May 24 – 26, 2021
US/Eastern timezone

The program and connection information for the SolFER Conference are now available

The daily program for the May 24-26 SolFER Conference is now available online. Click on the "Scientific Program" tab to view an overview of the schedule and the "Timeline" tab for a detailed ordered list of presentations with abstracts. 

The SolFER DRIVE Science Center is hosting a web-based science meeting on Solar Flare Energy Release. The meeting is open to all scientists working on the topic. The meeting will include invited talks, submitted oral talks as well as poster presentations and will provide substantial time for informal scientific discussion. We encourage paper submissions that are based on remote and in situ observational data as well as those based on theory and modeling. Extensive use will be made of Gather meeting software to facilitate interactive poster sessions as well as informal discussion between meeting participants. The meeting will be organized around SolFER’s six scientific focus areas:

  • What mechanisms facilitate the fast release of magnetic energy in impulsive solar flares?

  • What controls the onset of fast flare energy release?

  • Why and how do flares transfer a large fraction of the released magnetic energy into energetic electrons?

  • What mechanism drives the energization of ions and the measured abundance enhancements of some species during impulsive flares?

  • What mechanisms control energetic particle transport in flares?

  • How does reconnection heat plasma in flares and the small events (nanoflares) that may be responsible for heating the corona?

More information on these scientific topics can be found on the SolFER website. Submitted abstracts should specify which of the above science topics are most closely related to submission.

The current plan is to cover two of the scientific focus areas each day of the three day meeting. Two sessions each day (11:00-13:00 and 13:40-15:40) will be separated by a 13:00-13:40 break/interactive-poster-session using Gather software. All times are US EDT. Beyond the designated time for discussion after each talk, there will be 25 minutes in the morning and afternoon for  discussion led by panelists who will respond to questions submitted by meeting attendees.

Connection information for the daily zoom sessions and the Gathertown poster sessions is available under the Gathertown and zoom connections tab on the conference home page.

The SolFER science team also encourages community participation in the ongoing science discussion related to flare energy release. A detailed calendar of working group meetings as well as the monthly webinar can be found on the SolFER website.