Physics with Industry - workshop


Since 2010 NWO has been organising the ‘Physics with Industry’ workshops with the support of the Lorentz Center. The aim of this workshop is to introduce young physicists to industrial research.

Besides coming up with original solutions to real-life company problems the participants expand their network, while companies get in touch with young talents. This contributes to an innovative research community in the Netherlands.

Physics with Industry 2019 -
#10 edition!

18 - 22 November 2019 at the Lorentz Center in Leiden

Participants register here! There are still a few spots available. Be quick: first come, first served. Latest chance is Friday 11 October.

One of the teams will be selected to present their findings during Physics@Veldhoven 2020

Company cases from
ConSensor, Feltest Equipment, Friesland Campina, NIZO and Somni Corporation

Company cases from: ConSensor, Feltest Equipment, Friesland Campina, NIZO and Somni Corporation

Upcoming edition – Physics with Industry 2019

From 18 to 22 November 2019 NWO is holding the tenth edition of the Physics with Industry workshop, in which PhDs and postdocs spend a week working together on challenging physics cases put forward by companies and societal organisations. The venue is the Lorentz Center@Oort in Leiden.

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 and physical chemists from academia in the Netherlands and Europe, and researchers of the participating companies. They will work in teams focusing on one of the selected industrial cases, and each team will be supported by a senior researcher, to ensure progress and the highest scientific quality.

Important dates

  • Industrial/social case submission deadline: 6 June 2019
  • Participant registration deadline EXTENDED: 11 October 2019
  • Company/organisation visit: 14 or 15 November 2019
  • Physics with Industry workshop: 18 - 22 November 2019

Participating as a researcher

The workshop is intended for PhD students and postgraduate researchers working in physics and physical chemistry. If you would like to participate to this year's workshop apply here.

Participation is free of charge. However, this requires full attendance to the whole workshop. After selection, we require a written confirmation of your attendance (for PhD students this needs to be signed by your supervisor).

Participating as a company

Companies could register for the 2019 Physics with Industry workshop until 6 June 2019, by sending an email to For more information and conditions, see the appendix at the bottom of this page: Physics with Industry 2019 | Call for companies.

The participating companies of the 2019 edition are: ConSensor, Feltest Equipment, Friesland Campina, NIZO and Somni Corporation


Lorentz Center in Leiden.
The Lorentz Center is a Dutch international workshop center. It organises workshops in the full spectrum of scientific disciplines, aiming to promote innovative research at the scientific frontiers as well as on complex societal challenges. The focus is on stimulating collaboration between communities, also from outside academia.

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 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 start the workshop with relevant background knowledge. On 14 or 15 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 (2017) with the cases back then. The reports of Physics with Industry 2010 up to 2017 are available as pdf-file (see below). The report of Physics with Industry 2018 will be published online soon.


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 concerning the workshop organisation then please contact NWO:
Dr Sofia Derossi (+31 70 34 94 088) 
You can also send an email to:

More information

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dr. Sofia Derossi dr. Sofia Derossi +31 (0)70 349 40 88