These are the web pages of Dr. Joe Liske. I am an astronomer at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany, working in the E-ELT Science Office. Previously, I was an ESO Fellow and before that a postdoc at the Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews. I obtained my PhD from the University of New South Wales.
I spend half of my time working on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). This (future) giant telescope will be Europe's premier ground-based optical and infrared facility in the coming decades. My work is concerned with all issues related to E-ELT science, and in particular the Design Reference Mission.
I spend the other half of my time doing research. My scientific interests are in extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology. Mostly, I study galaxy formation and evolution using large surveys such as the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey, and the intergalactic medium using QSO absorption lines.
Finally, in the third half of my time I host the Hubblecast and the ESOcast, two popular video podcasts featuring the latest science, news and images from the Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory. I have also hosted the movie Eyes on the Skies, a documentary celebrating the 400th anniversary of the telescope in the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
I have also been very fortunate to be able to participate in the shooting of "The Eye 3D", an award-winning documentary about ESO's Paranal Observatory that was released in Oct 2009. What is special about this film is that it is in 3D! Look for it in a 3D cinema near you. Alternatively, you can watch this preview.