Life Sciences with Industry 2020

- Canceled -

9 - 13 November 2020

Venue: Lorentz Center@Snellius

If you are invited or already registered for this workshop, you have received login details by email.

Deadline for application is October 5th. As the original deadline was on September 28th we cannot guarantee hotel rooms anymore. 

In October we will let you know whether your application has been accepted.

Participants are expected to be present at the Lorentz Center throughout the workshop.

Please confirm that you have approval of your supervisor to apply. After selection we will require a written confirmation of your participation, which  needs to be signed by your supervisor and a signed NDA.


Are you a young scientist with a background in the physics, bio-physics, life-sciences or a related research field and do you have a creative and inquisitive mind? Do you like to think outside-the-box? Do you want to meet new people from different disciplines? If yes, apply now for the first ‘Life Sciences & Physics with Industry’ workshop.

This workshop introduces young researchers to industrial research. For a whole week they work in a team on a real company issue. Participants are mostly PhD students or postdocs. In addition, a senior researcher is assigned to each team, to ensure progress and scientific quality. 

This workshop builds up on the successful Life Sciences with Industry and Physics with Industry workshops that have been successfully taken place for seven and ten times, respectively. 

Young researchers gain new insights into life sciences and physics-related problems from companies and the industrial R&D approach, but also expand their network, and experience working in a refreshingly different format, based on a team and a mission.

The participating companies benefit from the academic input, gaining new ideas and contacts. Please see the company cases under the "Workshop Files" of this page. 

The Bejo Zaden case “non-destructive 3D-volumetric measurements of small objects” is a physics case. The aim is to have a group of 4-5 physicists and 1-2 biologists working on this case. The case “Super-pangenomes for breeding even better vegetables” is a purely biology related case, only researchers with a background in life science or bio-physics will be permitted for this case.

Last but not least, the workshop is famous for the enthusiastic vibe of its participants and is a fun week for everyone involved.

If you are interested in working on purely physics cases, please also have a look at the Physics with Industry workshop.



    Monday 9 November 2020

    Preliminary time table (latest update 20th August 2020)

    09:4510:00 welcome by Lorentz Center
    10:0010:15 opening and introduction workshop (Organisers)
    10:1510:30 introduction to intellectual property and confidentiality (NWO)
    10:3012:30 problem presentations by industry
    12:3013:15 lunch
    13:1517:00 group discussions with company representatives

    1,5 meter social distance dinner + team building activity

    Tuesday 10 November 2020

    09:0011:00 creative thinking workshop (external trainer)
    11:0011:15 Short recap of Monday
    11:1512:30 Group discussions
    12:3013:15 lunch
    13:1518:00 group discussions

    1,5 meter Social distance dinner

    Wednesday 11 November 2020

    09:0009:30 finishing mid-term presentations
    09:3012:30 plenary mid-term presentations to company representatives
    12:3013:15 lunch

    group discussion

    18:0020:00 1,5 meter social distance workshop dinner

    Thursday 12 November 2020

    09:0012:30 group discussions
    12:3013:15 lunch
    13:1519:00 group discussions

    1,5 meter social distance dinner

    Friday 13 November 2020

    09:0010:00 finishing final presentations
    10:0012:00 plenary final presentations and discussion
    12:0012:45 lunch
    12:4514:30 plenary final presentation and discussion (continued)
    14:3014:45 conclusions and closing
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    Aljoscha Wahl, TU Delft  

    Margot Beukers, Programme Officer  

    Joyce Burger, Beleidsmedewerker  

    Maarten Honing  

    Klara Scupakova  

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