Austin Founder Lions Club

Austin Planetarium - Torvald Hessel

  • 07 Jun 2012
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Wells Fargo Building, 400 W. 15th Street, 3rd floor Auditorium


  • There is no fee charged for a guest(s) visiting for the first time
  • Guests are charged a lunch fee of $15 for each visit after their first visit.
  • There is no fee charged for a guest visiting for the first time. Please present yourself as a guest at the registration table and we will gladly introduce you to the club.
Austin Planetarium
Torvald Hessel 

introduction by Lion Vicki Flaugher

Austin is the largest city in the U.S. without a planetarium. Studies indicate that planetariums and science museums greatly benefit science education and interest in science as a career path in the areas they serve. With the current push in the U.S. to promote education in science and mathematics, there is no greater time to develop Austin’s first Planetarium, Science Museum, and Technology Center.

Torvald HesselSpeakers Bio: Torvald Hessel is the founder of the 501(c)(3) non-profit the Austin Planetarium, and currently serves as the Executive Director and President of the organization. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor of Astronomy at the Austin Community College. A native of the Netherlands, Mr. Hessel received his Masters in Astrophysics from the University of Amsterdam and worked for several years as a lecturer and presenter at Amsterdam’s Artis Planetarium. During his time at the Planetarium Mr. Hessel developed planetarium presentations and astronomy lectures aimed at educating people ranging from kindergarten aged children to professional astronomers. After immigrating to the United States in 1999 he worked for Trilogy Software and later as a Senior Systems Analyst for the University of Texas at Austin before committing full-time to the Austin Planetarium. He became a naturalized citizen in 2005. Mr. Hessel is a champion of science education and has provided astronomy themed outreach to a wide range of institutions including Austin ISD, ACC, and the Dell Children’s Hospital.
Torvald Hessel has been at the forefront of the Planetarium movement here in Austin and will be discussing his efforts to develop the Austin Planetarium, Science Museum, and Technology Center facility in downtown Austin, finally giving the central Texas community a place to reach for the stars.


Featured Lunch Menu: Grilled Chicken breast with citron butter sauce, mixed grilled vegetables and italian rice pilaf, mixed field green salad with assorted rolls and a featured daily dessert. Vegetarian meal or Grilled Chicken Caesar salad are available alternatives as well.

Please register by noon on Wednesday

We order meals based on your reservations and must pay for them even if you do not show up. Please keep this in mind if your plans shift and cancel your reservation so we can adjust the headcount.

Speak with Leonor Marques
512 739 6670  Cell
to cancel a reservation
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