The Messenger

Report on the ESO Event “20th Anniversary of Science Exploration with FORS”

  • Siebenmorgen, Ralf [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Boffin, Henri [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Derie, Frédéric [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]


About 50 scientists belonging to the “Friends of FORS” family convened at the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre to celebrate 20 years of successful science exploration with FORS1 and FORS2. Scientific highlights from these instruments were discussed, covering various research areas rang-ing from interstellar bodies entering our Solar System, to the detection of exo- planets and biomarkers, interstellar medium dust polarisation, binary star velocities, galaxy dynamics, high-redshift galaxies near the re-ionisation epoch, and transient astronomical events such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, and gravitational waves. In addition to reviewing the amazing scientific achievements from the FORS instruments, a specific goal of the conference was to discuss ways in which to foster the high scientific impact of the instrument in the future. Various suggestions from the ESO community for upgrading the instrument were presented and discussed.

Created: 2019-06-01/2019-06-30
4 pages

Cite this article:

R. Siebenmorgen, H. Boffin, F. Derie; Report on the ESO Event "20th Anniversary of Science Exploration with FORS". The Messenger 176 (June 2019): 44–47.