The Observatory of Geneva is located
at the site of Sauverny (town of Versoix, Canton of Geneva), where
the buildings of the Department of Astronomy of the University
of Geneva (Observatory of Geneva) and the "Laboratoire d'Astrophysique
are set up.
These two institutes work closely together
at the scientific level and constitute the main gravity centre
for astrophysics in French-speaking Switzerland as far as teaching,
research and the service to the public are concerned.
The ISDC (Integral Science Data Centre) is
located at Ecogia, which also belongs to the town of Versoix.
The centre is linked to the Observatory of Geneva and deals with
the processing of the data provided by the satellite INTEGRAL
(INTErnational Gamma Ray Astrophysic Laboratory) of the European
Space Agency (ESA).
On the two sites of Sauverny and Ecogia, a
group of approximately 143 people are employed, including scientists,
PhD candidates, students, technical staff (computer and electronics
specialists, mechanics), as well as administrative staff.
The Observatory of Geneva manages two permanent
astronomical observation stations: a 1,2 m telescope on the site
of La Silla (ESO, Chile), and a 1 m telescope on the site of St-Michel
(Observatory of Haute Provence, OHP, France). Our astronomers
also use the telescope of the station of the University of Leuven
(Belgium) which is located at the observatory "El Roque de
los Muchachos" on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands,