Space sciences, Technologies and Astrophysics Research (STAR) - temporary web site

This newly formed research institute at the University of Liège consists of around 100 researchers and conducts cutting-edge research focused on the following themes:
  • Cosmology, dark energy, extragalactic astrophysics and astroparticlesquasars, gravitational lensing, large-scale structures, dark matter, cosmic rays; 
  • InstrumentationEarth observation and astronomy payloads and satellites, ground-based instruments, custom-designed instruments dedicated to special applications. 
  • Planetology: detection, characterization and direct imaging of exoplanets, study of planets and small bodies of the Solar System, composition and dynamics of the Earth atmosphere;
  • Stellar astrophysics:  observational characterization and modelling of stars and their evolution, interaction of stars with their surroundings, high-energy emission;

STAR researchers are involved in the development of space missions and ground-based instruments, as well as in the gathering and modelling of data obtained with the largest international observatories and with STAR-owned telescopes (e.g. TRAPPIST, SPECULOOS, TIGRE, ILMT). STAR includes a wide interdisciplinary expertise in the field of instrumentation, which links the mission definition to the scientific interpretation of data.

STAR builds up on a century’s experience of the world-renowned Astrophysics and Geophysics Institute. Another asset of the STAR unit is that it includes the research division of the CentreSpatial de Liège (CSL-Research), the applied research centre of the University of Liège dedicated to space, which contributes to the instrumentation theme and is internationally recognized as a leading engineering and research centre. Indeed, it interacts directly with international space agencies and major players in the European and American aerospace industry.