NWO institutes at technology fair Hannover Messe

The NWO-institutes ASTRON, SRON, NIOZ and the three FOM-institutes AMOLF, DIFFER and Nikhef present themselves at the R&D fair of the Hannover Messe 2014. The institutes are to be found at the Holland High Tech House in Hal 2 Research & Technology, from April 6th to April 11th. This year, as the Netherlands are the so called 'partner country' of the Hannover Messe - Dutch hightech is in the international spotlights. The Messe has been openend by prime ministers Angela Merkel and Mark Rutte.        Read more (in dutch)

How black holes influence the evolution of galaxies

 SRON scientists have found first evidence of an ionized gas wind far away from a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy. The discovery of this outflow, near the boundary of the galaxy, may contribute to solving a long standing mystery. How do these 'tiny' black holes in the centre influence the evolution of the vast host galaxies?             More

More than 6,5 million for the scientific research and high tech infrastructure of the North

SRON, the province of Groningen and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen have signed the so called 'Deal of the North'. This plan comprises a joint investment of more than 6,5 million euros in the reinforcement of scientific research and high tech infrastructure in the North of the Netherlands. Local industry is also involved in the investments. On top of that SRON will remain in Groningen.           More

Roel Gathier appointed at influential position ESA

On 19 March the European space organization ESA has appointed Roel Gathier, managing director of SRON, to chair of the Science Programme Committee (SPC). Gathier will hold this influential position for two years, from 1 July 2014 onwards, with the possibility of a third year. The appointment is a recognition of the great merits of Dutch space research for Europe.           More

Deal of the North will be signed

In coperation with the province of Groningen and University of Groningen (RUG) SRON has developed a plan to embed SRON more prominently in the high tech ecostructuur of the North of the Netherlands. The secondary goal is to keep SRON in Groningen. The agreement will be signed on 25 March.        Read more (in dutch)


Monitoring the earth environment

Envisat is an ESA satellite, devoted to environmental studies, notably in the areas of atmospheric chemistry and ocean, ice and landsurface studies. Succesfully launched 1st March 2002, it is the largest Earth Observation spacecraft ever built. It carries ten sophisticated optical and radar instruments to provide continuous observation and monitoring of the Earth's land, atmosphere, oceans and ice caps. Envisat data collectively provide a wealth of information on the workings of the Earth system, including insights into factors contributing to climate change.

SCIAMACHY, as one of the instruments on board of Envisat, is a UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer designed to detect a large number of trace gases in the stratosphere and troposphere relevant to ozone chemistry and global warming. Furthermore, SCIAMACHY will collect data on cloud coverage, aerosol and ground reflection. High accuracy and stability will enable the recordings of minimal, longer-term changes in atmospheric gas concentrations. Sciamachy will provide continuation of the data record started with the GOME instrument on ERS-2, with better accuracy and with more atmospheric trace-gas species.

SRON designed, constructed and tested the detector modules of the SCIAMACHY instrument.