Deciphering the Violent Universe

December 11-15 2017 | Playa del Carmen, Mexico


High energy astrophysics is an exciting laboratory of fundamental physics. Exotic and transient astrophysical phenomena reveal the violent and capricious nature of the Universe. Wide-field and all-sky monitoring has already led to a wealth of discoveries such as pulsars and gamma-ray bursts which probe extreme realms of physics and yet were not anticipated prior to their discovery. While huge progresses have been made in recent years, our understanding remains incomplete.

The goal of this conference is to present and discuss our current understandings of high energy transients, in particular:

  1. Gamma-Ray Bursts
  2. Core-Collapse Supernovae
  3. Thermonuclear and Super-Luminous Supernovae
  4. Fast Radio Bursts
  5. Tidal Disruption events
  6. Exotic transients (magnetars, soft gamma repeaters, neutrinos, etc)
  7. Gravitational Wave Sources
  8. Future missions

Each session will consist of invited and contributed talks. In addition, time for discussion will be allocated at the end of each session.

Preliminary Program

Monday morning. Session I: Accretion disks, jets, and particles
8.50-9.00 Welcome and opening remarks
9.00-9.30 Sasha Tchekhovskoy The role of accretion disks in transient sources
9.30-10.00 Pawan Kumar Relativistic jets in high energy transients
10.00-10.15 Elena Pian Blazars in outburst as probes of extragalactic jets formation and propagation
10.15-10.45 Grzegorz Kowal Particle acceleration mechanisms
10.45-11.00 Elisabete de Gouveia Dal Pino Magnetic reconnection particle acceleration and gamma-ray emission around black hole sources
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-11.45 Dafne Guetta Neutrinos from astrophysical sources
11.45-12.00 Nissim Fraija PeV Neutrino and UHECRs connexion around the Lobes of the nearest radio galaxies (Cen A & Cen B)
12.00-13.00 Discussion or poster session TBD
Monday afternoon. Session II: Tidal disruption events
16.00-16.30 James Guillochon Models of tidal disruption events
16.30-16.45 Cristina Romero Cañizales The TDE ASASSN-14li and its host resolved with high-resolution radio observations
16.45-17.00 Katie Auchettl The nature of the soft X-ray emission of tidal disruption events
17.00-17.15 Adithan Kathirgamaraju Tidal disruption events in the presence of pre-existing accretion disks
17.15-17.30 Brenna Mockler Weighing black holes with TDEs
17.30-18.00 Coffee Break
18.00-18.30 Poster Session
18.30-19.00 Discussion TBD
Tuesday morning. Session III: Core collapse Supernovae
9.00-9.30 Matteo Cantiello The Uncertain Evolution of Core Collapse Supernova Progenitors
9.30-9.45 Jeremiah Murphy A Unifying Explosion Condition for Core-collapse Supernovae
9,45-10.00 Alexey Tolstov The first supernovae in the early Universe: radiation hydrodynamics simulations
10.00-10.15 Jennifer Andrews Progenitors of Type IIn Sne
10.15-10.30 Charles Kilpatrick The progenitor star and circumstellar environment of the SN II-P 2017eaw
10.30-10.45 Giacomo Terreran Hydrogen-rich supernovae beyond the neutrino-driven core-collapse paradigm
10.45-11.00 Vikram Dwarkadas Investigating the Highest Luminosity X-ray Supernovae
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-12.00 Alex Heger Stripped Core-collapse Supernovae
12.00-12.15 Ori Fox A HST Search for the Binary Secondaries of Nearby Stripped-Envelope Supernovae
12.15-12.30 Yudai Suwa Ultra-stripped Type Ic supernovae generating double neutron stars
12.30-12.45 Ofer Yaron The final breaths of Massive Stars, progenitors of Core-Collapse Supernovae; what can/should observers contribute to the modelers
12.45-13.00 Tamas Szalai Searching for signs of circumstellar interaction in supernovae: a mid-IR investigation
Tuesday afternoon. Session IV: Core collapse Supernovae II
16.00-16.30 Raffaella Margutti GRB-supernova association
16.30-16.45 Felipe Olivares E. Correlations within the Gamma-Ray-Burst/Supernova connection
16.45-17.00 Emanuele Sobacchi A Common Central Engine for Long-Soft Gamma Ray Bursts and Type Ib/c Supernovae?
17.00-17.15 Atish Kamble Radio SN 2016coi and the GRB-SNe connection
17.15-17.45 Coffee Break
17.45-18.15 Paolo Mazzali Super luminous Supernovae
18.15-18.30 Ragnhild Lunnan A Circumstellar Shell around a Superluminous Supernova Revealed in a Light Echo
18.30-18.45 Akihiro Suzuki Dynamical evolution of supernova ejecta powered by a central engine in multi-dimension
18.45-19.30 Discussion TBD
Wednesday morning. Session V: Thermonuclear transients and fast radio bursts
9.00-9.30 Ryan Foley The Diversity of thermonuclear transients
9.30-9.45 Aleksandar Cikota Spectropolarimetry of Supernovae Ia
9.45-10.00 Tyrone E. Woods Supernova Archaeology: Unveiling the origin of Type Ia supernovae
10.00-10.15 Arturo Avelino Near-infrared SN Ia Cosmology
10.15-10.30 Brian Williams The Three-dimensional Expansion of the Ejecta from Tycho’s Supernova Remnant
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.30-12.00 Emily Petroff Fast Radio Bursts: Recent Discoveries and Future Prospects
12.00-12.30 Tony Piro Models of fast radio bursts
12,30-12.45 Wenbin Lu Radiation Mechanism of Fast Radio Bursts
12.45-13.00 Poster Session
Free afternoon and excursion to Tulum
Thursday morning. Session VI: Gamma ray bursts
9.00-9.30 Andrew Levan Long duration Gamma-ray bursts
9.30-9.45 Davide Lazzati Numerical simulations of dynamics and radiation from gamma-ray bursts
9.45-10.00 Felix Ryde Emission from accelerating jets in GRBs
10.00-10.15 Zeynep Acuner Clustering of gamma-ray burst types in the Fermi-GBM catalogue: evidence for photosphere and synchrotron emissions during the prompt phase
10.15-10.30 J. Michael Burgess GRBs, Spectral Width, and Fitting Emission Models
10.10-10.45 Jean-Luc Atteia The maximum isotropic energy of gamma-ray bursts
10.45-11.00 Christopher Irwin X-Ray Flares During the Steep Decay Phase from High-Latitude Subjets
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-12.00 Jonathan Granot Magnetic fields in Gamma-ray bursts
12.00-12.15 Agniezka Janiuk Accretion in GRB central engine
12.15-12.30 Paz Beniamini Constraints on millisecond magnetars as the engines of prompt emission in gamma-ray bursts
12.30-12.45 Christina Thöne Abundances and kinematics in GRB hosts in 3D
12.45-13.00 Susanna Vergani Tackling the origin of GRBs and SLSNe through the study of their host galaxies
Thursday afternoon. Session VII: Short gamma ray bursts and missions
16.00-16.30 Wen-fai Fong Short gamma-ray bursts
16.30-16.45 Antonio de Ugarte Postigo  OCTOCAM: Gemini’s future multichannel imager and spectrograph, optimized for transient studies
16.45-17.00 Rosa Becerra COATLI and DDOTI, the new telescopes to catch transients
17.00-17.15 Cyril Lachaud The SVOM Gamma-ray Burst mission
17.45-17.30 Jorge Alejandro Preciado Lopez Model comparison and parameter estimation using EHT observations
17.30-18.00 Coffee Break
18.00-18.30 Magda González HAWC: recent results
18.30-18.45 Simone Dichiara Search of very high energy emission to constrain the physics of GRBs
18.45-19.30 Discussion TBD
20.30-23.00 Conference dinner
Friday morning. Session VIII: Gravitational wave sources
9.00-9.30 Nergis Mavalvala GW: observations
9.30-9.45 Discussion TBD
9.45-10.10 Fred Rasio GW: source populations and formation
10.10-10.30 Pablo Marchant The formation of gravitational wave sources from field binary evolution
10.30-10.45 Enrique Moreno Méndez The jet-accretion feedback during common envelope with a compact object
10.45-11.00 Tassos Fragos 1D hydrodynamic simulations of the common envelope phase: the formation of binary compact objects
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-11.45 Chris Pankow Gravitational-Wave Astronomy in the LSST Era
11.45-12.00 Aldo Batta On the formation of rapidly rotating BHs in High Mass X-ray Binaries
12.00-12.15 Ariadna Murguia-Berthier Quasi-spherical accretion flow from the collapse of massive stars
12.15-12.30 Alejandro Vigna Gomez Gravitational-wave sources and Galactic double neutron stars via isolated binary evolution
12.30-12.45 Jeff Andrews Binary Population Synthesis with Markov-Chain Monte Carlo
Friday afternoon. Session IX: EM counterparts of Gws
14.30-15.00 Stephan Rosswog Multi-Messenger signals from gravitational wave sources
15.00-15.30 Rosalba Perna Electromagnetic counterparts of compact object binary mergers
15.30-15.45 Nial Tanvir Searching for kilonovae accompanying gravitational wave events in the near-IR
15.45-16.00 Masaomi Tanaka Kilonova/Macronova Emission from Neutron Star Mergers
16.00-16.45 Discussion TBD
16.45-17.00 Farewell


Edilberto Aguilar Ruíz Study of the PeV Neutrinos, γ-Rays and UHECRs around the lobes of Centaurus A
David R. Aguilera Dena Neutrino-accelerated contraction leading to a dense CSM in rotating massive stars
Igor Andreoni Deeper Wider Faster: proactive observations to chase the fastest bursts
Jennifer Barnes Gammay-ray bursts and broad-lined Ic supernovae from a single central engine
Wlodek Bednarek Model for the delayed GeV gamma-ray emission from Gamma-ray Bursts
Damien Bégué Radiative striped wind model for gamma-ray bursts
Mikhail Beznogov Thermal Evolution of Neo-Neutron Stars
Mukul Bhattacharya Explaining GRB prompt emission spectrum with photospheric emission
Peter J. Brown Ultraviolet-Optical-Infrared Aggienova Templates of Explosive Transients
Dario Carbone Identifying Engine-Driven Supernovae: an Optimized Radio Follow-up Strategy
Vikas Chand Spectral, Timing and Polarization properties of GRB 160509A & GRB 160802A: a tale of two GRBs with polarization measurements by AstroSat/CZTI
Ian Christie Pulsars in the Galactic Center
Kishalay De iPTF14gqr: A hot and fast ultra-stripped supernova in the outskirts of its host
Hüsne Dereli A study of GRBs with low luminosity afterglows
Rosa Wallace Everson Effects of the Common Envelope Phase on Binary Black Hole Evolution
Christoffer Fremling Stripped envelope supernovae discovered by the (i)PTF
Ramandeep Gill What’s powering the magnetar wind nebula around Swift J1834.9-0846?
Andreia Gomboc Optical polarimetry and photometry of GRBs with RINGO2
Diego Götz Investigating the Violent Universe with THESEUS
Francisco S. Guzmán Accretion of winds onto black holes in 3D
A. Miguel Holgado Gravitational Waves from Accreting Neutron Stars in the Common-Envelope Phase
Saqib Hussain Mechanism of Particle Acceleration and gravitationl lensing around Black Holes
Adithan Kathirgamaraju Off-axis short GRBs from structured jets as counterparts to GW events
Kelsie Krafton CSM Interaction and Dust Formation in SN2010jl
Jamie Law-Smith Tidal Disruptions of Stars with Realistic Structures and Compositions
Tatsuya Matsumoto Can Isolated Single Black Holes Produce X-ray Novae?
Jonah Miller Nonlinear Stability of Kerr Black Holes with Massive Boson Hair
Claudia Moreno Obtaining gravitational waves emitted by a black hole interacting with accretion discs
Takashi Moriya Ultra-stripped supernovae leading to coalescing double neutron stars
Andrea Nagy Comparison of early- and late-time light curve fits of stripped-envelope supernovae
Matt Nicholl Systematic light curve fits to superluminous supernovae: insights from the full literature sample
Sam Oates Exploring the behaviour of long GRBs with an intrinsic multi-wavelength afterglow correlation
Dan Patnaude The Role of Metallicity in Supernova Evolution
Giuliano Pignata Supernova rates from the SUDARE survey.
Graziella Pizzichini Search for particular properties of long GRBs at high redshift
Paul Plucinsky The Expansion of the SMC SNR 1E 0102.2-7219
Isidro Ramírez Ballinas γ-Ray emission in supernova remnants
Kenia Joseline Ramírez Millán Inspiral and Ringdown Analysis of the LIGO Data From a Binary System of Black Holes
Armin Rest A Fast-Evolving, Luminous Transient Discovered by K2/Kepler
Francisco Rivera Evolution of jets driven by relativistic radiation hydrodynamics as Long and Low Luminosity GRBs
Ramón Daniel Rodríguez Soto Prototype detector of gravitational waves by laser interferometry
Nathaniel Roth Interpreting the spectral properties of tidal disruption events
José Rodrigo Sacahui Reyes Strange star - strange planet coalescing binary systems - Their importance as a source of gravitational waves and the possible electromagnetic counterpart
Alberto Santos Morales A supervised learning approach to estimate parameters of binary black-holes from gravitational waves
Josiah Schwab Modelling the progenitors of accretion-induced collapse
Pablo Omar Sotomayor Checa Accretion and ejection in X-ray binaries of Population III
Tomoya Takiwaki Oblate Supernova Explosions Aided by Rotation
Gerardo Urrutia The effects of initial conditions on the dynamics of GRB jets and their afterglow emission


The conference will be held at the all-inclusive resort Iberostar Quetzal, in Playa del Carmen, on the Mayan Riviera, Mexico.

The hotel offers special rates for conference participants: 2,335 Mexican pesos per day (about US$130-140 depending on the Mexican Peso/US Dollar daily exchange rate) for a single room and 1,681 Mexican pesos per day per person (about US$90-100) for a double room. Participants may use this link to reserve a room from Mexico and this link to reserve a room from the rest of the world. We recommend to reserve as early as possible because December is high season in the Mayan Riviera.

UPDATE: The hotel is currently full. We have bloked several rooms at the hotel "RIU Playacar" at a special price. If you wish to block a room at this hotel send us an email ( before November 9. .

Travel information

The hotel is located in Playacar, 60 km from the Cancún International Airport (about 50 minutes by car/bus) and 3 km from the center of Playa del Carmen (10 minutes by taxi/ 45 minutes walking).

The Cancún International Airport has a large number of direct flights from Europe, USA and Latin America. Low cost companies connect Playa del Carmen with main destinations in Mexico, including Mexico City.

There are several ways to go from the airport to Playa del Carmen. From the most expensive to the cheapest:

  • By Taxi: taxi costs about ~US$60. We recommend to use only official taxis by buying tickets inside the airport terminal. We will coordinate the arrival of participants who want to share taxis from the Cancun airport.
  • By Shuttle: Shuttle costs about ~US$25 per person (buy a ticket inside the terminal).
  • By Bus: Buses leave from the parking lot, just next to the terminal exit. The bus company is named "ADO". Buy a ticket at the booth next to the bus. The cost is about 180 Mexican pesos and the duration of the trip is 1 hr and 10 minutes. From the "ADO" bus station in Playa del Carmen take a taxi to the hotel (~US$5).

The Mayan Riviera and Playa del Carmen

The Mayan Riviera beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. In addition to idyllic beaches, the Yucatan peninsula hosted the Maya civilization, with its many archaeological sites, including Chichen Itzá, with the first astronomical observatory in the continent (built in 906 A.D.), Cobá and Tulum, a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port for Cobá.

The Yucatan peninsula is also famous for the peculiar "cenotes" (sinkholes), underground lakes (connected by rivers flowing underground) resulting from the collapse of the surrounding rock.

Playa del Carmen is one of the main touristic destination of the Mayan Riviera. The 1.5 km long "5a Avenida" is the main touristic street in Playa del Carmen and offers a dynamic nightlife (with restaurants, bars, night-clubs) and shops selling different types of Mexican art-crafts.


Winter is the most enjoyable season in Playa del Carmen. Temperatures are between 18 and 28 degree Celsius (64-83 Farenheit) and rain is not frequent: 7 days a month on average (hurricane season ends in November). The water of the Caribean sea mantains a temperature of 27 degrees Celsius (about 80 Farenheit). Do not forget your swimming suit and sunscreen!

Visa requirements

Citizens from most countries do not require a visa to enter in Mexico. A list of countries for which a visa is required is available here (official webpage, in Spanish) or here (in English). Contact the LOC for assistance in case you need a VISA.

Invited Speakers

Matteo Cantiello - Flatiron Institute
The Uncertain Evolution of Core Collapse Supernova Progenitors
I will review the current status of our understanding of massive stars evolution, emphasizing both recent progress and areas where we still lack a physical picture of the dominating processes at work. I will discuss possible ways to move forward, stressing the emerging synergies between theoretical and computational efforts, and the new observational probes.
Ryan Foley - University of California, Santa Cruz
The Diversity of thermonuclear transients
Wen-fai Fong - Northwestern University
Short gamma-ray bursts
Maria Magdalena González - UNAM
HAWC: recent results
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory is a wide field-of-view TeV instrument. It has been operating since March 2015 from the Volcano Sierra Negra in the State of Puebla, Mexico, at an altitude of 4100 m. above sea level. HAWC operates continuously over a 95% of the time and observes two thirds of the TeV sky.
HAWC sensitivity peaks at energies between 2-10 TeV which is close to an order of magnitude higher than IACTs, making their observations complementary. After more than 2 years of operation, HAWC has achieved its second steady source catalogue with both, previously known and new sources, the observation of extended sources and, a search for TeV transient and variable sources as well as follow-up alerts from other instruments such as Fermi, LIGO, etc., among other results. This talk will present recent highlights from the first years of HAWC operations.
Jonathan Granot - The Open University of Israel
Magnetic fields in GRBs
Magnetic fields likely play an important role in most aspects of the GRB phenomena, from the launching and acceleration of the relativistic outflow, through the jet dynamics and stability, to the energy dissipation, particle acceleration and the production of the radiation that we observe. I will review some of the recent progress in our understanding of the role of magnetic fields in GRBs.
Dafne Guetta - ORT-Braude
Neutrinos from astrophysical sources
One of the key goals in high energy astrophysics is to understand the formation and the dynamics of astrophysical jets and discover the sources of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR). Cosmic Rays are extremely high energy charged particles that travel the universe at nearly the speed of light. Though they were discovered nearly a century ago, the research community is still puzzled by the origin of these high energy particles. Since neutrinos rarely interact, huge detectors covering an area of more than 1 km2 are required to make a statistically significant measurement. The South Pole in Antarctica is the host of IceCube, the first 1 km2 scale high energy neutrino detector that was completed in 2011. In this talk I will review the main mechanisms that may lead to the production of High Energy Neutrinos (TeV-PeV) from astrophysical sources. I will give an overview on the characteristic of these emissions and an estimate of the fluxes and rates that can be detected at the future and present neutrino telescopes. I will discuss the constraints given on these sources from the results of IceCube and future ultra high energy telescope ARA.
James Guillochon - Harvard University
Models of tidal disruption events
Alexander Heger - Monash University
Stripped Core-collapse Supernovae
It is the current paradigm that massive stars - if single, if of not too high initial mass, initial metallicity, or initial rotation - are expected to keep their hydrogen-rich outer layers until their death and the typical Type II supernovae - in their different varieties - results as the star dies. That is a lot of "if"s. In practise, as you may guess, some, if not several, of these conditions may be violated for many stars. It now known that most massive stars live in "close" binaries, close enough to interact in their lifetime, transfer mass and angular momentum, or even lose the envelope due to interaction with the companion stars, e.g., in a common envelope phase. We also know that stellar rotation leads to mixing; for very rapid rotation the star may evolve chemically homogeneous during hydrogen burning, with significant mixing possibly lasting until helium burning - significantly shrinking or even entirely removing the hydrogen envelope. Lastly, massive stars also blow winds from their surface, more fiercely the more massive, more metal-rich, or more luminous the star is. All of this leads to a different set of supernovae classes: stripped supernovae. These may range from objects just above the critical mass for core collapse all the way to very massive stars exploding as pair instability supernovae or making intermediate-mass black holes; stripped stars are also prime candidates for long-duration gamma-ray bursts as they are can be more compact than stars with hydrogen envelope. In this talk I will attempt to give an overview of core collapse supernovae that have lost the hydrogen-rich envelope, with focus on the progenitors and their evolution.
Grzegorz Kowal - Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul
Particle acceleration mechanisms
The first observations of high-energy radiation, commonly known as cosmic rays, took place over one hundred years ago. Soon after the discovery of cosmic rays, Victor Hess in 1912 confirmed with his observations, that they are mostly of galactic or extra-galactic origin. Their origin and nature, however, still puzzles the modern astrophysics and is considered one of the unresolved problems. In the first part of my talk I will briefly describe what we know about the properties of cosmic rays from observations and discuss the physical mechanisms, such as diffusive shock acceleration and turbulence, believed to be responsible for accelerating thermal particles to high energies. Finally, in the last part I will present the results of our studies on first-order Fermi acceleration by fast turbulent reconnection.
Pawan Kumar - University Texas, Austin
Relativistic jets in high energy transients
Andrew Levan - University of Warwick
Long duration Gamma-ray bursts
It is now 50 years since the discovery of the first gamma-ray burst (GRB) and 20 years since the identification of the first multi wavelength afterglow. While these decades of intensive study have unveiled the answers to many questions about the origins of GRBs, new observations have continued to provide surprises, and suggest new questions and directions. I will review progress in studies of the progenitors of long duration GRBs, and highlights of their use as cosmological probes. I will also outline the central questions relating to long GRBs today, including the nature of their central engines, their role as multi-messenger probes, and their use as lighthouses into the era of the first stars.
Pablo Marchant - Northwestern University
The formation of gravitational wave sources from field binary evolution
In the last couple of years the detection of gravitational waves from merging binary black holes and neutron stars has sparked a significant amount of work to try to understand their astrophysical origin. As future observing runs of the LIGO and VIRGO observatories (together with upcoming installations) are expected to detect hundreds of mergers in the coming decade, strong constrains will be placed on proposed formation scenarios. In this talk I will review the different ways in which binary stars in the field are expected to produce merging compact objects, focusing in particular on models that invoke either common envelope evolution or rotationally induced mixing, and how upcoming observations will be used to distinguish between these. I will also discuss how these processes impact the formation of various sources of electromagnetic waves, such as X-ray binaries, luminous red novae and various types of supernovae.
Raffaella Margutti - Northwestern University
GRB-supernova association
Nergis Mavalvala - MIT
GW: observations
Paolo Mazzali - Liverpool University
Super luminous Supernovae
Rosalba Perna - University of Stony Brook
Electromagnetic counterparts of compact object binary mergers
Mergers of two compact objects in a binary, in addition to being sources of gravitational waves, may also be accompanied by strong electromagnetic radiation. I will discuss the expectations for double neutron star and neutron star-black hole mergers, and the evidence that they may be associated with short Gamma-Ray Burts. I will then speculate on the novel possibility that electromagnetic signatures may be produced also in the merger of two black holes.
Emily Petroff - ASTRON
Fast Radio Bursts: Recent Discoveries and Future Prospects
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are quickly becoming a subject of intense interest in time-domain astronomy. FRBs have the exciting potential to be used as cosmological probes of both matter and fundamental parameters, but such studies require large populations. Advances in FRB detection using current and next-generation radio telescopes will enable the growth of the population in the next few years. Real-time discovery of FRBs is now possible with a significant number of FRBs now detected in real-time. I will discuss the developing strategies for maximising real-time science with FRBs as well as the properties of the growing FRB population. I will also discuss upcoming efforts to detect FRBs across the radio spectrum using a wide range of new and refurbished radio telescopes around the world and how these discoveries can inform next generation surveys and pave the way for the enormous number of FRB discoveries expected in the SKA era.
Fred Rasio - Northwestern University
GW: source populations and formation
Stephan Rosswog - Stockholm University
Multi-Messenger signals from gravitational wave sources
Alexander Tchekhovskoy - Northwestern University
The role of accretion disks in transient sources

Scientific Organizing Committee

Miguel Alcubierre - UNAM
Edo Berger - Harvard University
Fabio De Colle (co-chair) - UNAM
Elisabete de Gouveia Dal Pino - Universidade de São Paolo
Gabriela Gonzalez - Lousiana State University
Vicky Kalogera - Northwestern University
Andrew King - Leicester University
Davide Lazzati - Oregon State University
William Lee - UNAM
Diego López Cámara (co-chair) - UNAM
Elena Pian - INAF-Bologna, SNS
Enrico Ramírez Ruiz - University of California, Santa Cruz

Local Organizing Committee

Rosa Becerra - UNAM
Fabio De Colle (co-chair) - UNAM
Diego López Cámara (co-chair) - UNAM
Enrique Moreno Méndez - UNAM

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline July 31
Preliminary programMid August
Registration fee payment deadlineSeptember 30
Hotel reservation deadline at a special priceOctober 25 (subject to availability)
ConferenceDecember 11-15


The registration fee is 300 USD (200 USD for students) and covers coffee breaks, conference dinner (on Thursday December 14th), printed agenda, excursion to Tulum on Wednesday afternoon (December 13th), and conference operational costs.

  • The abstract submission deadline was July 31st.

  • Please pay the registration fee before September 30 by a deposit on our bank account (see below), adding to the registration fee the commission charge. We suggest you use transferwise which has very low fee, just a few dollars, while the bank commission charge can be as much as 50 USD. After making the payment, send a copy of the transfer invoice to (take in account that without the copy of the invoice we will not be able to track the payment).
    Notice for participants from Mexico: si necesita factura, envie a los datos fiscales (nombre completo, RFC y domicilio fiscal) para la elaboración de la misma.
    The bank account is the following (make sure you include the ABA/SWIFT and the CLABE numbers in your transfer):

    Sociedad Mexicana de Física, A.C.
    Office: 349
    Address: Av. Paseos del Pedregal # 110, Col. Jardines del Pedregal, 01900 México, D. F.
    CLABE/account number: 002180034918661519
    Concept: DVU-2017 (+ participant's name)

  • Finally, remember to book the hotel room as early as possible (see here).


Zeynep Acuner
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Edilberto Aguilar Ruiz
Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM (Mexico)
David Ramón Aguilera Dena
Argelander Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Miguel Alcubierre
ICN-UNAM (Mexico)
Igor Andreoni
Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
Jeff Andrews
FORTH/University of Crete (Greece)
Jennifer Andrews
University of Arizona (USA)
Jean-Luc Atteia
IRAP - Toulouse (France)
Katie Auchettl
The Ohio State University (USA)
Arturo Avelino
CfA, Harvard (USA)
Jennifer Barnes
Columbia University (USA)
Aldo Batta
University of California, Santa Cruz (USA)
Rosa Becerra
Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM (Mexico)
Wlodek Bednarek
University of Lodz (Poland)
Damien Bégué
MPE (Germany)
Paz Beniamini
George Washington University (USA)
Mikhail Beznogov
Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM (Mexico)
Mukul Bhattacharya
University of Texas, Austin (USA)
Peter J. Brown
Texas A&M University & Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy (USA)
J. Michael Burgess
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Matteo Cantiello
CCA, Flatiron Institute & Princeton University (USA)
Dario Carbone
Texas Tech University (USA)
Vikas Chand
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research - Mumbai (India)
Ian Christie
Purdue University (USA)
Aleksandar Cikota
ESO Garching (Germany)
Kishalay De
Caltech (USA)
Fabio De Colle
Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM (Mexico)
Elisabete de Gouveia Dal Pino
Instituto de Astronomia, Geofisica e Ciencias Atmosfericas, Universidade de Sao Paulo (IAG-USP) (Brazil)
Antonio de Ugarte Postigo
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) (Spain)
Hüsne Dereli
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sockholm (Sweden)
Simone Dichiara
UNAM (Mexico)
Vikram Dwarkadas
University of Chicago (USA)
Rosa Wallace Everson
UC Santa Cruz (USA)
Ryan Foley
University of California, Santa Cruz (USA)
Wen-fai Fong
Northwestern University (USA)
Ori Fox
Tassos Fragos
DARK/CTA, NBI, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Nissim Fraija
IA-UNAM (Mexico)
Christoffer Fremling
CalTech (USA)
Ramandeep Gill
The Open University of Israel (Israel)
Andreia Gomboc
University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia)
Maria Magdalena González
Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM (Mexico)
Diego Götz
CEA Irfu - Département d'Astrophysique (France)
Jonathan Granot
The Open University of Israel (Israel)
Dafne Guetta
ORT-Braude (Israel)
James Guillochon
Harvard University (USA)
Francisco S. Guzmán
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (Mexico)
Alexander Heger
Monash University (Australia)
A. Miguel Holgado
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
Tom Holoien
The Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Science (USA)
Saqib Hussain
Instituto de Astronomia, Geofisica e Ciencias Atmosfericas, Universidade de Sao Paulo (IAG-USP) (Brazil)
Christopher Irwin
Tel Aviv University/Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
Agnieszka Janiuk
Center for Theoretical Physics, PAS (Poland)
Alejandra Jiménez Rosales
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Vicky Kalogera
Northwestern University (USA)
Atish Kamble
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (USA)
Adithan Kathirgamaraju
Purdue University (USA)
Charles Kilpatrick
University of California, Santa Cruz (USA)
Grzegorz Kowal
Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul (Brazil)
Kelsie Krafton
Louisiana State University (USA)
Pawan Kumar
University of Texas, Austin (USA)
Cyril Lachaud
APC - University Paris Diderot (France)
Jamie Law-Smith
UC Santa Cruz (USA)
Davide Lazzati
Oregon State University (USA)
William Lee
IA - UNAM (Mexico)
Andrew Levan
University of Warwick (UK)
Diego López Cámara
Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM (Mexico)
Wenbin Lu
University Texas at Austin (USA)
Ragnhild Lunnan
Stockholm University (Sweden)
Pablo Marchant
Northwestern University (USA)
Raffaella Margutti
Northwestern University (USA)
Tatsuya Matsumoto
Kyoto University (Japan)
Nergis Mavalvala
Paolo Mazzali
Liverpool University (UK)
Rogelio Alan Medina
ICN-UNAM (Mexico)
Jonah Miller
Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA)
Brenna Mockler
UC Santa Cruz (USA)
Claudia Moreno
Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Enrique Moreno Méndez
UNAM (Mexico)
Takashi Moriya
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Ariadna Murguia-Berthier
University of California, Santa Cruz (USA)
Jeremiah Murphy
Florida State University (USA)
Andrea Nagy
University of Szeged (Hungary)
Matt Nicholl
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (USA)
Sam Oates
University of Warwick (UK)
Felipe Olivares E.
Millennium Institute for Astrophysics at Universidad de Chile (Chile)
Chris Pankow
CIERA / Northwestern University (USA)
Dan Patnaude
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (USA)
Rosalba Perna
University of Stony Brook (USA)
Emily Petroff
ASTRON (Netherland)
Elena Pian
INAF, IASF Bologna & Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy)
Giuliano Pignata
Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile)
Graziella Pizzichini
INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
Paul Plucinsky
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (USA)
Jorge Alejandro Preciado Lopez
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada)
Isidro Ramírez Ballinas
IA-UNAM (Mexico)
Kenia Joseline Ramírez Millán
Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Enrico Ramírez Ruíz
Fred Rasio
Northwestern University (USA)
Armin Rest
Francisco Rivera
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo (Mexico)
Ramon Daniel Rodriguez Soto
Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Cristina Romero Cañizales
Núcleo de Astronomía, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile)
Stephan Rosswog
Stockholm University (Sweden)
Nathaniel Roth
University of Maryland, College Park (USA)
Felix Ryde
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sockholm (Sweden)
José Rodrigo Sacahui Reyes
Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, ECFM-Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (Guatemala)
Filip Samuelsson
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sockholm (Sweden)
Jesús Alberto Santos Morales
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
Sophie Lund Schrøder
University of Copenhagen, NBI (Denmark)
Josiah Schwab
UC Santa Cruz (USA)
Emanuele Sobacchi
The Open University of Israel & Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)
Pablo Omar Sotomayor Checa
Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas - Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina)
Yudai Suwa
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University (Japan)
Akihiro Suzuki
Kyoto University (Japan)
Tamas Szalai
University of Szeged (Hungary)
Tomoya Takiwaki
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Masaomi Tanaka
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Nial Tanvir
University of Leicester (England)
Alexander Tchekhovskoy
Northwestern University (USA)
Giacomo Terreran
Northwestern University (USA)
Christina Thöne
Alexey Tolstov
Kavli IPMU, The University of Tokyo (Japan)
Gerardo Urrutia Sánchez
ICN-UNAM (Mexico)
Susanna Vergani
CNRS - Paris Observatory (France)
Alejandro Vigna Gomez
University of Birmingham (UK)
Brian Williams
Space Telescope Science Institute (USA)
Tyrone E. Woods
Monash University (Australia)
Ofer Yaron
Weizmann (Israel)
Last updated: Oct 23, 2017


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