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Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

MIST is an informal community of UK-based scientists with interests in physical processes within the Sun-Earth system and other planets. This includes studies of the mesosphere, ionosphere, thermosphere and magnetosphere of Earth and of other planets and the solar wind. The role of MIST is to help promote these interests to the public, wider scientific community and other stakeholders as well as provide a platform for scientists to present their work to the rest of the UK community. Regular bi-annual meetings are organised: a one day meeting in London in the autumn, sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society, and an out-of-town meeting each spring. Reports of meetings have been published in the RAS house journal Astronomy & Geophysics, and its predecessor Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The first MIST meeting was held in London on 20 August 1970, so we are well into our second quarter century! Henry Rishbeth, who with Peter Kendall was one of the originators of MIST, wrote an authoritative account of the origins and history of MIST to mark the 25th anniversary: The MISTs of Time.

From its inception, MIST has been strongly linked with and supported by the Royal Astronomical Society. All MIST scientists are invited to join the RAS. More information.




Future MIST meetings

Other relevant meetings

If there is a meeting you would like to have listed in this section, please send details to the MIST web master.

Past MIST meetings

Chronological List of MIST meetings

MIST Research Groups

There are active MIST scientists based at the following institutions in the United Kingdom. Please notify any additions/corrections to the MIST web master.

Mailing List

To send a mail to the MIST mailing list see these instructions. There are currently (4 November 2007) 305 subscribers to the electronic mailing list.

The MIST mailing list uses the JISCMAIL system; this is the National Academic Mailing List Service provided by JANET(UK). The old MIST mailing list (mistmist.ac.uk) is currently being run in parallel but will be retired in the near future. Please subscribe to the new list if you are not already.

In the past, paper MIST Newsletters were published at intervals (the latest one in July 1998), and mailed out to a circulation of about 200. With the advent in September 1998 of the electronic MIST mailing list for the rapid and convenient dissemination of MIST News, the paper Newsletter is redundant and its circulation has been discontinued. Electronic MIST Newsletters have been published occasionally and are stored here for posterity:

UK STP Public Outreach

Public outreach is an important aspect of STP. The UK MIST community has several programmes that highlights the work that we do:

sunearthplan.net logo
Find out about solar system science in the UK by visiting sunearthplan.net

uk2planets.org.uk logo
It is an exciting time for exploration of our neighbours in the solar system with several current and upcoming planetary missions.

Aurora Watch logo
Discover when aurora is visible from your back garden by signing up to aurorawatch

UK STP Science Strategies and Reports

MIST Coordinators:

    Current MIST council


Further information

Contact the MIST council:

Last updated 24th January 2008.

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