Science with Industry

Every year, the Dutch Research Council helps organise four workshops aimed at fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange between industry and the academic world. The purpose is to come up with innovative solutions for scientifically challenging and commercial business cases. These workshops are a great way for researchers to gain valuable experience, while enabling companies to find new approaches to solving the business cases they bring to the table.

Participating as a company

First and foremost, the workshops can help generate potential solutions to a problem you are grappling with. But besides that, they are also an excellent opportunity to get in touch with young researchers and to be inspired by new talent. Harnessing their ideas will allow you to find the best possible solution. To ensure results and guarantee scientific quality, each team will be led by a senior researcher.

Participating as a researcher

As a researcher, you get to sink your teeth into a business case of your choice. You will be challenged to come up with new ideas and approaches, using the full range of your knowledge in the process. You and your team will have one week to design a solution. Working together with other highly motivated researchers, you’ll not only gain valuable practical experience, but you’ll also have tons of fun!


Our workshops are a great way to boost your career by gaining experience in a commercial working environment. They’re also a great opportunity to expand your network and meet other researchers. At the end of the week, you will receive a certificate equivalent to 48 hours of study. Ask your graduate school about converting these hours into ECTS credits.

Participation in the workshops is free of charge, and lunch and dinner will be provided. For those who live too far away to commute, we also provide free sleeping accommodation. Finally, to help you unwind after all the mental gymnastics, there will be plenty of time to relax at the end of each day – be sure to stick around for pizza night and drinks after work!

Life Sciences with Industry

Next edition: 9 – 13 November 2020
Deadline for companies: 1 May 2020
Deadline for researchers: 11 September 2020

Physics with Industry

Next edition: 16 – 20 November 2020
Deadline for companies: 14 May 2020
Deadline for researchers: Early October 2020

ICT with Industry

Next edition: 18 - 22 January 2021
Deadline for companies: 3 July, 2020
Deadline for researchers: November 2020

Study Group Mathematics with Industry

Next edition: not available yet
Deadline for companies: not available yet
Deadline for researchers: not available yet
More information: Go to the SWI website