(The one close to Chris Lidman in the photo)
My work at the observatory
My interest lies in the field of photometry, infrared and optical. I am in fact instrument scientist of HAWK-I and deputy instrument scientist of VIRCAM.In Paranal I work as support astronomer on UT2 and UT4, running UVES, FLAMES, FORS, X-SHOOTER, HAWKI, NACO and SINFONI.
My research interests centre on Stellar Populations. In particular, I am interested in star clusters as probes of Galactic structure and evolution:
Young open star clusters in the Milky Way and the disk spiral structure: the latest results are highlighted here
I have organized a meeting on November 2010 to summarize our knowledge of the Milky Way spiral structure.
I shall give an invited review on the subject on May 21, 2013, at the IAU Sympiosium 298, on GAIA and LAMOST, in Lijang (China)
Old star clusters and the chemical evolution of the Galaxy and its dwarf galaxies: the latest results are highlighted hereI organized a meeting on November 2012 to summarize our knowledge of Blue Straggler Stars in a variety of stellar environments
Minor bodies in the outer Solar System: the latest results are highlighted here
Starting from the International Astronomical Union (IAU) 2012 General Assembly (GA) in Beijing, I am President of the IAU Commission 37 organizing committee. Follow this link to get to the Commission 37 webpage. I am also part of the Division H steering committee.
I act as Scientific Editor of the Astrophysical Journal
I am a member of the Consejo Gemini-Conycit, and of the Gemini-South TAC
2013 basic Travel Schedule: