Sochias

The Supernovae Through the Ages Conference

Easter Island, Chile, August 9 - 13, 2016

Scientific Rationale

Supernova science has entered a golden age with daily announcements of new discoveries. This rate of discovery is only going to increase as we move to an era of large-scale non-targeted surveys, which will culminate with the LSST. In order to take advantage of this deluge of observations the community needs to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of data analysis techniques to ensure that optimal science is achieved. As supernova sample sizes continue to drastically increase, well-observed nearby events will still provide the most direct insights into progenitor properties and explosion mechanisms. Here, the challenge is to obtain multi-wavelength observations at epochs as early as possible post-explosion, where crucial constraints on physics are at their most powerful.

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Resolving planet formation in the era of ALMA and extreme AO

Santiago, Chile, May 16 - 20, 2016

Scientific Rationale

Results from ALMA Long Baseline observations and from SPHERE, GPI and other high-contrast AO instruments have given a taste of what to expect over the next few years in the fields of protoplanetary and debris disks, and planet formation. For the first time, these instruments are enabling us to observe the regions where planets form. Already we are finding gaps, holes, spiral wave patterns, and extreme asymmetries in the disks.

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Wide-field Variability Surveys: a 21st-century perspective

22nd Los Alamos Stellar Pulsation Conference Series Meeting

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2016
Webpage: http://pulsation2016.contactochilecom.cl/

Scientific Rationale

Astronomy is undergoing a major revolution in the way it approaches its core subject. With the increase in detector efficiency and size and the availability of ever more powerful computers, wide-field surveys, once few in number, have become increasingly common – and indeed, it is clear that the field will be largely dominated by massive wide-field surveys, photometric and spectroscopic alike, in the not-too-distant future.

At this special transition moment between “classical” and survey-based astronomy, we are faced with important challenges on how to properly handle, process and analyze the increasingly large datasets that are continuously amassed by these surveys. Astronomers must increasingly work together with computer scientists and statisticians. Entirely new fields, such as the booming but fairly young field of Astrostatistics, are emerging in the process.

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4th Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers

Puerto Varas, Chile, April 19 - 22, 2016

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Astronomy & Astrophysics, EDP Sciences and Sociedad Chilena de Astronomia (SOCHIAS) are glad to announce the registration open for the
4th Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers,
which will be held in Puerto Varas, Chile, from 19th to 22th April, 2016.

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LSST Workshop, Nov 19-21, La Serena, Chile

The beginning of operations of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), scheduled for ~2020, is approaching very fast. 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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Korea-Chile Workshop 2015, Dec 2 - 3, Santiago

Chile has unique advantages in today’s astronomical research for providing the best observational sites and hosting most of the modern ground-based observatories. In addition, the Chilean Astronomy community is vibrant and rapidly growing. Korea is participating in constructing the next generation of astronomical telescopes and instrumentation, and promoting international cooperation in observational and theoretical research. The collaboration between Korean and Chilean astronomers, in the framework of the recent agreement signed between the Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT) and Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), will benefit both communities.

A joint workshop will be held on December 2-3, 2015 at the San Joaquin Campus of the Universidad Catolica de Chile, in Santiago. This will provide an excellent opportunity for exchanging ideas and fostering future scientific collaborations. Registration and more specific information for the workshop will be available at www.sochias.cl. Any astronomers affiliated with Chilean or Korean institutes are welcome to participate in the workshop by presenting their current lines of research.

Deadline for Korean participants is on October 23rd and for Chilean participants on November 5th.

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