Visit 2


Number of participants: 20 max.

Schedule: 13:30 (Departure from conference venue) – 17:00

Adress: rue de l’Observatoire 54, Neuchâtel

Access: by feet (participants will be guided by HE-Arc CR students). Walking shoes are recommended.

The Neuchâtel Cantonal Observatory is an astronomical and chronometric observatory founded on May 18, 1858 by the canton of Neuchâtel. Today, the CSEM (Centre suisse d’électronique et de microtechnique), which is located on its premises, continues some of its activities.


The visit will provide an opportunity to discover some historical scientific instruments, still preserved on site, to discuss the conservation of some objects and ongoing research on time measurement.

Presenters / organisers

For the Association pour la Création d’un Musée de la Science et de la Technique (AMSTN):
  • Pierre-René Beljean, chair
For HE-Arc CR
  • Guillaume Rapp, conservator-restorer and lecturer
  • Romain Jeanneret, freelance conservator-restorer and collaborator at the University of Neuchâtel (UNINE)
  • Assisted by François Dujardin & Etienne von Gunten

13:30: Departure from the conference venue to the Observatory
14:00 – 14:10: Welcome by Guillaume Rapp
14:10 – 15:00: Guided tour of the Hirsch Pavilion and history of the Neuchâtel Observatory, by Pierre-René Beljean
15:00 – 15:10: Meeting in the conference room of the Hirsch pavilion
15:10 – 15:30: Presentation of the Obs project, its context and its current follow-up at UNINE by Romain Jeanneret
15:30 – 15:50: Presentation of scientific objects (chronographs and a Quervain-Picard seismograph) used within the HE-Arc CR training program and research activities by Guillaume Rapp
16:00: Meeting at CSEM building
16:00 – 16:45: Guided tour of the CSEM and its laboratories
16:45 – 17:00: Conclusion by Guillaume Rapp
17:00: End of the activities and return to the conference venue or city centre

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