European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern hemisphere (ESO)

Organisation européenne pour des recherches astronomiques dans l'hémisphère austral
Europäische Organisation für Astronomische Forschung in der Südlichen Hemisphäre

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1962-10-05 Paris France


Statutes registered in 'UNTS 1/14697'.


Establish and operate astronomical observatories in the southern hemisphere, furthering and organizing collaboration in astronomy, covering a wide spectrum of activities, including design and construction of world-class ground-based observational facilities for member-state scientists, large telescope projects, design of innovative scientific instruments, developing new and advanced technologies, furthering European cooperation in astronomy and carrying out European educational programmes.


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Council; Visiting Committee of distinguished scientists. Other Committees (4): Scientific-Technical (STC); Finance (FC); Observing Programmes (OPC); Users (UC). Headquarters (Scientific, Technical and Administrative Centre) in Garching (Germany) comprises 5 Directorates (Science, Programmes, Operations, Engineering, Administration). Cabinet of the Director General. Offices and facilities: Santiago (Chile); La Silla Paranal Observatory in Chile on 2 sites - Cerro La Silla (IV Region) and Cerro Paranal (II Region). Participates in ALMA Millimeter/Submillimeter Observatory on Llano Chajnantor with North America and East Asia, Cerro Amazones (II Region), in Chile.


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