Workshop: GALSPEC2019 Postponed

Published: 22 Nov 2019

ESO, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 5–9 October 2020 

VIMOS, the VIsible Multi-Object Spectrograph, was decommissioned in March 2018 after 15 years of operations during which it amassed over 9700 hours of science data and marked the completion of two Public Spectroscopic Surveys: VANDELS and LEGA-C. To commemorate this milestone, GALSPEC was organised to  review past and current spectroscopic surveys on galaxy evolution (both with ESO and non-ESO instruments), as well as to explore future surveys that will be soon enabled by new MOS and IFU facilities. The conference was originally planned for 2019 but recent developments have led to it being postponed.

As you are fully aware, many protests have been taking place in the last month in Santiago and other major cities in Chile. After detailed discussion within the GALSPEC2019 local organising committee, the meeting has been postponed to next year. It was not possible to find a date in March/April that did not clash with other conferences in the area and so the workshop has been moved to October 2020.

These are the decisions we made regarding participants to this workshop that have already applied and/or signed up:

  • Any participant who wants to attend the conference should be able to do so and signed up participants will receive priority.
  • Equally, all oral and poster contributions that were already allocated will be honoured (or upgraded) in the new schedule.
  • We will release another call for abstracts early next year to fill in any gaps in the programme due to previous participants being unable to participate. At the deadline of this call, the current participants would  have to confirm their interest to assist with planning.
  • Any conference fee already paid can be used to attend the 2020 workshop.
  • If you have already paid the conference fee and decide not to take part in the postponed conference, you will be fully refunded. Please do get in contact with us at your convenience.

The new call will be communicated in a future announcement. In the meantime please consult the conference webpage or email the organisers.