The workshop is organized by the heliospheric physics and space weather group of the ICCUB in collaboration with IEEC. It is sponsored by the European Space Agency, the ICCUB and the Faculty of Physics.
THOR is one of the three missions selected out of 27 candidate concepts submitted to the fourth call of Medium Class missions of the European Space Agency. The three selected target areas include the study of exoplanets (ARIEL), the X-ray universe (XIPE) and plasma physics (THOR). All three missions are currently going through Phase A (industrial and payload) studies, which will pave the way for the selection of one mission to continue to Phase B1 around June 2017.
The main goal of the workshop is to provide a forum to discuss important aspects strengthening the THOR science case, payload and operations. This involves the participation of payload teams, numerical simulation teams, and different scientists to prepare all the material (such as the Yellow Book) necessary for the down-selection of THOR.
The THOR workshop in Barcelona will last three days -- the first day will be dedicated to presentations about the mission and the instrumentation and the last two days will review the current state of the art of plasma heating and particle acceleration in turbulent plasmas. About 125 participants from all over the world (specially from USA, Europe and Japan) will attend. The workshop will take place at the Aula Manga Enric Casassas of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona.