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17th Solvay Public Event - Sunday 12 September 2021



!!Due to restrictions for travel between the UK and the EU still in effect, Professor Paul Nurse will unfortunately not be able to deliver his lecture. We apologize for the inconvenience.




Moderator: Prof. Alexander Sevrin
(VUB & International Solvay Institutes)


15:00 - 15:10: Opening by Prof. Marc Henneaux

(ULB & International Solvay Institutes)


15:10 - 15:45: Address by Ilham Kadri, CEO of the Solvay Company followed by the Solvay Awards ceremony.

During this Award Ceremony, brilliant students in physics, chemistry and engineering at the ULB and the
VUB who had been distinguished for their work will receive an award from the Solvay Company.


15:45 - 16:30: Talk by Professor Aleksandra Walczak

How personalised is your immune repertoire?


16:30 - 17:15:Talk by Professor Bert Meijer

Why we cannot make artificial life in a laboratory.


17:15 - 18:00: Talk by Professor Jean-Marie Lehn

Steps towards complex matter: chemistry!


18:00 - 18:05: Closing by Prof. Marc Henneaux

(ULB & International Solvay Institutes)




Jean-Marie Lehn (USIAS, Strasbourg, France) - 1987 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry


Bert Meijer (TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands) - 2001 Spinoza Award


Aleksandra Walczak (ENS, Paris, France) - 2016 Bronze Medal of the CNRS




Practical Information for registrants

- Sunday 12 September 2021 at 15:00 (Doors open at 14:30)

- Flagey Studio 4, Place Sainte-Croix, 1050 Brussels.

- *Free entrance but registration is mandatory*.


- English - translation in both French and Dutch will be provided.