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ESO Industry Information Day 2018


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The Irish government will be acceding to membership of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in September 2018, making it the sixteenth member of the organisation which has its headquarters in Germany and its observatories in the host country of Chile.

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has just commenced construction of the billion-euro European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) which, at just over 39m diameter, will be the world’s largest optical telescope when it beings observations in 2024. After formal accession there will be important opportunities for Irish industry to supply to this and other hardware and software projects. Possible aspects are:
  • Civil engineering
  • Steel structure fabrication and assembly
  • Precision actuation, metrology and control
  • Optics, opto-mechanics and detector systems
  • Cryogenics, vacuum systems and coating systems

ESO’s ongoing technology programme will partner with industry to develop a variety of novel technologies in the areas of Precision actuation and control, Advanced light sources and Real-time computing. In addition there will be a requirement for new instrumentation suites that will be developed by international consortia, and these will be multi-million euro opportunities for industry.

ESO Industry Day information

An information day for Irish industry will be held in TCD on Monday 17th September 2018 with partial funding support provided by the Institute of Physics, Ireland. Besides talks on the opportunities for Irish industry, there will be an opportunity for one-to-one meetings with ESO staff.

Further information

Further information on ESO can be found on the ESO website: Institute of Physics in Ireland put together a brochure on the benefits to Ireland of ESO membership. 
Click here to download the document