Lorentz Center - Scientific programming and evaluation
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    Scientific programming and evaluation

The Lorentz Center facilitates and funds international workshops at the forefront of the sciences. The workshops bring together scientists in a work environment that fosters exchange and interaction and the establishment of collaborations.

Two facilities are dedicated to workshops of different sizes: The Lorentz Center@Snellius for up to 25 participants and the Lorentz Center@Oort for up to 55 participants. Both venues are located within the science faculty at Leiden University.

Submission of a proposal for a workshop is open to any individual or group of scientists from any country. Evaluation of the workshops is primarily focused on scientific quality, but factors like impact, the composition of the group of participants, and the interest from the Dutch scientific community are also considered. When this is in order the boards are also keen to see that the workshop will make good use of the facilities offered by the Lorentz Center. Most importantly, that the participants will not spend all the time listening to lectures.

The Lorentz Center is assisted by scientific advisory boards to advise and guide the scientific program. The members of the boards are scientists from a broad selection of (mostly) Dutch universities. The term for board members is 4-5 years. The task of the boards is four fold: Scientific evaluation of submitted proposals, a breeding ground for ideas for new topics, advice on the development of the Center, and provide personal contact to a wide range of research fields and institutions.

Currently the following eight scientific advisory boards are active:

Computational Sciences
Life and Medical Sciences
NIAS-Lorentz also charged with overseeing the Social Sciences and Humanities program (in collaboration with 'NIAS')

The application procedure is supervised by Scientific Manager (+31 (0)71 527 5580), but the Lorentz Center submits the workshop proposals to the scientific advisory boards for evaluation. Workshops spanning several scientific disciplines may be evaluated by more than one board. When necessary, external referees are consulted. Approval of a workshop includes a financial commitment from the Lorentz Center. Workshop proposals can be submitted for evaluation three times per year: before 30 January, 30 May and 30 September.

If you would like to submit a workshop proposal, please contact at the earliest possible stage at or call either Auke Planjer (+31 (0)71 527 5583) or Henriette Jensenius (+31 (0)71 527 5580). We will gladly answer any questions you might have and discuss your ideas with you. Feedback at an early stage, in our experience, increases the chance of a succesful application.

More: Information for organisers and Detailed Instructions on how to prepare your proposal.