Fundamental Physical Processes in Solar-Terrestrial Research and Their Relevance to Planetary Physics 2018

Kona, Hawaii, 7-13 January 2018

Conveners: Hui Zhang (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Tony Lui (APL), and Q.-G. Zong (Peking University)

Scientific Program Committee: David Sibeck, Guan Le, Philippe Escoubet, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Dong-Hun Lee 

The main theme of this conference is to focus on understanding the variability of space plasma phenomena, encompassing those related to the Sun and all planets within our solar system.

Variability of space plasma environment is the norm rather than the exception. The cause of this variability is still under active research. In the interplanetary medium, plasma parameters change continually, permeated by plasma waves, shocks, turbulence, co-rotating interaction regions, and coronal mass ejections that agitate the environment. Such disturbances in the solar wind can lead to geomagnetic storms, which do not seem to produce relativistic electrons in the radiation belt according to their intensity. The ionosphere has variability that impacts severely radio communications. Its outflows during geomagnetic active periods can modify dramatically the magnetospheric population and physical processes within.

In other planets, plasma sources from their moons play a similar role in influencing magnetospheric environment and processes much like that of the Earth's ionospheric plasma source. Information exchange on magnetospheric research between Earth and other planets can provide valuable insights into universal processes occurring throughout our solar system. Understanding and predicting the variability of space plasma phenomena requires knowledge of not only individual physical processes or magnetospheric phenomena but also the interplay between them in a system-wide approach.


Important links and deadlines (scroll down or click on the links below for further details)


Travel to and in Kona

Kona International Airport (KOA) is serviced by Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada and other airlines.

KOA is accessible by car, taxi and shuttle. The airport is located seven miles from Kailua.

Taxis are available at the airport. Rates from the airport: ~$25.

The Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency Hele-On bus operates a very limited service between the airport and Kailua-Kona town. For schedules and more information call (808) 961-6744 or on the web visit


Abstracts, submit by October 31, 2017

Please submit your abstract through the following link:

If you have any questions about the abstract submission process, contact Hui Zhang (hzhang14 at or +1-907-474-5994).


Venue and Accommodation

The venue for the conference will be the COURTYARD KING KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH HOTEL in Kona: 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA.

The accommodation details are as follows.

  • The room rates are $155 (standard) plus 13.42% tax


Registration (deadline October 31, 2017)

Registration Fee: $450 before October 31; $550 after October 31, 2017 (includes icebreaker on Sunday, coffee breaks, lunches Monday-Friday, conference banquet on Thursday, excursion to Volcano Park on Wednesday)

Please register and/or purchase guest tickets at the following link:

If you have any questions about the registration process, contact the UAF GI event coordinator (uaf-gi-events at or +1-907-474-7664).


Travel Support

Partial support is available for eligible young scientists, distinguished scientists from less developed countries. 

Eligibility: Young scientists and distinguished scientists from less developed countries who will give a talk are eligible for support. Evaluation of applicants will be based on the anticipated contribution to the goals of the meeting.

Application deadline: October 31, 2017

Application: To receive support,

  1. Submit an abstract as a presenting author
  2. Fill a travel support application form ( NO LATER THAN October 31, 2017
  3. Attend and present the paper at the conference

If you have any questions about the form or application process, contact Hui Zhang (hzhang14 at

Support amount and coverage: The amount of support for each applicant will depend on the number of applicants. It is anticipated that all of the meeting registration fees will be covered. In the event of fewer than 20 people applying we will be able to cover the accommodation costs.

Payments: Registration fees and accommodation costs will be prepaid by University of Alaska Fairbanks.



Volcano Park (depart at 10:30am, return to hotel at 6:30pm on Wednesday)



Confirmed Participants (by October 16, 2017)

Hui Zhang
Tony Lui

Qiugang Zong
Steven Petrinec
Evgeny Panov
Simon Wing
Michael Mendillo
Linghua Wang
Lynn B. Wilson III
Amritpal Singh Nafria
Cherkos Alemayehu
Tomas Karlsson
Chao Yue
Stamatios M. Krimigis
Hiroshi Hasegawa
David McComas
Chih-Ping Wang
Rickard Lundin
Larry Lyons
Terry Z. Liu
Xuzhi Zhou
Qing-He Zhang
Daniel N. Baker
David Sibeck
Yongliang Zhang
Jiankui Shi
K. Nykyri
Khan-Hyuk Kim
Seiji Zenitani
George Parks
Michael Hartinger
A.W. Yau
G. Consolini
Göran Marklund
Misa Cowee
David R. Shklyar
Yu Lin
Ian Cohen
A. W. Degeling
Drew Turner
Alemayehu Cherkos
David Hartley
Xinlin Li
Melvyn L Goldstein
Tai Phan
Hyunju Connor
Sun Lee
Ensang Lee
Jinhy Hong
C. P. Escoubet
Harri Laakso
Chihiro Tao
S. N. Walker
Kyung Sun Park
Jasper S Halekas
K.J. Trattner
Nick Omidi
L. Andersson
Raluca Ilie
Frederick Wilder
Stephen A. Fuselier
Martin Connors
Shan Wang
Xuanye Ma
Yoshifumi Futaana
Yu-Chun Huang
Yue Deng
Stein Haaland
Mingwu Jin
Ling-Hsiao Lyu
D J Shetti
Richard M. Thorne
Joachim Raeder
Jean Berchem
Boyi Wang
Mikhail Sitnov
John Richardson
S. Eriksson
Dave Brain
Jesper W Gjerloev
Galina Korotova
Jay Johnson
Robert Rankin
Michale G. Henderson
Eun-Hwa Kim
D. H. Zhang
Xiao-Xin Zhang
Shunrong Zhang
Y. X. Sun
Li Li
Natalia Ganushkina
Joo Hwang



Registration and icebreaker will be on Sunday (Jan. 7). The meeting will run from Monday (Jan. 8) to noon on Saturday (Jan. 13). The complete program will be posted here soon.





























Last Updated: 16 October, 2017 10:00 PM