In order to mitigate some of the impact of COVID-19 on the community, the deadline for the submission of white papers to be used for planning the Heliophysics 2050 Workshop has been extended to September 25, 2020.

Helio 2050

Workshop Location and Date

The Heliophysics 2050 Workshop will be held May 3–5, 2021. The venue location is to be determined and will be announced with sufficient time for attendees to make travel arrangements. Regardless of the venue location, a strong virtual-attendance option is being planned with details to be announced.

Note: Given the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis, there is a finite chance that this event will be shifted to a purely virtual format.

Purpose and Scope

The workshop will examine current scientific understanding and what near-term investigations can enable and inform future investigations. From this scientific progression, the workshop will create a “Science Web” that maps current understanding to the next set of science investigations which, in turn, will lead to still later studies. These investigations will cover the range of work from basic research to operational efforts and would be agnostic to their mode of execution (e.g., theory, observations, spaceflight missions). This approach will enable the next Decadal Survey to lay out a long-term science strategy: What does Heliophysics look like in 2050, and what do we do in the next decade to help us get there?

This workshop will focus on discussing a strategic, multi-decadal science framework for solar and space physics. It is anticipated that a proceedings will be published for community members to leverage in framing their own white papers to the Decadal Survey process. The community will create a cohesive science strategy that will enable the ability to:

  • Identify essential science investigations necessary for major advancements in solar and space physics.
  • Use the desired investigations to identify the research and capability development needed to meet the requirements of these missions.
  • Recognize research needed in the next decade to prepare for the long-term research goals.
  • Recognize work needed to ensure a pipeline from basic research to pre-application research and then into operational needs, including the operations-to-research loop that strengthens forecasting and other predictive capabilities.


Individuals interested in serving on the Workshop Science Organizing Committee should view the application information.

Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access our electronic forms (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only a few minutes of your time).