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These pages are aimed at ESO community astronomers and contain all the information required in order to prepare, execute, process and exploit observations with ESO facilities. They also provide information on the scientific activities taking place at ESO. Details can be accessed via the navigation menu.


ESO Science Announcements

KMOS on Facebook

Published: 01 Jul 2015

KMOS is now on Facebook. There, you can join the KMOS group to discuss observation strategies, data reduction, calibration or science with KMOS. Your postings will be used to update the Science Data Products Forum. Don't miss this opportunity!

Science Operations 2015: Science Data Management

Published: 30 Jun 2015

ESO/ESA Workshop, ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany, 24–27 November 2015

ESO and the European Space Agency (ESA) generate a significant fraction of science data from ground and space for the European and international astronomical community. These data allow access both directly for PIs and for the community at large through powerful science archives. The objective of the workshop is to present and discuss the various approaches to science data management in spacecraft missions and ground-based facilities for astronomy.

8th VLTI Summer School: High Angular Resolution in Astrophysics: Optical Interferometry from Theory to Observations

Published: 30 Jun 2015

Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany, 6–13 September 2105

Optical/infrared long-baseline interferometry has reached a new stage with the advent of multi-telescope arrays accessible to a broad community of astronomers, most notably VLTI. In preparation for the second generation VLTI instruments, GRAVITY and MATISSE, the VLTI Summer School aims to train astronomers in the best possible exploitation of these instruments over a broad range of science topics.

Annual Report 2014 Available

Published: 24 Jun 2015

The 2014 ESO Annual Report is now available, as full sized or small PDF. The Annual Report describes some science highlights of 2014 and provides a summary of last year's activities covering all aspects of the Organisation.

Science and Technology with the E-ELT

Published: 10 Jun 2015

INAF, ESO & FP7-OPTICON School, Erice, Sicily, Italy, 8–20 October 2015

As the E-ELT and its instruments move into the construction phase, it is timely to re-examine the science cases in detail and to turn to the training of the astronomers who will use these facilities. The "F. Lucchin" International PhD School STEEL will provide a comprehensive training in both the science and the technologies used to deliver astronomical results with the range of E-ELT instruments. The school is open to postgraduate and masters students and early career postdoc researchers, with space for around 80-100 participants.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 160 is now available. Highlights include:

  • C. Vlahakis et al. ALMA Extends to 15-kilometre Baselines: Submillimetre Science down to 20-Milliarcsecond Resolution
  • M. Gullieuszik et al. OmegaWINGS: A VST Survey of Nearby Galaxy Clusters
  • R. J. Smith et al. The SINFONI Nearby Elliptical Lens Locator Survey (SNELLS)
  • M. Rejkuba et al. Report on the ESO Workshop: Baryons at Low Densities: The Stellar Halos around Galaxies
  • C. Vlahakis Report on the ESO Workshop: Dissecting Galaxies Near and Far
  • You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues.


    The ESO Science Newsletter

    The May 2015 issue is now available.

    The ESO Science Newsletter, mailed approximately once per month, presents the most recent announcements. Subscription is controlled through the Manage Profile link on the User Portal. Back issues (2013-) are archived.