The Casimir Research School (Casimir), established in 2004 by the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft and the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION), aims for an improved education of young researchers towards a PhD degree. A major attraction of academic institutions is the interplay between young creative and ambitious students with experienced researchers and educators. It leads to a variety of hopefully ground-breaking new research results and to highly educated people who will find their way in various jobs in industry, institutions and academia. Hence, PhD students need to focus but should not become narrow-minded and should also be skilled communicators and project-planners. Leiden and Delft have decided to take on this demanding task jointly, which creates the opportunity for students to be exposed to a larger variety of research-fields and international experts, as well as to organize jointly advanced courses and workshops. About 260 PhD students, 120 postdocs and 100 (assistant, associate and full) professors participate in our research school.

Research overview


19 - 23 November 2018

Life Sciences with Industry 2018link

26 - 30 November 2018

Physics with Industry 2018link

11 - 13 December 2018

BioBusiness Retreatlink

12 December 2018

Quo Vadis winter editionlink

21 - 25 January 2019

ICT with Industry 2019link


29 March 2011 - 1 January 2019

Casimir Course - Hot Topicslink

4 January 2018 - 1 January 2020

Casimir Course - Topology in Condensed Matterlink