University of Sheffield
SOHO MDI magnetogram SOHO EIT 171 Solar coronal loops observed by SOHO Solar cycle observed by YOHKOH
Advanced Summer School in Solar System Physics
organised by
SP2RC, University of Sheffield (UK)
Sheffield, 4 - 9 September 2016

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This is an unprecedented golden era for solar system physics. Ground-based and space observations of the Sun and Sun-Earth system obtained by recent satellite missions have provided with a wealth of information about the physics at various scales from the solar interior to the boundaries of the Solar System fostering many theoretical developments. These exciting new solar system observations, along with the boost in computer technology (establishment of GRIDs), have completely revolutionarised our understanding of solar system physics and space weather.

It is now a long tradition that STFC supports an advanced course for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students and PDRAs. We continue this excellent tradition and opportunity for UK (and international) postgraduate students and postdocs in solar system physics. The Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC), University of Sheffield (SU) organises the next Advanced Summer School in Solar System Physics (ASSSSP16).

Aims of the School
ASSSSP16 is intended to provide an advanced training in the field of solar physics to 2nd and 3rd year postgraduate students, and PDRAs having already some initial work in the fields of solar physics.

Information on lectures and course activities
ASSSSP16 covers an advanced introduction to the Sun-Earth system, the solar interior and atmosphere structures (including the corona and solar wind), fundamentals of MHD, MHD and plasma waves, instabilities, turbulence, magnetic reconnection, helioseismology and dynamo theory (i.e. physics of the interior), coronal heating, solar flares, CMEs and the interactions of solar particles, Space Weather, planetary and exoplanet magnetospheres, wave-particle interaction in magnetosphere, Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere coupling and the aurora, solar variability and climate, physics of particle acceleration. Ground and space based observational techniques and atomic processes will also be covered. The intention is to provide students with an overview of the coupled solar interior, atmosphere, solar wind and Earth's upper atmosphere system. The first four days of the School provide a general review of energy flow through the various solar structures, starting in the interior of the Sun and ending with MIT including sessions providing a more detailed review of solar instrumentation and observational technique of solar interior and atmosphere processes. There will be sessions on career path after PhD and public engagement and outreach.

There will be opportunities for short presentations by postgraduate students and PDRAs, and plenty of time is provided for formal or informal discussions with the lecturers and senior scientists.

There will be an Icebreaker, Conference Dinner and an Excursion. For more details on the lectures, time table and social activities see the programme pages.

Funding Support
The School is free for a limited number of STFC postgraduate students and self-supported students only, where priority is given to STFC-sponsored postgraduate students.

For registration fees see the Registration pages.

Venue and Accommodation

All lectures and presentations of ASSSSP16 will be in the recently refurbished Lecture Theatre 9 (LT9) in the Hicks Building providing excellent facilities.

Accommodation and breakfast for accepted student participants will be arranged, for the period of the entire course, at The Edge. Lecturers will stay at the Halifax Hall Hotel (including breakfast). An evening meal for all will be provided at The Edge. The accommodation is within convenient walking distance (see the maps) to the venue.

Excursion and dinner

The conference registration includes a visit to Chatsworth House and Gardens on the afternoon of Wednesday 7th September. There will be a conference dinner on Thursday 8th September.

Application to participate
All interested applicants have to apply through the Registration page. For a valid registration applicants have to fill in the Application Form and arrange a Reference Letter by their supervisor.

The Reference Letter must be sent via the provided webform to the Director of the School within two working days after an application is filed off. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity of chasing references on behalf of an application made. Applications not supplemented by a Reference Letter within two working days will be automatically discarded and removed from our data base without any further notice.

We encourage postgraduate students and PDRAs to make applications from the UK or from anywhere in the world.

For further details on the application procedure, deadlines, etc. visit the Registration pages.

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