Scientific Programs

A Nordita scientific program is an extended workshop where a limited number of scientists work together on specific topics for a period of up to 4 weeks.

How many and what composition?

Up to 25 external participants can be hosted at any given time. This typically includes a core of 8-12 internationally recognized leaders in the subject area of the program, 5-8 invited Nordic scientists, and a limited number of other applicants including accompanying postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.

What about range of topics?

Program topics can range beyond the traditional borders of theoretical physics and scientists in related areas of the natural sciences are encouraged to submit proposals.

...and, focus events?

They can also include focus events (conferences, workshops or schools) with a higher number of participants for shorter periods.

Who decides?

The Nordita Board decides which scientific programs will be run in a given period following a review of all program proposals by an external expert committee.

Invitation to Propose a Program

Scientific Programs are an integral part of research at Nordita. Members of the international scientific community are invited to propose future programs with an annual deadline in November for submitting proposals.

Proposals for scientific programs must be submitted as PDF files with a subject line "Program proposal" in the e-mail to

Evaluation and Decision

After the deadline, all program proposals are first reviewed by an external expert committee.

The Nordita Board then decides which scientific programs will be funded in a given period. The decision is taken at the first meeting of the board, usually in January-February.