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NWO Institute SRON: Netherlands Institute for Space Research

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research is a part of NWO-I.

SRON is the Dutch institute for space research. It develops sensing technology and space instruments for research into the universe and Earth's atmosphere. As a national expertise institute, SRON advises the Dutch government and coordinates -- from a scientific point of view -- national contributions to international space missions. SRON's scientific programme focuses on the evolution and history of the universe, climate change and air quality on Earth, the atmospheres of exoplanets and the development of detection technology.

Space instrumentation

SRON develops measurement instruments for space missions by NASA, ESA and others. With these, SRON scientists study the universe in X-rays and infrared radiation to learn about, for instance, black holes and the nurseries of stars. They also investigate the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system, looking for signs of extraterrestrial life. You can also look down from space, which provides an important asset in the fight against climate change. For instance, SRON researchers monitor methane and particulate matter in the Earth's atmosphere with their space instruments.


In 1961, one of SRON's predecessors was founded: the Utrecht Laboratory for Space Research (LRO). In 1983, LRO merged with institutes from Groningen and Leiden to become Stichting Ruimteonderzoek Nederland (SRON). Since 2005, the institute has carried its current name: SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

Director SRON

Prof. Dr. Michael Wise


Drs. Claudia van Oostrum

Contact details

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

Location Leiden (Leiden Bio Science Park)

Niels Bohrweg 4
2333 CA  Leiden
+31 88 777 5600

Location Groningen

Kapteynborg (Entrance J1)
Landleven 12
NL-9747 AD Groningen
+31 50 363 4074


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