Astronomy Pro Am Meeting

The first international Professional-Amateur Meeting (ProAm 2023) will be held at Mumbai from 1st to 3rd December 2023. The meeting is under aegis of International Astronomy Union (IAU) and will be hosted by leading amateur astronomer group Khagol Mandal.

About Us

International Astronomical Union (IAU)

The International Astronomical Union is a non-governmental organisation with the objective of advancing astronomy in all aspects, including promoting astronomical research, outreach, education, and development through global cooperation. It was founded in 1919 and is based in Paris, France.

Khagol Mandal

Khagol Mandal is a registered Voluntary Organization formed by group of people in 1985. In past 38 years of service, name of Khagol Mandal is synonymous with amateur astronomy activity in this part of the country and it is branded as one of the most active Astronomy Popularizing Group. Organizing overnight sky sessions, evening sky shows, road side astronomy, lectures, workshops, Certificate Course: 30 hrs of Astronomy, quiz, Ask a question sessions and many such innovative programs.


Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC), IIT-B, Powai, Mumbai, India 400076

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Themes and Schedule

Tentative Schedule

1st December 2023  
9:00 to 9:30 Registration and Inauguration  
9:30 to 11:30 Python for Astronomy Akshat Singhal, HBCSE-TIFR
11:30 to 12:00 Tea Break  
12:00 to 13:00 Exoplanet Hunting Joe Phillip Ninan, TIFR
13:00 to 14:00 Lunch Break  
14:00 to 15:00 Exoplanet Hunting Joe Phillip Ninan, TIFR
15:00 to 15:30 Tea Break  
15:30 to 17:30 GROWTH network Varun Bhalerao, IITB
17:30 to 18:00 Tea Break  
18:00 to 19:00 Interactive Session Various Groups
19:00 to 20:30 GROWTH network Varun Bhalerao, IITB

2nd December 2023  
9:30 to 11:30 SWAN network for radio astronomy Avinash Deshpande, IIT-K
11:30 to 12:00 Tea Break  
12:00 to 13:00 Special Talk 1: Astrophotography Dorje Angchuk, IIA, Leh
13:00 to 14:00 Lunch Break  
14:00 to 16:00 Solar Physics Clementina Sasso, INAF, Italy
16:00 to 16:30 Tea Break  
16:30 to 17:00 Special Session: Platform for Professional Amateurs Collaboration Kostas Markakis
17:00 to 18:00 Open Talk 2: LIGO John E. Brian O'Reilly, LIGO- Caltech

3rd December 2023  
9:30 to 11:30 Sonification of Astro Data Katrien Kolenberg KU Lueven, Belgium
11:30 to 12:00 Tea Break  
12:00 to 13:00 One Million Galaxies Project Disha Sawant / Atharva Pathak, Pune Knowledge Cluster, Pune
13:00 to 14:00 Lunch Break  
14:00 to 14:15 Digistar Infovision
14:15 to 15:30 Ethnoastronomy Aniket Sule, HBCSE-TIFR, Mumbai
15:30 to 16:15 Concluding Session  
16:15 Tea Break  

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National Advisory Committee

Prof. Ajit Kembhavi
(IUCAA): Chairman

Dr. Annapurni Subramanian

Dr. Dipankar Banerjee

Dr. Arnab Bhattacharya

Scientific Organizing Committee

Prof. Archana Pai

Dr. Clementina Sasso

Dr. Divya Oberoi

Dr. Niruj Mohan

Dr. Harwinder Kaur Jassal
(IISER Mohali)

Dr. Aniket Sule

Dr. Abhay Deshpande
(Khagol Mandal)

Shri. Sameer Dhurde

Local Organizing Committee

Shri. Kiran Ambardekar

Shri. Ashirwad Tillu
(Khagol Mandal)

Dr. Abhay Deshpande


Following are the meetings Dates -

Workshops Dates: 1st to 3rd December 2023

Registration.....till 30th November 2023

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Registration.....till 30th November 2023

• Indian Delegate - Rs. 3000/-

• Foreign Delegate - USD 100

Registration does not include accommodation charges.

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In such case, please pay on arrival to the venue.

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Accommodation and Other Information

Foreign participants can contact for accommodation booking support.

Hotel Rates / Package Details
Hotel Beatles, Powai
TOLL Free: +91- 8806751000
Package Details
Package 1
Deluxe Room on Single Occupancy
INR 8500+18% GST=10,030/- per night
Deluxe Room on Double Occupancy
INR 9500+18% GST=11,210/- per night

Package 2
Premium Room on Single Occupancy
INR 10000+18% GST=11,800/- per night
Premium Room on Double Occupancy
INR 11000+18% GST=12,980/- per night

Package 3
Suite on Single Occupancy
INR 13000+18% GST=15,340/- per night
Suite on Double Occupancy
INR 15000+18% GST=17,700/- per night

All plans as CP: Breakfast inclusive
Hotel VITS International
Tel: +91 22 26164000
Mobile: +91- 8879366324
Rates / Package Details
Single :- 7500+Tax
Double 8500+Tax
CP , Inclusion B/F & WiFi