While You Are Here
We ask all GIs to present a brief overview of their intended research for the instrument team when they arrive. Typically we try to do this within a day or two of your arrival, in conjunction with a brief introduction to the spacecraft and scientific instruments by the EUI team.
We try to arrange for GIs to present their research progress before leaving the Observatory, which provides a good opportunity for discussion and feedback on the work you have done, and may spark interesting directions for further research when you return home. Both of these presentations are generally informal discussions, rather than formal seminars.
For those who wish, we can also arrange an opportunity for a more formal seminar or presentation to the entire Space Pole community. Please let us know when making your travel arrangements if you would like to give such a seminar.
Figures 1 and 2 highlight several points of interest around the Observatory. The buses 38 and 60 are convenient for going to Brussels city center and the 43 can be used together with the tram (change at Heros) to get to Brussels city center. Bus tickets are cheaper if bought prior to travel and can be obtained at some tram stops or the local Delhaize supermarket (at desk to the left of the entrance). It will cost 2,4 Euros for a single ticket or 15 euro for a 10 journey pass (as of September 2021). Once a ticket, or one journey on a 10 journey pass, has been activated, it can be used for 1 hour on buses, trams and metros throughout Brussels. Each time you enter a new bus or tram (not metro) you should locate the small red ticket box and scan your card, even on multiple journeys. There are ticket inspectors working in Belgium, and a ticket should be carried at all times to avoid a large fine.
Whenever guests enter and leave the site they’re required to sign in. There is a registration book located in the main corridor next to the central stair well.
If you need to do laundry, there is a launderette called Mega Wash at Rue Vanderkindere 421, 1180, Uccle. There are many other launderettes located around Brussels and likely one closer to your hotel.
If you choose to stay at the Observatory guest room there will be a small kitchenette with fridge, stovetop, and microwave at your disposal. Both a Delhaize supermarket and cash machines are located 5 minutes walk from the front of the Observatory. There are a number of good restaurants within a 15 minute walk of ROB, and there are several sandwich shops available for lunch just down the street, these are indicated on Figure 1. The website www.resto.be provides a very good overview of restaurant options in the neighborhood and throughout Belgium, often with menus and online reservations (but not all content is available in English).
If you are sick during your stay there is a hospital located on Avenue De Fré (Sainte-Elisabeth; See Figure 1), and a small pharmacy located opposite the supermarket, also on Avenue De Fré (No. 179). Note, you have to provide your own insurance.
On the rare occasion when there is a fire/fire drill the meeting point is located in the staff canteen, which is indicated on the contained map.
At the Observatory we're unable to offer personal or property insurance for external visitors. Therefore, we ask all guests to make personal arrangements. At the Observatory each guest will be offered a seat in a office, which may or may not be hosting other guests. The door will have a lock, however it might be prudent to take any extremely personal items when leaving the room, or locking them in a cabinet. It is also worth backing up your data before your arrival.
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When You Leave
When you finish working at the Observatory you are expected to submit a report on the work you have conducted during your stay. This report should be sent to eui [@] sidc.be.
Please direct any suggestions for the improvement of this page to eui [@] sidc.be.