WaLSA is an international science team with a focus on wave activity in the lower atmosphere of the Sun. The WaLSA team officially commenced its activity in January 2019 at a 1-week meeting at the University of Oslo, funded by the Research Council of Norway. See the WaLSA team's rationale for scientific justifications, and the full list of team members here.
In addition to the core members, the science objectives are being fulfilled in collaboration and involvement of other scientists in the field. In particular, a number of associate members, who equally play leading roles in WaLSA’s research, join the team over time. Students (in both master and PhD levels) are also being involved in the research. Graduate students and scientists with an interest in the WaLSA-related activities may join the team as affiliate members.
The WaLSA Team meets online on regular basis, but also with a minimum of one face-to-face meeting per year to discuss latest research results, identify challenges related to the team’s science objectives, and aid the coordination of team's projects, to name but a few. The direct face-to-face science meetings particularly allow the team to intensively discuss and analyse observational data and compare them to numerical simulations or theoretical models. These meetings will allow us to adapt our stratagems in real-time to answer our science goals, by having experts on-hand to discuss solutions. Sharing the knowledge, tools, and techniques among our international team members with diverse expertise practically guarantees a positive outcome of our research. The kickoff meeting of the WaLSA team took place at the University of Oslo, Norway, in January 2019, with followup meetings in August 2019 (at the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, RoCS, Oslo, Norway), in February 2020 (at the Chicheley Hall of the Royal Society, UK), in April 2022 (at the International Space Science Institute, ISSI, Bern, Switzerland) — after two years due to the world pandemic, and in January 2023 (at ISSI). The team is aiming at continuation of such meetings over the coming years.
International collaborations, as a driving force for excellence, is essential in this research whose challenges need diverse expertise. The WaLSA Team is open to collaborations with all researchers in the field. Additionally, the team offers supervisions at both undergraduate and graduate levels related to the team’s science activities. The WaLSA Team also aims at promoting its research activities, including new science ﬁndings, as they are made through press releases, interviews with the media, and via social media platforms. Contacts from researchers and students interested in the team’s activities, as well as from media, schools, and public relation sectors are mostly welcome.
We hope that all these activities will make the WaLSA Team go from strength to strength in the coming years, that is beneﬁcial for the science community, for the individual team members and their institutions, as well as for the public.