Physics with Industry - workshop


Since 2010 NWO organises, in collaboration with the Lorentz Center, the ‘Physics with Industry’ workshops. 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. This contributes to an innovative research community in the Netherlands.

Upcoming edition – Physics with Industry 2018

From 26 to 30 November 2018 NWO and the Lorentz Center are holding the ninth edition of the Physics with Industry (PwI) workshop, in which PhD students and postgraduate researchers spend a week working intensively on challenging physics cases put forward by the business community and social organisations.
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.

Important dates

  • Industrial/social case submission deadline: 18 June 2018
  • Participant registration deadline: 15 October 2018
  • Company/organisation visit: 23 November 2018
  • Physics with Industry workshop: 26 to 30 November 2018


The workshop is intended for PhD students and postgraduate researchers working in physics and applied physics. If you are interested, please register on the event website of the Lorentz Center before 15 October 2018.

Participation is free of charge. In return, 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 companies

The following companies/organisations take part in Physics with Industry 2018:


Lorentz Center in Leiden.

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 23 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).


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:
Maria Sovago (+31306001368)
You can also send an email to:

More information

Physics with Industry


dr. Maria Sovago +31 (0)30 600 13 68 | +31 (0)61 489 36 72