2nd Chilean Gemini Users Meeting

La Serena, September 6 to 8, 2017

Universidad de La Serena

First announcement

Since the first and only Chilean Gemini users meeting held in Santiago in 2009, not only the Chilean astronomical community has kept growing at a dazzling pace, but also Gemini South has seen many changes with the commissioning of Flamingos-2, GSAOI and GPI, all of which are operational and delivering exciting new results.

This long overdue meeting will gather current and prospective Gemini users to share their new results using Gemini data, learn about the current and future opportunities with Gemini and stimulate new collaborations.

New instrumentation means new opportunities but also new challenges to the users. The second and third days of this meeting will be a workshop where the participants will learn how to reduce GSAOI and Flamingos-2 images, GMOS-IFU and GMOS-MOS data through guided tutorials and hands-on work led by Gemini staff. The workshop will end with an open session where the participants will be able to bring their own data and discuss issues with Gemini staff.

The science meeting will be held on September 6th at the Anfiteatro 1 of the Departamento de Física y Astronomía of the Universidad de La Serena, while the workshop will be on the same venue the 7th and 8th. There will be no registration fee nor poster sessions. Grad students coming from outside La Serena will receive lodging at no cost, and financial support for travel. Lunch will also be provided for all the workshop attendees. To ensure a fruitful interaction between speakers and participants, the science meeting will be limited to 50 people, while the capacity of the workshop will be limited to 30 people. Preference for the workshop will be given to grad students and early career researchers, especially those working or about to work with Gemini data.

Please register in the web site listed below. The deadline for registration will be July 20 for those requiring financial support, while August 15 for those not requiring support. The final program will be announced later that month.

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We hope to see you in La Serena!

The members of the LOC & SOC

Invited science speakers:

Patricia Bessiere (PUC)
Daniela Opitz (UNSW)
Henry Roe (Gemini)
Sergio Torres-Flores (ULS)

Workshop speakers:

Mischa Schirmer (F-2 and GSAO imaging)
James Turner (GMOS IFU)
Ricardo Salinas (GMOS MOS)

Local Organising Committee:

Rodolfo Angeloni (ULS, chair), Verónica Firpo (ULS/Gemini), Ricardo Salinas (Gemini), Piera Soto King (ULS)

Scientific Organising Committee:

Rodolfo Angeloni (ULS), Roberto Assef (UDP), Edgardo Costa (UCh), Marcelo Mora (PUC), Ricardo Salinas (Gemini, chair)


Sharing One Sky II

 "Sharing One Sky II: SDSS, APOGEE, and Astronomy Outreach

Santiago, Chile, July 22-23, 2017


We are pleased to announce the second SDSS/APOGEE Workshop on Outreach and Education, which will take place at the PUC, Santiago, Chile, on July 22-23, 2017.  




The focus of the workshop is astronomy education and public outreach, with a particular focus on sharing strategies and methods, creating cross-cultural and multi-lingual ventures, forming E/PO collaborations, and exploiting the science and international reach of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) — which is operating from parallel sites in the U.S. and Chile — for fostering these activities. We wish to bring together astronomers, educators, and journalists to achieve the above objectives, and also formulate methods by which we can promote the public face of SDSS and APOGEE within Chile, across the Americas and beyond.


The conference will be located in Campus San Joaquin of Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile.


Steven Majewski (University of Virginia)
Karen Masters (University of Portsmouth)
Veronica Motta (Universidad de Valparaiso)
Edward Murphy (University of Virginia)
David Whelan (Austin College)
Rita Tojeiro (University of St Andrews)
Britt Lundgren (University of North Carolina)
Richard Lane (PUC)
Jura Borissova (Universidad de Valparaiso)


Jura Borissova (Universidad de Valparaiso)
Makarena Estrella (Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, MAS)
Veronica Motta (Universidad de Valparaiso)
Nelson Padilla (PUC)


Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations in Santiago. For more information please visit the official WEB page of SDSS-IV Collaboration Meeting Santiago 2017.

Attendees should also please register for the workshop on the registration form  not later than 22.06.2017, or cut/paste the information below and emailing to Natalia Atencio Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.  (with a copy to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. ).

Email address:
I request to make a contributed talk (yes/no):
Title and abstract of talk:
I am interested in Apogee Plate workshop (yes/no):
I am interested in training on Voyages & Sciserver (yes/no):
If you are not SDSS member are you interested to participate in Monday morning plenaries of SDSS-IV Collaboration Meeting (yes/no)?

Sponsors: A workshop is funded by Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS), Universidad de Valparaiso, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, and Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation in partnership with the Vice President for Research and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.


Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) Conference Series


Santiago de Chile, Chile, October 22-26, 2017

Official web site:

Venue: Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Conference Center

This annual conference, held in a different location each year, is a forum for astronomers, computer scientists, software engineers, faculty members and students working in areas related to algorithms, software and systems for the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and dissemination of astronomical data. 

The ADASS XXVII program will include invited talks, contributed papers, display sessions, tutorials, computer demonstrations, and special interest ("Birds of a Feather" or BoF) meetings. These activities aim to encourage communication between software specialists and scientists, and to stimulate further development of software and systems to meet the data science challenges of astronomy.

The hosts of ADASS XXVII will be the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and the Technical University Federico Santa María (UTFSM).

Key themes for ADASS XXVII are:

  • Open source in astronomy: collaboration, development methods, tools, licensing, obstacles, and critics.
  • The challenges of operating large-scale complex astronomical instruments.
  • ·Machine learning applied to astronomical data analysis.
  • Astronomical network and data center infrastructure in the age of massive data transfer, Docker, Agile development, and DevOps.
  • Observatory operations software for ground and space based telescopes all the way through the value chain
  • Human-Computer Interaction, user interfaces design guidelines and interfaces to big data sets
  • HPC for Astronomy Data Reduction
  • Algorithms and Software for Radio Astronomy
  • Astronomy Simulation Software
  • Education and Citizen Science

Registration and abstracts:

Registration and abstract submission are now open and available at the event website. A roster of invited speakers will be distributed with the second announcement. General inquiries can be sent to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. .

Registration fees:

EUR 450 (Early bird, until August 1, 2017), EUR 550 (normal fee from August 2 to October 18, 2017), EUR 650 (walk in fee from October 19 to 25, 2017), EUR 200 (postgraduate students), EUR 100 (undergraduate students).

The registration fee is payable through the ESO shop via credit card. It includes admittance to tutorials and all sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, cocktail reception and an electronic copy of the conference proceedings.

Instructions for requesting financial aid to ADASS are available in ADASS submission page and open until June 16, 2017.



Important deadlines:

  • May 31st Second announcement (with information about invited speakers)
  • June 16th Deadline for financial support
  • June 30th Abstract for Oral Contributions and Focus Demos deadline
  • Augus 1st Early bird registration deadline
  • August 30th Abstract for Tutorial/BoF/Poster, deadline
  • September 30th Final deadline for ready to print poster submission & final announcement (with program)
  • October 16th Preliminary version of manuscripts due
  • October 18th Registration closes
  • October 19th Walk in registration opens
  • October 22-26 ADASS XXVII in Chile
  • October 27-29 IVOA Workshop
  • November 30th Final version of manuscripts due


ADASS has organized a block reservation in the Sheraton Hotel at preferential rates. The LOC encourages participants to take advantage of this offer and to plan to stay in this hotel. Links to the hotel booking pages are provided below:




Program Organising Committee (POC)

  Alice Allen (ASCL)

  Christophe Arviset (ESA-ESAC)

  Pascal Ballester (ESO)

  Sebastien Derrière (CDS/France)

  Mike Fitzpatrick (NOAO)

  Stephen Gwyn (CADC)

  Jorge Ibsen (ALMA)

  Tony Krueger (STScI)

  Kathleen Labrie (Gemini)

  Mark Lacy (NRAO)

  Jim Lewis (IoA)

  Nuria Lorente, POC Chair (AAO)

  Jessica Mink (CFA)

  Fabio Pasian (INAF)

  Keith Shortridge (formerly AAO)

  Mauricio Solar (UTFSM)

  Tadafumi Takata (NAOJ)

  Peter Teuben (UMD)


Local Organising Committee (LOC) (loc

  Demian Arancibia (Smart Industry Program)

  Paola Arellano (REUNA)

  Amelia Bayo (UV)

  Pascal Ballester, LOC Co-Chair (ESO)

  Guillermo Cabrera (UdeC)

  Jorge Ibsen, LOC Co-Chair (ALMA)

  Daniela Jara (ILO, Chilean Ministry of Economy)

  Karim Pichara (PUC)

  Pablo Román (USACH)

  Mónica Rubio (DAS, U. Chile)

  R. Chris Smith (AURA)

  Mauricio Solar, LOC Co-Chair (UTFSM)

  Luis Véliz (Inria Chile)

  Eduardo Vera (NLHPC, CMM)


Workshop Nacional de Estudiantes de Astronomía

This workshop aims to integrate in a single meeting students from Astronomy and other related areas (Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geology, etc.) performing astronomy-related reserach at different Chilean universities. This is a great opportunity for students not only to share their research progress, but also to create multidisciplinary collaborations with other students.

More information and registration can be found at:

Star Formation From Cores to Clusters

Santiago, Chile, March 6 - 9, 2017
Official link:

Scientific Rationale

We aim to bring together astronomers who are pursuing a variety of strategies to contribute in answering the question: “What constitutes a prototypical low-mass star forming region from core to cluster scales?” This question refers specifically to the formation of low-mass stars, but it also can incorporate, for example, higher-mass stars that form in environments shared with low-mass stars, parallels between low- and high-mass star formation, starless cores, brown dwarfs, planetary formation simultaneous with low-mass star formation, and related topics. We suggest that all contributions present observations (from any wavelength) and/or numerical simulation to provide a perspective that is crucial for a comprehensive understanding of low-mass star forming regions.

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“Towards Science in Chile with LSST" 2016

Viña de Mar, Chile, December 12-13, 2016

Based on the success of the first LSST-Chile Workshop on Nov 19-21, 2015, we are now organizing the second version of what hopefully will become a yearly activity: the "Towards Science in Chile with LSST" 2016 workshop. The main motivation for this workshop is to address how prepared are we, as Chilean community, for the avalanche of LSST data and more importantly what research we hope to do with these data. With this in mind, we are organizing a two-days meeting in which members of the Chilean community can present and discuss their ideas to make the best use of the LSST data and multi wavelength follow-up studies, ranging from solar system and planetary science to high redshift galaxies and cosmology.

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Sociedad Chilena de Astronomía