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

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.

A list of students and previous interns/visitors 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 for the EPO work
  3. Implementation of the EPO Strategy and optimising its return-on-investment


Susana Almagro Garcia

Admistrative Assistant

Tel: +49 89 3200 6291


  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

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

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.

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 web sites
  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 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 (

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 - apprentischip, 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


Peter Grimley

Intern Science Communication

Peter has a PhD and post-doctoral experience in astronomy, with research interests in star formation, galaxy evolution and active galaxies. Having subsequently spent a number of years as a policy specialist in the UK Civil Service, he has now returned to astronomy, specifically in the area of public outreach and education. He has broad experience of lecturing, writing and giving presentations to a variety of audiences, and was secretary to a committee that provided scientific advice to UK government ministers.

Alongside astronomy, Peter's interests include photography, dance, and playing a number of musical instruments very badly.



  1. Public Information Office assistance

Petr Horálek

Intern Graphic Design

Born in 1986 in Czech Republic, Petr studied Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at Masaryk University Brno. After his studies he worked briefly as an observer of fireballs at the Department for Interplanetary Matter of the Astronomical Institute of Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic. During this period he fell in love with astrophotography and decided to take a year-long trip around the world to improve his skills in that field.



  1. Graphics assistance

Valentina Schettini

Intern Science Communication

Valentina has a PhD in physics, with a specialization in quantum optics. After several years working as an experimental researcher in laboratories in Italy (INRIM) and in USA (NIST, MIT), she became a freelance translator (EN to IT) and proof-reader of popular science books and scientific textbooks. She has an education in science communication, in outreach events organization and she volunteered at science festivals. She's passionate about astronomy and astrophysics, and her dedication is to share the knowledge and beauty of science with the widest audience possible.



  1. Public Information Office assistance

Joanna Law

Intern Graphic Design

Jo is currently studying towards a degree in graphic design in the UK, specialising mostly in illustration and editorial design. Despite being a designer, she is obsessed with astronomy and loves stargazing.

Before joining ESO’s ePOD team she volunteered in Tanzania for 9 months, working with NGOs and social businesses to develop their visual branding and tend to general graphic design needs.



  1. Graphics assistance

ePOD Chile

Valentina Rodriguez

Chile Education & Outreach



  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.

Tel: +56 2 463 3019

Laura Ventura

Chile Outreach Officer

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.

Tel: +56 2 463 3265


  1. Coordination of media visits to ESO Observatories
  2. Host for VIP and media visits

Karen Diaz

Chile Administrative Assistant


Tel: +56 9 5056 1823


  1. Administrative and Travel Logistic
  2. Support in the Media Visit process
  3. Distribution of ESO products and Inventory system