Astronomer & Head of Media Relations, European Southern Observatory
Bulgarian, living in Munich, Germany
Dr. Mariya Lyubenova is a researcher who thrives at the intersection of fields, disciplines, and sectors in society. She passionately believes that open communication in a nurturing atmosphere is of paramount importance for the successful transfer and advancement of knowledge. She holds a MSc in Physics from Sofia University in Bulgaria and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Munich, Germany. She currently works at the foremost intergovernmental organisation in astronomy, the European Southern Observatory (ESO), where she is head of Media Relations, science advisor to the Department of Communication, and editor of ESO’s science & technology journal. She is also an active researcher with main focus on the processes that shape the evolution of galaxies in the Universe, supervisor of master and PhD students, and mentor of junior researchers.