About the ESO Science Outreach Network

The ESO education and Public Outreach Department has established a network of persons in the ESO Member states and other countries who serve as local contacts for the media in connection with ESO developments, Press Releases, etc. At the same time, they may help to provide useful contacts between the media and the scientists in their area. The ESON members, or their representatives, are typically full-time science communicators who know the national players (media, academia etc.) and regularly interact with them, are able to find a national angle, have a strong interest in promoting ESO and provide regular inputs and ideas for how to best reach the target groups in their area. More precisely, their mission is: "To act as ESO's media and outreach representative in the member states and potential member states with the general aim of promoting ESO's mission and demonstrating the many inspirational aspects of astronomy".

Contact in the U.K.

Lucy Stone

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire OX11 0QX
E-mail: eson-uk@eso.org

Lucy Stone has worked in science communications since 2009 after previously spending six years working as a radio journalist. Her current role is Deputy Media Manager for the Science and Technology Facilities Council – previously she worked as Communications Manager for the European Synchrotron, the ESRF, in Grenoble, France. Prior to that she worked in the media team at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. During her radio career she was a newsreader and general reporter on topics covering everything from sport to healthcare. She worked for the BBC and for commercial radio outlets on both a national and local level.