Who are we

Arunima Banerjee

(Chair) is an Associate Professor and also the Associate Chair, at the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Tirupati. Her research interests include Dynamics of Galaxies and Application of Machine Learning in Astronomy and Astrophysics. She is also an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Indian Academy of Sciences. She has served as a member of the Women Cell at IUCAA and the Gender Amity Committee at IISER Tirupati. She is also one of the founding members of Veekshana, the forum of women scientists at IISER Tirupati, and a member of its Internal Complaints Committee.

Aru Beri

is an inspire faculty and high-energy astrophysicist at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali. Her main research interest is the multi-wavelength study of accreting compact stars. She has been actively supporting the cause of gender equity, being a STEM Ambassador and a member of the Women in Physics Network at the University of Southampton in the UK. She was a member of the Indian delegation to the IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics in 2021 and was a major contributor to the WGGE presentation there. Currently, she is a faculty-in-charge of the Women in Physics, Maths, and Astronomy (WiPMA) group at IISER Mohali.

Debarati Chatterjee

is a faculty member and theoretical astrophysicist at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India. Her main interests and expertise is in developing analytical and numerical models of compact stars for better interpretation of multi-messenger astrophysical observations. She has been actively supporting the cause of gender equality in STEM disciplines as an Ambassador for Science in Normandy, France and as a member of various other international organizations.

Mayuri Rao

is a member of the faculty at the Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. She works primarily in experimental cosmology, at the intersection of science and instrumentation. Her work spans redshifts ranging from inflation, epochs of recombination through reionization, to studies of the interstellar medium as a foreground to faint cosmological signals. She is passionate about breaking stereotypes in academia, and democratising science. She is a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) task force at RRI, and enjoys developing educational resources in her spare time. You can find more about her and her research here : https://mayurisrao.wordpress.com/

Nirupam Roy

is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His research interests include study of interstellar medium and star formation in MIlky Way and nearby galaxies, compact object and accretion physics, and observational cosmology. He is currently the Convener of the Joint Astronomy Programme (JAP), common research training and graduate programme of IIA, IISc, ISRO and RRI. He is also actively involved in the SKA India consortium.

Preeti Kharb

is an astrophysicist at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics in Pune. Her science interests revolve around outflows from "active" galaxies. She also firmly believes that the best research takes place in a gender equitable environment. She has been a member of the WGGE since its inception and is its immediate past Chair.

Ravinder Banyal

is a research scientist at Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. His research areas includes photonics, astronomy instrumentation and exoplanet science. He is also interested in science outreach and public understanding of science.

Shriharsh Tendulkar

is a Reader at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune. He completed his BTech from IIT Bombay and MS and PhD from California Institute of Technology. His research is in transient astronomy at very short timescales, probing fast radio bursts, magnetar flares and trying to understand the origins of these extremely violent events and the physics of the emission mechanisms. He also works on instruments and extremely high data rate signal processing required for detecting, locating, and characterizing these transients. Shriharsh is active in public outreach and higher secondary education through the NIUS and Olympiad programs.

Suchetana Chatterjee

is a faculty member at the school of astrophysics at Presidency University. Her research area lies in the interface of astrophysics and cosmology and combines theoretical, phenomenological, and data-oriented aspects. The core of her research is focused in investigating the connection between supermassive black hole (SMBH) evolution and cosmological structure formation in numerical simulations and testing the predictions against multi-wavelength observations. She has been awarded multiple grants including the SERB early career research grant. As an academic, she is very excited about physics teaching, physics education research as well as public outreach of science. She is a recipient of the Indian Association for Physics Teachers (IAPT) Dinabandhu Sahu Memorial award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring and is one of the national astronomy education coordinators of the International Astronomical Union. She served the Indian Physics Association gender working group and has led efforts in enhancing diversity in physics and beyond.