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. Anna Watts (Chair) (Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam)
  • 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 (Managing Director TNO Industry)
  • 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)


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.

  • 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. B. McNamara (University of Waterloo, Department of Physics & 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)
  • Dr. E.M. Rossi (Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. dr. L. Stella (Astronomical Observatory of Rome, Italy)

Organisational Chart

Location Leiden

SRON Leiden is located at the Leiden Bio Science Park. SRON has two locations: Leiden and Groningen. About 3/4 of the employees is located in Leiden.

Location Groningen

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