Activities in the last quarter

Sixth annual CHANG-ES collaboration meeting
30 July – 4 August 2018, Calgary, Canada

CHANG-ES is the Continuum HAlos in Nearby Galaxies – an Evla Survey. CHANG-ES is a survey of edge-on spiral galaxies that reveals the interaction between the star forming disk and the extended halo. CHANG-ES observed 35 edge-on galaxies in the local universe with the Jansky Very Large Array in L band (1-2 GHz) and in C band (5-7 GHz). Follow-up observations at other wavelengths have been made or are in preparation. The 6th annual CHANG-ES collaboration meeting was held in Calgary, from July 30 to August 4, 2018.

IAU General Assembly Focus Meeting 8: New Insights in Extragalactic Magnetic Fields

29-31 August 2018, Vienna, Austria

The coming years and decades will see a burst in our information and understanding of extragalactic magnetic fields due to the next generation of radio astronomy facilities, especially the SKA and its precursors, as well as major advances in MHD numerical simulations and algorithmic improvements to extract magnetism information from the databases. This Focus Meeting discussed the challenges and opportunities for understanding the magnetized Universe from scales of galaxies to the cosmic web, and connected information across the spectrum. The meeting was concluded by an entertaining and engaging summary presentation. Science highlights were submitted by meeting participants and fed into a summary contribution for the IAU proceedings, which will be published soon and shared in the next eNews.


LOFAR Magnetism Key Science Project annual meeting

10-14 September 2018, Kraków, Poland

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the LOFAR Magnetism Key Science Project took place in Kraków, Poland. The meeting included two days of science presentations, and 3 Busy Days. The meeting was organised by the Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University, and was hosted in the main building of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science. The purpose of this meeting was to present recent science results obtained with LOFAR including with the ongoing LoTSS survey, discuss future work of the MKSP within the LOFAR project, as well as other related tasks.


Forthcoming events

POSSUM Busy Week

10-14 December 2018, Perth, Western Australia

The ASKAP POSSUM survey team (further information: is developing the resources to produce science-quality polarization data from ASKAP early science observations performed as the precursor telescope moves toward full survey science operations. The development activities for magnetism research will be furthered during a busy week being organised in Perth during December 2018. We will focus on advanced techniques for reliable polarization calibration using PAFs, accurate determination of polarized source properties, and preparation for pilot survey activities with ASKAP during 2019.


New Perspectives on Galactic Magnetism

10-14 June 2019, Newcastle, UK
Rapid improvements in the observing capabilities of radio telescopes and in the physical realism of numerical simulations, as well as growing activities due to the Square Kilometre Array and its pathfinders all call for a timely meeting on galactic magnetism. “New Perspectives on Galactic Magnetism” aims to provide a platform to facilitate effective communication between observers, theorists and simulators to foster new collaborations and advance our field in new directions. We plan to have critical reviews accessible to all participants and presentations on new, ongoing studies in all aspects of galactic magnetism. We particularly welcome contributions on new observational techniques; the connection with other components of the interstellar medium, including cosmic rays; recent advances in numerical simulations; the use of numerical simulations to help interpret observations; and revisiting and addressing common assumptions in the field. For more details of the meeting, please visit the website (below) and send any inquiries to


Recent publications

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