Berlin, Germany


on Advances in Understanding Alfvén Waves
in the Sun and the Heliosphere | 28 May-2 June 2023
Berlin, Germany

About the Meeting

This conference aims to bring together scientists to review and discuss the current status of research on Alfvén waves in space plasmas, including the solar atmosphere, the solar wind, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, and laboratory plasmas (if relevant to space plasmas). Participants will have the opportunity to interact and exchange knowledge/ideas with scientists from the “other” communities in a collegial setting.

View of Berlin Concert Hall (left) and the French Cathedral at the Gendarmenmarkt, a square in Berlin.

Who should attend

We invite participants who research Alfvén waves either observationally, numerically or theoretically. We encourage students to attend. NSF is providing travel support for students and early career professionals. More information can be found on the travel grant page. 
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Abstract Themes

The overarching themes of Alfvén wave research, regardless of what system they occur in, are:

  1. Alfvén wave generation mechanisms
  2. Alfvén wave propagation and coupling
  3. Alfvén wave interactions with plasma and energetic particles
  4. Alfvén wave applications in solar system plasmas

These themes will form the structure of the conference.

The Oberbaum Bridge (Oberbaumbrücke) spanning the Spree River

Format Overview

The scientific part of this conference will span four days (Monday through Thursday) plus Sunday afternoon (before the scientific part) for a welcome reception and Friday for an optional sightseeing tour. A banquet dinner is planned for Wednesday evening.

The meeting will be comprised of oral and poster sessions, breakout sessions, and summary discussions. In addition, there will be several tutorials early on, providing overviews of Alfvén wave research as it relates to specific space regions. This is intended to benefit those participants working on Alfvén wave research in other regions than presented in the tutorial.

The schedule will be thematically divided into four topics. Emphasis will be put on mixing the sessions with talks on Alfvén waves in various plasma regimes to encourage cross-disciplinary discussions.

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Abstract submission policies

Abstract submissions are now closed. The abstract submission deadline was 15 February 2023. You are not required to be an AGU member to submit an abstract. There is no fee for submissions.

Abstracts must focus on scientific results or their application. The Program Committee may decline abstracts with other focuses.

By submitting an abstract, you are obligated to give a presentation in the designated manner assigned by the Program Committee. Your submission also grants AGU permission to publish the abstract. You cannot request oral presentations, although you may request a poster presentation.

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Abstract submission guidelines

Abstracts must meet the following guidelines to be considered for the Chapman Conference.
  1. Your abstract title should be no more than 300 characters and the abstract text must be less than 2000 characters. The character limit includes punctuation, but not spacing.
  2. In lieu of adding the names of individual team members, you may reference a research team in the ‘Title of Team’ field during the submission process.
  3. You may add one table or image to your submission. If you would like to include multiple images, you must combine the images and save them as one file. We prefer image files be .jpg, however, .png, and .gif are also supported file types.
  4. Submissions can be submitted and edited at any time up until the abstract submission deadline.
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Confirmed Participants

The following list of scientists includes invited speakers and others, who also confirmed their attendance. Overall, about half of the oral talk time slots will be filled with invited speakers. The rest of the time slots will be assigned after the abstract deadline on 15 February 2023. In addition, some will be assigned to poster sessions.

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Alex Russell, University of Dundee, UK
Munehito Shoda, National Astronomical Observatory, Japan
Norbert Magyar, KU Leuven, Belgium
Gerhard Haerendel, Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
Laila Andersson, University of Colorado, USA
Bertrand Bonfond, University of Liège, Belgium
Bob Lysak, University of Minnesota, USA
Ivan Pakhotin, University of Calgary, Canada
Andrew Wright, University of St. Andrews, UK
Eun-Hwa Kim, Princeton University, USA
Craig Kletzing, University of Iowa, USA
Sheng Tian, UCLA, USA
Sihui Zhong, University of Warwick, UK
Raffaella D'Amicis, National Institute of Astrophysics, Italy
Daria Sorokina, KU Leuven, Netherlands
Sergio Diaz-Suarez, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
Tom Howson, University of St Andrews, UK
Juie Shetye, New Mexico State University, USA
Samuel Grant, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Erwin Verwichte, University of Warwick, UK
Qiugang Zong, Peking University, China
Slava Pilipenko, Space Research Institute, Russia
Hui Li, National Space Science Center, China
Arya Afshari, University of Iowa, USA

Peter Delamere, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA
Yasuhiro Nariyuki, Toyama University, Japan
Richard Morton, Northumbria University, UK
Aoi Nakamizo, NICT, Japan
Krushna Chandra Barik, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, India
Frances Fenrich, University of Alberta, Canada
Olga Verkhoglyadova, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Megan Gillies, University of Calgary, Canada
Dmytro Sydorenko, University of Alberta, Canada
George Clark, JHU/APL, USA
Lyndsay Fletcher, University of Glasgow, UK
David Knudsen, University of Calgary, Canada
Petra Kohutova, University of Oslo, Norway
Valery Nakariakov, University of Warwick, UK
Lei Dai, National Space Science Center, China
Ali Sulaiman, University of Minnesota, USA
Tom Van Doorsselaere , KU Leuven, Netherlands
Akimasa Yoshikawa, Kyushu University, Japan
Dmitri Klimushkin, Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Russia
Hugh Hudson, Space Sciences Laboratory, USA
Philippe Zarka, OBSPM, France
Annika Salveteer, University of Cologne, Germany
Mel Abler, Space Science Institute, USA
Abhishek Srivastava, Indian Institute of Technology, India


Registration will open in March 2023.
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Berlin, Germany


Because of an unexpected hotel closure, the Alfven Waves conference has had to move locations within the Alexanderplatz historic area of Berlin.

Contract negotiations are being finalized in early March 2023 and a housing link will go up as soon as it is available. As we know that hotels in Berlin are generally filled in May, we encourage attendees to reserve a room quickly and will have specific instructions regarding the room block when the link goes live.

Escalator at Berlin Alexanderplatz train station
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Alfvén Waves Chapman Travel Grants

The Chapman Conference conveners would like to thank the National Science Foundation for their support. Travel grant support is for the U.S. scientific community.  Students and early career scientists affiliated with U.S. institutions are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 15 February 2023

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Chapman Conveners and Program Committee


Andreas Keiling, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Tom Van Doorsselaere, KU Leuven, Belgium

Program Committee

George Clark, JHU/APL, USA
Lyndsay Fletcher, University of Glasgow, UK
Akimasa Yoshikawa, Kyushu University, Japan
David Knudsen, University of Calgary, Canada
Lei Dai, National Space Science Center, China
Ineke De Moortel, University of St Andrews, UK
Ali Sulaiman, University of Minnesota, USA
Hermann Lühr, Geoforschungszentrum, Germany
Petra Kohutova, University of Oslo, Norway

Conveners and Program Committee for 2022 Alfven Waves Chapman

Post-Conference Excursion

There will be no science sessions on Friday, 2 June. Instead, for those with time and interest, join us on a 2.5-hour river cruise along the river Spree, which once partially separated West Berlin and East Berlin, through the heart of Berlin. This excursion is especially recommended if you do not have time to do any sightseeing on your own. And even if you do, the boat tour gives you a different perspective on Berlin's iconic landmarks. Live commentary provides historical and cultural context during the journey.

After the cruise, for those interested, join us for lunch in one of the many outdoor restaurants. Then, we will walk (5-10 min) towards must-see museums, which you can explore on your own or in groups. This will fill the day in the historic part of Berlin.

The boat will leave on Friday at 10:00 AM. The pier is a 20 minute walk (1.1 km) from the conference hotel.

Registration and fees

Sign up for this excursion here. The maximum capacity for the boat is 60 people. It will also be possible to sign up onsite at the conference, if space allows. Priority will be given to those that signed up online.

The cost for the cruise is €20 per person. The cruise is open to all conference participants and accompanying persons. Fees will be collected onsite in Berlin. Drinks and refreshments are available for purchase onboard.

Need more info?

If you have questions about this excursion, please contact the convener Andreas Keiling ([email protected]).

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