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)
- Prof. Axel Brandenburg, NORDITA, Stockholm.
- Prof. Philippa Browning, University of Manchester.
- Prof. Jacob Heerikhuisen, University of Alabama Huntsville.
- Dr David McComas, Southwest Research Institute, San
The meeting will be relatively informal and contributions based on
theory, observations, and/or simulations are welcome.
Session topics will include:
- Turbulence and dissipation in the corona and solar wind
- Origin of the solar wind
- Reconnection in the corona and solar wind
- Solar energetic particles and solar modulation of galactic cosmic rays
- Particle acceleration by turbulence and shocks
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.
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
including plenty of
walks and hikes,
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.
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
There's a zoomable map
February is a lovely time of year in New Zealand, late summer, with
settled warm weather.
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
are good places to start.