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Our research is interlinked with the strategy of Dutch Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and with international astronomy roadmaps. Due to this collaboration we have access to leading observatories and excellent computing facilities. These facilities are necessary to handle the observational data flows and to do the extensive theoretical and modeling work.

Given the fast pace of present-day astronomy, our primary strategy to maintain high quality is the adage 'Top astronomy = top people + top instrumentation'. We are successful in attracting agile, excellent staff by providing them with colleagues of the same calibre and access to top facilities.