August 25, 2016: The 5th SOLARNET School started today at Queen's University Belfast.

The 5th SOLARNET School "Waves and Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere" started today at Queen's University Belfast, UK. The school will run from Thursday the 25th of August to Tuesday the 30th inclusive.

There are 25 early career researchers from 10 different countries (UK, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain, USA, Algeria, Georgia) attending the School. All of them received partial funding by SOLARNET. Eleven attendees are women out of the 25.

The 5th SOLARNET school will provide students and early-career researchers with a solid foundation in a range of topics related to the theme of Waves and Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere. The primary topics covered in the Sschool therefore are:

  1. MHD waves and instabilities throughout the atmosphere.
  2. Observations and techniques.
  3. MHD Simulations.
  4. Helioseismology.

The School wiill be followed by the Workshop “Heating in the Solar Atmosphere” that will run from Wednesday the 31st of August until lunchtime on Friday the 2nd of September.

More details at 5th SOLARNET School.

August 19, 2016. IV SOLARNET Meeting "The physics of the Sun from the interior to the outer atmosphere" (Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain, 16-20 January 2017).

The IV SOLARNET Meeting "The physics of the Sun from the interior to the outer atmosphere" will take place in Arrecife (Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain) from 16th to 20th of January 2017, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC).

The purpose of this conference is to provide a coherent picture of the Sun as a single physical system playing all the underlying physical processes measured and observed in the solar atmosphere to date. Graduate students and early-career postdocs are particularly invited to participate in the conference to present their research work and to meet and discuss with their more senior colleagues.

The scientific program will include the following topics:

  1. Solar internal structure from helioseismology.
  2. Solar cycle: convection, rotation, dynamo, and flux emergence.
  3. Theoretical radiative transfer and spectropolarimetry.
  4. Photospheric dynamics and magnetism.
  5. Chromospheric dynamics and magnetism.
  6. Corona and transition region: dynamics, magnetic fields and heating mechanisms.
  7. Energetic events, flares and CMEs and space weather.
  8. Upcoming telescopes and instruments.
  9. Science with the future EST

The detailed scientific programm will be available after 16 October, 2016.

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July 8, 2016. Teide Observatory Open Doors Days 2016.

Open Doors Days at Teide Observatory (8th and 9th July)

Teide Observatory (Observatorio del Teide aka OT), is an astronomical observatory on Mount Teide, Tenerife, operated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.

Anybody who wants to get to know this observatory can go in a group to visit the telescopes, make their own observations and learn basic astronomical concepts.

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From 10.00 to 15.00, guided visits to the telescopes will be arranged, and workshops and direct observations will be carried out with the aim of explaining what an astronomical observatory does, how telescopes work and why astronomy is so relevant for humankind. The visitors will be able to enter the IAC-80 telescope and the Carlos Sanchez Telescope (TCS), also the Solar Laboratory, the Optical Ground Statoin (OGS) and the Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT).

More detail at OT Open Doors Days 2016

June 22, 2016. PRE-EST: A new proposal to H2020 prepared by the EST team.

The EST team submitted a new project proposal to Horizont 2020*. 

The European Solar Telescope (EST) will be a revolutionary Research Infrastructure that will play a major role in answering
 key questions in modern Solar Physics. This 4-meter class solar telescope, to be located in the Canary Islands, will provide
 solar physicists with the most advanced state-of-the-art observing tools to transform our understanding of the complex
 phenomena that drive the solar magnetic activity.

Under acronym PRE-EST -Preparatory Phase of the European Solar Telescope- has been proposed a project with the specific objectives of: (1) to explore possible legal frameworks and related
 governance schemes; (2) to explore funding schemes and funding sources for EST;
 (3) to compare the two possible sites for EST in the Canary Islands Astronomical Observatories and prepare final site
 agreements; (4) to engage funding agencies and policy makers for a long-term commitment which guarantees the 
construction and operation phases of the Telescope; (5) to involve industry in the design of EST key elements to the
 required level of definition and validation for their final production; (6) to enhance and intensify outreach activities and strategic links with national agencies and the user communities of EST.

This 4-years project is promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST). The project consortium involves 23 research institutions from 16 countries.

* Call: H2020-INFRADEV-2016-2017 Development and long-term sustainability of new pan-European research infrastructures; Topic: INFRADEV-02-2016; Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions

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