ESO ePOD Former Employees

Administration

 

Britt Sjöberg

Administrative Assistant

Email: bsjoeber@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6291

Objectives

  1. Purchasing, travel logistics, leave etc.
  2. Misc. admin. Support
 
 

Media Relations, Press Releases

 

Douglas Pierce-Price

ALMA-APEX Public Information Officer/Education Officer/ Deputy Head of the Department

Douglas completed his Ph.D. at the Astrophysics Group of the University of Cambridge in 2001, working on A Submillimetre Continuum Survey of the Galactic Centre. During his Ph.D. he developed his interest in astronomical outreach. He worked from 2001 to 2005 as Science Outreach Specialist at the Joint Astronomy Centre in Hawaii, for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, on a wide range of science education and public outreach activities, before joining ESO in 2005.

Email: dpiercep@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6759

Objectives

  1. ALMA and APEX Public Information Officer work: coordination/implementation of outreach projects, writing of press releases, web pages, announcements, ESOcasts
  2. Deputy head of department
  3. Supervision of exhibitions coordinator and photographer

Henri Boffin

La Silla-Paranal & E-ELT Public Information Officer

Colleen Sharkey

Hubble Space Telescope Public Information Officer

Colleen Sharkey earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati in her home state of Ohio in the U.S. When she headed west for graduate school, she got the opportunity to learn and write about space science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Colleen first worked in the press office there and then moved on to write about NASA's missions to Mars. She worked closely with scientists and engineers on multiple projects including the Mars Exploration Rover mission (MER), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission (MRO) and Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). Before moving to Germany, Colleen worked as the associate director of communications at Occidental College, the California alma mater of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Advanced Projects

 

Lars Holm Nielsen

Advanced Projects Coordinator

(Lars) Holm is specialist in development of information systems and software for cutting-edge science communication with a life long passion for astronomy. He has been affiliated to the ESO-Hubble outreach group since 2002 and is responsible for managing the implementation of advanced projects as well as the outreach web infrastructure.

Holm obtained a BSc in Computer Science from Roskilde University in Denmark in 2007, and has previously worked at IBM Research, IMAX Tycho Brahe Planetarium and Ericsson. He is currently also pursuing a MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Computation, besides being a passionate hiker, climbing and skier.

Email: lnielsen@eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6615

Objectives

  1. Development and implementation of our EPO media archive system
  2. Development of other technical science communication infrastructure
  3. Dev. of outreach image processing tools

 

 

Exhibitions

 

Hans-Hermann Heyer

Photographer

Email: hheyer@eso.org
Tel: +49 3200 6308

Objectives

  1. Photography in Garching & Chile
  2. Maintenance of the master photo archive
  3. Printing exhibition panels

 

ePOD Chile

 

Mathieu Isidro

Science Communication Assistant

Mathieu is a French Australian dual national who holds a BA in English philology and a MA in translation and communication from ISIT, in Paris. His life-long passion for astronomy led him to write his MA thesis on a report to the US Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee entitled "A strategy for the detection and characterization of exoplanets". At the same time, he executed his final internship at CNES, the French space agency, where he was in charge of compiling, editing and translating the agency's biennial report. He then worked at Interpol as an English communication officer before seizing the opportunity to work at ESO.

Keeping in mind his goal to combine his two passions - space and communication -, Mathieu now occupies his free time by writing articles for CNES' website and working as a freelance translator, specializing in science and space. He is also part of the TED Open Translation initiative. Mathieu greatly enjoys traveling, food, wine, culture and languages.

Email: misidro@eso.org
TED profile: http://www.ted.com/profiles/777302
Online CV: http://www.doyoubuzz.com/mathieu-isidro

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistance

Gonzalo Argandoña

Chile ePOD Lead

Email: gargando@eso.org
Tel: +56 2 463 3258

Objectives

Coordination and management of EPO activities in Chile

 
 

Valeria Foncea

Press Officer in Chile (replacing Valentina Rodríguez during her maternity leave)


Valeria is a Chilean journalist who worked for a decade at the National TV Network (TVN), reporting science, technology and environmental matters for the news department. She worked before as a correspondent in New York for the same station. Valeria has also acted as consultant for media training of ESO science staff in Chile.

 

Tania Rabesandratana

Chile ePOD

Tania graduated from Imperial College London’s MSc. in Science Communication in 2004, after a first degree in biology.
She worked in science communication in the UK, Austria, and Belgium - in particular in exhibitions and events, and joined the ePOD Chile team in 2007 on an assignment from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Gabriela Gajardo

Chile Assistant for Outreach

Gabriela is an English and Japanese translator. She graduated from the University of Santiago in 2006 and since then she has worked as legal assistant in the International Trademark Department of an important Law Firm in Chile. In 2007 she also obtained a diploma in Asian Studies at the Instituto de Estudios Avanzados in the University of Santiago. Now she joined ESO as assistant for both the outreach department and the legal service.

Email: ggajardo@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Purchasing, travel logistics, leave etc.
  2. Misc. admin. Support

International Year of Astronomy 2009

 

Pedro Russo

International Year of Astronomy 2009 Coordinator

He obtained his University degree in applied mathematics/physics/astronomy and his Master's Degree in geophysics from the University of Porto, Portugal. Between 2000 and 2006 he worked as an astronomy communicator and content developer for Navegar Foundation in Espinho, Portugal. Before assuming his current position, as IAU Coordinator for IYA2009, he spent one year and half working with data from the Venus Monitoring Camera onboard ESA's Venus Express. In the meanwhile Pedro has been working with different international organizations, like Europlanet (European Planetology Network), IAU Commission 55: Communicating Astronomy with the Public and EGU Earth and Space Science Informatics Division.

 

Mariana Barrosa

International Year of Astronomy 2009 Assistant

Mariana graduated in International Relations. She coordinated Centro Multimeios de Espinho, a science centre in Portugal. There, in addition to her management tasks, she worked in several science popularisation projects, from writing scripts for planetarium shows to organising scientific events and conferences. In 2004 she obtained a Post-Graduation in Management of Non Profit Organisations. More recently, she has collaborated with several international science communication projects, like the coordination of the production and distribution of the Portuguese version of the book and DVD "Hubble — 15 years of discovery" and the Press Office for Europlanet, the European Network of Planetary Sciences. In 2007, she completed an MSc in Science Communication in the UK.

Image Processing/Acquisition/Achiving

 

Nadine Neumayer

Content Developer

 

 

Contractors

 

Luis Gomes

Advanced Projects Assistant

Luis Clara Gomes obtained his degree in Computer and Telematics Engineering in the University of Aveiro in 2006, and did research on health information systems in the Electronic and Telematic Engineering Institute, Aveiro, where he obtained his MSc with a final thesis on a Brain-Computer Interface prototype. Later he was involved in medical 3D movement analysis at LMU, Munich. Luis is also an active musician and DJ. Read and listen more about Luis' work:
@myspace http://myspace.com/moulinex
@discotexas http://www.discotexas.com/
@lastfm http://www.last.fm/music/Moulinex
@hypemachine http://hypem.com/search/Moulinex/1/

Email: lcgomes@partner.eso.org

Natalia Pacheco

Administrative Assistant, ePOD Chile

Email: npacheco@partner.eso.org

 
 

André Roquette

Graphics Assistant

André Roquette Almeida is a Portuguese freelance graphic designer and illustrator, born in 1979. He began his career in 2000 by designing flyers for bars and clubs, and later in 2006 he graduated in Design and Communication at ESAD, Arts and Design School (in Porto, Portugal). His work experience includes design and illustration projects, press publicity and web design for several companies and agencies in Europe. Recently, he has also worked in the production of planetarium sessions at the Navegar Foundation in Portugal.

Email: andreroquette.eso@googlemail.com

Noel Caboni

Image Processing

Will Gater

Science Writer Assistant

Will is a science writer based on the UK. He has written numerous articles for the UK’s top astronomy magazines including Astronomy Now and BBC Sky at Night magazine (where he currently works as staff writer). He has also worked as a science writer for the ESA/Hubble press office and continues to write press releases and other outreach material for both ESA/Hubble, ESO and IAU. You can see Will's publication list and read his blog on his website here.

Hosam Hassan

Advanced Projects Assistant

Hosam is studying for a Master's degree in Computational science and Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and is a Sun certified Java programmer.

Ross Idzhar

Web Content Assistant

Ross graduated from the University of Leeds in 2008 with a degree in Management and Computing. After taking a year out to pursue more creative interests, he saw an invaluable opportunity to develop his talents commerically via a graphics internship at the ESO. Outside of work Ross enjoys travelling, photography and tennis.

 

Teis Johansen

Advanced Projects Assistant

Teis is an engineering student from the Technical University of Denmark in the field of electrical engineering. Teis is currently on the team designing the onboard computer for the next student satellite.

 

Kaspar K. Nielsen

Advanced Projects Assistant

Kaspar is a software developer and has a MSc in astrophyscis . At the moment he is working on his PhD in mechanical engineering, doing numerical modeling. At the same time he is coding and supporting the FITS Liberator. His main professional interests are coding, especially to multi-CPU systems and physics (mainly how to minimize entropy generation). In his spare time he likes to hang out with friends mostly drinking beer and telling funny stories.

Link to CV.

 

Lee Pullen

Science Writer Assistant

Lee is a science communicator from the United Kingdom. He specialises in science writing and designing / implementing outreach projects. Examples of recent work include writing articles for NASA's web-magazine and Space.com, directing the first science festival to be held in the Welsh Valleys and lecturing undergraduate science communication students. In addition, he is the Coordinator and Editor of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone project "Cosmic Diary".

His personal webpage can be viewed here.

Email: leempullen@gmail.com

Sarah Reed

Science Writer Assistant

After graduating from Durham University with a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics, Sarah joined BBC Sky at Night magazine as staff writer, working alongside the legendary British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore. She was later promoted to the role of news editor. Most recently, she worked on the prestigious academic journal Science as an intern in their news department in Cambridge, UK. She’s now joining ESO ePOD as a science communication intern to learn how an international scientific organisation disseminates its research to the public. Aside from science and writing, Sarah’s hobbies include skiing, travelling and reading.

Simon Steinhöfel

Web Content Assistant

Simon studied graphic-design and advertising at the Akademie-U5 in Munich where he learnt about the daily work of an large advertising agency, and did his diploma on the advertising and packaging of chocolate. Following this, he did several internships in Berlin and Munich during this time also built his own small-scale web-design agency. Since then, he has published his work on his own website http://designer-wg.de/.

As an Internet and innovation enthusiast, he discovered and explored the ESO website, and wanted to get involved in this very interesting topic.

Email: ssteinho@partner.eso.org

Olivier Usher

ESA/Hubble Public Information Officer

Oli Usher studied History and Philosophy of Science at University College London and the University of Cambridge, and has written widely about science, technology and their place in society. At Cambridge, he became interested in science communication when he studied how flawed government decisions about how to communicate scientific information led to public mistrust of medical science. Before coming to ESO, he worked as a journalist, writing science stories for a range of publications in print and online, including The Guardian and London-based political magazine Tribune.

Email: ousher@eso.org

Beat von Arb

Distribution Assistant

Beat is a student of Japanese Studies, Sociology and Educational Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. After his intermediate diploma he studied over one year as an exchange student at Waseda University in Tokyo. During this time he also worked as a translator and language teacher.

Email: markbeat@partner.eso.org
Tel: +49 89 3200 6232

Julia Westner

Distribution Assistant

Julia is studying Cultural Anthropology, Japanese and Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Currently she is in charge of the Hubble Shop and responsible for all kinds of distribution matters.

 

Interns

 

Phillip Keane

Intern Science Communication

Phillip has a BEng in Aerospace Engineering from Coventry University, and is currently studying his MSc in Space Studies.

He has worked at Rolls-Royce as a Development Technician on Trent XWB project, and at Airbus Military as a Technical Author, and is currently Deputy Editor of Space Safety Magazine.

He is passionate about all aspects the space industry, particularly in Solar System exploration, human spaceflight and CubeSat engineering. He has come to ESO to further his knowledge of astronomy and science communication.

Email: pkeane@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Office assistance

Edward Challis

Intern Graphic Design

Hi, I am Ed. I come from Nottingham, England. I studied Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University, with my main interests being layout and design for print. After finishing my degree I spent two months working for Paul Smith as a digital re-toucher and then went to work for a ski season in Austria. I am interested in graphic design, photography, architecture, food, sport and traveling. My career goal is to work as a magazine designer, either in the fashion, geographic, or travel industries.

Email: echallis@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Graphics assistance

Javier Perez Barbuzano

Intern Science Communication

Javier graduated in Environmental Science from the University of Granada, Spain. After completing a Postgraduate Degree in Science Communication, he worked as an intern at Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain) and the University of Florida (EEUU).

He has joined ESO ePOD to improve his skills in science outreach and learn how a large scientific organization communicates with the public.

Email: jperezb@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistant

André Rebelo

Intern Graphic Design

I'm André Rebelo, 23 years old and I'm from Portugal. I've started my studies in science, but my passion for visual arts prevailed and in 2012 I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Over the last year I was an Eramus student in the Faculty of Design and Art of the University of Bolzano, Italy. During this academic path I've learned graphic, web and interaction design, as well as photography and science communication.

Email: arebelo@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Graphics assistance

Stephen Kelly

Intern Science Communication

Stephen graduated in Astrophysics from University College London. After his degree, he worked as an intern in the UK's Government Office for Science.

He has joined ESO ePOD to develop his writing and science communication skills.

Email: skelly@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistant

Alex Abon

Chile Intern

Alex graduated in Physics at the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France. His passion for sciences led him to conduct projects in several fields, such as spatial hydrology (investigation study), chemistry and water management.

Alex is now conducting science projects for the French embassy in Chile and has been helping ESO ePOD in the organisation of events, exhibitions and media/VIP visits.

Email: abon@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistant
 
 

Sally Lowenstein

Intern Science Communication

Sally completed a BSc(hons) in genetics before undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication at the Australian National University. Since completing her studies she has worked in science communication institutions in Australia and the UK including Questacon, Edinburgh International Science Festival and the Scottish Science and Technology Roadshow.

Creating science shows and workshops that highlight how delightful science can be to children has been extremely rewarding. Sally now hopes to transfer these skills into creating effective written science communication as she ventures into the world of astronomy.

Email: slowenst@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistant

Kristine Omandap

Intern Graphic Design

Kristine Omandap was born in 1988 and is obtaining a Bachelor degree in Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication. She is currently on a Industrial Year and will obtain a Diploma in Professional Studies in June 2012.

Email: komandap@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Graphics assistance
 
 

Jorge Rivero Gonzalez

Intern Science Communication

Jorge was born in 1984 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and graduated in Physics at the University of La Laguna in 2008. At the moment, he is doing a PhD in astrophysics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He is mostly interested in the potential that audio-visual media has to bridge the gap between science and the general public.

Email: jrivero@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistance
 
 

Francesco Rossetto

Intern Graphic Design

Francesco was born in 1985 and obtained a Bachelor degree in Communication Studies at the University of Padua and a Master Degree in Industrial Design at the Scuola Italiana di Design (Padua).

During his Master he successfully collaborated with some important Italians and international brands, such as Greenpeace Italia, Vitra, Bemar, De Longhi, Solari, Inglesina, Euroform W., A.G.R., Geox.

Email: frossett@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Graphics assistance

Pedro Moura

Intern Graphic Design

Pedro Moura was born in 30.11.1973. Graduted in Communication Design in Faculty of Fine Arts in the University of Porto in 1999. Since then started working as a Graphic Designer throughout several design studios and has spreaded out his expertise to Animation, in teaching and also directing.

Email: pmoura@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Graphics assistance

Tristan Merrien

Chile Intern

Objectives

  1. Assistance with exhibitions
  2. Assistance with events
  3. Assistance with distribution
 
 

Sarah Roberts

Intern Science Communication

Sarah Roberts holds a BSc degree in Astronomy and the A-level subjects to support a journalism career (English and Media). Combining these qualifications with a passion for teaching complex scientific ideas in a simple manner; science communication quickly became the only career she wished to pursue. Unsurprisingly when offered a position working as a Science Communication intern for the prestigious international European Southern Observatory, she quickly snatched the opportunity and is now thoroughly enjoying being a part of the ePOD team.

Email: sroberts@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistance

João da Silva

Intern Graphic Design

João studied 3D design at ESAD Arts and Design School in Porto, Portugal. Since 2003 he has been working as a graphic designer for various publishers and publicists in Portugal, but he is now looking forward to the experience of working abroad, based at ESO’s headquarters in Garching, Germany. When he’s not designing, João also enjoys writing and he is a published author of an award-winning series of children’s books called A Lenda da Cidadela (under the alias João Hoffman).

Email: jdasilva@eso.org

Objectives

  1. Graphics assistance

Bárbara Ferreira

Intern Science Communication

Bárbara completed a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics at Cambridge University in 2010. While working on accretion discs around black holes, she became interested in communicating science to the general public, which led her to write articles for science outreach magazines within the university. She also interned at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology in London where she researched and drafted a short briefing on Space Weather aimed at non-expert parliamentarians. Bárbara keeps a Nature Network blog, Dinner Party Science, which she updates on a weekly basis.

Email: barbara.t.ferreira@gmail.com
Blog: http://blogs.nature.com/barbaraferreira/
Personal website: http://flavors.me/barbaraferreira

Objectives

  1. Public Information Officer assistance

Eric Hal Schwartz

Intern Science Communication

Eric recently graduated from Boston University’s Master’s degree program in Science and Medical Journalism. A professional writer for over three years, his work has appeared in many publications including the Boston Comment, the Arizona Daily Star, Xconomy, the Forward, and been featured on National Public Radio and online. An inveterate explorer and bibliophile, he looks forward to all the oppurtunities Germany and the ESO offer him.

Simon Casteran

Intern Science Communication

Simon graduated from the Toulouse Journalism School in 2010. During his studies, he worked as an intern for the Public Relations department of the french space agency, the CNES. He also wrote numerous articles for the french astronomy magazine Ciel & Espace and for the science news website Kwantik.fr. As an intern at the ESO, he particularly works on broadening his knowledge of astrophysics as well as improving his German.

Claudia Mignone

Intern Science Communication

Claudia graduated from the University of Bologna and obtained a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Heidelberg in 2009. After a few years spent studying the expansion of the universe, she became more and more interested in the relationship between science and society on our own planet. As an intern at ESO, she's now learning how to communicate astronomy to the public. In her spare time, she enjoys black and white photography, vintage couches and container terminals.

Ivana Horvat

Graphic Design Intern

Ivana graduated in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. While she was studying she became very interested in science communication and eventually took part in national FameLab competition where she won the Third Prize in 2008. Ivana was also a coordinator of the astronomy section at The First Science Festival in Novi Sad and she will be responsible for the realisation of the FETTU exhibition in her hometown. As a member of the Beautiful Science Network she was engaged in writing the International Declaration on Science Communication in Istanbul. Before coming to ESO she worked as a physics teacher in a primary school, bringing the excitement of science to the children.

Anika Bombik

Graphic Design Intern

Anika graduated at the University of Applied Science and Art in Hildesheim (Germany) with a degree in product design. As an intern at the ESO ePOD she is extending her knowledge in graphic design and improving her international language skills. When she is not at work, she enjoys travelling, meeting friends for a coffee and doing shopping.

Thomas Simon

Graphic Design Intern

Thomas Simon studies Audiovisual Media at the Stuttgart Media University. His main interests are photography and web-development. As an intern at ESO he is working on web-design and web-application for the ESO-websites.

 

Kata Vilimi

Graphic Design Intern

Kata is a Hungarian publication designer. She's working for Tempus Public Foundation (an umbrella organization of the Hungarian Ministry of Education, dealing with EU financed and Hungarian Govermental financed scholarships). Parallel she´s attending a design school in Budapest.

Karin Ranero

Intern Science Communication

Karin obtained a B.A. in Physics and Psychology, specializing in astrophysics, at the University of Denver in 2003. Between 2003 and 2006, she worked at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) in the Education and Public Outreach Department. In 2006, wanting to increase her knowledge on communication and informal education in the museum setting, she pursued an MSc in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, which she obtained in 2007 with her thesis: “Astrobiology in the museum: bridging the gap between science and society.” Karin also enjoys travelling, playing the piano and playing pool.

Catherine Moloney

Intern Science Communication

Catherine has Masters degrees in Science Communication from Imperial College London (2008) and also Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester (2004). She has been a museum guide at the National Space Centre in the UK, worked on satellite communication projects and also worked with the science communication group at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Outside of her work at ESO/Hubble, she is working on a documentary on mental health issues in the UK and she also enjoys climbing and snowboarding.

Katarina Sopcic

Graphic Design Intern

Katarina is a student of Visual Design at the University of Florence , on final year. Parallel to my studying I have several years’ experience as a part time freelance visual designer and design agency intern in Florence and Serbia. She enjoys photography, drawing and music.

Laura Simurda

Intern Science Communication

Laura is an unpaid associate with the ESO and will be working as a science writer for three months this summer.  She has obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Astronomy and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Print Journalism and History from the University of Southern California.  In the fall she will begin pursuing a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering and a Master of Arts degree in specialized journalism at USC.

Over the past two years she has conducted astronomical research with Dr. Geraldine Peters at USC, which she hopes to continue in the fall. Last summer she worked as a museum guide and science writing intern at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

Nuno Marques

Graphic Design Intern

 

Ana Margarida Lopes

Intern Science Communication

Ana left the golden flatland of Alentejo in southern Portugal and headed north to study Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. She then moved to the United States of America for about a year to complete her undergraduate thesis at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. She gained a D.Phil. in Astrophysics from Oxford University and conducted a post-doc at Universität Heidelberg. Ana joined ESA/Hubble as a science journalism intern in May 2007. She spends her time writing news and photo releases, as well as scripts for the Hubblecast.

Francesca Granato

Graphic Design Intern

Aitana Vargas

Intern Science Communication

Nadja Wolf

Intern Science Communication

Kristina Boneva

Graphic Design Intern

Cornel Swoboda

Graphic Design Intern