European Solar Physics Division Ballot 2014

Candidate Statements (in alphabetical surname order)

Shaun Bloomfield (IR)

Shaun is a Senior Research Fellow in Trinity College Dublin and his research interests lie in understanding the complexity of active regions, the storage and release of magnetic energy, prediction of solar activity and space weather forecasting. Over the last number of years he has helped to coordinate activities within and across the solar and space weather research communities through being Deputy-Chair of the ESA Space Weather Working Team's Topical Working Group on "Space Weather Forecasting" and co-convening the heavily oversubscribed European Space Weather Week plenary sessions on "Solar Flare Prediction: Progress and Challenges" in 2013 and "Solar activity as a driver for space weather and space weather modelling" in 2014. Most recently, he has served as the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 14th European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-14).

"I would like to become a member of the ESPD Board in order to ensure that the European solar physics community maintains close and coordinated connections to the other fields of physics that our knowledge and understanding directly feed into, namely the heliosphere and space weather. I believe that after the efforts we implemented to promote EPS membership to attendees of ESPM-14 (with approximately 1 in 5 of our non-PhD attendees being EPS members), we can continue to grow in our position within the EPS and leverage further benefits for our community."

Ilaria Ermolli (IT)

Ilaria is a research staff member at INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma since 1995. Her research interests span most aspects of solar magnetism and activity, with a particular focus on the solar irradiance variability, solar-terrestrial physics, and imaging of the solar atmosphere. 

She has been contributing with leading responsibilities to several national and international research projects, including the EU–FP7 funded EST (European Solar Telescope), eHEROES (Environment for Human Exploration and RObotic Experimentation in Space), SOLID (First European Comprehensive SOLar Irradiance Data exploitation), and SOLARNET (High-Resolution Solar Physics Network) projects. She was a work-package leader for the EU-FP7 EST DS project and member of the EST DS technical core team. She is member of the management core team of the COST Action ES1005 TOSCA (Towards a more complete assessment of the impact of solar variability on the Earth’s climate). She has contributed to the organization of a number of international conferences and training schools.  Ilaria is author of over 105 ADS entries and of 32 publications in refereed journals.

Ilaria is not attending the ESPM-14 because of the concurrent start of the new scholar year for her kids. Ilaria was invited to candidate for the ESPD board elections by some Italian colleagues, because of her research background, which is somehow complementary to the one of other potential members of the board, her interests and collaborations, and her character. If she will have to serve the ESPD board, she will try to do her best.


Viktor Fedun (UK)

I graduated from Kiev National University and have worked for ten years at The University Sheffield. Initially as a research associate and currently as a lecturer. My research is primarily concerned with the mathematical modelling of processes occurring in solar and space plasmas. I see the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) as the heart of the European solar community and wish to contribute to its further development and representation of scientists in the currently burgeoning era of solar and space physics. As a member of the division, I think it is important to continually seek new directions in order to promote and strengthen scientific collaborations and dissemination of our achievements within Europe and beyond. I want to encourage the partnership between observers, numerical and analytical theoreticians in order to retain our leading position at the forefront of solar and space physics, maximising the potential of currently available and future ground-based/satellite observation and computation facilities. I am proud to be involved with ESPD, and I am excited about the potential of contributing to its future.


Larisa Kashapova (RUS)

I'm a senior researcher of the Institute of Solar Terrestrial Physics in Irkutsk. My PhD thesis was dedicated to study of the impact polarization in Ellerman bombs (solar flares). Now I'm working in the Radio Astrophysical department and the field of my interest is energy release processes in solar flares and other transient events. Last year I served as the Chair of SOC of the RADIOSUN international workshop held in Beijing. My participation in the ESPD Board is interesting to me because it is an opportunity to make my contribution to the development of relationships both between scientists from the West and East and between two parts of our community which are working with observations and simulations.

Eduard Kontar (UK)

Eduard P. Kontar is a Reader in Solar Physics, at the University of Glasgow, UK. As a PhD student he studied theoretical plasma physics and conducted research in the interaction of energetic electrons with plasma and resulting plasma radio emission. Subsequently, in Norway and in UK, he worked to applying these methods to state-of-art solar data, extending his skills. Since 2002, he has been working on X-ray data analysis from award-winning NASA mission - RHESSI. In 2005, he was awarded a faculty position at the University of Glasgow. His research interests are in solar flare energetic particles and plasma kinetic theory, including the theory of particle acceleration and propagation, radio and X-ray emission mechanisms, inverse theory and the development and application of new methods of X-ray data analysis.

I am interested in strengthening links with Astronomical community both and promoting the solar and heliospheric studies both in Europe and internationally. Astronomers and Geophysicists alike notice the shortage of postgraduate students in solar physics. If elected I will work to promote Solar Physics, to develop initiatives to encourage students into Physics and Astronomy education, and to raise the profile of European research.


Jorrit Leenaarts (SE)

Jorrit Leenaarts is an associate professor at the Institute for Solar Physics at Stockholm University. He obtained his PhD from Utrecht University in 2007. His research interests are the observation and simulation of the coupled photosphere, chromosphere and corona, and non-LTE radiative transfer.

"Being a member of the ESPD board would allow me to help foster European collaboration and coordination, in particular in view of realizing future observing facilities such as the EST."

Etienne Pariat (FR)

I’m a full research scientist with 11 years of experience in solar physics. My fields of expertise include theoretical and observational physics of active events. My work consists primarily of coupling theoretical models with observations. It relies heavily on magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) theory, on large-scale numerical simulations and on the exploitation of the latest spectroscopic and spectropolarimetric observations. My studies resulted in the development of theoretical tools and methods aiming at understand the magnetic topology, energy and helicity, their storage and impulsive release during active events. I’m currently the coordinator of the Solar Physics group of the LESIA at the Paris observatory. 

I’m active for the French community as a member of the board of the Plasma Physics division of the French Physical society, French member society of the EPS. I wish to be part of the board of the ESPD in order to help to animate, coordinate and represent the activities of the European solar physics community.

David Pontin (UK)

My research activities have involved both theoretical and computational modelling of the solar atmosphere. Particular current interests are on topological properties of the coronal magnetic field, three-dimensional magnetic reconnection and current layer instabilities, braiding models for coronal heating, and the development of novel computational techniques for modelling the corona. I am currently a senior lecturer at the University of Dundee, UK, (since 2007) before which I held postdoctoral positions at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and the University of New Hampshire in the USA.

I believe that it is crucial that the European Solar Physics community maintains and develops strong connections with the wider international solar physics community, as well as communities in related fields particularly plasma physics and astrophysics, with which our field shares many fundamental theoretical and observational challenges. Solar Physics appears now to be entering a golden age in which we are obtaining incredibly detailed observations and developing increasingly mature theory. It is therefore also of critical importance to maintain and improve communication between observers and theoreticians within our own field. I would like to be considered for membership on the ESPD Board in order to help foster these connections and lines of communication, as well as helping with the ESPD's important work of promoting our community's research to a wider audience (both scientific and non-scientific) and encouraging students and young scientists in our field.

Georgia Tsiropoula (GR)

I'm a Research Director at the Institite of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Reasearch of the National Observatory of Athens. I'm a member of the Solar-Terrestrial Environment - Space Physics of the Institute and the head of the Solar Physics group.

With my group we are currently investigating a wide range of solar phenomena occurring in active and quiet regions. Our quiet Sun studies are mainly concentrated on observations and analysis of small-scale structures, with the aim of investigating their morphological characteristics, dynamical behaviour, physical properties etc. We are also working towards the installation of a small solar telescope at the premises of our Institute with a goal to obtain real-time solar observations and issue information for solar flares, proton events and CMEs.

I was the main organiser of of a solar physics conference held in Santorini, Greece (2002) and a co-organiser of the ESPM-13 held in Rodos, Greece (2011). I have served as Secretary of the Board of the Joint Organization for Solar Observations (JOSO) (2005-2008, 2008-2011).

My personal opinion is that we must spend part of our time in serving our community (and not only).