Tartu Observatory shares home office moments
Most of Tartu Observatory's team does their research, teaching and other kind of work from home these days. Although the work always gets done, there are all kinds of home offices: occasionally you just have to be more creative and work with some unusual colleagues. Here are some of our employees' home offices.
Just like characters from the children's book and animation "Sipsik" ("Raggie"):
Anu and Sipsik are working, Mart is taking the photo.
Anu Reinart, the director of Tartu Observatory,
Mart Noorma, professor in space and defence techology
At home there's a laptop and a stool.
At home there's the office and the school.
At home there is laughter, also cry.
I doubt it will very soon go by.
Antti Tamm, senior research fellow at the department of physics of galaxies and cosmology, director from April 1, 2020
The balcony is kept warm thanks to the greenhouse effect. Now, when we’re getting used to the new conditions, I am using the time to learn new tools (PANGU, SurRender and SISPO) to simulate flyby scenarios for Comet Interceptor. The only problem I have is that the internet is not reliable at home.
Andris Slavinskis, senior research fellow at the space technology department (Finland)
How many of us have the kitchen as home office? I, anyway, do – I am located between the refrigerator and the coffee machine.
Maarja Kruuse, junior research fellow at the department of physics of galaxies and cosmology
It came to my big surprise that a computer from 2007 is bearable enough to be part of a two-employee home office. If I could beat the laziness and update the software of the stone-age computer under the desk, both employees could be using their personal computers.
Joel Kuusk, senior research fellow at the department of remote sensing
I am not bothered by pets and children – I can work in a dirrerent room, although the cats keep jiggling the door handle and meowing miserably for me to let them in. During lunch, I can go get some fresh air and admire the flowers in the garden.
Evelin Kelner, senior specialist
Home office enables you to see the bigger picture of the situation.
Elmo Tempel, professor of astronomy
Lunch and fresh air at home office.
Tiina Liimets, research fellow in stellar physics (Czech Republic)
Everything has worked out well. I've been able to start organizing the files in the computer: it's quite a mess.
Ulvi Nigol, assistant
Usually I enjoy working from home, since I can start early in the morning without the necessity of driving to Tõravere. A small drawback is that some very young researchers (see pictures) sometimes try to get in discussion with me during my work!
However, what I recommend to everyone in these times is to go for a little walk through the forest in order to get new inspiration and ideas. I do this during my lunch break each day. /…/ Usually I come back from these little walks as a complete new person and can continue work very productively.
Jan Peter George, research fellow in remote sensing
In my home office everything is running like clockwork. My office even lets me know when it's lunchtime by itself: the sun is in my eyes every day at noon sharp. Luckily I can close the blinds after lunch!
Kairi Janson, communication specialist
Working at home is easy for me, since I do it all the time anyway, and I'm prepared. Much of the work is done with international collaborators already, so now we just have to extend the virtual communication a little more.
Heidi Johanna Lietzen, senior research fellow at the department of physics of galaxies and cosmology