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Solvay Workshop on "New Frontiers in Atomic, Nuclear, Plasma and Astrophysics"

Brussels, 25 - 27 November 2019 (ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room)


This workshop aims to bring together experts from different research fields including atomic, nuclear, plasma and astrophysics to discuss interdisciplinary aspects related to:


• Computational atomic and nuclear structures

• Electron correlation and relativity in atomic physics

• Atomic energy levels, transition rates, hyperfine structures and isotope shifts, electron affinities

• Observational atomic spectroscopy in nuclear, plasma and astrophysics

• Atomic and nuclear data in stellar models

• Heavy, Superheavy elements and exotic nuclei

• Negative ions and highly charged ions


These aspects will be covered through the following dedicated sessions:


    • Nuclear Astrophysics and Nucleosynthesis

    • Stellar Abundances and Atmospheric Models

    • Laser Spectroscopy Studies of Exotic Nuclei and Heavy Elements

    • Computational Atomic and Nuclear Structures for Nuclear, Plasma and Astrophysics

    • Atomic Spectroscopy for Nuclear, Plasma and Astrophysics

    • New developments in Theoretical Atomic and Nuclear Physics



Invited Speakers



Marcel Arnould (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Martin Asplund (Australian N. U., Canberra, Australia)

Peter Beiersdorfer (LLNL, Livermore, CA, USA)

Julian C. Berengut (U. Of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)

Michael Block (GSI, Darmstadt & U. Mainz, Germany)

Tomas Brage (Lund U., Lund, Sweden)

Charlotte Froese Fischer (UBC, Vancouver, Canada)

Dag Hanstorp (U. of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Hans-Thomas Janka (MPA, Garching, Germany)

Per Jönsson (Malmö U., Malmö, Sweden)

Mikhail Kozlov (Petersburg Nuclear Physics I., Gatchina, Russia)

James M. Lattimer (State U. Of New York, Stony Brook, USA)

Iain Moore (U. of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland)

Witold Nazarewicz (Michigan State U., East Lansing, MI, USA)

Wilfried Nörtershäuser (Technische U. Darmstadt,
Darmstadt, Germany)

Gerard O'Sullivan (U. College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)

Bertrand Plez (U. Montpellier, Montpellier, France)

Achim Schwenk (Technische U. Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)

Chris Sneden (U. of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA)

Eline Tolstoy (U. of Groningen, The Netherlands)


Contributed Talks

Carlos Abia (University of Granada, Spain)

Alain Coc (CSNSM, Orsay, France)

Ruben de Groote (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Giulio Del-Zanna ( University of Cambridge, UK)

Rafael Ferrer (KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)

Jon Grumer (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Henrik Hartman (Malmö University, Sweden)

Stéphane Hilaire (CEA, DAM, DIF, Arpajon, France)

Paul Indelicato (Sorbonne Université, France)

Alex Lobel (Royal Observatory, Brussels, Belgium)

Georges Meynet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Gerda Neyens (CERN, Geneva, Switzerland)

Norbert Przybilla ( Universität Innsbruck, Austria)

Scientific and Organising Committee

Thierry Bastin (ULg, Liège, Belgium)

Pierre Coheur (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Charlotte Froese Fischer (UBC, Vancouver, Canada)

Michel Godefroid (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Stéphane Goriely (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Alain Jorissen (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Per Jönsson (Malmö U., Malmö, Sweden)
Patrick Palmeri (UMONS, Mons, Belgium)
Bertrand Plez (U. Montpellier, Montpellier, France)
Piet Van Duppen (KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
Nathalie Vaeck (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Sophie Van Eck (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)


Practical information for attendees

Fee and registration

We have reached the maximum capacity of the conference room and can no longer accept new participants.


Name badges and WIFI codes will be distributed on site on Monday 25 November from 8:30 a.m.

Contributed talks and poster session

Attendees can apply for a contributed talk (15 min presentation + 5 min discussion).


A poster session will be organized on Monday 25 November, poster presentation from attendees is strongly encouraged.


If you wish to apply, please send a title and a short abstract (maximum 500 words including references)
to Isabelle Van Geet by email at, by 23 September 2019.

Notifications regarding the status of your abstract will be sent once the review process is complete. 

*Please indicate on your abstract whether you would prefer an oral contribution or a poster presentation.

Please use a Word document format using the template below

Word template: abstract.doc


Size of poster board: 114cm x114cm (suitable for A0 and A1 portrait poster)


The workshop will be held at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) - Campus Plaine - Bld de la Plaine
1050 Brussels (Building N.O. - 5th Floor - Solvay Room). Click HERE for the map of the Campus.


A banquet will be held on Tuesday 26 November at 8:00 p.m.
For those who wish to attend, there will be a 50 Euro banquet fee to be paid cash on the first day of the workshop.

An email with the banquet registration details will be sent to all participants in October.

Getting here

Metro line 5 (direction "Hermann Debroux") - Station "Delta". Delta is the metro station on the campus.
Click HERE for the map of the metro.

For more information about public transport in Brussels go to the STIB's website.

If you come by car, please click HERE for directions.

Travel and accommodation

Attendees will have to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs.

Please see below links that might help you find accommodation in Brussels.


Brussels City Center:

Hôtel Atlas - Sleep Well - Bed & Brussels - - Hotel Saint-Nicolas

Hotel Queen Anne - Hotel Bloom - Max Hotel - Metropole Hotel - Plaza Hotel


Hotels close to the venue:

U-Residence: 1.2 km (12 minutes walk - tram number 25: 8 minutes)

Hotel Brussels: 3.6 km (25 minutes walk - tram number 8: 20 minutes)

Hotel Barsey by Warwick: 3,8 km (28 minutes walk - tram number 8: 21 minutes)

Hotel Ibis Styles Hotel Brussels Louise: 3.6 km (25 minutes walk - tram number 8: 20 minutes)

Hotel Capital: 3.3 km (19 minutes walk - tram number 8: 16 minutes)



***For any enquiries, please contact Isabelle Van Geet (