5 April 2019

Danish Press Conference on First Results from the Event Horizon Telescope

Left panel: A simulated image showing turbulent plasma glowing as it is swallowed by a supermassive black hole (University of Arizona). Right panel: The Greenland Telescope, currently located at the Thule Air Base in Northern Greenland.

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) and DTU Space - National Space Institute will hold a press conference to present a groundbreaking result from the EHT.

In the press conference, a groundbreaking result from the EHT will be announced. The Greenland Telescope is due to join the worldwide network of telescopes making up the EHT, thereby boosting its discovery capabilities, and presenting an excellent opportunity for Danish Denmark-based astronomers to be part of future ground-breaking discoveries with the EHT.

The press conference will have introductory remarks from Thomas R. Greve (DAWN, DTU Space), and afterwards, a panel of expert astrophysicists from Denmark and Taiwan will answer questions.

  • VIP guest: Paul Ho, East Asian Observatories Director, PI of the Greenland Telescope, and co-investigator of the EHT resuslt.
  • Thomas R. Greve, DAWN, DTU Space, Technical University of Denmark
  • Marianne Vestergaard, DARK, The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Jes K. Jørgensen, StarPlan, The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Ivalu B. Christensen, Lund University and Astrophysicist from Greenland

The press conference will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 15:00 CEST at DTU Space, Elektrovej 328, 2800 Lyngby, Denmark.

The press conference will be streamed online at:

Media representatives can register to attend the event in person by contacting tgreve@space.dtu.dk. To attend, media must register by 18:00 CEST on Monday, April 8. On-site journalists will have a Q&A - session with panellists during the conference. In-person individual interviews immediately after the conference are also possible.

A 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.

A total of six major press conferences will be held simultaneously around the globe in Brussels (Belgium, English), Santiago (Chile, Spanish), Shanghai (China, Mandarin), Taipei (China, Mandarin), Tokyo (Japan, Japanese) and Washington DC (USA, English). The European Comissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas will speak in Brussels. The President of the Academia Sinica, James Liao, will speak in Taipei. ALMA Director Sean Dougherty and ESO Director General Xavier Barcons will speak in Santiago. NSF Director France A. Córdova will speak in Washington DC.

For further information, check out https://greenlandtelescope.dk and https://eventhorizontelescope.org/ .