NWO Life2021


NWO Life2021 goes digital!

Life2021, the NWO conference for the Dutch Life Sciences will be a digital conference. Save the afternoons of 26, 27 and 28 May! On these afternoons there will be a live programme, accessible via the online platform.

On top of that, the platform will be open for participants the week from 25 May until 28 May as well as for another month afterwards. As long as the platform is open, participants will be able to have a look at the content including the (pre-recorded) oral presentations and posters that will be selected out of the submissions from the call for abstracts.

The online programme will contain both familiar and new elements. A plenary programme with four keynote speakers, sessions with invited speakers, 5 parallel tracks with contributions from congress participants, poster sessions, workshops for junior researchers, and breakout sessions of the five research communities for senior researchers. Via the online platform, we will facilitate that you can interact with other participants, catch up with fellow workers, meet new people, and expand your network.

More information about the programme will follow soon on the website of NWO Life. Keep updated on the latest news and deadlines via the Life Newsletter. If you have any questions or ideas about the online format, do not hesitate to contact via life2021@nwo.nl.

What is NWO Life

Life is a unique, inspiring, annual national congress covering all disciplines and scale levels in the Dutch Life Sciences, from femtometre to kilometre, from cell to planet. Life2021 is the second edition and will be held online.

Why NWO Life

To connect senior and junior researchers from all different disciplines in the life sciences. To explore and push boundaries. To discuss new or desirable developments in the field. To get inspired by each other’s research and approaches and to start new interdisciplinary collaborations. The theme for this edition of Life is ‘Networks in Life’. Networking and interdisciplinary collaboration is essential for researchers in the Life Sciences. Networks are also essential in life at all scale levels, from cellular, fungal and neural networks to ecological networks.

Who are invited

Researchers at all scientific research institutes including the university medical centres in The Netherlands, in all career phases including master students, are warmly invited to join and contribute to the programme. People working in the industry, policy makers, and readers and their master students at Universities of Applied Sciences (HBO’s) are also invited to join and contribute.


A small fee of €15,- will be charged to attend the congress afternoons of Life2021 including access to the online platform (open from 25 May until the end of June). Registration opens in March.

Looking back on NWO Life2019

Unfortunately, Life2020 had to be cancelled due to the corona pandemic. In 2019 the first successful edition of Life was organised which was attended by about 500 people. For an impression, have a look at the aftermovie:

Source: NWO Life

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