Convenor: Eduard Kontar (UK)
Co-Convenor: Marina (Switzerland), Gregory D. Fleishman (USA)

Solar flares are often viewed as the most dramatic and powerful magnetic explosions in the solar system. Despite of the substantial progress made over the last few decades in understanding the physics of solar flares, there are many open questions. Recently, an unprecedented variety of spacecraft and ground-based observations of solar flares has become available: from high energy gamma and X-ray emission, through UV and the optical range down to radio frequencies. Space-based observations from RHESSI, Fermi, SDO, Hinode, STEREO, IRIS, Wind, etc  are substantially enhanced via a number of ground-based observations, notably with radio observatories (Nobeyama, Nancay, UTR-2, OVSA, LOFAR, etc).

The symposium aims to bring together the diverse solar flare community to discuss the latest discoveries and developments in observations, modelling and theory in the area of solar flare physics. It will focus on correlative analysis of simultaneous multi-spectral observations of solar flare phenomena addressing the key science questions of magnetic energy release, energetic particle acceleration and transport, the response and emissions in the solar atmosphere and the heliosphere. In addition, recent modeling and theoretical developments in this area and their connections with observational data will be discussed.