International Solvay Institutes

Public Lectures


‘We need scientists to be heard and to be lauded, we need to show that science is a fascinating subject raising intriguing and captivating challenges, and we need to demonstrate that it is extraordinarily important for the future of humanity to pursue scientific advances, which are critical to the survival of human beings on earth. Hence our commitment to public events and lectures.’

Jean-Marie Solvay, great grand-son of Ernest Solvay, President






17th Solvay Public Event - Sunday 12 September  2021



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

Steps towards complex matter: chemistry!


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

Why we cannot make artificial life in a laboratory.


Paul Nurse (Francis Crick Institute, London, UK) - 2001 Nobel Laureate in Medicine

What is Life?


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

How personalised is your immune repertoire?





Practical Information for registrants

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

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

- *Free entrance but registration is mandatory*. Registration will open in August 2021.


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