SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

Our mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research

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SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

Our mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research

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SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

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SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research will have a new directorate effective July 1st, 2010. Professor of Astronomy Rens Waters (University of Amsterdam) will become the Science Director on this date and he will also assume the position of General Director. In that capacity he also bears the final responsibility for the institute. Dr. Roel Gathier, currently acting General Director of SRON, will become the Managing Director and Deputy General Director.

The new, explicit division of tasks between both directors will enable SRON to maintain a clear strategic and scientific course. As Science Director Rens Waters is primarily responsible for setting out the scientific course and for the quality of SRON’s scientific and technological programmes. With his outstanding scientific track record, also in the area of space research, Waters is the ideal candidate for the post.

As Managing Director, Roel Gathier is primarily responsible for translating the scientific course into a solid institute programme and for the management of the institute. Gathier has succesfully fulfilled these responsibilities for more than a year now. In order to ensure a strong representation of SRON within the global arena, both directors will be active in the relevant national and international networks .

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Prof. dr. Rens Waters will become Science Director of SRON.
Waters and Gathier set out to jointly lead SRON, with inspiration and enthusiasm. 'The rapid developments in the world of science and technology, and in global space research in particular, pose a considerable challenge for the institute. However, we firmly believe that we can further strengthen SRON’s outstanding international reputation as a space research institute, and that SRON will continue to make important contributions to the compelling international space missions of agencies such as ESA and NASA.'

Rens Waters
Rens Waters (1959) was appointed professor of Astronomy in 2001 at the Astronomical Institute ‘Anton Pannekoek’ of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is also professor of special appointment at the Catholic University of Leuven. In particular his research into the immediate environment of stars (consisting of dusty disks and exo-planets) and the emission of material by evolved stars, has given him a strong international reputation. As a member, and more recently as chair, of SRON’s Science Advisory Committee (SAC) he has been closely involved in determining SRON’s science strategy for some time. Roel Gathier

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Dr. Roel Gathier will become Managing Director of SRON.
Roel Gathier (1953) has been a member of SRON’s directorate since 2000. He gained a doctorate in astronomy and has been active in science and science policy over several decades. For many years he served in various posts at the Directorate for Research and Science Policy of the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science.

SRON
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research is the Dutch expertise institute for space research. The institute develops and uses innovative technology for groundbreaking research in space, focussing on astrophysical research, earth science and planetary research. In addition to this, SRON has a line of research into new and more sensitive sensors for X-rays and infrared radiation. The institute is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

RESEARCH

SRON has four programme lines, Astrophysics, ExoplanetsEarth, and Technology, with science groups attached, and two expertise groups, Instrument science and Engineering.

ASTROPHYSICS

The Astrophysics programme at SRON is dedicated to unraveling the history of the universe, from the first stars and black holes to large-scale structure.

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EXOPLANETS

The Exoplanets programme is dedicated to atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system and is an in-between of SRON's Astrophysics and Earth programmes.

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EARTH

The Earth programme is aimed at the climate and air quality of planet Earth, with focus on the global carbon cycle and aerosols.

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ENGINEERING

The Engineering group covers SRON's skills and know-how with regard to product assurance, quality assurance, configuration control, design engineering – electronic & mechanical – and parts procurement. It is an expertise group that provides resources for all SRON instrument projects.

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INSTRUMENT SCIENCE

The Instrument science group covers SRON's skills and know-how with regard to instrument physics, system engineering (up to full-instrument level) and project management. It is an expertise group that provides resources for all SRON instrument projects.

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TECHNOLOGY

The Technology programme is SRON's backbone for the development of enabling technology.

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SRON’s mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research 

Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates - from a science standpoint - national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.



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