भारतीय उष्णदेशीय मौसम विज्ञान संस्थान
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology

पृथ्वी विज्ञान मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार का एक स्वायत्त संस्थान An Autonomous Institute of the
Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India

About the workshop

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) is a premier institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt of India, in weather and climate sciences. IITM has made remarkable achievements since its inception and has celebrated its 61st anniversary in 2022. The accomplishment of IITM is outstanding in the monsoon forecast at different scales, observations of tropical clouds, urban air pollution assessment and projections, and above all, its participation with a new earth system model in the IPCC.

The history of IITM is closely linked to that of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), where Legendary women scientists such as Ms. Anna Mani have worked and led a fully-fledged atmospheric instrumentation development group. After that, many were inspired by her work and other women leaders in diverse fields who followed in their footsteps to make a mark in the weather and climate sciences. This workshop is organized to celebrate in empowering, enhancing, and enlightening women in these sciences and their connection with other fields. The Diamond jubilee of IITM gives a special occasion to organize such a workshop. The foundation laid by leading ladies will be cherished and recognized.

The workshop will have invited speakers who can deliver motivational speeches for the younger generation, bring new knowledge about opportunities, and discuss communication and networking skills to advance their understanding and pursue leadership in diverse fields.


Networking Arriving guests/participants
(Moderators: Drs. Chaitri Roy, Smrati Gupta, Sandeep J, Shibani Bhatt, Renu Das coordinated by Dr. Padmakumari B)
Opening ceremony The lighting of lamp (Song by Krushna)
Welcome speech Ms. Mercy Varghese  
Inauguration Dr. R. Krishnan, Director, IITM  
Felicitation of Guests
Speech by the Chief Guest 1 Prof. Sulochana Gadgil, IISc Bengaluru
Introduction by Dr. Ashwini Kulkarni, IITM, Pune
Speech by the Chief Guest 2 Dr. Aparna Panse
Director, Balkalyan Sansta, Pune
Introduction by Ms. Vijayaumari C.P.
Speech by Guest of Honor 1 Dr. Mary Selvam (online)
Introduction by Dr. Suvarna Fadnavis
Introduction to Ocean Society of India (OSI) Dr. Aditi Deshpande, SPPU, Pune
Speech by Guest of Honor 2 Dr. Salvekar P. S (Honoured by OSI, India)
Introduction by Dr. Medha Deshpande
Speech by Guest of Honor 3 Ms. Girija Nurani
Introduction by Ms. Yogita Kad
Recognition ceremony Video on the retirees’ work
Vote of thanks Dr. Thara Prabhakaran, IITM Pune
Photo Session: Everyone to gather in front of the Auditorium
Tea/coffee break: High Tea
Invited talk topic: Gender equality Dr. Bindu Ronald &
Dr. Manika Kamthan
Symbiosis College, Pune
Introduction by Ms. Mercy Varghese
Invited talk topic: Women and health Dr. Manish Machave &
Dr. Tejas Gundewar
Introduction by Dr. Amita Prabhu
Invited talk: Patriarchy and shouldering administrative roles: A Gendered Perspective Prof. Vineeta Bal, IISER Pune
Introduction by Dr. Shompa Das
e-poster presentations Outside participants
Networking (Paint a jute pot and collect a plant)
Lunch break
Panel discussion (Panelists) Topic: “Enlightening the opportunities for women and gender equality in science – avenues for change?”
Audience interaction
Tea Break sponsored by OSI
Conclusion ceremony Cultural program
Concept by Drs. Medha Deshpande, Tirkey Snehlata, and Shikha Singh. Choreography by Students of IITM

Invited talks

Invited talks highlights:

  • Inspirational talk by outstanding retired scientists
  • Invited talk on the topic of gender equality
  • Invited talk on the topic of Women and health
  • Invited talk on the topic Bridging administration, science and society

The workshop will be conducted in a hybrid mode. All events will be live-streamed.

The workshop solicits contributions for an e-poster session on the following

  • Climate change, extreme weather, women and society: Climate change and its impacts and adaptation is a surmounting challenge for humanity. The session calls for contributions centered on the challenges faced by women and solutions brought up by women. Lessons learned from local/regional/global examples may be discussed in this session. 
  • Diversity and gender equality in the weather and climate sciences and the role of men/women: The topic of diversity and inclusion in these sciences may be discussed. The examples available with different STEM institutions for inclusion can be presented. Ideas for sustainable changes for gender equality may be discussed. What can we do to attract more women in weather and climate sciences?
  • Air pollution, health, and women: Issues relating to air pollution and health may be discussed 
  • Role of women in water resources, climate change adaptation, and mitigation: Sustainable development goals for these topics and the needs of women and girls and their empowerment can be discussed
  • Role of women in data and climate services: Women play a key role in the collection, curation, and dissemination of data of different types for climate services.