Media Advisory: ESO Press Conference about Largest Ever Contract in Ground-based Astronomy

18 May 2016

ESO will hold an online press conference at 15:00 CEST on Wednesday 25 May to unveil the construction design of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), to announce further details of the contract to build the dome and main telescope structure, and to update the media on the status and future plans for the world’s largest optical telescope.

This is the largest contract ever awarded by ESO and the largest contract ever in ground-based astronomy. The contract will be signed during a ceremony earlier in the day at ESO’s Headquarters in Garching, Germany.

After presentations, journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions of the ESO Director General Tim de Zeeuw, a representative of the ACe Consortium, and the E-ELT Programme Manager Roberto Tamai.

To participate in the online conference, bona fide members of the media must register by completing this online RSVP form.

The conference will be held using Adobe Connect — details of how to connect will be provided to accredited reporters. An ESO Press Release will be issued on the day of the conference.

Further information

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

About the Announcement



Bird's-eye view of the ELT
Bird's-eye view of the ELT