ABOUT SRON

Netherlands Institute for Space Research

ABOUT SRON

ABOUT SRON

Netherlands Institute for Space Research

SRON

  • was founded in 1983 as "Stichting RuimteOnderzoek Nederland" (Space Research Organization Netherlands). 
  • changed name in 2005 to SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.
  • is the national expertise institute for space research in the Netherlands.
  • has two laboratories, in Utrecht and in Groningen.
  • has four programme lines: Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Earth, and Technology
  • develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research.
  • gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates - from a science standpoint - national contributions to international space missions.
  • stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.

Facts & figures 2016

  • M€ 15.0 primary funding, mainly from NWO
  • M€ 5.1 secondary funding, mainly project funding from competitive calls
  • 179 fte total staff by end of the year (including 19 PhD students), 204 persons (about 130 fte on primary funding)
  • 241 total persons at SRON by end of the year, including 37 guests (mainly visiting fellows, students, interns, and ex-SRON scientists who continue to be active in the institute, e.g. after retirement) [we welcome about 60 guests every year for periods ranging from several weeks to sometimes years]
  • 155 publications in refereed journals, 49 publications in conference proceedings, 5 PhD theses, 33 other scientific publications
  • 156 presentations at symposia and workshops (134 oral presentations, 22 poster presentations)
  • 49 popular talks (lectures for a broad audience) and 42 popular publications (articles, press releases, news items)
  • Publications and presentations
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Online annual report

Annual reports

As of 2010 the annual reports are biennial and as of 2012 in an online format.

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Longterm strategy of SRON (in Dutch)

ANBI

SRON has been assigned the status of Public Benefit Organization (in Dutch: ANBI, "Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling"). More info on ANBI can be found on the ANBI webpages of the "Belastingdienst", the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. The status of ANBI requires disclosure of the following information:

  • Institution's name: Stichting SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
  • RSIN: The RSIN Legal Entities & Partnerships Identification Number of SRON is 008952577.
  • Contact: Please see our Contact webpage. Email contact about the ANBI status of SRON can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Directorate and Board: Please see our Organization webpage.
  • Mission: SRON's mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research.
    The institute pursues astrophysical research, earth science and exoplanetary research. Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments. As national expertise institute SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national scientific contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in society.
  • Policy plan: Long term strategy of SRON (formal document)
  • Activity report: The latest annual report can be found above.
  • Payment policy: The salary levels are set according to the framework of the Collective Labour Agreement (Cao-OI) and are in accordance with the WNT ("Wet Normering Topinkomens"). Members of the Board receive a modest fixed reimbursement of costs. 
  • Financial report: Please see above (Annual reports) for balance sheets and profit & loss accounts for the past years. Full financial reports are available upon request.


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