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We are very proud to announce the Ninth International Cell Senescence Association Conference. The conference will be held in Puerto Varas, Chile from November 7th to 9th of this year and is hosted by Dr. Monica Caceres Lluch, Associate Professor from ICBM, Universidad de Chile and the Millenium Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, Dr. Christian González-Billault, Full Professor from Universidad de Chile and Cesar Cárdenas, Associate Professor from Universidad Mayor, belonging to GeroChile.

The ICSA was established in 2015 as an academic organization to promote research aimed at elucidating the mechanisms of aging at the molecular and cellular level from a cellular senescence perspective. This association has contributed to the advancement of aging research by organizing an annual international scientific conference (ICSA conference) where researchers conducting cutting-edge research on cellular senescence gather from around the world to report and discuss the latest research findings.

During the three-day conference, the most recent scientific breakthroughs will be presented and discussed. Guest speakers include Peter Adams, David Bernard, César Cárdenas, Manuel Collado, Marco Demaria, Pablo González, Myriam Gorospe, Guido Lenz, Han Li, Marcelo Mori, Daniel Muñoz-Espín, Laura Niedernhofer, Mikolaj Ogrodnik, Joao Passos, Paul Robbins, Sheila Stewart, and Maximina Yun. Dr. Manuel Serrano will be our Keynote Speaker for the Judith Campisi Memorial Lecture, which honors Dr. Judith Campisi (1948-2024), a highly respected and admired pioneer in the field of cellular senescence and its role in aging and cancer.

More information regarding ICSA is available here:

We look forward to meeting you at Puerto Varas!

Speakers & Organizers

Keynote Speaker

Manuel Serrano, PhD.

Altos Lab Cambridge Institute of Science. UK

Guest Speakers

Peter Adams, PhD.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP). USA.

David Bernard, PhD.

Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Lyon (CRCL). France.

César Cárdenas, PhD.

Centro de Gerociencia, Salud Mental y Metabolismo (GERO), Universidad Mayor. Chile.

Manuel Collado, PhD.

Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Santiago de Compostela (IDIS), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC). Spain.

Marco Demaria, PhD.

European Research Institutute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA). Netherlands.

Pablo González, PhD.

Instituto Milenio en Inmunología e Inmunoterapia (IMII), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Chile.

Myriam Gorospe, PhD.

Intramural Research Program (IRP), National Institutes of Health (NIH). USA.

Guido Lenz, PhD.

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil.

Han Li, PhD.

Institut Pasteur. France.

Marcelo Mori, PhD.

Institute of Biology, University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Brazil.

Daniel Muñoz-Espín, PhD.

CRUK Cambridge Centre Thoracic Cancer Programme, University of Cambridge. UK.

Laura Niedernhofer, MD, PhD.

The Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism (iBAM), University of Minnesota. USA.

Mikolaj Ogrodnik, PhD.

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG). Austria.

Joao Passos, PhD.

Mayo Clinic. USA.

Paul Robbins, PhD.

The Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism (iBAM), University of Minnesota. USA.

Sheila Stewart, PhD.

Integrating Communication within the Cancer Environment Institute (ICCE), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. USA.

Maximina Yun, PhD.

Center for Regenerative Therapies TU Dresden (CRTD). Germany.


Mónica Cáceres, PhD.

Instituto Milenio en Inmunología e Inmunoterapia (IMII), Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas (ICBM), Universidad de Chile. Chile.

Christian González-Billault, PhD.

Centro de Gerociencia, Salud Mental y Metabolismo (GERO), Universidad de Chile. Chile.

César Cárdenas, PhD.

Centro de Gerociencia, Salud Mental y Metabolismo (GERO), Universidad Mayor. Chile.


Eduardo Arzt, PhD.

Biomedicine Research Institute of Buenos Aires - CONICET - Partner Institute of the Max Planck Society. Argentina.

Florencia Barbé-Tuana, PhD.

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil.


Registration for the conference should be done through the 4ID online registration system. ICSA members receive a $50 USD discount.

Early registration fee (From May 15 to July 31): Late registration fee (From August 1 to October 31):
250 USD
300 USD
350 USD
400 USD
500 USD
550 USD

Registration includes a welcome reception, lunch, coffee breaks, and a dinner/party.

The organization will offer Registration fee waiver (RFW) to attendees needing financial support, priorizing trainees from middle to low income countries. RFW will be considered upon request (please mark your option requesting RFW at the moment of creating your profile).

For questions contact:


Abstract submission should be done through the 4ID online registration system. The abstract must be in English, and should be 300 words max. Title must be 50 words max. The authors’ names and affiliations must also be provided.

The abstracts will be used to select presenters for oral presentations (10 minutes plus 2 minutes for questions), short talks (3 minutes), and poster exhibitions.

Poster specifications: 120 cm height * 84 cm width (Vertical boards)

Best poster award sponsored by npj Aging
Abstract Submission Deadline:
September 1
Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By:
October 1


Available soon.

General Information

Arrival an Departure

The Congress will be held in Puerto Varas, a small city in the Los Lagos region, 1016 km south of the capital, Santiago de Chile. Although there are a number of local airports in southern Chile, they are not considered international airports. Travellers must first enter the country through the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (Santiago de Chile, SCL).

The nearest airport to Puerto Varas is El Tepual Airport (Puerto Montt, PMC), which is 15.8 km away. From El Tepual Airport to Puerto Varas there are 3 options, take a bus to Puerto Varas and do a combination in Puerto Montt, or go directly by taxi or shuttle.

Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL): (click to expand)

Santiago de Chile Airport has two terminals.
Terminal One (T1) is for domestic flights and has four levels. Arrivals, baggage claim and some shops are on the ground floor. The second floor has VIP lounges, while the third floor has check-in areas, departures, shops, restaurants and boarding gates. The fourth floor has some additional restaurants and VIP check-in areas. There is also a bank office, pharmacy, travel agencies, insurance offices and a police station.
Terminal two (T2) is for international flights and has five levels. On the ground floor you’ll find the PDI control area, SAG canine hand baggage screening, Duty Free, baggage claim and commercial areas; on the second floor you’ll find arrivals and connections for international flights; and on the third floor you’ll find ticketing, check-in, immigration control (PDI), security screening of hand baggage (AVSEC), Duty Free and commercial areas. T2 International Terminal has four piers: C, D, E and F. Each pier has children’s play areas, cultural and art areas, duty-free shops and several restaurants and cafes.
To travel between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, passengers can use the pedestrian walkway that connects the two terminals. The walkway is located on the second level of Terminal 1 and the first level of Terminal 2. The walkway is well signposted and takes only a few minutes to walk. There is also a shuttle bus service between the terminals for passengers who need assistance or have heavy luggage.
Arrival: Once you arrive in Chile, you must follow the directions and go to floor 1 to do the paperwork, look for your luggage and leave terminal 2, then take the connection to floor 3 of terminal 1 and follow the directions to take the plane to the south of Chile.
Departure: Returning from the South of Chile, once you have disembarked at Terminal 1, follow the signs and exit through Floor 1 and take the connection to Floor 3 of the International Terminal 2.


Enjoy Puerto Varas Hotel

Klenner 349

Enjoy Puerto Varas Hotel is located in one of the most spectacular spots in the region, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, with stunning views of the landscape and the Osorno Volcano.

To reserve at the hotel with the special event rate (125000+IVA CLP/ 150 USD), please send the reservation form to


Below are some of the accommodations available in Puerto Varas, ranging from hotels to hostels, along with links to their respective websites and map locations.

1Enjoy Puerto Varas
Klenner 349
Conference location
2Park Inn by Radisson
La Paz 471
171 m from the conference
3Cabaña del Lago
Psje. Luis Wellman 195
292 m from the conference
San Pedro 252
310 m from the conference
Del Salvador 24
530 m from the conference
6Dreams de Los Volcanes
Del Salvador 21
530 m from the conference
Av. Vicente Pérez Rosales 060
670 m from the conference
Imperial 211
750 m from the conference
9Cumbres Puerto Varas
Imperial 561
1 km from the conference
10Dein Haus
Lago Llanquihue 473
1 km from the conference
11Gran Hotel Germania
San Ignacio 1286
1km from the conference
12Terrazas del Lago
Avda. Vicente Pérez Rosales 1571
2.6 km from the conference
13Puerto Chico
Avda. Los Colonos 60
2.6 km from the conference
Boutique Hotels
14Mero Gaucho
Pasaje Ricke 108
50 m from the conference
15El Greco
Mirador 134
600 m from the conference
16Puerta del Lago
Avda. Purísima 944
730 m from the conference
17Hotel Casa Kaiser
Verbo Divino 422
750 m from the conference
Imperial 695
1.15 km from the conference
19Casa Kalfu
Tronador 1134
1.37 km from the conference
20Casa Ellies Hotel Boutique
Patricio Lynch 1107
2.5 km from the conference
21Canales del Sur
Avda. Vicente Pérez Rosales 1631- A
2.9 km from the conference
22Agua Nativa
Ruta 225 01680
3.6 km from the conference
23Estación del Lago
Terraplén 657
280 m from the conference
Walker Martinez 564
330 m from the conference
25Doña Cristina
Decher 898
500 m from the conference
26Pto. Varas
Lago Calafquén 1302
930 m from the conference
27Bosque Sur
Av. Gramado 1059
940 m from the conference
28Las Bandurrias
Ramón Ricardo Rosas 205
1 km from the conference
Av. Colón 334
1 km from the conference
30Cabañas Roller
Maipo 1090
1.11 km from the conference
31Alma Bosque Cabañas
Manzanal 541
1.50 km from the conference
32Araucarias del Sur
Av. Gramado S/N
1.7 km from the conference
Eleuterio Ramírez 1050
2.25 km from the conference
Av. Vicente Pérez Rosales 1290
2.25 km from the conference
35Campo Kutral
Molino Viejo S/N
2.4 km from the conference
36Sur Patagon
Ramón Freire 1341
2.44 km from the conference
37Lago Sur
Ruta 225 100
2.55 km from the conference
38Verde Nativo
Av. Los Colonos 1101
2.66 km from the conference
39Silvestre Cabañas Puerto Varas
Av. Los Colonos 1183
2.7 km from the conference
40Los Pinis
Av. Los Colonos 1160
2.73 km from the conference
41Molino Viejo
Ruta 5, Km. 1003
3.2 km from the conference
42Compass del Sur
Klenner 467
80 m from the conference
43Hostel and Tourism Chancerel
Decher 400
150 m from the conference
San Bernardo 318
335 m from the conference
45Tradición Austral
Terraplén 765
345 m from the conference
46Ventanas del Lago
Walker Martinez 409
350 m from the conference
47Casa Margouya
Santa Rosa 318
390 m from the conference
48Villa Germana
Nuestra señora del Carmen 873
475 m from the conference
49Ma Patagonia
Purísima 681
570 m from the conference
50Opapa Juan
Arturo Prat 107
570 m from the conference
51Viva Chile
San Francisco 1017
890 m from the conference
52Casa Azul
Manzanal 66
920 m from the conference
53Patagonia Route Bed & Breakfast
Aconcagua 1191
1.03 km from the conference
54Hostal Carla Minte
Maipo 1010
1.07 km from the conference
55Hostal Erika
Maipo 290
1.08 km from the conference
56El Roble
Sendero del Ciprés 718
1.11 km from the conference
57Tronco del Alemán
Alessandri 1260
1.42 km from the conference
58Casa Apel Hostel
Eleuterio Ramírez 415
2.25 km from the conference
Eleuterio Ramírez 1255
2.3 km from the conference
60Puerto Austral
Blanco Encalada 1471
2.5 km from the conference

What to do?

Below are some of the greatest places worth seeing in the region.

Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas, also known as “the city of roses”, is a city and commune located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region. The city is famous for its German traditions, its natural environment, and its popularity as a tourist destination. It enjoys a scenic location close to mountains, lakes, forests and national parks. Puerto Varas is a popular tourist destination with its distinctive German-inspired architecture, wide variety of hotels and inns, a casino, a beach and striking views over the lake to the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Visitors can take part in a range of outdoor sports including kayaking, fishing and trekking, and there is a winter ski centre on the slopes of Osorno Volcano. It is a good base for excursions to nearby natural landmarks including the emerald Todos los Santos Lake, the picturesque Petrohué Falls, Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park and Puyehue National Park as well as Osorno Volcano. Trips are also possible to other towns around Llanquihue Lake including Frutillar, Puerto Octay and Llanquihue.

Las Cascadas Waterfall

An attractive site for tourists who visit Lake Llanquihue is Las Cascadas Waterfall. To get there you have to walk 3 km from Las Cascadas town. To visit it, it is best to go by private transportation, since most tours do not include this town and there are only direct buses from Puerto Octay.

Todos los Santos Lake

Todos los Santos Lake is the source of the Petrohué Falls, just 5 kilometres upstream. This spectacular lake is notable for the turquoise colour of its waters and for its beautiful views of the Valdivian Forest on one side and the volcanoes on the other. It is possible to take catamaran rides that last 30 minutes.

Venado Beach

Venado Beach, located at kilometer 18 of Route 225, is an ideal location for a day at the beach next to Lake Llanquihue. The area boasts a beautiful pedestrian walkway, picnic furniture, parking lots, public restrooms, a pier for small boats, and universal beach access.

Cochamó valley

Cochamó valley is an isolated paradise surrounded by the granite peaks of the Andes Mountains. It is famous for being one of the few remaining virgin areas in Chile, where glaciers, waterfalls and lush forests provide an unforgettable experience to those who visit. However, it is important to note that this destination is not suitable for inexperienced mountaineers.


Frutillar is a must-see city in Chile due to its remarkable German influence. It is located 28 km from Puerto Varas and bordering Llanquihue Lake. Its main points of interest include the Frutillar Pier, the Lake Theater, the German Colonial Museum, and its tea houses, where you can enjoy the delicious kuchens typical of this town.


Ensenada is a small town renowned for its proximity to the Petrohué Falls. It boasts a stunning beach and is renowned for its dining establishments.

El Callao Valley

El Callao Valley is accessible via boat from Todos los Santos Lake. This valley is well-known for its hiking and trekking paths to the Callao Hot Springs, which take visitors deep into the Andes Mountain range.

Pescado River

The outlet of the Pescado River at Lake Llanquihue, which is located 21 km from Puerto Varas on Route 225, is a popular spot for sport fishing, especially fly fishing. Here, you can catch Rainbow Trout, Coho, and Salar Salmon.

Termas del Sol

The Termas del Sol in Puelo are a popular tourist destination in the area. It has ten natural thermal pools, a hot spring and stunning views. Facilities also include accessible trails, a thermal mud area, cafeteria, dressing rooms and bathrooms.


Llanquihue is located between Puerto Varas and Frutillar, also on the shores of Llanquihue lake. It is smaller than the other two cities and its main attractions are located on the coast. Some points of interest include the Llanquihue Pier and Los Cisnes Beach.

Laguna Verde

"Green Lagoon" is located near the town of Ensenada. It is a small lagoon with an intense green colour due to the presence of certain microalgae. Two hiking trails are available at this location, and they are free of charge. The shorter trail is Laguna Verde, which takes no more than 10 minutes. The second trail is Los Pilleyos, which is 1.2 km long.

Villa Peulla

Villa Peulla is accessible by boat from Todos los Santos Lake. It is a small village near the border with Argentina that offers an abundance of waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers, and lush forests. Peulla is an ecological community with restaurants and hotel facilities, as well as canopy, horseback riding, and hiking trails, including as the road to the waterfall Velo de Novia, which is easily accessible. Another intriguing route from Peulla is to reach the perspective of the Tronador Volcano, which forms part of the international border between Chile and Argentina.


Ralún is a small fishing village on the Reloncavi estuary, the first southern fjord, at the point where the Petrohué River meets the sea. It has a police station, fishing lodges, a rural health post, small stores, camping facilities, bed and breakfasts, hostels, horseback riding and restaurants.

Tagua Tagua Park

Tagua Tagua Park is a Private Protected Area of 3,000 hectares, located in the basin of the Puelo River, on the shores of Tagua Tagua Lake. You can visit for the day or stay in three cozy lodges, to walk all the trails enjoying the landscapes, flora and fauna of the pristine forest at any time of the year. To get there, you have to climb from Puelo to the mountain range, passing through mountain forests and beautiful landscapes until you reach Tagua Lake.

Puerto Octay

Puerto Octay is another of the towns located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. This small town stands out for its delicious cheeses, which are an excellent souvenir from the area.

Petrohué Waterfalls

The Petrohué Waterfalls are one of the most visited attractions in the region. These spectacular waterfalls are part of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park and are very easy to visit. They can be reached by private or public transport. It can easily be visited in just over an hour. In addition to visiting the falls, you can also walk the "Sendero de los Enamorados" (Lovers' Trail), which leads to a small waterfall and several viewpoints.

La Poza Lagoon

La Poza Lagoon is located just 13 kilometers from Puerto Varas on route 255. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and features the small Loreley Island at its centre. Boat rides are available, which take about 30 minutes and take you around the island.


Cochamó is a renowned town in the area, known for its picturesque waterfront, wooden church, and commercial premises offering unique crafts and products. The town also has a beautiful view of the Yates Volcano, a mountain that reaches down to the sea.

Alerce Andino National Park

Alerce Andino National Park is a reserve for the native larch forests in the Lakes Region. This regional ecosystem remained isolated from the glaciers that covered the area 12 thousand years ago. Today, its forests are a global icon of endemic fauna-one in three species in this forest is not found anywhere else on the planet. Vertical walls of granite surround the park’s fifty or so lagoons, and its rugged geography has long protected millennia old Alerce (Fitzroya) trees that grow over more than half of the park’s surface. It has multiple entrances and multiple trails.