6th VVV Science Meeting, Puerto Varas 2015

The 6th VVV Science Meeting will be held in Puerto Varas

11-12 March, 2015


Scientific Rationale

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.

Topics covered over the meeting will include:

     – Galactic structure.
     – Star clusters.
     – Variable stars.
     – Microlensing events.
     – Nearby stars and BDs.
     – Proper motions.

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


Registration is now CLOSED, Deadline for registration is February, 20th. There is no registration fee. Team members are accepted immediatly, 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.


We will be celebrating our meting at the Hotel Cabaña del Lago, Address: Klener 195, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos, Chile, Phone:+56 65 220 0100

Remember, we have already booked and paid the room for all the registered participants, so you do NOT need to contact the hotel yourself. The booking is ONLY for the night of March 11th. If you are planning to extend your stay, you need to do your own reservations.

Note also we are starting the conference on March 11th after lunch to give you time to arrive to Puerto Varas in the morning.


  • Flights between Santiago (SCL) and Puerto Montt (PMC) are frequent with LAN and Skyairlines. From Puerto Montt’s airport you can get a taxi (~CLP$25000) or a shared van shuttle (~CLP$12000) to Puerto Varas, or you can go to Puerto Montt bus terminal, and take a bus there to Puerto Varas (~CLP$1000).


VVV 6th Science Meeting · Puerto Varas 11-12 March 2015

Javier PUC Chile
2 Alves Sanzia PUC Chile
3 Borissova Jura UV Chile
4 Carballo-Bello Julio A. UV Chile
5 Cohen Roger U. de Concepción Chile
6 Contreras Ramos Rodrigo PUC Chile
7 Corral-Santana Jesús C. PUC Chile
8 de Grijs Richard Kavli institute China
9 Duffau Sonia PUC Chile
10 Emerson Jim Queen Mary University of London Reino Unido
11 Flores Quintana Catalina UNAB Chile
12 Fuentes Morales Irma UV Chile
13 Geisler Doug U. de Concepción Chile
14 Gonzalez Oscar ESO Chile
15 Gran Felipe PUC Chile
16 Gromadzki Mariusz MAS/UV Chile
17 Gurovich Sebastian OAC-IATE(CONICET)-UNC Argentina
18 Gutiérrez Hernández Lorena UNAB Chile
19 Hempel Maren PUC Chile
20 Kuhn Michael UV Chile
21 Kurtev Radostin UV Chile
22 Leyton Paul PUC Chile
23 Mauro Francesco U. de Concepción Chile
24 Medina Peña Nicolás UV Chile
25 Meza Andrés UNAB Chile
26 Minniti Dante UNAB Chile
27 Minniti Javier PUC Chile
28 Moni-Bidin Christian U. Católica del Norte Chile
29 Montenegro Armijo Katherine UNAB Chile
30 Moyano DAngelo Maximiliano U. Católica del Norte Chile
31 Navarrete Camila PUC Chile
32 Navarro Claudio UV Chile
33 Palma Tali PUC Chile
34 Rojas Karina UV Chile
35 Roman Lopes Alexandre U. de La Serena Chile
36 Saito Roberto Universidade Federal de Sergipe Brasil
37 Sbordone Luca PUC Chile
38 Surot Francisco  PUC Chile
39 Valcarce Aldo A. R. PUC Chile
40 Villanueva Llanos Vicente UV Chile
41 Zoccali Manuela PUC Chile

6th VVV Science Meeting – Final Program


Wednesnday, March 11th

2:30 – 2:50 Dante Minniti – Status of the VVV survey

2:50 – 3:10 Roberto Saito – A first search for Novae in the VVV disk area

3:10 – 3:30 Mariusz Gromadzki – Follow-up of VVV proper motion objects

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee break

4:00 – 4:20 Oscar A. Gonzalez – The MW Bulge’s multiple components dilemma

4:20 – 4:40 Felipe Gran – Outer bulge RR Lyrae stars in the VVV Survey

4:40 – 5:10 Poster presentations (3 minutes – 1 slide)

Thursday, March 12th

10:00 – 10:20 Richard de Grijs – Cepheids in Galactic star clusters

10:20 – 10:40 Tali Palma – New variable stars in the fields of three open clusters

10:40 – 11:00 Claudio Navarro – Variable Stars in the Quintuplet region

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 11:50 Roger Cohen – Photometric and Structural Properties of Galactic Globular Clusters towards the Bulge

11:50 – 12:10 Javier Alonso-Garcia – Variable stars in the VVV globular clusters

12:10 – 12:30 Doug Geisler – Followup observations of VVV bulge globular clusters

12:30 – 2:30 Lunch

2:30 – 2:50 Alexandre Roman Lopes – RCW 95 Massive Star Formation Region as seen from VVV

2:50 – 3:10 Michael Kuhn – Young Stellar Populations in MYStIX Massive Star-Forming Regions

3:10 – 3:30 Maren Hempel – The photometric completeness of the Ks single epoch data

3:30 -4:00 Coffee break

4:00 – 4:20 Francesco Mauro – Updates from VVV-SkZ_pipeline

4:20 – 4:40 Maximiliano Leonardo Moyano DAngelo – Multi-band characterization of Hot Jupiters

4:40 – 5:10  Round table – What after VVV completion?

6:00 – 7:30 Reception cocktail SOCHIAS


Paul Leyton – TBD

Aldo A. R. Valcarce – The PGPUC database: towards very-high and  very-low metallicities

Sebastian Gurovich – TBD

Nicolas Medina Peña – Variability in BRC 89

Julio A. Carballo-Bello – Stellar clusters as tracers of the formation and structure of the Milky Way

Rodrigo Contreras Ramos – Variable Stars in VVV Globular Clusters

Jesus M. Corral-Santana – Stellar-mass black holes in X-ray binaries

Vicente Villanueva Llanos – Using the VVV survey to search for proper motion objects