1st PlasmaPy Workshop

April 20-22, 2020
Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania

!! -- Workshop Cancelled

Due to the rapid development of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the PlasmaPy workshop organizers have decided to cancel PlasmaPy's first workshop.

We originally intended to web-cast portions of the workshop, but with no in-person attendees we feel this format would lead to a poor transmission of ideas between PlasmaPy and its community. At this time, it is crucial that PlasmaPy fosters a strong community interaction to not only to convey its goals and ambitions, but to receive vital feed back from our community. Thus, we have decided to replace this workshop with a series of webinars and discussions to be held over the coming months. As more information on the series becomes available we will update the community.

Thank you for your continued support,
The PlasmaPy Workshop Organizers

Travel & Housing
Travel Funding for Students
Web Participation
Support & Acknowledgements


PlasmaPy's first workshop, which is set up as a 3 day meeting for PlasmaPy developers and the PlasmaPy community. The first day (4/20) is designated for the PlasmaPy Team to discuss code development and project direction. The remaining two days (4/21-4/22) are designed for community interaction. Goals of the meeting are to (1) further develop PlasmaPy's roadmap, (2) inform the broader PlasmaPy community of PlasmaPy's objectives and direction, (3) demonstrate PlasmaPy's capabilities to the community, and (4) receive valuable feedback from the community.



As the meeting approaches, please check the agenda for updates. As presentation material becomes available we will post links for slides and additional information.

Day 1 - April 20, 2020

Day 1 is intended for the PlasmaPy committee and internal topics. Attendees will be restricted to the PlasmaPy committee and developers. We'll address topics related to package development, community outreach, and education.

Time Section Title Speaker/Leader
08:30 - 09:00 0 ARRIVAL & COFFEE
09:00 - 09:15 1 Welcome: Introduction & Overview
09:15 - 09:35 2 Roadmap: Overview & Current Projections
09:35 - 10:20 3 Roadmap: Formulary Development
10:20 - 10:35 COFFEE BREAK
10:35 - 11:20 4 Roadmap: Simulations Development
11:20 - 12:05 5 Roadmap: Experimental Diagnostics Development
12:05 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
13:30 - 14:15 6 Roadmap: Development of Remaining Elements
14:15 - 15:00 7 Community Interaction & Contribution
15:00 - 15:15 COFFEE BREAK
15:15 - 16:00 8 Education & Outreach
16:00 - 16:45 9 Student Projects
16:45 - 17:30 10 Open Discussion for Uncovered Topics
17:30 - 18:00 11 Summarize Tasks & Responsibilities

Day 2 - April 21, 2020

Day 2 is the first day for the broader PlasmaPy Community. The day will be divided into three parts, (1) introducing/sharing PlasmaPy's plans to the community, (2) demonstrating examples of how the code works, and (3) conversing with the community to get feedback and suggestions. This day will also be available via web-cast.

Time Section Title Speaker/Leader
08:30 - 09:00 0 ARRIVAL & COFFEE
09:00 - 09:10 1 Welcome to Users
09:10 - 10:00 2 PlasmaPy Overview
10:00 - 10:20 3 PlasmaPy - Simulations
10:20 - 10:35 COFFEE BREAK
10:35 - 10:55 4 PlasmaPy - Experimental Diagnostics
10:55 - 11:45 5 Community Interaction
11:45 - 13:15 LUNCH BREAK
13:15 - 13:35 6 Education & Outreach
13:35 - 13:55 7 Contributing to PlasmaPy
13:55 - 14:30 8 Demo - Working through a Pull Request
14:30 - 14:50 9 Demo - #2
14:50 - 15:05 COFFEE BREAK
15:05 - 15:25 10 Demo - #3
15:25 - 17:00 11 Community Discussion

Day 3 - April 22, 2020

Day 3 is a workshop day to provide hands-on experience with PlasmaPy and one-on-one community interaction. In the morning session we will provide a few mini example projects to highlight PlasmaPy's features. The afternoon session will be an open session where users can interact directly with the PlasmaPy team, asking an relevant questions, getting help on existing projects, etc.

Time Section Title Speaker/Leader
08:30 - 09:00 0 ARRIVAL & COFFEE
09:00 - 12:00 1 Workshop: Examples Projects
12:00 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
13:30 - 16:00 4 Open Session

Travel & Housing


Due to the ongoing development of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), travel restrictions may be in place when this workshop occurs. If this is the case, we will still proceed with the workshop via a web-cast. Additionally, we strongly recommend that any booked travel plans are refundable.

In the near future we will post a few recommendations for travel to and housing locations around Bryn Mawr.

Travel Funding for Students

As part of our support from the NSF-CSSI program, we will offer some amount of travel funding for interested students to attend. The exact amount will depend on the number of participating students. Please check back soon as we will update with instructions on how to apply for travel funding.

Web Participation

We currently plan to have days 2 & 3 available on web-cast so non-attendees and still participate. As the meeting approaches, we will post info on how to attend via the web-cast.

Support & Acknowledgments

Ongoing development of PlasmaPy is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, with many contributions from the broader plasma physics and open source communities. Early development of PlasmaPy was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Smithsonian Institution, and Google Summer of Code.

Support for this workshop is provided through a grant from the NSF Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) program.