ASTRON is composed of three science departments and one support department. The institute is managed by our director, supervised by the Foundation Board NWO-I, and advised by our Institute Advisory Board (IAR) and the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).


ASTRON 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.

  • Prof. Carole Jackson (General and Scientific Director)
  • Dr Marco de Vos (Managing Director and Deputy Director General)
  • Dr Gert Kruithof (Institute Manager)
Institute Advisory Board


Jozias van Aartsen


Prof. Johan Bleeker

Peter Zijlema
(GM IBM Benelux)

Prof. Iris Vis 
(Dean of Industry relations, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen)

Prof. Bart Smolders 
(Dean of Electrical Engineering Eindhoven University of Technology)

Prof. Koen Kuijken
(Leiden University, Chair Astronomy Committee NWO-ENW domain)

Prof. Thijs van der Hulst
(University of Groningen)

Wim Kuijken

Science Advisory Committee (SAC)

The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) advises the directorate on the long-term strategy and the research programme of ASTRON. The members of the SAC are leading persons from national and international organisations and institutes in the field of radio astronomy and are experts in the research areas in which ASTRON is actively involved.

SAC as of May 2019

  • Prof. Leon Koopmans (chair) (Kapteyn, University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Dr. Tiziana Venturi (INAF, Bologna, Italy)
  • Dr. Robert Laing (SKA Organisation, Jodrell Bank, United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Tom Heskes (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)
  • Dr. Daniela Huppenkothen (Univ. of Washington, Seattle, United States)
  • Prof. dr. Dominik Schwarz (Bielefeld Universität, Germany )
  • Dr. Samaya Nissanke (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

ASTRON has three science departments and one support department:

  • Radio Observatory
  • Astronomy Group
  • Research and Development
  • General Affairs