News - "Digitalize for the Environment!": A guide for practitioners from nine universities worldwide

23 Mar 2020

Patricia Lago and colleagues from altogether nine well-known universities from different parts of the world have produced a guide called "Digitalize for the Environment!". The guide is aimed at municipalities and companies wanting to explore and realize the potential of digitalization. It is completely open source and available here.    

PhD defences - Session-Based Concurrency: Between Operational and Declarative Views

23 Mar 2020

On January 7, Mauricio Cano successfully defended his PhD thesis "Session-Based Concurrency: Between Operational and Declarative Views" at the University of Groningen. In his thesis, supervised by Prof. dr. Jorge A. Pérez and Prof. dr. Gerard Renardel, Mauricio presents a comprehensive study of formal programming models for message-passing concurrency and of their associated verification techniques. This PhD work concerns theory of programming, with practical implications. His rese...

New people & guests - Andrea Capiluppi new Associate Professor at the University of Groningen

23 Mar 2020

Andrea Capiluppi is appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Groningen. He will be joining the Software Engineering group. Andrea’s research and teaching interests focus on Software Evolution and Maintenance, as well as the construction, evaluation and maintenance of Social Networks. Andrea is mostly interested in the use of open technologies and in understanding how they can improve learning and teaching as well as the production of software and other artefacts.

Projects - Outreach project "Beauty and Joy of Computing" in Dutch schools

23 Mar 2020

The National Association of Vice-deans of the Exact Science Faculties has decided to fund the outreach project "Beauty and Joy of Computing in het Nederlands (BJoC-NL) van, voor en door docenten en leerlingen" jointly submitted by Ramon Moorlag (National association of computer science secondary school teachers, i&i), Felienne Hermans (University of Leiden) and Alexander Serebrenik (Eindhoven University of Technology). "Beauty and Joy of Computing" is a computer science course ...

News - Interview with the VERSEN board in the I/O magazine

23 Mar 2020

The recent issue of the I/O magazine features an interview with the VERSEN board (Marieke Huisman, Patricia Lago, Alexander Serebrenik) on the role of software engineering and software engineering research.  "Software is the engine that powers all CS developments like AI and cyber security. Although for many people this engine is invisible, it is so fundamental that we need to understand how to do it right." The full article is available here, enjoy and spread it around!  

VERSEN Manifesto

22 Mar 2020

In 2019 and 2020 the VERSEN has been working on a Manifesto, entitled "Manifesto on Software Research and Education in the Netherlands".   The full Manifesto can be downloaded here in PDF format. There is also an easy to print exerpt available. The manifesto has been covered in the I/O Magazine (find the actual publication here, March edition). Please find the exerpt from I/O magazine here. Any updates about the Manifesto can be found o...

VERSEN PhD Awards 2019

16 Mar 2020

The VERSEN PhD Thesis Awards have been created to encourage excellent research in the domain of Software Engineering in the Netherlands. We are again able to award the VERSEN PhD thesis awards with support of NWO and HCL Technologies.  The members of the jury, Jan Friso Groote, Slinger Jansen, and Patricia Lago, used the following criteria for judging: Novelty to and impact in the field promoted by VERSEN. Timeliness. Quality of the thesis report and associated artifacts. Methodologic...

New Design web site

16 Mar 2020

It is with great pride that we can announce that hereby the new web site is online. Credit goes to dr. Ivano Malavolta (project management), Alessio D'Arielli (design:, and Peter Duijnstee (technical integration, For any questions or comments, please contact us at 

Doaitse Swierstra Passed Away

05 Mar 2020

With great sadness we announce that last Tuesday (March 3, 2020) at the age of 69 Doaitse Swierstra died in his hometown of Tynaarlo. Doaitse successfully fought cancer for the past months and with his healing in sight he dared to make cautious plans for the future. It is very sad that he can no longer realize those plans due to an accident. Many of us will know Doaitse as a professor of Software Technology at Utrecht University (1983-2013). He was also known for his love...

VERSEN Supports the FAIR Software Initiative

05 Mar 2020

The VERSEN Board has decided to vocally endorse the FAIR Software Initiative and the Five Fair Principles. The FAIR principles are a concept which originated in data management. The acronym stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. They have served as a flagship for promoting good data management practices, but until recently they were not directly applicable to software. We hope that the FAIR principles will have a positive effect in research software development. The five pri...