ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)

Contact ESO ePOD

Please direct all enquiries and requests (English language is preferred) to this address:

ESO education and Public Outreach Department,
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2
D-85748 Garching bei München
Germany

Tel: +49 89 3200 6291
Fax: +49 89 3200 6703
Email: information@eso.org

The Team

Our team consists of in-house staff, close collaborators and interns. Some work full-time, some part-time.

A list of students and previous interns/visitors and former employees is available.

Members

Head of education and Public Outreach

Lars Lindberg Christensen

Head of ePOD

Lars is a science communication specialist heading ESO-Hubble outreach group in Munich, Germany, where he is responsible for public outreach and education for VLT, La Silla, ALMA, ELT, and ESA's part of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Email: lars@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6761

Objectives

  1. Management and coordination of ESO's EPO efforts
  2. Setting the strategic goals for the EPO work
  3. Implementation of the EPO Strategy and optimising its return-on-investment

Administration

Susana Almagro Garcia

Admistrative Assistant

Email: salmagro@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6291

Objectives

  1. Administrative, Procurement and Budget Support
  2. Travel Logistics and Internships Support
  3. Events and Project Coordination
 

Media Relations, Press Releases

Richard Hook

Public Information Officer / Image Processing

Richard was originally from England and has an MA in Physics from Oxford. After some time spent at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and in Australia and London, he has spent the last twenty years in the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility at ESO and has mostly worked on Hubble image processing. He was one of the developers of the "drizzling" technique for Hubble images and helped with the preparation of the Hubble Deep Fields and GOODS data. He also has a basement full of telescopes that, alas, rarely get used.

Read more about Richard on his website and check his publications on this NASA/ADS link

Email: rhook@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6655

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer work: coordination/implementation of outreach projects, writing of press releases, web pages, announcements, ESOcasts
  2. Image processing consultancy and occasionally assistance with image processing

Advanced Projects

Mathias Andre

Web & Advanced Projects Coordinator

Mathias obtained a MSc in Computer Science in England and worked for several years as a Unix system administrator and IT Operations Manager before joining the ESO outreach group to tackle new challenges as Web and Advanced Projects Coordinator.

He is passionate about Science and Technologies, and above all loves learning new things.

Email: mandre@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6760

Objectives

  1. Development and implementation of our EPO media archive system
  2. Development of other technical science communication infrastructure
  3. Development of outreach image processing tools

Raquel Yumi Shida

Web Content Coordinator

Raquel obtained a professional degree in architecture and urban planning at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, her home country. As an undergraduate student she also took classes in various fields of science and became an avid amateur astronomer, publishing data and articles on galactic and extragalactic stars. Since then she has worked at the Astronomy Department at the University of São Paulo, at NASA/STScI and at ESA/Hubble, doing both scientific research and astronomy outreach. Today she is responsible for creating visual and textual content and managing several websites for ESO, IAU and ESA/Hubble.

A fraction of her publications in astronomy and science communication can be found on this NASA/ADS link

Email: rshida@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6177

Objectives

  1. Updating, maintenance, design and development of web sites
  2. Developing, organizing and publishing web content

Printed Publications

Jutta Boxheimer

Print Coordinator

Email: jboxheim@eso.org 

Objectives

  1. Print Design Coordination, Visual identity oversight
  2. Layout of print products

 

Mafalda Martins

Print Assistant

Email: mmartins@eso.org
Tel: +49 3200 9020

Objectives

  1. Print layout assistance
  2. General graphics: posters, illustrations etc.

Video & Animations

Martin Kornmesser

Animations/Graphics Coordinator

Email: mkornmes@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6586

Visit Martin's website.

Objectives

  1. Graphical image processing
  2. 2D and 3D modelling and animation
  3. Misc. motion and still graphics: video editing, encoding, web design

Herbert Zodet

Video Coordinator

Email: hzodet@eso.org
Tel: +49 3200 6422

Objectives

  1. Production of video material for broadcast, online and DVD use
  2. Maintenance of the online/offline video archive
  3. Writing of audiovisual scripts

Luis Calçada

Animations Assistant

He studied Physics/Applied Math (Astronomy) but eventually gave up on the idea of becoming a real scientist. Got his first real job on a science centre in Portugal, where for 6 years he's discovered, developed and matured his skills in visual science comunication. At ESO he's part of the latter steps of the chain, in a group which tries to deliver to the public the extraordinary science there developed in the exciting and inspiring manner it deserves. His tools of choice are Maxon's Cinema 4D, Adobe's Photoshop and After Effects and a Wacom Intuos 3. When he has the time, he also likes to do some photography, a sample of which you can see on his flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/muitosabao)

Email: lcalcada@eso.org
Tel: +49 3200 6855

Objectives

  1. Artist's impressions
  2. 3D modelling and rendering
  3. General graphics: posters, illustrations etc.

Exhibitions

Edmund Janssen

Exhibitions Coordinator

Occupations held previously:

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, The Hague - Cartographer, graphic designer, deputy department head.
  • Government Printing Office, The Hague - Offset printer.

Education:

  • Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague - BA, Photography and Graphic Design.
  • Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam, BA, Classical graphic techniques.
  • Government Printing Office, The Hague - apprentischip, Classical Graphic techniques.

Email: ejanssen@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6364

Objectives

  1. Organisation and production of ESO exhibitions

Astronomer

Olivier Hainaut

Astronomer

Olivier is an astronomer specialized in Solar System observations, with a special love for comets; he worked for many years at La Silla and Paranal, and before that on Mauna Kea.

Email: ohainaut@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6752

Objectives

  1. Science Liaison: scientific quality assurance
  2. Astronomical image production coordination
  3. ESO Science Outreach Network coordination

Interns

Mathias Jäger

Intern Science Communication

Mathias was born in the beautiful Austrian city of Bad Ischl. He studied Astronomy in Vienna (first BSc, then MsC) and finished his studies with a master thesis on the analysis of dwarf galaxies in Hickson compact groups of galaxies. From 2009 to 2013 he wrote his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. Staying in the field of extragalactic he was reducing and analyzing the data of the COMBO-17+4 catalogue – an optical and near/infrared deep sky survey. Using this survey he studied the evolution of galaxies since redshift of about 2.

Already during his studies in Vienna and later in Heidelberg he was involved in different public outreach projects (talks, tours, open days, long nights of science, girl’s days, etc.), so after successfully defending his thesis he started to work at the House of Astronomy – also located in Heidelberg – to reorganize the guided tours there and to recreate the planetarium show. This engagement in public outreach finally brought him to ESO.

Email: mjaeger@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Office assistance

Victoria Weller von Ahlefeld

Intern Science Communication

Victoria obtained her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland this year. Now she is looking to aid public understanding of the current topics in astronomy as a science communication intern at the ESO.

Email: vweller@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Office assistance

ePOD Chile

Valentina Rodriguez

Chile Education & Outreach

Email: vrodrigu@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Chile press coordination
  2. Translation and distribution of press releases
  3. Host for VIP and media visits

Francisco Rodriguez

Chile Press Officer

Francisco is the Press Officer of ESO in Chile. After graduating from Diego Portales University in 2006, he worked for six years in print media, first for the Chilean magazine Qué Pasa and later for the newspaper La Tercera, one of the most important newspapers in the country. There, he wrote about science, technology, education and health. He also had the opportunity to attend various international conferences for science journalists in South America and the United States where he specialized in issues such as epidemics, new technologies and environmental problems.

Email: frrodrig@eso.org
Tel: +56 2 463 3019

 
 

Laura Ventura

Chile Education & Outreach

Graduated in Astronomy, she has been mainly dedicated to public outreach and education, first at the IAC (Institute for Astrophysics of the Canary Islands), Spain and then at ESO Chile, since June 2006.

Email: lventura@eso.org
Tel: +56 2 463 3265

Objectives

  1. EPO content production (captions etc.)
  2. Host for VIP and media visits
  3. Promotion of relations with national and local communities

Mylène Andre

Intern ePOD Chile

Email: andrem@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistance
 
 

Amy Tyndall

Volunteer ePOD/Chile

Amy Tyndall is originally from Liverpool (UK), where she gained her first-class MPhys degree in Astrophysics in 2008. After a year in the real world, she subsequently started her PhD at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester in October 2009, studying planetary nebulae possessing binary central stars. Amy was then based on La Palma in the Canary Isles between September 2010--September 2011 as a Student Support Astronomer for the Isaac Newton Telescope, and followed it up with a studentship at ESO-Chile between February 2012--July 2013. Here, she became actively involved with the volunteer outreach group, and has helped create and maintain an unofficial blog about ESO's public activities both in English and in Spanish (see http://starsailors.wordpress.com/ and http://losmarineros.wordpress.com/). After gaining her title of Doctor in March 2014, she began a 6-month placement working with ePOD back in ESO-Chile.

Email: atyndall@eso.org
Tel: +56 2 463 3019