General information

The Anton Pannekoek Institute is pleased to welcome you to the 71st Netherlands Astronomy Conference, which will take place 23-25 May, 2016 in Nunspeet, NL. This is an opportunity for Dutch and Flemish professional astronomers to come together to share their recent research results and meet science journalists, industrial partners and science policy makers.

We are expecting to present an exciting and varied program that ranges from contributed talks by PhD students and their latest results from the forefront of Dutch research, to a number of international, invited lectures. We will organize special sessions on each of the three NOVA networks (Galaxies; Stars and planetary systems; Compact objects). Contact the SOC at for press support on especially newsworthy results.

In addition to the scientific sessions, the Astronomy Conference program includes ample opportunity for networking over dinners, drinks and social events. Nunspeet is centrally located and easy to reach by train or car; We look forward to seeing you there in May.





Conference photo by Leon Oostrum. A selection of photos is available for download here (62 MB).



Poster prize

The poster prize winners are announced here. Do you want to know how to win next year? This year's poster judgment criteria are available as well!



Talks and Posters

The programme is now online here.
It is also available as a smartphone app and in PDF format.

Bring your talk as PDF (and, if needed, Powerpoint / Keynote). Test the day before, or in the break before your session at the latest. No personal laptops allowed. Unless otherwise indicated, talks should 12 min + 3 min for questions. Time slots will be enforced. Headset, pin-on and handheld microphones will be available.

Please bring your poster in A0 size, portrait orientation. A resolution of 300 DPI should be fine. There is no on-site printing available. We have planned ample time in the coffee breaks for studying the posters. The annual poster prize awaits the author of the best and nicest one!



Latest info for participants

There will be a free shuttle bus service to bring participants from Nunspeet train station to the hotel.
More information on reaching the hotel and the bus schedule can be found here.

If you indicated that you want to become a member of the NAC, please fill out the NAC membership form at the registration desk. Only if you hand in the form at the NAC, you get the first year for free.

The official NAC Twitter hashtag is #NAC2016.



Social programme

On Monday there will be a "borrel" at 17:45 which will also feature updates from NWO, ASTRON, SRON and NOVA.
At 20:15 in the Belvedere Theater, Ton Engbersen (IBM) will tell us about "The long shadow of Big Data, Cloud and cognitive computing" after which there will be a panel discussion on "Big Data, cloud and cognitive computing" (audience participation very welcome). Afterwards, the barin the Grand Café will be open until midnight.


On Tuesday starting at 20:30 there will be the 1st annual NAC Pub Quiz in the Patio (max. 150 participants; teams of 8) and in parallel a lock-picking competition organized by Harm Schoonhoven in the Grand Café (max. 30 participants). You will be asked to sign up for these events on Tuesday - for the Pub Quiz at the registration table and for the lock-picking on Harm's posterboard. First come; first served. These will end around 22:30, and the bar in the Grand Café will be open until 1am.


Code of Conduct