ESO Website now Includes Icelandic, Polish and Turkish Translations

12 August 2010

ESO is announcing today that important sections of its website have been translated into Icelandic, Polish and Turkish, allowing even more people to read about the latest scientific advances in their native language. ESO projects include the most advanced observing facility in the world, the Very Large Telescope, as well as the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, and the planned European Extremely Large Telescope.

Press releases and other important information are translated by the ESO Science Outreach Network (ESON), a group of individuals in several countries — including all the ESO member states as well other interested countries, including Iceland, Poland and Turkey — who serve as local contacts for the media and the general public in connection with ESO developments. ESON members are also useful contacts between the media and scientists in their respective regions, and as such are valuable ambassadors.

"ESO is keen on sharing its results with as wide a part of Europe as possible. We are pleased and proud that our Icelandic, Polish and Turkish friends are translating the impressive results from our observatories into their languages," says Lars Lindberg Christensen, Head of education and Public Outreach at ESO.

Native-language information and contacts are available for readers from the ESO member states: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The inclusion of the three new sites boosts the ESO non-member states on the ESON list to: Chile (host nation), Ireland, Norway, USA and now Iceland, Poland, and Turkey. In total 15 different languages are now supported.

ESO invites outstanding astronomy communicators to submit their application for an ESON membership to ESON Coordinator Olivier Hainaut, to collaborate on translating ESO web pages and press releases, as well as serving as local contact for the media.



Olivier Hainaut
ESON coordinator, ESO ePOD
Tel: +49 89 3200 6752

Krzysztof Czart & Toruń Centre for Astronomy, Poland
ESON member, Poland
Tel: +48 56 611 30 02

Sævar Helgi Bragason
ESON member, Iceland
Tel: +354-896-1984

Arif Solmaz
ESON member, Turkey
Canakkale Astrophysics Research Centre, Turkey
Tel: +90 538 614 29 38

Lars Lindberg Christensen
Garching, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6761
Cell: +49 173 3872 621
E-mail: & Toruń Centre for Astronomy, Poland

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