The NIAS-Lorentz Program

The NIAS-Lorentz Program is a collaboration between NIAS and the Lorentz Center set up in 2006. The program promotes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the humanities and/or social sciences with the natural, life and/or technological sciences. We hold that important and exciting advances are to be expected in research at the interface of different disciplines. Topics of societal importance, that require extensive collaboration across traditional scientific boundaries in order to progress, are encouraged.

Pivotal to the NIAS-Lorentz Program is the understanding that scientific progress requires an open atmosphere that stimulates constructive interactions between researchers. The NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board oversees all activities of the NIAS-Lorentz Program. The program is supported by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and Leiden University.

The program contains the following activities:


Eveline Crone selected as Distinguished NIAS-Lorentz Fellow 2023/24

Developmental neuroscientist Eveline Crone, based at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University, has been awarded the Distinguished NIAS-Lorentz Fellowship 2023/24 for her research on the emerging of curiosity. During her fellowship, starting September 2023, she will unravel how changes in curiosity emerge, and which factors facilitate opportunities for curiosity in biological, individuals, social and societal domains.

Distinguished NIAS-Lorentz Fellow 2024/25 already selected: Wijnand IJsselsteijn

In the present call for nominations, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and the Lorentz Center have also been able to select neuropsychologist Wijnand IJsselsteijn, affiliated with Eindhoven University of Technology, as the DNLF 2024/25. During his fellowship, from September 2024 onwards, he will unpack and analyze the psychological effects and ethical values at stake in relation to the introduction of virtual and augmented reality – together referred to as eXtended Reality, or XR – at a large scale and with unprecedented quality.

Call for Nominations for DNLF 2025/26 opens 15 January 2024

Call for Nominations for DNLF 2023/24 & 2024/25 is CLOSED

Call for NLTG 2023/24 is CLOSED

Nominations for this lead.

New Chair of the NIAS-Lorentz Advisoy board

1 March 2022 Carel Stolker has succeeded Louise Gunning-Schepers as chair of the advisory board for the NIAS-Lorentz collaboration.

NIAS and Lorentz Center thank Louise Gunning-Schepers for her dedicated service to the research community and the inspiring and pleasant collaboration. We are very pleased that Carel Stolker has accepted our invitation to succeed her and look much forward to this collaboration.

Winner NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) 2022/23
Davide Grossi (University of Groningen) and his team members have been selected for the NIAS Lorentz Theme Group 2022/23.