Dr Joe Liske
ESO Astronomer

Dr Joe Liske is a staff astronomer at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Germany.
Having obtained his PhD in Sydney, Australia, he was a researcher at the Universities of St Andrews
and Edinburgh in Scotland before joining the European Southern Observatory in 2003.
He now spends half of his time trying to understand how galaxies like our own Milky Way formed,
while the other is dedicated to the science of the European Extremely Large Telescope project.
Joe will be telling us about his work at ESO, and about the world’s biggest telescope, the
European Extremely Large Telescope, and what we hope to find out with it.
Joe will present via video conference.

I spend half of my time working on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
This (future) giant telescope will be Europe’s premier ground-based optical and infrared
facility in the coming decades. My work is concerned with all issues related to E-ELT science,
and in particular the Design Reference Mission.I spend the other half of my time doing research. My scientific interests are in extragalactic
astronomy and observational cosmology. Mostly, I study galaxy formation and evolution
using large surveys such as the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey,
and the intergalactic medium using QSO absorption lines.  Finally, in the third half of my time I host the Hubblecast and the ESOcast,
two popular video podcasts featuring the latest science, news and images
from the Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory.
I have also hosted the movie Eyes on the Skies, a documentary celebrating the
400th anniversary of the telescope in the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
I have also been very fortunate to be able to participate in the shooting
of “The Eye 3D“, an award-winning documentary about ESO’s Paranal Observatory
that was released in Oct 2009. What is special about this film is that it is in 3D!
Look for it in a 3D cinema near you. Alternatively, you can watch this preview.
Most recently, the Hubblecast has spawned a TV counterpart called
Hubble: Mission Universum on the Austrian channel Servus TV.