Girls’ Day Event at ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany

Inspiring the next generation of women to take up careers in science and technology

19 Mars 2015

On 23 April 2015, ESO will participate in Germany’s nationwide Girls’ Day activities, in which technical enterprises, universities and research organisations arrange open days for girls, to give female school students an insight into science and technology professions and to encourage more of them to choose such careers in the future.

The ESO Girls’ Day will introduce the work of ESO and highlight many of our daily activities, such as astrophysical research, mechanical design, optical integration, operations, development of cutting-edge technology, construction of large structures, and more. The programme comprises an introductory talk, a tour of the main ESO laboratories, and hands-on workshops in the fields of both engineering and astronomy with the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the topics that have been presented.

The students will learn how astronomical instruments are built, integrated and tested in the laboratories. They will also learn how data are obtained and used in astronomical research to answer big questions about our Universe. The students will gain insights into the kinds of work being done by engineers and astronomers at ESO.

To complete this introduction to the world’s most productive astronomical observatory, there will be a live video link to Cerro Paranal, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The Girls’ Day visitors will be able to talk with an ESO astronomer working 11 000 kilometres away on this high mountaintop in Chile’s Atacama Desert, 2600 metres above sea level.

Places are limited for this event. To register, please visit the Girls’ Day website. The talks at the event will be in German.

When: 9:00–16:15, Thursday 23 April 2015

Where: ESO Headquarters, Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2, D-85748 Garching bei München, Germany



Steffi Steins
Human Resources ESO
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6837

Richard Hook
ESO Public Information Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6655
Cell: +49 151 1537 3591

rreth Lajmërimit



Girls' Day Event at ESO Headquarters in 2014
Girls' Day Event at ESO Headquarters in 2014