Technology Transfer at ESO

Astronomy uses some of the most advanced technologies and sophisticated techniques available to scientists nowadays in order to satisfy the ambitious science programmes that the community requires observatories to follow. ESO, with its unique telescopes, has contributed greatly to this process and continues to do so, with the development of many cutting edge technologies.

Technology and knowledge transfer have many different definitions. For ESO, technology transfer means the use of a technology developed for ESO to be re-used elsewhere. This practice is important for ESO, as it offers benefits for ESO’s Member States, for the society as a whole, for industry, and for the scientific institutes working with ESO.

The policy framework that shapes technology transfer at ESO are embedded in different documents:

  1. In the Intellectual Property (IP) rules of the General Conditions regarding ESO procurements
  2. In the ESO Technology Transfer Policy

Technology and knowledge transfer takes many forms at ESO projects:

  1. Know-how developed by ESO and made available for use. Read more
  2. Knowledge transfer via education and training activities. Read more (Traineeships, Workshops)
  3. Technology developed by industry or institutes for ESO reused by its developer. Read more
VLT Active Optics System Volume phase holographic gratings Photonic Cristal Optical Fibres
VLT Active Optics System Volume phase holographic gratings Photonic Cristal Optical Fibres

 


For any questions regarding ESO technology transfer, contact techtransfer@eso.org