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Information for organizers of a workshop
Any researcher or group of researchers can apply for organizing a workshop at the Lorentz Center. The scientific organization of the workshop is left to the scientific organizers, while the staff of the Lorentz Center takes care of the practical organization of the workshop: Each workshop is assigned a workshop coordinator, who is the main contact for organizers as well as participant and takes on as much as possible of the organization.
The workshop coordinator sends out invitations, on behalf of the organizers, to invite those interested to register, makes the hotel reservations, keeps the participants informed etc. For practical reasons, for scientific visibility in the Netherlands and for direct contact with the Lorentz Center it is recommended that one (co)organizer is based in the Netherlands.
The facilities available to a workshop are described here.
Workshop proposals are submitted for evaluation by the scientific advisory boards with three deadlines per year: 15 January, 15 May and 15 September. Workshops taking place sooner than 16 months after the deadline will be evaluated. Thus, the upcoming deadline, 15 January 2018, is for workshops with starting date before 1 May 2019.
The Lorentz Center aims at a decision on the workshop proposals within 10 weeks after the deadline. At this point also a week is assigned to the workshop. In some cases the Lorentz Center may decide for an accelerated evaluation procedure, e.g. for rapid response to a proposal for a workshop starting within a few months.
Workshop proposals are evaluated primarily for their scientific merit. Our scientific advisory boards generally applaud initiatives to bring new groups together above tried and tested clubs. Also the workshop program, the composition of the participants, and the use of the special facilities at the Lorentz Center is important.
Proposals that pass this evaluation of quality will compete for the available weeks. Apart from the quality of the proposal, also the motivation for the week(s) is considered. Finally, the Lorentz Center will make choices to ensure topical variation and a balance among scientific diciplines in the program.
Funding of workshops by the Lorentz Center depends on the scientific quality, the expected impact of the workshop as well as its duration and the expected number of participants. A breakdown of typical cost and funding is given in the 'proposal instructions'.
For additional information about organizing a workshop, contact responsible for the science planning and evaluation, or supervising astronomy, mathematics, and physics.
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