Outreach of the Isotope Physics research group

Guided tours@VERA

The research group Isotope Physics offers guided tours for visitor groups to the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator at fixed dates and by prior reservation. A short video of a recorded tour at VERA is available below.

After a short introduction in the lecture hall, the actual tour of the accelerator begins in groups of up to approx. 15 persons; larger groups are divided and guided by two supervisors if possible.The tour can last 1 - 1.5 hours in total, depending on your wishes.

The possible dates are:

Monday16:00 - 17.30
Tuesday10:00 - 11:30
Wednesday9:00 - 10:30
Thursday11:30 - 13:00
Thursday14:30 - 16:00


During school vacations and on "window days" there are no guided tours.

Since a malfunction of the facility can cause X-rays to be emitted, the accelerator hall is a radiation area according to the general radiation protection regulations. Therefore, we offer participants the possibility to wait outside during the guided tour without giving reasons. In particular, access for juveniles under the age of 18 is only permitted as part of training (e.g. during school excursions) and is generally prohibited for pregnant women. During school tours, however, we shut down the facility and the accelerator hall is then no longer a radiation area. The rules applicable in all laboratory rooms of the University of Vienna, such as the ban on eating, drinking and smoking, which are explained in detail by the supervisor before the tour, must always be observed.


To register, please download the information sheet/registration form and send it filled in by e-mail to Helga Schmelzer-Vincro at least 14 days before the desired date.

Isotope Physics in popular media


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