EIS UK Meeting#

A national meeting for solar scientists#


7th & 8th July 2009
UCL Bloomsbury Campus, Central London

As part of the science involvement programme of Hinode EIS in the UK, the EIS team at UCL (MSSL) invites fellow solar scientists in the UK to a two-day meeting to promote information exchange both with the instrument team and among the UK solar science community. The meeting will have the additional goal of discussing current EIS science goals nationally.

The EIS UK Meeting will be hosted by UCL on its central London Bloomsbury campus (with associated good transport links) on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th July 2009.

While the first part of the meeting will aim to bring attendees up to speed on EIS as it is used, we would very much like to encourage scientific discussion. To that end, scientific presentations contributed by attendees will form the main part of the meeting, with an obvious emphasis on EIS data. All guests will be asked to make at least a short oral presentation.

Guests are encouraged to bring laptop computers in order to join in interactive demonstrations of techniques and learning tools. Wireless access will also be available for those who want it. (We regret that we are able to provide technical support only for wireless connections, and not other computer problems so please ensure that your computer has IDL, an up-to-date web browser (Firefox, Safari, etc.) and the necessary branches of SolarSoft (gen, eis, as well as whatever you normally use) installed.

We can accommodate a limited number of guests, due to space and available facilities for networking, so please register early.

Dates & Times#

Meeting Dates & Times

In order to allow for easier transport from various parts of the UK, the meeting will start at 10:30 on Tuesday 7th July, finishing around 18:00. On Wednesday 8th, we will start earlier, but similarly finish earlier to allow guests to make their way to airports and train stations at a more convenient time.

Registration & Abstract

You can submit your registration and presentation abstract using our online form at insert-url. The deadline for registration is Monday 4th May 2009.

Venue & Access#

The EIS UK Meeting will be held in the Pearson Lecture Theatre on the main quadrangle of UCL's Bloomsbury campus in London.

To find your way to room to the Pearson Lecture Theatre, you can use UCL's Route Finder website to navigate from most nearby landmarks. The system is very flexible and provides wheelchair-friendly routes where necessary.

To find the Pearson Lecture Theatre from most nearby London locations, just follow these steps...

  • go to UCL's Route Finder and choose....
  • I want to...
  • find a route
  • ...from...
  • Warren Street Tube Station (for example)
  • ...to a
  • Room
  • ...called
  • Pearson (North East Entrance) LT

If you have any difficulties, see the UCL Route Finder video tutorial for more information.

Alternatively, you can use one of the predefined routes from nearby stations here:

  • From Euston Rail Station
  • From Euston Square Tube Station
    • Circle & Metropolitan Lines
    • convenient from Paddington Rail Station for Heathrow Express
    • convenient from Liverpool Street Rail Station for Stansted Express
  • From Warren Street Tube Station
    • Northern & Victoria Lines
    • convenient from Victoria Tube Station for Gatwick Express
    • convenient from Waterloo Rail Station
  • From Goodge Street Tube Station
    • Northern Line
    • convenient from Waterloo Rail Station
  • From St Pancras Rail Station
  • From Kings Cross Rail Station
    • Northern, Victoria & Piccadilly Lines

There's also a more general webpage containing Public Transport access information to UCL...

...while Transport for London has a London Journey Planner between stations and major attractions (choose UCL Main Entrance, Bloomsbury as the destination). And a PDF map of the London Tube system is available here.

Meeting agenda#

Instrument status#

Hinode status#


S-band situation#

  • downlink stations
  • typical operating rates and volumes
  • flexibility
  • co-observing with other instruments

Eclipse seasons#

inc. adjustments for EIS, and what we've done in the software to include them)


  • as implemented
  • access to calibration data for those interested


Model for operations#

  • this is mostly for the uninitiated, which means a lot of them
  • would be good to think of this as an advertising opportunity for the next section, too...

Remote operations#

How it's achieved#

How to participate#


...and freedoms!#

Data access#

Ways to get at the data #

with video tutorials

  • Give web access to participants so they can try it themselves?
  • Post the video tutorials (well) ahead of time so people can practise it themselves

Software for handling data#

(with examples shown)


Effects handled:#

  • by default
  • and optionally
Need the documentation in the software headers to be up-to-date!

Contributed software#


  • Invite abstracts (under key headings?)
  • I think it would be good to have a keynote speaker for each session or an introduction by someone that paints the current state-of-the-art and problems, and puts an onus on people to answer these questions in their talks. They don't need to be from the old guard, either. Some youngsters who know what they're talking about would be better.
  • Would be good to hand such a brief out to people before-hand, of course, so they're not caught on the hop (no pun intended).
  • We'd also agree these briefs before they were sent out to the other speakers

Solar wind connectivity#



Flares and CMEs#

build-up phase#

impulsive & gradual phases#

Quiescent active regions#

flows within them#

flows from them (some overlap with solar wind)#


connectivity with surrounding structures#

Quiet Sun behaviour#

in the absence of active regions#

We have abundant observations of these#

Coronal holes#





Discussion of Science Results in the broader context#

  • requires a summary:
  • could get the session leader to take some notes on how well the questions they raised have been answered. Not as a punitive or humiliation exercise, just to try and point us in the right direction for the next year or so.
  • Could be fun to issue science action items as "ideas" for further work, not as requirements, but as discussion-based suggestions.