Apart from the Sterrewacht, there are three astronomical institutes at universities in the Netherlands:
There was previously a fourth NOVA institute in Utrecht, but it was sadly closed down in 2012.
“ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Its main mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen, via the development of new and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities, and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research. Engineers and astronomers at ASTRON have an outstanding international reputation for novel technology development, and fundamental research in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy.
On 12 June 2010, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix officially opened the new LOFAR telescope. This telescope will open up a new window on the Universe by observing at very low radio frequencies (30-220 MHz). It is an important scientific and technological pathfinder for the next generation of radio telescopes - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - a global project in which ASTRON plays one of the leading roles. ASTRON also operates the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), one of the most sensitive telescopes in the world. ASTRON hosts JIVE (the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe) and the NOVA Optical/IR group. […]
ASTRON is an institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO.” (from the ASTRON website)
Since a lot of projects and departments inside the Sterrewacht are strongly involved in LOFAR and radio-astronomy in general, they work in very close collaboration with ASTRON. Its main building is located in Lhee, near Dwingeloo (somewhere between Amsterdam and Groningen…).
SRON (Netherlands Institute for Space Research) is a Dutch institute fully involved in the space research in general. It includes instrumentation (designing, building and sometimes testing) on satellites as well as improvement of our current space technologies, yet also scientific research divisions, both in Earth Observation (Earth and Planetary Science) and astrophysics (High Energy Astrophysics & Low Energy Astrophysics). SRON is also getting more and more involved in exoplanetary astrophysics.
As owning a very good expertize in instrumentation, SRON is also the Dutch point of contact for scientific ESA programs.
SRON is located in two buildings : one in Utrecht (in the Utrecht University campus) and one in Groningen (next to the Kapteyn Institute). There are concrete partnerships between SRON and Leiden Observatory: for example a couple of PhD / postdocs positions or fellowships are shared between both institutes. More information ? Ask Francois Mernier.