Capacity Building Lectures

Considering the current COVID-19 situation, SCOSTEP is holding online lectures for capacity building of students and young scientists. These online lectures will provide both basic background and an introduction to the latest scientific topics of solar-terrestrial physics to students and young scientists of all countries.  Their duration will be one hour and presented by one speaker. The first half will be a tutorial-like session giving basic background on a topic, mostly oriented at students. After a short break, we will follow with the latest research or hot topic in the same subject accessible to younger and senior scientists. Additional information is available here. Videos of the lectures are now available thanks to ISEE/CICR –  click here for access.

The 9th Capacity Building Online Seminar will take place Thursday, 21 October 2021

Topic: Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions (WHPI): Connecting Sun to solar wind to planets during “quiet” times of the solar cycle
Speaker: Sarah Gibson
Affiliation: High Altitude Observatory at NCAR, Colorado, USA
Date/time: October 21 (Thu), 2021, 00:30-01:30 UTC

Zoom Registration URL (pre-registration is necessary):


Previous lectures (videos available here):

Topic: Solar Magnetic Fields: Their Origin and Predictability
Speaker: Dibyendu Nandi
Affiliation: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, India
Date/time: Sept. 14 (Tue), 2021, 10:30-11:30 UTC

Topic:  Energetic Electron Precipitation from the Radiation Belts: How plasma waves in space kill atmospheric ozone
Speaker: Craig Rodger
Affiliation: Dept. of Physics, University of Otago, New Zealand
Date/time: August 19 (Thu), 2021, 00:30-01:30 UTC

Topic: Aurora as a manifestation of electromagnetic waves in space
Speaker: Keisuke Hosokawa
Affiliation: University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Date/time: June 28 (Mon), 2021, 10:30-12:00 UTC

Topic:    The variable geospace environment and our radio wave based modern society: basic concepts of ionosphere and recent research problems at high latitudes
Speaker:  Esa Turunen
Affiliation:   Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Finland
Date/time:  May 31 (Mon), 2021, 10:30-11:30 UTC

Topic: An Overview of the Sun’s Structure, and a Closer Look at Solar Magnetism and Activity
Speaker: Alphonse C. Sterling
Affiliation: NASA NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama, USA
Date/time: April 29 (Thu), 2021, 00:30-01:30 UT

Topic: Machine-learning based reconstruction of the inner magnetosphere
Speaker: Jacob Bortnik
Affiliation: University of California Los Angeles, California, USA
Date/time: March 29 (Mon), 2021, 23:00-00:00 UT

Topic:  Processing of electric and magnetic signals onboard the THEMIS spacecraft
Speaker:  Ulrich Taubenschuss
Affiliation:  Institute of Atmospheric Physics AS CR, Prague, Czechia
Date/time:  March 05 (Fri), 2021, 11:00-12:00 UTC

Topic: Motivation for soft X-ray imaging and plans for the STORM global imaging mission
Speaker: David G. Sibeck
Affiliation: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, USA
Date/time: January 22 (Fri), 2021, 01:00-02:00 UT