The Lorentz workshop explicitly focusses on collaboration, not on specific art-science
Our programme for the week tries to do justice to the term workshop. With as few lectures
as possible and lots of working in subgroups, there is going to be ample room for everybody
to contribute actively.
It is important to us that every participant feels that the workshop is highly relevant to his or
her own situation. We believe that the workshop format enables participants to ‘personalise’
the workshop to a large extent. Please let us know – now and during the workshop week
itself – if you have any suggestions on how to make your stay worth your while!
Project deliverable: the workshop plays a major role in the writing of a ‘survival guide’ for
artists and scientists who want to collaborate. It’s a handy and handsome reference. It shows
that there are various types of collaborations. Readers will learn that motives, goals, context,
politics, funding opportunities, gains and outcomes, focal points, success criteria, quality
issues, key managerial processes and so on can be quite different for each form of
collaboration. The guide helps the reader to make informed decisions on why to collaborate
in the first place, what to expect and how to make the collaboration a success. The
publication offers true guidance. It helps to explore the value of different approaches and
does not try to impose a one-size-fits-all framework upon them.
Both the workshop and the publication are open to more than just the abstract, the
analytical, the procedural and the cognitive. There is room for the personal, for experiences,
for the anecdotal, examples, and so on.
The following KEY TOPICS will be addressed in our five day workshop:
I. Motives/goals/reasons for collaboration: why are we to collaborate in the first place;
what do we expect to gain from it?
II. Collaboration gains: what does the collaboration lead to? What is the
(meaning/significance) of the collaboration product and/or process? What makes it
art? What makes it science? What makes it ‘artscience’?
III. What are performance indicators? How can we tell to what degree the collaboration
was a success?
IV. Getting there: how do we organise for successful collaboration?
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the workshop itself, please contact Jacco van