Joint Committee ESO–Chile funds awarded

3 December 2020

To strengthen its cooperation with Chile, ESO provides and manages an annual fund that awards projects dedicated to the development of science research, technology and education in astronomy. The Joint Committee ESO–Chile 2020 has now selected 15 projects fitting these criteria, awarding a total of 460 million Chilean pesos (about €500 000).

The funds will support postdoctoral programmes in astronomy at Chilean academic institutions, scientific visits for researchers, academic faculty positions, the construction of technological systems for astronomy, as well as educational programmes for the teaching and dissemination of astronomy.

Created in 1996, the Joint Committee ESO–Chile brings together representatives of ESO and the Chilean Government, through the Energy, Science and Technology & Innovation Division (DECYTI) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREL), and with the participation of the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development (ANID), and the Chilean Astronomical Society (SOCHIAS). 

The Joint Committee ESO–Chile has made a sustained contribution to the development of astronomy and the associated technological disciplines in the country through competitive funds. The Committee evaluates yearly proposals that are granted both to public and private academic institutions, as well as to related institutions throughout the Chilean national territory.

The proposals awarded in 2020 are:

Name of Proposal Principal Investigator Institution
Extragalactic astronomy in Valparaíso: entering the era of big data María Argudo-Fernández / Yara Jaffé Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso / Universidad de Valparaíso
Disentangling the past and present of the Universe with the mappers in this decade Iván Lacerna Universidad de Atacama
The origin of magnetic white dwarfs in close binary stars Matthias R. Schreiber Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria
Exhaustive study of the protoplanetary environments and search for circumplanetary disks Alice Zurlo Universidad Diego Portales
Using wide binaries with polluted white dwarfs to constrain the rocky compositions of exoplanets Paula Jofré Universidad Diego Portales
New Hope for Characterizing Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxies Julio Chanamé Domínguez Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
The Galaxy Nature-Nurture Problem Across Mass and Time Julie Nantais Universidad Andrés Bello
Postdoctoral position on Circumgalactic Medium research Sebastián López Universidad de Chile
Support for a Faculty Position at the new Astrophysics group of Universidad Adolfo Ibanez Andrés Jordán Universidad Adolfo Ibañez
Talleres de Astronomía y Física para Residencias Familiares del Sename en la Región de Valparaíso Catalina Arcos Universidad de Valparaíso
Astro-Theatre: Un viaje al Universo del Principito Patricia Arévalo Universidad de Valparaíso
A Virtual Museum of Time: The history of astronomy at the Region of Valparaiso Eduardo Ibar Plasser Universidad de Valparaíso
Breaking the Barriers II María Fernanda Durán Sociedad Chilena de Astronomía (SOCHIAS)
Concentrating Solar Power Plants as Radio Telescopes: Characterization and Feasibility Study Walter Max-Moerbeck Universidad de Chile
Visit of Prof. Bolatto (University of Maryland) to Universidad de Concepción and Universidad de Chile Rodrigo Herrera-Camus Universidad de Concepción



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ESO Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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ESO Regional Relations Officer
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Santiago, Chile


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