First Joint International Meeting between the AMS and the Sociedad de Matematica de Chile will be held at the Universidad de la Frontera in Pucón, an attractive venue in southern Chile, from Wednesday, December 15, to Saturday, December 18, 2010. Please watch the website maintained by the local organizers for the most up-to-date information at http://ams2010.somachi.cl/.
NEW! Special Invitation
Advanced graduate students and postdocs are invited to to join north-south research collaborations at this meeting. Eight research teams will be formed, each team consisting of a senior mentor, two younger mathematicians (advanced graduate students or young professionals) based in Latin America and two younger mathematicians (advanced graduate students or young professionals) based in the U.S. For more information and instructions on how to apply, click here.
The first deadline for abstracts was June 4, 2010 (for those interested in an early response), and the second deadline is September 10, 2010. Talks are invited in any area of the mathematical sciences falling under the heading of one of the special sessions already listed, with acceptance at the discretion of the organizers. Please note that special sessions have limited time slots.
To submit an abstract please download the template found at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow the instructions to email it back by the deadline, indicating the special session of your interest.
All scientific sessions and events will take place at the Universidad de la Frontera in Pucón, in southern Chile, from Wednesday, December 15 to Saturday, December 18, 2010.
Pucón is one of the most important tourist attractions of southern Chile. This destination is located some 760 km (475 miles) south of Santiago. The town is in a region highly attractive for its luxurious vegetation, large valleys, forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, thermal centers, volcanoes, and national parks, all of which invite the visitor to revive the experience and history of both the native villages and the Spanish Conquest.
There are many ATMs (Redbanc network) in Chile, including Pucón. You can also exchange money in banks or at Casas de Cambio (currency exchange offices). Banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; Casas de Cambio are usually open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The government does not regulate the market of foreign currency in Chile, and therefore the exchange rate fluctuates. The current exchange rate is about 520 (Chilean pesos) for US$1.
Upon arrival in Santiago Airport, United States, Australian, Canadan and Mexican citizens must pay a reciprocity tax before proceeding to immigration control; for U.S. citizens this tax is US$131. Credit cards are accepted; this tax payment is valid for repeated entries into Chile until your passport expires. Visitors to Chile from the U.S. do not need a visa. For more information see http://www.chile-usa.org/visasgral.htm. Citizens of other countries should contact the Chilean Consulate closest to their place of residence (http://chile-usa.org/consular.htm).
The following products should not be brought into Chile as a fine will be charged: milk products, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and dried fruits, plants and seeds. Bringing these products into Chile is seen as a very serious offense, so please make sure you eat or dispose of these products before arriving at the airport. For more information please see www.aeropuertosantiago.cl. (Click on the British flag icon in the upper right corner to view this information in English.)
Most people will be immediately continuing their flight to Temuco airport. Pucón is about 100 km away; buses, taxis and shuttle vans run often between both cities.
The meeting organization will offer shuttle vans travelling from Temuco airport to Pucón, about 100 km away, and from Pucón to Temuco airport, on dates and times to be announced. Participants should indicate their interest during registration.
For additional information on Pucón, such as weather and electricity, please see below.
The official hotel for the conference is the Gran Hotel Pucón. This is a 4-star hotel, surrounded by imposing natural beauty and the Villarrica volcano. It is located at the shores of Villarrica Lake. The rooms are equipped with cable TV, fridge bar, telephone with direct national and international dialing, ambience music, safety box, and all the necessary comforts. The common areas provide free access to Wi-Fi. Rates (per room, per night) are US$130/single and US$100/double for Superior or Standard room.
Reservations can be made in the near future via the conference website.
For a list of other accommodations visit www.welcomechile.com/pucon/hotels.html.
General registration includes conference documents, opening reception and tea/coffee breaks. The general registration fee for AMS or SOMACHI members is US$120, for non-AMS-SOMACHI members the fee is US$180, and student registration is US$60.
Additional information about registration procedures will be available soon at conference website.
Opening Reception and Conference Banquet
A reception will take place after the opening ceremony, on Wednesday evening, December 15; all registered participants are invited. The conference banquet will be held on Friday evening, December 17 (optional, US$40). Additional information will be announced on the conference website.
In December the average maximum daytime temperature at Pucon Airport is a comfortable 22 degrees C (71 degrees F). On average 96 mm (3.8 inches) of rainfall is expected at Pucon Airport during December, with rain generally falling on just 4 days of the month. There are usually 11 hours of bright sunshine each day, which represents 74% of daylight hours.