On 23rd May, Astronomy & Astrophysics published Brajša et al. paper “First analysis of solar structures in 1.21 mm full-disc ALMA image of the Sun” on the cover page where the first results using the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) for solar observations were presented. The aim of the paper was to identify different structures and their intensities in the solar atmosphere in full-disc solar ALMA images. ALMA is currently the largest radio telescope in the world and it is composed of 66 high-precision antennas, which operate on wavelengths of 0.32 to 3.6 mm.
From 8th to 11th May 2018, 2nd international doctoral seminar on geodesy, geoinformatics and geospace (IDS3GEO) was held in Dubrovnik, organized by the Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb. IDS3GEO hosted numerous sessions related to astrophysics where our collaborators such as Prof. Arnold Hanslmeier (Graz University) and Prof. Bernd Heber (Kiel University) gave lectures. In different sessions, Bojan Vršnak ("Reflection of Cosmic Rays at Oblique MHD Shocks"), Jaša Čalogović ("Probabilistic model for heliospheric propagation of CMEs: DBEMv2 web application") and Mateja Dumbović ("Forbush decrease model for expanding CMEs - ForbMod") also presented their work.
On 24th April, dr. sc. Jaša Čalogović gave a lecture about the meteorology (“Meteorologija – kako prognozirati kakvo će vrijeme biti u Hvaru?”) in the Hvar elementary school. After the lecture the pupils were divided in several groups and a small quiz related to meteorology was organized. Beside the questions, pupils became the synoptic map of the Europe with aim to make alone the weather forecast for Hvar. The symbolic prizes (sweets and chocolate) were given to the best teams that obtained the highest number of points in quiz.
From April 8 to 13, 2018 Bojan Vršnak attended the International Team Meeting of the team Manuel Luna: "Large-Amplitude Oscillations as a Probe of Quiescent and Erupting Solar Prominences", held at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland. Bojan Vršnak tasks were related to the oscillations of prominence-carrying magnetic flux ropes, implications for the stability and loss of equilibrium. He also gave a talk on physical background of prominence oscillations entitled "Coronal and Prominence Diagnostics based on Prominence Oscillations".
On March 22, 2018, Bojan Vršnak gave a public lecture on the physical background of eruptive processes on the Sun. The lecture held at the public library "Bogdan Ogrizović" was organized by Croatian Natural Society (Hrvatsko prirodoslovno društvo, HPD). In the lecture entitled "Solar Eruptive Activity" (Sunčeva eruptivna aktivnost), he presented basic mechanisms that cause various forms of solar eruptions, their space-weather consequences and effects in geospace. Pictures from lecture are available here.
On January 24, 2018, Bojan Vršnak gave a public lecture on the space weather, organized by Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Croatian Science Foundation, on the occasion of receiving the international award Kristian Birkeland Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate. In the lecture entitled "Influence of Solar Activity on the Earth", he presented the history and basic objectives of space-weather, as well as the related research activity at the Hvar Observatory.
26th European Research Course on Atmospheres (ERCA) school was organized from 7th January to 3rd February 2018 by Universite Joseph Fourier and CNRS in Grenoble, France. ERCA is a high level international course on the Physics and Chemistry of atmospheres, the climate system and climate change, atmospheric pollution at different scales and the human dimensions of environmental changes. The course also covers the solar influences on the Earth's atmosphere and climate. Altogether 30 students from different countries worlwide were selected to participate in ERCA. Dr. sc. Jaša Čalogović was again invited to give students two lectures ("Solar variability influences on the climate and cosmic ray - cloud link" and "A critical look at cosmic ray - cloud link: Forbush decreases and cloud cover"). Aim of lectures was to present the influences of solar activity on climate and the possible mechanisms linking the solar activity with climate. Second lecture was focused on the cosmic ray - cloud hypothesis with aim to show several potential problems in present and past studies that analyzed climate and geophysical data using the simple correlations.
On Monday, November 27, 2017, during the 14th European Space Weather Week, held in the Belgian town Oostende, Dr. Bojan Vršnak was awarded with the eminent international award "Kristian Birkeland Medal" for outstanding scientific contributions to the space weather and space climate. This award is given every year since 2013 to the best scientists by the European Space Agency, the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Center of Excellence and the Space Weather Working Team, in collaboration with the scientific magazine Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate.
From 25th to 27th April in the town Loggia, together with the Hvar Primary School, Split Institute of Oceanography and Fishery and Hvar High School the Festival of Science was organized for the third time in Hvar. The theme of 15th Science Festival was "time" in a chronological or meteorological sense.
On March 21, 2017, Bojan Vršnak gave in Hotel Esplanade Zagreb a public lecture on the space weather for the Rotary Club Zagreb. In the lecture entitled "Space Weather: How to Predict Solar Storms?" ('Svemirska meteorologija': Kako predvidjeti Sunčeve oluje?), he presented basic space-weather objectives, as well as the related research activity at the Hvar Observatory.
25th European Research Course on Atmospheres (ERCA) school was organized from 11th January to 9th February 2017 by Universite Joseph Fourier and CNRS in Grenoble, France. ERCA is a high level international course on the Physics and Chemistry of atmospheres, the climate system and climate change, atmospheric pollution at different scales and the human dimensions of environmental changes. The course also covers the solar influences on Earth's atmosphere and climate. This year, altogether 35 students were selected from all around the world to participate in ERCA. Jaša Čalogović was invited to give students two lectures ("Solar variability influences on the climate and cosmic ray - cloud link" and "A critical look at cosmic ray - cloud link: Forbush decreases and cloud cover"). Aim of lectures was to present the influences of solar activity on climate and the possible mechanisms linking the solar activity with climate. The cosmic ray - cloud hypothesis was also presented in detail with aim to show several potential problems in the present and past studies analyzing geophysical data using correlations.
- Astronomy summer school in Josipdol
- Seminar at Institute of physics, University of Graz
- HvaR&D workshop
- ISSI workshop - The scientific foundations of space weather
- CESRA 2016 meeting in Orléans
- Public lecture about Sun in Slovenia
- Mateja Dumbović received the national fellowship ”For Women in Science”
- Festival of science 2016 in Hvar
- ISSI 2016 workshop: "Nature of Coronal Bright Fronts"
- EGU 2016