CWI mathematician and computer scientist Monique Laurent opened the World Women in Mathematics event (WM)² in Rio de Janeiro on 31 July with the keynote lecture 'Convergence analysis of approximation hierarchies for polynomial optimization'. The daylong satellite event (WM)² united women mathematicians from all over the world and preceded the International Congress of Mathematicians, which took place from 1-9 August 2018.

On 17 November 2018 it was thirty years ago that the Netherlands was the first country in Europe to be connected to the public Internet. System administrator Piet Beertema from CWI (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam) then received the confirmation that CWI, as the first organization outside the USA, officially gained access to NSFnet, an academic computer network that later evolved into the global Internet. CWI celebrated this festive anniversary with the publication of a mini-documentary and the unveiling of a timeline with highlights in the building where the Internet in Europe started thirty years ago.

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