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Unsolved Problems in Magnetospheric Physics Workshop

CROWN SPA HOTEL, Scarborough, UK
6-12th September, 2015

Workshop Topics:

The workshop will focus on unresolved problems in magnetospheric physics. Example discussion topics are detailed below:

  • What are the plasma pathways into and through the magnetosphere?
  • When, where, and why does reconnection occur? Is it steady or transient?
  • Localized or extended?
  • What determines the substorm onset and the substorm evolution?
  • How does solar-wind/magnetosphere coupling work?
  • What is the source of the 3-hr period of magnetospheric dynamics?
  • What powers auroral arcs and what is the impact of aurora on the dynamics of the magnetosphere?
  • How does polar-cap saturation work? How is the polar-cap potential related to dayside reconnection?
  • How significant are kinetic processes in the foreshock for the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction?
  • How do the nightside and the dayside of the magnetosphere communicate?
  • How do the northern and southern hemispheres couple?
  • What is the connection between ionospheric signatures and magnetosheath and magnetotail processes?
  • Can we predict and quantify ionospheric outflow rates?
  • What are the actual values of ionospheric conductivity, how does it vary, and how does it affect the magnetosphere?
  • What determines whether a storm produces a radiation belt enhancement or depletion?
  • How important is fine scale structure in the solar wind, in the magnetosheath, in current systems, in the ionosphere, in magnetospheric plasmas, and in magnetospheric flows?
  • What controls the distribution of mass in the magnetosphere and how does the mass distribution influence the magnetosphere's properties.

  • What are the new frontiers of reconnection research?
  • What needs to be done to predict the dayside reconnection rate?
  • When will we be able to predict magnetospheric activations?
  • How important are scaling laws in magnetospheric physics?
  • How important are magnetospheric feedback mechanisms to the dayside reconnection rate?
  • Can we understand the details of a non-linear system using "linear" physics?
  • Can we quantify the energy flow into and out of the magnetosphere?
  • How does the magnetosphere change under unusual solar-wind conditions?
  • For the radiation-belt problem: do we need better physics or better boundary conditions?

Venue and Accommodation:

The workshop will be held at the four-star Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough, UK.   The hotel hosts a comprehensive fitness suit, health spa, pool, and a range of other facilities.

We have secured a variety of reduced rate rooms at the hotel (single/double/king/twin) with room rates from £64-£127 per night.  Please contact the hotel directly to make your booking.  

Workshop Structure:

The workshop will take the form of morning and evening sessions with ample time for both formal talks and workshop-style discussion. Afternoons will be left largely to informal discussion and leisure.

Workshop Programme:

To Be Confirmed!
Sun 6th Sept:  Registration 16.00-18.00
Icebreaker 18.00-20.00 (food provided - cash bar)
Mon 7th Sept:  Morning Session 8.30-12.30
Afternoon Session 15.30-19.00
Tue 8th Sept:  Morning Session 8.30-13.00
Excursion to Castle Howard
Evening discussion session
Wed 9th Sept:  Morning Session 8.30-12.30
Afternoon Session 14.00-18.00
Conference Banquet 19.00
Thu 10th Sept:  Morning Session 9.00-13.30
Optional coast-walk/sea-fishing/free-time
Evening discussion session
Fri 11th Sept:  Morning Session 8.30-12.00
Afternoon Session 13.00-16.00
Evening Sea Cruise 17.00-19.30
Sat 12th Sept:  Morning Session 8.30-13.00


Registration is now open!
Registration Fee (before 26th June 2015)  : £300/$480
Registration Fee (after 26th June 2015)  : £380/$600
Guests (icebreaker, banquet, and excursions)  : £90/$150


The registration fee includes conference pack, icebreaker, conference banquet, AM/PM refreshments, boat cruise and an excursion to Castle Howard.
Optional extras: Afternoon sea angling trip (weather permitting)

Registration Form (PDF) | (DOC)

Please complete the registration form and email to Mick Denton: Email Link. Your registration is completed once payment is received.

The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 55 people. Please register early to confirm your place.

Abstract Submission:

To submit please download and complete either a plain text (upmp_abstract.txt) or Word (upmp_abstract.doc) form and email to Mick Denton (e-mail link). Please be sure you receive an email confirming receipt of your abstract.

Invited Abstracts: Submission Deadline - May 9th, 2015

Useful Information:

  • The conference icebreaker (including food and drink) is at 18:00 on Sunday evening, 6th September. The talks run from Monday morning 7th September until Saturday lunchtime on 12th September.
  • The most-straightforward way to get to Scarborough is to fly into Manchester Airport (MAN) - Delta, United, and AA all fly from North America to Manchester direct, as do numerous other European and International carrier. Once at the airport, take a train directly to Scarborough. The direct train ride to Scarborough take about 3 hours and trains leave the airport roughly every hour during the daytime. Trains back to the airport from Manchester also are roughly ever hour during the daytime (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/).
  • Sights in the area include the Medieval City of York, the North York Moors, and also the fishing villages of Staithes, Robin-Hood's Bay, and the town of Whitby, if you want to add a day to your trip before or after the conference. See here for local tourism information.

Local Transport:

Scarborough can be reached via road, or train.  For international attendees it is easiest and quickest to fly into Manchester International Airport (MAN), which has direct flights to many hubs around the world.  There is a direct (and scenic) train route to Scarborough from inside the Manchester Airport Terminal (~3 hour journey).   Tickets can be booked in advance (easiest) or bought on the day. A ticket for a two-way trip is ~£68. National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) can provide advice, details, and tickets. An Anytime Return ticket (~£80) provides the most flexibility regarding travel times.

About Scarborough:

"Are you going to Scarborough Fair...?" 

Scarborough is a beautiful seaside town with a lot of history.  An 11th century medieval castle, is situated on the site of previous Roman fortifications, which rest on an even earlier Bronze Age settlement.  The castle played a part in the English Civil War, twice coming under seige.

The town still has an active working harbour, and Scarborough was once the world capital for big-game tunny (tuna) fishing in the 1930s.  Several world-records for the largest tuna landed were set off the coast of the town.  Although leisure and commercial fishing remains popular, over-fishing resulted in tuna being wiped out.  

Maritime history remains strong in Scarborough, which still boasts the smallest manned navy in the world (!!!).

Cliffs around Scarborough yield a wealth of Jurassic era fossils and the region is unofficially dubbed "the Jurassic coast".

The town is split into two sections by the headland, topped by Scarborough Castle, which separates North Bay from South Bay.

More information about the region can be found here.

Around Scarborough
Around Scarborough Map
Restaurant Map
Pub Map


Mick Denton: Email Link

Organising Committee:

Joe Borovsky (Space Science Institute, USA)
Mick Denton (Space Science Institute, USA)
Marina Stepanova (Universidad de Santiago de Chile; Chile)
Juan Alejandro Valdivia (Universidad de Chile; Chile)

Joanna Denton (UK)
James Denton (UK)

Workshop Topics
Venue and Accommodation
Workshop Structure
Workshop Programme
Abstract Submission
Useful Information
Local Transport
About Scarborough (and Maps)
Questions/Contact etc.
Organising Committee

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Workshop Venue: Crown Spa Hotel

View of South Bay from the Hotel

View of North Bay

View of the South Cliffs

View of Peasholm Park boating lake

Fishing Boats in the Harbour


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