SOCHIAS Assembly 2018 - Second call

Rationale - Second call

The second call for the 2018 SOCHIAS Assembly is set for April 12, 2018. During the first call (January 22) the formal quorum was not achieved. Note that for this call the requirement for a minimum quorum does not apply.


At the Extraordinary Assembly, there will be a call for vote for changes on the Society's rules. SOCHIAS has taken (again) all the (expensive) legal measures for these changes to take place, and the vote will take place REGARDLESS on the number of members that attend the vote.   

If you cannot attend, please have a representative at the meeting voting for you. We would like the change of statutes to have the support of a large fraction of our members.  

More information on the proposed changes and procedures may be found in this page. 


Please let us know if you plan to attend the Assembly. It will be helpful for those that wish to have a representative at the meeting to know who is coming. To register please fill out the form linked below. Registration is free of charge and it is open to all of SOCHIAS' members, however, only *active SOCHIAS members are allowed to vote.

Please register if you are coming or if you are sending a representative. It will help us gauge the room and paperwork needed. 


*to be an active SOCHIAS member, fees for 2017 must be paid before the assembly. 

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Second Binational Meeting AAA-SOCHIAS


This is the second binational conference between Chilean Astronomical Society (SOCHIAS) and Argentine Association of Astronomy (AAA) to showcase science made in both contries and to build new collaborations.

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Second SAN Workshop

The Southern Astrophysics Network (SAN) is pleased to announce the Second SAN Workshop to be held at the Campus La Casona, UNAB (Santiago, Chile), on November 9 & 10, 2017.


This version of the workshop welcomes scientific contributions on the following topics:
* Galaxies in different environments: Dynamics and Galaxy Populations
* The Milky Way *The formation of galaxies in hydrodynamical simulations
* Semi-analytical models for galaxy formation


The registration form is now open at:
Deadline: 30 September 2017

We look forward to see you in November!

Patricia Tissera SAN Coordinator


Sharing One Sky II

 "Sharing One Sky II: SDSS, APOGEE, and Astronomy Outreach

Santiago, Chile, July 22-23, 2017


We are pleased to announce the second SDSS/APOGEE Workshop on Outreach and Education, which will take place at the PUC, Santiago, Chile, on July 22-23, 2017.  




The focus of the workshop is astronomy education and public outreach, with a particular focus on sharing strategies and methods, creating cross-cultural and multi-lingual ventures, forming E/PO collaborations, and exploiting the science and international reach of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) — which is operating from parallel sites in the U.S. and Chile — for fostering these activities. We wish to bring together astronomers, educators, and journalists to achieve the above objectives, and also formulate methods by which we can promote the public face of SDSS and APOGEE within Chile, across the Americas and beyond.


The conference will be located in Campus San Joaquin of Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile.


Steven Majewski (University of Virginia)
Karen Masters (University of Portsmouth)
Veronica Motta (Universidad de Valparaiso)
Edward Murphy (University of Virginia)
David Whelan (Austin College)
Rita Tojeiro (University of St Andrews)
Britt Lundgren (University of North Carolina)
Richard Lane (PUC)
Jura Borissova (Universidad de Valparaiso)


Jura Borissova (Universidad de Valparaiso)
Makarena Estrella (Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, MAS)
Veronica Motta (Universidad de Valparaiso)
Nelson Padilla (PUC)


Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations in Santiago. For more information please visit the official WEB page of SDSS-IV Collaboration Meeting Santiago 2017.

Attendees should also please register for the workshop on the registration form  not later than 22.06.2017, or cut/paste the information below and emailing to Natalia Atencio Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.  (with a copy to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. ).

Email address:
I request to make a contributed talk (yes/no):
Title and abstract of talk:
I am interested in Apogee Plate workshop (yes/no):
I am interested in training on Voyages & Sciserver (yes/no):
If you are not SDSS member are you interested to participate in Monday morning plenaries of SDSS-IV Collaboration Meeting (yes/no)?

Sponsors: A workshop is funded by Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS), Universidad de Valparaiso, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, and Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation in partnership with the Vice President for Research and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.


Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) Conference Series


Santiago de Chile, Chile, October 22-26, 2017

Official web site:

Venue: Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Conference Center

This annual conference, held in a different location each year, is a forum for astronomers, computer scientists, software engineers, faculty members and students working in areas related to algorithms, software and systems for the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and dissemination of astronomical data. 

The ADASS XXVII program will include invited talks, contributed papers, display sessions, tutorials, computer demonstrations, and special interest ("Birds of a Feather" or BoF) meetings. These activities aim to encourage communication between software specialists and scientists, and to stimulate further development of software and systems to meet the data science challenges of astronomy.

The hosts of ADASS XXVII will be the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and the Technical University Federico Santa María (UTFSM).

Key themes for ADASS XXVII are:

  • Open source in astronomy: collaboration, development methods, tools, licensing, obstacles, and critics.
  • The challenges of operating large-scale complex astronomical instruments.
  • ·Machine learning applied to astronomical data analysis.
  • Astronomical network and data center infrastructure in the age of massive data transfer, Docker, Agile development, and DevOps.
  • Observatory operations software for ground and space based telescopes all the way through the value chain
  • Human-Computer Interaction, user interfaces design guidelines and interfaces to big data sets
  • HPC for Astronomy Data Reduction
  • Algorithms and Software for Radio Astronomy
  • Astronomy Simulation Software
  • Education and Citizen Science

Registration and abstracts:

Registration and abstract submission are now open and available at the event website. A roster of invited speakers will be distributed with the second announcement. General inquiries can be sent to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. .

Registration fees:

EUR 450 (Early bird, until August 1, 2017), EUR 550 (normal fee from August 2 to October 18, 2017), EUR 650 (walk in fee from October 19 to 25, 2017), EUR 200 (postgraduate students), EUR 100 (undergraduate students).

The registration fee is payable through the ESO shop via credit card. It includes admittance to tutorials and all sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, cocktail reception and an electronic copy of the conference proceedings.

Instructions for requesting financial aid to ADASS are available in ADASS submission page and open until June 16, 2017.



Important deadlines:

  • May 31st Second announcement (with information about invited speakers)
  • June 16th Deadline for financial support
  • June 30th Abstract for Oral Contributions and Focus Demos deadline
  • Augus 1st Early bird registration deadline
  • August 30th Abstract for Tutorial/BoF/Poster, deadline
  • September 30th Final deadline for ready to print poster submission & final announcement (with program)
  • October 16th Preliminary version of manuscripts due
  • October 18th Registration closes
  • October 19th Walk in registration opens
  • October 22-26 ADASS XXVII in Chile
  • October 27-29 IVOA Workshop
  • November 30th Final version of manuscripts due


ADASS has organized a block reservation in the Sheraton Hotel at preferential rates. The LOC encourages participants to take advantage of this offer and to plan to stay in this hotel. Links to the hotel booking pages are provided below:




Program Organising Committee (POC)

  Alice Allen (ASCL)

  Christophe Arviset (ESA-ESAC)

  Pascal Ballester (ESO)

  Sebastien Derrière (CDS/France)

  Mike Fitzpatrick (NOAO)

  Stephen Gwyn (CADC)

  Jorge Ibsen (ALMA)

  Tony Krueger (STScI)

  Kathleen Labrie (Gemini)

  Mark Lacy (NRAO)

  Jim Lewis (IoA)

  Nuria Lorente, POC Chair (AAO)

  Jessica Mink (CFA)

  Fabio Pasian (INAF)

  Keith Shortridge (formerly AAO)

  Mauricio Solar (UTFSM)

  Tadafumi Takata (NAOJ)

  Peter Teuben (UMD)


Local Organising Committee (LOC) (loc

  Demian Arancibia (Smart Industry Program)

  Paola Arellano (REUNA)

  Amelia Bayo (UV)

  Pascal Ballester, LOC Co-Chair (ESO)

  Guillermo Cabrera (UdeC)

  Jorge Ibsen, LOC Co-Chair (ALMA)

  Daniela Jara (ILO, Chilean Ministry of Economy)

  Karim Pichara (PUC)

  Pablo Román (USACH)

  Mónica Rubio (DAS, U. Chile)

  R. Chris Smith (AURA)

  Mauricio Solar, LOC Co-Chair (UTFSM)

  Luis Véliz (Inria Chile)

  Eduardo Vera (NLHPC, CMM)


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