Latin American Conference on
Astrophysics and Relativity

July 06-09, 2020
Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz
Bogotá, Colombia
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The spirit of this conference is to offer a connection between the community that works in General relativity and the astrophysics community of high energies and compact objects, and at the same time to (re)establish connections with the scientific community of Latin American physicists and astrophysicists among them and with the rest of the international community.

Monday, July 6th, will feature a school with four review lectures given by some of the invited speakers providing background into the key topics covered by the conference.


LACAR 2020 will focus on many interesting and knowledge empowering & enhancing scientific sessions and covers all frontier concepts & topics in General Relativity and Astrophysics. The conference also includes Keynote presentations by prominent scientists from around the globe in addition to both oral and poster presentations.

Relativistic Astrophysics
Multi-messenger Astronomy
Cosmology / Early Universe / Dark Energy / Dark Matter
Gravitation and Astrophysics: General Topics


The registration fees cover coffee breaks, badge and program book:

Before 15 May 2020:
Regular: $100 (300.000 COP)
Student: $25 (75.000 COP)

After 15 May 2020:
Regular: $120 (360.000 COP)
Student: $30 (90.000 COP)

Conference dinner: $30 (90.000 COP)

Prices are in United States Dollar (USD) and Colombian Pesos (COP).

Current Confirmed Invited Speakers

- Cosimo Bambi, Fudan University, China.

- Jane Dai, The University of Hong Kong, China.

- Scott Hughes*, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America.

- Macarena Lagos, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, United States of America.

- Nicholas Loutrel, Princeton University, United States of America.

- Diego Rubiera-Garcia, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

- Lia Medeiros, Institute for Advanced Study, United States of America.

- Rodrigo Nemmen, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

- Chanda Prescod-Weinstein*, University of New Hampshire, United States of America.

*Bridge talk speaker. "Bridge" talks are intended to provide a connection between the main topics of the conference and to fuel conversations during our conference.


Our full program schedule will be available later when registration opens. Please check back for updates!


10:00-12:00 Course I
14:00-16:00 Course II
16:00-18:00 Course III
18:00-19:00 Registration
19:00-20:00 Reception


8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:00 Bridge talk
10:00-10:30 Invited talk
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Invited talk
11:30-12:30 Talk
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:30 Invited talk
11:30-12:00 Talk
15:00-15:30 Talk
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Talk
16:30-17:00 Talk


9:00-10:00 Bridge talk
10:00-10:30 Invited talk
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Invited talk
11:30-12:00 Talk
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:30 Invited talk
14:30-15:00 Talk
15:00-15:30 Talk
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-18:00 Posters

18:00-21:00 Conference Dinner


10:30-11:00 Invited talk
11:00-11:30 Invited talk
11:30-12:00 Talk
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:30  Invited talk
14:30-15:00 Talk
15:00-15:30 Talk
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Talk
16:30-17:00 Talk

19:00 Astronomy on Tap BOG



- Alejandro Cárdenas-Avendaño (Chair) (Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz)
- Carlos Díez (Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz)
- Leonardo Pachón (Universidad de Antioquia)
- Santiago Vargas (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)


- Alejandro Cárdenas-Avendaño (Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz)
- Daniel Castro (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian)
- Lía Corrales (University of Michigan)
- Javier García (Chair) (Caltech)
- Yara Jaffe (Universidad de Valparaiso)
- Erin Kara (MIT)
- Anne Lohfink (Montana State University)
- Juan Rafael Martinez-Galarza (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian)
- Luis Nuñez (Universidad Industrial de Santander)
- Hector O. Silva (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
- Andrés Plazas (Princeton)

About Bogotá

Bogotá is the capital and largest city in Colombia. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. The predominant colors in Bogotá are the green of the city’s many parks and the eastern mountains overlooking the sanctuaries of Monserrate and Guadalupe, and the rich red of its many brick buildings.

Sonia Fajardo Forero Auditorium

Our venue is equipped with the latest tecnology, stage, variable acoustics, parking lots and the best conditions for the conference.

Code of conduct

We aim to host a professional, inclusive, and welcoming meeting. Before registering you must read and agree to abide by the APS Meeting Code of Conduct ( In addition, participants are also expected the adhere to the following guidelines at all times:

We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for everyone. We expect our participants to behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate at any time (including lunches and social events). Harassment includes verbal or physical abuse, offensive comments, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent.

Please be respectful at all times. We endeavour to provide a safe, comfortable and professional work environment. Participants should be courteous with the opinions of others and be mindful not to exclude anyone from discussions or work-related activities. In particular, participants should avoid making derogatory comments or jokes that may be damaging to the career prospects of others. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference at the sole discretion of the organisers.