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


A Winning Partnership for Growth

08 April 2020
When the Flying Food public/private partnership began in 2013, the aim was clear: build a sustainable value chain that would bring jobs, generate income and provide access to nutritious food to low-income... Read more

New research program to develop circular plastics packaging

02 April 2020
Plastic packaging materials used in supermarkets should be better recycled and subsequently reused in the packaging industry. This will result in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and contribute... Read more

Questions about the testing of face masks?

31 March 2020
At the moment, TNO is being approached frequently regarding the testing of face masks. Read more

Closing the loop for plastics leads to cleaner, healthier and smarter future in Indonesia

12 March 2020
Plastic waste has become a nationwide problem in Indonesia. Improper solid waste management activities – which include inadequate source handling, collection and transportation and uncontrolled disposal... Read more

Ethics and privacy when using sensors in the workplace

06 March 2020
Sensors are increasingly used in the workplace. After doing research, TNO has developed infosheets that describe how sensors can be used in workplaces in which (chemical) substances are used. They describe... Read more
20 - 24April

TISOLS 2020: Postponed

Gouda, The Netherlands
Land subsidence, or land-level lowering, is a major problem that threatens the viability and sustainable economic development for millions of people throughout the world, especially in (but not restricted... Read more

Meet TNO at Exec(ut)

Utrecht | Polar venue in Jaarbeurs Mediaplaza
Meet TNO at exec(ut) on the 15th of June 2020 in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht. Whether you are looking for a job, bachelor or a graduation assignment, or an internship, our TNO recruiters and engineers are open... 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

On Friday 26 June 2020 the third Dutch conference on ElectroChemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) will take place. This event is organized by the ECCM advisory committee, appointed by the Dutch government.... Read more

Appl.AI Conference 2020

Event Plaza (Jaarbeurs, Utrecht)
The conference has been rescheduled to October 26th, 2020. _______________ We strive to realize the best possible AI applications. That’s why we want to bring the AI community together to share experience... Read more


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