Dates and time:

Monday, 15 November  - Fri, 19 November, 2021
22:00−3:00 JST* each day
(* 21:00−2:00 CST / 14:00−19:00 CET / 8:00−13:00 EST / 5:00−10:00 PST)


The workshop will be held as a virtual, online-only event. A link for connection will be sent out later to registered participants.

Registration and Abstract Submission:

Abstract submission deadline is October 19, 2021, 23:59 JST. Registration is available through November 10, 2021.

Scientific Rationale:

Acceleration of charged particles out of their thermal distribution is one of the fundamental features that plasmas in the universe ubiquitously exhibit, but its mechanism is still poorly understood. Meanwhile, there have been accumulating pieces of evidence, or indications, in space, solar, and even astrophysical plasmas that magnetic reconnection plays a key role in converting magnetic energy into bulk energization of plasma particles including their non-thermal acceleration.

With emphasis on particle acceleration in solar flares, the workshop aims to  tackle the still-unknown connection between particle acceleration and magnetic reconnection in the plasma universe with the following approach:

(1) Put together recent observational and theoretical/simulation studies of particle acceleration in solar flares and the plasma universe under the context of magnetic reconnection. Clarify our current understanding and share it among participants.

(2) Survey near-future plans of observations as well as directions of theoretical/simulation studies which help understand the relationship between particle acceleration and magnetic reconnection. The PhoENiX mission concept for studying particle acceleration in solar flares is one of such plans from observational perspective. Discuss potential synergy among the current/near-future activities and devise possible approaches for collaboration among different disciplines.


Confirmed Invited Speakers

 Weiqun Gan (Purple Mountain Observatory, China)
 Yang Su (Purple Mountain Observatory, China)
 Alexander Warmuth (AIP, Germany)
 Noriyuki Narukage (NAOJ, Japan)
 Amir Caspi (SwRI, US)
 Lindsay Glesener (University of Minnesota, US)
 Vanessa Polito (LMSAL, US)
 Bin Chen (NJIT, US)

 Li-Jen Chen (NASA/GSFC, US)
 Marit Øieroset (UC Berkeley, US)
 William Dunn (University College London, UK)
 James Burch (SwRI, US)
 Yoshizumi Miyoshi (Nagoya University, Japan)

 Felix Aharonian (MPI, Germany & DIAS, Ireland)
 Slava Turyshev (JPL, US)
 Hiroki Yoneda (RIKEN, Japan)
 Amber Medina (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, US)
 Chris Done (Durham University, US)
 Aurora Simionescu (SRON, Netherlands)
 Andrei Beloborodov (Columbia University, US)
 Kenji Hamaguchi (NASA/GSFC, US)

 Natasha Jeffrey (Northumbria University, UK)
 James Drake (University of Maryland, US)
 Fan Guo (Los Alamos National Laboratory, US)
 Lei Ni (Yunnan Observatories of CAS, China)
 Shinsuke Takasao (Nagoya University, Japan)
 Joel Dahlin (NASA/GSFC, US)
 Dmitri Uzdensky (University of Colorado Boulder, US)
 Hyesung Kang (Pusan National University, South Korea)


Scientific Organizing Committee:
  Lindsay Glesener (U. Minnesota)
  Fan Guo (LANL)
  Tomoko Kawate (NIFS)
  Dmitry Khangulyan (Rikkyo U.)
  Säm Krucker (FHNW/UCB)
  Noriyuki Narukage (NAOJ)
  Mitsuo Oka (UC Berkeley)
  Kathy Reeves (SAO)
  Taro Sakao (ISAS/JAXA)
  Tadayuki Takahashi (Kavli IPMU)
  Yohko Tsuboi (Chuo U.)

Local Organizing Committee: 
  Tadayuki Takahashi (Kavli IPMU)
  Noriyuki Narukage (NAOJ)
  Taro Sakao (ISAS/JAXA)

  Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU),
      The University of Tokyo
  Grant for research meetings, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS),
      Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) JP18H03724, 20H00153




Registration for this event is currently open.