NASA/GSFC Heliophysics Science Division Seminar

Heliophysics Science Division Seminar

About the Seminar

The Heliophysics Science Division conducts weekly science seminars. Heliophysics is a division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It has been formed out of portions of the former Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics (LEP, 690), Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics (680), and Space Science Data Operations Office (630). It was previously known as the Laboratory for Solar and Space Physics (LSSP). At present, seminars are held on Fridays at 1:00pm in the Conference Room (Room 183) in Building 21 at Goddard. The topics cover the interests of the Heliophysics Science Division, including astrochemistry, interplanetary physics, solar physics, planetary systems, planetary magnetospheres, and electrodynamics.

Have an Idea for a Speaker?

The seminar organizer (currently Quintin Schiller, 301-286-8781,, always appreciates suggestions for seminar speakers. Please contact him EARLY to avoid scheduling conflicts.


June 29, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lauri Holappa, University of Oulu, Finland - "Explicity IMF By-effect in high-latitude geomagnetic activity" (abstract)


The current schedule for 2018 is:

January 2018

January 5,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gerald Share (University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy), 'Characteristics of Sustained >100 MeV Gamma-Ray Emission Associated with Solar Flares' (abstract)
January 19,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (Hosted by 673): Sarantos, Wendel, and Giles, (abstract)
January 26,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CANCELED Manan Kocher, University of Michigan (abstract)

February 2018

February 2,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Surjal Sharma (University of Marlyand), Extreme Events in Space Weather (abstract)
February 9,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Anna Malanushenko (UCAR), Building a Magnetic Skeleton of the Solar Corona: Towards Better 3-D Constraints on the Coronal Magnetic Field(abstract)
February 16,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (Hosted by 672): Jian, Nieves-Chinchilla, and Krupar (abstract)
February 23,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Michele Piana (Dipartimento di Matematica Universita di Genova), FLARECAST: a computational/technological platform for solar flare prediction based on machine learning(abstract)

March 2018

March 2,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aleida Higginson (GSFC/University of Michigan), 'The Dynamics of the S-Web and Implications for Heliospheric Particle Distributions' (abstract)
March 16,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (Hosted by 674), Larry Kepko, 'Dellingr Status Update'; Sarah Jones, 'INMS: Tiny mass spec for data-hungry scientists'; and Robert Robinson 'Quantifying Auroral Energy Input to Earth's Atmosphere' (abstract)
March 23,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Simone Di Matteo, University of L'Aquila, 'Helios observations of periodic density structures in the slow solar wind' (abstract)
March 30,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Vadim Roytershteyn, Space Science Institute, 'Simulations of kinetic plasma processes in the Earth's magnetosphere and beyond' (abstract)

April 2018

April 6,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Manan Kocher (University of Michigan) 'How do Filaments Evolve in the Low Solar Corona?: A Coupled Investigation of Remote-sensing and In-situ Observations' (abstract)
April 13,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Derek Schaeffer (Princeton) 'High-Mach Number, Laser-Driven Magnetized Collisionless Shocks' (abstract)
April 20,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Heliophysics Director's Seminar (Hosted by 671), Adrian Daw, Don Schmidt, and James Mason (abstract)
April 27,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
George Khazanov, GSFC code 673, 'Is diffuse aurora driven from above or below?' (abstract)

May 2018

May 11,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sergio Toledo Redondo, European Space Agency,'Solar wind - magnetosphere coupling via magnetic reconnection and the effects of cold plasma of ionospheric origin' (abstract)
May 18,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 673), Liz MacDonald and Alex Glocer (abstract)

June 2018

June 1,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Michael Hesse, University of Bergen (abstract)
June 8,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barry Narod, University of British Columbia (abstract)
June 15,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Hosted by 672 - Jeewoo Park and Eric Christian (abstract)
June 22,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barbara Thompson, GSFC, 'Beyond the Black Box: How deep learning and AI can drive scientific discovery' (abstract)
June 29,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lauri Holappa, University of Oulu, 'Explicit IMF By-effect in high-latitude geomagnetic activity' (abstract)

July 2018

July 20,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, ISFM Winners Nicki Viall (671), Georgia De Nolfo (672), John Dorelli (673)

August 2018

August 3,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bob Kerr, CPI
August 17,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, ISFM Winners James Klimchuk (671), Alex Glocer (673), Robert Pfaff (674), and Richard Devore (674)
August 24,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Noto, CPI

September 2018

September 21,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Hosted by 674

October 2018

October 19,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Hosted by 671

November 2018

November 16,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Hosted by 673

December 2018

December 21,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Hosted by 672
The schedule for last year is archived here, but is no longer being maintained.

Information for Speakers and Visitors

Speakers interested in speaking at the Heliophysics Seminar are encouraged to contact the organizer, currently Quintin Schiller, 301-286-8781, The duration of the seminar is typically one hour, with questions asked during and after the seminar. The audience is usually diverse, including scientists with interests ranging throughout the heliosphere. Visit the Heliophysics Science Division Home Page for a more complete summary of interests

As most of you know, in the last few years it has become harder to get visitors from outside of NASA on center, and the number of days needed to get unescorted access is subject to change. Thus we ask that if a visitor wants to attend a talk and needs a non-escort badge they should request one as soon as possible. We will help to the best of our ability, but can't make any guarantees.

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