Besides the difficult times we are living as a society while trying to mitigate the effect of the COVID-19, it is our great pleasure to announce the “XVI meeting of the Chilean Astronomical Society” to be held in Temuco, from 8 to 12th of December 2020, at the beautiful Aula Magna of the Universidad de la Frontera. Call for participants and speakers is open at: sochias.cl/reunion2020
The SOCHIAS annual meeting is the largest national astronomy and astrophysics science meeting in Chile. It started in 2002 in Santiago, and it is an event in which we can see and interact with the large demographics of our Chilean astronomical society. It is also a unique opportunity to present the latest astronomical and space research to a broad but regionally-focused audience, as well as make new connections and foster new collaborations in Chile.
For this opportunity, during 11-12 December, we will have a parallel activity organised by the Max Planck Society in main collaboration with Universidad Andrés Bello. For this event, there will be the participation of over a dozen Directors from Max Planck looking for collaborations with the Chilean community. More information will be provided soon by the organisers.
On the other hand, the meeting will be a week before the Solar Eclipse on December 14th, 2020, so it will facilitate opportunities to participate in outreach activities for the local communities. Please note, however, that for these dates accomodation in Temuco will be particularly busy, so we strongly encourage to book your accommodation and transportation the earliest possible. More information will be available soon here https://sochias.cl/reunion2020/
Limited funds to support student participation are available for this conference. Students in need of this kind of assistance must submit a Grant Application Form, to be explained in detail in a following email.
Please note that the deadline for contributed talks submission is on April 30, 2020.
Finally, we would appreciate if you can circulate this widely among your colleagues.
Edo Ibar on behalf of the LOC
March 16, 2020.