ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)

Contact ESO ePOD

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

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

Tel: +49 89 3200 6291
Fax: +49 89 3200 2362

The Team

Our team consists of in-house staff, collaborators and interns. Some work full-time, some part-time. We also collaborate with volunteers. If you'd like to become a volunteer please fill out the form here.

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


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.

Tel: +49 89 3200 6761


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


Susana Almagro Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Tel: +49 89 3200 6291


  1. Administrative, Procurement and Budget Support
  2. Travel Logistics and Internships Support

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

Tel: +49 89 3200 6655


  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


Mariya Lyubenova


Mariya holds a doctorate in astronomy from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet after pursuing 3 years of research at the Headquarters of ESO in Germany. In her work, she observes and uses the motions and chemical properties of stars in galaxies as fossil records to unravel the build-up and evolution of galaxies.

Well before she started her university studies in her home country Bulgaria, she was already an active astronomy club member and editor of an astronomy magazine and a newspaper. After the completion of her PhD in 2009, she worked first as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany and then at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.



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

Advanced Projects

Mathias Andre

Web & Advanced Projects Coordinator

Mathias obtained an 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.

Tel: +49 89 3200 6760


  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

Tel: +49 89 3200 6177


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

Printed Publications

Jutta Boxheimer

Print Coordinator



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


Mafalda Martins

Print Assistant

Tel: +49 3200 9020


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

Video & Animations

Martin Kornmesser

Animations/Graphics Coordinator

Tel: +49 89 3200 6586

Visit Martin's website.


  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

Tel: +49 3200 6422


  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 communication. 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 (

Tel: +49 3200 6855


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


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.


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

Tel: +49 89 3200 6364


  1. Organisation and production of ESO exhibitions

ESO Supernova

Tania Johnston

Supernova Coordinator

Tania grew up in the North-East of Scotland, where her love of astronomy started at an early age, thanks to the wonderful dark skies there. Tania obtained a Masters in Chemistry from Southampton, England, before beginning her career in science communication. She has experience creating and delivering hands-on workshops and talks on a variety of scientific topics, to a wide range of audiences. Tania has developed curriculum related educational material and worked closely with the Physics teaching community in Scotland to support the use of astronomy as a context for teaching science at all levels. In 2012, she received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to Chile to visit some of ESO’s large telescopes, to expand her understanding of these facilities and further enhance her abilities communicating astronomy to the public. You can read about her trip in her blog here

Tel: +49 89 3200 6130


Álvaro Caseiro de Almeida

Outreach Trainee

Álvaro holds an MSc degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Physical Engineering, both from the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, where he was born. In the last years, he has also been devoting significant time to science education and communication, taking science to schools, to the general public and organizing scientific events of various types.

In 2013 and 2015, respectively, he participated in the foundation of the first Student Chapter of The Optical Society and in the foundation of the first Young Minds Section of the European Physical Society, both in Portugal.

He is also an amateur journalist. Astronomy and science management and communication are his current main interests.

Tel: +49 89 3200 6625


  1. Public Information Office assistance

Rosa Jesse

Intern Science Communication

Rosa studied Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Leeds, focussing in particular on planet formation and interstellar clouds. In her final year, she took a fascinating module in the philosophy of physics, which lead her to an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science at UCL. Between her studies Rosa has worked in a gallery organising and running exhibitions with artists from around the world, she has tutored students in Maths and Physics, and most recently she worked at the Nature Publishing Group journal, Scientific Reports: where she oversaw the peer-review of physics and cosmology papers submitted. Particularly, Rosa is interested in how our changing understanding of the universe through astronomy, cosmology and philosophy, is crafted by scientists and citizens alike, making science communication a fundamental part of enabling individuals to understand and shape the world around them.



  1. Public Information Office assistance

Nicole Shearer

Intern Science Communication

Despite growing up in light-polluted London, Nicole developed a love for the stars which led her to complete an integrated master's degree in Physics and Astronomy at Durham University in the UK. As an undergraduate student, she was involved in various science communication activities, including writing articles and creating an exhibit for a science fair to explain the Cherenkov Telescope Array. She also taught science and maths to primary and secondary students. Since graduating, Nicole has developed space-themed educational materials at the European Space Agency and is now excited to work as a science communication intern at ESO.



  1. Public Information Office assistance

ePOD Chile

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.

Tel: +56 2 463 3019

Laura Ventura

Team Leader in Chile

Graduate in Astronomy, Laura has worked in Outreach and Education at world-class astronomical observatories since 2001. She joined ESO in 2006. Since then, she has attended more than 150 visits to Paranal, ALMA and La Silla observatories, developing an extensive experience in supporting media and VIPs at the sites. Laura was recently appointed as Interim Team Leader of ESO education and Public Outreach Department in Chile. Before ESO, she worked for almost four years on the development of educational and outreach contents at the "Director's Cabinet" of the Astrophysics Institute of Canary Islands (IAC), Spain. She studied at the Faculties of Physics of the University of Padua (Italy) and the University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain), from 1994 to 1999. She did a post-graduate research work on stellar populations in dwarf galaxies of the Local Group at the Astrophysics Institute of Canary Islands (IAC), her alma mater.

Tel: +56 2 463 3265


Mylène Andre

Chile Outreach Officer



  1. Public Outreach Officer

ePOD Volunteers

The list of volunteers is available on this link.