FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

August 22, 2018

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce the Puerto Vallarta conference on

NEW QUESTS IN STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS IV
ASTROCHEMISTRY, ASTROBIOLOGY
AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: March 31 - April 5, 2019

This is the fourth of the "New Quests in Stellar Astrophysics” meeting series aimed at stressing the importance of stellar physics to understand the properties of stars, their progeny and stellar systems at different scales. In the first meeting, in 2001, we reviewed the impact of stellar physics on global properties of stellar aggregates up to cosmological scales. In the second meeting, held in 2007, we focused on the UV interval to review our current knowledge on the properties of nearby and distant evolved stellar populations. The conference in 2012 was devoted to the multiwavelength perspective of solar-like (H fueled) stars and addressed some of the important findings related to exoplanet searches. The event for 2019 intends to convene researchers and young scholars from several fields (Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, etc.) to show the latest results on a number of interdisciplinary topics and enable cross-fertilization between scientists in the various disciplines. It will also be a good opportunity to gain insight into the future instrumentation from the ground and space that will substantially contribute to the exploration of the solar system and beyond in search of clues for understanding how life emerged from cosmic and planetary precursors.

Among the main topics to be discussed are:

  • Chemical networks in star formation to form complex (prebiotic) molecules, deuterium enrichment.
  • Astrochemistry of young and mature star+disk systems.
  • Prospects for exoplanet characterization: detection methods, observational probes, multi-wavelength observations and the search for biomarkers.
  • Exoplanetary theoretical models: interiors, magnetic fields, atmospheres, geochemistry.
  • Habitability of exo-worlds: space weather, time domain, dynamics and chemistry.
  • Scenarios on the emergence of life on Earth.
  • Space exploration and observations from the ground of solar system objects of astrobiological interest (Rosetta, Cassini, IRAM, ALMA, GTM, JWST, WSO, etc.).
  • Historical, societal aspects and education in astrobiology.

Scientific Organizing Committee

Guillem Anglada QMUL, UK
Cecilia Ceccarelli UJF-Grenoble, France
José Cernicharo CSIC, Spain
Miguel Chávez-Dagostino INAOE, México (Chair)
María Guadalupe Cordero IG-UNAM and SOMA
William Irvine UMASS-Amherst, USA
Izaskun Jimenez Serra CAB, Spain
Claudia Lage UFRJ, Brazil
Rafael Navarro González ICN-UNAM, Mexico
Sandra Ramírez Jiménez UAEMorelos, Mexico
Luis Felipe Rodríguez IRyA-UNAM, Mexico
Roberto Vázquez IA-UNAM, Mexico
Giovanni Vladilo INAF-OATrieste, Italy
Mary Voytek NASA Astrobiology program, USA

Local Organizing Committee

Emanuele Bertone INAOE (Chair)
Olga Vega INAOE
Miguel Chávez INAOE
Diana Zetina GTM-INAOE
Silvia Hernández INAOE

Puerto Vallarta is a well-known beach resort of Mexico, on the Pacific coast. It enjoys a very pleasant weather in April.

If you are interested to receive further information please fill-out the pre-registration web-form at http://www.inaoep.mx/puerto19/registration.php.
Check this conference web site for important updates and for details on the venue.

For any question or more information, please feel free to contact the LOC at puerto19@inaoep.mx

This conference is sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (INAOE) with the collaboration of the Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG), The Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos and the Mexican Society of Astrobiology.

We look forward to seeing you in Puerto Vallarta!

On the behalf of the SOC and LOC

Miguel Chávez Dagostino
Full time researcher-Astrophysics Department National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE, Mexico)
Project Scientist-Mexico of the Large Millimeter Telescope
(www.lmtgtm.org)