Second Guatemalan School of Astrophysics (GUASA 2015).

Date and Time

November 30th to December 4th, 2015. 07:45 a.m.


Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala.


Dr. Eduardo Rubio-Herrera (USAC/UVG)
Dr. Enrique Pazos Avalos (USAC)

Scientific Organizing Committee

Dr. William Lee Alardin
Dr. Dany Page
Dr. Enrico Ramírez-Ruiz
Dr. Rodrigo Sacahuí-Reyes


IAU, ICTP, USAC, UVGuatemala, SMF, UNESCO, Instituto de astronomía UNAM, MCTP, UNACH, Embajada de España en Guatemala, AECID centro de formación y cooperación española.


The Second GUAtemalan School of Astrophysics (GUASA) focuses on the cutting edge developments and discoveries related to Cosmology. There will be lectures that will cover a wide range of topics related to this exciting and developing branch of astrophysics. Starting with dynamics, evolution and simulation of galaxies. We will go deeper in our current understanding of cosmology addressing topics such as structure formation, the role of dark matter in galaxy formation and the role of dark energy in the understanding of the big picture of our universe. Last but not least, we will hold a series of sessions in which we will discuss the current status about high-precision cosmology from the recent data taken by the Planck satellite.

The school will welcome a maximum of 40 undergraduate and young graduate students and will provide a unique opportunity for the participants to broaden their knowledge in this exciting field of astronomy.


Elena D'Onghia
Astronomy Department
Wisconsin University

Vladimir Avila-Reese
Institute of Astronomy

Jaime Forero Romero
Universidad de los Andes

Julio Gallegos Alvarado
European Space Astronomy Centre
European Space Agency

Julio F. Navarro
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
University of Victoria

Octavio Valenzuela
Institute of Astronomy


Elena D'Onghia
From CMBR to the First Stars
Cosmic Microwave Background
Jeans Length, gravitational instabilities and correlation function
Spherical collapse and virialization
First Stars and Galaxies

Vladimir Avila
From tiny perturbations to galaxies
Origin and evolution of perturbations in the linear regime
Evolution of perturbations in the non-linear regime: the dark and bright sides
Galaxy-halo connection: the semi-empirical approach of galaxy evolution
Successes and controversies of the LCDM cosmology. Alternatives

Jaime Forero
Galaxies & Cosmology
Fundamentals of cosmology. The Friedmann Universe
Fundamentals of structure formation in a expanding universe
Galaxy evolution in the cosmic web
Using cosmological simulations to design a galaxy survey

Julio Gallegos
Observational Cosmology Seeing Cosmology grow
Infancy: A review of the main ideas about cosmology in the early 20th century
Toddler: review of the main ideas about cosmology
Play age (First toys!) COBE, WMAP, BICEP, PLANCK
Elementary School (What future brings?) EUCLID, ELISA

Grants for Students

We have limited funds to partially support the living expenses for a number of students. The grant will cover the stay (housing, breakfast, lunch) of the selected students in Antigua.

The school will have no cost. Only students selected by the organizing committee can attend.

Applying procedure. Send the following documents in electronic (pdf) format to

  • One letter of recommendation
  • Scanned Pdf version of your transcripts or grades extended from your University.
  • A 2 page statement in English, 12 pt, explaining us your motivations to apply and to join the School.

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