The annual STFC Introductory Course course will be hosted in 2021 by the Applied Maths Group in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University. The school will run from the 22nd to 27th August 2021 and will be hosted in person in Durham.

About The Course

The Summer School is intended as an introduction to solar physics and solar-terrestrial interactions, aimed at PhD students starting in Autumn 2021. The 5-day course will consist of a number of lectures delivered by experts from across the UK. The lectures will cover a range of topics, from a general introduction to Plasma Physics to more specialised areas such as magnetic topology.

In addition to the core lectures there will a careers Q&A, a session on surviving a PhD, an interactive introduction to Python/SunPy and a conference dinner on the Thursday evening. Accommodation for students during the week will be in Hatfield College A programme for all of the lectures and events during the week is available.


Registration for the Summer school has officially closed.

The cost to non-STFC funded PhD students is £500. This includes accommodation and food in one of Durham's colleges. Students starting PhDs funded by the STFC can attend the course free of charge.