Organisation

Astronomy & Operations

Our mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. All departments work together so that our astronomers can make these discoveries. Our astronomers have involvement in many major investigations. They conduct research on both near and distant galaxies.

Radio observatory

Our Radio observatory handles the exploitation of our telescopes, LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) and WSRT (Westerbork Synthese Radio Telescope). Both telescopes are among the best radio telescopes in the world. Together with an international astronomical community we use the telescopes for outstanding scientific research.

Innovation & Systems

Our Innovation & Systems department handles the technical facilities to enable astronomical research. Innovations & Systems is making discoveries in Radio Astronomy possible.

Business Support & Services

The mission of Business Support & Services is to provide the best possible support of daily operations. Business Support & Services has several responsibilities. They handle the policy and its implementation.

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Gemma Janssen
Astronomer

From an early age I knew I wanted to become an astronomer, and I chose to study astronomy after high school. During my PhD research, that focussed on the precise measurement of radio pulsars, I gained a lot of experience in observing with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. The wide range of project that I […]

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Daily Image of the Week: Maintenance work on @LOFAR! This high band array was damaged during the winter storms. But thanks to the great weather ☀️ doing maintenance is easy! Everything is back online again 💪 bit.ly/3gIwKMY pic.twitter.com/4B5u…

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