Second Binational Meeting AAA-SOCHIAS


This is the second binational conference between Chilean Astronomical Society (SOCHIAS) and Argentine Association of Astronomy (AAA) to showcase science made in both contries and to build new collaborations.

  • Key Dates

2018-April-18 : [12:00pm GMT-4] Deadline Student Grant Application Process

2018-May-22 : End of Early registration

2018-June-01 : Abstract submission OPEN

2018-July-09: UPDATED Deadline for abstract submission (contributed and invited).

2018-August-31: Release of scientific program

2018-September-07 : End of Regular Registration

2018-October-07 : Registration desk opens, poster and stand set up

2018-October-08 : Scientific program begins, Welcome reception.

2018-October-10 : Observatory visits and Conference Dinner

2018-October-12 : Closing Ceremony

For inquiries please contact us at: binational2018 [at] gmail [dot] com


This is the second binational conference between Chilean Astronomical Society (SOCHIAS) and Argentine Association of Astronomy (AAA) to showcase science made in both contries and to build new collaborations.

  • Key Dates

2018-April-18 : [12:00pm GMT-4] Deadline Student Grant Application Process

2018-May-22 : End of Early registration

2018-June-01 : Abstract submission OPEN

2018-July-09: UPDATED Deadline for abstract submission (contributed and invited).

2018-August-31: Release of scientific program

2018-September-07 : End of Regular Registration

2018-October-07 : Registration desk opens, poster and stand set up

2018-October-08 : Scientific program begins, Welcome reception.

2018-October-10 : Observatory visits and Conference Dinner

2018-October-12 : Closing Ceremony

For inquiries please contact us at: binational2018 [at] gmail [dot] com

Registration and Grants

  • Registration:

General instructions

Please read carefully the following instructions and the meeting's Code of conduct  before beginning the registration process.

  • Abstracts submission is separate from the registration proccess. Abstract submission is now OPEN, please read the 'Abstract submission' section for further details.

  • If you are so inclined to, please consider making a $10.000 or $20.000 donation to the student travel grant fund. This can be done by adding this amount to the registration fee payment or by making a separate deposit.

  • A proof of payment will be required on the registration form, so please, make sure to pay the fee before starting the registration process. Registration will not be completed until the form and proof of payment are received. See below for instructions of payment and information on registration fees.

 Click here to access the registration form

Conference fees

All fees are listed in Chilean pesos (CLP) and Argentinian pesos (ARP). 
After registration is completed you will have the following rights at the conference:
Access to all the scientific talks and poster sessions (Valid for Members, Non-members and Student categories).
Welcome reception and coffee breaks (all categories).

  Student+ member* Student+ non member Member* Non member Companion++
Early Registration 
until May 22, 2018
$27.000 CLP
$900 ARP
$54.000 CLP
$1.800 ARP
$54.000 CLP
$1.800 ARP
$108.000 CLP
$3.600 ARP
$45.000 CLP
$1.500 ARP
Regular Registration
until September 7, 2018
$36.000 CLP
$1.200 ARP
$75.000 CLP
$2.500 ARP
$75.000 CLP
$2.500 ARP
$147.000 CLP
$4.900 ARP
$45.000 CLP
$1.500 ARP
Late Registration**
until October 7, 2018
$44.000 CLP
$1.450 ARP
$90.000 CLP
$3.000 ARP
$90.000 CLP
$3.000 ARP
$174.000 CLP
$5.800 ARP
$45.000 CLP
$1.500 ARP

* Member fees: To qualify for the Member categories you must be a registered member of SOCHIAS and/or AAA, and the corresponding member's dues must be paid until 2018 inclusive.
Deadline for SOCHIAS membership applications: 2018-08-01. After this date, SOCHIAS cannot warrant that the membership will be processed in time for the meeting.
** The number of late registrations that will be accepted will be limited by the venue capacity. No talks can be proposed at this stage, only posters. Late registrations will not be considered for financial aid. Please note that we may close late registrations at any moment.
+ Students that are not a member of SOCHIAS or AAA must send proof of enrollment (certificado de alumno regular) in a pdf file to binational2018 <@> gmail <.> com, to complete the registration process.
++ The Companion category includes access to the welcome reception and coffee breaks during the conference.

Banquet fees Student member Student non-member Member Non-member Companion (of a member) Companion (of a non-member) Banquest sign up will be open until October 7.

How to pay from Argentina

To make things easier for our participants, both SOCHIAS and AAA will be receiving payments for the meeting. If you are paying with an Argentinian account, please pay directly to the AAA using the information below

Banco Nación
CBU 0110728120072800071597
Titular: Asociación Argentina de Astronomía
CUIT 30-70968119-9
Cuenta corriente en pesos

and send the payment confirmation via email to aaatesoreria [@] gmail [.] comThe AAA will send you an electronic invoice. Please specify any special requirements about the invoice in the body of the email.

How to pay from Chile or the rest of the world

If you are paying with a Chilean or an international account, please pay directly to SOCHIAS using the information below:

Name: Sociedad Chilena de Astronomia
Bank: Santander Account: 3-32408-7
RUN: 65.064.060-8
Email: tesorero <@> sochias <.> cl

If you are paying with an electronic bank transfer, please include in the comment section your name and the fees you are paying for (registration, companion, banquet).

Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please send an email to reunion <@> sochias <.> cl. Please note that refunds will depend on the date that the cancellation email is received. Dates, fees and refunds are as follows:

- Cancellations received until 2018-05-31 will be fully refunded.
- Cancellations received until 2018-08-30 will receive a full refund minus a $10.000 CLP processing fee.
- Cancellations received until 2018-09-15 will receive a 50% refund.
- Cancellations received after 2018-09-15 will not be refunded.

Click here to access the registration form

  • Grants: 

Who can apply? 
Limited travel funds to support student participation will be available for this conference. Students in need of this kind of assistance to attend the meeting must indicate so in the GRANT FORM. Priority will be given to graduate students offering to contribute talks (preferred) or posters. Recipients will be notified via email along with further details and corresponding paperwork.

The application deadline for the travel grant is April 18, until noon (12:00pm, GMT-4).

How to apply? 
Applicants are requested to complete the following document with additional details about the grant application. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission

(June 1, 2018) We are happy to announce that we are currently accepting scientific contributions.

As the meeting doubles as the annual meeting for both AAA and SOCHIAS, the AAA’s online system "Sigma" will be used to upload the scientific contributions. This system will also allow for a more expedite compilation of the contributions into meeting proceedings. You need to register into the "Sigma" system. Please note that it may take up to 5 business days for your account to be validated since the author role is assigned by an administratos. You will receive an email notifying you when the role is assigned, please wait for this email. You will only be able to upload your contribution once you receive this notification, so please plan accordingly.

Contributions should be sent using this latex format.

To register (and then upload your contributions) please follow this link . There you will find easy to follow instructions (in spanish) to upload your contributions. For an english version of these instructions, please visit this page

Click here to access the abstract submission platform.

General information for oral presentations

  • A PC laptop, LCD projector, and speaker remote will be available for presentations during the oral sessions. Neverthless, the presenter can use their own laptop.
  • All presentations must be in PowerPoint or PDF format.
  • If you send the presentations, please include your last name, date, time, and session of your talk in your e-mail. The presentations files must be e-mailed to binational2018 [at] gmail [dot] com

General information for poster presentations

  • We expect to have the poster boards ready to be used at the time of the accreditation, on Sunday, Octuber 7. Ideally, the posters should be all set up by the end of that day.
  • You are responsible for printing your poster. If you arrive in La Serena and you have not printed your poster yet, there might be places that could print your poster, but please note that the poster may not be ready by the next day. We strongly advise you to avoid this risk by starting your trip with your poster ready.
  • The LOC will provide adhesive materials and will help you to put up your poster. Please note that the provider of the panels expect that they are not damaged in any way by the end of the conference. Please be ready to use only the materials that will be provided by the LOC for this purpose.
  • Please also note that poster boards will not be located indoors, they will be set up in a tent in the central courtyard of the venue. The organization is not responsible for any damage that might come to posters that are not laminated due to weather.
  • Posters must be removed by the authors by Friday, October 12, at 2 pm. The organization will remove and discard any poster remaining after this time.
  • Posters with frames or scroll structures will not be displayed

Here are some recommendations to keep in mind when preparing your poster: 

  • Font: Arial, Helvetica or Trebuchet for legibility.
  • Title: Bold, 72 pt font size. Sentence case.
  • Author: Italic, 54 pt font size.
  • Main Text: 26 pt font size.
  • References: 20 pt font size.
  • Orientation: Portrait
  • Maximum width: 0.9m



The conference will consist of plenary sessions, parallel sessions and poster sessions. The scientific program is expected to be released on August 31, 2018.

This is an international meeting and the official language will be English. We strongly believe that this makes a for a more inclusive meeting to our international colleagues working in different institutions both in Chile and Argentina. 

  • Topics

- Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology (AEC)

- Galactic Structure (EG)

- Stellar Astrophysics (AE)

- Stellar Systems (SE)

- Instrumentation and Astronomical Site Characterization (ICSA)

- Interstellar Medium (MI)

- Compact Objects and High-Energy Processes (OCPAE)

- Sun and Heliosphere (SH)

- Solar and Extrasolar Systems (SSE)

- History, Teaching and Spreading of Astronomy (HEDA)

- Other Topics (O)

  • Invited Speakers

- Raúl Angulo, DIPC, (AEC)

- Melina Bersten, UNLP (SN)

- Rodrigo Díaz, IAFE (SSE)

- Óscar González, ROE (EG)

- Britt Lundgren, SDSS  (HEDA)

- Lorenzo Mónaco, UNAB (SE)

- Cristina Mandrini, IAFE (SH)

Karla Peña, UA  (AE)

- Mónica Rubio, UCH (MI)

- Florencia Vieyro, FCAGLP (OCPAE)

  • Social Agenda

Conference Dinner: Dinner is expected to be scheduled for Wednesday night at a different venue. The location and date will be announced soon. 

Telescope visits: Some telescope visits are being scheduled for Wednesday 10 starting at 12:30. A minimum fee will be requiredto cover the costs of transportation. More details will be announced soon. 

Registered Participants

Registered participants

(last update 17-07-2018)


Last Name First Name  Institution - Organization
Aguayo Aurora Universidad de Valparaíso
Alarcon Alex Universidad de Concepcion
Albacete Colombo Juan Facundo University of Rio Negro - CONICET
Albacete Colombo Juan Facundo Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro - Sede Atlantica
Alberici Adam Aldana FCAGLP-UNLP
Alejo Antonio Damián Universidad Nacional de San Juan
Alonso-García Javier Universidad de Antofagasta
Angeloni Rodolfo Instituto de Investigación Multidisciplinar  en Ciencia y Tecnología Universidad de La Serena
Arancibia Silva Javier Universidad de Valparaíso
Aravena Gonzalez Samanta depto Geología, FCFM, Universidad de Chile
Areal María Belén Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio
Assef Roberto Universidad Diego Portales
Bandyopadhyay Bidisha Departmento de Astronomia, Universidad de Concepcion
Barbieri Mauro Universidad de Atacama
Barrientos Daniela Universidad de Chile
Bartolomeo Koninckx Leandro FCAG-UNLP
Blanc Guillermo  Carnegie Observatories
Boquien Médéric Universidad de Antofagasta
Bovino Stefano Departamento de Astronomia, UdeC
Campuzano Castro Federico FCAGLP - IALP
Carpintero Daniel Diego Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas, UNLP and Instituto de Astrofísica de La Plata, UNLP-Conicet
Carulli Agustín IFIMAR (CONICET - Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata)
Castillo Francisco Instituto de Astrofísica UC
Cataldi Pedro  IAFE
Combi Luciano Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía
Cortes-Zuleta Pia Universidad de Chile
Cremades Hebe UTN-FRM and CONICET
Damia Rincón Camila Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas de La Plata - UNLP
Dávila Kurbán Federico IATE
de los Rios Martín IATE
Dias Ciria Universidad de La Serena
Dias Bruno ESO-Chile and UNAB-Chile
Diaz Yaherlyn Universidad de Valparaíso
Díaz Vanesa Universidad de Concepción
DOTTORI Horacio Alberto Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Eguren Brown Jordi Facultad de Ciencias Astronomicas y Geofisicas - Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Escobar Gastón Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR)
Espinoza Cristóbal Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH)
Fibla Patricio Universidad de Concepcion
Filócomo Agostina Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR)
Flores Matías ICATE
Gallardo Cáceres María Cristina UNLP - Facultad de ciencias astronómicas y geofísicas de La Plata
Gaspar Gaia Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba
Geisler Doug Universidad de Concepcion
Gimeno German Gemini Observatory
Godoy Nicolás Instituto de Física y Astronompía, Universidad de Valparaíso
Gómez Yuvineza Universidad Católica del Norte
Gonzalez Jorge Federico ICATE (CONICET-UNSJ)
Gonzalez Valentino Universidad de Chile
González Nélida M. Conicet-FCAGLP
Gormaz-Matamala Alex Universidad de Valparaíso
Guilera Octavio Miguel IALP - FCAGLP (CONICET-UNLP)
Gutiérrez Eduardo Mario Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía
Hernández Daniel Universidad de La Serena
Iannuzzi Matilde FCAGLP
Ibañez Bustos  Romina Valeria Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio (IAFE)
Iglesias Francisco UTN-FRM / CONICET
Labayru Catalina Universidad de La Serena
Lagos Felipe Universidad de Valparaíso
Lloveras Diego Institute of Astronomy and Space Physics
López Caraballo Carlos Hugo Pontificia Universidad Católica
Lovos Flavia Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba- UNC
Luna Gerardo Juan Manuel IAFE/Conicet
Mac Cormack Cecilia Instituto de Astronimía y Física del Espacio (IAFE - UBA/CONICET)
Maffione Nicolás UNRN-CONICET
Maluenda Berna Michel Universidad Católica del Norte
Mansir Giovannina Universidad de Chile
Marchi Sebastian Universidad de Chile
Mast Damián Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba
Matus Carrillo Diego Rolando Universidad de Concepción
Maurin Loic Astro-Ingeniería UC
Meili Matías FCAGLP
Mejías Andrea Universidad Andrés Bello
Miculán Romina Gisele Instituto de Astrofísica La Plata (IALP) - Fac. Cs. Astronomícas y Geofísicas (UNLP) - CONICET
Milla Fernanda Universidad de La Serena
Montenegro Katherine UNAB 
Mora Urrejola Catalina Universidad de La Serena
Morales Silvia UNR / IFIR-CONICET
Muñoz Arancibia Alejandra Instituto de Física y Astronomía - Universidad de Valparaíso
Muñoz Elgueta Nahir Universidad de La Serena
Neupane Sudeep  U de Chile
Nieto Luis agustin UBA-CNEA-IAFE
Olave Camila Universidad de Concepción
Olave-Rojas Daniela Universidad de Concepción
Orquera Carlos Universidad Católica del Norte
Osorio Álvaro U de Chile, FCFM - Departamento de Física
Padilla Nelson U. Catolica de Chile
Pallero Diego Universidad de La Serena
Paneque Teresa Universidad de Chile
Pantoja Blake Universidad de Chile
Pellizza Leonardo J. Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía
Peña Greco Universidad Católica del Norte
Peralta Juan Ignacio Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio
Pessi Priscila IALP-FCAGLP
Pinto Gabriel UCN
Quirola Jonathan Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Ramakrishnan Venkatessh Universidad de Concepción
Ramírez Reyes Ricardo Universidad de Chile
Reinoso Bastián Universidad de Concepción
Retamales Guillermo Universidad de La Serena
Riaz Rafeel University of Concepcion
Rodríguez Cinthya Nazarena IALP
Román Aguilar Lili Michelle FCAG - UNLP
Rosales Guzmán Jaime Andrés Universidad de Concepción
Rossignoli Natalia IALP-FCAGLP
Ruiz Diaz Matias Fcaglp - UNLP
Sabín San Julián Carolina Universidad de La Serena
Saffe Carlos Instituto de Cs Astronomicas, de la Tierra y del Espacio (ICATE-CONICET)
Saker Leila Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba (OAC)
Salinas Ricardo Gemini Observatory
San Martín Rubén Universidad de Concepción
Sanchez Bruno IATE - OAC
Scalia Maria Cecilia IALP (CONICET - UNLP)
Schleicher Dominik Universidad de Concepcion
Sergio Paron IAFE
Sesto Leandro IALP-CONICET
Sevilla Diego FCEIA - UNR
Sillero Emanuel IATE
Slater Roy Universidad de Concepción
Soto Vicencio Mario Universidad de Atacama
Suárez Alejandra FCAG - UNLP
Suazo Matías Universidad de Chile
Ulloa Natalie Universidad de La Serena
Urrutia Fernanda Universidad de Concepcion
Uzundag Murat Universidad de Valparaiso
Valdivia María Universidad de Chile
Varas Hernando Camila PUC
Vines Jose Universidad de Chile
Wenderoth Erich Universidad de La Serena
Zagal San Martín Valentina Universidad Católica del Norte
Zamora Catalina Universidad de Valparaíso
Zamponi Joaquin Universidad de Concepción



The Second Binational Meeting AAA-SOCHIAS will be held at the Hotel Club La Serena, located close to one of the main touristic attractions of the city: the Lighthouse of La Serena, and it is just 5 minutes away from downtown.

More information about Hotel Club La Serena click here.

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About La Serena

La Serena is a coastal city with 221,000 people (Census 2017). It is the capital of the Coquimbo Region. This city has a privileged climate and is considered one of the main tourist destinations in the country.

For more information of La Serena, click here.
You can find information on the main tourist circuits, travel agencies, rent a car and the natural attractions of the cities near La Serena

How to get to La Serena?

La Serena has an airport called La Florida (LSC), located in the eastern of the city just 15 minutes of downtown (~5 km).

Only 5 minutes from the hotel is the bus terminal of La Serena. This terminal has a direct bus service from Santiago, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.
It is also used as a transit terminal by buses from northern Chile that go to Santiago. It also has interurban lines that connect La Serena with cities and towns located in the Coquimbo region.

More information about the available bus lines and schedules, here

La Serena


La Serena has a very caried lodging offer. You can find from hotels, to hostels and cottages. These places are relatively near to the Hotel Club La Serena, the convention center. Prices may vary. Check the values on the website of each hotel or in website for lodging reservations. Check the list of Hotels, Hostel and Apartament Hotel



Restaurant, caffee and fast food here


Scientific Organizing Committee


Local Organizing Committee

Nelson Padilla (co-chair, PUC, Chile)   María Fernanda Durán (co-chair, SOCHIAS)
Celeste Parisi (co-chair, OAC, Argentina)   Facundo Gómez (co-chair, ULS)
Javier Alonso (UA, Chile)   Rodolfo Barbá (ULS)
Jura Borissova (UV, Chile)   Verónica Firpo (ULS)
Gabriela Castelletti (IAFE, Argentina)   Susana Pedrosa (AAA, IAFE)
Andrea Costa (IATE, Argentina)   Bárbara Rojas (SOCHIAS, UNAB)
Jorge Combi (FGAGLP, Argentina)   Sergio Torres (ULS)
James Jenkins (UCH, Chile)   Ezequiel Treister (PUC)
Neil Nagar (UdeC, Chile)    
Carlos Saffe (ICATE, Argentina)    



SOCHIAS would like to thank the generous support from the ALMA-CONICYT fund #31160014, “Annual Science Meeting SOCHIAS 2018”.

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