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"Chiral Symmetry Breaking at Molecular Level"

Brussels, 28 - 30 November 2018 (ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room)

Chiral Symmetry Breaking (CSB) is ubiquitous in chemistry and physics. For example, achiral molecules crystallize as chiral crystals. For which reasons, molecular systems break their symmetry? Under which conditions? How a tiny excess of one enantiomer lead to chiral amplification? What is the origin of homochirality on earth? The workshop intents to mix up ideas and people. Researchers working on CSB, but with very different background: theory, electromagnetism, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, crystallography, catalysis, nucleation, chemical engineering, liquid crystals, spectroscopy, organic synthesis, and quantum chemistry will confront their views.





David Amabilino (U. of Nottingham, UK)

David Avnir (Hebrew U. of Jerusalem, Israel)

Donna G. Blackmond (Imperial College London, UK)

Pedro Cintas (UEx, Badajoz, Spain)

Steven De Feyter (KU Leuven, Belgium)

John M. Doyle (Harvard U.,USA)

Ben Feringa (U. of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Kazuyuki Ishii (U. of Tokyo, Japan)

Dilip Kondepudi (Wake Forest U., USA)

Mats Larsson (Stockholm U., Sweden)

Ron Naaman (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Wim Noorduin (AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Anja Palmans (Technische U. Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Sarah L. Price (U. College London, UK)

Martin Quack (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Rasmita Raval (U. of Liverpool, UK)

Josep Ribo (U. de Barcelona, Spain)

Kenso Soai (Tokyo U. of Science, Japan)

Michinori Suginome (Kyoto U., Japan)

Carsten Tschierske (Martin Luther U. Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

Peter Vekilov (U. of Houston, USA)

Cristobal Viedma (UCM, Madrid Spain)

*Michael Ward (NYU, USA)

Organising Committee

Yves Geerts (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Dominique Maes (VUB, Brussels, Belgium)

Bert Meijer (Technische U. Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Practical information for attendees

Fee and registration

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required (limited space).
To register, please click on ‘Click HERE to register’ at the top right of the webpage.
November 21, 2018 is the deadline for registration.


Name badges and WIFI codes will be distributed on site on Wednesday 28 November from 8:45 a.m.

Poster session

A poster session will be organized on Wednesday 28 November.

Poster presentation from attendees is strongly encouraged.
A title and a short abstract (maximum 500 words including references) of the proposed contribution
should be sent in a Word document format using the template below to Isabelle Van Geet by
email at, on or before 28 October 2018.

Word template: abstract.doc

Size of poster board: 114cm x114cm (suitable for A0 and A1 portrait poster)


The workshop will be held at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) - Campus Plaine - Bld de la Plaine - 1050 Brussels
(Building N.O. - 5th Floor - Solvay Room). Click HERE for the map of the Campus.


A banquet will be held on Thursday 29 November at 7:30 p.m.
For those who wish to attend, there will be a 50 Euro banquet fee to be paid cash on the first day of the workshop.

Please send an email to Isabelle Van Geet ( if you wish to attend.

Getting here

Metro line 5 (direction "Hermann Debroux") - Station "Delta". Delta is the metro station on the campus.
Click HERE for the map of the metro.

For more information about public transport in Brussels go to the STIB's website.

If you come by car, please click HERE for directions.

Travel and accommodation

Attendees will have to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs.

Please see below links that might help you find accommodation in Brussels:

Hôtel Astrid - Hôtel Atlas - Sleep Well - Bed & Brussels - Visit Brussels -



***For any enquiries, please contact Isabelle Van Geet (