VERSEN is the Dutch National Association for Software Engineering. Its mission is to bring together researchers, educators and practitioners in the field of software engineering in The Netherlands, who share the common goals of advancing the field of software engineering, raising public awareness of the challenges and opportunities of the field, acquiring funding for groundbreaking and applied research, transferring academic results to society, and representing software engineers to professional, legal, and political entities. These goals and aspirations are compiled together with the challenges and research landscape in the Manifesto on Software Research and Education in the Netherlands, written by VERSEN.

The Netherlands has a great international reputation in the field of Software Engineering which stems from both the early and continued achievements in Computer Science and Software Engineering research, and the early adoption and continued leadership in the industry (administrative systems, high-tech, creative industry).


  • VERSEN is an informal and flat organization with a relatively large board and a large group of members. Members are from different institutes, universities, companies, and other organizations, who share a common responsibility and enthusiasm for the field of software engineering and the drive to improve it.
  • CWI (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) is the administrative home of VERSEN.
  • VERSEN organizes the yearly SEN symposium
  • VERSEN meets regularly to evaluate past actions and make plans for the future.


The statutes can be found here

Research Groups

  • Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Software Analysis & Transformation
  • Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Formal Methods
  • Delft University of Technology, Software Engineering Research Group
  • Delft University of Technology, Programming Languages Group
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Formal Systems Analysis
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Software Engineering and Technology
  • Open Universiteit, Software Technology
  • Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Department of Software Science
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam, Systems and Networking Lab
  • Universiteit Groningen, Software Engineering and Architecture
  • Universiteit Groningen, Fundamental Computing
  • Universiteit Leiden, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science 
  • Universiteit Twente, Formal Methods and Tools
  • Universiteit Twente, Services Cybersecurity and Safety
  • Universiteit Utrecht, Intelligent Software Systems
  • Universiteit Wageningen, Information Technology
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), Software and Services

Map of VERSEN research groups

Related national research schools