Concepción, Chile
1-6 March 2020

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During the last decade, significant progress has been made towards probing how the first stars, galaxies and black holes have actually formed. Particular highlights include the first detections of gravitational waves as a new window into our Universe, the first detection of a signal from the reionization epoch through the EDGES experiment, as well as the continuous progress in areas such as stellar archeology or the search for the first galaxies. In addition, significant further developments will be expected in the coming years due to future missions such as JWST and the SKA.

The conference aims at discussing the current theoretical and observational status of our understanding of stellar birth throughout cosmic history, the impact of first star and galaxy formation on the subsequent evolution of the Universe, first supernova explosions and chemical enrichment, cosmic reionization, and formation of supermassive black holes. Specific focus is given to current and future space-borne and Earth-bound observational campaigns and their comparison with predictions from state-of-the-art numerical simulations. We will thereby follow up on the previous First Stars conferences (I-V) that were held in Garching in 1999, in Pennsylvania in 2003, in Santa Fe in 2007, in Kyoto in 2012 and in Heidelberg in 2016. The current conference is the first in the series to take place in South America, and aims particularly at establishing closer connections with the observational community in Chile, hosting the world´s largest telescopes and providing significant opportunities in its astronomical community. We encourage especially young researchers and students to attend the conference.

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

  • Beatriz Barbuy (Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Timothy Beers (University of Notre Dame, France)
  • Piercarlo Bonifacio (Observatoire Paris-Meudon, France)
  • Volker Bromm (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Cristina Chiappini (Leibnitz-Institut fuer Astrophysik, Potsdam, Germany)
  • Norbert Christlieb (Zentrum fuer Astronomie der Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Andres Escala (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
  • Andrea Ferrara (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
  • Anna Frebel (Massachussetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Alexander Heger (Monash University, Australia)
  • Sadegh Khochfar (Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Ralf Klessen (Zentrum fuer Astronomie der Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Chiaki Kobayashi (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
  • Karin Lind (Max-Planck Institut fuer Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Ken'ichi Nomoto (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Michael Norman (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Kazuyuki Omukai (Tohoku University Astronomical Institute, Japan)
  • Dominik Schleicher (Departamento de Astronomia, Universidad de Concepcion,Chile)
  • Raffaella Schneider (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
  • Massimo Stiavelli (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA)
  • Naoki Yoshida (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • John Wise (Georgia Tech, USA)
  • Gang Zhaolocal (National Astronomical Observatories of China, China)
  • Hans Zinnecker (Universidad Autonoma de Chile, Chile)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  • Bidisha Bandyopadhyay
  • Stefano Bovino
  • Michael Fellhauer
  • Rafeel Riaz
  • Dominik Schleicher

Preliminary Program

The First Stars VI conference will cover the following topics:

  1. Population III stars: formation, IMF, multiplicity and evolution
  2. Transition to second-generation star formation
  3. First supernovae and gamma-ray bursts; Pop. III star fates; abundance patterns at high redshift
  4. Gravitational waves as a new probe of the high-z Universe
  5. Stellar archeology as a powerful probe of the high-z Universe
  6. From the first galaxies to the epoch of reionization
  7. Dwarf galaxies as a potential probe of the early Universe
  8. Formation, growth and observational constraints on the first supermassive black holes
  9. Current and future surveys and observational facilities

Confirmed Speakers

  • Andrew Bunker, University of Oxford, UK
  • Elisabetta Caffau,Observatoire de Paris/Meudon, France
  • Gen Chiaki, Georgia Tech, USA
  • Tiziana Di Matteo,Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, USA
  • Anastasia Fialkov, Kavli, Cambridge, UK
  • Tilman Hartwig, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Shingo Hirano, Kyushu University, Kyudai, Japan
  • Takashi Hosokawa, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Miho Ishigaki, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
  • Alexander Ji, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, USA
  • Muhammad Latif, United Arab Emirates University
  • Karin Lind, MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Mattis Magg, ITA, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Takashi Moriya, National Astronomical Observatory, Japan
  • Laura Pentericci, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Italy
  • Stefania Salvadori,University of Florence, Italy
  • Else Starkenburg, AIP, Postdam, Germany
  • Ezequiel Treister, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile
  • Rosa Valiante, Astronomical Observatory of Rome, Italy
  • Daniel Whalen, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • John Wise, Georgia Tech, USA

Important dates

  • June 30 2019
  • October 31 2019
    Abstract submission
  • December 15 2019
    Notification of speakers
  • January 01 2020
    Registration and payment deadline
  • March 01 2020
    Conference start

The Venue

Concepción: the city of Chilean rock and mural art.

The venue is the nice, freely accessible campus of the Universidad de Concepción directly in the city center, with many nearby bars, restaurants, shops and coffee places. The conference itself will take place in the main Auditorium of the EmpreUdeC building.


Enjoy the night life


There are plenty of bars and pubs in Concepcion where to hang out with colleagues and friends. Artesanal beers and the typical Chilean cocktail (terremoto, pisco sour) are the best part of the bars.

Barros Arana

Shopping and other


Barros Arana is the shopping street, where you can also find cafes and icecream places to enjoy your walk.

Plaza Peru

University Neighborood


Plaza Peru, in front of the University, and first access to the Diagonal, where you can find nice places for lunch and dinner. In this square you can also enjoy street music and artesanal exhibitions.

The Campus

Young and vibrant place


The campus is the most active and young place of the City. Enjoy the murales art and the green areas. During summer live music and parties keep the campus busy.

The "Diagonal"

Bars and Pubs

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The Diagonal is the street connecting the city center and the University neighborood. Nice place where to have lunch and hang out for a quick aperitif.

Rock and more

The city of Chilean rock


Concepcion is well known for its very active underground scene, rock bands and live concerts, togehter with the big REC (Rock en Conce) event, represent the rock soul of the city and the entire country.

Practical Info

Where to stay

The costs for a typical hotel in Concepción are between 60 and 80 USD per night per person. In particular, we recommend the following hotels:

In case you are looking for cheaper accomodation, you may also consider the Hostal Concepción here.

Visit to the Observatories

After the conference, we encourage you to also visit the large telescopes in Chile, which are accessible to the general public. Information for public visits can be found on the following websites, and we encourage you strongly to make an early reservation:

Exploring Chile's beauty

Chile also offers a wide variety of tourist destinations, including the deserts in the north, the Andinian mountains in the east and Patagonia in the South, with a very nice landscape consisting of mountains, glaciers and rivers, as well as the opportunity of visiting the Easter Island. Preliminary information can be found here, which we will extend over the following weeks.


Please fill the following form to register. Deadline for the preregistration is June 30 2019.

The registration fee for the conference will be about 140.000 Chilean Pesos, corresponding to around 220 USD or 190 EUR. Students and postdocs will be able to apply for financial support for the conference (registration fee wavers or travel contributions). Details will follow.

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Contact Us

If you have any question regarding the conference please contact us.