The purpose of the VVV Science Meetings is to bring together the team to share their advances, promote the discussion on their topics and share the difficulties they have found during the year.
The VVV Science team has been organizing scientific meetings every year since 2010, where scientists working in any VVV project can share their advances and the whole team can obtain updated information on the current status of the VVV Survey.
- 1st VVV Conference, March 2010, Viña del Mar, Chile
- 2nd VVV Science Meeting, July 2011, Hertfordshire, UK
- 3rd VVV Science Meeting, March 2012, Viña del Mar, Chile
- 4th VVV Meeting, March 2013, Viña del Mar, Chile
- 5th VVV Science Meeting, March 2014, Con-Con, Chile
- 6th VVV Science Meeting, April 2015, Puerto Varas, Chile
- Vatican VVV Workshop, May 2015, Castelgandolfo, Italy
- Local VVV Workshop, August 2015, Santiago, Chile
- 7th VVV Science Meeting, February 2016, Antofagasta, Chile
Past VVV Science Meetings have given the opportunity for young scientists to get to know about the survey and many have joined the team since 2010.
VVV Scientific Goals:
1. To find RR Lyrae in the bulge
2. To identify variable stars belonging to known star clusters
3. To find eclipsing binaries in large numbers
4. To find rare variable sources
5. To search for microlensing events
6. To monitor the variability around the Galactic Center
7. To search for new star clusters
8. To provide complementary IR multicolour information
9. To find variables stars in the Sgr dwarf
10. To identify high proper motion objects and background QSOs
In adition, recent progress on the instruments, pipeline status, data releases and technical possibilities will be covered.