| Over the last few days, a panel of independent experts (Profs. C. Cesarsky, R. Blandford, M. Urry, M. Bode, A. Lawrence and A. Roederer) have been evaluating ASTRON.
This afternoon we heard that they had awarded ASTRON as a whole, the highest possible rating: a 5 = excellent - also formally defined as "Research that is world leading".
We'd like to thank the panel for their very comprehensive appraisal of all our activities. In addition, we also recognise the many efforts of all ASTRON staff in achieving this super result, also not forgetting our students, telescope users, industrial and regional partners, Science advisory committee and Board. Well done to all concerned!