5th VVV Science Meeting, Con-Con 2014

 The 5th VVV Science Meeting will be held in Concón
3-5 April, 2014
VVV Poster 5th

Scientific Rationale

5th VVV Science Meeting Group Photo

VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) is one of the six ESO Public Surveys for 4-meter VISTA Telescope. VVV is scanning the Milky Way bulge and an adjacent section of the midplane, where star formation activity is high. The survey will take 1929 hours of observations during seven years (2010–2016), covering ~109 point sources across an area of 520 deg2, including 33 known globular and ~420 open clusters. During the Fifth VVV Science Meeting we will discuss the results of the first four years of the VVV Survey as well as to plan the strategies for the next years.

The Meeting is being planned to include contributed talks, poster sessions and plenary discussions.


There is no registration fee, but advanced registration for the workshop is required. Registration is now CLOSED, team members are accepted inmediatly, others have to wait for a reply from the committee after filling the Registration Form.

Scientific Program

The final program is posted at the bottom of the page.


The meeting will be held at Hotel Radisson Con-Con, Av. Borgoño 23.333, Concón, V Región de Valparaíso, Chile. Hotel costs will be covered by the organization. The organization is covering the stay for Thursday and Friday nights (except for V Region locals), and all the meals for all attendants to the conference.



  • Let us know if you have any special menu requirements (vegetarian, vegan, celiac)
  • If you are registered with guests, you will be charged about USD10 extra per night plus meals (USD 25 each, paid in advance – also we need to inform the hotel about meals before March 20, so please let us know asap)
  • Transportation will be provided from Viña del Mar bus terminal to the Venue. A free van service will be driving back and forth between the bus terminal and the hotel in Concón from 9:00AM until 11:30AM on Thursday morning. So if you arrive to Viña by bus, look around the bus terminal for a maroon Kia Carnival with a VVV sign on it. Note that it can take 30-45 minutes for the van to make the trip back and forth, depending on traffic. If you don´t want to wait, you can take a taxi there but the trip can be expensive (more than CLP20000), so we suggest you share the ride with other people attending the conference. If you live in Valparaiso, the free van service will be available during the days of the meeting to take you in the morning and drive you back in the evening, so you do not need to look for alternative transportation, although we have been told the  bus lines 602 and 603 (que vayan por la costa) also stop close to the hotel.


VVV 5th Science Meeting · Concon 3 – 5 March, 2014
1 Claudia Agliozzo UNAB Chile
2 David Esteban Alarcón Flores PUC Chile
3 Javier Alonso PUC Chile
4 Maria Victoria Alonso Observatorio Astronomico de Cordoba – IATE Argentina
5 Sol Alonso Universidad Nacional de San Juan Argentina
6 Pía Amigo Univ de Valparaíso Chile
7 Simón Ángel PUC Chile
8 Timo Anguita UNAB Chile
9 Magda Arnaboldi ESO Germany
10 Laura Baravalle IATE Argentina
11 Jura Borissova Univ de Valparaiso Chile
12 Márcio Catelan PUC Chile
13 Carolina Chavero Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba Argentina
14 Roger Cohen Univ de Concepcion Chile
15 Georgina Coldwell FCEFyN-CONICET Argentina
16 Carlos Contreras University of Hertfordshire UK
17 Rodrigo Contreras Ramos PUC Chile
18 Carmen Gloria Cordovez PUC Chile
19 Jesús Corral-Santana PUC Chile
20 Cristián Cortés UMCE Chile
21 Nicholas Cross Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh UK
22 Istvan Dekany PUC Chile
23 Fernanda Duplancic FCEFN-UNSJ Argentina
24 Jim Emerson Queen Mary University of London UK
25 Pablo Estevez Univ de Chile Chile
26 Susana Eyheramendy PUC Chile
27 Carlos Eduardo Ferreira Lopes Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte Brasil
28 Verónica Firpo Univ de La Serena Chile
29 Matias Gomez UNAB Chile
30 Oscar Gonzalez ESO Chile
31 Carlos Gonzalez Fernandez Institute of Astonomy, University of Cambridge UK
32 Felipe Gran PUC Chile
33 Mariusz Gromadzki Univ de Valparaiso Chile
34 Gergely Hajdu PUC Chile
35 Mario Hamuy Universidad de Chile Chile
36 Pablo Andres Huijse Heise Univ de Chile Chile
37 Daniela Iglesias Univ de Valparaiso Chile
38 Valentin Ivanov ESO Chile
39 Andrés Jordán PUC Chile
40 Radostin Kurtev Univ de Valparaiso Chile
41 Paul Leyton PUC Chile
42 Eliade Lima UFSM Brazil
43 Eduardo Martin CSIC-INTA Centro de AstrobiologÌa Spain
44 Francesco Mauro Univ de Concepcion Chile
45 Andres Meza UNAB Chile
46 Dante Minniti PUC Chile
47 Javier H. Minniti Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba Argentina
48 Christian Moni Bidin Univ Catolica del Norte Chile
49 Verónica Motta Univ de Valparaiso Chile
50 Maximiliano Moyano D’Angelo Univ Catolica del Norte Chile
51 Camila Navarrete PUC Chile
52 Claudio Navarro Univ de Valparaíso Chile
53 Gabriela Navarro PUC Chile
54 José Luis Nilo-Castellón Univ de La Serena Chile
55 Tali Palma OAC-UNC Argentina
56 Karla Peña PUC Chile
57 Peter Pessev Gemini Observatory Chile
58 Karim Pichara PUC Chile
59 Giuliano Pignata UNAB Chile
60 Bogdan Popescu University of Cincinnati USA
61 Joyce Pullen PUC Chile
62 Sebastian Ramirez Alegria Univ de Valparaiso Chile
63 Rogemar A. Riffel Universidade Federal de Santa Maria Brazil
64 Karina Rojas Univ de Valparaiso Chile
65 Bárbara Rojas Ayala Universidade de Porto Portugal
66 Roberto Saito Universidade Federal de Sergipe Brazil
67 Claudia San Martín Instituro Milenio de Astrofísica Chile
68 Jacqueline Seron Univ de La Serena Chile
69 Piera Soto Univ de La Serena Chile
70 Francisco Surot PUC Chile
71 Bryan Townsend PUC Chile
72 Aldo A.R. Valcarce PUC Chile
73 Rodolfo Barbá Univ de La Serena Chile
73 Elena Valenti ESO Germany
74 Álvaro Rojas-Arriagada Observatoire de la Còte d’Azur Francia
74 Marcela Valle Instituro Milenio de Astrofísica Chile
75 Jaime Vargas Gonz·lez Univ de La Serena Chile
76 Vicente Villanueva Univ de Valparaíso Chile
77 Manuela Zoccali PUC Chile


Thursday, April 3rd

10:00 – 11:30 – Coffee and registration

11:30 – 11:50 – Invited: Dante Minniti (PUC, Chile)

The VVV Survey: Past, Present and Future

11:50 – 12:20 – Istvan Dékány (PUC, Chile)

             VVV Unleashed:The VVV Variable Star Catalog First Release

12:20 – 12:45 – Invited: Roberto Saito (Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil)

Variability in the Galactic Bulge with VVV

12:45 – 2:30   – Lunch

2:30 – 3:00      – Invited: Nicholas Cross (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Current status of WFAU processing of VVV

3:00 – 3:20      – Carlos González Fernández (University of Cambridge, UK)

CASU reduction of VVV images

3:20 – 3:40      – Invited: Manuela Zoccali (PUC, Chile)

The Giraffe Inner Bulge Survey

3:40 – 4:00      – Oscar Gonzalez (ESO, Chile)

The metallicity distribution of the Bulge

4:00 – 4:30      – Coffee

4:30 – 5:00      – Invited: Elena Valenti (ESO, Germany)

Measuring the mass of the Bulge from the VVV photometry

5:00 – 5:20      – Alvaro Rojas-Arriagada (Observatoire de la Còte d’Azur, France)

Structure, metallicity, and kinematics in the MW bulge from VVV + Gaia-ESO survey

5:20 – 5:40      – Juan Carlos Beamín (PUC, Chile)

                              Proper motions and low mass stars in the VVV

5:40 – 6:10       – Demonstration on some new features of WFAU

by Nicholas Cross


Friday, April 4th

10:00 – 10:25   – Invited: Magda Arnaboldi (ESO, Germany)

                                 Public Surveys at ESO

10:25 – 10:55   – Invited: Bogdan Popescu (University of Cincinnati, USA)

                                VVV Stellar Clusters Described by 10 Million MASSCLEAN Monte Carlo simulations

10:55 – 11:15   – Roger Cohen (Universidad de Concepción, Chile)

Photometric and Structural Parameters of Globular Clusters in VVV

11:15 – 11:45   – Coffee

11:45 – 12:05   – Francesco Mauro (Universidad de Concepción, Chile)

                               Interesting results from deriving metallicities using calcium triplet spectroscopy 

                                in combination with near-infrared photometry

12:05 – 12:25    – Javier Alonso-García (PUC,Chile)

Variability in the globular clusters surveyed by the VVV

12:25 – 12:45    – Camila Navarrete (PUC, Chile)

Near-IR Period-Luminosity Relations for variable stars in omega Centauri

12:45 – 2:30      – Lunch

2:30 – 3:00        – Invited: Jim Emerson (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

VISTA’s other surveys

3:00 – 3:20        – Valentin Ivanov (ESO, Chile)

                               Quasar search with the VMC, the other VISTA survey of nearby galaxies

3:20 – 3:40        – Eduardo Martín (CSIC-INTA Centro de Astrobiología)

                                Euclid and VVV

3:40 – 4:00        – Eliade Lima (UFSM, Brazil)

                                New projects with VVV

4:00 – 4:30       – Coffee

4:30 – 4:50      –  Jesús Corral-Santana (PUC, Chile)

Searching for X-ray binaries within the VVV survey

4:50 – 5:10      – Carlos Contreras (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

                               Extreme Infrared Variables in Star Forming Regions

5:10 – 5:30      – Carlos Eduardo Ferreira Lopes (UFRN, Brazil)

Variability in the near-infrared with the WFCAM

Saturday, April 5th

10:00 – 10:30 – Invited: Bárbara Rojas-Ayala (Universidade de Porto, Portugal)

Digging out the little red gems: M dwarfs in the VVV b201 tile

10:30 – 10:50 – Invited: Márcio Catelan (PUC, Chile)

        Reddening-free indices in the VISTA filter system

10:50 – 11:10 – Verónica Firpo (Universidad de La Serena, Chile)

                             Hundreds of new cluster candidates in the VVV survey DR1

11:10 – 11:30 – Pablo Andrés Huijse Heise (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Mining variable stars on large astronomical databases

11:30 – 12:30 – Round table: VVV and its future

12:30 – 1:00   – Vino de honor