On September 25-29, 2017, The Astrophysical Observatory of Ilia State University organized an international conference on the topic “our mysterious Sun: magnetic coupling between solar interior and atmosphere” at Tiflis Palace Hotel, in Tbilisi. Financial support for the conference has been provided by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.

The conference aims to review the outcomes achieved in the last years, the existing issues and provide solutions to them; it also aims to promote further involvement of Georgian scientists into international research as well as contribute to the development of new connections with the world’s leading scientists and research institutions.


  • Roberto Bruno (INAF, Italy)
  • Mats Carlsson (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Arnold Hanslmeier (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Laurent Gizon (MPI für Sonnensystemforschung, Germany)
  • Mihalis Mathioudakis (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
  • Scott McIntosh (HAO, NCAR, USA)
  • Kris Murawski (UMCS, Poland)
  • Valery Nakariakov (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Leon Ofman (CUA and NASA GSFC, USA)
  • Ramón Oliver (University of Balearic Islands, Spain)
  • Stefaan Poedts  (University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • Teimuraz Zaqarashvili (Ilia State University, Georgia, Chair)

World leading scientists will also attend the conference:

     Holly Gilbert (Deputy director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), USA)

     Sami Solanki (Director of Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany)

  • Bart De Pontieu (Head of Solar Satellite IRIS, USA)
  • Terry Kucera (Chief specialist at NASA, USA)
  • Manolo Collados (Science supervisor of future 4-meter telescope, Spain)
  • Mausumi Dikpati (Chief specialist at High-Altitude Observatory, USA)
  • Mark Miesch (Chief specialist at High-Altitude Observatory, USA)
  • Francesca Zuccarello (University of Catania, Italy)
  • Javier Trujillo Bueno (Chief specialist at  Institute of Astrophysics of Canarias (IAC), Spain)

Speeches will be delivered by other specialists and young scientists from different countries around the world.

The sun is our most important celestial body on which life on the earth depends.  The sun makes a tremendous impact on the earth and the interplanetary space. As a result of developments on the sun billions of tons of substances erupt which reach the earth and cause geomagnetic storms influencing cosmic satellites, telecommunication systems and human health. Accordingly, the modern civilized world is closely connected to the developments taking place on the sun, which is why the study of these developments and prediction of them is of utmost significance for scientific-technological progress of our civilization.

The sun has been under observation for decades at Abastumani astrophysical Observatory, and even today our scientists, together with leading researchers around the globe, have been studying our mysterious celestial body.

The detailed program of the conference is available at http://scientific-programme/

Date and time: 25-29 September

Venue: Tiflis Palace hotel (Gorgasali str. N3)

Language: English



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