News / Announcements

Jan 24th, 2018: Preferential rates at conference venue
The conference hotel has offered preferential rates for participants that book their accomodations before March 14th. Find out more here.
Dec 26th, 2017: Second Announcement
Remember that the abstract submission deadline is March 14th, 2018
Sept 29, 2017: First Announcement
Important dates
Abstract submission deadline: March 14th, 2018
Final program and final announcement: April 4th, 2018
Conference: May 14-18, 2018

About the conference

The matter between stars has a rich and complex structure across a vast range of scales. The physical properties of this interstellar medium (ISM) are controlled by the interplay of several mechanisms, such as turbulence, magnetic fields, and the feedback from stars and protostars. The ISM is constantly providing the material and conditions to form new stars, and at the same time being affected and enriched by those that already exist.

In the past decades there have been great advances in the understanding of the ISM, from observations, theory and simulations. The aim of this conference is to bring together experts in a broad range of areas of research, to summarize the recent progress and to prepare for the new challenges that the new generation of observatories will bring.

Topics to be covered

The main topics that will be covered are:

  • ism dynamics and chemistry
  • winds and outflows
  • star formation and magnetic fields
  • turbulence

Keynote Speakers

  • Jorge Cantó
  • Susana Lizano
  • Alejandro Raga
  • Luis Felipe Rodriguez

Conference format

  • 4 keynote talks
  • Around 50 twenty-minute contributed talks
  • 4 panel discussions
  • Daily poster sessions

May 14–18,


Register by
March 14th, 2018

Conference Schedule

Monday 14


Tuesday 15


Wednesday 16


Thursday 17


Friday 18


Conference Registration

Conference fees
Academics: $300 USD (early) | $350 USD (late)
Students: $200 USD (early) | $250 USD (late)
Importante dates
Early registration start: open now
Deadline for early payment: March 14th, 2018
Abstract submission deadline: March 14th, 2018


Abstract submission

You can register without submitting an abstract at this time by ticking the check box below.


The acceptance of contributed talks and posters is subject to shedule availability. You will be notified after the subsmission deadline on March 4th, 2018.

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Payment Information

Please pay the registration fee by March 14 by wire transfer to our bank account (see below). Note that you need to add the bank's / transfer service's fee, if applicable, to the registration fee.

We suggest that you use transferwise (it is available in most countries) since the fee is very low, just a few dollars, while bank fees can be larger than 50 USD.

After making the payment, send a copy of the transfer invoice to (we need the copy of the invoice to be able to track the payment).

Notice for participants from Mexico: si necesita factura, envíe a los datos fiscales (nombre completo, RFC y domicilio fiscal) para la elaboración de la misma. Si están ubicados en la CDMX pueden pagar con tarjeta directamente en la SMF.

The bank account is the following (make sure you include the ABA/SWIFT and the CLABE numbers in your transfer):

Sociedad Mexicana de Física, A.C.
Office: 349
Address: Av. Paseos del Pedregal # 110, Col. Jardines del Pedregal, 01900 México, D. F.
CLABE/account number: 002180034918661519
Concept: ISM-2018 (+ participant's name)

Doing the payment through transferwise will take at most 5-10 minutes. Just follow the following instructions:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Create an account (select "Sign Up", then follow the instructions)
  3. Select how much you want to transfer
  4. In the window "You send" write 300 and choose "USD" as currency
  5. elect the currency "MXN" as currency the recipient gets
  6. Add your personal information (full name, date of birth, phone, address
  7. In the window "send to someone else" add our email "", the name of the account holder "Sociedad Mexicana de fisica", the recipient address "Mexico", "Mexico City", "Departamento de Física, 2do piso, Facultad de Ciencias UNAM", "04510", and the CLABE "002180034918661519"
  8. Choose your payment option, i.e., choose "debit card", add your card information and pay
  9. Send us an email telling us the amount paid in pesos and the estimated arrival day. Many thanks!


Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

  • Fred Adams (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Guillem Anglada (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)
  • Jorge Cantó (IA-UNAM, Mexico)
  • Salvador Curiel (IA-UNAM, Mexico)
  • Alejandro Esquivel (ICN-UNAM, Mexico), Co-Chair
  • Elisabete M. de Gouveia Dal Pino (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Susana Lizano (IRyA-UNAM, Mexico)
  • Alberto Noriega-Crespo (Space Telescope Science Institute, USA)
  • Alejandro Raga (ICN-UNAM, Mexico)
  • Luis Felipe Rodriguez (IRyA-UNAM, Mexico)
  • Ary Rodríguez-González (ICN-UNAM, Mexico), Co-Chair
  • Jose-Maria Torrelles (Institut de Ciències de l’Espai, Spain)
  • David Williams (University College of London, UK)
  • Luis Zapata (IRyA-UNAM, Mexico), Co-Chair

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  • Ary Rodríguez-González (ICN-UNAM), Co-Chair
  • Alejandro Esquivel (ICN-UNAM), Co-Chair
  • Luis Zapata (IRyA-UNAM), Co-Chair
  • Liliana Hernández-Martínez (ICN-UNAM)
  • Fabio De Colle (ICN-UNAM)
  • Ma. Teresa Orta Arias (Planetario de Cancún)
  • Pedro Rubén Rivera (ICN-UNAM)
  • Antonio Castellanos Ramírez (ICN-UNAM)
  • Juan Claudio Toledo-Roy (ICN-UNAM)
  • Pablo Velázquez (ICN-UNAM)

Conference Venue

The beautiful island of Cozumel is located in the Mexican Caribbean, 15 km off the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula opposite Playa del Carmen and 75 km south of Cancún.

The conference will be held at the Grand Park Royal Cozumel. Set on the beachfront of the island, this high-end all-inclusive hotel is located 5 km from Dolphin Discovery Cozumel water park and 7 km from Cozumel International Airport.

For more information on the hotel and included services see the hotel's brochure (PDF; in spanish).

We are looking forward to providing child care during the sessions. The hotel will have a kids club, however we are planning some extra care and special workshops for the kids of the conference assistants. So feel free to bring your children and please tell us their age, and whether they have special needs. We are updating this information as possible. Contact if you are interested.

BOOKING and PREFERENTIAL RATES — please follow these instructions if you wish to book at the conference hotel

The Grand Park Royal Cozumel has offered preferential rates for the participants of the conference who book their accommodations by March 14th.

To book at the Grand Park Royal and get the lower rates:

In both cases, mention the group code: INTERSTELLAR CONFERENCE.

More information on these rates is available in this PDF.

Travel Information

As a participant of this conference, you should enter Mexico as a tourist. You must hold a valid and unexpired passport through the entirety of your stay, which may last up to 180 days. Please note that flights from / to / through the US may require you to have a passport with at least 6 months of validity prior to expiration date.

You do not need a visa enter Mexico as a tourist if you:
  • Hold a valid passport from: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, any European Union country (Schengen or not) or any Schengen country (EU or not), Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Palau, Panama, Republic of Korea (South Korea), the UK, the US, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or any South American country except Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana and Suriname;
  • Are a permanent resident of Canada, the US, the UK, any Schengen Area country, Japan, or the Alianza del Pacifico countries. You must carry valid and unexpired proof of permanent residency along with your passport;
  • Have a valid and unexpired visa from Canada, the US, the UK, any Schengen Area country or Japan, which you must present along with your passport;
  • Hold an APEC Business Travel Card, that you must present along with your passport. For this to be valid, you must state that the purpose of your trip is business, not tourism.
If you need an invitation letter, please contact us.