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Alliance Workshop in Manchester: 17-18 February 2014

The Alliance Workshop on energetic particles in solar flares (and related topics) will be at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in the University of Manchester, 17-18 February 2014. If you would like to give talk, please send a title (and ideally a very short abstract) to Philippa Browning ( by Friday, January 25th.

See you in Manchester!


Monday, 17 February
12:00-12:45 Lunch (meet in Lovell room)
12:45-13:15 Tea/coffee
13:15-14:00 Rui Pinto (Paris) and N Vilmer: Soft X-ray emission in flaring coronal loops
14:00-14:45 David Tsiklauri (Queen Mary London): The effect of plasma inhomogeneities on radio emission generation and particle acceleration
14:45-15:30 Mykola Gordovskyy (Manchester) and P Browning: Forced magnetic reconnection and particle acceleration at different spatial scales
15:30-16:00 Tea/Coffee
16:00-16:45 Nicolas Bian (Glasgow), E Kontar, P Browning and M Gordovskyy: Discussion on the modelling of relaxation oscillations in magnetic energy release during flares
16:45-17:15 Timo Laitinen (Central Lancashire): The role of field-line meandering in the interplanetary propagation of Solar Energetic Particles
17:15-18:00 Heather Ratcliffe (Warwick): Type III radio burst bandwidth, duration, and exciter velocity from self-consistent numerical simulations
19:00- Dinner
Tuesday, 18 February
09:15-10:00 Philippa Browning (Manchester) and A Stanier: Ion and electron acceleration at 3D magnetic null points
10:00-10:30 Mike Marsh (Central Lancahire): Perpendicular Transport of SEPs Due to Drifts
10:30-11:00 Tea/Coffee
11:00-11:45 Sophie Musset (Paris), N Vilmer and V Bommier: Relations between X-ray emissions, magnetic fields and electric currents during the X2.2 flare on the 15 February 2011
11:45-12:15 Silvia Dalla (Central Lancashire): Drift-induced deceleration of SEPs
12:15-13:30 Lunch (at local cafes/restaurants)
13:30-14:15 James Threlfall (St Andrews) and T Neukirch: Particle acceleration at a reconnecting magnetic separator
14:15-15:00 Eduard Kontar (Glasgow), N Bian, G Emslie and N Vilmer: Diagnostics of Turbulent Pitch-angle Scattering in Solar Flares
15:00- Discussion of future plans
Wednesday, 19 February
Trip to Jodrell Bank Observatory (By prior arrangement)

The dinner will be in East Z East on the corner of Charles/Princess Street (map) (£25.95 for 4 course meal including one drink)

On Wednesday morning you can visit Jodrell Bank Observatory and Discovery Centre. Please contact Philippa if you are interested in joining this trip.

The programme (as well as some local info) is also available as PDF (2.8Mb).


The meeting will take place in the Lovell Room (3.225) at the Alan Turing Building. Please see the interactive campus map for details.

Local info


• Air: Most major airlines fly to/from Manchester Airport. There is a 24h direct train service between Piccadilly station and the airport, with up to 8 trains an hour during the day (15min journey, approx. £4); taxi costs £15-20, with approx. 30min journey. Alternatively, you can fly to/from Liverpool airport, which has 24h bus connection to central Manchester.

• Rail: Manchester Piccadilly is the main station, located about 20min walk from the Alan Turing Building. Trains to/from North-West and Scotland stop at Manchester Oxford Road station, which is about 15min walk from the Alan Turing Building, and very close to the Holiday Inn and Ibis hotels.


There are plenty of hotels around the University area. Some hotels which are quite close to us are:
Holiday Inn Express Oxford Road
Manchester Conference Centre and Hotel
Ibis Princess street
Ibis Portland street
Travelodge Upper Brook Street

Food and drink

There are plenty of places for food/drink in the city centre and around the University. Some places close to the Alan Turing Building are:
• Aardvark Cafe (snack/lunch) map
• Christie's Bistro (snack/lunch) map
• Deaf Institute (pub food and good choice of beer) map
• Sandbar (pub) map

Further local info can be found at


• Philippa Browning (

• Mykola Gordovskyy (