The VIII Southern Connection Congress 2016 Scientific Committee comprises Chilean and foreign members. It has mapped out the program structure. The program includes 10 plenary lectures, 16 symposia, several sessions of contributed papers and posters, and three mid-congress field trip options on Thursday 21 January: 1) the iconic Torres del Paine National Park; (2) PaliAike National Reserve in the Patagonian steppe, and (3) Fuerte Bulnes, a protected area of historical interest. An after-congress field trip to Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve (optional) (24-28 January) is offered. A pre-congress field trip to Omora Park on Navarino Island (9-16 January) is also contemplated.