Facilities and equipment in the world

Collaborating with many scientists from around the world, the University of Liège has cutting-edge research structures abroad. These structures are open both to researchers and students.

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Submarine and Oceanographic Research Stations

In 1972, passionate about marine science, the rector Marcel Dubuisson sought equip the University of Liège with a research station where its scientists could work while "getting their feet wet". Located in the Bay of Calvi, on the western coast of Corsica, the STARESO is found at the tip of the Revellata in a site chosen for the exceptional quality of its waters and its environment. The underwater fauna and flora are abundant and diverse there, with zero pollution. Through its isolation, the beautiful terrestrial environment presents several appeals for scientists from many fields. Particularly well integrated into the countryside, STARESO is one of the most beautiful accomplishments of the Liège architect Claude Strebelle.

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North/South Trappist telescopes

On 6 October 2016, the Trappist-North telescope was inaugurated at the Oukaïmeden Observatory in Morocco. A collaboration of researchers from the University of Liège and the University Cadi Ayyad of Marrakech, this telescope will make it possible to observe over 250 nights per year exoplanets and comets.

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SPECULOOS telescopes

Established within the Paranal Observatory located in the Chilean Atacama Desert, the SPECULOOS (Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars) telescopes scan the sky in search of telluric planets eclipsing some of the smallest and coldest stars of the solar neighbourhood. SPECULOOS involves scientists from the University of Liège of the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge (England), and from the King Abdulaziz University (Saudia Arabia), under the direction of Michaël Gillon, researcher from the STAR research unit.

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International scientific station of the Jungfraujoch

Located in the Bernese Alps, on the rocky outcrop called the Sphinx, at 3,571 meters in altitude, the astronomical and meteorological observatory of the Junfraujoch hosts an international research station Global Atmosphere Watch and the Network for the Detection of the Atmospheric Composition Change. This international scientific observatory hosts among others the laboratory of atmospheric and solar physics of the University of Liège. It is here that infrared light measurements are taken. At altitude, in order to avoid interference from water, which is abundant in the lowest layers of the atmosphere, which could interfere with the results.

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updated on 3/15/23

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