1. The POEC ZSD Android App from June 18-20, 2018 IUCAA

  2. Workshop on developing Astronomy-Themed Experiments from June 18-20, 2018 IUCAA

  3. RAD@ICTS This is announcement of RAD@home Discovery Camp in ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore

  4. TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - 31 JAN 2018 We will get to see a Total Lunar Eclipse this 31st of January from moon-rise onwards, when the Moon would have just been eclipsed.

  5. Bangalore Bubbles Conference announcement: Bubbles Big and Small: Supernovae, Fermi Bubbles and the Circumgalactic Medium IISc, Bangalore, June 11-14, 2018

  6. 2nd Issue of POEC ASI newsletter

  7. IAU XXX General Assembly - Reminder. To apply to become Junior or Individual Member: the application procedure is described at this Page

  8. 2nd Issue of POEC ASI newsletter

  9. Advertising 2018 TMT ISDT call for new members

  10. IFAS4 Summer school, Lyon 9-16 July 2018, Spectroscopy 2D 3D

  11. LIGO-IndIGO Summer Students Program Applications Invited for the LIGO-IndIGO Summer Students Program

  12. Franco-Indian School "From Re-Ionization to Large Scale Structure- A Multi wavelength Approach" - 11-17 Février 2018, IUCAA, Pune, India

  13. Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships - Deadline 11 December 2017

  14. The TMT Science Forum talks today is live at... (November 8, 2017)

  15. Conference on Exoplanets The 2nd Rencontres du Vietnam on Exoplanetary Science February 25 - March 2, 2018, Quy Nhon (Vietnam)

  16. Call for Science observing proposals for 3.6m Devasthal Optical Telescope

  17. BRICS resolution

  18. Conference to be held at UCLA, April 2-6 2018 Shedding Light on the Dark Universe with Extremely Large Telescopes

  19. Announcements from POEC

  20. Inviting applications for Nominations for IAU individual membership

  21. International Conference The Physical Universe (TPU-18) which is organized by the Central India Research Institute and Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University from 26th February to 1st March 2018 at Nagpur.

  22. IAU Symposium 340 "Long – Term Datasets for the Understanding of Solar and Stellar Magnetic Cycles" from 19-24 February 2018 at Jaipur, India

  23. Dynamics meeting to be held at IUCAA in Jan, 2018

Dear Members of the ASI,
I am writing this on behalf of the National Committee for the IAU (International Astronomical Union) with information on Nominations for new IAU individual membership. The Committee members are: Chanda J. Jog (Chair), Jayaram Chengalur, Biman Nath, Devendra Ojha, T.R. Seshadri, S.K. Pandey (as the ASI President) and Ajit Kembhavi (as IAU Vice President).
We would like to inform you that the application process for new individual membership of IAU (International Astronomical Union) has started now. All Indian scientists working in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics are eligible to apply for this. Those who would like to apply for an IAU individual membership nomination, must fill out a membership application form on the IAU website, the email link to this is given below. Please also attach your CV to the application. Those applicants who had applied in 2015 and did not get the IAU membership then, should apply again this time using the link as described above. Each applicant must directly upload the application to the IAU website. Otherwise the application will not be formally registered with the IAU membership database. Please do not send the application directly to any of the National Committee members. This will not be valid.
For more details on the IAU membership, please see the link:
This time a new category has also been added by the IAU, namely the IAU Junior membership. This is meant for those who are in their early research career, having obtained their PhD degree in the last three years (after December 2014). There is a separate email link for application to this category which is given below. In this category also, the applicant should attach a CV when uploading the application to the IAU website.
The deadline for uploading the applications to the IAU website is November 30, 2017. After that, the National committee will scrutinize the applications and shortlist the applicants recommended for nomination for individual membership (including the Junior membership). Our Committee will send this list to the IAU office, and the decision on IAU membership will be formally taken at the IAU GA.
Please give this notice wide publicity in your University or Institute so that all people who are eligible to apply get to know about this opportunity.

Thank you.
With best wishes,
Chanda J. Jog Chair, National Committee for the IAU

1. POEC Newsletter,
We are extremely happy to announce that the POEC will be publishing a quarterly newsletter, during every equinox and solstice. The newsletter will feature columns aimed at students, teachers & amateurs, and will cover news, upcoming events, and simple low-cost experiments. The editor of the newsletter, Biman Nath (RRI & POEC), invites columns for future issues (
Subscribe to our newsletter through (you will get an email for confirmation, following which, the newsletter will land up in your inbox). The newsletter was designed by Avinash Kuduvalli.

2. "AstroSat Picture of the Month"
The POEC, in collaboration with the AstroSat Training and Outreach Team, has started an initiative, "AstroSat Picture of the Month" (APOM). This will feature an exciting result from the Observatory (e,g. an image, or a spectrum). The first APOM was released on 26 Sept at ISRO, and features the dwarf galaxy WLM in UV. You can follow APOMs at

3. Support for press releases
The POEC would like to help astronomers from different Universities and research institute to communicate important results from their research to members of press. You can contact us at least 72 hours prior to target date of press release, if you would help to frame a press release and/or contact press, . You can send a summery of your work, images if any, phone numbers and email addresses of authors and advance pre-print of the corresponding paper. POEC will request one of its members to draft a press release based on this information and alert network of press contacts through the press release. In case of embargo by the journal, POEC will respect the same and ensure that the press release is not released pre-maturely. Please contact (Aniket Sule of HBCSE & POEC) for this purpose.

4. ASI 2018, Hyderabad
The next annual meeting of the ASI will be during 5-9 Feb 2018 at Osmania University. The POEC is planning a number of education and outreach activities in Hyderabad as well as parts of Telengana during this period. We are looking for ideas for possible events, as well as help and support. If you would like to work with us, do let us know at

5. EPO at conferences
We would like to support each astronomy workshop or conference in the country to have an outreach component associated with it. If you would like to plan an outreach activity during your conference, please do get in touch with us a couple of months in advance, at (Samir Dhurde, IUCAA & POEC).

6. Astronomy resources in Indian languages
The POEC would like to have a webpage for each Indian language, that hosts links to articles, books, webpages etc in those languages. We would be happy to host links to contents aimed at school students, teachers, college students, amateurs, etc. We invite you to send us links to such resources in languages you are familiar with (along with a few lines of description on what it contains), to

7. The Story of Space Festival (Sent to us by the organisers) THE STORY OF SPACE 2017 provides a unique opportunity to learn about and experience space from a number of perspectives, promoting inquiry and exploration. Artists, scientists, educators, and philosophers step outside their worlds and come together to create live experiences, a film program, installations, workshops, talks, and panels on critical questions around space. The 10-day festival is for the general public, across generations, and is FREE for all to experience. Visit us in Panjim, Goa, between 10 and 19 November. View the program here:

Public Outreach and Education Committee,
Astronomical Society of India

As per the recently concluded 3rd BRICS Astronomy meeting held at IUCAA, Pune during 21-23 Sep 2017, the following two documents are enclosed and the BRICS Secretariat wishes to get comments from the BRICS India Astronomy group -- thus please circulate this mail with the attachments to ASI members to send their comments to the DST point of contact for BRICS (Dr Rita Gupta -- by email at who will then send the collated comments to the BRICS Secretariat Mr Takalani Nemaungani. Attachment1  Attachment2

Ranjan Gupta
BRICS India SOC/LOC of the 3rd BRICS Astronomy Meeting

Request from BRICS Secretariat:
Kindly make your input to the Framework document in line with Resolution No. 4. (BRICS Framework for Scientific Cooperation in Astronomy: At its Second Meeting the BAWG agreed to include some additional text from Russia in the draft framework, and to allow each country further opportunity to make inputs or comments via email, before tabling the document for ratification at the Third Meeting of the BAWG. The members of the BAWG ratified the final draft, which will be disseminated to all member countries by the Secretariat, subject to last-minute factual corrections by respective countries to the description of their domestic astronomy enterprise; members will submit to the Secretariat their edits to those sections by 31 October 2017.)

ARIES invites members of the Indian and Belgian astronomy community to participate in the call for Science observing cycle 2018A for the observations with 3.6-m Devasthal Optical Telescope (DOT). India has 93% share in the telescope time of which 33% is guaranteed to ARIES, and 7% to Belgian astronomers. The Principal Investigator of the proposals should have affiliations at Indian or Belgian academic institutions and/or universities.

The observing period: 01 February to 31 May, 2018

The proposal submission deadline: 30 November, 2018 23:59:59 IST

You can submit your observing proposals through online proposal submission system at

Two instruments are offered for observations namely Optical CCD Imager and Near Infrared Imager (TIRCAM-2). For more information on telescope and instruments, please visit Allocation of time on the telescope will be based on the assigned ranking of the proposals through a peer-review process by Indian and Belgian Time Allocation committees for Indian and Belgian proposals, respectively. ARIES will provide telescope operators and site-staff to perform routine start-up & shut-down procedures, and safety checks at the telescope. Questions regarding the operational policies with the DOT should be directed to

Dr. Brijesh Kumer ( For specific questions related to 4Kx4K Imager and TIRCAM-2, contact Dr. S. B. Pandey ( and Prof. D. K. Ojha (, respectively. For general assistance regarding the proposal submission process, contact Dr. Yogesh Joshi ( / Purushottam (

Please find below details of a new fellowship scheme funded through the Rutherford Fund that might be of interest to build and strengthen links with researchers in the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships - For highly skilled researchers from Commonwealth countries to spend one or two years at an eligible UK university or higher education institution conducting postdoctoral research.

Purpose: To support world-class research and innovation, and to contribute to the UK’s research base by attracting high-calibre international candidates and encouraging links and collaboration

Intended beneficiaries: Highly skilled and highly motivated PhD graduates whose proposed research topic is innovative, timely, and likely to lead to wider impact beyond the academic community and build research collaboration between the UK and other Commonwealth countries


To apply for these fellowships, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by a Commonwealth country other than the United Kingdom, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in a Commonwealth country other than the UK, and not based in the UK at the time of application
  • Be available to start your fellowship in the UK before 31 March 2018
  • Have been awarded your PhD no more than ten years prior to 1 November 2017
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship awarded by the CSC
You may apply for support for postdoctoral research for one or two years.

More details can be found at

Mylène Ployaert
Head of Research Funding Development
Research and Innovation Services
4107, B37, Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4680
Mobile: +44 (0)7979 843740

Dear TMT SAC co-chairs:
Applications for new members of the TMT ISDTs will be accepted until 26 January. Please spread the word by advertising this opportunity within your partner’s scientific community using whatever local e-mail lists or newsletters are appropriate. I am attaching a file with text that you may use. Feel free to edit, rewrite or translate this as you wish.

This rich text format file has several embedded hyperlinks to TMT web pages. Please note that the TMT Project Office is on the verge of rolling out an all-new web site, and some URLs will change, including the ISDT pages. I have asked that redirection be put in place from the old to new URLs, so hopefully these links will still work, but I will verify this when the site has been deployed. Please find the Attachment


We are happy to announce the release of the 2nd issue of the POEC quarterly newsletter. The newsletter has columns aimed at students, teachers & amateurs, and covers news, upcoming events, and simple low-cost experiments. We invite contributions from subscribers for our future issues, which can be sent to Biman Nath at

If you haven't already subscribed to the newsletter, please do so through (you will get an email for confirmation, following which, the newsletter will land up in your inbox).


Announcing: the POEC ZSD Android App

We would like to announce the release of the Android App for our Zero Shadow Campaign.

You can find the ZSD for your location, the local noon on a given day and the length of the shadow on any given day at any place. The app also has interactive animations to help understand the Zero Shadow Day event. Download the app at

And do update it regularly - the app will be available in many Indian languages over the next few days!

The app has been designed, coded and maintained by Alok Mandavgane for the ASI POEC.

Dr. Aniket Sule

Click here for past announcements

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