ann11045 — Announcement
ESO Introduces Astronomy Outreach Partners
8 July 2011
ESO’s education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD) has initiated an exclusive network of long-term collaborators in an effort to inspire people about the Universe we live in — the ESO Outreach Partner Organisations (EOPO). The first few member organisations were chosen from among those planetariums, science centres and other informal educational institutions that have previously collaborated in ePOD outreach projects such as the GigaGalaxy Zoom project and the 15th and 20th anniversaries of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
There are currently eight organisations in the EOPO network, based in seven different countries: Ars Electronica Center (Austria), Tycho Brahe Planetarium (Denmark), Hamburg Planetarium (Germany), Zeiss Planetarium Bochum (Germany), Eugenides Foundation (Greece), Blackrock Castle Observatory (Ireland), the Navegar Foundation (Portugal), and the Royal Observatory Greenwich (UK).
Partner organisations enjoy a series of benefits including access to priority information such as news about future campaigns, competitions or events, promotional support to gain visibility, free ESO outreach products for educational purposes or at bulk discount rates for sale, as well as support from the ESO Science Outreach Network (ESON) representative in the partner’s country. In return, the Outreach Partner Organisations are encouraged to bring astronomy and ESO closer to the local community, get involved in ESO’s outreach projects, as well as to proactively suggest collaborations where ESO could support them.
Organisations that have collaborated with ESO in the past or that wish to become active, can apply for membership of the EOPO network by emailing ePOD’s Community Coordinator Oana Sandu.