Amelia Bayo
Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile
Amelia Bayo obtained her PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid by the end of 2009 under the supervision of David Barrado working on putting observational constraints to the formation mechanism theories for substellar objects (brown dwarfs and isolated planetary mass objects, objects not massive enough to hold stable H burning at their cores <0.72Msun). Before that she worked on two data driven star formation projects at the Spitzer Science Center in Pasadena under the supervision of John Stauffer (NGC2264 and 30 Doradus). As a first post-doc she joined ESO-Chile for three years with duties in Paranal (instrument fellow of SINFONI, ISAAC and VISIR, participating in the ADI SINFONI project and the VISIR upgrade project) and then moved to MPIA, Heidelberg for two years of full research. Research topics of interest comprise: big data problems (Virtual Observatory tool VOSA developer, involved in the VO since 2006, core-professor of La Serena School for Data Science since its first edittion), disk evolution around stellar and substellar objects (accretion, disk dispersal, planet formation), binarity, and substellar atmospheres. Since the end of 2014, she is a professor at the Instituto de Física y Astronomía de la Universidad de Valparaiso.
Giacomo Beccari
ESO, Germany
Scientific interests:
  • Pre-main Sequence Stars in massive star-burst Clusters
  • Stellar Population in Clusters
  • Stellar dynamics in Globular Clusters
  • Exotica in Globular Clusters (BSS, MSP, IMBH)
  • Resolved stellar populations in dSph
Michel Dennefeld
IAP, France
Bruno Dias
ESO, Chile

Bruno Dias is an ESO fellow with duties in Paranal since July 2015. He is the instrument fellow of FORS2 and operates UT1, that includes FORS2, KMOS, and NACO. He received his PhD from IAG - Universidade de São Paulo, in Brazil in 2014, with a prize of best thesis of the year from the same institute. During the PhD he was granted an ESO studentship for one year in Chile. Before coming back to ESO he was a post-doc at Durham University, UK. His main science interests involves stellar clusters and stellar populations to understand stellar and galaxy evolution in the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds. He has experience on spectroscopy and photometry that is applied to his work on FORS2. He is also a member of the VISTA VVV survey.

Scientific Interests:

  • Star clusters in the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds 
  • Dynamical interactions in the Magellanic Clouds 
  • Multiple populations in globular clusters
Evelyn Johnston
ESO, Chile

Evelyn Johnston completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham, UK, in August 2014, and joined ESO as a fellow in September 2014 with duties at Paranal. Her research areas include the formation of counter-rotating stellar discs and the processes that suppress the star formation in spiral galaxies, thus leading to their transformation into lenticulars.

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Claudio Melo
ESO, Chile

Claudio Melo is Head of the Office for Science in Chile. His main interests focus in finding planets in different environments such as open clusters, metal poor stars and young stars. From the technical point of view, Claudio is familiar with high-precision radial velocity measurements and interested in how to overcome the different sources of noise to reach the 10cm/s precision with ESPRESSO and eventually to find an exo-Earth. For the coming years, he is willing to develop new projects in the field of Astrobiology.

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Kora Muzik
ESO, Chile
ESO Fellow working at the Universidad Diego Portales (4th year)
Linda Schmidtobreick
ESO, Chile
Linda Schmidtobreick is currently working on Paranal as instrument scientist for KMOS as well as support astronomer for UT1, UT3, and VLTI. In the past, she has been instrument scientist of EFOSC at La Silla and ISAAC at Paranal and coordinator of the TrainDoc and GenOps groups.
During the early years of her career she worked on interplanetary astronomy, studying comets, the Zodiacal light, and the Gegenschein. For her PhD (1997 at the Ruhruniversitaet Bochum, Germany), she studied the Galactic structure in the UV and later expanded that also to other galaxies using surface photometry and stellar population synthesis methods.  She took postdoc positions in Bochum, the MPIA in Heidelberg, and the Osservatorio Astronomico di Padua, Italy. In 2001, she started as an ESO fellow on La Silla, and in 2005 got her current staff position. By now, Linda is mainly working on compact binaries, i.e. cataclysmic variables. She is interested in the physical evolution of these systems, the nova-binary connection, and the physics of the accretion disc. In addition, she likes teaching and to work with students and spends a large fraction of her time on public outreach.
Fernando Selman
ESO, Chile

Fernando Selman's current observational research interests include studies of the nature of the stellar IMF, and the dynamics and binary content in 30 Doradus using SINFONI, and the physics of medusa galaxies studied with MUSE. On a larger scales he is interested in the intergalactic light in clusters of galaxies. On a theoretical side he is interested in the dynamics of gravitational systems with particular attention to the phenomenon of dynamical friction. As an observatory astronomer, he has been instrument scientist for the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at La Silla, and HAWK-I, VIMOS, and OmegaCam at Paranal. He is currently the instrument scientist for MUSE at Paranal. He started his career as a physics student at the School of Engineering of Universidad de Chile subsequently obtaining his PhD at Caltech in 2004. During his strongly acausal career he was Fulbright Travel fellow, Carnegie-Chile Fellow, and Beatrice Watson Parrent postdoctoral fellow.

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