Astronet is a consortium of European funding agencies, established for the purpose of providing advice on long-term planning and development of European Astronomy. Setup in 2005, its members include most of the major European astronomy nations, with associated links to the European Space Agency, the European Southern Observatory, SKA, and the European Astronomical Society, among others. The purpose of the Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap is to deliver a coordinated vision covering the entire breadth of astronomical research, from the origin and early development of the Universe to our own solar system.
The first European Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap for Astronomy was created by Astronet, using EU funds, in 2008/09, and updated in 2014/15. Astronet is now developing a new Science Vision & Infrastructure Roadmap, in a single document with an outlook for the next 20 years. A delivery date to European funding agencies of mid-2021 is anticipated.
The Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap revolves around the research themes listed below:
but will include cross-cutting aspects such as computing and training and sustainability.
After some delays due to the global pandemic, the first drafts of the chapters for the document are now available from the Panels asked to draft them, for you to view and comment on. For the Science Vision & Roadmap to be truly representative it is essential we take account of the views of as much of the European astronomy and space science community as possible – so your input is really valued by the Panels and Astronet. Please leave any comments, feedback or questions on the site by 1 May 2021.
It is intended that a virtual “town hall” style event will be held in late Spring 2021, where an update on the project and responses to the feedback will be provided.
The next SuperDARN workshop will be hosted by the South African National Space Agency virtually. For more details, visit the conference website. The meeting is set for 24–28 May 2021 and will consist mainly of video presentations. All aspects of space science, data analysis, radar operations and technology related directly or indirectly to SuperDARN are welcome.
The key dates are:
The forthcoming National Astronomy Meeting has a variety of sessions that have been proposed by members of the MIST community; the following is a list of the sessions that have been advertised on the MIST mailing list. (If you would like your session to appear below, please email MIST Council to be included.)
Open session on Magnetospheric, Ionospheric and Solar-Terrestrial physics (Oliver Allanson, John Coxon, Gregory Hunt, Mathew Owens, Jasmine Kaur Sandhu, Maria-Theresia Walach)
We welcome contributions from all MIST disciplines discussing the latest results: from global system-scale dynamics and climatological timescales, down to gyroscale processes.
From plasma to galactic dynamics: collisionless physics across the Universe (Oliver Allanson, Thomas Neukirch, Chris Hamilton, Luca Franci, Jean-Baptiste Fouvry)
In this inter-disciplinary session we welcome all observational, theoretical and modelling work that considers the physics of collisionless systems – in either (or both of) the plasma and gravitational contexts. Invited speakers: David Burgess (Queen Mary University of London) & Benoit Famaey (Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg).
Magnetospheres of the outer planets (Gregory Hunt, Jonathan Nichols, Joe Kinrade)
In this session, we invite presentations on any aspect of modelling or data analysis regarding the magnetospheres of the outer planets.
Observations of CMEs: from onset to impact (Teodora Mihailescu, Shannon Jones, Lucie Green, Mathew Owens)
We invite contributions which explore observations of CMEs: from high-resolution on disk images of CME onset, to heliospheric imagery and in situ measurements in the inner heliosphere, to create a coherent picture of a CME’s journey. We particularly welcome contributions which combine different types of remote sensing observations with plasma parameters measured in situ.
SMILE supporting science: magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling (Michaela Mooney, Maria-Theresia Walach, Jennifer Carter)
This session invites submissions concerning magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling using a combination of space and ground-based observations, or comparisons between space and ground-based observational datasets.
The solar wind from a new perspective with Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe (David Stansby, Lorenzo Matteini, Laura Berčič, Lloyd Woodham, Stephanie Yardley)
This session will focus on first results from Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe, including solar wind sources and connection science, heating and acceleration processes, turbulence and kinetic physics, as well as large-scale morphology. We welcome contributions from in-situ and remote sensing observations, modelling and theory.
Space weather and plasma processes: from the Sun to the Earth Karen Meyer, Sarah N Bentley, Marianna Korsos, Teo Bloch, Shaun Bloomfield, Richard Boynton, Tom Elsden, Richard Harrison, Paolo Pagano, Andy Smith)
We welcome presentations from the scale of individual processes to the coupling between physical systems, in the fields of solar, heliospheric, magnetospheric and ionospheric physics. We encourage contributions on a variety of research methodologies, including the application of techniques drawn from other disciplines, across observations, theory and modelling.
Wave-Particle Interactions in Space and Astrophysical Plasmas (Jasmine Kaur Sandhu, Aurora Simionescu, Daniel Verscharen, Clare Watt, Emma Woodfield)
Wave-particle interactions are an essential process in plasmas across our solar system and in astrophysical bodies that governs plasma heating and the transfer of energy between particles and electromagnetic fields. This session aims to bring together researchers from the solar, terrestrial, planetary, and astrophysics communities to evaluate the breadth of interactions and the variation of their characteristics for different plasma regimes. Invited speakers include Wen Li (Boston University) and Francesco Valentini (Università della Calabria).
Waves and Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere in the High-Resolution Era (Noemi Zsamberger, David Kuridze, Anne-Marie Broomhall, Robertus Erdelyi) The session will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and expertise in the field of solar atmospheric waves and oscillations, with a special focus on new theoretical, modelling and observational results obtained thanks to a variety of new instrumentation (such as SDO/AIA, Parker Solar Probe, SST, GREGOR and DKIST) with unprecedented high spatial, temporal and spectral resolution capabilities.