Volume XXIII, Issue 65

Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Marjorie Sowmendran, Todd King, Kevin Addison E-mail: editor at
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Table of Contents

1. Revised Schedule of SPA Events at Fall AGU

2. MEETING: DAP-2017 Meeting Schedule, January 11-13, Boulder, CO

3. MEETING: 12th International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows (ASTRONUM-2017), Saint Malo, France, 26-30 June, 2017

4. MEETING: UN/US Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative, Chestnut Hill, MA, July 31 – August 4, 2017

5. URSI Commission H Sessions, 19-26 August 2017, Montreal, Canada

6. SPEDAS Session at Mini-GEM, San Francisco, December 11

7. Special Issue in JGR-Space Physics on “Observations, Simulations and Theory of Electric Currents in the Solar System” — Second Announcement

8. Opportunities at ISEE, Nagoya University, Japan



Revised Schedule of SPA Events at Fall AGU

From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at

SPA Section Events, Tuesday December 13, 2016

4:00 PM Parker Lecture given by Tom Woods (LASP) in Moscone Center Room 2022/2024

5:00 PM Nicolet Lecture given by Tom Cravens (U. Kansas) in Moscone Center Room 2022/2024

6:15 PM SPA Agency Night in Moscone Center Room 2006

7:30 PM SPA Section Award Ceremony and Reception (Marriott Marquis Salon 7, same location as last year).

Please note that the Award Ceremony will be at the Reception rather than at Agency Night


MEETING: DAP-2017 Meeting Schedule, January 11-13, Boulder, CO

From: Mihaly Horanyi and Alan Stern (horanyi at

The Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma environment of the Moon and Small Bodies (DAP-2017) workshop will be a forum to (i) discuss our current understanding of the surface environment of the Moon, the moons of Mars, and asteroids, (ii) share new results from past and ongoing missions, and (iii) describe expectations for planned upcoming missions to airless bodies and comets. The workshop will take place January 11-13, in Boulder, CO.

The program is now available online:

The talks will be broadcasted, please visit the conference webpages for online access information.


MEETING: 12th International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows (ASTRONUM-2017), Saint Malo, France, 26-30 June, 2017

From: Nikolai Pogorelov (np0002 at

Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Maison de la Simulation (CEA/CNRS/UPS/UVSQ), France will organize ASTRONUM-2017. The conference will cover the following topics:

(1) Advanced numerical methods for space, astrophysical and geophysical flows; (2) Large-scale fluid-based, kinetic, and hybrid simulations; (3) Turbulence and cosmic ray transport;
(4) Magnetohydrodynamics
(5) Software packages for modeling and analyzing plasma flows /Visualisation

with the application to

(1) Physics of the Sun-Heliosphere-Magnetosphere;
(2) Interstellar medium and star formation;
(3) Cosmology and galaxy formation;
(4) Dynamo effect;
(5) Stellar Physics.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together leading experts in applied mathematics, space physics, astrophysics, and geophysics to discuss the application of novel numerical algorithms and petascale parallelization strategies to computationally challenging problems.

The conference will be structured around invited, 40-minute keynote and 25-minute regular talks, and a limited number of contributed talks, with the attempt to have no parallel sessions. The conference web site will be established in a few days and provide the information about the conference venue, registration, and means of transportation. E-mail inquiries about the meeting should be directed to and

Program Committee: Tahar Amari (CNRS Ecole Polytechnique), Edouard Audit (CEA, Maison de la Simulation, co-chair), Amitava Bhattacharjee (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory), Phillip Colella (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Anthony Mezzacappa (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Nikolai Pogorelov (University of Alabama in Huntsville, chair), Kazunari Shibata (Kyoto University), James Stone (Princeton University), Jon Linker (Predictive Science Inc.), and Gary P. Zank (University of Alabama in Huntsville).


MEETING: UN/US Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative, Chestnut Hill, MA, July 31 – August 4, 2017

From: Nat Gopalswamy (nat.gopalswamy at

UN/US Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative: The Decade after the International Heliophysical Year 2007
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
July 31 – August 4, 2017

This workshop marks the 10th anniversary of the International Heliophysical Year, which led to the genesis of the International Space Weather Initiative. It is organized in the framework of the Basic Space Science Initiative of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications to highlight the achievements made over the past ten years and to show-case the worldwide development of science, capacity building, and outreach. The UN Workshops on ISWI have been aimed at providing a global forum for space weather experts from developed and developing countries, including representatives of the major instrument operators and data providers. In particular the Workshop will focus on recent advances made in scientific research by utilizing ISWI instrument data in conjunction with space mission data in adding significant new knowledge on space weather phenomena near Earth and interplanetary space.

The workshop will begin with a high level international forum on the economic and societal effects of extreme space weather. This forum will include keynote speakers from major international organizations followed by a panel session to discuss issues and policies for acknowledging space weather as a global challenge.

The workshop is also held in preparation for UNISPACE+50 in 2018, the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE), held in Vienna in 1968. The three components of the Workshop will also help develop a coherent international policy towards an appropriate response to space weather.

More details on this workshop will be coming soon. For additional information contact Patricia Doherty (patricia.doherty at or Nat Gopalswamy (nat.gopalswamy at


URSI Commission H Sessions, 19-26 August 2017, Montreal, Canada

From: Ondrej Santolik (os at

URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium includes multiple sessions relevant to our community.

The abstract deadline is 30 January 2017
The meeting will occur from 19-26 August 2017 in Montreal, Canada Conference website:

Please consider submitting an abstract to our sessions, and traveling to Montreal to attend this conference! Note that there is also a very strong URSI Young Scientist program, which will provide substantial support for young researchers under 35 to attend this meeting. Additionally, students can also participate in the Student Paper competition. Thus this conference is an excellent opportunity for any early career scientists or students you know of!

The program highlights a General Lecture by Steven A. Cummer on “Transient luminous events and terrestrial gamma ray flashes”, a Commission H Tutorial lecture by Craig Rodger on “Drivers, detection, and wider significance of precipitation from the radiation belts” and tutorial lectures of other URSI commissions.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of URSI, the instructions for abstract submission allow multiple types of submissions, from a basic abstract through to a 4-page summary paper. Please note that a usual short abstract of ~250 words is sufficient for normal or invited submissions of an oral or poster presentation in all sessions relevant to our field. However, application for a URSI Young Scientist Award requires submission of a 4-page summary paper. This will be used by the URSI national committees to rank the applicants and determine who gets the support. A longer paper is required to participate in the Student Paper competition.

*** Highly relevant sessions organized by the URSI Commission H ***
Details can be found here:

“Macro/Micro-Scale Kinetic Processes at Natural Boundary Layers in Terrestrial and Planetary Environments” Conveners: B. Lembège, I. Shinohara and G. Lakhina

“Remote Sensing and Modeling of the Earth’s Plasmasphere and Plasmapause” Conveners: A. M. Jorgensen, V. Pierrard, B. Heilig

“Wave-Particle Interactions and Their Effects on Planetary Radiation Belts” Conveners: R. Horne, C. Kletzing, D. Shklyar

“Drivers, Detection, and Ionospheric Impacts of Precipitation from the Radiation Belts” Conveners: C. Rodger, M. A. Clilverd

“Laboratory Simulations”
Conveners: A. Fredriksen, T. A. Carter

“Radio Science for Space Weather”
Conveners: M. Messerotti, V. Pierrard

“Active Experiments”
Conveners: V. Sonwalkar, R. Moore, N. Jackson-Booth, T. Pedersen

“Atmospheric, Ionospheric, Magnetospheric and High Energy Effects of Lightning Discharges” Conveners: S. Celestin, N. Liu, M. Fullekrug

“Solar, Planetary, and Heliospheric Radio Emissions”
Conveners: P. Galopeau, G. Mann, H. O. Rucker,
Y. Yan, S. White, T. Bastian

“Open Session”
Conveners: O. Santolik, J. Lichtenberger


SPEDAS Session at Mini-GEM, San Francisco, December 11

From: Jim Lewis, Eric Grimes, Vassilis Angelopoulos, and the SPEDAS Team (jwl at

Dear SPA community,

The Space Physics Environment Data Analysis Software, a grass roots multi-mission analysis effort for Heliophysics, will be having a session at the mini-GEM meeting in the afternoon of December 11, 2016 (Holiday Inn Golden Gateway in San Francisco) in the Nevada room from 1:50 to 3:20 PM.

This will include the MMS, THEMIS, ERG and other Heliophysics/Geospace stakeholders. Our tentative agenda:

First 30-45 minutes: Tutorial of SPEDAS and recap of recent plugin developments, including the MMS plugin.

15-30 minutes: Presentations and status updates from other plugin developers and SPEDAS users

Remaining time: Open discussion of future development roadmap, feature and enhancement requests, Q and A with SPEDAS and plugin users and developers.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


Special Issue in JGR-Space Physics on “Observations, Simulations and Theory of Electric Currents in the Solar System” — Second Announcement

From: Andreas Keiling, Octav Marghitu, Michael Wheatland (keiling at

Submission acceptance: immediately
Submission deadline: 15 February 2017

As the guest editors, we invite you to submit papers to this Special Issue of JGR-Space Physics, which covers topics across the full spectrum of electric current phenomena relevant to all space plasma regions in our Solar System.

The Call for Papers reads (partially): “Electric currents are fundamental to the structure and dynamics of space plasmas. New developments in observations, simulations and theory make it timely to collect new research studies on electric currents. Hence, this special issue of JGR-Space Physics solicits research papers on electric currents in the ionospheres and magnetospheres of the Earth and other planets, in the heliosphere, and on the Sun. Studies are welcome addressing not only current system structure and dynamics but also the impacts and ramifications on the local space environment.”

Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS website for JGR-Space Physics. A link to GEMS and the Call for Papers can be found at:


Opportunities at ISEE, Nagoya University, Japan

From: Kazuo Shiokawa (shiokawa at

The ISEE, Nagoya University, has announced the opportunity of International Joint Research Program and ISEE/CICR International Workshop for the fiscal year 2017. The deadline of application is January 15, 2017.

For details, please see the following website.


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