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Information for organizers of a workshop
Any scientist or group of scientists can apply for organizing a workshop at the Lorentz Center provided that the topic of the workshop is based in the natural sciences. Workshops at the interfaces with the humanities and social sciences are also welcome, as long as the goal is collaboration with the natural sciences.
The scientific organization of the workshop is left to the scientific organizers, while the staff of the Lorentz Center takes care of the practical organisation of the workshop: Each workshop is assigned a workshop coordinator, who is the main contact for organizers as well as participant and takes on as much as possible of the organization. The workshop coordinator sends out invitations, on behalf of the organizers, to invite those interested to register, makes the hotel reservations, keeps the participants informed etc. For practical reasons, for scientific visibility in the Netherlands and for direct contact with the Lorentz Center it is recommended that one (co)organizer is based in the Netherlands.
The facilities available to a workshop are described here.
Workshop proposals are submitted for evaluation by the scientific advisory boards with three deadlines per year: 15 January, 15 May and 15 September. Workshops taking place sooner than 16 months after the deadline will be evaluated. Thus, the upcoming deadline, 15 September 2013, is for workshops with starting date before 1 January 2015.
The Lorentz Center aims at a decision on the workshop proposals within 10 weeks after the deadline. At this point also a final week is assigned to the workshop. In some cases the Lorentz Center may decide for an accelerated evaluation procedure, e.g. for rapid response to a proposal for a workshop starting within a few months.
Workshop proposals are evaluated primarily for their scientific merit. Our scientific advisory boards generally applaud initiatives to bring new groups together above tried and tested clubs. Also the workshop program and the use of the special facilities at the Lorentz Center is important.
Proposals that pass this evaluation of quality will compete for the available weeks. Apart from the scientific quality, also the motivation for the week(s) is considered. Finally, the Lorentz Center will make choices to ensure topical variation and a balance among scientific diciplines in the program.
Funding of workshops by the Lorentz Center depends on the scientific quality, the expected impact of the workshop as well as its duration and the expected number of participants. A breakdown of typical cost and funding is given in the 'proposal instructions'.
For additional information about organizing a workshop, contact responsible for the science planning and evaluation, or her assistant,
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