NWO Research Communities for Physics

The Physics Round Table has, in close consultation with the research field, set up five NWO Research Communities for Physics. Through these five research communities, the physics research field will be able to make an effective contribution towards recommendations for and monitoring of research at the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The link between researchers and NWO is essential to ensure that signals in the field are picked up by NWO, and that NWO is able to gain access to the field. The research communities connect physicists and promote collaboration with other disciplines.

The five NWO Research Communities for Physics are:

  • Nano, Quantum and Materials Physics
  • Particle and Astroparticle Physics
  • Physics of Fluids and Soft Matter
  • Physics of Life
  • Physics for Technology and Instrumentation

In addition to these, fundamental energy research is a new research field that will be further expanded.

Research community advisory committees

The NWO Research Communities work with members in order to have a clear picture of the sub-field in question and to have at their disposal a distribution list for consulting or informing the field. Members are professors at a Dutch university or institute, academic employees (such as associate or assistant professors) at a Dutch university or institute with a permanent contract, senior researchers from industry, academic employees on a temporary appointment at a Dutch university or institute at Vidi level (or equivalent) or higher, and senior researchers employed outside the Netherlands with a particular affinity with the sub-field in the Netherlands.

The research community advisory committees represent the research communities. The research community advisory committees set out the details for their sub-field in a strategy paper and in a vision for the future. The committees regularly inform and consult the members of a research community with regard to relevant NWO information.

Research community advisory committee duties and procedures

The research community advisory committees are assigned the following tasks:

  • Identifying new developments in the sub-field of the research community advisory committee;
  • Maintaining contact with the research field;
  • Maintaining the network with the Dutch National Research Agenda, top sectors, TKI HTSM,  the Platform Academische Natuurkunde etc.;
  • Monitoring the progress of ongoing research programmes in the sub-field in question, including advising the Physics Round Table at the conclusion of these programmes;
  • Monitoring ongoing research and existing facilities and new initiatives;
  • Helping shape and implement the NWO network and forum function in consultation with the field (during Physics@Veldhoven and DutchBiophysics for example);
  • Giving unsolicited and solicited advice to the Physics Round Table and to the Science board.

Registration

Have you not yet registered for an NWO Research Community? The NWO Physics Round Table invites researchers to register for membership of one or, at most, two research communities. Members are professors at a Dutch university or institute, academic employees (such as associate or assistant professors) at a Dutch university or institute with a permanent contract, senior researchers from industry, academic employees on a temporary appointment at a Dutch university or institute at Vidi level (or equivalent) or higher, and senior researchers employed outside the Netherlands with a particular affinity with the sub-field in the Netherlands.

Registration is possible at any time.

By submitting your membership you agree that NWO can use your information to inform you and consult you on matters related to NWO, Physics and your selected working groups. You name and affiliation can also be shared with the Round Table Physics and the research community committees of Physics.