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Roel Gathier dies at 63

Gathier was appointed Managing Director of the SRON in 2010

Roel Gathier, born on 31 January 1953Managing Director of the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) and Chair of the ESA Science Programme Committee, passed away yesterday, March 15.


Roel worked since 2000 at SRON and  was appointed Managing Director in 2010. Since 2009 Roel  had also represented his country in ESA Council and have been appointed as Chair of the SPC after being vice chairman since 2011.


Following the PhD in Astronomy, he spent most of his professional life in the space sector, first in governmental service working on the coordination of space policy and as responsible for relations with governmental and intergovernmental organizations in the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.


The Italian Space Agency wants to send Roel family condolences for this shockingly unexpected loss and express the gratefulness for the many years of fruitful and constructive relationship that Roel have greatly contributed to build between Italian and Dutch space communities.