Nikhef is the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics that performs research in particle physics and astroparticle physics. Amongst others, it is a research partner of the CERN institute in Switzerland[1] and a member of the European Gravitational Observatory.[2] Nikhef is a collaboration between the Dutch Research Council (NWO), University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Radboud University, University of Groningen, Maastricht University and Utrecht University.[3] The current director is Stan Bentvelsen.[4] Nikhef is located at the Amsterdam Science Park in Watergraafsmeer in the Netherlands.[5]

FormationJune 17, 1975; 47 years ago (1975-06-17)
HeadquartersScience Park Amsterdam, Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Official languages
Dutch and English

NIKHEF is an acronym for Nationaal Instituut voor Kernfysica en Hoge-Energiefysica (National Institute for Nuclear and High energy physics). This acronym is no longer used and the name was changed to Nationaal instituut voor subatomaire fysica (National Institute for Subatomic Physics). The name Nikhef is preserved to maintain name recognition (now with only the N capitalised).[3][1]

It also was the host of the third website in the world, starting in February 1992.[6] Nikhef is also one of the eight colocations of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange.[7][8]Stan Bentvelsen is the director of Nikhef since December 1, 2014.[9]


  1. ^ a b "About Nikhef". Nikhef. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  2. ^ "European cooperation on gravitational waves endorsed in Pisa". Nikhef. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Organisation". Nikhef. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Biografie/CV Prof. Dr. Stan Bentvelsen" (in Dutch). Nikhef. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Nikhef/National Institute for Subatomic Physics". Amsterdam Science Park. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  6. ^ "The Nikhef website in 1992". Nikhef. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Housing at Nikhef". Nikhef. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Colocations". Amsterdam Internet Exchange. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Nikhef SSO login".

External linksEdit

  • Official Site

Coordinates: 52°21′21″N 4°57′04″E / 52.35583°N 4.95111°E / 52.35583; 4.95111