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Solvay Workshop on "Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems"



Brussels, May 11-13, 2020 (ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room)


This workshop will be dedicated to the memory of Grégoire NICOLIS who passed away on October 18, 2018. Grégoire Nicolis was a pioneer in the science of nonlinear phenomena and complex systems, who published many influential publications in this area. His contributions are known worldwide for having initiated a vast field of research unifying the physical sciences in our understanding of the emergence by nonlinear bifurcations of stationary, oscillating, and chaotic spatio-temporal structures from chemistry and physics to biological systems, neuroscience, meteorology and climate science. Today, this vast field is blossoming internationally and we hope to commemorate Grégoire Nicolis’ contributions to these advances at this workshop. The workshop will also have the aim to establish the state of the art for future research in this multidisciplinary area.



Invited Speakers




Pierre Coullet (U. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France)

Patrick De Kepper (U. of Bordeaux, France)
Alain Destexhe (CNRS, U. Paris-Sud, France)
Irving R. Epstein (Brandeis U., Massachusetts, USA)
Massimiliano Esposito (U. of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Kunihiko Kaneko (U. of Tokyo, Japan)
Raymond Kapral (U. of Toronto, Canada)
Edda Klipp (Humboldt- U. zu Berlin, Germany)
John Kozak (DePaul U., Chicago, USA)
Katharina Krischer (Technical U. Munchen, Germany)
Annie Lemarchand (Sorbonne U., Paris, France)

Annick Lesne (U. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)

Robert MacKay (U. of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
Alexander Mikhailov (Kanazawa U., Japan)
Yves Pomeau (ENS, Paris, France)
Astero Provata (NCSR, Athens, Greece)
Lutz Schimansky-Geier (Humboldt U., Berlin, Germany)
Andrey Shilnikov (Georgia State U., Atlanta, USA)
Kenneth Showalter (West Virginia U., Morgantown, USA)
Oliver Steinbock (Florida State U., Tallahassee, USA)
Manuel Garcia Velarde (U. Complutense Madrid, Spain)
Xiao-Jing Wang (New York U., USA)

Scientific and Organising Committee

Claude Baesens (Warwick U., UK)
Yannick De Decker (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Jean-Louis Deneubourg (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Anne De Wit (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Geneviève Dupont (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Pierre Gaspard (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Thomas Gilbert (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Dominique Maes (VUB, Brussels, Belgium)


Practical information for attendees


Fee and registration

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required (limited space).
To register, please click on ‘Click HERE to register’ at the top right of the webpage.
May 2, 2020 is the deadline for registration.


Contributed talks and poster session

Attendees can apply for a contributed talk.


A poster session will be organized on Monday 11 May, 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 31 March 2020.

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


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 12 May at 7:30 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 April.

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 (