is the Dutch research center for quantum software & technology

QuSoft’s mission is to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small to full-scale prototypes of a quantum computer.

Here, we work together on radically new software and technology with world-changing potential. Based on the fundamental laws of quantum physics, we aim to keep up our excellent track record in quantum computing and quantum information, to explore and develop uses of quantum computers and other quantum technologies at large, for the benefit of society.

Quantum technology is labelled by the Dutch government as a key technology because it is considered a potential game-changer in many social and economic sectors, including health, agriculture, climate, and safety.


BACK IN 1996, CWI started research in quantum computing. It was among the first groups worldwide to pioneer this field. This research was carried out in CWI’s Algorithms and Complexity group, headed by Prof. Harry Buhrman. Other specialised research on quantum condensed matter theory was already done by the Theoretical Physics Group of the University of Amsterdam, headed by Prof. Kareljan Schoutens.

Nowadays, quantum research in Amsterdam is bundled in the QuSoft research center, which is currently hosted at CWI, and directed by Prof. Christian Schaffner. By 2024, QuSoft has grown to about 100 people who conduct world-class quantum research, educate the future generations of quantum researchers and explain the wonders of the quantum world to business and the general public.




Together with the UvA, CWI, Leiden University, TU Delft, TNO and QuTech, QuSoft is part of the Quantum Software Consortium (QSC). Developing new quantum software, by exploiting the counterintuitive effects of quantum mechanics, requires a unison of ideas from computer science, mathematics, and quantum physics. Therefore QSC is building a new research community in the Netherlands in Quantum Information Science. 


In this newsletter we will bring you:

  • An overview of our QuSoft seminars and activities
  • Open job vacancies
  • News and stories about the people behind QuSoft 


Each week QuSoft organises a seminar with speakers from all over the world. For a summary of the topic click on the relevant name, or search for past seminars at News & Insights by clicking the ‘seminars’ category.

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