SRON: Netherlands Institute for Space Research

SRON is the Dutch expertise institute for space research and is part of NWO-I. Its researchers and engineers study the universe, including the earth, via four scientific programmes: astrophysics (X-ray/infrared), earth observation, exoplanets and detection technology. The researchers do this by analysing data from space telescopes and the engineers do it by building instruments for those satellites. SRON technology also has societal applications, such as the monitoring of greenhouse gases.

Space instruments

SRON develops, for example, spectrometers and read-out and control electronics for international space missions. The space instruments developed by SRON provide, amongst other things, knowledge about the evolution of the universe, black holes and the atmospheres of exoplanets and of our own earth. Space is an ideal location for observing both the universe and the earth. Much of the radiation from the universe does not penetrate the earth's atmosphere and that is why astronomers need space telescopes. These telescopes also provide earth scientists with the broad view they need to study the earth's atmosphere.


In 1961, one of the forerunners of SRON was established: the Utrecht Laboratory for Space Research (LRO). In 1983, LRO merged with the institutes in Groningen and Leiden to become Stichting Ruimteonderzoek Nederland (SRON). Since 2005, the institute has held its current name: SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

Contact details

Netherlands Institute for Space Research
Location Utrecht (Campus Utrecht University)
Sorbonnelaan 2
3584 CA Utrecht
+31 (0)88 777 5600
Location Groningen
Kapteynborg (Entrance J1)
Landleven 12
9747 AD Groningen
+31 (0)50 363 4074

Go to the SRON website