About the ESO Science Outreach Network

The ESO education and Public Outreach Department has established a network of persons in the ESO Member states and other countries who serve as local contacts for the media in connection with ESO developments, Press Releases, etc. At the same time, they may help to provide useful contacts between the media and the scientists in their area. The ESON members, or their representatives, are typically full-time science communicators who know the national players (media, academia etc.) and regularly interact with them, are able to find a national angle, have a strong interest in promoting ESO and provide regular inputs and ideas for how to best reach the target groups in their area. More precisely, their mission is: "To act as ESO's media and outreach representative in the member states and potential member states with the general aim of promoting ESO's mission and demonstrating the many inspirational aspects of astronomy".

Contact in the U.K.

Hayley Vice

STFC International & Research Programme Media Officer
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire OX11 0QX
UK
E-mail: eson-uk@eso.org Tel: +44 (0) 7395 831466

Hayley is the main press and media lead for ESO in the United Kingdom, with a degree in communications and years of PR experience. Hayley liaises with UK university press teams to promote astronomy research findings and the many design and construction milestones the UK is contributing to on the various projects currently on-going in Chile. Hayley works within the media team at the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and promotes the work of ESO through their media contacts, social media channels and public engagement activities. STFC is part of UK Research and Innovation – the UK body which works in partnership with universities, research organizations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Becky Parker-Ellis

International and Research Programme Media Manager
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire OX11 0QX
UK
E-mail: eson-uk@eso.org

Jake Gilmore

Co-Head of Communications
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire OX11 0QX
UK
E-mail: eson-uk@eso.org