The Crafoord Prize Symposium in Astronomy: Solar wind and magnetic fields in space

Datum: 2022-04-26

Tid: 09:00 - 16:50

Adress: Sölvegatan 20, Lund

Lokal: The Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Annexet, MA7

The symposium is organized in conjunction with the award of the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2020 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy to Eugene N. Parker (1927-2022), University of Chicago, USA, ”for pioneering and fundamental studies of the solar wind and magnetic fields from stellar to galactic scales”.


Morning session
Chair: Axel Brandenburg, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Opening address
Dan Larhammar, President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Introduction of the Crafoord Laureate
Jan-Erik Wahlund, Member of the Crafoord Prize Committee in Astronomy

Coronal Heating by Topological Dissipation of Magnetic Energy
Online presentation by Boon Chye Low, National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Colorado, USA, on behalf of the late Crafoord Laureate Eugene N. Parker, University of Chicago, USA.

Coffee break

Which theoretical approach to better explain the Solar Wind expansion: Fluid or Kinetic?
Milan Maksimovic, CNRS & LESIA, Paris Observatory, France

Stellar magnetic fields
Moira Jardine, School of Physics & Astronomy, St Andrews, UK

Lunch, included for registered participants

Afternoon session
Chair: Jan-Erik Wahlund, Member of the Crafoord Prize Committee in Astronomy

The Challenge of Exploring Our Sun: the 60-Year Odyssey to Parker Solar Probe
Nicola Fox, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA

Magnetic fields in nearby galaxies and the Milky Way
Rainer Beck, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany

Coffee break

Cosmic Rays in Galaxies: From Microscales to Macroscales
Online presentation by Ellen Zweibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Exploring the Heliospheric Boundary and Beyond: From Voyager to Interstellar Probe
Pontus C. Brandt, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA

Speakers view of the field
All speakers, 5 minutes each

Closing remarks
Jan-Erik Wahlund, Member of the Crafoord Prize Committee in Astronomy

End of symposium

For the safety of all attendees, we expect that all participants in the symposium are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Peter Brandén
Program Coordinator