The basic task of the Research Centre includes research on astronomy and earth sciences (geography, geology, geochemistry, geodesy, geophysics), the operation of the Hungarian National Seismological Network, conducting basic (exploratory) research, the preparation and publication of research results for application, conducting the theoretical investigations, and carrying out the observatory, laboratory and field measurements necessary for exploratory research, the creation of scientific devices and methods, scientific analysis and publication of data, the maintenance of observatories and establishing new observatories if necessary.

The complex interactive scientific center of the Svábhegy Observatory was opened to the general public at the Normafa site of the Centre in 2019. It features the largest, completely restored historic telescope in Hungary and gives lectures and provides views of the sky during the day and the night.


Director General: Dr. László Kiss