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Kapteyn & Groningen

The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute


The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and is recognised worldwide for the quality of its research in multiple areas of astronomy. With ~15 faculty members and ~50 PhD students, it is the second-largest astronomical institute in the Netherlands. The University of Groningen occupies a strategic place in Dutch astronomy, hosting both the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, the low-energy astrophysics division of the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) and the NOVA sub-mm lab.


The Kapteyn Institute has a strong connection with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in Dwingeloo, a European centre of radio astronomy research. Staff and PhD students at the Kapteyn Institute frequently collaborate with SRON and ASTRON scientists and engineers. There are also strong interdisciplinary connections with other institutes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University Groningen, and across the Netherlands, with researchers organised in the Dutch Origins Center, the Dutch Astrochemistry Network, the Netherlands Platform for Planetary Science, and the Dutch Planetary and Exoplanetary Science Programme.


The City of Groningen


Groningen is a historic university town in the northern Netherlands with a population of approximately 230,000 people, of which almost 25% are students. This makes Groningen the city in the Netherlands with the highest student population density, the youngest city in the country, and one of the youngest in Europe.

Groningen offers very high quality of life, surrounded by beautiful nature, and is a lively city with a remarkably diverse cultural scene. You can find more information on VisitGroningen and GroningenLife!.

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