The International Union of Amateur Astronomers (IUAA) organizes observing commissions to collect data for use by professionals.
IUAA meetings are held in Belgium and Bologna.
International Astronomical Union sponsors Colloquium 98 on Amateur Contributions to Astronomy in Paris, France, attended by 300 professional and amateur astronomers.
A two-day meeting leads to the passage of a resolution by the IAU General Assembly recognizing and encouraging further cooperation with the amateur community.
The Corporation for Research Amateur Astronomy holds a symposium in La Paz, Mexico, and its proceedings are later published.
The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) and American Astronomical Society (AAS) hold consecutive meetings on emerging CCD technology and further collaboration.
The AAS meeting in Winston Salem offers three sessions of presentations (21 oral, 14 display) to showcase amateurs' wide range of observing skills.
A topical workshop at the annual meeting of the AAS's Division for Planetary Sciences in Madison, Wisconsin, explores avenues for collaboration using existing and proposed amateur organizations.
The Committee of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences approves a resolution endorsing the furthering of professional-amateur cooperation.
A proposal for creating the Working Group on Professional-Amateur Collaboration (WGPAC) is submitted to the AAS Council.
The AAS Council approves the WGPAC proposal, granting an initial five-year charter.
A two-day "Partnerships in Astronomy" symposium is attended by 200 professionals and amateurs during a joint meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, AAVSO, and Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in Toronto. The WGPAC holds its first meeting there.
The European Southern Observatory and the German amateur society Vereinigung der Sternfreunde host a week-long symposium entitled "Research Amateur Astronomy in the VLT Era."
Dirk Terrell conducts a workshop on observing eclipsing binaries at the AAVSO's annual meeting in Madison, Wisconsin.
A session at the annual convention of the Astronomical League (ALCON) in Salt Lake City, Utah, debuts the first WGPAC-sanctioned workshop on advanced observing techniques.