A one day symposium in honor of Professor Roald Hoffmann

A One Day Symposium in honour of Professor Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1981, at the occasion of his visit to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, organized at the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts by the VUB Quantum Chemistry Group under the auspices of the FWO Research Network on Quantum Chemistry. Brussels, May 28, 2018 .


Why this event

At the end of May 2018 Professor Roald Hoffmann, Frank H.T.Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus at Cornell University and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1981, will visit the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. At this occasion the Quantum Chemistry Group of the VUB organizes a One Day Symposium around a theme that is central in Hoffmann’s work: the chemical bond .

Philosophy of the event

The aim of the Symposium is twofold; in the morning session the audience gets an in depth impression of Hoffmann’s work, ideas and vision on the chemical bond in a special two hours lecture with pedagogical perspective. Mathias Bickelhaupt ( VU Amsterdam), a former postdoc with Hoffmann, closes the morning session discussing “Chemical Bonding in Transition States”. In the afternoon session the context is different; six young but already renowned Belgian scientists (Jeremy Harvey, Mercedes Alonso, Geoffry Hautier, Benoît Champagne, Veronique Van Speybroeck, Jérôme Loreau) from six different Belgian universities highlight their work, offering Roald Hoffmann and the audience  an impression of the present status of Quantum Chemistry in Belgium. Given the many years  behind us  that Roald Hoffmann did not give a presentation on a conference in Belgium one could characterize the bottom line of this day as “Belgium meets Roald Hoffmann and vice versa”.


Some practical info

This Symposium is sponsored by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry, the Francqui Foundation, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and the VUB.

If you want to join us at this us unique event please register before April 15.


Registration is free but compulsory in view of the limited number of seats available.
A light lunch and a closing reception will be offered to the participants .




The VUB organizing committee

Paul Geerlings (Chair), Frank De Proft, Frederik Tielens, Mercedes Alonso, Freija De Vleeschouwer, Jan Turek, Thijs Stuyver

Paul Geerlings

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This conference will take place in the Academy Palace of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts

Address: Academy Palace - Hertogsstraat 1 - B-1000 Brussels


All scientific sessions will take place in the Auditorium of the Academy Palace.


Directions to the Academy Palace can be found here (click on Route map)

THANK YOU to those who joined us and to those who missed it, hereby the pictures. You can find them on Flickr, as well on our ALGC FB page