Prof. Silvia Dalla

Professor of Solar Physics

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Leighton Building, LE105

+44 (0) 1772 89 3527

Silvia Dalla joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 and is currently a Professor. She is research active in the are of astrophysics and is a member of the Solar Physics Research Group. Her interest in solar physics focuses specifically the study of powerful flares on the Sun and their effects on the Earth environment. She contributes to teaching in the physics and astronomy distance learning programmes.

Full Profile

Silvia Dalla joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 after having held post-doctoral research appointments at Imperial College London and the University of Manchester.

She is part of the Solar Physics group of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute and her research focuses on large energy release events on the Sun called solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections. She carries out analysis of measurements of solar energetic particles taken by spacecraft and is also involved in computer simulations of their propagation from the Sun to regions near the Earth. This work has applications in Space Weather forecasting.

Silvia contributes to teaching in the Astronomy distance learning and Physics programmes. Further information about Silvia’s research can be found here.

Ph.D. Computer and Mathematical Modelling, South Bank University, London, 1997
MPhys. in Physics, University of Milan, 1992


Dalla, Silvia, Marsh, Michael, Zelina, p and Laitinen, Timo Lauri Mikael (2017) Time dependence of Fe/O ratio within a 3D solar energetic particle propagation model including drift. Astronomy and astrophysics, 598 .

Swalwell, Bill, Dalla, Silvia and Walsh, Robert William (2017) Solar energetic particle forecasting algorithms and associated false alarms. Solar Physics, 292 (173).

Dalla, Silvia, Marsh, Michael and Battarbee, Markus (2017) Solar energetic particle drifts and the energy dependence of 1 AU charge states. Astrophysical Journal, 834 (167).

Zelina, Peter, Dalla, Silvia, Cohen, CMS and Mewaldt, RA (2017) Time Evolution of Elemental Ratios in Solar Energetic Particle events. Astrophysical Journal, 835 (71).

Laitinen, Timo Lauri Mikael, Kopp, A, Effenberger, F, Dalla, S and Marsh, M.S. (2016) Solar energetic particle access to distant longitudes through turbulent field-line meandering. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 591 (A18).

More publications


Particle acceleration during solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and propagation through space. This includes modelling and data analysis of measurements from multiple spacecraft.

Studies of effects of flares and CMEs on the Earth environment (Space Weather). Statistical analysis of Solar Active Regions.

Usage of Virtual Observatory tools in Solar System science and Astronomy.


EU FP7-funded Consortium COMESEP: 'Coronal Mass Ejections and Solar Energetic Particles - forecasting the Space Weather impact'.

'Solar Energetic Particle Modelling for Space Weather', funded by STFC.

'The UCLan SDO data hub', funded by UCLan research equipment grant.


'Application of test particle simulations to Solar Energetic Particle forecasting', IAU Symposium 335: Space Weather of the Heliosphere, Exeter, 2017

'The origin and propagation of solar energetic particles and their impact on Earth', VarSITI General Symposium, Irkutsk, 2017

'Heliospheric propagation of solar energetic particles', ISSI Workshop on 'The scientific foundations of Space Weather', Bern, 2016

External Activities

Member of Advisory Board for EU-FP7 SEP Server Project

Member of Royal Astronomical Society G Awards Committee

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

AA2055 Solar Astrophysics

AA1056 Energy Matter and the Universe

AA1058 Sun Earth and Climate


Member of Institute of Physics and Royal Astronomical Society

Member of American Geophysical Union

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