Sunday, 21 April, 2024 - 15:00 until 18:00
Flagey Studio, Studio 4

Place Sainte-Croix,


De parkeerplaats bevindt zich onder het Flageyplein
Gratis (registratie is verplicht)

Solvay Council for Biology

The Solvay Institutes aim to play a significant role in the development of 21st-century biology, just as they have done for physics and chemistry. This year marks the inception of the first council for biology, following the unique model of the Councils for Physics and Chemistry. The inaugural Solvay Council for Biology will take place from April 18th to 20th and will be chaired by Professor Thomas Lecuit from the Collรจge de France, director of the Turing Center for Living Systems. The Solvay Council itself is closed to the public.

Public Lectures

On April 21st, a public event will be held at Flagey featuring several lectures by prominent scientists:

  • Anthony Hyman, director of the Max Planck Institute in Dresden and winner of the prestigious Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2023), will discuss the physical and chemical mechanisms of information transfer at the cellular level in his lecture, "The Social Life of a Cell."
  • Thanks to Stephanie Palmer, professor at the University of Chicago, who will deliver the lecture "Seeing What's Coming," we will understand the anticipatory mechanisms of our brains. How does Serena Williams assess the best position to catch and return her opponent's ball, all in less than a fraction of a second?

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Solvay conferentie 1911

The first Solvay Conference took place in 1911 at the Brussels Hotel Metropole, featuring prominent figures such as Hendrik Lorentz, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein. Photo: Solvay

The world needs you

This initiative is part of the public programme of VUB: a programme for everyone who believes that scientific knowledge sharing, critical thinking and dialogue are an important first step to create impact in the world. 

As an Urban Engaged University, VUB aims to be a driver of change in the world. With our academic edcuational programmes and innovative research, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and to making a difference locally and globally.

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