VERSEN PhD Thesis Award

Winners 2018 2019


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 or 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.


About the Thesis Awards

To further promote and encourage excellence in software engineering research, VERSEN has introduced the VERSEN Thesis Awards. The awards are indications of excellence that can support talent in future applications in the current competitive academic climate.

The awards are supported by NWO and promoted at ICT.Open.

The theses will be judged on the following factors, in equal parts:

  • Novelty to and impact in the field promoted by VERSEN.

  • Timeliness.

  • Quality of the thesis report and associated artifacts.

  • Methodological approach and execution.


Please note that the thesis will be published on VERSEN's website and cannot contain any intellectual property that is not public. If applicable, we will also publish links to associated artifacts (datasets, Github links, etc.).


Procedure Thesis Awards 2019

The Award can only be awarded to graduate students who have obtained their degree from a Dutch institute of higher academic learning between September 1st, 2018, until August 31st, 2019. We strongly recommend that both the winner of a thesis award and the nominator are present at the award ceremony. 


Important Dates (Both Awards)

  • 01-10-2019 Awards are announced, submission form open

  • 01-12-2019 Deadline for submission

  • 01-02-2020 Notification

  • March 2020 Award ceremony at ICT.Open for the PhD Thesis Award


Nominations for the awards should consist of:

  • Thesis (in PDF format)

  • Curriculum vitae (in PDF format) of the nominee


Where can I get further information?

For further information about the awards, contact dr. Slinger Jansen (


Evaluation Committee Both Awards

prof.dr. Patricia Lago

dr. Slinger Jansen Jan Friso Groote