The European Commission, the European Research Council and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project will hold a press conference to present a ground-breaking result from the EHT on 10 April 2019 at 15:00 CEST. The press conference will be held at the Berlaymont Building, Rue de la Loi (Wetstraat) 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.
- What: A press conference to present a ground-breaking result from the Event Horizon Telescope.
- When: On 10 April 2019 at 15:00 CEST
- Where: The press conference will be held at the Berlaymont Building, Rue de la Loi (Wetstraat) 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium. The event will be introduced by European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and will feature presentations by the researchers behind this result.
- RSVP: This invitation is addressed to media representatives. To participate in the conference, members of the media must register by completing an online form before 7 April 23:59 CEST. Please indicate whether you wish to attend in person or if you will participate online only. On-site journalists will have a question-and-answer session with panellists during the conference. In-person individual interviews immediately after the conference will also be possible.
The conference will be streamed online on the ERC website and YouTube. We will take a few questions from social media using the hashtag #AskEHTeu.
An ERC press release will be publicly issued shortly after the start of the conference at 15:07 CEST. Translations of the press release will be available in multiple languages, along with extensive supporting audiovisual material.
Six press conferences will be held simultaneously around the globe in Belgium (Brussels, English), Chile (Santiago, Spanish), Shanghai (Mandarin), Japan (Tokyo, Japanese), Taipei (Mandarin), and USA (Washington, D.C., English).
The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas will speak in Brussels, the President of the Academia Sinica, James Liao, will speak in Taipei, the ALMA Director Sean Dougherty and the ESO Director General Xavier Barcons will speak in Santiago, and the NSF Director France A. Córdova will speak in Washington DC.
Due to the importance of this result, the EHT project encourages satellite events in the different countries. If you wish to arrange a satellite event please contact Katharina Königstein for details on the live feed. There are satellite-events currently planned in Madrid, Rome, Gothenburg, Nijmegen and Pretoria.
The Event Horizon Telescope is an international collaboration aiming to capture the first image of a black hole by creating a virtual Earth-sized telescope. The EU’s European Research Council awarded three senior researchers – Professors Heino Falcke, Michael Kramer and Luciano Rezzolla – a 14 million euro Synergy Grant for BlackHoleCam project that made a contribution to the EHT. Moreover, the EHT observations used telescopes and infrastructure that benefited from EU funding through a RadioNet project.