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Solvay Workshop: Alex Fest:
"Strings, Branes and Gravitational Waves"

Scientific workshop in honour of Alex Sevrin’s 60th birthday

Brussels, August 22, 2023 (ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room)


Invited Speakers

Eric A Bergshoeff (U. of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Christopher Blair (UAM Madrid & VUB)
Anna Ceresole (INFN Torino, Italy)
Jan de Boer (U. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Frederik Denef (Columbia U., USA)
Chris Hull (Imperial College London, UK)
Niels Obers (NBI, Denmark and Nordita, Sweden)

Kareljan Schoutens (U. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Kostas Skenderis (U. of Southampton, UK)
Marika Taylor (U. of Southampton, UK)
Daniel Thompson (Swansea U., UK)
Paul Townsend (U. of Cambridge, UK)
Jan Troost (ENS Paris, France)

Nick Van Remortel (U. Antwerpen, Belgium)

Organising and Scientific Committee

Ben Craps (VUB, Belgium)
Marc Henneaux (ULB, Belgium)
Alberto Mariotti (VUB, Belgium)
Antoine Van Proeyen (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Nick Van Remortel (U. Antwerpen, Belgium)


Practical information for attendees

Fee and registration

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required (limited space).

While August 14, 2023 is the deadline for registration, we encourage early registration.


After registering you will receive an automatic response confirming that your registration has been submitted.

This message is then followed by an email confirming your participation.

Name badges will be distributed on site on Tuesday 22 August 2023.

Coffee Breaks and Lunches

Coffee breaks and lunches will be provided and served in the corridor next to conference room.


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

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.



Via your Eduroam account:


ULB_Guest. You can login via your Facebook or Microsoft account or ask to receive a code via your email address.


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.


Brussels City Center:

Hôtel Atlas - Sleep Well - Bed & Brussels - - Hotel Saint-Nicolas

Hotel Queen Anne - Hotel Bloom - Max Hotel - Metropole Hotel - Pl aza Hotel


Hotels close to the venue:

U-Residence: 1.2 km (12 minutes walk)

Hotel Brussels: 3.6 km (25 minutes walk - tram number 8: 20 minutes)

Hotel Barsey by Warwick: 3,8 km (28 minutes walk - tram number 8: 21 minutes)

Hotel Ibis Styles Hotel Brussels Louise: 3.6 km (25 minutes walk - tram number 8: 20 minutes)

Hotel Capital: 3.3 km (19 minutes walk - tram number 8: 16 minutes)



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