The 7th VVV Science Meeting at Antofagasta, Chile

29 February – 1 March, 2016

The 7th VVV Science Workshop will be held in the city of Antofagasta on February 29th and March 1st, 2016.


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 ~10^9 point sources across an area of 520 deg^2, including 36 known globular and ~420 open clusters. During the 7th VVV Science Meeting we will discuss the results of the VVV Survey as well as to plan the strategies for the VVV-X.

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


Márcio Catelan, Douglas Geisler, Dante Minniti, Alexandre Roman-Lopes, Manuela Zoccali.


Javier Alonso-García, Maren Hempel, Christian Moni-Bidin, Tali Palma, Karla Peña Ramírez, Joyce Pullen, Sebastián Ramírez Alegría.

Sponsoring Institutions

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Antofagasta, Universidad Católica del Norte, Universidad Andrés Bello, and  Millennium Institute of Astrophysics


Antofagasta, also known as “La Perla del Norte”, is a port city in northern Chile, about 1,300 kilometres north of Santiago. It is the capital of the II Region (Región de Antofagasta), with a population of ~400.000 people, and in its vicinity it is located ESO’s most important observatory, Paranal, where VISTA telescope is located.


Flights between Santiago (SCL) and Antofagasta (ANF) are frequent (every hour or less) with LAN and Sky airlines. From Antofagasta’s airport you can get a taxi (~CLP$20000) or a shared van shuttle (~CLP$6000) to Antofagasta center where the hotel is located. One good option is the service offered by Transvip –shared (compartido) or individual (exclusivo)—whose counter is on the right end of the arrival terminal, after exiting the luggage pickup area, but still inside the terminal building. Travel from the airport to the city center is 30min-1h depending on traffic.

We will be celebrating our meeting at the Hotel Antofagasta
Adress: Balmaceda 2575, Antofagasta
Phone: +56 55 2228811


Remember, rooms at Hotel Antofagasta for all registered participants with a talk or poster will be covered by the organization, so you do NOT need to contact the hotel yourself. The booking is ONLY for the night of February 29th. If you are planning to extend your stay or bring family or friends, you need to do your own reservations. Registered participants with no contribution should make their own arrangements.
Note also we are starting the conference on February 29th at noon to give you time to arrive to Antofagasta in the morning.


Registration is now closed for the 7th VVV Science meeting. The deadline for registration was January 22nd.

Registered participants

  • Almeida, Andrés                             Universidad de La Serena
  • Alonso-García, Javier                     Universidad de Antofagasta
  • Alves, Sanzia                                     IA – PUC / MAS
  • Arnaboldi, Magda                           ESO (Germany)
  • Barbá, Rodolfo                                 Universidad de La Serena
  • Beamín, Juan Carlos                      Universidad de Valparaíso
  • Cassisi, Santi                                     INAF – Teramo (Italy)
  • Catelan, Márcio                               PUC
  • Cohen, Roger                                    U. de Concepción
  • Cortés, Cristián                                UMCE/MAS
  • Dekany, Istvan                                  MAS/PUC
  • Donoso, Laura                                  IATE (Argentina)
  • Duffau, Sonia                                    MAS/PUC
  • Ferreira Lopes, Carlos Eduardo  University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • Firpo, Verónica                                 Universidad de La Serena
  • Flores Quintana, Catalina             Universidad Andrés Bello
  • Geisler, Doug                                    Universidad de Concepción
  • Godoy, Nicolás                                 Universidad de Valparaíso
  • González, Oscar A.                          IfA, Edinburgh (UK)
  • González-Fernández, Carlos       CASU (UK)
  • Gramajo, Luciana Veronica         OAC- UNC (Argentina)
  • Gromadzki, Mariusz                      U. de Valparaiso
  • Gurovich, Sebastián                      IATE (Argentina)
  • Gutiérrez, Lorena                          UNAB
  • Hajdu, Gergely                                PUC
  • Hempel, Maren                               PUC
  • Hidalgo, Sebastián                        IAC (Spain)
  • Ivanov, Valentin                             ESO (Germany)
  • Kuhn, Michael                                 Universidad de Valparaíso
  • Labayru, Catalina                           Universidad de La Serena
  • Lima, Eliade                                    U. Federal do Pampa (Brazil)
  • Lucas, Philip                                   University of Hertfordshire (UK)
  • Mauro, Francesco                          MAS; U. de Concepción
  • Merlo, David                                    OAC (Argentina)
  • Minniti, Dante                                UNAB
  • Moni Bidin, Christian                    Universidad Católica del Norte
  • Montenegro, Katherine                UNAB
  • Moyano, Maximiliano                    Universidad Católica del Norte
  • Nilo Castellón, Jose Luis             Universidad de La Serena
  • Palma, Tali                                        Universidad Andrés Bello
  • Peña Ramírez, Karla                    PUC
  • Pullen, Joyce                                  MAS
  • Ramírez Alegría, Sebastián      Universidad de Valparaíso / MAS
  • Roman-Lopes, Alexandre          Universidad de La Serena
  • Saito, Roberto                                U. Federal de Sergipe (Brazil)
  • Sbordone, Luca                              MAS
  • Smith, Leigh                                 University of Hertfordshire (UK)
  • Sökmen, Efşan                               IAC (Spain)
  • Soto, Mario                                     Universidad de Atacama
  • Soto King, Piera                            Universidad de La Serena
  • Tissera, Patricia                            UNAB
  • Valcarce, Aldo                               PUC
  • Varela, Silvio                                  Universidad Andres Bello
  • Vargas-González, Jaime            Universidad de La Serena
  • Villanueva, Vicente                     Universidad de Valparaíso
  • Zoccali, Manuela                          PUC


Monday,  February 29th

1:30PM – 2PM Registration

2:00PM – 2:20PM Carlos González-Fernández (CASU) “VISTA data processing at CASU: Status and updates”

2:20PM – 2:40PM Javier Alonso-García (U. Antofagasta) “The VVV giga-CMD”

2:40PM – 3:00PM Istvan Dekany / Gergely Hadju (PUC) “Revisiting VVV RR Lyrae stars: the subtle nature of foreground extinction and the old Galactic spheroid.”

3:00PM – 3:20PM Carlos Eduardo Ferreira Lopes (U. Edinburgh) “Improving Methods for Analyzing Variability and Application to the VVV”

3:20PM – 3:40PM Juan Carlos Beamín (U.Valparaiso) “VVV survey: How can we use it to study very low mass stars and brown dwarfs?”

3:40PM – 4:10PM Coffee break and poster viewing

4:10PM – 4:30PM Santi Cassisi (INAF-Teramo) “A theoretical evolutionary framework for the VVV science”

4:30PM – 4:50PM  Sebastián Hidalgo (IAC) “Star formation history from resolved stellar populations: results from the Local Group dwarf galaxies and future work using VVV data.”

4:50PM – 5:10PM Patricia Tissera (UNAB) “The contribution of accreted satellites to the inner part of the Milky-Way mass-size galaxies”

5:10PM – 5:30PM Maren Hempel (PUC) “The NIR variability of QSO’s and how to find them behind the Milky Way”

5:30PM – 6:00PM Valentin Ivanov (ESO) Practical demonstration on the upcoming ESO VIRCAM pipeline under the Reflex environment.

8:00PM  VVV Meeting Dinner

Tuesday, March 1st

9:15AM – 9:35AM Phil Lucas (U. Hertfordshire) “Eruptive YSOs in VVV and VVVX”

9:35AM – 9:55AM Rodolfo Barbá (U.La Serena) “ The skyscape of Puppis-Vela-Carina in the framework of VVV-X”

9:55AM – 10:15AM Mariusz Gromadzki (U. Valparaíso) “Characterization of high proper motion objects in VVV survey.”

10:15AM – 10:35AM Leigh Smith (U. Hertfordshire) “Proper Motions and Parallaxes from the VVV and VVVX”

10:35 – 11:00 AM Coffee break and poster viewing

11:00AM – 11:20AM Magda Arnaboldi (ESO) “The ESO public surveys”

11:20AM – 11:40AM Roger Cohen (U. Concepción) “The Near-Infrared View of Galactic Globular Clusters: Bulge Clusters With VVV and More”

11:40PM – 12:00PM Oscar González (U.Edinburgh) “The role of VVV and VVVX in the MOONS and E-ELT era”

12:00PM – 12:20PM Dante Minniti (UNAB/MAS) “Future VVV Dreams”

12:20PM – 1:00PM Round table: “The VVV and VVV-X: Where do we stand and where do we go from here?”

1:00PM – 2:30PM Lunch

2:30PM – 2:50 PM Valentin Ivanov (ESO) Star clusters from the VMC and VVV surveys”

2:50PM – 3:10PM  Doug Geisler (U.Concepción) “GeMS Observations of the Bulge Globular Cluster NGC 6624″

3:10PM – 3:30PM  Francesco Mauro (U.Concepción) “Photometric studying the Horizontal Branch of NGC6440 and NGC6569 with GeMS/GSAOI+VVV”

3:30PM – 4:00 PM Coffee break and poster viewing

4:00AM – 4:20AM  Sebastián Ramírez-Alegría (U. Valparaíso) “Massive open star clusters using the VVV survey: Project status.”

4:20AM – 4:40PM Piera Soto King (U.La Serena) “Star formation in the area of VVV clusters La Serena 210, 211 and 212”

4:40PM – 5:00PM Michael Kuhn (U. Valparaíso) “Mass Segregation in Galactic Star-Forming Regions”

5:00PM – 5:20PM Jaime Vargas González (U. La Serena) “Optical polarimetric and Near-IR Photometric study in the direction of the Galactic HII region RCW95″

6:00PM – 8:00PM  SOCHIAS cocktail


Andrés Almeida (U. La Serena) “VVV photometry and OSIRIS spectroscopy of star forming clusters in the Norma region”

Sanzia Alves (IA – PUC / MAS) “Synthetic light curves for the VVV project templates”

Cristián Cortés (UMCE/MAS) “Spectroscopic follow-up for VVV-Kepler 2 targets: Searching the nature of stellar rotation”

Sonia Duffau (MAS/PUC) “Accurate Chemical Abundance Calibration of RR Lyrae Stars: Towards Understanding the Early Evolution of the Bulge”

Verónica Firpo (U. La Serena) “Systematic detection of OB associations in the VVV and 2MASS surveys”

Nicolás Godoy (U. Valparaíso) “Establishing an Astrometric Reference System Towards the Milky Way’s Bulge: Quasi-Stellar Object Candidates from the VVV Survey.”//”Searching Faint Companions for High Proper Motion Stars from the VVV Survey.”

Luciana Verónica Gramajo (O. Córdoba – UNC) “A study of photometric binary systems using the VVV data”

Sebastián Gurovich (IATE) “Machine learning Sag dSph with Vista Data”

Catalina Labayru (U. La Serena) “A Lucky Imaging Survey of Southern Massive Stars with Astralux Sur”

David Merlo (O. Córdoba) “A quasi-automatic method for acquiring VVV magnitudes”

Katherine Montenegro (UNAB) “Searching of Novae, Microlensing events and other phenomena in the disk of the Milky Way with the VVV Survey.”

Jose Luís Nilo Castellón (U. La Serena) “VVV-J144321.0-611753.9: The first candidate for a galaxy cluster discovered in the VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea survey”

Eliade Lima (Universidade Federal de Pampa) “The W31 star foming complex: the distance of SGR 1806-20.”

Tali Palma (UNAB) “Search for variable stars in the fields of Galactic open clusters using the VVV Survey”

Karla Peña Ramírez (PUC) “Lynga14 revisited with the VVV”

Joyce Pullen (MAS) “The VVV Model of collaboration”

Roberto Saito (Universidade Federal de Sergipe) “On the VVV disk novae”

Efşan Sökmen (IAC) “Star formation history of the Milky Way using the VVV Survey for the southern Galactic disk”

Mario Soto (U. Atacama) “A Rayleigh-Jeans Color-Excess Extinction map for the Southern Galactic disk using VVV”

Aldo Valcarce (PUC) TBA

Vicente Villanueva (U. Valparaíso) “Parallaxes with VVV”

Manuela Zoccali (PUC) “Proper motions of Bulge Globular Clusters with VVV”