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Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Hearty Congratulations to Ms. Veena V.S., who has been awarded the prestigious Humboldt research fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, Germany for Post-doctoral research. Ms. Veena V.S. worked for her Ph.D. in Department of Earth and Space Sciences from 31 January 2013 to 01 June 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Sarita Vig. The title of her PhD thesis is “IRDCs to Star Clusters: In-depth study of the Structure, Evolution and Kinematics of few Southern Massive Star Forming regions” She has successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in Astronomy and Astrophysics in June, 2018. She will soon begin her post-doctoral research at the University of Cologne, Germany as a Humboldt Fellow.

Posted on: 22 November 2018

The International Olympiad program provides a platform to the secondary and higher secondary school students to engage and compete in an amicable atmosphere at the highest level. In India, the Olympiad programs are coordinated by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE-TIFR), Mumbai and students selected through national level tests. The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) is a competition for higher secondary school students that involves an assessment of both theoretical and observational skills in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Every year, IOAA is hosted by a different country. This year, the 12th IOAA was held at Beijing, China between 3-11 Nov, 2018. 46 teams from 38 countries participated, each team comprising of 5 student members. The Indian students were accompanied by two Team Leaders and two Observers. One of the team leaders was Dr. Sarita Vig, Dept of Earth and Space Science, IIST. All the team members went on to win medals, three silver and two bronze. In addition, one of the Indian team members was awarded a special prize for scoring full marks in the sky observation test

Posted on: 19 November 2018

IIST joins the hunt for electromagnetic emission associated with the first ever merging Neutron Stars seen by LIGO on 17th August 2017. The gravitational wave source GW170817 is associated with a Gamma Ray Burst, GRB170817A, marking the beginning of multi-messenger astronomy!

An international team including researchers from IIST studied the merger in radio waves using the Giant Meter-wave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in Pune and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. IIST researchers actively contributed by leading the effort at GMRT and interpreting the physics of the GRB emission.

Posted on: 17 October 2017

Heartiest congratulations to Dr. Dhanya M who has joined as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Amritha University, Kollam.

Dr. Dhanya M worked in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences from Feb 2011 to Nov 2016 as a doctoral student. Her doctoral work was on the topic ꞌImproved simulation of meteorological systems over India: Impact of assimilating satellite observations using 3DVar and EnKF“” supervised by Prof. A Chandrasekar.

Posted on: 09 January 2017

Heartiest Congratulations to Dr. Arun Prasad K who has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowship ( for his postdoctoral research in German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Munich, Germany. His area of research would be “Ecological Monitoring of Selected Wetland Ecosystems in India using Time Series Analysis of Multi-temporal High Resolution Optical and Microwave Remote Sensing Data”.

Dr. Arun Prasad worked in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences from Feb 2011 to Oct 2016 as a doctoral student. His doctoral work was on the topic “Spectral analysis for the species characterization of mangroves of Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha, India using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing” supervised by Dr. L. Gnanappazham.

Posted on: 04 October 2016

Heartiest congratulations to Dr. Bharath Bhushan D who is joining as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Research in IT and Random Systems (IRISA), University of Bretagne, France.

Dr. Bharath Bhushan is the first student to receive PhD degree from the Department. of Earth and Space Sciences. His doctoral work was on the topic entitled " Multiple classifiers and dimensionality reduction methods for hyperspectral image classification" supervised by Dr. Rama Rao Nidamanuri. He worked in the Department. of Earth and Space Sciences from Feb 2011 to January 2015.

Posted on: 13 May 2015