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The SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research is not moving to Amsterdam. This was announced by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to the consortium of the University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam and the University of Twente today. The consortium was in the race to bring the SRON headquarters to the capital. However, on 14 December, the board of SRON and the Executive Board of NWO took a provisional decision in favour of the combination of Leiden University and Delft University of Technology.

The institute has chosen Leiden as the new location for its headquarters. It had been announced in November that Radboud University and Eindhoven University of Technology had not made it to the final stages of the competition. This is a proposed decision for the time being; it is expected that the final decision will be made in the first quarter of 2018.

Karen Maex, Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam responds on behalf of the three universities: 'We are deeply disappointed that SRON has not chosen Amsterdam. Together with our partners we have made a big effort. We believe that we presented a very strong proposal in the combination of the University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam, the University of Twente and Matrix, with the support of the Municipality of Amsterdam, which included a concrete accommodation proposal at Amsterdam Science Park.

Some good has come out of this, however, as through this bid we have found each other as institutions. This offers major opportunities for cooperation in education and research in the future, because of the complementary expertise of our institutions in the field of Astrophysics, Exoplanets, the Earth and Technology Developments.'