About TNO

Mission and strategy

TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. This is our mission and it is what drives us, the 2,600 professionals at TNO, in our work every day.

Mission and strategy


TNO was founded by law in 1932 to enable business and government to apply knowledge. As an organisation regulated by public law, we are independent: not part of any government, university or company.



As TNO, we can only strengthen the knowledge base for the Netherlands by working together with internationally leading knowledge partners, companies and governments. Given the globalisation of research, TNO is becoming an increasingly international character.

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TNO and its social role

TNO is working on a better future. By its social role TNO has the ambition to make a demonstrable value to government and industry on the major social and economic issues. We do this with committed and energetic employees.

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More about our work

TNO is a major player in a growing international network comprised of leading scientific institutes, companies with ambitious development profiles, universities and other partners in knowledge. The knowledge TNO develops, integrates, will make applicable and puts into practice will only have value if we can use it to have a real social and economic impact.

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Location The Hague - New Babylon

Anna van Buerenplein 1
NL-2595 DA The Hague


TNO and Amber to start up research into optimisation battery lifespan

24 January 2020
Research organisation TNO and car-sharing platform Amber will start up a feasibility study together into the optimal use of electric cars. By collecting battery data from the Amber fleet, both parties... Read more

Recent TNO rapports as annexes to letter of Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management to the Dutch Parliament

23 January 2020
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management has recently sent a letter to the Dutch Parliament with an update about Dieselgate in particular and more generally about the emissions of (diesel)... Read more

Marja Eijkman new Managing Director Unit Defence, Safety & Security

21 January 2020
We are pleased to announce that Ir. M.J. (Marja) Eijkman (54) will join TNO on 16 April 2020 as Managing Director of the unit Defence, Safety & Security, succeeding Henk Geveke. Mrs Eijkman has broad... Read more

TNO supports start-up XYZ Dynamics with the realization of emission-free city logistics

16 January 2020
During the UN climate summit that was held in New York in September 2019, countries from across the globe gathered to discuss actions to combat climate change. Temperatures are on the rise and emissions... Read more

Boosting affordable housing with cementless blocks

16 January 2020
The market demand for construction materials is tremendous in developing countries due to a growing population. To tackle the disadvantages of hollow concrete blocks and burnt bricks Oskam , LEVS and... Read more
4 - March -

3rd Annual Conference ‘Lifestyle as Medicine’

LUMC and TNO will organize the Third Annual Conference ‘Lifestyle as Medicine’ Person empowered lifestyle medicine on 4th of March 2020. Read more
24 - 26June

2020 European Urbanism Next Conference

Maassilo, Rotterdam
The 2020 European Urbanism Next Conference will be held June 25-26, 2020 at Maassilo in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Pre-conference workshops will be on June 24, 2020. Read more

Dutch conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) - Friday 26 June 2020, The Hague

Mark your calendar: On Friday 26 June 2020 the third Dutch conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) will take place. The conference is organized by the ECCM advisory committee, appointed... Read more


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