Latin American Conference on
Astrophysics and Relativity

Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz
Bogotá, Colombia
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UPDATE:LACAR 2020- Postponed

APRIL 2020:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we regret to announce that the First Latin American Conference on Astrophysics and Relativity planned for July 2020 in Bogotá must be postponed. Discussions are taking place with the Local and Scientific committees to consider a timeline for a rescheduled conference next Summer (2021). We are working hard to transition speakers to the new dates and to maintain the topics and spirit of the conference as similar as possible.

We will update the information here as these plans progress.

In the meantime we wish all of you good health and we look forward to welcoming you to LACAR in Bogotá next year.


Organized by the Department of Mathematics at Fundación Universitaria Konrad, the First Latin American Conference on Astrophysics and Relativity aims 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 review lectures that will provide background into the key topics covered by the conference. Students are particularly encouraged to attend this mini-lectures.

If you have a disability and require special accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please let us know at conferencelacar[at]gmail[dot]com. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

The meeting will be held in English without translation.


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
Gravitational Waves & 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 2021:
Faculty/Staff: 300.000 COP (~$100 )
Student: 75.000 COP  (~$25)

After 15 May 2021:
Faculty/Staff:  360.000 COP (~$120)
Student: 75.000 COP  (~$25)

Conference dinner:  90.000 COP (~$30)

Prices are in Colombian Pesos (COP).

Speakers that were confirmed for the 2020 edition:

We’re working hard to transition speakers to the new dates and to maintain the topics and spirit of the conference as similar as possible.

This information will be updated as soon as possible.

Bridge Talk Speakers

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

- Fiona Harrison, California Institute of Technology, United States of America.

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

- Cole Miller, University of Maryland at College Park, United States of America.

- Ramesh Narayan, Harvard University, United States of America.

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

- Nicolás Yunes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States of America.

Invited Speakers

- Cosimo Bambi, Fudan University, China.

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

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

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

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

- Rodolfo Montez Jr, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, United States of America.

- Rodrigo Nemmen, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

- Claudio Ricci, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.

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

Review Lectures

- The Detection and Modeling of Gravitational Waves: Cecilia Chirenti, University of Maryland, NASA/GSFC, USA and Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil.

- General relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (GRMHD): Milton Ruiz Meneses, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States of America.

- The measuring of the spins of black holes with X-ray observations: Jack Steiner, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, United States of America.


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


09:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-12:00 Course I
14:00-16:00 Course II
16:00-18:00 Course III
18:00-19:00 Registration
18:30-20:00 Reception


08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-10:00 Opening Session
10:00-11:25 Invited talk
11:25-11:45 Coffee Break
11:45-12:00 Invited talk
12:00-12:25 Invited talk
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:30 Invited talk
14:30-15:00 Invited talk
15:30-16:00 Invited talk
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-17:00 Invited talk
17:00-18:00 Contributed Talks


09:00-10:00 Bridge talk
10:00-10:30 Invited talk
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Bridge talk
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Bridge talk
15:00-15:30 Invited talk
15:30-16:30 Interaction Time
16:30-18:00 Contributed Talks

18:00-21:00 Conference Dinner


10:30-11:30 Bridge talk
11:30-12:00 Invited talk
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:30  Invited talk
14:30-15:00 Contributed Talks
15:00-15:30 Interaction Time
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Contributed Talks
17:00-18:00 Discussion

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.