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Reconnection, Turbulence, and Particles in the Heliosphere

Feb 9-13, 2015

Queenstown, New Zealand

A meeting/workshop on the roles and properties of reconnection, turbulence, and (energetic) particles in the heliosphere was held at Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND
Monday Feb 9 through Friday Feb 13, 2015.
Wednesday afternoon was free time for participants to enjoy some of the attractions in and around Queenstown.

Some photos from the conference (including group photos) and pdf versions of the talks are available here.

Abstracts and Preliminary Program booklet (new: Dec 2014)

Invited Speakers:

The meeting will be relatively informal and contributions based on theory, observations, and/or simulations are welcome. Session topics will include:


Registration (including abstracts) is closed.
The venue is limited to about 70 participants, so please register early.
Early registration closes Nov 30, 2014.
Registration is only valid, once all fees are fully paid.
Early registration fee is NZ$450 (including lunches and coffee).
Late fee is NZ$550.
List of registered participants.


Rooms at the conference venue, Rydges Lakeland Resort, are available at a significant discount to meeting participants. The rates include in-room wireless internet and continental breakfast.

Participants are asked to arrange their room reservations directly with the resort by downloading and completing a form and then emailing/faxing it to the hotel.
The block of rooms is being held until early December.


Early meeting registration: Nov 30, 2014.
Abstract submission: Dec 1, 2014.
Hotel room reservations: Dec 13, 2014.

Please mark your calendars and reserve these dates. More detailed information will be supplied as it becomes available.
Please contact Frederic Effenberger if you have logistical questions.

Excursions: Wednesday Afternoon/Evening

Although there will be no formal excursion, there are MANY things to do in and around Queenstown, including plenty of cafes, walks and hikes, and fishing trips.
If you are more of an adrenaline junkie, then some of these options might be for you: bungy jumping (invented in Queenstown 25 years ago!), white water rafting, biking, and the shotover jetboat ride.

Conference Dinner

This will be held on the evening of Thursday 12 February. Location to be advised.

Travel and Visiting NZ

A convenient way to get to Queenstown is to fly into Auckland, New Zealand and then take a connecting flight direct to Queenstown. There's a zoomable map here.

February is a lovely time of year in New Zealand, late summer, with settled warm weather. In Queenstown, typical daily high temperatures are around 25C.

New Zealand offers a great many things to do, so you may wish to consider taking a week or two of vacation around your trip. The various tourism websites like and are good places to start.

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And, of course, please come and visit Ian Craig, Frederic Effenberger, Yuri Litvinenko, and Sean Oughton in the Mathematics Department at the University of Waikato in Hamilton.