The XI Annual Workshop of the Vista Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) Survey

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 


Main Goal:

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
  • Exoplanets
  • Galactic structure
  • Bulge formation and evolution
  • Open and Globular star clusters and associations
  • Young stellar objects
  • Stellar evolution
  • Hipervelocity stars
  • Gravitational microlensing
  • Transients
  • High energy sources
  • Background galaxies and clusters of galaxies
  • Large databases, and Data Mining
  • Nearby stars and Brown dwarfs
  • Interstellar medium

Critical Dates:

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 Form

Registration Fee: TBD

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