Improve (y)our Common Room!
Lorentz Center - Get Engaged!
We are very thankful for all the support we have received for (y)our new common room.
We are thankful for all the generous gifts and we are happy to see that so many people believe in the Lorentz Center Philosophy.
We are working hard to finalize the new common room, as you can see we have come far already. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lorentz Center in future, to enjoy science and good coffee.
The Lorentz Center is an international center for scientific workshops, based on the philosophy that science thrives on interaction between creative researchers. We aim for open discussions and new collaborations between researchers from different countries and fields, and with varying seniority.
Good research starts with good coffee
We reach our objectives, among others, by creating an informal and comfortable setting that stimulates open interactions. The common room is pivotal in this, where informal talks, discussions, drinks and laughs are the basis for scientific progress.
After 20 years, the common room@Oort is in desperate need of an update. We plan to improve the common room in the autumn of 2016. Will you help us with the last E 15.000?
The new common room
Unfortunately, we will have to say goodbye to our famous yellow sofa, which has seated around 25.000 scientists in the past 20 years. In the new Common Room, we would like to create a balance between science and relaxation, with two new coffee machines, a new sofa, a new larger table, small subgroup discussion tables and a large blackboard wall, while we will keep the unique cozy atmosphere of the Lorentz Center.
Get engaged with us and (y)our common room
We urge you to get engaged with the Lorentz Center and help us to finance your new common room. Know that your support is greatly appreciated by all visitors and employees at the Lorentz Center alike. Thank you!
Is yours among the three highest donations?
We then will design a special Lorentz Center poster of your favorite scientific image. Whilst we exhibit your poster for one year in the new common room, you will also receive three printed copies for your own walls. Our rule: when donating multiple times, your total donation counts.
Of course, all the donators will be invited to our grand opening in November.
Meet our ambassadors
Detlef Lohse Professor of Physics in Fluids at the University of Twente and Spinoza Prize Laureate 2005.
“The first Lorentz Center workshop I attended was back in 2000. I was very impressed with the idea and the setup and soon organized my first own workshop, namely on thermally driven turbulence. That workshop brought together the leading scientists in the field for twee weeks of intense discussion and has built the scientific community. Ever since that community has met every two years somewhere in the world. Altogether, this has led to tremendous scientific progress in the field. It is the Lorentz Center which triggered all that with some little seed investment.”
Naomi Ellemers Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University and Spinoza Prize Laureate 2010.
“Our 2016 Lorentz Center workshop was very dynamic, with interspersed plenary discussions and brainstorms with focused work in subgroups, and it worked really well. The possibility to relax in the common room – or go on with our discussions – was very important.”
Joost Kok Professor of Computer Science at Leiden University and Director of the Leiden Centre of Data Science.
“The Lorentz Center is a great place to meet your fellow scientists. I have had many in-depth discussions in their common room. I fully support its renovation – we cannot do without!”
Henkjan Honing Professor of Music Cognition at University of Amsterdam and winner of the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship 2013/2014.
"In 2014 the Lorentz center offered me the opportunity to invite 23 international researchers from a broad range of disciplines to work for a week on a new research programme on musicality. It turned out to have a major impact on my own research and the field at large. I’m very grateful for the opportunity, support and facilties offered by the center."
About the Lorentz Center
In 2016, the Lorentz Center hosts 78 workshops that typically last 5 days. Lorentz Center workshops promote innovative research, at the scientific frontiers as well as on complex societal challenges. Our workshops are characterized by ample time for active discussions and informal interactions. Any researcher from any country can organize a workshop in any scientific field(s), and all proposals are peer-reviewed by several of our 100-odd board members. Each workshop is provided a basic budget, while the Lorentz Center itself is supported by public funding: Leiden University and the Dutch science foundations NWO, FOM, STW and KNAW.
Curious about the variety in our workshop program or more information about the Lorentz Center? Visit us at www.lorentzcenter.nl.
For questions about our Crowdfunding campaign, please contact us at email@example.com
R. Michael Rich
I have had the pleasure to attend 2 meetings at the Center and look forward to being there more in the future. The Lorentz Center offers and essential intellectual environment that allows for deep discussions while respecting the realistic time limitations that scientists face today. I believe it will have a long and bright future.
Voor een mooi en stimulerend Lorentz Center
De common room is het sociale hart van het Lorentz Center, voor de deelnemende en organiserende wetenschappers, maar ook voor het team dat deze workshops mogelijk maakt. Een plek om met elkaar een goed gesprek te voeren, je collega's (beter) te leren kennen of om even uit te puffen. Of gewoon voor een kop goede koffie of warme thee. Als extra bijdrage aan de vormgeving van het Lorentz Center en de common room steun ik ook graag de totstandkoming hiervan. Ik hoop dat het resultaat nog vele jaren bevalt en ik er nog vaak zal blijven komen.
DTL Dutch Techcentre for Life sciences
The Lorentz Centre offers the perfect environment to bring together inspired people to work out a common vision. Early 2014 it offered an important stepping stone in developing the global FAIR data initiative. DTL supports the Lorentz Centre so that it can continue to provide more of these cross-disciplinary initiatives an inspiring launch.
LC: a cozy setting for top research ideas exchange.
I liked the place. I benefited from discussions in the common room and want to support the tradition.
I really enjoyed the cryptography class and workshop in 2013 held by Lorentz center!
Karel in 't Hout
An excellent venue, of the highest value to the scientific community.
School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
With very best wishes for all your good work,
School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Venues such as the Lorentz Center are important for Research.
Great time at Lorentz Center some time ago, happy to contribute!
I learnt so much and profited a lot form the fantastic discussion at the lorenz Center. Besides I still have the mug.
The Lorentz Center is a wonderful institution. In particular, I believe that the majority of great scientific ideas developed during meetings have emerged from the common room, so...
The first Lorentz Center workshop I attended was back in 2000. I was very impressed with the idea and the setup and soon organized my first own workshop, namely on thermally driven turbulence. That workshop brought together the leading scientists in the field for twee weeks of intense discussion and has built the scientific community. Ever since that community has met every two years somewhere in the world. Altogether, this has led to tremendous scientific progress in the field. It is the Lorentz Center which triggered all that with some little seed investment.
I participated in a workshop held in Lorentz center in 2015, and I want Lorentz center to continue to provide a wonderful environment for scientific discussion.
To promote education, research and discussion of ideas.
Menno & Martje Kruk
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Thank you for the wonderful workshops which are possible here!
Happy to help out! I've really enjoyed my visits to the Loretz Center
Just needs to be done
Rosario Nunzio Mantegna
The Lorenz center has been supportive to interdisciplinary research which is a type of research that it is not so well supported around the world. For this reason, I felt I should give a little contribution to such a center.
I enjoyed many inspiring discussions in a productive and relaxed atmosphere at the Lorentz Center and hope that many others will follow.
I greatly enjoyed my visit and am happy to contribute to the improvement of the common room which I think is an important ingredient of workshop success.
I appreciated the hospitality and the atmosphere at Lorentz Center.
The common room is to the Lorentz Center a bit like what the Agora is to Aritotle's polis