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)

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 September 30, 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 September 30, 2017)

Registration Fee: $450 (includes icebreaker on Sunday, lunches Monday-Friday, conference banquet on Thursday, excursion to Volcano Park)

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: TBD

Application: To receive support,

  1. Submit an abstract as a presenting author
  2. Fill a travel support application form (link to the form will be posted here later) NO LATER THAN TBD
  3. Attend and present the paper at the conference

If you have any questions about the forms 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 July 11, 2017)
Hui Zhang
Tony Lui
Qiugang Zong
Philippe Escoubet
David Sibeck
Guan Le
Dong-Hun Lee
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Giuseppe Consolini
Tom Krimigis
Simon Wing
Yongliang Zhang
Natalia Ganushkina
Syun Akasofu
Brenton Watkins
Mikhail Sitnov
Xinlin Li
Melvyn Goldstein
Joo Hwang
Hyunju Kim Connor
Shan Wang
Larry Lyons
Seiji Zenitani
Dan Gershman
David Brain
Chih-Ping Wang
Chihiro Tao
Stein Haaland
Evgeny Panov
Jean Berchem
Katarina Nykyri
Drew Turner
Kjellmar Oksavik
Sun-Hee Lee
Yoshifumi Futaana
Lynn Wilson
Tomas Karlsson
Nick Omidi
Ian Cohen
Stephen Fuselier
Karlheinz Trattner
Steven Petrinec
Jasper Halekas
Rick Wilder
Michael Hartinger
Peter Chi
Eun-Hwa Kim
Kyung Sun Park
Khan-Hyuk Kim
Goran Marklund
Rickard Lundin
Stefan Eriksson
Jesper W. Gjerloev
































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