With effect from 1 January 2018, CWI will merge with the NWO Institutes Organisation, NWO-I. The other institutes that join the merger are ASTRON, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON. The institutes AMOLF, ARCNL, DIFFER and Nikhef are 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.
In October and November 2017, the boards of CWI and fellow research institutes ASTRON, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON decided to merge with the NWO Institutes Organisation. On 31 December 2017, the solicitor will execute the merger deed, upon which the merger will be a fact on 1 January 2018.
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.
In the spring of 2017, the boards of the aforementioned institutes, including CWI, took an intended decision to merge with NWO-I. That intended decision was submitted to the works councils, which issued a positive advice. The proposal to merge was subsequently deposited at the relevant Chambers of Commerce and the statements of no appeal were received from the relevant courts in August.
For more information about the merger, visit the NWO-I website.