The University of Southampton

STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar, Solar-Terrestrial and Solar-Planetary Physics

9th-14th September 2018, University of Southampton

The STFC Advanced Summer School plays a vital role in the training of scientists in the field of Solar, Solar-Terrestrial and Solar-Planetary Physics, and ensuring the future continuity of these thriving, inter-related fields. The school provides unique specialist advanced training to PhD students in their second or third year, consolidating and developing themes from the Introductory school, and providing an opportunity for PhD students to network with their peers in both the UK Solar Physics (UKSP)  and Magnetospheric, Ionospheric and Solar Terrestrial physics (MIST)  communities. 

The next Advanced Summer School in Solar, Solar-Terrestrial and Solar-Planetary Physics will be held at the University of Southampton from 9th-14th September 2018. The school will be organised by the university’s Space Environment Physics group , which has expertise in Solar-Terrestrial and Planetary Physics in a range of Solar System plasma environments; the group’s research interests range from the physics of the aurora on the smallest scales to the large-scale dynamics of magnetospheric environments at planets such as Earth, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury.

In addition to the lectures covering the syllabus that has been coordinated by MIST and UKSP Councils, the school will provide students with an opportunity to give a short presentation on their own research to their peers. We have also scheduled a session on career planning, and a practical session to develop outreach skills (incorporating role play activities designed to give the students experience in interacting with members of the public of different ages and with different levels of science capital). This session will be run in conjunction with local outreach/public engagement experts.

The school is free for a limited number of STFC-supported PhD students and self-supported postgraduate students. Students supported by other funding (including other research councils) and postdocs are able to attend subject to a registration fee. Registration is now open - please see the registration page for more details

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