The Inauguration of the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma Ray Observatory will be held March 19-20, 2015 in Puebla, Mexico. This site contains useful information about the inauguration event for US travelers. Information for Mexican travelers can be found on our sister site.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 19th 9am-5pm

HAWC Science Symposium -

There will be an inaugural symposium providing a survey of the field of high energy gamma-ray astronomy. Talks will be targeted at a general audience (Colloquium level). The speakers include: Julie McEnery (Fermi), Jamie Holder (VERITAS), Tom Gaisser (IceCube), Rene Ong (CTA), Roger Blandford (AGN), Peter Mészáros(GRBs), Sabrina Casanova (Galactic Sources), John Beacom (Neutrions) as well as Alberto Carramiñana, Jordan Goodman and Lukas Nellen from HAWC.

The symposium held at the Complejo Cultural Universitario (CCU) of The Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) in the "Teatro Universitario" (see map of Complejo).

Complejo Cultural Universitario, Vía Atlixcáyotl 2299 Puebla, Pue. Cp 72810

This center is located about 15 minutes from the Zocalo area of Puebla and easily be reached by taxi (which are plentiful, inexpensive and safe). We will arrange to have taxis available at the conclusion of the event.

9:00 Welcome/Bienvenida
Alfonso Esparza Ortiz. Rector BUAP

9:30 The development of HAWC in México
Alberto Carramiñana (INAOE)

9:55 Status and Results from the HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory
Jordan Goodman (U. Maryland)

10:20 Active Galactic Nuclei: the TeV challenge
Roger Blandford (U. Stanford)

10:45 Break / Receso

11:15 The Fermi gamma-Ray Space Telescope
Julie Mc Enery(NASA-GSFC)

11:40 The VERITAS array: HAWC’s neighbour to the North
Jamie Holder (U. Delaware)

12:05 Galactic gamma-ray sources
Sabrina Casanova (Max Planck)

12:30 Recent highlights of MAGIC
Razmik Mirzoyan (Max Planck)

12:55 Lunch/Comida

14:30 Gamma-ray bursts in the HAWC Era
Peter Mészàros (Penn State University)

14:55 The Cherenkov Telescope Array Project for Very High-Energy Astrophysics
Rene Ong (UCLA)

15:20 Frontiers of Particle Astrophysics
John Beacom (Ohio State University)

15:45 Break / Receso

16:15 IceCube at the Threshold
Tom Gaisser (U. Delaware)

16:40 Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays: Messengers From the Extreme Universe
Lukas Nellen (ICN-UNAM)

17:05 Closing / Palabras finales
Andrés Sandoval (IFUNAM)

Thursday 7pm -9pm

Cocktail Reception

There will be a cocktail reception held at Museo Amparo, a downtown location in walking distance of most of the hotels near the Zocalo

Museo Amparo, Calle 2 Sur No. 708, Centro Histórico, Puebla, Pue.

Friday 7:30am - 2pm

HAWC Inauguration at the HAWC site.

On Friday buses will leave at 7:30 AM at the locations below:

The list above can also be downloaded in PDF format. These buses will take guests to the school in the small town of Texmalaquilla (elev. 3,100m, pop. ~1000) just down the mountain from the HAWC site. From there vans will take people to the site. (It is about a 90 minute ride from Puebla to Texmalaquilla and then less than 30 minutes to the site) The formal inauguration will take place at ~10:30-11am. Tours of the HAWC site will be arranged before and after the formal ceremony. Be sure to check the link above for information about visiting this high altitude site. Following the ceremony and tours vans will head back to Texmalaquilla where there will be posters about HAWC and by the local school children and from there buses will return to Puebla.