Communicate your Gaia science results
We are interested in hearing about your Gaia science results, but also about any image, visualisation or illustration you have made on the Gaia mission or using Gaia data. If you are willing to share your work with the Gaia mission and get more attention for your research by publishing a story on your work, you can find some guidelines on this page.
Please contact us as early as possible to allow for some time on our side to deal with your request. We can be contacted as soon as a draft version of your research is ready, even if not yet submitted to a journal. However, be aware that the prepared press releases will only be finalised once the paper is accepted to a journal.
ESA makes different kinds of press and web releases from its missions. If the news item is accepted for an ESA release, the story may be tuned for the general public and/or scientific audience. The preparation will be done jointly with you. Collaborating with press officers from your institute or the journal can be done under embargo.
To start the process towards a news release, open a Helpdesk ticket or send an email to the Gaia Helpdesk with the subject "Communicating Gaia science result" and add the following information:
- A brief description of the potential result
- Your ideas/suggestions about the main punch lines. (Why should the general public know about this? What is the most important message to take home after reading this story)
- A draft of the paper, or some other paper or proceeding reference. Do not wait until your paper is accepted, but send us the submitted manuscript. This helps to get the story prepared and ready by the time your paper is accepted.
- Any illustrations, images or videos you might have that demonstrate the science results of your paper. Also any ideas for illustrations or videos are welcome to be shared.
- Information on where you are in the process. Is the paper just a concept, is there a draft submitted to a journal, is the refereeing ongoing, is the paper accepted or is the paper published already. If any date is known, please indicate this as well.
- Information on any other communications efforts ongoing. Is your local institute preparing a press release? Let us know and give us the contact details of the press officers (if known). Then we can collaborate with them and align the stories to come out at the same time.
A well described suggestion will help us put together a good proposal for a "Communication Request". All submitted proposals and materials, including embargoed ones, are treated confidentially.
Example of a science news story targeting a broad audience: Artificial brain helps Gaia catching speeding stars
Example of a science news story targeting an audience with scientific interests: Stellar motions in nearby galaxy hint at underlying dark matter
Example of a feature story targeting an audience with scientific interests: Gaia's surprising discoveries – Part 1: Scrutinising the Milky Way
Example of an image release: Gaia's view of our galactic neighbours
Example of a video release: Two million stars on the move
Example of an ESA Space Science Image of the Week: Gaia sky mapper image near the Galactic centre
Stories for the Gaia Scientific user community
Some stories are too detailed or specific to be useful as a broad audience press release. These stories could, however, be very interesting to our Gaia scientific community. Don't hesitate to contact us to publish a detailed story on Gaia. These stories can be published on the Gaia Scientific Community website.
Example of a story targeting the Gaia Scientific Community: Triton observation campaign