Third Meeting of the Italian Solar and Heliospheric Community

The Italian Solar and Heliospheric Community (SoHe) periodically organizes national conferences: the last two conferences of the series were held in Catania in September 2013 and in Rome in May 2016, at the ASI headquarter. The next meeting will be host in Turin, on October 28-31, 2018.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum at the national level for the discussion of the main topics of solar and heliospheric physics, and space weather. The conference will strengthen existing collaborations and establish new ones, both in the context of projects in which part of the community is involved in (such as the European Solar Telescope – EST, Solar Orbiter, Bepi Colombo, Proba-3, CSES-Limadou space missions, etc.), and beyond.

The conference will support the participation of Ph.D. students and young researchers to facilitate their entry into the Italian community. The conference will have a total duration of two days and a half, during which ten oral talks will be held upon invitation, and 30 contribution talks will be given; about 30 posters will also be presented during the coffee breaks.

The event is locally organized by the INAF – Turin Astrophysical Observatory, the Physics Department of the University of Turin, and the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale (CIFS).



Go to the poster presentations program.


Welcome reception

Provided by Az. Agr. Bric Cenciurio


Welcome and opening

Coffee break and poster viewing

Lunch break

Coffee break and poster viewing


Coffee break and poster viewing

Lunch break

Coffee break and poster viewing

Conference dinner

Award of the "E. Landi" Prize to Giorgio Viavattene and of the "A. Egidi" Prize to Oreste Pezzi


Coffee break and poster viewing

Award of the "L. Paternò" Prize to Vanessa Polito

Closing remarks


1. Limb brightening observed with the UltraViolet Coronagraph SpectrometerA. Cora, D. Marocchi, S. Giordano, L. Zangrilli

2. Thermal evolution and dynamics of supra-arcade downflowsJ. Xue

3. First determination of 2D speed distribution within the bodies of Coronal Mass EjectionsB. Ying, A. Bemporad, S. Giordano, P. Pagano, L. Feng

4. Feasibility study of a dedicated filter based polarimeter system for large telescopes: comparing two different camerasE. Capozzi, S. Kumar Dhara, D. Gisler, M. Bianda, R. Ramelli

5. On the connection between solar activity cycles and grand minima occurrenceF. Lepreti, A. Vecchio, M. Laurenza, T. Alberti, V. Carbone

6. Continuum emission enhancements and penumbral changes observed during flares by IRIS, ROSA, and HinodeF. Zuccarello, V. Capparelli, M. Mathioudakis, P. Keys, L. Fletcher, S. Criscuoli, M. Falco, S. L. Guglielmino, M. Murabito

7. The Critical Science Plan for the DKISTG. Cauzzi, M. Rast, V. Martinez Pillet

8. On the dynamics of solar polar plumes as observed by SoHO/UVCSL. Zangrilli, L. Abbo

9. Solar flare forecasting using photospheric active region propertiesM. Falco, P. Romano

10. The Heliospheric Space Weather Center: a novel Space Weather ServiceM. Casti, R. Susino, A. F. Mulone, D. Telloni, G. Chiesura, E. Antonucci, R. Messineo, A. Bemporad, F. Solitro, S. Fineschi, M. Messerotti, G. Nicolini, E. Magli, T. Bjorklund, A. Volpicelli, M. Martino

11. Determination of the physical properties of an erupting prominence from SOHO/LASCO and UVCS observationsR. Susino, A. Bemporad, P. Heinzel, S. Jejčič, U. Anzer

12. High-resolution observations of the umbral filament in AR NOAA 12529S. L. Guglielmino, P. Romano, B. Ruiz Cobo, F. Zuccarello, M. Murabito

13. Metrology on-board PROBA-3: the Shadow Position Sensors (SPS) subsystem – Design and performanceV. Noce, M. Focardi, F. Landini, C. Baccani, M. Romoli, M. Pancrazzi, S. Fineschi, D. Loreggia, A. Bemporad, M. Casti, S. Buckley, F. Denis, C. Thizy

14. In Situ Generation of Transverse Magnetohydrodynamic Waves from Colliding Flows in the Solar CoronaP. Pagano, P. Antolin, H.-J. Van Damme, I. De Moortel, V. Nakariakov

15. Assessment of the particle radiation environment at L1 point and near-Earth spaceM. Laurenza, T. Alberti, M. F. Marcucci, G. Consolini, C. Jacquey, S. Molendi, C. Macculi, S. Lotti

16. Echo occurrence in the polar ionosphere as measured by Dome C East radar in 2013 and 2016 yearsM. F. Marcucci, I. Coco, S. Massetti, S. Longo, D. Biondi, E. Simeoli, A. Marchaudon, G. Consolini, M. Laurenza

17. Recent insights on the penumbra formation processM. Murabito, S. L. Guglielmino, P. Romano, F. Zuccarello

18. Introducing SWERTO: a Regional Space Weather ServiceF. Berrilli, M. Casolino, A. Cristaldi, D. Del Moro, R. Forte, L. Giovannelli, M. Martucci, M. Mergé, G. Napoletano, L. Narici, E. Pietropalo, G. Pucacco, A. Rizzo, S. Scardigli, R. Sparvoli

19. The Ionosphere Prediction Service ProjectF. Rodriguez, L. R. Ronchini, S. Di Rollo, G. De Franceschi, C. Cesaroni, Spogli, V. Romano, M. Aquino, S. V. Veettil, F. Berrilli, D. Del Moro, M. Hutchinson, O. Kalden, A. Aragon-Angel, E. Guyader

20. H2020 SOLARNET Integrating High Resolution Solar PhysicsI. Ermolli, F. Berrilli, F. Zuccarello and the Italian EST-SOLARNET team


To commemorate the scientific career of Prof. Egidio Landi Degl'Innocenti and Prof. Alberto Egidi, the scientific organizing committee of the SoHe3 conference established two prizes named after them. In particular:

  • the “E. Landi” Prize was established and financed by INAF – Astrophysical Observatory of Turin; the initiative is aimed at rewarding the best Master Thesis in the research field of Solar Physics and published in the last three years (from July 1st, 2015, onwards);
  • the “A. Egidi” Prize was established by the Interuniversity Consortium of Space Physics (CIFS), in collaboration with the Physics Department of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”; the initiative is aimed at rewarding the best PhD Thesis in the research field of Physics of the Interplanetary Medium, Eliophysics, or Space Weather, published in the last three years (Doctoral Cycles XXVIII, XXIX, XXX).

The winners of the “E. Landi” Prize and of the “A. Egidi” Prize will be reimbursed for travel expenses and the conference registration fee; in addition, the winners of the two prizes will be invited to give an oral presentation about their awarded works and to publish an article on the proceedings of the congress (in the magazine “Nuovo Cimento”).

Moreover, to commemorate the scientific career of Prof. Lucio Paternò, the same organizing committee decided to establish the “L. Partenò” Prize, funded by the INAF – Astrophysical Observatory of Catania, which aims to reward the best oral presentation held by a young student or a postdoc during the SoHe3 conference; the prize will be awarded during the conference.


The SoHe3 meeting will be held at the new Great Hall of the University of Turin, which is housed in the complex of the Royal Riding School – or "Cavallerizza Reale" – originally devoted to the care of the horses of the royal stables.


By plane

Turin's International Airport is connected to the city center by the SADEM shuttle service. Shuttles leave every 15 minutes from outside the airport terminal and stop at both the city main railway stations: Porta Nuova and Porta Susa. Tickets can be bought at the kiosk inside the terminal.

By train

From the railway stations of Porta Nuova and Porta Susa you can reach the meeting venue (or move around) using public transport. Visit the GTT local transport company website for routes, timetables, and ticket fares. You can also use Google Maps to plan your itineraries with public means.

By car

You can reach Turin by driving on motorways A4 from Milan and Venice, A5, A6 from Genoa, A21, and A32 from France. Be aware that restrictions apply to private vehicles in the city center around the venue. Visit the dedicated Turin municipality webpage to know how to get special passes.