April 19-22, 2016 - Puerto Varas, Chile



Laurent Cambresy

DB expert
Université de Strasbourg - France

Astronomer at the Centre de Données Astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS). He provides science expertise for SIMBAD and VizieR databases. His main research topics are interstellar medium and star formation in nearby molecular clouds.


Thierry Forveille

A&A Editor-in-Chief / Science Editor
Université Joseph Fournier - France

Astronomer at the Observatoire de Grenoble and the editor in chief of Astronomy & Astrophysics. His main field of current research is observational studies of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets.

Maria Eugenia GOMEZ

ESO - Chile

Librarian of the ESO Library in Santiago, Chile. Apart from taking care of the information needs of ESO astronomers and engineers, she also updates the web pages of the ESO Science Office in Chile and also takes care of the logistics of international conferences sponsored by ESO in Chile.

Agnès Henri


Publishing Director
EDP Sciences - France

EDP Sciences, the publisher of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
She has a PhD in Physics from the University Paris-Diderot (Paris VII) and worked in EDP Sciences since 1995.
Located in Paris and in Les Ulis (Paris’ suburb), the group EDP Sciences has almost a century’s experience in publishing journals, books and magazines. EDP Sciences is a mission-driven publisher, owned by learned societies - committed to facilitating and spreading scientific progress. We pursue openness, collaboration, quality and integrity through our business practices.

Helenka Kinnan

Helenka KINNAN

A&A Language Editor
A&A - Italy

A language editor at A&A since 2012. She has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.A. from its Teachers College. Originally from New York, she has lived in Rome for many years. She has taught EFL for over 20 years and worked on bilingual scientific editing for the Italian Encyclopedia.

Rubina KOTAK

Rubina KOTAK

Science Editor
Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Facebook / LinkedIn: Rubina Kotak
PhD: 2003, Lund University, Sweden
Thesis title: "Inside Pulsating White Dwarfs: Clues from time-resolved spectroscopy"
2002-2005: Fellow of the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851: Imperial College London
2005-2006: ESO Fellow, Garching
2007- Assistant Professor, Queen’s Uni. Belfast
Current research: Supernovae and other explosive transients

Astrid Peter

Astrid PETER

A&A Language Editor
A&A - Germany

A language editor at A&A since 2009 and a freelance translator and editor for German and English scientific texts and novels. She holds a Masters degree in English from the Georg August University in Göttingen and a diploma from the Berlin Journalistenschule. She studied in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Göttingen, Germany, and lived in Boulder, Colorado for several years.


A&A Science Editor
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen - Germany

Scientist at the Max Planck Institute and Professor at the University Göttingen. The main area of research is solar and stellar activity using tool of extreme ultraviolet spectroscopy and magnetohydrodynamic modeming.

Patricio ROJO (Pato)

SWYA President
Universidad de Chile
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Profesor of Astronomy at Universidad de Chile. Its main research interests is characterization of atmospheres of Planets and Exoplanets through Ground-based Observations.

Organizing committee

María José MARCONI

SWYA local assistant
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Nathalie MATELOT

SWYA Secretary
EDP Sciences


Patricio Rojo
Departamento de Astronomia
Universidad de Chile
Casilla 36-D
Santiago, Chile

EDP Sciences
Les Ulis, France
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