De European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is a project lead by ESO. Its goal is to build a 39m optical infrared telescope with state of the art instrumentation.

The technologies that will be used in the new instruments for the E-ELT are often just beyond the present capabilities. It is therefore required that the present capabilities will be extended, by novel R&D. We give here an overview of the different R&D projects that have been started to improve our technologies.

In order to build an instrument and to advance technology you need partners with different expertise. Here we present the partners in this consortium.

We will regularly provide news updates about our projects. These can be found on our News page.
Who we are

The consortium consist of universities, knowledge institutes and industry. For a complete overview of the partners within this consortium, please go to our Partners page

In July 2009 awarded the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) a grant to this consortium led by the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) to design, develop and build one instrument for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).


NOVA representing all astronomical institutes at universities in the Netherlands is involved in consortia for different instruments for the E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope) and therefore responsible for different instrument parts. In order to fulfill this responsibility NOVA has formed a national consortium to help NOVA to do the necessary research and design. It is this last consortium that presents to you this website, giving an overview of all the projects that are going on. 

For more information about the E-ELT see the relevant page here at this website or by on the page maintained by ESO.

For more information about the different projects, see our Project webpage.


Unfortunately, building an instrument is not as easy as building an IKEA cupboard. The technologies used are often at the edge of our capabilities or sometimes even beyond. In order to achieve that we have started several R&D projects to support the building of an E-ELT instrument.

tip: Hover over a project to see the name of the project and click to visit its page, tap on a project if you are on a mobile device

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