Who we are
Mission & vision
NIOO's mission is to perform leading ecological research on biodiversity, climate change and sustainable use of land and water, to stimulate ecological research in The Netherlands and to share ecological knowledge with society.
Facts and figures
- € 18M
NIOO has four scientific departments, a Central Services department and a number of Special Units
The department’s research is aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of variation in life-history traits, including the underlying genomic mechanisms, as well as the variation in time and space, of population numbers and population composition.Read more
Our mission is to understand aquatic ecosystems, predict their responses to a changing world, and contribute to a sustainable future.Read more
We are witnessing a new imperative in the life sciences with the realisation that microbes are important drivers, rather than passengers, of the well-being of plants, animals and soils. To understand the role of microbes in ecosystem processes and to contribute to a more sustainable use of land and water, we study the distribution, diversity and functions of microorganisms in natural and man-made ecosystems.Read more
The department of Terrestrial Ecology studies species, communities & ecosystems in a rapidly changing world.Read more
From the Financial administration to Facility & Reception, the research institute is receiving support from a number of sections. These sections form together NIOO's Central Management and Services.Read more
All special units, translating science to societyRead more
With more than 200 staff members and students, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is one of the largest research institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Board & Advisory Boards
Our Board of Directors is responsible for the sustainable management of the institute. They are supported by two Advisory Boards.
Our researchers have studied the ecology of the Netherlands and beyond since 1954.