€14m well spent on the European Southern Observatory September 12, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The Director General of Europe’s largest international astronomy organisation will meet Government ministers and officials in Dublin today [Thursday], to discuss the possibility of Ireland joining the body.
Central to the discussions will be the estimated €14m in entrance fees that Ireland would have to pay to become a member of the European Southern Observatory.
The ESO is the foremost international astronomy collaboration in Europe.
After that it is €2m per annum.
Prof de Zeeuw was due to meet the Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan on Thursday to discuss Ireland’s application for membership, but that meeting has been cancelled because of the political turmoil surrounding Mr Halligan’s position in Government.
Instead, he will meet with officials from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Investment. Afterwards he will address the Irish National Astronomy Meeting (INAM), the annual gathering of Irish astronomers.