The Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) is a cooperation between the theoretical physics groups of six Dutch universities and of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef) with the following purpose:
The Governing Board of the DRSTP, which consists of representatives of the partners, is responsible for undertaking any suitable initiative to further its goals. The Scientific Director of the DRSTP is responsible for implementing the overall policy on behalf of the Board and for coordinating the DRSTP activities. The mandate to carry out these tasks is based on an official agreement between the Boards of the participating partners, as a result of which the DRSTP has been accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in June of 1994 and reaccredited in 1999, 2004 and 2010. The agreement guarantees means for a six year period in terms of explicit staff commitments as well as graduate student positions. The DRSTP is assisted in its endeavor by an international Scientific Advisory Committee of distinguished scientists.
Theoretical physics is based on universal principles. New concepts often have a much wider validity than in the field in which they are discovered, and methods developed in one field are sometimes very useful in another. Hence theoretical physics is characterized by unity in diversity.
The research fields of the DRSTP are highly diverse, ranging from the physics at the very smallest length scales to the large scale structure of space and time, and from the study of building blocks of matter to the intricacies of the many-body physics of condensed matter, be it quantum matter, soft matter or bio-matter.
The methods employed in these various fields make up the universal language of theoretical physics: formalisms such as the renormalization group and quantum field theory, and various concepts of statistical, computational and mathematical physics are universally applied and establish cross-talk among the research fields.
The research areas covered by the DRSTP can be grouped into the following broad and overlapping themes:
The research program is carried out under the responsibility of the Governing Board and the scientific director in accordance with the agreement. The Governing Board of the DRSTP safeguards the objectives of the Research School. It monitors the overall coherence and quality of the research program. The Board discusses periodically whether the program remains on the forefront of international developments. The Scientific Advisory Committee plays an essential role in these matters.
The DRSTP is also accountable to the faculties of the participating partners. Therefore it reports regularly on past and planned activities, both in research and graduate education, on the basis of information presented in its yearly reports.
The partners in the DRSTP offer a joint program of graduate education leading to a PhD. As part of the research training, under the supervision of a member scientist of the corresponding node, the Research School guarantees a wide range of educational opportunities for its PhD students. They consist of advanced courses, seminars and topical courses in the Netherlands, and international experience in the form of workshops, summer schools or extended research visits abroad.
The Governing Board of the DRSTP decides on admission and monitors the evaluation of progress with a prognosis of ultimate success after the first year. This takes place on the basis of an "agreement of education and guidance" between each individual PhD student and its supervisor(s), to be submitted to and approved by the Board upon admittance.
The Educational Board advises the Governing Board. It also assembles the content of the yearly program of regular activities. Standard advanced courses are published in a nationwide survey. Special PhD courses are offered within the DRSTP, in quantum field theory, statistical physics and in theoretical condensed matter physics, or result from joint efforts with other research schools.
The input of graduate students in the Research School takes place in the form of a PhD Student Council that meets regularly with the Scientific Director and the Chairman of the Governing Board and the Educational Board (which also has one student member).
Individual members of the DRSTP play a pivotal role in helping to organize many summer schools and workshops, in the Netherlands as well as abroad, and in serving as teachers in all the activities that the DRSTP undertakes by itself or in cooperation with others.
The responsibilities of the DRSTP include:
Last update: 13-01-2018, 12.13