-Convener: Olga Malandraki 

Multipoint observations and modeling of the heliospheric plasma 
processes and their effects on the planets (co-organized)
Convener: Andrea Opitz  | Co-Convener: Volker Bothmer 

Particle acceleration mechanisms in solar system plasmas: 
observations and theory
Convener: Alessandro Retinò  | Co-Conveners: Drew Turner , Hamish 
Reid , Harald Kucharek , Adam Masters 

Solar irradiance variability: Measurements, Models, Proxies, and 
Convener: Matthieu Kretzschmar  | Co-Conveners: Margit Haberreiter , 
Marty Snow 

Planetary, Solar and Heliospheric Radio Emissions (co-organized)
Convener: Patrick Galopeau  | Co-Convener: Mohammed Y. Boudjada 

*** ST2 – Magnetosphere

Open Session on the Magnetosphere (including Julius Bartels Medal 
Convener: Natalia Ganushkina 

Multi-scale plasma processes in the Earth's environment
Convener: C.-Philippe Escoubet  | Co-Conveners: Arnaud Masson , Rumi 

Earth's Inner Magnetosphere: Feeding, Dynamics and Coupling 
Convener: Kirthika Mohan  | Co-Conveners: Fabien Darrouzet , 
Sandrine Rochel Grimald , Nigel Meredith 

Radiation Belt Dynamics (co-organized)
Convener: Ioannis A. Daglis  | Co-Conveners: R. B. Horne , Ian Mann 
, Elias Roussos 

Swarm – the first constellation to survey the Earth's magnetic field 
Convener: Eigil Friis-Christensen  | Co-Conveners: Georgios Balasis 
, Hermann Lühr , Gauthier Hulot 

*** ST3 – Ionosphere and Thermosphere

Open Session on the Ionosphere and Thermosphere
Convener: Jan Laštovi?ka  | Co-Convener: Bruno Zolesi 

Ionosphere-thermosphere interactions driven from below and above
Convener: Hermann Lühr  | Co-Conveners: Dalia Buresova , Joseph Huba 
, Claudia Stolle 

GALILEO GNSS Use in Ionospheric Research
Convener: Stanimir Stankov  | Co-Convener: Bruno Nava 

*** ST4 – Theory, Simulations, Solar System Plasma Physics

Theory and simulation of solar system plasmas
Convener: Jörg Büchner  | Co-Conveners: Giovanni Lapenta , Thierry 

Solar system plasma turbulence
Convener: Zoltan Voros  | Co-Conveners: Yasuhito Narita , Emiliya 
Yordanova  , Roberto Bruno , Marius M. Echim 

Astrophysical and Environmental Turbulence, Shocks, Explosions and 
Plasmas (co-organized)
Convener: Jose M. Redondo  | Co-Conveners: Philppe Fraunie , Luca 

Planetary Plasma Physics and Interactions in the Solar System (co-
Convener: Philippe Garnier  | Co-Conveners: Anna Milillo , 
Aikaterini Radioti 

*** ST5 – Space Weather and Space Climate

Space Weather and its Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space 
Environments: Science and Application (co-organized)
Convener: Hanna Rothkaehl  | Co-Conveners: Jean Lilensten , Viviane 

Space weather effects on the Earth's upper atmosphere
Convener: Dalia Buresova 

Space Weather in Planetary Systems
Convener: Gaël Cessateur  | Co-Conveners: Matthieu Kretzschmar , 
Savita Mathur , Alexander Shapiro 

*** ST6 – Society, Education and Public Outreach

Raising and maintaining awareness of our local space weather: 
education and public outreach (co-organized)
Convener: Athanasios Papaioannou  | Co-Convener: Jean Lilensten 

Learning how to teach geosciences: Teaching how to learn geosciences 
Convener: María Fernández Raga  | Co-Convener: Nikolaus J. Kuhn 

Teaching Geosciences: New Challenges and Opportunities. (co-
Convener: Joseph Liddicoat  | Co-Convener: Karen Pearson 

Earth Science apps (co-organized)
Convener: Antonio Jordán  | Co-Conveners: Lorena M. Zavala , Paulo 

4. NASA Living with a Star, Extreme Space Weather Events II Workshop, June 9-
11, 2014, LASP, Boulder, Colorado

Extreme space weather events are a rare yet crucial and distinct component of 
the Sun's variability. They have been implicated in the depletion of ozone 
and cloud formation, and their signatures may even be seen in tree ring 
records spanning more than a millennium into the past. Economically, they may 
have severe consequences ranging from human exposure to increased radiation 
to disruption of communications and electrical power. With recent advances in 
theory and the availability of new (and old!) datasets, together with 
society's continually increasing reliance on technology, a coordinated study 
of extreme events and their impacts at Earth is both timely and necessary. 

In this second of two informal workshops on this topic, we will report on 
progress concerning several key scientific questions addressed during the 
first workshop, as well as confronting several new issues. Although there 
will be a few formal presentations, the working group sessions are primarily 
intended to be discussion-oriented. We will have poster boards available for 
relevant material and we encourage attendees to bring a limited set of slides 
to make specific points during the working group sessions. 

The LWS Extreme Space Weather Events II Workshop will be held at the 
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado 
in Boulder on June 9-11, 2014. For more information, please visit 

5. JOB OPENING: Positions for Post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, 
University of Oulo, Finland
From: Timo Asikainen 

Positions for Post-doctoral researchers and PhD students are available at the 
University of Oulu, Finland, within the Centre of Excellence in “Research on 
Solar Long-term Variability and Effects” (ReSoLVE) of the Academy of Finland. 
The first funding period covers the years 2014 – 2016, with a possibility of 
extension to 2017 – 2019.

ReSoLVE studies the long-term (centennial) magnetic evolution of the Sun, 
which depicts a dramatic increase in the 20th century and a recent rapid 
decline, and the effects of this variability to the space around the Sun and 
to the near-Earth environment, focusing on the evolution of solar poloidal 
magnetic fields and their role in varying the level of electromagnetic 
disturbances and the flux of energetic particles in near-Earth space.
Specific research topics of ReSoLVE include, e.g., the solar wind and 
heliospheric magnetic field and their interaction with the Earth causing 
electromagnetic disturbances, energizing particles, and ionizing the 
atmosphere. Note that the effects of electromagnetic disturbances and 
energetic particles in the atmosphere are known to cause natural climate 
forcing whose overall significance is still unknown.
The vibrant atmosphere of challenging front-end research in an international 
team, as well as the wild beauty of the nature of the Northern Finland, 
including auroral displays, are guaranteed.

Post-doctoral researcher positions
A few post-doctoral researcher positions will be filled in 2014 for the first 
funding period. Extension may be possible if ReSoLVE is continued. PhD in 
space physics or a closely related field is required. Research experience 
within the above themes is appreciated. Successful candidates are expected to 
focus on research, but need to devote a fraction of time to supervising PhD 
students, lecturing and/or other education. The salary for Post-doctoral 
researchers is based on the job demand level 5-6 of the salary system for 
teaching and research staff in use in Finnish universities (upper table in 

PhD student positions
A number of PhD student positions will be filled in 2014 for the first 
funding period. MSc degree in space physics or a related field is required by 
the start of the position. A good command of English is mandatory. Successful 
candidates will perform PhD studies and related research at the University of 
Oulu. A description of PhD student admission requirements can be found at The salary for PhD students is based on the job 
demand level 2-4 (see above). 

Positions start to be considered and filled immediately

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Prof. Kalevi Mursula 
[kalevi.mursula(at)], chair of ReSoLVE. The entire application must be 
merged into a single pdf-file and attached to the e-mail including a subject 
field text “ReSoLVE Application”. 
The application must include the following parts:
•    Curriculum vitae (max 4 pages).
•    A brief description (max 2 pages) of research experience (Post-doc) 
and/or interest (PhD student) and its relation to the research topics of 
•    A list of publications, with up to five most relevant publications 
highlighted (Only Post-doc).
•    Names and contact information (incl. email and telephone number) of 
three persons willing to provide professional recommendations upon request.
Positions will be filled as long as suitable applicants are found. All 
positions include a 4-month trial period.

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