Understanding the extraterrestrial molecular complexity through
experiments, observations and models

July 3-8, 2016 - Campinas, SP - Brazil


We are happy to announce the International Symposium and Workshop on Astrochemistry - ISWA. This event will take place from July 3rd to 8th, 2016 at the Hotel Fazenda Solar das Andorinhas in Campinas-SP, Brazil.

The main goal of this event is get together experimentalists, observers and modelists interested to contribute to the progress of the knowledge in astrochemistry. Additionally, during the symposium, we will have two hands-on workshops: one focusing on experimental astrochemistry and other focusing on observations. The hands-on workshop will have activities about the proposal submissions to the LNLS (Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory) laboratory, data reduction and to LLAMA (Large Latin American Millimeter Array) and ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array) radio observatories. During this meeting we will also have an opportunity to follow a real astrochemical experiment (in real time) at one of the beam lines of the LNLS that simulates the interaction between UV and soft X-rays with astrophysical ice analogues.

The Symposium will be held at the Historic Farm-Hotel "Solar das Andorinhas" located in Campinas, SP, Brazil (near the Brazilian Synchrotron lab). The participants of the meeting will have a thematic conference dinner with a typical Brazilian winter party called "Festa Julina" with includes bonfire and typical drinks and foods.
(See in Google maps)

Opening Conference

A.G.G.M.Tielens (Leiden Univ.) - The Molecular Universe

Invited speakers

Bertrand Lefloch (IPAG, France)
Cecilia Ceccarelli (IPAG, France)
Elisabetta R. Micelotta (Helsinki Univ., Finland)
Enio F. da Silveira (PUC-Rio)
Farid Salama (NASA Ames, USA)
Harold Linnartz (Leiden Univ., Netherlands)
Jacques Lepine (IAG-USP, Brazil)
Kinsuk Acharyya (Virginia Univ., USA)
Michel Nuevo (NASA Ames, USA)
Nigel Mason (Open Univ., United Kingdom)
Peter Woitke (St. Andrews Univ., United Kingdom)
Philippe Boduch (GANIL-CIMAP, France)
Sun Kwok (HK Univ., China)
Yi-Jehng Kuan (Nat. Taiwan Normal Univ., Taiwan)


Since the 1970s, millimeter and submillimeter observations have detected rotational transitions of over 160 molecules, including hydrocarbons, alcohols, acids, aldehydes, ketones, amines, ethers, and other organic molecules. Additionally, infrared ground-based, airborne, and space-based spectroscopic observations have found evidence of complex carbonaceous compounds with aromatic and aliphatic structures in circumstellar and interstellar media. Now, the astrochemistry is living a new era thanks to new instruments such as the Herschel Space Observatory, the Atacama Large Millimeter and Submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Long Latin American Array (LLAMA). New technologies opened new spectral windows and improved sensitivity and resolution, allowing the detection of new molecules and providing a more precise view of where they are formed.

New advances have also been made in the experimental astrochemistry, for example, through studies of astrophysical ices processing by UV/X-rays, as well as fast electrons and cosmic rays analogues. The results from these experiments indicated that many species can be produced or stored in ices (H2O, CO, CO2,NH3, etc). These results can and have been used to guide new astronomical observations and an effort have been made to include such processes on chemical models.

Chemical models that include results from observations and experimental, including several computational codes such as Astrochem, RADEX, KROME and RADMC-3D, etc., have been producing important results, improving our understanding of the physicochemical processes that are occurring in space.

The amazing advances that the synergy between observational, experimental and theoretical can produce motivates this symposium, which will gather experts in each of these branches to present and discuss the latest results and the future developments in Astrochemistry.

Main topics:

-Astrophysical ices - Spectroscopy, Molecular processes, Energetic Processing (UV/Vis, X-rays, Electrons, Ions);
- Formation of complex species in ices - Astrobiology;
- Surface Chemistry, Thermal programmed desorption;
- Gas phase experiments on astrochemistry;
- Observation of molecules in astrophysical environments (radio, IR);
- Astrochemical models, abundances, chemical evolution.


(1) Fill and send the registration form available for download here: Registration_Form_ISWA.doc

Fill the form and send by email to:
Registration start: Junuary 1st, 2016.
Registration deadline: May 15th, 2016.
Cancellation deadline (registration and hotel): May 20th, 2016 (fee applies).
Important: Registration will only be processed after payment of registration fee.

(2) Pay the registration fee.

The registration fee should be paid by using credit card via the PayPal. For Brazilians the registration fee can be paid by using credit card via the PayPal or by bank transfer (see bellow).

The registration fee includes:

- Abstract book and conference folder with promotional itens.
- Conference mug
- Coffee breaks
- Conference dinner (typical Brazilian winter party called "Festa Julina")
- Conference shuttle from Campinas airport to the hotel (with stop at Campinas bus station).
- Trip to LNLS/CNPEM (including shuttle and coffee-brake).


Foreigner Registration Fee (only for non-Brazilian citzens)
- Professor and PhD: R$ 1200,00 (~US$ 300,00)
- Graduate student: R$ 800,00 (~US$ 200,00)
- Undergraduate student: R$ 400,00 (~ US$ 100,00)
- Accompanying person: R$ 320,00 (~US$ 80,00)
Payment click here:
Questions about payment? Send email


Taxa de Registro para Brasileiros (apenas para cidadaos brasileiros com numero de CPF)
- Professor e Doutor: R$ 500,00
- Pos-graduando: R$ 400,00
- Graduando: R$ 200,00
- Acompanhante: R$ 150,00
Pagamento preferencialmente por transferencia bancaria:
Banco do Brasil (ag. 4858-5, cc. 9960-0) ou Banco Santander (ag. 2121, cc. 01020873-2)
Enviar perguntas e comprovante de pagamento por email para:


(3) Send your abstract

Click on the abstracts in the left side bar.

(4) Participants should book their own accommodation.

We strongly advise all the participants to stay at the Hotel Fazenda Solar das Andorinhas, where the conference will be held.
More information about Accommodations, please see left side bar.

(5) Apply for GRANTS (for PhD and Master students only).

There is a very limited amount of grants available to help students to attend the symposium. The students interested in apply for a grant must send an email to: with the following documents in PDF format:

- Registration form
- Abstract of the work to be presented
- Signed letter from your advisor justifying why attending the symposium is important for you and why you need the grant
- Motivation letter from the student containing information about the education, research, goals and how the symposium will help your research.
- The deadline to send the files is February 1st, 2016. (Results after May 1st, 2016)

Abstract submission

The abstract submission will be open at January 1st, 2016.

The deadline to submit abstracts is March 15th, 2016 (EXTENDED TO MARCH 31th, 2016).

The abstracts should be prepared using the suggested template available at: Abstract_model ISWA.doc.

The abstract should be sent as PDF file to the following e-mail:

Please, note that the deadline for students to apply for a grant is February 1th, 2016. (Results after May 1st, 2016)

All abstracts will be analyzed by the SOC.

Conference Program

See conference full program here: ISWA_program.doc
Download Book of abstracs here: Book_of_Abstracts_ISWA.pdf

List of participants

      Registered participants (Last Update: June, 9th 2016)

Working field
1 Amaury A. de Almeida Brazil IAG/USP OBS/MOD
2 Emmanuel Edet Etim India Indian Inst. of Science Bangalore Mod/THEO
3 Gabriel Silva Vignoli Muniz France GANIL/CIRIL/CIMAP EXP
4 Rafael Pinotti Brazil OV/UFRJ MOD
5 Qiang Chang China UDEA MOD
6 Fabio Cardona Jaramillo Colombia University of Antioquia MOD
7 Oscar Alberto Restrepo Gaitan Colombia Universidad ECCI EXP
8 Charlotte Constance Margaret Marshall UK The University of Nottingham OBs
9 Sasan Esmaili Canada University of Sherbrooke EXP
10 Philippe Boduch France GANIL/CIRIL/CIMAP EXP
11 Sergio Pilling Brazil LASA/UNIVAP EXP/MOD
12 Anayelly Lopez Islas Mexico Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico EXP
13 Michel Nuevo USA Nasa Ames /Baer EXP
14 Isabel Regina Guerra Aleman Brazil IAG-USP MOD
15 Peter Woitke UK St Andrews University MOD
16 Elisabetta R. Micelotta Finland Univ. of Helsinki EXP
17 Alexander Tielens Netherlands Leiden Univ. OBS
18 Bertrand Lefloch France IPAG/Univ. Grenoble Alpes/CNRS OBS
19 Guilherme Camelier Almeida Brazil PUC-RIO EXP
20 Nigel John Mason UK Open University EXP
21 Natalia Pilar Inostroza Chile Universidad Autonoma de Chile MOD
22 Yi-Jehng Kuan Taiwan National Taiwan Normal University OBS
23 Will Robson Monteiro Rocha Brazil LASA/UNIVAP EXP/MOD
24 Victor de Souza Bonfim Brazil LASA/UNIVAP THEO
25 Jacques Raymond Daniel Lepine Brazil IAG-USP OBS
26 Sarita Pereira de Carvalho Brazil LASA/UNIVAP EXP
27 Fredson de Araujo Vasconcelos Brazil LASA/UNIVAP EXP
28 Edgar Mendoza Brazil IAG-USP OBS
29 Ana Lucia de Barros Brazil CEFET-RJ EXP
30 Enio F. da Silveira Brazil PUC-RIO EXP
31 Diana P. P. Andrade Brazil Valongo/UFRJ EXP
32 Heloisa Maria Boechat-Roberty Brazil Valongo/UFRJ EXP
33 Douglas Galante Brazil LNLS/CNPEM EXP
34 Diana Gama Brazil IAG-USP OBS
35 Ramiro de La Reza Brazil ON/MCT OBS/MOD
36 Heidy Mayerly Quitian Lara Brazil Valongo/UFRJ EXP
37 Sergio Ariel Paron Argentina  IAFE-UBA OBS
38 Martin Eduardo Ortega Argentina  IAFE-UBA OBS
39 Luciene da Silva Coelho Brazil IAG/USP MOD
40 Nathalie Brouillet France Lab. d’Astrophysique de Bordeaux OBS
41 Dilia Ingrid Gonzalez Quecan Colombia Univ. de Antioquia EXP
42 Carla Martinez Canelo Brazil IAG/USP OBS
43 Rodrigo Coelho Pereira Brazil CEFET-Rio EXP
44 Leonardo Baptista Brazil FAT/UERJ THEO/MOD
45 Nelson David Arias Olivares Chile Universidad Andres Bello MOD/THEO
46 Henrique Oliveira Euclides Brazil UNIFESP/INPE-MCT THEO
47 Karin Silvia Franzoni Fornazier Guimaraes Brazil IAG/USP MOD
48 Joao Bosco Paraiso da Silva Brazil UFPE MOD/THEO
49 Ana Claudia Pinheiro Cruz Brazil INPE THEO
50 Victor de Souza Magalhaes France IPAG/UGA - France OBS
51 Mariana Gerones Argentina CONICET-UNLP EXP
52 Leonardo Cerqueira Ribeiro Brazil UFBA EXP
53 Vassilissa Vinogradoff France Museum National d Histoire Naturelle EXP
54 Cintia Aparecida Pires da Costa Brazil PUC-Rio EXP
55 Avigdor Blasberger Israel Department of Physics, Technion, Haifa MOD/OBS
56 Chris R. Arumainayagam USA Wellesley College EXP
57 Sudeep Neupane Chile Universidad de Chile MOD/OBS
58 Lia Camargo Corazza Brazil INPE MOD
59 Patricia Barreto Brazil INPE THEO
60 Thiago Monfredini Brazil Valongo/UFRJ EXP/THEO
61 Dinelsa Antonio Machaieie Brazil INPE OBS
62 Nicolas Urbano Duronea Argentina Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomia (IAR) OBS
63 David Quenard France IRAP/UPS-CNRS - Toulouse MOD
64 Lisa Benamati France Univ. Toulouse, IRAP/CNRS-UPS OBS/MOD
65 Rafael Martinez Rodriguez Brazil Univ. Fed. Amapa EXP
66 Pedro Ruben Rivera Ortiz Mexico Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM MOD
67 Anna L. Parikka Germany Physikalisches Institut, University of Cologne OBS
68 Fabricio M Freitas Brazil LASA/UNIVAP EXP
70 Fabio de Almeida Ribeiro Brazil IQ - UFRJ EXP
71 Antonio Francisco Cruz Arapiraca Brazil CEFET-MG MOD
72 Thays Pontes Bentes Brazil LASA/UNIVAP EXP
73 Jinhua He Chile CASSACA THEO/MOD
74 Wei-Ling Tseng Taiwan National Taiwan Normal University


75 Maria Fernanda Cerini Brazil LNLS/CNPEM EXP
76 Eduardo Janot-Pacheco Brazil IAG/USP EXP/OBS/MOD
77 Franciele Kruczkiewicz Brazil Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina EXP
78 Nathalie Rivas USA LNLS/CNPEM - Wellesley College EXP

Important dates

First announcement: April, 2015
Second announcement: November, 2015
Third announcement: January, 2016

The abstract submission and registration will be open at: January 1st, 2016.
Grants application deadline: February 1th, 2016. (Results after May 1st 2016).
Abstract submission deadline: March 15th, 2016 (EXTENDED TO MARCH 31th, 2016).
Hotel reservation deadline: May 15th, 2016.
Registration deadline: May 15th, 2016.
Cancelation deadline (registration and hotel): May 20th, 2016 (fee applies).
Workshop: July 3rd-8th, 2016


Located 99 km away from São Paulo city, Campinas is a scientific pole in Brazil, responding by around 15 % of all scientific production of the country. Located in this city is the Campinas University (UNICAMP), one of the main Brazilian universities, and the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, one of the laboratories where experiments in Astrochemistry and Astrobiology are carried out in Brazil.

Campinas is a Brazilian municipality in São Paulo State, part of the country's Southeast Region. According to the 2010 Census, the city's population is 1,080,999, making it the fourteenth most populous Brazilian city and the third most populous municipality in São Paulo state. The city's metropolitan area, Greater Campinas, contains nineteen municipalities with a total population of 2,232,297 people. See more about Campinas in the following link:

More information about the Campinas city and CNPEM/LNLS laboratory, can be found in the following link:

- Campinas city - Portuguese

- Campinas city - English


Hotel and Accommodation

The Symposium will be held at the Historic Farm-Hotel "Solar das Andorinhas" located in Campinas, SP, Brazil (near the Brazilian Synchrotron lab). The participants of the meeting will have a thematic conference dinner with a typical Brazilian winter party called "Festa Julina" with includes bonfire and typical drinks and foods.

Hotel Fazenda Solar das Andorinhas, Campinas
Address: Av. Ivan de Abreu Azevedo, 333 - Carlos Gomes, Campinas - SP, Brazil, CEP: 13098-505.
Phone:+55 19 3757-2700
(See in Google maps)

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Fill the accommodation form available for download here: Accommodation_form_ISWA.doc
Send it by email to with copy to with the Subject: Reservation for the ISWA metting (3-8 July 2016)

We advise all the participants to do the booking at the Hotel Fazenda Solar das Andorinhas, where the conference will be held.

The hotel rates (price/person/day) are presented bellow. The price includes three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The values are in Brazilian real; the value in dollar between brackets is an approximation.

- Single: R$ 385,00 (~US$ 98,00)
- Double: R$ 222,00 (~US$ 56,00)
- Triple: R$ 189,00 (~US$ 48,00)
- Quadruple: R$ 165,00 (~US$ 42,00)

The wi-fi is free and it is available in all rooms, including the conference hall. Also there is a free parking space. Optional adventures activities (booking at the Hotel)

Transportation: Getting to Campinas-SP (under construction)


From the centre of São Paulo are 100 km to Campinas city.
The highway is the BR-050. The time travel is around 1h 40min. More information can be accessed in the map.
From the centre of Rio de Janeiro are 490 km to Campinas city. The highway is the BR-116. The time travel is approximately 6h. More information can be accessed in the map.

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Note that, as in any big city, you may find traffic jams in Campinas, São Paulo and Rio during peak hours.


From São Paulo there are buses departing daily from the Tiete Bus Station. The trip takes around 1h 30min. The cost of the ticket is approximately R$ 30,00 and can be purchased in the following link:

From Rio de Janeiro there are buses departing daily from Novo Rio Bus Station. The trip takes approximately 7h 30min. The cost of the ticket ranges from R$ 100,00 to 175,00 and can be purchased in the following link:


Alternative 1: Flight to Viracopos international airport (VCP)

Viracopos International Airport (VCP) is located at 46 kilometers from the conference hotel. It serves most Brazilian major airports and currently receives international flights from Uruguay (Pluna) and Portugal (TAP Air Portugal). We will arrange a shuttle to get the participants at the Viracopos airport at July 3rd at three different times. The shuttle will also leave the participants to this airport after Lunch at July 8th. OBS. One possible option is to take a flight to Galeao (GIG) airport and then take a domestic flight to Campinas.

Alternative 2: Flight to Sao Paulo international airport (GRU)

At the airport, you can take a taxi or bus to Tiete Bus terminal (~30min) and then take a bus to Campinas bus station (~1.5h). At the Campinas bus terminal, you can take a taxi to the hotel (22km ~ 30min). There 2 bus companies connecting Sao Paulo to Campinas, both are at the Tiete Bus Terminal, cost R$ 35,20 (US$ 10). You have many schedules either from the company COMETA, last 1 hour and 10 min., or from the company CRISTALIA, last 1 hour and 30 min. The distance is 96Km and is a very good expressway and both buses have air with reclined seats and you can use your credit card. If you prefer you can take a taxi form Sao Paulo airport to conference hotel but this the most expensive option (135km ~ 2h).

Getting to Hotel (Conferenece Shuttle)

We will have 2 specific hours for the shuttle from Campinas airport to the hotel (with stop at the bus-station) on July 3rd, 2016. The departure shuttle will departure from the conference hotel at July 8th, 2016 in two different times. We will send an email to participants in the biggening of June to know their travel plans to make the shuttles interesting for most of the people.
Download info about ISWA free Shuttle service here: ISWA_shuttle_service.pdf

Arriving the Conference (July 3rd (sun), 2016):
BUS1a - Campinas VCP Airport (11:00), Campinas bus-station (~11:40), hotel (~12:20)
BUS1b - Campinas VCP Airport (14:00), Campinas bus-station (~14:40), hotel (~15:20)
BUS1c - Campinas BUS Station (17:20), hotel (~18:00)
BUS2a - Sao Paulo GRU Airport (12:00), hotel (~14:00)
BUS2b - Sao Paulo GRU Airport (16:00), hotel (~18:00)

Leaving the Conference (July 8th (fri), 2016):
BUS3a - Hotel (8:00), Campinas BUS station (~08:40), Campinas VCP airport (~9:40)
BUS3b - Hotel (12:00), Campinas BUS station (~12:40), Campinas (VCP) airport (~13:40)
BUS4 - Hotel (14:00), Campinas BUS station (~14:40), SAO PAULO GRU airport (~15:40)

Alternatively, is possible to take a taxi form the Campinas airport or the Campinas bus station the conference Hotel. Campinas Airport - Hotel (46km ~ 40min - R$~160,00 ); Campinas Bus Station - Hotel (22km ~ 30min - R$~80). .

Local Organising Committee

Scientific Organising Committee

Sergio Pilling(UNIVAP/Brazil), Chair
Edgar Mendoza (IAG-USP/Brazil), Co-Chair
Bertrand Lefloch (IPAG/France)
Cecilia Ceccarelli (IPAG/France)
Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden Univ./NL)
Farid Salama (NASA Ames, USA)

Guillermo Muñoz Caro (CAB-INTA/Spain)
Harold Linnartz (Leiden Univ./NL)
Heloisa Boechat-Roberty (OV-UFRJ, Brazil)
Jacques Lepine (IAG-USP/Brazil)
Kinsuk Acharyya (Virginia Univ./USA)
Michel Nuevo (NASA Ames/USA)
Nigel Mason (OU/UK)
Peter Woitke (St. Andrews Univ./UK)
Phillipe Boduch (GANIL-CIMAP/France)
Sun Kwok (HK Univ./China)
Yi-Jehng Kuan (Nat. Taiwan Normal Univ./Taiwan)


To contact the organizers, please send an email to:
- Sergio Pilling:
- Edgar Mendoza:

Conference poster