My public outreach builds on my own research, teaching and professional experience and aims to inspire, educate and engage a wide range of audiences. Throughout my career, I have been involved in the public understanding of astronomy using a variety of means such as public lectures, public observing nights, presentations and special events at schools, television and radio interviews, posts to a variety of social media channels and citizen science.
One such project for which I am a team creator is Euclid Zoo, a Zooniverse Project (www.zooniverse.org) currently under development. The Euclid Wide survey will image one third of the sky (15,000 deg. squared), with a high angular resolution (better than 0.2 arcseconds). It will produce images of billions of objects, and we estimate that ~50 million galaxies will be sufficiently well resolved to determine their visual morphologies. As the sizes of modern surveys such as Euclid far exceed the number of classifications that can be done by citizen science, new methods employing artificial intelligence have to be used to classify galaxies in an automated way. However, these methods rely on large training sets, provided by humans, in order to achieve an accurate classification of galaxies. This Zooniverse Project platform is therefore currently designed for the classification of thousands of Euclid-like galaxies for the calibration of our automated galaxy classifiers. In the future, it will also be used for the classification of the Euclid images, in complement to machine learning, to identify, for example, new classes of objects.
Open your Course 4 Climate Crisis (OC4CC), week from November 23 to 27 2020.
AstroMundus Welcome Day, Austria.
AstroMundus Retreat, Serbia (taken by Dusan Pavlović).
Transit of Mercury (taken by K. Osiak).
Solar Eclipse, Innsbruck Elementary School, Austria (taken by F. Marleau).
Night observing session, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy.
Data reduction and analysis, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy.