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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. We conduct pioneering research in these fields and transfer our results to society.


To give focus to our efforts, we concentrate on five broad, societally-relevant themes:

Mathematics and computer science research are the invisible driving forces behind innovation. CWI contributes by:

The institute also plays a central role in several (inter)national programs and organizations.

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Start of lightning - picture by CWIFor the first time researchers demonstrate how lightning is started: by a combination of hail and high energy particles from space, originating from exploding stars. A cosmic ray produces a shower of electrons.

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Op 4 juni vond op het CWI de première plaats van de korte internetfilm “Remembering ARRA”: A pioneer in Dutch Computing”. De film is geproduceerd door Google en tot stand gekomen in samenwerking met het CWI. De film is vanaf vandaag openbaar via het Google Computing Heritage Youtube kanaal. Het historisch beeldmateriaal toont unieke beelden van het Nederlands informaticaerfgoed.