CESRA Workshop on "Solar Radio Physics and the Flare-CME Relationship",   Ioannina, Greece, 12-16 June 2007


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CESRA, the Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers, will hold a workshop on "Solar Radio Physics and the Flare-CME Relationship" on  June 12-16, 2007, at Ioannina, Greece.

Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are the most violent transient phenomena that occur in the solar atmosphere and their study is considered as one of the most important topics in solar physics. They involve explosive energy conversion and large-scale instabilities that may affect not only the entire solar atmosphere but also the interplanetary medium. 

With radio observations one can probe much of the solar atmosphere and the interplanetary medium up to 1 AU. The sensitivity of radio emissions to coronal magnetic field and the properties of non-thermal particle populations make them a unique tool for the understanding of processes associated with flares and CMEs. Synergies between radio diagnostics and information provided by optical, (E)UV, soft-, and hard X-ray data provide unprecedented opportunities for the development of a unified, global view of solar flares and CMEs.

Over the last solar cycle observations from space-borne and ground-based instruments as well as advances in theory have brought new insights into the physics of flares and CMEs. The new instruments onboard the "Hinode" and "STEREO" spacecraft promise to reveal exciting new results. These are good enough reasons for solar physicists (not only solar radio astronomers) involved in observations, theory, and instrumentation to meet and discuss recent results and foster collaborations joining radio and space-borne diagnostics.