eScience Center – Lorentz Competition 2024

The Netherlands eScience Center and the Lorentz Center invite researchers to join the annual eScience Center – Lorentz competition. The workshop should bring together researchers and experts from the academic community and the public/ private sector. 

The winner will organize a workshop at the Lorentz Center@Snellius in Leiden and receive research software engineering support from the Netherlands eScience Center. 

How we experience our cultural heritage is shifting from passive observation to active, interpretive engagement. This evolution reflects a broader trend: as cultural heritage increasingly encompasses both digitally born and digitized works, the cultural sector is confronted with an ever-growing number of challenges, including curation, digitalization, interpretation and exhibition of digital artifacts, but also how these processes interact and intersect with traditional methods of studying and preserving heritage. With those challenges also come new opportunities for research on and scientific use of digital heritage, from texts and images to videos and artifacts. 

We invite researchers and digital heritage professionals to join efforts with Research Software Engineers (RSEs) from the eScience Center to seek digital breakthroughs using large (national) collections and infrastructures. Technologies addressed include 3D modeling, digital twinning and virtual reality; the workshop can also serve as a platform for exploring topics like big data and semantic web technologies related to digital heritage. 

What we seek 

  • an innovative research problem that takes us beyond current boundaries 
  • a need for research software expertise  
  • an open and interactive format, with few lectures 
  • at least one scientific organizer based within and one outside the Netherlands 
  • at least one scientific organizer from academia and one from the public/private sector 

What we offer 

  • a 5-day workshop for up to 25 people in the second half of 2025 
  • support by eScience Center RSEs, with relevant expertise, equivalent to 0.3 FTE 
  • travel and accommodation reimbursements 
  • no registration fees or other organizational costs 
  • professional organizational support, under the philosophy ‘you do the research, we do the rest’ 


More information (FAQ) Lorentz Center 

More information about working with the eScience Center and the funding conditions 


Pablo Lopez-Tarifa 
Programme Manager Netherlands eScience Center 

Wendy van der Linden  
Program coordinator Lorentz Center