24 November 2010. Amongst the Viennese institutions ESPI maintains close relations, the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Vienna is amongst the most notable ones. This was highlighted in a visit by the ESPI staff to the Institute.
Today, the bulk of ESPI’s staff visited the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Vienna with which close relations have existed for a number of years. This cooperation has particularly been promoted by the Institute’s Johannes Leitner and Professor Maria Firneis. The reunion started with a tour through the Institute’s technical facilities and historical collection and was complemented by a presentation on space law by ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl (download presentation here). Bringing space policy and regulatory issues to the attention of the astronomy students is a concern both to Johannes Leitner and ESPI, which also promoted these issues with other local university institutes (amongst them the one of geodesy and the one of law, see related webnews’ here and here). The cooperation between the two institutions will receive an additional element, when in 2011 ESPI’s annual arts exhibition will host works by Ulrike Kuchner a graduate student at the Institute of Astronomy and the University of Applied Arts, depicting ESO (European Southern Observatory) data of VIMOS, an integral field spectrograph, which is part of the ESO - Very Large Telescope in Cerro Paranal, Chile. In her artistic work she uses these data and transcribes them by means of printing technology.
Today’s visit again demonstrated ESPI’s good links to the local academic community and its appreciated efforts in making space policy and regulations catchy for other disciplines.
ESPI staff at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Vienna during the tour of the museum guided by professor Maria Firneis (centre front)