CURRICULUM VITAE for Lars Lindberg Christensen

Address München
  Germany
Nationality Danish
E-mail lars@eso.org
WWW www.eso.org/~lchriste
Cell phone +49 173 38 72 621


Work experience

A complete list of publications – books, popular articles, articles on communication etc. – can be found here.

Head of education and Public Outreach, European Southern Observatory 2008-
Leading the ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD) in Munich, Germany. Responsible for public outreach and education for the La Silla Paranal Observatory, for ESO's part of ALMA (the largest and most expensive ground-based astronomical project currently under construction), the European Extremely Large Telescope (the largest optical telescope in planning), ESA’s part of the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Astronomical Union Press Office.

PIO/Head of Communication for the Hubble Space Telescope/James Webb Space Telescope
European Space Agency (ESA)/European Southern Observatory (ESO), Munich, Germany   1999-2008
Building up a small science communication office in Munich under the ESA SCIENCE Directorate (http://www.spacetelescope.org). Daily tasks range from: management, budget control, writing and editing of news releases, media relations, distribution, education, evaluation (press clippings, web stats, VNR tracking), art direction, teaching (science communication, astronomy etc.), technical implementation, marketing and project control. Has resulted in a deep knowledge of European space operations, and an insight into the important interplay between management, organization, and effective internal and external communication.

Astronomer and Head of Information Technologies
Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Copenhagen, Denmark   1989-1999

A multitude of different science communication, technical and marketing tasks in the period from 1989-1999 (1989-1996 ¾ time): From production of exhibitions and star shows over PR campaigns for the Danish micro-satellite programme, to writing press releases, performing interviews on TV and radio etc. etc.

Greenland meteorite expeditions, Greenland   1996 & 1998

Unix system administration (part-time), Teoretisk Astrophysics Centre, Copenhagen   1995-1996

Teaching assistant (part-time), University of Copenhagen   1991-1996

Head observer, Round Tower Observatory (part-time), Copenhagen, 1991-1993

Guide, Round Tower Observatory (part-time), Copenhagen   1984-1997

Planetarium guide Technical Museum (part-time), Elsinore   1984-1985



Education
  • Master of Science, Astrophysics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark   1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark   1993
  • High-school, Efterslægtselskabets Gymnasium, Denmark    1989

Professional Activities
  • Member of jury for Photo Nightscape Awards 2014
  • Member of the International Planetarium Society Vision 2020 Advisory Group 2014
  • Expert Evaluator for the Shanghai Planetarium 2014
  • Member of IAU Executive Committee WG Public Naming of Planets and Planetary Satellites 2013–
  • Expert Evaluator for GEMINI–CONICYT, 2013
  • Member of the International Planetarium Society Science and Data Visualization Task Force, 2013–
  • Member of the IAU Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage Steering Committee Member 2012-2015
  • President for the International Astronomical Union Commission 55 Communicating Astronomy with the Public http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/, 2012-2015
  • Member of Task Force 3 for IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, 2012–
  • ASTRONET2 Panel E chair 2011-2014
  • Expert Evaluator and Panel Chair for the European Commission, FP7 HEALTH, 2010
  • Member of the Board of Advisors for KV 265, 2010–
  • Expert Evaluator for the Research Council of Norway, NORKLIMA, 2009
  • ASTRONET Panel E member 2007-2008
  • Review Panel Chair for the National Observatories of Japan Public Relations Center, 2008
  • Expert Evaluator for the European Commission, FP7 Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities, 2007
  • Expert Evaluator and Panel Chair for the European Commission, FP7 HEALTH, 2007
  • Press Officer for the International Astronomical Union, 2006–
  • Member of the Advisory Council for Astronomy Education Review, 2006-2009
  • Vice-President for the International Astronomical Union Commission 55 Communicating Astronomy with the Public http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/, 2009-2012
  • Secretary for the IAU Executive Committee International Year of Astronomy 2009 Working Group, 2006-2010
  • Advisory Editor Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings, Springer New York, 2006-2011
  • Outreach & Education Coordinator for the European Virtual Observatory/AVO 2001-2004
  • Secretary for the International Astronomical Union Division XII Union-Wide Activities http://www.iaudivisionxii.org, 2004-2009
  • Member of the Science Communication Focus Group at the NASA Astrobiology Institute, 2004-2006
  • Secretary for the International Astronomical Union Commission 55 Communicating Astronomy with the Public http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/, 2006-2009
  • Member of the AUUF Sub-Committee to define a Danish National Strategy for astronomy outreach and education, 2003-4
Conference Organizing
  • Member of the SOC for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2016, 2016
  • Member of the SOC for FM 19: Communicating Astronomy with the Public in the Big Data Era, IAU General Assembly, 2015
  • Member of the SOC for Public awareness of large scale facilities Expectations – Experiences – Examples, 2015
  • Member of the SOC for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2013, 2013
  • Member of the SOC for Special Session 14: Communicating Astronomy with the Public for Scientist, IAU General Assembly, 2012
  • Member of the SOC for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2011, 2011
  • Member of the SOC for Bob Fosbury's Scientific Career, 2011
  • Member of the SOC for European Planetary Science Congress 2007, Potsdam, 2007
  • Member of SOC (co-chair) for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007, Athens, 2007
  • Member of the LOC for The ESO – International Year of Astronomy 2009 meeting, Munich, 2007
  • Member of the SOC for European Planetary Science Congress 2006, Berlin, 2006
  • Member of the SOC for Astro-Viz 2006, Los Angeles, 2006
  • Member of the SOC for Innovation in Teaching/Learning Astronomy Special Session at the IAU General Assembly, Prague 2006
  • Member of the SOC (co-chair) and LOC (chair) for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2005, Munich, 2005


Skills Experience

Management and project coordination

Excellent

Written communication

Excellent

Media Relations

Excellent

Professional use of computers (from Word to Video Editing)

Excellent

Technical publication

Excellent

Digital image processing

Excellent

Analogue and digital media

Excellent

Budget control

Excellent

Art Direction

Good

Fundraising

Good


Languages
 

 

Reading

Writing

Speaking

 

English

Fluent

Fluent

Fluent

 

Danish

Fluent

Fluent

Fluent

 

German

Well

Well

Well

 

Swedish

Well

Fair

Fair

 

Norwegian

Well

Fair

Fair

 

French

Fair

Poor

Poor



Selected talks
  • Adventures with Hubble, Dublin/Belfast 2008
  • Google Sky and Google Universe, Leaders@Google talk #6   2006
  • The IAU and the Pluto affair, Jet Propulsion Laboratory   2006
  • Fulldome standards and archives, Immersive Cinemas, Porto   2006
  • IAU and the Pluto Affair, Plenary talk at the ASP EPO conference   2006
  • The IAU and the International Year of Astronomy 2009, IAU General Assembly    2006
  • IAU’s communication strategy & Hands-on Science Communication, IAU General Assembly    2006
  • Virtual Repository Progress, (w. Robert Hurt), IAU General Assembly    2006
  • The FITS Liberator, 6 Years of Chandra symposium, Boston   2005
  • Produce your First DVD   2005
  • Virtual Repository/Outreach metadata   2005
  • Hands-on Images 1   2005
  • Virtual Repository Progress   2005
  • 15 Years with the Hubble Space Telescope – Per aspera ad astra, Rome   2005
  • Communicating Astronomy with the Hubble Space Telescope, Rome and Milan   2005
  • ESA’s celebrations of Hubble’s 15 th Anniversary, Hamburg and Copenhagen   2005
  • Hubble’s Future, Copenhagen and Hamburg   2005
  • Hands-on Science Communication, invited talk at JENAM, Grenada   2004
  • Virtual observatories and real data in education, inv. talk at GHOU (education), Skt. Petersburg   2004
  • A national communication strategy for astronomy and space research, invited talk at Nyborg   2004
  • The Ideal Communication Office, invited talk at the INAF workshop Stelle de Carta, Bologna   2003
  • På fælles talefod og Ressourceoptimering, Workshop on science communication , Brorfelde   2003
  • Overview of Hubble PR and Communication, invited talk at GHOU (education) , Paris   2002
  • The Marvels of the Hubble Space Telescope, inv. popular talk at the GHOU (education), Paris   2002
  • Exploring Space, VIPER, invited talk at Int. Festival for Film, Video and New Media, Basel   2001
  • 10 Years that Changed our Vision, various venues   1999-2001

Awards

Memberships etc.
  • ECSITE
  • International Planetarium Society
  • International Astronomical Union
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • Associate Science Editor for the magazine Aktuel Naturvidenskab (Science News)
  • SPIN – Science Public Information officer Network
  • Danish Science Journalists Association (Foreningen af Danske Videnskabsjournalister)
  • Network for Science Communicators (Netværkfor Naturvidenskabelige Forskningsformidlere)
  • Network for Astronomy and Space Communicators (Netværk for Formidlere af Astronomi og Rumfart)

Educational activities (excerpt)
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education workshop, Glasgow, Scotland   2006
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education workshop, Skt. Petersburg (Global Hands-on Universe conf.)   2004
  • Lecturer at High-school teachers education workshop, Paris (Global Hands-on Universe conference)   2002
  • Lecturer at ESA Space Camp   2002
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education, Haslev, Denmark   2002
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education, Munich   2001
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education in astronomy and physics, Københavns Lærerhøjskole   1996, 1997
  • Supervisor at Physics 101 Exercises (Fysik 1 Frie Øvelser), University of Copenhagen   1991-1995

Training

  • Developing successful exhibitions, Journal of Science Communication Masterclass, 2014
  • Management Styles and Managing Change, The Scala group, 2009
  • Managing Change, Management, MCE Coaching, 2008
  • 3D Studio Max  1995

CURRICULUM VITAE for Lars Lindberg Christensen

Address München
  Germany
Nationality Danish
E-mail lars@eso.org
WWW www.eso.org/~lchriste
Cell phone +49 173 38 72 621


Work experience

A complete list of publications – books, popular articles, articles on communication etc. – can be found here.

Head of education and Public Outreach, European Southern Observatory 2008-
Leading the ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD) in Munich, Germany. Responsible for public outreach and education for the La Silla Paranal Observatory, for ESO's part of ALMA (the largest and most expensive ground-based astronomical project currently under construction), the European Extremely Large Telescope (the largest optical telescope in planning), ESA’s part of the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Astronomical Union Press Office.

PIO/Head of Communication for the Hubble Space Telescope/James Webb Space Telescope
European Space Agency (ESA)/European Southern Observatory (ESO), Munich, Germany   1999-2008
Building up a small science communication office in Munich under the ESA SCIENCE Directorate (http://www.spacetelescope.org). Daily tasks range from: management, budget control, writing and editing of news releases, media relations, distribution, education, evaluation (press clippings, web stats, VNR tracking), art direction, teaching (science communication, astronomy etc.), technical implementation, marketing and project control. Has resulted in a deep knowledge of European space operations, and an insight into the important interplay between management, organization, and effective internal and external communication.

Astronomer and Head of Information Technologies
Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Copenhagen, Denmark   1989-1999

A multitude of different science communication, technical and marketing tasks in the period from 1989-1999 (1989-1996 ¾ time): From production of exhibitions and star shows over PR campaigns for the Danish micro-satellite programme, to writing press releases, performing interviews on TV and radio etc. etc.

Greenland meteorite expeditions, Greenland   1996 & 1998

Unix system administration (part-time), Teoretical Astrophysics Centre, Copenhagen   1995-1996

Teaching assistant (part-time), University of Copenhagen   1991-1996

Head observer, Round Tower Observatory (part-time), Copenhagen, 1991-1993

Guide, Round Tower Observatory (part-time), Copenhagen   1984-1997

Planetarium guide Technical Museum (part-time), Elsinore   1984-1985



Education
  • Master of Science, Astrophysics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark   1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark   1993
  • High-school, Efterslægtselskabets Gymnasium, Denmark    1989

Professional Activities
  • Member of jury for Photo Nightscape Awards 2014
  • Member of the International Planetarium Society Vision 2020 Advisory Group 2014
  • Expert Evaluator for the Shanghai Planetarium 2014
  • Member of IAU Executive Committee WG Public Naming of Planets and Planetary Satellites 2013–
  • Expert Evaluator for GEMINI–CONICYT, 2013
  • Member of the International Planetarium Society Science and Data Visualization Task Force, 2013–
  • Member of the IAU Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage Steering Committee Member 2012-2015
  • President for the International Astronomical Union Commission 55 Communicating Astronomy with the Public http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/, 2012-2015
  • Member of Task Force 3 for IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, 2012–
  • ASTRONET2 Panel E chair 2011-2014
  • Expert Evaluator and Panel Chair for the European Commission, FP7 HEALTH, 2010
  • Member of the Board of Advisors for KV 265, 2010–
  • Expert Evaluator for the Research Council of Norway, NORKLIMA, 2009
  • ASTRONET Panel E member 2007-2008
  • Review Panel Chair for the National Observatories of Japan Public Relations Center, 2008
  • Expert Evaluator for the European Commission, FP7 Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities, 2007
  • Expert Evaluator and Panel Chair for the European Commission, FP7 HEALTH, 2007
  • Press Officer for the International Astronomical Union, 2006–
  • Member of the Advisory Council for Astronomy Education Review, 2006-2009
  • Vice-President for the International Astronomical Union Commission 55 Communicating Astronomy with the Public http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/, 2009-2012
  • Secretary for the IAU Executive Committee International Year of Astronomy 2009 Working Group, 2006-2010
  • Advisory Editor Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings, Springer New York, 2006-2011
  • Outreach & Education Coordinator for the European Virtual Observatory/AVO 2001-2004
  • Secretary for the International Astronomical Union Division XII Union-Wide Activities http://www.iaudivisionxii.org, 2004-2009
  • Member of the Science Communication Focus Group at the NASA Astrobiology Institute, 2004-2006
  • Secretary for the International Astronomical Union Commission 55 Communicating Astronomy with the Public http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/, 2006-2009
  • Member of the AUUF Sub-Committee to define a Danish National Strategy for astronomy outreach and education, 2003-4
Conference Organizing
  • Member of the SOC for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2016, 2016
  • Member of the SOC for FM 19: Communicating Astronomy with the Public in the Big Data Era
  • Member of the SOC for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2013, 2013
  • Member of the SOC for Special Session 14: Communicating Astronomy with the Public for Scientist, IAU General Assembly, 2012
  • Member of the SOC for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2011, 2011
  • Member of the SOC for Bob Fosbury's Scientific Career, 2011
  • Member of the SOC for European Planetary Science Congress 2007, Potsdam, 2007
  • Member of SOC (co-chair) for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007, Athens, 2007
  • Member of the LOC for The ESO – International Year of Astronomy 2009 meeting, Munich, 2007
  • Member of the SOC for European Planetary Science Congress 2006, Berlin, 2006
  • Member of the SOC for Astro-Viz 2006, Los Angeles, 2006
  • Member of the SOC for Innovation in Teaching/Learning Astronomy Special Session at the IAU General Assembly, Prague 2006
  • Member of the SOC (co-chair) and LOC (chair) for Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2005, Munich, 2005


Skills Experience

Management and project coordination

Excellent

Written communication

Excellent

Media Relations

Excellent

Professional use of computers (from Word to Video Editing)

Excellent

Technical publication

Excellent

Digital image processing

Excellent

Analogue and digital media

Excellent

Budget control

Excellent

Art Direction

Good

Fundraising

Good


Languages
 

 

Reading

Writing

Speaking

 

English

Fluent

Fluent

Fluent

 

Danish

Fluent

Fluent

Fluent

 

German

Well

Well

Well

 

Swedish

Well

Fair

Fair

 

Norwegian

Well

Fair

Fair

 

French

Fair

Poor

Fair



Selected talks
  • Adventures with Hubble, Dublin/Belfast 2008
  • Google Sky and Google Universe, Leaders@Google talk #6   2006
  • The IAU and the Pluto affair, Jet Propulsion Laboratory   2006
  • Fulldome standards and archives, Immersive Cinemas, Porto   2006
  • IAU and the Pluto Affair, Plenary talk at the ASP EPO conference   2006
  • The IAU and the International Year of Astronomy 2009, IAU General Assembly    2006
  • IAU’s communication strategy & Hands-on Science Communication, IAU General Assembly    2006
  • Virtual Repository Progress, (w. Robert Hurt), IAU General Assembly    2006
  • The FITS Liberator, 6 Years of Chandra symposium, Boston   2005
  • Produce your First DVD   2005
  • Virtual Repository/Outreach metadata   2005
  • Hands-on Images 1   2005
  • Virtual Repository Progress   2005
  • 15 Years with the Hubble Space Telescope – Per aspera ad astra, Rome   2005
  • Communicating Astronomy with the Hubble Space Telescope, Rome and Milan   2005
  • ESA’s celebrations of Hubble’s 15 th Anniversary, Hamburg and Copenhagen   2005
  • Hubble’s Future, Copenhagen and Hamburg   2005
  • Hands-on Science Communication, invited talk at JENAM, Grenada   2004
  • Virtual observatories and real data in education, inv. talk at GHOU (education), Skt. Petersburg   2004
  • A national communication strategy for astronomy and space research, invited talk at Nyborg   2004
  • The Ideal Communication Office, invited talk at the INAF workshop Stelle de Carta, Bologna   2003
  • På fælles talefod og Ressourceoptimering, Workshop on science communication , Brorfelde   2003
  • Overview of Hubble PR and Communication, invited talk at GHOU (education) , Paris   2002
  • The Marvels of the Hubble Space Telescope, inv. popular talk at the GHOU (education), Paris   2002
  • Exploring Space, VIPER, invited talk at Int. Festival for Film, Video and New Media, Basel   2001
  • 10 Years that Changed our Vision, various venues   1999-2001

Awards

Memberships etc.
  • International Astronomical Union
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • Associate Science Editor for the magazine Aktuel Naturvidenskab (Science News)
  • SPIN – Science Public Information officer Network
  • Danish Science Journalists Association (Foreningen af Danske Videnskabsjournalister)
  • Network for Science Communicators (Netværkfor Naturvidenskabelige Forskningsformidlere)
  • Network for Astronomy and Space Communicators (Netværk for Formidlere af Astronomi og Rumfart)

Educational activities (excerpt)
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education workshop, Glasgow, Scotland   2006
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education workshop, Skt. Petersburg (Global Hands-on Universe conf.)   2004
  • Lecturer at High-school teachers education workshop, Paris (Global Hands-on Universe conference)   2002
  • Lecturer at ESA Space Camp   2002
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education, Haslev, Denmark   2002
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education, Munich   2001
  • Lecturer at high-school teachers education in astronomy and physics, Københavns Lærerhøjskole   1996, 1997
  • Supervisor at Physics 101 Exercises (Fysik 1 Frie Øvelser), University of Copenhagen   1991-1995

Training

  • Management Styles and Managing Change, The Scala group, 2009
  • Managing Change, Management, MCE Coaching, 2008
  • 3D Studio Max  1995