NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the National Oceanographic Institution of the Netherlands. The institute was founded in 1876 and is part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO.
NIOZ employs around 220 people and the annual budget is approximately €20 million.
In order to fulfil its mission, the institute performs tasks in three specific fields.
- Research: The emphasis is on innovative and independent fundamental research in shallow coastal seas and in open oceans. The institute also carries out research based on societal questions when this merges well with its fundamental work. The senior scientists at NIOZ all participate in international research projects.
- Education: The institute educates PhD and other students of universities and schools for professional education. Together with several universities, NIOZ also organizes courses for PhD students and master students in the marine sciences. A number of our senior scientists is also appointed as professor at Dutch and foreign universities.
- Facilities: NIOZ invites marine scientists from Dutch and foreign institutes and universities to write scientific proposals involving the institute’s research vessels, laboratories, and the large research equipment, which is often designed and built by the institute’s own technical department
NIOZ offers internships and thesis projects in a wide range of subjects, covering almost all disciplines in oceanographic research, e.g. physical, chemical and biological oceanography, marine geology and ecology.