The new era of Astronomical exploration

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25th of March 2023 UTC-06

Alpha-Cen meeting and Guatemalan School of Astrophysics
NEAE a-Cen/GUASA 2023

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, July 2-8, 2023

In person conference and school, live streaming for some of the talks will be provided

The students workshops will be delivered in english, short talks and posters can be either in spanish or english 

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This event will offer two morning parallel sessions:

  1. School workshops for undergraduate students 
  2. Alpha-Cen strategic planning meetings for Alpha-Cen members

and short scientific talks in the afternoon

The student workshops will focus on state-of-the-art instruments and techniques in Astronomy. This includes but it is not limited to multi-messenger case studies in Astrophysics using cutting-edge radio and optical telescopes like SOFIA, VLA. The school will also include workshops on new technologies impacting the field such as  James Webb Space Telescope, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, HAWC (High Altitude Water Cherenkov), the Roman Space Telescope, and IceCube neutrino observatory.

This event is a collaboration between Alpha-Cen and the Guatemalan School of Astrophysics (GUASA).


  • Sunday 2nd of July – Opening breakfast in Guatemala city. Travel by bus to Quetzaltenango and settle in reserved accommodation
  • Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th, Thursday 6th, Friday 7th of July – Student workshops and short talks
  • Wednesday 5th of July – Local excursion + Professional development and inclusion workshop
  • Friday 7th of July at 3pm – Official closure
  • Saturday 8th of July – Travel from Quetzaltenango to Guatemala city by bus

Important dates and Links

Important Dates:

  • 5 of February: Applications for talks, student workshops, and attendance open
  • 5 March: Applications for students workshops and short talks close
  • 25 March: The Successful students and speakers will be notified
  • 15 April: Deadline to confirm attendance

Conference Fee:

  • e10 for undergrad students
  • e50 online, e100 in person for graduate students 
  • e100 online, e200 in person for researchers 

The fee can be waved on request.

Who can attend this event

  • Morning student workshops: These workshops are meant for undergrad students. Priority will be given to Alpha-Cen members and students from: Central America and the Caribbean, diverse groups and first nation peoples
  • Alpha-Cen strategic planning sessions: These session are meant for Alpha-Cen members only
  • Short talks and poster session: These sessions are open to any one interested in presenting Astronomy-related research. Priority will be given to Alpha-Cen members