SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments to conduct fundamental research in the fields of astrophysics, Earth science, exoplanets and technology. As national expertise institute, SRON advises the Dutch government and coordinates—from a science standpoint—national contributions to international space missions.

SRON’s scientific program focuses on the evolution and history of the Universe, on climate change and air quality on Earth, on the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system and on the development of detection technology. This is packaged into four program lines: Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Earth and Technology. These are supported by two expertise groups: Instrument Science and Engineering. SRON’s goals are to maintain its leading position in international space missions and to find answers to the big scientific and societal questions of our time.