The election for the next MIST councillors opens today, and will run until 23:59 on 31 July 2020. The candidates are Michaela Mooney, Matt Owens, and Jasmine Kaur Sandhu.
I’m a final year PhD student at MSSL standing for MIST Council as a student representative. During my PhD, I’ve been actively engaged in the department as a Student Rep in the Staff Student Consultation Committee and in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I’m an active member of the MIST research community through proposals for RAS Discussion meetings and NAM sessions on geomagnetic activity.
My main goals as a MIST Council representative would be to:
My key priority would be to limit the impact of the pandemic on students and ensure equality of opportunities.
Now, more than ever, it’s vital our community address its diversity problems. If anyone is standing for MIST council from an underrepresented demographic, I’d encourage you to vote for them; MIST needs their experience and insight. If not, I’ll seek to ensure MIST council continues to promote equality of opportunity and diversity in science.
MIST’s primary role is to represent our solar-terrestrial science within the wider discipline. I’m predominantly a heliospheric scientist, but keep a toe in the solar physics community. E.g., I’ve served in editorial capacities for both JGR and Solar Physics, and have a good deal of experience with both NERC and STFC funding. As such, I’d hope to see MIST working closely with UKSP, as we have a lot of common interest. I am also keen that the MIST community coordinate to make the most of the industrial and operational forecasting opportunities that are open to it. Finally, I’m a very recent convert to open science. I would seek to increase the prevalence of research code publication and use of community tools within our field, for reasons of both efficiency and reproducibility.
I am a post-doctoral research associate at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL, with a research focus on inner magnetospheric physics. During my time as a Council member I have led a number of initiatives, primarily the MIST Student’s Corner, the MIST Nugget Series, and the MIST online seminar series. If elected, I will continue to focus on supporting early career researchers in ways that promote diversity of both science and the scientists within our community. This will include developing a set of up-to-date, comprehensive, and informative resources on funding opportunities available to early career researchers for travel funding and fellowships. This will be supported by a mentor-like scheme for assistance and guidance on applications.
Up until the 2007 Spring MIST meeting a single MIST coordinator was responsible for co-ordinating MIST. However, it was felt that the increased needs of the community could not be well served by a single individual and so it was agreed at the MIST business meeting that a new council be formed to organise MIST activities. It is hoped that the council will help to raise the visibility and impact of MIST science. The 1st MIST council was elected by the community (estimated 30% turnout with 75 returns) on 18 June 2007, and a sixth member was added in 2016.
Members of MIST Council serve for three year terms, as outlined in the MIST Charter. Elections are held annually in May, and two positions on MIST Council fall vacant in a given year. Members of MIST Council can only stand for election for two consecutive terms (but there is no restriction on the total number of times that a member of the MIST community can stand for election).
Current members of MIST council are: