Life Sciences meets Physics with Industry workshop



the Lorentz Center@Snellius in Leiden


The 2020 edition of the Life Sciences with Industry workshop will be a hybrid choice, combining Life Sciences with Physics with Industry. This workshop will take place from 9 – 13 November. A week later another workshop will be held specifically for Physics with Industry. The location is the Lorentz Center@Snellius in Leiden. Coronavirus protection guidelines will be observed.

You will work in teams on a challenge set by a company. Each team will have to combine their academic knowledge of different life sciences, including molecular and cellular biology, biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, statistics, systems biology, biochemistry and bioengineering. For this special 2020 edition, one of the two cases will also require knowledge of physics, meaning that the case can be approached from different perspectives. The aim of the workshop is to identify concrete, practical solutions or new insights. During the week, participants will be given support by representatives of the business world and the organizers. NWO is organizing this workshop together with the Lorentz Center.

Business cases

This year’s cases will be provided by Bejo Zaden.

Case 1: Non-destructive 3D measurements for seeds (Bejo); this includes physics

Case 2: Super pan-genome infrastructure for seeds (Bejo)


Register via The registration deadline is 28 September 2020.


  • You indicate your case preference during registration.
  • The organization will try to allocate every participant to their case of choice.
  • There will be two teams, each consisting of about six people.
  • After your allocation, you must email a confirmation of your participation to PhD students must obtain their supervisor’s signature.
  • You will then be sent relevant literature and other documents. These will enable you to be well prepared for the workshop.
  • Bejo Zaden will give a guided tour the week before the workshop. Details of dates and times to follow.
  • You will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before the workshop begins.

Information on the business cases (English)