Star Formation

April, 3-7th 2017
Morelia, Michoacán. México


Dinner and Tour reservation: March 10th 2017

Early registration: January 31st 2017

Abstract submission: December 2nd 2016


Our understanding of the physical and chemical processes that culminate in the formation of stars and stellar clusters in the Universe has undergone great progress in recent years, both from observations and from theory and simulations. One of the main realizations is that the star-formation process involves a continuous gas flow from galactic (kpc) scales down to stellar (AU) scales. However, there is still a lack of exchange from the different communities performing research in this topic at different characteristic scales.

Given the need to cross-link processes over this wide range of scales, this conference aims at bringing together experts that work in all the relevant scales related to star formation, with the hope that researchers working in a given scale range will bring in their point of view to workers at other scales, improving our understanding of star formation as a broader theme. To achieve this, each session will contain contributed talks from different scales, although preserving an underlying scheme. The invited talks will seek to relate a specific topic to the broader context. There will also be time allocated for two or three one-hour discussion sessions to exchange ideas on the relation of a specific scale to the others.


The conference will be held at the University Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Universitario) of the "Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo" (UMSNH). This is a beautiful colonial-style building with an auditorium for 300 people and several smaller meeting rooms, located at the heart of downtown Morelia, within 2 blocks of the Cathedral, and within walking-distance from several hotels. For more information, click on the following link:

The city of Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacán in central México. Before the spanish colonization, the area was inhabited by the purépecha and the matlatzinca cultures, but no major cities were founded in the valley during this time. The spanish founded a settlement here in 1541 with the name of Valladolid. After the mexican war of independence, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of José María Morelos, one of the main leaders of the war. Morelia is currently a beautiful colonial city, with an ordinance that no building should be taller than its cathedral's towers, to preserve its majestic dominance over the landscape. Morelia was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.


By plane

Morelia is served by General Francisco Mújica international airport (MLM) which is located at the edge of town. Going to the city center takes about half an hour. Book the taxi within the terminal (in “Taxi autorizado”) and take the ticket to the taxi area (~400 MXN or ~20 USD). There are daily international flights from Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Chicago-Midway which lead to Morelia's international airport, as do commuter flights from Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, and Tijuana.

By bus

Deluxe buses serve Morelia from all parts of the country, and Morelia's state-of-the-art bus station, located in the north-western part of the city. The bus station consists of separate terminals for first-class and second-class buses. ETN and Autovias bus companies are suggested. It is easy to reach Morelia from either Mexico City or Guadalajara. The bus trip from Guadalajara is about 3-1/2 hours. From Mexico City the trip is around 4 hours. They are services every 15-30 minutes and they leave Mexico City from bus terminal “Poniente” (also known as “Observatorio”). Single tickets cost ~500 pesos (~26 USD).

Moving around

The conference auditorium is located at the city center. Suggested hotels and restaurants are all at walking distances. Buses, “combis” (small vans) and taxis are Morelia’s main means of public transportation. Combis are a good way to see the smaller roads and backstreets of the city. Various destinations are usually indicated on the windshield of these mini-vans. A ride within the city costs ~10 MXN (~0.5 USD). Get in, grab a handle and sit down before the driver speeds up, and then give your money directly to the driver, or to someone else to pass it to the driver for you (you can ask the person “Si no le molesta, por favor”, basically: “Please, if you don’t mind”). Above your head you will find a buzzer to get out at the next corner, or you can simply ask “en la próxima esquina, por favor” (“next corner please”). Taxis are also plentiful and inexpensive (less than 100 MXN or ~5 USD), operating on zone fares. As elsewhere in Mexico, make sure to determine the price before getting into the taxi. Driving in the city is not easy, but with patience you can. Driving in and around Morelia differs little from driving in any urban area. However, there is an “uno y uno” protocol in place. Drivers are actually quite respectful and obey this “one and one” rule, where at an intersection, fall into line, with one vehicle at a time from each direction driving through the intersection. Please be aware that the “centro histórico” (downtown) area rarely has any avaiable parking spaces, but there are several parking lots in the area.


Some participants may require a visa in order to enter Mexico. Official information of the countries for which a visa is required is available in the following link (Spanish only):

If you happen to require a visa, please contact the LOC for assistance.


We provide a map with some of the hotels in the downtown Morelia area, together with the location of the conference venue, on the conference website. Participants should contact hotels directly to arrange for accommodations. Since many of these are located in historic buildings, not all rooms are provided with in-room wi-fi and/or A/C, even in high-end hotels. If either of these is important to you, please check with the hotel at the time of making your reservation. The weather in Morelia in early April is warm and dry, with highs ~ 28 C (82 F) and lows ~ 13 C (55 F).

Two hotels offer special rates for conference participants. To obtain the special rate it is necessary to make the reservation by email or telephone mentioning the code MSSF17. Not applicable for online reservations.
Hotel Misión Catedral (
Hotel Alameda (


We will have limited availability of funds for assisting students and young postdocs cover their lodging expenses in Morelia. Interested persons should indicate so at the time of full registration.


The early registration fee for the conference is $180 USD ($150 USD for students) due before January 31st, 2017. After that, the registration fee is $250 USD ($180 USD for students). There is the possibility that we will be able to provide financial support for a limited number of students and young researchers.

The registration fee for participants from Mexican institutions is payable in Mexican pesos. The early registration fee is $3,240 MXN ($2,700 MXN for students). After January 31st, the registration fee is $4,500 MXN ($3,250 MXN for students).

Payment MUST be made via bank transfer since we will be unable to receive any payments at the registration desk. In all cases, please send us a copy of the transfer invoice at your earliest convenience.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PARTICIPANTS FROM UNAM: La UNAM no genera facturas para sí misma, por lo que sólo podemos entregar un recibo normal o un CFDI como persona física.

For transfers from Mexico (in MXN):

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Bank: BBVA Bancomer
Account number: 00446634494
CLABE interbancaria: 012180004466344942
Concept: IRYA UNAM MSSF 17
(Participant's name, and institution).

For transfers from Central and South America:

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Bank: J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A.
Account number: 00101693118 (DLLS)
Swift Code: CHASUS33
Address: Texas Market P O BOX 659754
San Antonio, TX 78265-9754
Concept: IRYA UNAM MSSF 17
(Participant's name, country of origin, and institution).

For transfers from the rest of the World:

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Bank: J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A.
Account number: 00101693118 (DLLS)
Swift Code: CHASUS33
ABA US transfer: 111000614
ABA Europe transfer: 21000021
Address: Texas Market P O BOX 659754
San Antonio, TX 78265-9754
Concept: IRYA UNAM MSSF 17
(Participant's name, country of origin, and institution).

Please indicate whether you have paid also for the conference dinner ($50 USD / $900 MXN) and the tour ($30 USD / $540 MXN) in the corresponding boxes. These events are planned for Wednesday April 5th.

* Rates in Mexican pesos apply to participants from Mexican institutions only.

Payment Registration

Abstract Submission


The social activities, dinner and tour, are both optional. If you are interested in participating in either of these activities, please let us know, filling the form to the right. Please use the same email address you used at the time you registered. If you have already done your reservation on payment, please ignore this step.

Reservation (dinner and tour)



Gustavo Bruzual
Paola Caselli
Francoise Combes
Bruce Elmegreen
Neal Evans
Lee Hartmann
Melvin Hoare
Susana Lizano
Mordecai Mac Low
Frederique Motte
Casiana Munoz Tunon
Luis Felipe Rodriguez
Meg Urry
Enrique Vazquez-Semadeni (chair)
Qizhou Zhang


Leonardo Arroyo
Roberto Galvan-Madrid
Gilberto Gomez
Omaira Gonzalez-Martin
Ezequiel Manzo
Enrique Vazquez-Semadeni