From 1 January 2018, the ERCIM member CWI has been merged with the NWO Institutes Organisation, NWO-I. The other research institutes in the Netherlands that joined the recent merger are ASTRON, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON. The Dutch institutes AMOLF, ARCNL, DIFFER and Nikhef were already part of NWO-I.

In 2015, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) started a transition to a new organizational structure. The new NWO is intended to be more flexible, more effective, and more focused on collaboration, which means it will be in a better position to respond to developments in science and society. In the new NWO structure there is a clear distinction between a granting organization, NWO, and a separate institutes organization: the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes, or NWO-I for short.

After the merger, CWI will continue to fulfil its mission to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to industry and to society at large. .The general director of CWI, Jos Baeten, continues to be responsible for the CWI mission, for the day to day management of the institute, for the appointment of all CWI personnel and for the implementation of (research) policies. The foundation board of NWO-I will advise and monitor Baeten.

For more information about the merger, visit the NWO-I website:
https://www.nwo-i.nl/en/

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