Lars Lindberg Christensen
Lars is a science communication specialist heading the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre group in Munich, Germany, where he is responsible for public outreach and education for the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in Europe. He obtained his Master’s Degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Before assuming his current position, he spent a decade working as a science communicator and technical specialist for the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen.
Lars has more than 100 publications to his credit, most of them in popular science communication and its theory. His other productive interests cover several major areas of communication, including graphical, written, technical and scientific communication. He has written a number of books, notably The Hands-On Guide for Science Communicators and Hubble — 15 Years of Discovery. His books have been translated to Finnish, Portuguese, Danish, German and Chinese.
He has produced material for a multitude of different media from star shows, laser shows and slide shows, to web, print, television and radio. His methodology is focussed on devising and implementing innovative strategies for the production of efficient science communication and educational material. This work involves collaborations with highly skilled graphics professionals and technicians. Some of the products of these collaborations are visible at: http://www.spacetelescope.org.
Lars is Press Officer for the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a founding member and secretary of the IAU Commission 55 Communicating Astronomy with the Public (http://www.communicatingastronomy.org), manager of the ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator project, executive editor of the peer-reviewed Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal, director of the Hubblecast video podcast, manager of the IAU International Year of Astronomy Secretariat and the Executive producer and director of the science documentary Hubble — 15 Years of Discovery. In 2005 Lars was the youngest recipient so far of the Tycho Brahe Medal for his achievements in science communication.
Lars lives in Garching near Munich, Germany, with his wife and son.