Geophysical Centre in Dourbes

Doors Open Days 2024

Date & Location

  • 12, 14 and 15 September 2024
  • Entrance of the Geophysical Centre: 1 rue du Centre Physique, B-5670 Dourbes (Viroinval)


12 September          Café scientifique 18:15 - 20:15 h
13 September Official opening, not publicly accessible
14 September               Guided tours  10:00 - 16:30 h          
14 September Café scientifique 19:00 - 21:00 h
15 September Guided tours  10:30 - 16:20 h


Guided tours

The Geophysical Center at Dourbes organising his doors open event. For this occasion, on 14 and 15 September guided tours are organized in the geophysical research centre of the RMI in Dourbes (part of Viroinval, province of Namur). Here, research is being done concerning earth magnetism, the ionosphere and related phenomena. A tour takes about two hours. The number of places is limited, advance registration is therefore required. Guided tours are available in Dutch and in French.

Café scientifique

On Saturday 14 September, at 19:30, a “Café Scientifique” will be organised. The “Café” aims to give explanations, in laymen’s terms, of selected scientific topics by the scientists of Dourbes, and open up possibilities to start discussions on these topics. For this, a tent will be transformed into a local pub, with the intend to discuss scientific topics outside their traditional academic context. The scientific topics will be limited to the domains of the scientists: geomagnetism, paleomagnetism and the ionosphere.

Examples of possible topics are :

  • What is the practical use of the knowledge of the earth magnetic field ?
  • Does the earth magnetic field impact the climate ?
  • Can the magnetic field inverse ? If so when will this happen ?
  • What are cosmic rays ? What is their influence  ? Where do they come from ?
  • How does a GPS function ? What is impact of the ionosphere on a GPS system ?

A “Café” would not be a proper “Café” if there wasn’t something to drink, so drinks will be provided for all participants. For the hungry among us, we will have the opportunity to taste authentic “Belgian” fries.

The "Café Scientifique" will be in French. Registrations for the "Café Scientifique"

Inscriptions for guided tours

Available in Dutch and in French.

  • The dutch inscription form can be found here
  • The french inscription form can be found here

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