ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Its mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. ASTRON does so by developing new and innovative technologies, operating world-class radio astronomy facilities, and pursuing fundamental astronomical research.
Since its earliest days (1950) the institute has sustained a world-leading reputation through innovative technological developments and high impact astronomical discoveries. ASTRON has its headquarters based in Dwingeloo, where it also operates the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) telescope. The organization continuously seeks to maximise the use of its technologies for society and share excitement about its discoveries with the public.