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Rens Waters, professor of Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), has been appointed scientific director of the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

Rens Waters, professor of Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), has been appointed scientific director of the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research. The appointment is effective 1 July 2010.

Waters will also fill the position of general director of SRON. In this capacity he will take ultimate responsibility for the Institute. As scientific director, he is primarily responsible for determining the scientific direction and quality of SRON's scientific and technological programmes. Waters will remain a professor at the UvA, while fulfilling his new role at SRON.

About Rens Waters

Rens Waters (1959) has been professor of Astronomy at the UvA's Anton Pannekoek Astronomical Institute since 2001. In addition, he is part-time professor of Astronomy at the University of Leuven and has also been a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 2008. Waters is well known internationally, particularly as a result of his research into the immediate vicinity of stars (made from the dust disks and planets) and the emission of matter by stars. As a member and, most recently, chairman of SRON's Science Advisory Committee (SAC), he has for some time been closely involved in determining the research strategy of SRON.

SRON

SRON is the Dutch institute for space research expertise. The Institute develops and uses innovative technology for groundbreaking research in space and is committed to carrying out astrophysical, earth-oriented and planetary research. SRON also conducts research into new and more sensitive sensors for X-ray and infrared radiation. The Institute is affiliated with the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).