VINCENZO FERRARO AWARD 2019 for young scholars in Space Physics

The Vincenzo Ferraro Association intends to pay tribute to Prof. Vincenzo C.A. Ferraro, originally from Sorrento peninsula (Campania, Italy), an astrophysicist and pioneer in plasma physics, in order to encourage studies in the field of space physics.

With this in view, the Vincenzo Ferraro Association, represented by President Maddalena Ferraro, establishes for the year 2019 a “Vincenzo Ferraro” Prize to be assigned, after evaluation by a qualified scientific panel, to a young scholar in the physics of space plasmas with particular reference to his/her doctoral thesis.

Admission to this prize is reserved to students of Italian and foreign universities who have obtained a PhD degree in Physics or equivalent in Italy or abroad after September 1, 2014 with a thesis on topics relevant to the study of space plasmas.

All the details can be found in the attached official announcement.

Scientific long-term exchange – NAWA Ulam Programme

The aim of the Ulam Programme is to increase the internationalisation of Polish HEIs and scientific institutions. The Programme will allow both recognised and promising scientists with at least the doctoral degree, to visit Poland in order to strengthen the scientific potential of Polish entities and to participate in their scientific activities, primarily research projects and didactics. The Programme will allow to invite scientists from all around the world representing all fields of science to the Polish institutions of science and higher education. HEIs, scientific and research institutes will have the opportunity to invite specialists from their priority areas to Poland – they will make a significant contribution to the research conducted by a given institution, strengthen didactics or support the institution in applying for prestigious grants.

The Programme will facilitate a gradual increase in the number of foreign scientists involved in scientific research and teaching in Poland and also enable or deepen international contacts with foreign institutions.

Authorised applicants

An application under the Programme shall be submitted by an individual scientist who holds a doctoral degree awarded in a country other than Poland, does not hold Polish citizenship and has not lived, worked or studied in Poland since at least 2017. The condition of not being a Polish citizen does not apply to persons who are Polish citizens and whose full cycle of doctoral studies has been financed by the Polish government, as these persons are entitled to participate in the Programme,

The Programme is open to scientists representing all fields of science.

Activities implemented in the framework of the Programme

As part of the Programme, possible visits are those whose objective include:

  1. completing the first or a subsequent post-doctoral fellowship;
  2. conducting scientific research, including in cooperation with Polish scientists or research teams;
  3. obtaining materials for research or a scientific publication;
  4. conducting didactic classes at the host

Scholarship timeframes and financing

Foreign scientists may stay in Poland for 6 to 24 months, and they may be accompanied by members of their family, and in the case the Programme participant is a disabled person, by their assistant.

Scientists visiting Polish scientific institutions under the Programme will receive a monthly Scholarship for the duration of their stay and a mobility allowance, which will allow them to cover the travel costs.

Visit under the scholarship may not take place earlier than 1 October 2019 or later than 31 May 2020.

Deadline for submitting the proposals

The call for applications under the Programme will be held from 22 January to 23 April 2019 until 3:00 PM Central European Time (UTC +01:00) in an electronic form exclusively via the ICT system of the Agency.

More info at https://nawa.gov.pl/en/scientists/program-im-ulama/call-for-proposals

NSO (Boulder) – Community Science Program Post Doc – 2 Research Associate

1 – The NSO is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to work on the validation of science (level-2) data products in the solar chromosphere, in preparation for the first light of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) of the National Science Foundation (NSO).

The NSO has initiated an effort – funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Dr. Han Uitenbroek – that includes the inversion of spectro-polarimetric observations of the chromosphere with the DKIST, using the newly developed Departure coefficient driven Spectro-polarimetric Inversion with Response functions (DeSIRe) code. DeSIRe solves the Non-Local Thermodynamic (NLTE) problem of the magnetized chromosphere taking into account the line polarization induced by the Zeeman effect. It is expected that scattering polarization and the Hanle effect will also contribute importantly to the polarization of chromospheric signals (the so-called “NLTE of the 2nd kind”), especially above the quiet Sun and for near-the-limb observations. The complexity of the forward model for the scattering polarization in the magnetized chromosphere, unfortunately, makes it very hard to design efficient and reliable inversion schemes that could be used for routinely processing the very large data output that are expected of the DKIST.

Given the present lack of viable tools for inversion of chromospheric signals affected by scattering polarization, a useful first step is to validate the inversion products of DeSIRe and quantify the “errors” caused by neglecting scattering polarization and the Hanle effect. This can be done by using a forward model that includes scattering polarization in order to synthesize the spectral line polarization produced by DeSIRe-inverted atmospheres, and compare it with the original observations. The forward model that we identified for this task is the HanleRT code, which was developed at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (HAO-NCAR), also in Boulder. The successful candidate will work under the joint supervision of Dr. Roberto Casini (HAO) and Dr. Han Uitenbroek (NSO), and will be located at HAO. He/she will learn the physics of scattering polarization and the Hanle effect, polarized radiative transfer, and the application of both the DeSIRe and HanleRT code. The main deliverable of this appointment is the development of a data pipeline between the two codes, which will be capable of producing “synthetic maps” of the solar chromosphere using HanleRT, to be compared with the DKIST observations, starting from inverted data products from DeSIRe. An additional outcome will be the conception of a numerical/statistical approach to quantify the errors on the DeSIRe-inverted atmospheres based on the variance between the real and synthetic observations.

The appointment is initially for one year, renewable for a second year, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Requirements: PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, or related sciences; proficiency in Fortran 90, and OpenMPI; experience with data visualization methods and tools (e.g., IDL, Python VTK) and high-performance computing will be necessary. Basic knowledge of C is desirable.

Please apply on the AURA Company Website, using the link: recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/57b96f30-6a4b-42cc-8f73-d417a17b54e9/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=02d19fb6-3616-447e-a91f-783a3d6dfa2c

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory (NSO), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

2 – The NSO is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to work on the validation of science (level-2) data products in the solar corona, in preparation for the first light of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The successful applicant will work with senior scientists to develop a pipeline which will deliver scientifically valuable data for the community, with special emphasis on spectro-polarimetry with at least two of the DKIST first-light instruments.  The work will include the development of synthetic models of polarized light from the solar corona, analysis of infrared data from existing instruments such as HAO’s CoMP, and, eventually, unique data from DKIST instruments. The associate will develop skills in cutting edge theoretical and observational solar physics, with direct access to some of the first data from DKIST.  The work will be done mostly at NSO’s HQ in Boulder, Colorado, but will likely require travel to Hawaii, and international travel. The corona presents special challenges, and DKIST is the largest coronagraphic community facility devoted to measuring the coronal magnetic field. DKIST therefore offers the opportunity to work with data that break through previous barriers with significant potential for new understanding. The skills developed during the two-year appointment will be attractive to future employers at universities and elsewhere.

The main deliverable of this appointment is the development of data pipelines that will be capable of inverting spectro-polarimetric observations of the Corona into physical values of the coronal magnetic field that can be made available to the solar community.

The successful candidate will work under the joint supervision of Dr. Philip Judge (HAO) and Dr. Han Uitenbroek (NSO), and will be located at NSO. The appointment is initially for one year, renewable for a second year contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Requirements: PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, or related sciences. Experience with data visualization methods and tools (e.g., IDL, Python VTK) and high-performance computing is highly desirable.

Please apply on the AURA website, using the link recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/57b96f30-6a4b-42cc-8f73-d417a17b54e9/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=5000a579-af12-471a-a453-22d52927e061 The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory (NSO), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

L’ASI ha ospitato il workshop del Gruppo di Lavoro Nazionale dedicato allo Space Weather

Lo scorso 18 dicembre la sede dell’ Agenzia Spaziale Italiana ha ospitato il workshop “Italy’s Roadmap towards Space Weather Science”. L’evento aveva lo scopo di presentare alla comunità scientifica il percorso programmatico (roadmap) – predisposto dal Gruppo di Lavoro Nazionale appositamente creato da ASI –  avente come scopo finale la creazione di una base dati scientifica sulle tematiche dello Space Weather.

L’evento è stato introdotto dai saluti di Barbara Negri, Responsabile dell’Unità di Esplorazione ed Osservazione dell’Universo di ASI, che ha ricordato il grande valore accordato dall’Agenzia alla tematica, in considerazione delle numerose risorse di valore internazionale espresse dall’Italia in quest’area.

Christina Plainaki, ricercatrice dell’Unità di Ricerca Scientifica di ASI e coordinatore del Gruppo di Lavoro, ha poi illustrato le linee generali della roadmap. Di particolare rilievo, il proposito di raccogliere in un unico centro dati presso ASI (denominato ASPIS) i risultati degli esperimenti scientifici da spazio e delle misure da terra prodotte da diversi Enti di Ricerca (INAFINFNINGV) e dalle Università nazionali.

Credits. NEWS ASI

https://www.asi.it/it/news/space-weather-al-centro-dellattenzione

Assemblea nazionale SWICO 2018

L’ASSEMBLEA NAZIONALE “SPACE WEATHER ITALIAN COMMUNITY” per la rielezione del Presidente e del Consiglio Direttivo è convocata per il giorno 6 dicembre 2018 a Roma, dalle 10:30 alle 16:00  presso l'aula "Grassano" della Macroarea di Scienze dell'Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata.
Data l’importanza della riunione, si raccomanda la massima partecipazione. Il Presidente SWICO. Prof. V. Carbone.

“Premio Alberto Egidi” e “Premio Egidio Landi”

“Premio Alberto Egidi”

Per ricordare l’opera del Prof. Alberto Egidi, il Consorzio Interuniversitario di Fisica dello Spazio (CIFS), in collaborazione con il Dipartimento di Fisica dell’Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, ha istituito dal 2018 un premio a lui dedicato.
Il concorso è volto a premiare la migliore tesi di Dottorato di Ricerca con argomento Fisica del Mezzo interplanetario, Eliofisica, o Space Weather pubblicata nell’ultimo triennio (Cicli di Dottorato XXVIII, XXIX, XXX).
Il premio consiste nell’invito a presentare i risultati del lavoro di tesi con una comunicazione orale (30 minuti) durante la “Terza Conferenza della Comunità Solare ed Eliosferica Italiana” (SoHe3), che si svolgerà a Torino il 29-31 Ottobre 2018 (http://sohe3.oato.inaf.it/ ). Per il vincitore è previsto il rimborso delle spese di viaggio e l’esenzione dalla quota di iscrizione al Congresso stesso. Il vincitore avrà inoltre la possibilità di pubblicare il suo contributo nei proceeding del convegno sulla
Rivista “Nuovo Cimento”.

Il vincitore sarà selezionati tra i candidati segnalati dai rispettivi supervisori o da un membro del Collegio dei Docenti.
Tali segnalazioni dovranno riportare:

  • nome, cognome e indirizzo email del candidato;
  • curriculum del candidato;
  • breve relazione a cura del supervisore o di un membro del Collegio competente nella quale venga presentata la figura scientifica del candidato e i risultati conseguiti dalla tesi;
  • Istituto o Dipartimento presso il quale è stata svolta la tesi di Dottorato;
  • titolo ed un breve riassunto della tesi;
  • data di approvazione del Collegio competente;
  • indirizzo web, anche riservato, sul quale la tesi possa essere consultata in esteso dalla Commissione giudicatrice, garantendone comunque la riservatezza.

La segnalazione e la relativa documentazione deve essere fatta pervenire via email al Comitato Organizzativo Scientifico del Meeting SoHe3, all’indirizzo soc.sohe3@oato.inaf.it con oggetto “Candidatura Premio Egidi” entro il entro il 31 luglio 2018.

 

“Premio Egidio Landi”

Per ricordare l’opera scientifica del Prof. Egidio Landi Degl’Innocenti, l’INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino consegnerà nel 2018 un premio a lui dedicato. L’iniziativa è volta a premiare la migliore tesi di Laurea Magistrale con argomento Fisica Solare pubblicata nell’ultimo triennio (dal 1 luglio 2015 in poi).
Il “Premio Egidio Landi” consiste nell’invito a presentare i risultati del lavoro di tesi con una comunicazione orale (20 minuti) durante la “Terza Conferenza della Comunità Solare ed Eliosferica Italiana” (SoHe3), che si svolgerà a Torino il 29-31 Ottobre 2018 (http://sohe3.oato.inaf.it/ ). Per il vincitore è previsto inoltre il rimborso delle spese di viaggio e l’esenzione dalla quota di iscrizione al Congresso stesso. Il vincitore avrà inoltre la possibilità di pubblicare il suo contributo nei proceeding del convegno sulla Rivista “Nuovo Cimento”.

Il vincitore sarà selezionato tra i candidati che avranno inviato la domanda di partecipazione al premio allegando:

  • nome, cognome e indirizzo email del candidato;
  • curriculum del candidato;
  • breve relazione firmata a cura del supervisore o di un membro del Collegio competente nella quale venga presentata la figura scientifica del candidato e i risultati conseguiti dalla tesi;
  • Istituto o Dipartimento presso il quale è stata svolta la tesi di Laurea;
  • titolo ed un breve riassunto della tesi;
  • data di approvazione del Collegio competente;
  • indirizzo web, anche riservato, sul quale la tesi possa essere consultata in esteso dalla Commissione giudicatrice, garantendone comunque la riservatezza.

La domanda e la relativa documentazione devono essere fatte pervenire via email al Comitato Organizzativo Scientifico del Meeting SoHe3, all’indirizzo soc.sohe3@oato.inaf.it con oggetto “Candidatura Premio Landi” entro il 31 luglio 2018.

SoHe3

Terza Conferenza della Comunità Italiana di Fisica Solare ed Eliosferica
Torino, 29 – 31 Ottobre 2018

 

La “Terza Conferenza della Comunità Italiana in Fisica Solare ed Eliosferica – SOHE3” si terrà a Torino, dal 29 al 31 Ottobre 2018, e sarà organizzata dall’ INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino e dall’ Università di Torino – Dip. di Fisica. Il convegno avrà luogo nell’Aula Magna della “Cavallerizza Reale” (situata nel centro storico, in via Verdi 9, Torino).

Oratori invitati confermati: Luca Belluzzi, Catia Grimani, Enrico Landi, Gianni Lapenta, Lorenzo Matteini, Giuseppina Nigro, Susanna Parenti, Mirko Piersanti, Paolo Romano, Paola Testa. Una versione preliminare del programma scientifico è disponibile sul sito web della conferenza.

Invio degli abstract e registrazione alla conferenza: adesso aperte, con scadenza 31 agosto 2018.
Richiesta di supporto economico per studenti e post-doc: adesso aperta, con scadenza 31 agosto 2018.

Atti della conferenza: gli atti della conferenza SOHE3 saranno pubblicati sulla rivista “Il Nuovo Cimento”; tutti gli autori selezionati per una presentazione orale o poster saranno invitati a pubblicare un articolo su un volume dedicato agli atti della conferenza.

Per maggiori chiarimenti su tutti gli argomenti sopra elencati si prega di fare riferimento al sito internet della conferenza, oppure di inviare una mail al LOC o al SOC agli indirizzi sotto indicati.

WEBSITE: http://sohe3.oato.inaf.it/

SOC (soc.sohe3@oato.inaf.it):
Alessandro Bemporad – INAF Osservatorio di Torino
Serena Criscuoli – NSO, National Solar Observatory, Boulder, CO
Dario Del Moro – Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Dipartimento di Fisica
Salvo Guglielmino – Università degli Studi di Catania
Simone Landi – Università di Firenze & INAF Osservatorio di Arcetri
Monica Laurenza – INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Roma
Fabio Reale – Università di Palermo & INAF Osservatorio di Palermo
Thomas Straus – INAF Osservatorio di Capodimonte
Antonio Vecchio – LESIA-Observatoire de Paris- France / Dept. of Astrophysics/IMAPP – Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherland

LOC (loc.sohe3@oato.inaf.it):
Alessandro Bemporad (Chair)
Lucia Abbo
Carlo Benna
Tullia Carriero
Alberto Cora
Annalisa Deliperi
Silvano Fineschi
Federica Frassati
Silvio Giordano
Salvatore Mancuso
Silvano Massaglia
Gianalfredo Nicolini
Stefania Rasetti
Roberto Susino
Luca Zangrilli

Giornata di presentazione di EST ai Lincei

Con piacere vi informiamo della giornata di presentazione di EST “European Solar Telescope”, che si terrà il prossimo 5 ottobre dalle ore 9.30 presso la Palazzina dell’Auditorium dell’Accademia dei Lincei, Via della Lungara 230, Roma.
Questa giornata sarà la prima di una serie di eventi analoghi organizzati nei 15 paesi europei che partecipano alla realizzazione del progetto.

Inserito nel 2016 nella road map di ESFRI come “struttura di ricerca di importanza strategica”, EST sarà il più grande telescopio solare europeo e tra i maggiori al mondo.

Il progetto EST vede coinvolti 21 istituzioni scientifiche ed industriali, di 15 Paesi europei, ed è stato finora finanziato dalla Commissione Europea attraverso progetti dei programmi FP7 e H2020 per un totale di più di 16 milioni di Euro.

La giornata di presentazione vedrà la partecipazione della comunità scientifica italiana ed europea coinvolta nel progetto, dell’eccellenza italiana del settore industriale per l’astrofisica, delle istituzioni e della stampa ed è organizzato, con il supporto dell’Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), dalle istituzioni scientifiche italiane coinvolte in EST: l’Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica e le Università della Calabria, Catania e Roma “Tor Vergata”.

Seguiranno maggiori dettagli sul programma dell’evento.

Cogliamo l’occasione per porgere cordiali saluti
Il Comitato Scientifico (F. Berrilli, M. Collados, I. Ermolli, F. Lepreti, F. Zuccarello)

 

Italian contribution at the IAU Symposium 335 “Space Weather of the Heliosphere: Processes and Forecasts”

On the 17th-21st July 2017, several memebers of SWICO joined the International Astronomical Union Symposium at University of Exeter, UK. The subject of the symposium was “Space Weather of the Heliosphere: Processes and Forecasts” and they presented several projects.

Among the others, Mauro Messerotti (INAF-OATS) gave an invited talk on “Defining and Characterising Heliospheric Weather and Climate”. The talk was focused on the basic definitions, phenomenology and workflows that lead to monitoring, modelling and predicting both Heliospheric Weather and Heliospheric Climate by pointing out gaps and pitfalls that can affect the development of a robust operational machinery. This requires step forwards in understanding the physics of heliospheric phenomena via long-term, multi-wavelength, and multi-scale observations, still a chimera despite the social benefits it could provide.

Stefania Lepidi, from Italian Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), presented two posters in the session “Impact of solar wind  structures and radiation on magnetospheres”. The first poster deals with the determination of the Earth’s magnetic dip poles using measurements from the Swarm ESA’s constellation of satellites; the second one, in collaboration with the University of L’Aquila, was about the determination of the southern polar cusp location from geomagnetic ground measurements at a pair of Antarctic stations. In both works, the magnetospheric dynamics related to the interaction with the external interplanetary magnetic field was investigated.

Roberta Forte (UTOV) gave a talk in the session “Space weather monitoring, instrumentation, data and services: Future Missions and Instrumentation”. The focus of the talk was the calibration pipeline and the first data analysis results of the MOTH (Magneto-Optical filters at Two Heights) instrument, a dual channel telescope, based on Magneto-Optical Filters (MOFs), that provides full disk line-of-sight Doppler velocity and magnetic field at two levels in the solar atmosphere, useful to investigate atmospheric dynamics and Space Weather phenomena.

Two posters were presented in the same session. A first poster introduced the SWERTO service, an operational Space Weather service that will allow to access scientific data mainly from satellite-borne (e.g.,PAMELA, ALTEA) and ground-based (e.g., IBIS, MOTH II) instruments in which UTOV Space Weather team is involved. A second poster presented the Ionospheric Prediction Service (IPS) project, a collaboration of Telespazio (coordinator), Nottingham Scientific Ltd, Telespazio Vega Deutschland, the University of Nottingham, the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), with the aim of designing and developing a prototype platform able to translate the prediction and forecast of the ionosphere effects into a service customized for specific GNSS user communities.

Gianluca Napoletano, from University of L’Aquila, presented a poster in the session “Forecasting Models” about a probabilistic approach to Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejection Propagation developed using a Drag-Based Model.

International Space Weather Medals Call for Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the 2017 contest for the international space weather medals. The new medal recipients will be announced in a medal ceremony at the European Space Weather Week, the 27th of November, 2017.

All three prizes (Chizhevsky, Nicolet, Birkeland) are prestigious recognitions of recipients’ major contributions in the field of space weather. Medal recipient’s work must have been documented in peer review journals or book chapters, or must be a technological contribution that has led to a fully implemented new space weather capability. Medal
recipient’s work must be relevant to space weather and/or space climate. The work must also be internationally recognized.

Please find the necessary information at the URL:
http://www.stce.be/esww14/medals.php

We encourage all of you to think about potential nominees.

With Kind Regards,

Mauro Messerotti, on behalf of the SW Medal Committee