Tuesday, 5 March, 2024 - 13:00 until 14:15
VUB Health Campus Jette
Laarbeeklaan 103
1090 Jette
Auditorium Brouwer
Free of charge


It’s not every day you get to meet a Nobel Prize winner. We are therefore delighted to join the Nobel Prize Outreach in inviting all our students, academics and staff as well as UZ Brussel colleagues to this unique event. Places are limited and registration is required.

Round table discussion

A select group of 15 students will have the chance to meet Ben Feringa after the lecture and take part in a round table discussion with the Nobel Prize winner. Do you want the chance to be invited? Let us know when you register.

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  • 13.00-13.10: Welcome by rector Jan Danckaert and the Nobel Outreach Office
  • 13.10-14.00: Lecture: The ART of Building Small by Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa
  • 14.00-14.15: Q&A with the audience
  • 14.30-15.20: Round table discussion (by invitation)

Spoken language: English

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Ben Feringa

About Nobel Prize laureate Ben Feringa

Professor Ben Feringa is a Dutch chemist attached to the University of Groningen. In 2016, along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Fraser Stoddart, he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research on molecular nanomachines.

In 2011, he was the first person in the world to synthesise molecular motors that continue running under the influence of ultraviolet light. With his research group, he succeeded in developing a β€œnanocar with four-wheel drive”. In the future, this will enable revolutionary applications, such as transporting drugs through the bloodstream to a specific place in the body. For example, an anti-tumour drug that works on a tumour but leaves healthy tissue alone.β€― 


Evening programme in Bozar

In the evening, Bozar will host the Nobel Prize Dialogue Brussels. The evening brings together Nobel Prize winners, leading thinkers, policymakers and researchers to discuss the most pressing issue of our time. Major themes such as the power of stories in democracies, fact-based worldviews, AI and other technology will take centre stage.  

Read more and reserve your ticket at Bozar.

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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