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









21st Solvay Public Lectures - Sunday 22 October 2023 - Flagey (Studio 4)




Moderator: Prof. Alexander Sevrin

(VUB & International Solvay Institutes)

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

(ULB & International Solvay Institutes)

15:10 – 15:35: Solvay Awards ceremony: during this short Award Ceremony,
brilliant students in physics, chemistry and engineering at the ULB and the
VUB who had been distinguished for their work will be handed out an award
from Ilham Kadri, CEO of the Solvay Company.

15:35 – 16:15: Lecture by Prof. Leticia Cugliandolo (Sorbonne Université, Paris)

Title to be announced

16:15 – 16:55: Lecture by Prof. Paul Chaikin (New York University)
Title to be announced

16:55 – 17:55: Panel Discussion with Profs.:

David Gross (chair, Santa Barbara, 2004 Physics Nobel Laureate)

Paul Chaikin (New York University)

Leticia Cugliandolo (Sorbonne Université, Paris)

Andrea Liu (University of Pennsylvania)

Marc Mézard (Bocconi University, Milan)

Giorgio Parisi (Rome, 2021 Physics Nobel Laureate)

Dragana Popovic (Florida State University)

17:55 – 18:00: Closing by Prof. Marc Henneaux

(ULB & International Solvay Institutes)

18:00: Drink