Chemistry competition

Every year the Lorentz Center invites applications by tenure track researchers and post docs for the Lorentz Center Chemistry workshop competition. The winning workshop is be supported by and organized at the Lorentz Center, Leiden, the Netherlands.

The winning proposal is on a cutting-edge topic from any area of chemistry research. The topic can be mono- or multidisciplinary and we encourage topics that bring together researchers from the academic community and the public/private sector.


What we seek

  • the main applicant is from academia, pursuing her/his postdoc or tenure track in the Netherlands
  • an innovative scientific program, that takes us beyond current boundaries
  • an open and interactive format, with few lectures
  • at least one scientific organizer based outside the Netherlands 

What we offer

  • a 5-day workshop at the Lorentz Center in 2024
  • workshop budget for e.g. travel and accommodation reimbursements up to 15 k€
  • no registration fees or other organizational costs
  • a professional support organization, under the philosophy ‘you do the research, we do the rest’

Procedure & Submission


Please find answers to several FAQ's here.

Or contact:
Shirin Faraji, chair Chemistry Board Lorentz Center,
Anna Tudos, manager Lorentz Center,




Chemistry competition winners



Photocatalysis – challenges and future perspectives

Sonja Pullen, University of Amsterdam
Line Næsborg, WWU Münster
Sebastian Beil, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry



Artificial Intelligence for Natural Product Drug Discovery

Marnix Medema, Bioinformatics Group

Gerard van Westen, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research

Anna Hirsch, Department for drug design and optimization

Serina Robinson, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)   

Roger Linington, Department of Chemistry 



Bio•Inorganic Chemistry

Johannes Klein, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Vera Krewald, TU Darmstadt

Daniël Broere, Utrecht University



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