“Into the Red Dragon’s Lair:
Four-in-One Workshop Tackling Outstanding Problems in
Heliophysics and Space Weather”

Clayton Hotel, Cardiff, Wales, UK (03-08 December 2017)

This Workshop encompasses four themes.
The “Fourth Remote-Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere” (previous workshop here http://www.sciesmex.unam.mx/workshop2015/),
“Where are we on Bz” (a SEREN follow-on),
“Novel Ionospheric Studies with Advanced Observing Techniques”, and
The “11th LOFAR Solar Physics and Space Weather Key Science Project”.
The combined workshop also incorporates the MWA SHI and future potential SKA SHI SWG science.

Workshop Overview:

The workshop aims to gather experts from the various fields of remote­-sensing observations of the inner heliosphere, including EUV, white-/visible-­light, and radio observations, together with modellers, in order to tackle key outstanding heliophysics issues. The science learned from remote-sensing observations is critical to improving our capabilities of space-­weather forecasting as well as having an impact on the fundamental physics behind how the Sun creates and drives the heliosphere. It is also intended to establish closer working relations and devise the best ways our group can move the field forward as a whole with observational capabilities that can be used to aid the upcoming Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe Communities as well as Space Weather science and forecasting enhancements in general. The workshop also aims to look at ways in which we can more easily and efficiently share and access the various types of data between individual groups and across the different techniques.

We intend investigations into ways in which we model the inner heliosphere, by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the available modelling. We will discuss updates on present and future remote-­sensing capabilities and ways in which these data sets complement each other to help in understanding fundamental physical processes that are vital to both heliophysics science as well as space­-weather operations and forecasting.

Science Organising Committee (SOC):
Mario M. Bisi (STFC RAL Space, UK) (Chair)
Michael (Mike) A. Hapgood (STFC RAL Space, UK)
Richard A. Fallows (ASTRON, NL)
Kent Miller (EOARD, UK/AFRL, USA)
Bernard (Bernie) V. Jackson (UCSD, US)
David (Dave) F. Webb (BC, US)
Biagio Forte (University of Bath, UK)
Alexander (Alec) MacKinnon (University of Glasgow, UK)
Gottfried Mann (AIP, DE)
Local Organising Committee (LOC):
Mario M. Bisi (STFC RAL Space, UK) (Chair)
Catherine A. Baker (Baker-Bisi Executive Assistance, UK)
Annabel Cartwright (Cardiff University, UK)

The workshop will have five key strands:

The workshop will have a small registration fee (£120 early/£150 late – this does NOT cover accommodation costs), and will take up the following approximate draft schedule:

Important dates:


The venue will be the Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.

The address of the Clayton Hotel, Cardiff is:

St Mary Street
CF10 1GD
Wales (UK)
(located just South of the crossroads with Penarth Road above the Viva Brazil Restaurant - GPS 51.4761523,-3.1769736).

The hotel is almost adjacent to the primary train station in Cardiff, Cardiff Central, and directions to the hotel can he found here.

We have block-booked 40 rooms at The Clayton Hotel who are offering some discounts to delegates for various lengths of stay between the Sunday night and the Friday night (including offers with breakfast included); these are all subject to availability and can only be obtained by calling the reservations team directly between 08:00h and 19:30h UK time on: +442920668866 (or from inside the UK on 029 2066 8866). The block booking code to be used for your booking is 549200. Bookings can also be made by E-Mailing events.cardiff@claytonhotels.com or re.cardiff@claytonhotels.com – however, bookings are not confirmed until after the hotel does so in writing – whereas a booking over the phone can be confirmed while on the phone.

If you do not wish to stay at the Clayton, there are several other hotels within easy walking distance to suit all budgets including both chain and independent hotels (these are just some examples and not to be considered recommendations: Travelodge Cardiff Central, Marriott, Sleeperz, Meridian, Radisson Blu, The Big Sleep Hotel, Park Inn, Royal Hotel, Sandringham Hotel, The Angel Hotel, Holiday Inn, Jury’s Inn, Hilton, etc…).

The nearest and recommended airport for arrival by air is Cardiff International Airport (CWL) with transport from the CWL listed here; CWL is connected to hundreds of destinations worldwide via Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Dublin International Airports with several connecting flights each day from/to CWL. In addition, Bristol Airport (BRS) is the next closest (with some transport links to Cardiff), and Birmingham Airport (BHX - but reaching Cardiff is not straightforward from BHX) and for those coming in from London (e.g. by Eurostar or plane), there is a direct train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central or a Bus-Rail link from London Heathrow (LHR) via Reading Train Station to Cardiff Central.

If you require a letter for your visa application to enter the UK, then please urgently contact the SOC Chair with your full title, name, institution name, and institution address.

Further details will appear in due course. Last modified Wednesday, 26-Jul-2017 16:24:34 BST

We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff!