"Life Sciences with Industry" Workshop 2020

9-13 November 2020, Leiden

We are looking for challenging industrially relevant case studies on life sciences topics for the Life Sciences with Industry workshop 2020. Companies are invited to take part in this workshop by submitting a proposal with an R&D challenge.

Why should you apply?

The workshop offers companies one week to collaborate with a team of dedicated researchers from different sectors of the life sciences on the problems in your proposed case. These teams integrate academic knowledge from different branches of the life sciences, including molecular and cellular biology, biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, statistics, systems biology, biochemistry and bioengineering, thus ensuring that problems will be approached from different angles. The goal is to come to a concrete practical solution or new horizons with new insights. In addition, participation will strengthen your company's academic network, leading to possible new collaborative projects and partners, while having the chance to meet highly qualified potential employees.

The aim of the workshop

To encourage cooperation and exchange of knowledge between academia and industry, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Lorentz Center (LC) jointly organise the ‘Life Sciences with Industry’ Workshop 2020. In a stimulating setting at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, scientists and researchers from both academia and industry work closely together to find innovative solutions to scientifically challenging and commercially important R&D problems within a week. Participants are young and talented scientists (PhDs, postdocs and more experienced researchers) from different sectors of the life sciences, guided by senior researchers from industry and academia.

Put your own case forward!

Companies are invited to take part in this workshop by putting forward a case for the researchers. The programme committee will select the best submitted cases for inclusion in the workshop. View the attachment below for more details on the procedure and the format of the proposal. The deadline for submission closes on 1 May 2020.

Important dates

1 May                         Deadline submission R&D problems
15 May                       Selection of four R&D problems
25 May                       Publication of cases and call for participation
11 September           Registration application closed
30 September           Selection of ~20-24 participants completed
9-13 November         Life Sciences with Industry 2020 workshop

Previous editions

Both large industry and SMEs have benefited from these workshops. Previous editions of the Life Sciences with Industry workshop have resulted in creative and innovative solutions for challenging R&D problems. Companies that joined us were Philips, DSM, Keygene, Bejo Zaden, Heineken, Nutricia Research, Danone, Unilever, Syngenta, Pam Gene International, Amsterdam Scientific Instruments, Corbion, FEI Electron Optics, NXP Semiconductors, Bioceros, Solynta, VITO, Shell, Ausnutria and BaseClear.


If you have any questions, please contact MSc Klara Scupakova (k.scupakova@maastrichtuniversity.nl) or Dr. Margot Beukers  (lifewithindustry@nwo.nl).  

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