A very fruitful meeting on "Solar Physics and Space Weather Connections” held on 29-30 September in NewCastle, convened by Dr Hannah Schunker, connected key players in the different relevant areas of solar physics and space weather in Australia. This workshop was being held in conjunction with the Australian Space Research Conference.
Links: SPSWC, 29TH-30TH SEPTEMBER 2022, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Australian Space Research Conference.http://www.nssa.com.au/20asrc/
The idea of the workshop was to get an overview of the current research efforts towards understanding the components of space weather; from the Sun’s magnetism, solar wind propagation, and the corresponding magnetospheric, ionospheric and ground-based impacts, as well as to identify connections between our research areas and the needs of space weather users.
Industry was present and the focus was on identifying the current open questions we think we could tackle together, and discuss avenues of research to make further progress.
"The main outcome from the meeting was a shared ambition. According to Richard (from The Bureau Formerly Known As The BoM), the ultimate goal is to have reliable 24 hour forecasts of the strength and timing of a geomagnetic storm. Although we have high quality science, we need to show that it can be translated to high impact science, keeping mind that *any* reliable prediction would result in a high impact for space weather forecasting."- said Dr Schunker. This meeting was made possible with the support from the University of Newcastle's Women In Research 2022 Fellowship.