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The symposium will be held in Santa Maria Tonantzintla, San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, México, at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica – INAOE (National Institute for Astrophysics Optics and Electronics). The INAOE campus is located at Calle Luis Enrique Erro 1. The talks will take place in the “Luis Enrique Erro” Information Center, about 30 meters from the campus’ main gates. The 340-seat auditorium is on the ground floor of the building, which is easy to identify. With its distinctive dome, it resembles an observatory.

Left: Map of the INAOE campus. Security gates are at building number 1. The auditorium is on the bottom floor of building number 2. Right: The auditorium building


The auditorium lobby and the theater

About INAOE

The Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica – INAOE is part of a network of 27 highly specialized research centers overseen by the Mexican Research Council CONACYT. INAOE’s history dates back to 1942, when Luis Enrique Erro founded the Observatorio Astrofísico Nacional de Tonantzintla (National Astrophysics Observatory at Tonantzintla) on the outskirts of Puebla, in the very spot where the INAOE campus is found today. At the time, Tonantzintla, was an ideal choice for an observatory because of its clear night skies and its strategic geographic location. As Puebla grew, though, the lights from the city hampered observations at the old observatory. As a result, two other observatories have since been built. Both are now a part of INAOE but they are not located in campus. INAOE was formally founded in 1971 by a presidential decree incorporating the new departments of Optics and Electronics. A Computer Sciences department was added in 1998. Research has continued to diversify over the years, making INAOE one of the strongest research institutions in Mexico today. The CONACYT network of research centers is second only to the National Autonomous University of Mexico in terms of research productivity in Mexico. By itself, INAOE is often ranked among the top research institutions in the country. Currently, across the four departments, INAOE is home to 141 faculty researchers, about 350 PhD and MSc students (INAOE does not offer undergraduate programs), and more than 500 visiting students. Over 85 percent of the institute’s faculty have been distinguished by the National System of Researchers (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores – SNI), a program sponsored by the Mexican government that has become a de facto standard for quality of research.

The on-campus Schmidt telescope. This is the original national observatory.


A view of INAOE’s main campus

How to get here

INAOE is located in San Andrés Cholula, a town in the state of Puebla, México. To get to INAOE from Mexico City International Airport, take a bus from the “Estrella Roja” station in the airport to the “4 Poniente station” in Puebla.

  • Tickets cost about 300 Mexican pesos (~15 USD)
  • Travel time is about two and a half hours

When you arrive in Puebla, get an official taxi to Tonantzintla from inside the bus station.

  • The cost is about 150 Mexican pesos (~7.5 USD)
  • Travel time is about 30 minutes

The practical information page provides more detailed information about traveling to INAOE.