The "International Institutes for Physics and Chemistry founded by Ernest Solvay", or "International Solvay Institutes" for short, are an international research institute running research programmes on "curiosity-driven" themes in physics, chemistry and related disciplines.
The central activity of the Institutes is the periodic organization of the celebrated Solvay Conferences in Physics and in Chemistry ("Conseils de Physique Solvay" and "Conseils de Chimie Solvay"). This support to fundamental science is complemented by the organization of workshops on specific selected topics, international chairs, colloquia and an international doctoral school.
In addition to these visitor-focused activities, the Solvay Institutes support also research carried by scientists affiliated with them. The main lines of investigation currently pursued at the Institutes address some of the deepest and fascinating questions at the frontiers of physics: quantum gravity and string theory, black holes, cosmology, dark matter and dark energy.
Another mission of the Institutes is the popularization of science. The Institutes organize once a year "Solvay lectures" on today's big scientific challenges aimed at the general public.