The 11th VVV Science Meeting Organizing Committee has been closely monitoring developments of the impact of COVID-19 at local and global levels and has followed advice provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Government of Chile announcement to be made tomorrow Saturday 14th following that although the country is still on Stage II -where all the cases are traced- it will probably move to Stage III, where traceability is lost and as the origin of new cases is unknown, large areas could be put under quarantine.
Taking into account the rapid increase of cases worldwide and the continuing difficulties for some astronomers to travel from abroad to attend this meeting, and the determination by the World Health Organization, on 11 March, that the outbreak is now pandemic,
- the 11th VVV Science Meeting is now postponed
- the 11th VVV Science Meeting will be rescheduled probably between September and October 2020;
The 11th VVV Science Meeting Organizing Committee will continue to monitor all developments related to COVID-19 and will advise as soon as possible on future developments.
Rescheduling of this meeting will be announced in good time for astronomers to make appropriate arrangements.
The Organizing Committee
11th VVV Science Meeting, 2020, Viña del Mar, Chile
Dates: 28, 29, 30 April 2020
Venue: Conference Hall of the Hotel San Martín, Viña del Mar
Funded by the Center of Astrophysics of Valparaiso
Scientific Organizing Committee:
Phil Lucas, Javier Alonso Garcia, Marcio Catelan, André-Nicolas Chene, Oscar González, Roberto Saito, and Dante Minniti (chair)
Local Organizing Committee:
Jura Borissova (chair), Rudy Kurtev, Nicolás Medina and Joyce Pullen
For the past 11 years, the ESO Public Survey VISTA Variables in the Via Láctea (VVV) and its continuation the Vista Variables in the Via Lactea eXtended survey (VVV-X) have been mapping the inner Milky Way in the near-IR.
The aim of the VVV annual workshops if to bring the science team together in a pleasant informal environment in order to exchange valuable information and to carry out collaborative work. This has been a successful tradition in the past, including our meetings in Viña del Mar, Antofagasta, Puerto Varas and Santiago (Chile), in Hertfordshire and Edinburgh (UK), in Castelgandolfo (Italy), in Florianopolis (Brazil), and in Hawaii (USA).
You are invited:
It is a pleasure to open an invitation for all VVV Science Team Members and students to attend the next VVVX 2020 Workshop, to be held in Viña del Mar (Chile), on 28-30 April 2020. We especially encourage young scientists to attend (we offer support for students at all levels).
This VVVX 2020 Workshop will focus on discussing:
- the survey strategy for the final years of VVVX observations
- the new results from the VVV and VVVX databases
- the scientific cases enabled by synergies with other photometric surveys
- the different spectroscopic follow-up strategies
The VVVX 2020 Workshop will be an occasion to compare the new results on observations, theory and modeling of the VVV database and complementary surveys. The main topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to):
- Variable stars
- Proper motions
- Galactic structure
- Bulge formation and evolution
- Open and Globular star clusters and associations
- Young stellar objects
- Stellar evolution
- Hipervelocity stars
- Gravitational microlensing
- High energy sources
- Background galaxies and clusters of galaxies
- Large databases, and Data Mining
- Nearby stars and Brown dwarfs
- Interstellar medium
For organizational reasons, we kindly ask you to pay attention to the following critical dates:
- First Announcement: 06 Jan 2020
- Registration opens: 06 Jan 2020
- Second Announcement: 26 Feb 2020
- Registration closes: 15 March 2020
- Abstract deadline: 01 April 2020
- Late comers: 15 April 2020
Registration Fee: TBD