The Fourth ESO/CTIO Joint Workshop was held in La Serena 10-15 March. Ninety-nine astronomers from thirteen countries participated in stimulating discussions on new data and interpretations about the Galactic Center. More than 50 talks and 35 poster papers contributed to an intense week of interaction. Some of the results were clearly earthshaking, as we all discovered Thursday morning, although the speaker barely paused while the walls shook and the building creaked under the Richter 4.7 impact.
The weather in La Serena at the end of the summer season was delightful, and scheduled tours of La Silla and Cerro Tololo were successful. Some of the participants also benefited from additional visits to parts of the USA and various South American locations that were not initially on their flight plans, when United, American, Lan Chile and Ladeco all diverted passengers or canceled flights.
I would like to thank all the participants for their interesting contributions and their cooperation during this meeting. We all should thank those involved in the complicated logistics of an international meeting, particularly Elaine MacAuliffe, David Gonzalez, Claudia Contreras, Renato Vargas and Tito Urquetta. My counterpart at ESO, Roland Gredel, was mainly responsible for organizing the scientific content of the meeting, and deserves most of the credit for the excellent selection of speakers and topics.
An ongoing result of this conference will be a new electronic newsletter under the management of Angela Cotera (IPAC) and Heino Falcke (Maryland). To promote the timely exchange of information on Galactic center research and researchers, three formats are being provided: a Web page, weekly e-mail "news flashes" (both devoted to abstracts received by the editors), and a bimonthly, formal newsletter. The latter will contain an article solicited by the editors on a topic of current interest, submitted abstracts, and announcements of interest (e.g. conference announcements or GC related job offers). Information on submission and subscription may be obtained from the WWW site, http://www.astro.umd.edu/~gcnews, or by e-mail to email@example.com. This venture will succeed to the extent it is supported by the Galactic center community, so GC researchers are strongly encouraged to get those abstract submissions rolling in.