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The Anton Pannekoek Institute (API) furthers research, teaching, and public understanding of astronomy. It conducts astronomical research and trains astronomers from bachelor to postdoctoral level, aiming to be world-leading level in its activities.
Astronomer Anton Pannekoek
Anton Pannekoek

Some numbers about the Anton Pannekoek Institute

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy is one of eight research institutes in the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. The institute is home to :

  • approximately 95 employees in total,
  • 21 staff members,
  • 65 PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers and
  • 10 supporting staff. 

Furthermore, each year approximately 30-35 master students enter the Astronomy and Astrophysics track. 


Daily affairs and the overall responsibility of the institute is overseen by the director, the institute manager and the management team. Monthly meetings are held for staff members to contribute their input and input from our non-tenured researchers are voiced by the institute's PhD/postdoc Council .

Members of the institute contribute to the university through service on various standing and ad-hoc committees, such as exam and curriculum committees and the works council. Members of the institute's PhD/postdoc Council also have a seat in the PhD/postdoc Council of the faculty.

National Coordination

The academic institutes for astronomy within the Netherlands coordinate their science programme through NOVA. The Anton Pannekoek Institute hosts the NOVA Information Center, the public outreach and communication office of NOVA. We align our strategy with the national funding agency NWO and its institutes SRON and ASTRON.

This coordination is key to the success of Netherlands astronomy. It enables the Anton Pannekoek Institute to have access to many excellent facilities and to steer the design and scientific direction of new instruments and telescopes.