SRON has four programme lines, Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Earth, and Technology, with science groups attached, and two expertise groups, Instrument science and Engineering. For more info on SRON's organisational structure please see Organisation.
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.Read more
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.Read more
The Earth programme is aimed at the climate and air quality of planet Earth, with focus on the global carbon cycle and aerosols.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
The Technology programme is SRON's backbone for the development of enabling technology.Read more
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.