January 20, 2015. 3rd SOLARNET Workshop "Polarization in the Sun, the Solar System, and Beyond", 25-28 May 2015, Granada, Spain (First Announcement).

The 3rd SOLARNET Workshop “Polarization in the Sun, the Solar System, and Beyond” will take place in Granada (Spain) between 25-28 May 2015, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC).
The goal of this workshop is to present the latest advances in astronomical polarimetry and spectropolarimetry, with a focus on the sun, solar system bodies, stars, and exoplanets. We also aim at bringing together the different communities and fostering collaborations between them. In order to provide a detailed account of the latest developments in these areas - including instrumentation, measurement techniques, data analysis and interpretation - the following sessions have been scheduled:

- Instrumentation (ground, space, laboratory)
- Solar Photosphere
- Solar Chromosphere, Transition Region, and Corona
- Magnetic Field Diagnostics
- Polarization in the Solar System
- Stellar Magnetic Fields and Exoplanets

The workshop will be carried out right after the 3rd SOLARNET School on “Solar Magnetic Fields: Modeling and Measuring Techniques” (18-23 May 2015, Granada, Spain).

Online registration and abstract submission will be opened in early January 2015. Please mark your calendars!

Scientific Organizing Committee
L. Bellot Rubio (Chair, IAA-CSIC),
J. de la Cruz Rodríguez (Stockholm University)
M. Faurobert (Université de Nice)
K. Ichimoto (Kyoto University)
H. Lin (University of Hawaii)
B. Lites (HAO)
V. Martínez Pillet (NSO)
O. Muñoz (IAA-CSIC)
F. Snik (Leiden University)
K. Strassmeier (AIP)
R. Schlichenmaier (KIS)
A. Title (LMSAL)
J. Trujillo Bueno (IAC)
F. Zuccarello (Università di Catania, INAF)

Local Organizing Committee (IAA-CSIC)
S. Esteban Pozuelo
M. Gosic
I. Requerey
J. C. del Toro Iniesta
L. Bellot Rubio

Detailed information, including a list of invited speakers, will be available soon through the IAA-CSIC Solar Physics Group website at: http://spg.iaa.es/

Jan. 20, 2015. 3rd SOLARNET School on "Solar Magnetic Fields: Modeling and Measuring Techniques", 18-23 May 2015, Granada, Spain. Deadline: January 31.

We are pleased to announce the 3rd SOLARNET School on “Solar Magnetic Fields: Modeling and Measuring Techniques” to be held in Granada (Spain) between 18-23 May 2015, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC).
This international school aims at providing PhD students and early career researchers with
a solid background in solar spectropolarimetry, radiative transfer of polarized light, and
diagnostic techniques. The school program combines theory and hands-on activities to achieve
this goal. The latter will focus on the use of inversion codes such as SIR, NICOLE, and
HAZEL, so that the participants can apply these tools to their own observations.
The school will consist of three main courses, each of them with a total duration of 9 hours:
1. Solar polarization measurements: instruments and techniques.
Lecturer: Bruce Lites (HAO, USA)
2. Spectral line formation in the presence of magnetic fields.
Lecturer: Jose Carlos del Toro Iniesta (IAA-CSIC, Spain)
3. Solar magnetic fields: diagnostics and applications.
Lecturer: Andrés Asensio Ramos (IAC, Spain)
These courses will be complemented with the following hands-on sessions (4 hours each):
4. Stokes inversions under LTE conditions: SIR.
Lecturer: Luis Bellot Rubio (IAA-CSIC, Spain)
5. Stokes inversions under non-LTE conditions: NICOLE.
Lecturer: Jaime de la Cruz Rodríguez (ISP, Stockholm University, Sweden)
6. Hanle and Zeeman inversion of spectral lines: HAZE.
Lecturer: David Orozco Suárez (IAC, Spain)
The number of students will be limited to about 20 to ensure close interactions with the
lecturers. The participants are encouraged to attend the 3rd SOLARNET Workshop on
“Polarization in the Sun, the Solar System, and Beyond” that will take place in Granada the week after (25-28 May 2015).SOLARNET will provide the selected candidates with financial support, in the form of reduced registration fees and free accommodation for the school and the workshop.
Prospective participants should send a CV and a motivation letter, indicating clearly the benefits they expect from attending the school, to lbellot[at]iaa.es, not later than 31 January 2015.Candidates will be selected based on their research field, relevance of the school topic to their PhD thesis work, and other merits.
School Organizers: L. Bellot Rubio (Chair, IAA-CSIC), M. Collados (IAC), J.C. del Toro Iniesta (IAA-CSIC), F. Zuccarello (Università di Catania, INAF).

More information on the school will be posted on the IAA-CSIC Solar Physics Group website at: 3rd SOLARNET School.

Dec. 19, 2014. TAS ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY OPEN. Deadline: January 20, 2015.

Observing time at Solar European Facilities (SOLARNET and ITP).

The SOLARNET Project and the International Time Programm (ITP) have launched the CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2015.

SOLARNET and ITP invite proposals for 2015 observing time in the Canary Islands solar telescopes SST, THEMIS, and VTT, as well as in the European instruments IBIS and ROSA installed at DST/NSO.

SOLARNET support includes travel and subsistence grants for observing campaigns, as well as help to PIs for data reduction.

Detailed informtion about eligibility criteria, how to apply, travel and subsistence grant, and allowable costs at SOLARNET Transnational Access and Service Programe (TAS).

Deadline: January 20th, 2015.

See the announcement at SOLARNET and ITP Call for Proposals 2015.


Oct. 30, 2014. SOLARNET TAS: Users Assessment 2014.

The SOLARNET Transnational Access and Service Programme (TAS) supports the access to some of the best European telescopes (VTT, GREGOR, THEMIS, and SST). A total of 8 observing teams were supported under the 2014 TAS campaign. User teams awarded with telescope time received a brief questionnaire to assess the quality of the access and service provided.

The questionnaire was distributed among astronomers supported with travel and subsistence grants. A total of 16 questionnaires were distributed and 15 of them returned to the SOLARNET Project Office.

Majority of the specific aspects related to the services provided by the infrastructure were assessed with the highest rating. The overall appreciation of the services provided was considered ‘very good’ by nine astronomers, ‘good’ by five of them and average by one.


More details at SOLARNET TAS. Users' Assessment Report 2014.

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