Europlanet Pro-Am Exoplanet Observations Workshop 2019

Date and Location

25.-28.4.2019, Helsinki Finland


Thursday 25.4.2019

17:00-20:00 Welcome reception + drinks and snacks

Friday 26.4.2019, 1. working day  

10:00 Harri Haukka: Introduction to workshop and Europlanet Society and amateur astronomers [PDF]

10:45 Katerina Honkova: Importance of amateur Czech Astronomical Society for observation and research of exoplanets [PDF]

11:30 Pere Guerra: Using AstroimageJ [PDF]

12:15-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Guided Observatory tour

14:00 Filip Novotný: Developing softwares for photometric data analysis

14:45 Angelos Tsiaras: HOPS - a user-friendly software to analyse exoplanet observations

15:30 Matthias Mallonn: A pro-am observing campaign to measure the albedo of exoplanets [PDF]

16:15 Filip Walter: Štefánik Observatory instruments, facilities and activities, both ongoing and planned [PDF]

17:00 End of the day and discussions with dinner

Saturday 27.4.2019, 2. working day

10:00 Veikko Mäkelä: Pro-amateur activities in Ursa and Finland [PDF]

10:45 Anastasia Kokori: ExoWorlds Spies: an exoplanet research project involving amateur astronomers and the public [PDF]

11:30 Arto Oksanen: Exoplanet observations at Nyrola and Hankasalmi observories [PDF]

12:15-13:00 Lunch

13:00 Lubos Brat: ETD – Exoplanet Transit Database in past, present and future [PDF] [extra presentation PDF]

13:45 Roman Ponza: Exoplanetary observations done by Masaryk University [PDF]

14:30 Günther Wuchterl: Amateur support for the PLATO mission

15:30 Tuomo Salmi: How the observations of Corot and Kepler satellites have contributed to our understanding of exoplanets? [PDF]

16:15 Mini workshop for planning the future joint research activities

17:45 End of the day

18:30-21:00 Social event + dinner, Restaurant Factory Kamppi

Sunday 28.4.2019, 3. working day

10:00 Vojtech Dienstbier: Possibilities of exoplanet transit observations with CMOS cameras compared to standard CCDs

10:45  Veli-Pekka Hentunen: Exoplanet observation in Taurus Hill Observatory and co-operation with Pulkovo Observatory [PDF]

11:30 Petri Kehusmaa: KELT collaboration and exoplanet observations using robotic telescope in Chile

12:15-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Summary and wrap-up of the workshop, including planning the future acitivites

Presentations info

All presenations shall be in MS PowerPoint (PPT or PPTX) or in PDF format. Presenter can use own computer or computer provided by the venue/organizers. If using own computer, please bring your own video adapters with you.



The Europlanet Consortium is committed to building a diverse, inclusive planetary science community in Europe and to ensuring that individuals within that community experience equal opportunity, regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, family status, age, nationality or socioeconomic background

Ursa Astronomical Association 

Ursa Astronomical Association is the oldest and largest amateur astronomy association in Finland. Ursa's primary focus is to advance astronomical education in Finland and to promote interest in astronomy. At the end of of the year 2015 Ursa had approximately 18,000 members. Ursa's mission is to offer its services in Finnish, but we will gladly offer information also in English.


Finnish Meteorological Insititute

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a research and service agency under the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The main objective of the Finnish Meteorological Institute is to provide the Finnish nation with the best possible information about the atmosphere above and around Finland, for ensuring public safety relating to atmospheric and airborne hazards and for satisfying requirements for specialized meteorological products.


The workshop will be held in Helsinki Observatory in the middle of the City of Helsinki (see the Google Maps below). 

Venue Website

Helsinki Observatory is located at the southern end of Unioninkatu, in Kopernikuksentie.

Address: Kopernikuksentie 1, 00130 Helsinki, Finland.

Directions: Trams 10 (Johanneksen kirkko stop) and 2 (Eteläranta stop).


Photo of the header by Timo Huvilinna / University of Helsinki.