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From October 3 to 7, 2016 , Colombia is hosting the XV LARIM 2016 (Latin American Regional IAU Meeting). This is the most important meeting among the community of astronomy and astrophysics in Latin America and represents an important milestone for Colombia as a member of the IAU (International Astronomical Union).

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" 1803 - 2016 , 213 years of Astronomical Expedition "



More than two centuries ago, José Celestino Mutis and Francisco José de Caldas began the Colombian astronomy project. Nowadays, Colombia has a community of over 30 scientists linked to 6 institutions nationwide, and more than 40 researchers working for over 15 institutions around the world.

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Colombian Community (AACC) has been growing and consolidating in the country; example of this is the creation of the Undergraduate Program in Astronomy at the University of Antioquia, the Master of Science-Astronomy and the upcoming opening of the PhD in Astronomy at the National Astronomical Observatory of the National University of Colombia, as well as Postgraduate Astronomy Program at the Universidad Industrial de Santander. Furthermore, signs of growth in intellectual production and international projection are the four editions of the Colombian Congress of Astronomy and Astrophysics (CoCoA), with more than one hundred contributions in the last edition of 2014, and in the ranking of astronomy groups compared to other scientific areas, e.g. the group of the National Astronomical Observatory occupying A1 (top) category at the recent classification of Colciencias (2014). In parallel, the AACC is constantly linked with Colombian diaspora researchers working abroad through an active mail ing list

This is a great opportunity to consolidate our research agenda, sponsored by the support of the IAU.


The meeting's agenda responds to one of the main needs for astronomers and astrophysicists in our country: the internationalization of scientific production in these areas, as well as the formation of human talent, both carried out by the country over the last years.

The event includes several educational and scientific public and private sectors which have committed to providing financial and logistical support for the successful completion of it. Additionally, this is an important opportunity to consolidate a joint research agenda, sponsored by the strong support of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Colombia, for the first time ever, hosts the LARIM

  • Continuousness of the Latin American regional meeting, an ongoing activity for over 30 years for the astronomical community. In this sense, Colombia has assumed the responsibility for maintaining this meeting and to hold the next meeting in 2016.
  • Promote and highlight the recent high-impact research activity being conducted by our universities. The national works have the great opportunity to be presented to a competitive community in order to spread out the results of their investigations.
  • Interact with colleagues in our local environment concerning research works, discussion on issues of common interest, exchange and cooperation, aiming to increase projects in these areas and its connection with other communities who are actively working in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics worldwide.
  • Strengthen exchanges, through internships or scholarships for master's and doctoral students from the countries of the region.
  • Support the work and initiatives that are developing female astronomical community, in order to involve them more directly to leadership and project development.

Areas of work and discussion




Following the IAU Divisions

  • A Fundamental Astronomy
  • B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science
  • C Education, Outreach and Heritage
  • D High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics
  • E Sun and Heliosphere
  • F Planetary Systems and Bioastronomy
  • G Stars and Stellar Physics
  • H Interstellar Matter and Local Universe
  • J Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Reviews
  • 1. Adrián Rodríguez (Uruguay) -   FUNDAMENTAL ASTRONOMY  
  • 2. Gustavo Romero (Argentina) -  HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA     
  • 3. Frederic Masset (México) - PLANETARY SYSTEMS       
  • 5. Jane Gregorio Hetem (Brasil)  - STELLAR PHYSICS     
  • 6. Sebastián Sánchez(México) - INTERSTELLAR MATTER      
  • 7. Miriani Pastoriza (Brasil) - GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY     
  • Invited Talk
  • 2. Jacques Lépine (Brasil) - FACILITIES, TECHNOLOGIES AND DATA SCIENCE    
  • 3. Beatriz García (Argentina) - EDUCATION, OUTREACH AND HERITAGE      
  • 4. Dany Page (México) - HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA 
  • 5. Neil Nagar (Chile)  - HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA   
  • 6. Juan Carlos Martínez (Colombia) - SOLAR PHYSICS     
  • 7. Luis Bellot (España) - SOLAR PHYSICS       
  • 8. Simón Casassus (Chile)  PLANETARY SYSTEMS    
  • 9. Diana Valencia (Colombia) - PLANETARY SYSTEMS    
  • 10. Silvia Alencar (Brasil) - STELLAR PHYSICS       
  • 11. Elsa Giacani (Argentina) - STELLAR PHYSICS    
  • 12. Alberto Bolatto (Uruguay) - GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY           
  • 13. Cecilia Mateu (Venezuela) - INTERSTELLAR MATTER        
  • 14. Alberto Rodríguez (Colombia) - GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY    
  • 15. Karin Menendez (Brasil) - GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY 
  • 17. Wolgang Gieren (Chile) - STELLAR PHYSICS 

  • Workshop: Dissecting the Universe in 3D: An Introduction to the analysis of astronomical datacubes

    October 5th from 2 pm to 6pm at Centro de Convenciones de Cartagena.
    We are happy to announce that we will be holding a one-session workshop aimed to present and share state-of-the-art tools for the analysis of data cubes. 

    In recent years integral field spectroscopy (IFS) has become a key observational technique, in particular recent extragalactic surveys (e.g., CALIFA, MaNGA, SAMI, etc...) and cutting-edge instruments  (e.g., MUSE) have brought IFS observations to a entire new level, allowing astronomers world wide to perform spatially-resolved analysis in a statistical fashion. Even more, the large majority of these observations and surveys have become public available giving the opportunity to astronomer to develop exciting research projects regardless the access to observational facilities. This in turn, makes the LARIM a perfect venue to explore and discuss such projects and datasets. 

    The goals of this workshop are threefold: 1) to inform to the Latin-American astronomical community,  in particular to young astronomers, about the large dataset  of IFS data cubes public available (e.g. CALIFA, MaNGA, SAMI, MUSE);  2)  to introduce the basic concepts of IFS data analysis as well as to provide basic analysis tools for the development of research in specific topics;  and  3) to share experiences with astronomers already involved in the analysis and visualization of data products from data cubes. 

    This will be a hands-on workshop. There will be a brief introduction from two experts in the field: Roberto Cid Fernandes (GAS-UFSC, Brazil) and Sebastian F. Sanchez (UNAM, Mexico). They will explain the analysis techniques and data products they have developed. We will provide a data set as well as some basic yet insightful examples of the analysis and visualization of 1D spectra and datacubes.  We want to provided an environment where participants are invited to share current projects/tools/techniques related to the analysis of datacubes. This workshop will be Python-oriented, participants are expected to handle basic concepts of Python, however participants with a different programming background are also encouraged to participate.
    Registration is available here

    We ask to fill the registration form before September 16th, so we can provided detailed information to the participants prior to the workshop. 


    Tutorial Filesdownload here

    We hope to see you there!

    Jorge Barrera-Ballesteros (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
    Mario Armando Higuera Garzón (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia)
    Sebastian F. Sanchez (UNAM, Mexico)
    Roberto Cid Fernandez (GAS-UFSC, Brazil)
    Hector Ibarra (UNAM, Mexico)



    * Workshop: Astronomy for development 


    The Andean Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (ROAD) was formally created in October 2016. Its main mission is to collaborate with the Office of Astronomy for Development to help further the use of astronomy as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize the field’s scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society.

    The Andean ROAD gathers 20+ institutions in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Its coordinators are hosted at three collaborating institutions: Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), Parque Explora-Planetario de Medellín (Colombia), and Sociedad Chilena de Astronomía (Chile)

    In this workshop at LARIM2016 we want to:

    Present the current activities of the OAD and the Andean ROAD.
    Introduce the development principles that the OAD and the Andean ROAD follow to create impact.
    Invite the LARIM community to join forces with the OAD and Andean ROAD.
    Jaime Forero Universidad de los Andes


We are all part of the LARIM 2016


The participation of astronomers and astrophysicists from Latin American countries and some special guests of European, Asian and the American astronomical community is expected. Concerning talent development, we expect to involve students of astronomy programs (undergraduate, master's and doctorate) in the country, as well as the Latin American community. The Latin American meeting of astronomy hopes to gather up to 500 participants, including approximately 150 students and 50 Colombian astronomers; in addition to 200 students and 120 astronomers from the region.

You can join the XV LARIM 2016 in the following ways: 

A. Assistant

Under this scheme, you can participate in the scheduled academic meetings. 

B. Oral or poster

To enter this mode, you must send a summary of the work in Spanish, English or Portuguese to be evaluated by the scientific committee which determines if the work is selected to be presented as an oral presentation or a poster. The dates for submissions and communications will be informed in advance.



1. Review and Invited Talks

Review the talks will have a total time of 40 minutes (35 minute presentation, 5 minutes questions) and invited talks a total time of 30 minutes (25 minute presentation, 5 minutes questions)

- Slides must be written in English, while the oral presentation may be given in Spanish, English or Portuguese.

- File format (Keynote, PowerPoint or PDF)


2. Preparing oral (Short) or poster presentation (Keynote or PowerPoint)


- Total time 20 minutes (15 minute presentation, 5 minutes questions)

- Transparencies must be written in English, while the oral presentation may be made in Spanish, English or Portuguese.

- The file format must be, for public presentation, in .pdf (Portable Document Format)

Download template for oral presentations (PPTX)


VERTICAL size (PORTRAIT). Dimensions 70 cm (width) x 100 cm (length)

Download template for posters (PPTX)

3. Preparing the manuscript for publication

The macro file that we will use is the Mexican Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RevMexAA), short summary that can be downloaded here: RevMexAA LaTeX macros (Conference series edition):

Proceedings will be published within four months after the conference in the Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica (RvMexAA Conference Series).  The deadline for article submissions will be informed at this site. Authors must be filled the copyright permision that will be available during the meeting.



NOTE: Everyone of the participants in the LARIM 2016, for registration in the XV Regional Meeting, must be in good standing with the payment of registration fees.

Registration and payment

The financial operator for the LARIM 2016 is the Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales. Registration and pay can be made by using some of the following options:


1. Bank transfer


A. In colombia

Account owner: Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales
Nit: 860.026.6351
Savings Account: 055 000 99 00 29 2575
Country: Colombia

Once your consignment, enter the registration platform, fill out the fields below and upload an attachment that contains the image, a clearly legible receipt of the consignment.


B. International payments 

Credit Card, using PayPal Platform 

After you made the pay, please take a Screenshot, or save the pdf archive. Next, in the registration platform below fill the fields, and attach the image or file.  




A2 Until September 1st., 2016

 Payment in Colombia

  • Students (active student card, october 2016 ): 350.000 pesos
  • Professional: 500.000 pesos.

 International Payment

  • Students (active student card, october 2016 ): USD 160
  • Professional: USD 220

Note. If, subsequent to payment, the work is accepted to be presented as poster or oral presentation, the presenter will have no additional cost at dinner invitation event (valid only at this stage of registration)


A3 As of September 2nd., 2016

 Payment in Colombia

  • Students: 450.000 pesos.
  • Professional: 650.000 pesos.

 International Payment

  • Students: 220 USD
  • Professional: 320 USD

Local Payments in Dollars or Euros:

  • Students: 220 USD, 170 EUR 
  • Professional: 320 USD, 250 EUR

Note 1: In this final stage, if a work is accepted to be presented as a poster or oral presentation, the presenter will have a reduction of 30 USD, or 25 EUR in the registration fee of. (Only valid with option A3).

Note 2: Students have to present a valid studies certification (October 2016).


Please, display the options menu, Students (160) or Professionals (220), in the next Paypal and registration section

Please enter the number of your identity card, without dots, spaces or dashes.
PDF format - Maximum size: 1 MB

Tourist and Cultural District of Cartagena de Indias


This city, founded in the sixteenth century and declared independent of the Spanish crown in the nineteenth century, is now the main tourist center of Colombia. Bordered by the Caribbean Sea, its streets the architecture of the walled city are mixed with the black and mulatto city and the contemporary tourist infrastructure.

Located 663 km from the capital city Bogotá, three different airlines have direct flights to and from Cartagena. Towards Colombia, several operators of international flights cover all destinations from main capitals and Latin American cities.


Convention Center

The XV LARIM, Cartagena 2016, will be held in the Convention Center Cartagena de Indias ( located in the historic section of Gethsemane. The plenary will take place in the main hall, Getsemani Auditorium, which seats over a thousand people. For the development of the parallel sessions, in addition to the main auditorium, they will have three alternate rooms with capacity adjustable from 50 to 100 people, plus all spaces associated with the logistics of the event.


Hotels and tourism







Viviana Duque

cel 57+3205369630




Carrera 9 # 35-104 Anillo Vial Zona Norte. 

Teléfono +57 5 6535656  

The hotel provides shuttle service to the Convention Center on one trip, departing at 7:30 A.M. during the days of the meeting.



Hotel Casa Real Cartagena

Centro Hotel Cartagena

Hotel Puertas de Cartagena

Hotel 3 Banderas


Hotel Capilla del Mar

Hotel Zalmedina

Hotel San Felipe Plaza  


ALFA 21 Logistic Services

Bed and breakfast boutique, Hotels, Apartments with hotel services, and tourism packages


Móvil: (57) 3102713872




Discount shopping code: GN024


In Cartagena

Public transport services by bus and taxi operate though different streets of the city and neighboring towns.


Welcome to LARIM Cartagena 2016



Traveling to Colombia has no restrictions, and for stays under 90 days for tourism does not require visa if it comes from one of the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, USA, Finland, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Republic of Korea ( South Korea), Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and foreign residents of Canada and United States.

For more information, click here.

A commitment of all and for all


Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)


Chair of SOC

Santiago Vargas (NAO, Colombia)


SOC Members

Roberto Cid Fernandes (UFSC, Brazil)

Guillermo Bosch (UNLP, Argentina)

Zulema Abraham (IAG/USP, Brazil)

Octavio Valenzuela (UNAM,Mexico)

David Ardila (Caltech, Colombia)

Gustavo Bruzual (UNAM, Mexico)

Gladis Magris Crestini (CIDA, Venezuela)

Paulina Lira (U de Chile, Chile)

Juan Rafael Martinez (CfA, Colombia)

Tabaré Gallardo (U de la R, Uruguay)

Andreas Reisenegger (PUC, Chile)


Local Organizing Committee (LOC)


Chair of LOC

Mario Armando Higuera G.
Observatorio Astronómico Nacional
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Jaime Forero
Universidad de los Andes

Juan Carlos Muñoz Cuartas
Universidad de Antioquia


LOC members

Luis Núñez
Universidad Industrial de Santander

Javier Montoya
Universidad de Cartagena

José Alejandro García
Universidad de los Andes

Rigoberto Casas
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Leonardo A. Pachón
Universidad de Antioquia


External Support Committee

Giovani Bernal

César Alonso Valenzuela

José Armando Rueda

Carlos Augusto Molina

Edwin Andrés Quintero

Andrés Balaguera A

Juan Camilo Ibañez



Andrés Felipe Granados

Andrés Felipe Ramos

Seditsira Quintero



Logistic and financial operator

Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales



Institutional support





Universidad del Valle

Universidad de Nariño

Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas"

Universidad Sergio Arboleda



PELANAS - Tus Tiernos Amigos

Tejiendo Sueños ASOCAMAVAPB


Internacional Broadcasting

International Astronomical Union 

Elsevier Global Events

Canadian Astronomy Data Centre




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SKY PICTURES, MOON AND LANDSCAPES: Giovani Pinzon, Mario A Higuera G, Portal Centro de Convenciones.

CRATER GARAVITO: OAN Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Colombia. Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

CARTAGENA: Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias. Tours en Cartagena,

LUPA CONTRIBUTIONS: Contributions (Flickr, licencia Creative Commons)