Netherlands Institute for Space Research



Netherlands Institute for Space Research


SRON is part of NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. NWO-I is positioned under the Executive Board of NWO.


  • Dr. M.W. (Michael) Wise (Scientific director and General director)
  • A.M. (Annemieke) Beers, MSc (Institute manager)

Advisory Board

  • Prof. dr. Conny Aerts (chair) (KU Leuven, Belgium & Radboud University)
  • Miriam Luizink, MSc (vice chair) (director Roessingh Research and Development)
  • Adri Bom-Lemstra, LLM (Regional Minister, Province of Zuid-Holland)
  • Prof. dr. Arjen Doelman (Leiden University, board member NWO-domain Exacte- en Natuurwetenschappen)
  • Arnaud de Jong, MSc (CEO Airbus Defence & Space Netherlands)
  • Prof. dr. Jasper Knoester (dean Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Groningen)
  • Dr. Franco Ongaro (director ESA/TEC and head ESTEC, European Space Research and Technology Centre)
  • Micaela dos Ramos, MSc (director KIVI, Koninklijk Instituut Van Ingenieurs)


SRON has a hybrid matrix structure (as shown below) consisting of

  • four programme lines (Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Earth, and Technology), with science groups attached,
  • two expertise groups (Instrument science and Engineering), and
  • the General support group (HR, ICT, Finance & Control, Project office, Communication & Media relations, Housing & Facilities, and the Secretariat).

Science Advisory Committee

The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) advises the directorate on the long-term strategy and the research programme of SRON. The members of the SAC are leading persons from national and international organisations and institutes in the field of space research and are experts in the research areas in which SRON is actively involved.

  • Prof. dr. A.G.G.M. Tielens (chair) (Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, the Netherlands)
  • Dr. D. Barret (Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP), Toulouse, France)
  • Dr. B. Cairns (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, USA)
  • Dr. M. De Mazière (Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Belgium)
  • Prof. dr. M. Griffin (Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff, UK)
  • Prof. dr. F.A. Harrison (California Institute of Technology, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, USA)
  • Prof. dr. M. R. Meyer (University of Michigan, Department of Astronomy, USA)
  • Prof. dr. H. Rauer (DLR, Institut für Planetenforschung, Extrasolare Planeten und Atmosphären, Berlin, Germany)
  • Prof. dr. L. Stella (Astronomical Observatory of Rome, Italy)
  • Prof. dr. C. Waelkens (Institute of Astronomy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)


Organisational chart

Location Utrecht

SRON has two locations, in Utrecht and Groningen. About 3/4 of the employees is located in Utrecht. SRON Utrecht is located on the Uithof campus of the University of Utrecht.

Location Groningen

SRON Groningen is located on the Zernike campus of the University of Groningen.