Summary and Conclusion

Austrian astronomy and astrophysics is internationally well-connected and highly active in research, education and public outreach activities. This is demonstrated by the number of successful applications for internationally competitive funding and observing time, and international collaboration in the development of astronomical instrumentation. Astronomy is very important to attract students to the natural sciences and technical subjects. However, the complete absence of direct access to large ground-based telescopes puts Austrian astronomy at risk of becoming isolated and marginalised. Therefore joining ESO is of utmost importance for Austrian astronomy.

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