The Sun and the Inner Heliosphere – Radio Astronomy Conference CESRA in Potsdam

In the week from 8 to 12 July 2019, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is hosting a conference on the exploration of solar activity by means of radio emissions and their effects on our Earth. At Telegrafenberg Potsdam, about 100 scientists will discuss their latest research results and the expected findings of the current space missions to the Sun.
The Sun and the Inner Heliosphere – Radio Astronomy Conference CESRA in Potsdam

A solar flare, as it appears in extreme ultra-violet light. Credit: NASA/SFC/SDO

The international CESRA conference takes place every three years and is organized by the Community of European Solar Radio Astronomy (CESRA). CESRA is an association of European scientists to study the solar corona, the outer solar atmosphere, and interplanetary space using radio waves and other observation methods.

The topics of this year's CESRA workshop range from solar flares and shock waves to the turbulent solar atmosphere, new observation instruments and space weather. The heliosphere, i.e. the area around the sun, is of particular interest as magnetic fields and solar winds play an important role here.

"We are pleased to welcome colleagues from four continents to Potsdam's Telegrafenberg. It is an honour for us to host this conference this year. The last time it was in Caputh in 1994", says Prof. Dr. Gottfried Mann, head of the "Solar Physics" department at the AIP. In the coming years, great progress in solar physics is expected with the space missions "Parker Solar Probe" of NASA and "Solar Orbiter" of the European Space Agency ESA. The AIP is involved in both missions with scientific investigations and, in the case of the "Solar Orbiter", even with instruments, in particular the X-ray telescope STIX. About 100 scientists are expected. "There will be many interesting discussions that will stimulate our work in the coming years", says Gottfried Mann. The fact that this year's conference will take place in Potsdam shows the international recognition that Potsdam's solar physics enjoys.


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The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.