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2021 Astronomy Grants

The closing date for the 2021 Astronomy Grants Round is 4th March 2021. Submissions are accepted from now. The Astronomy Guidelines for Applicants have been revised and can be found via the links below (the PDF with the full guidance is available under the ‘who can apply’ section on both pages):

Applicants should ensure they have read the guidelines in detail and contact the office with any queries ahead of submission.

Key points or revisions from the 2020 guidelines have been briefly summarised below for information:

  • Page Limits – The page limit per project has been simplified and is no longer based on a requested FTE calculation.
  • Applicant/Project FTE – There has been a change to the upper limit for requested applicant FTE (25%, not including PI management time). The guidance for total FTE requests per project has also been updated and must be strictly adhered to.
  • Outreach Projects – Clarification on the page limit for outreach projects/outreach funding.
  • Pathways to Impact – UKRI removed the requirement to submit a pathways to impact plan in March 2020; however applicants should still consider impact as part of their case for support (see guidelines for further information).
  • Publications Table – Updates to the information required in the publications table.

New groups submitting their first consolidated grant proposal or those considering a consortium proposal are advised to inform the office ahead of submitting to the closing date. If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2020 Space Census

MIST members are invited to submit to the 2020 Space Census!

The 2020 Space Census is the first national survey of the UK space workforce. It is a 5-10 minute anonymous online demographic survey of individuals for anyone working in the UK space sector in any capacity. The results will be used to improve what it’s like to work in the sector, to tackle discrimination, and to make the sector more attractive to new recruits.

More information about the Census, along with answers to commonly asked questions, can be found here.

The UK Space Agency’s press release about the Census can be found here.

STFC Policy Internship Scheme now open

This year has proved the critical importance of science having a voice within Parliament. But how does scientific evidence come to the attention of policy makers? If you are a STFC-funded PhD student, you can experience this first-hand through our Policy Internship Scheme, which has just opened for applications for 2020/21. During these three-month placements, students are hosted either at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) or the Government Office for Science (GO Science).

POST is an independent office of the Houses of Parliament which provides impartial evidence reviews on topical scientific issues to MPs and Peers. Interns at POST will research, draft, edit and publish a briefing paper summarising the evidence base on an important or emerging scientific issue. GO Science works to ensure that Government policies and decisions are informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking. Placements at GO Science are likely to involve undertaking research, drafting briefing notes and background papers, and organising workshops and meetings.

The scheme offers a unique opportunity to experience the heart of UK policy making and to explore careers within the science-policy interface. The placements are fully funded and successful applicants will receive a three-month extension to their final PhD deadline.

For full information and to see case studies of previous interns, please see our website. The closing date is 10 September 2020 at 16.00.

Applied Sciences special issue: Dynamical processes in space plasmas

 

Applied Sciences is to publish a special issue on the topic of dynamical processes in space plasmas which is being guest edited by Georgious Nicolaou. Submissions are welcome until 31 March 2021, and submission instructions for authors can be found on the journal website. For general questions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MIST elections in 2020

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. 

If you are subscribed to this mailing list you should receive a bespoke link which will let you vote on the MIST website, which will be sent by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you don’t receive this link, please check your junk folder! The candidates’ platforms are on the voting platform, and also reproduced below for your convenience. 

Michaela Mooney

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:

  • lobby funding bodies to reduce the impact of the pandemic on PhD students.
  • facilitate the organisation of virtual conferences and careers days to ensure that students continue to have opportunities to present research and access to careers information.
  • support good practises in equality, diversity and inclusion within the MIST community.

My key priority would be to limit the impact of the pandemic on students and ensure equality of opportunities.

Matt Owens

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.

Jasmine Kaur Sandhu

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.

Notes from MIST Council meeting 29/10/12

29 October 2012, Conference room 13, RAL

Participants: Mike Hapgood, Emma Woodfield, Mario Bisi, Rob Fear, David Southwood

  1. Agree agenda
    1. Agenda agreed
  2. Draft SSAP report
    1. Draft and Agreed note to send on behalf of STP community
    2. Sent 4 minutes before formal deadline at noon
    3. Put on MIST web site
  3. Autumn MIST
    1. Coffee and rooms are booked
      1. RAS LT for talks
      2. Council room for coffee
    2. Can have 3 sessions and run until about 17:00
    3. Tim Horbury to give invited talk
    4. Will need talk on state of MIST
    5. Deadline is coming Friday (2 Nov) - already have 6 abstracts
    6. Posters
      1. Suggestion to put boards against Council table
      2. But this limits us to use one side of board
      3. Will review when we know how many posters we have
  4. Dungey Special Meeting and Lecture
    1. Reviewed David's draft annoucement
    2. David chasing up other old students of Jim
    3. Looking for younger scientists to talk about topics on which Jim has worked
      1. ULF waves
      2. reconnection
      3. radiation belts
    4. Meeting is in GeolSoc LT so can handle 200+
      1. but some concern we may exceed this
      2. do we need tickets so numbers are controlled?
      3. David may ask Imperial secretary to collect registrations
  5. NAM 2013
    1. Plenaries
      1. First choice is Mark Lester as Mark missed slot at NAM 2012
      2. Other possibilities
        • Andrew Fazakerley - follow up to his Chapman Medal
        • Malcolm Dunlop - SWARM
        • Richard Horne - RBSP
      3. Mike to discuss with SOC
    2. How to build programme?
      1. Need to make a Call for Ideas
      2. Start Call at Autumn MIST
  6. MIST web site
    1. Rob and Emma now in control of web site
    2. Reviewed content on-line and agreed some changes
    3. Remove old links
    4. Tidy up list of groups
    5. Collect data on indicators of esteem for MIST scientists
      • Fellowships
      • Awards and Named Lectures
  7. Promoting our science
    1. Briefing papers
      1. Mike to chase up old list ot proposed papers
      2. Some exist in draft form
      3. EISCAT_3D should be a priority
      4. Re-prompt for ideas at Autumn MIST
      5. Can authors recycle material from proposals
      6. Other options
        • Rad belts - can Spacecast help?
        • Artificial aurora - Lancaster?
        • History - David interested to write about Alfven, Chapman, Dungey and Birkeland
    2. Promote outreach sites
      1. SunEarthPlan.net
      2. SolarStormWatch
  8. AOB
    1. Should we have a MIST equivalent to UKSP nuggets?
      1. How to sustain?
    2. MIST Council election 2013
      1. needs to take place before "Spring MIST" @ NAM2013
      2. Mike to flag this at Autumn MIST
      3. circulate note to Heads of Groups - ask them to encourage candidates so we have a good election
    3. Date of next MIST Council meeting
      1. telecon in Feb/Mar 2013
    4. Rishbeth Prize money
      1. Mike to check status with RAS