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


The bifiPV Workshop 2019 in Amsterdam: the event for catching up and networking with the PV community

24 July 2019
Photovoltaics (PV) is increasingly becoming the most important energy source for a clean and widespread energy supply. In 2018 alone, 109 GWp of PV capacity was installed globally. Every country has now... Read more

3D print your favourite chocolate now

15 July 2019
What better day to launch a 3D chocolate printer than Sunday July 7 2019 - World Chocolate Day! And that’s exactly what one of the world’s largest snacks companies, Mondelēz International did recently... Read more

TNO maps and presents her impact on the SDG’s

10 July 2019
The innovations of TNO have positive impacts on business and society. TNO frames her impact on the SDG’s. These global goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. TNO... Read more

Documentary Flying Food: insects to feed the world

10 July 2019
Florence runs an orphanage in Kenya, and rears crickets to feed her children.  She is very enthusiastic because crickets are easy to rear, affordable and the proteins and minerals of the crickets improve... Read more

Safeguarding health data privacy for Kenyan citizens

09 July 2019
Kenyan Community Health Workers collect the health data of Kenyan citizens using a new mobile app called mJali to accelerate the detection and prevention of diseases in local communities. Safeguarding... Read more
17 - 20September

Resilient Ship Design Course 2019

Rotterdam-Vlaardingen, The Netherlands | Delta Hotel
Although warships have several layers of defence, history has shown a multitude of incidents where these have all failed resulting in battle damage of the ship. Much can be done in the design of the ship... Read more

26 September 2019 – Hasselt University/Campus Hasselt Nanotechnology Crossing Borders 2019: Register now!

Following the successful first two editions of Nanotechnology Crossing Borders in 2017 and 2018, we invite you to Hasselt University for the 3rd edition on Thursday September 26, 2019. Do you want to... Read more

International Symposium 'Pilot Training for Startle and Surprise Management'

TNO Soesterberg
On 26 September 2019 the international symposium 'Pilot Training for Startle and Surprise Management' will take place at TNO location Soesterberg, in The Netherlands. Read more

Fueling the Future Summit 2019 - Hydrogen 1 oktober

On Tuesday, October 1th, TNO will release the first impression of the brand new largest Hydrogen facility in Europe the Faraday lab at Fueling the Future Summit 2019. Read more

Healthy Living: European Conference PNH

WUR Campus, Wageningen
On October 8th 2019, the first European Conference Personalised Nutrition and Health brings together science, health and industry business to discuss the latest developments, innovations and possible next... Read more


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