SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research is the Dutch center of expertise for the development and exploitation of satellite instruments for astrophysical and earth-oriented research.

The institute acts as the Dutch national agency for space research and as the national point of contact for scientific ESA programs.

SRON is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

SRON research themes

  • Astrophysics
    The hot evolving Universe, and properties and evolution of black holes and neutron stars (high-energy astrophysics)
  • ­The cool and obscured Universe, birth of stars and planets, evolution of stars and galaxies (low-energy astrophysics)
    Earth-oriented science
  • Atmospheric composition and chemistry (ozone, methane, CO2, aerosols, etc.)
    Exo-planetary science
  • Detection and characterization of atmospheres of exo-planets.
In addition to this, SRON has a line of research into new and more sensitive sensors for X-ray and Infrared to sub-mm radiation.

  • High-Energy Astrophysics (HEA)
  • Low-Energy Astrophysics (LEA)
  • Earth and Planetary Science (EPS)
  • Sensor research and Technology (SR&T)
  • Engineering Division (ED)

Science and technology
The institute has about 150 staff who are employed at a support department and five divisions. Together they form a unique melting pot of top scientists and technologists who inspire each other to perform at their absolute best. Problems faced by scientists challenge sensor developers to construct increasingly more sensitive technology. Together with mechanical and electronic engineers they ultimately develop a scientific space instrument with an exceptional level of performance under the extreme conditions of space. The scientific breakthroughs made with such devices in turn inspire new research and new technology.




Location in the Netherlands

Utrecht, Groningen

Activities in the Netherlands


Number employed in the Netherlands

± 150 (Source: SRON, 2012)

Country of origin

The Netherlands

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