Media advisory: Press Conference to Announce Major Result from Brazilian Astronomers

20 August 2013

An international team led by astronomers from the University of São Paulo in Brazil has used the UVES spectrograph on ESO’s Very Large Telescope to shed light on a long-standing mystery about stars like our own Sun.

The Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics, and Atmospheric Sciences (IAG) at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil, in collaboration with the European Southern Observatory, will hold a press conference to announce the results and assess their implications, offering journalists the opportunity to discuss with and interview the scientists.

The conference presenters are:

  • Postdoctoral fellow TalaWanda R. Monroe (University of São Paulo)
  • Prof. Dr. Jorge Meléndez (University of São Paulo)
  • Dr. Claudio Melo (ESO)

The conference will be held on 28 August 2013, at 10:30 local time (BRT) and will take place in Portuguese with a summary in English. The event takes place in São Paulo, at the IAG Headquarters: Rua do Matão, 1226, Cidade Universitária São Paulo-SP, Brazil, 05508-090.

To participate in the conference and receive additional material, bona fide members of the media must get accredited by sending an email to Luciana H Y Silveira, University of São Paulo, at A video feed of the press conference is being provided on a "best-efforts basis" by IPTV USP. Bona fide members of the media may request the feed URL from the contacts below. Questions can be sent per email to in Portuguese or English.

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Luciana H. Y. Silveira
Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas
Universidade de São Paulo
Tel: (11) 3091-4650

Gustavo Rojas
Universidade Federal de São Carlos
São Carlos, Brazil
Tel.: 551633519795
Cel.: 551633519797

Lars Lindberg Christensen
Head, ESO education and Public Outreach Department
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6761
Cell: +49 173 3872 621

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