The Institute of Astronomy is involved in two master programmes:
The 2-year Master Astronomy & Astrophysics and the 1-year Advanced Master of Space Studies, together with Ghent University.

Explore the programmes


Our activities are related to the study of stellar evolution in a broad context. The KU Leuven Institute of Astronomy is an expert centre in the fields of asteroseismology, evolved low-mass stars, exoplanets, and astronomical instrumentation.

Discover our research


Interested in astronomy and astrophysics but not an expert?

Take a look at our press releases, popular media articles, social media, movie clips and outreach activities.

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Ad Valvas Seminars

The Institute of Astronomy organises weekly seminars for all its staff, students and visitors.

To the advalvas


Overview of conferences, meetings and workshops at the Institute of Astronomy.


Research projects

Overview of current and past research projects.



Get to know us

The Institute of Astronomy of KU Leuven is a section of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Faculty of Science, within the Group Science, Engineering and Technology. The institute harbours about 90 national and international staff members.

Our staff

Belgian Vlti expertise centre

Your Belgian point of contact for VLTI activities, observing preparation and data reduction.

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PhD theses

Overview of PhD theses published at the Institute of Astronomy.



Interested in doing a PhD or post-doc at the Institute? Check out our vacancies.