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September 22nd 2017

On 20-24 November 2017, NWO and the Lorentz Center organise the 8th edition of the workshop Physics with Industry. The aim of this workshop is for young physicists to create original solutions for industrial problems, for them to get introduced to industrial R&D and for companies to get in touch with young talents. In addition to these benefits, participants will receive a certificate with 48 study-hours which your graduate school may turn into ECTS (please check the possibilities with your graduate school). Participants of the workshop are physicists from academia in the Netherlands and Europe, and researchers of the participating companies. They will work in teams with each team focusing on one of the selected industrial cases. The majority of the participants are PhD students or postdocs. The scientists are supported by senior researchers, to ensure progress and the highest scientific quality.

Registration is open
Researchers can register as from this week for the workshop Physics with Industry. Please visit the website of the Lorentz Center to register. The registration deadline is 2 October 2017, at 2pm. Participation is free of charge. In return, this requires full attendence to the whole workshop. After selection, we require a written confirmation of your attendence (for PhD students this needs to be signed by your supervisor).

Participating companies
The following five companies/organisations take part in Physics with Industry 2017:

  • Boskalis           
  • National Data Warehouse for Traffic Information (NDW)
  • Koppert Biological Systems
  • Shell
  • Sioux CCM

The five cases are available on the website of the Lorentz Center.

Lorentz Center in Leiden

Important dates

  • Monday 2 October 2017, 14:00 Deadline registration for participants
  • Friday 17 November 2017 Company visit
  • 20 t/m 24 November 2017 Workshop Physics with Industry

Workshop preparation

Participants can indicate their preference for a case during registration. Before the start of the workshop the PWI organisation assigns each participant to one case, so that in the end five teams are formed consisting of approx. 10 people (including the company representatives and the sr scientist). The participants may receive relevant literature and other documents, so that they can begin with the workshop with relevant background knowledge. On 17 November a company visit takes place. At the start of the workshop, participants are requested to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) (see document Groud rules at Enclosures). 

On the website of the Lorentz Center you can find an impression of the previous PWI edition (2016) with the cases back then. The reports of Physics with Industry 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 are available as pdf-file (and can be downloaden in the upper right corner on this webpage as well):  

Experiences from companies participating in previous PWI editions:

"Physics with Industry was a real inspirational event for us. Bringing together young researchers from different fields of research and more experienced researchers from universities and industrial R&D was the best you can expect for working on your very specific subject. It helped us a lot to understand the limits of our approach of the problem, but also the good choices we made in treating the subject. Physics with Industry was for me a place where the fundamental research met the industrial application within a framework where the innovation was at home." - Nicolae Tomozeiu, Océ (2013)

"Door Physics with Industry konden wij in korte tijd veel kennis opdoen over een onderwerp dat voor ons relatief nieuw was. Dit heeft geresulteerd in een research studieproject bij NXP. Als dat een succes wordt nemen we waarschijnlijk weer contact op met de universitaire partners om ons te helpen bij langere termijn onderzoek. Naast de directe opbrengst in de vorm van kennis en contacten denk ik dat een workshop zoals Physics with Industry ook een extra stimulans is voor bedrijven om na te denken over de fundamentele limieten van hun huidige producten, een proces dat tot doorbraken en innovaties kan leiden." - Peter Steeneken, NXP (2010 en 2012)

Further information
If you have any questions then please contact:

You can also send an email to: physicswithindustry@nwo.nl.