International Solvay Institutes


Solvay Chairs


The International Solvay chairs enable the Solvay Institutes to invite in Brussels an eminent scientist for a period of one to two months in order to give lectures on her or his work to researchers in the corresponding field. The chair program starts with an inaugural lecture, the target of which is a broad audience.

The International Solvay Chair in Physics was created in 2006 with the enthusiastic and efficient support of Jacques Solvay who was then the President of the Solvay Institutes. After his death, the Board of Directors of the International Solvay Institutes decided to rename the chair after him.

Thanks to the support of the Solvay group, the program was extended to Chemistry in 2008.


Jacques Solvay International Chairs in Physics

2017 Solvay Professor: Uri Alon

(Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Dates: 10 - 21 October 2017

Inaugural Lecture on 10 October

Please click HERE to view the program


2018 Solvay Professor: Bernard Derrida
(Collège de France, Paris)

Dates: TBC

International Solvay Chairs in Chemistry

2018 Solvay Professor: Ben Feringa

(U. of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Dates: TBC




Jacques Solvay International Chairs in Physics

2006: Ludwig Faddeev, Saint-Petersburg (Russia)

2007: Michael Berry, Bristol (UK)

2008: David Gross, 2004 Nobel Laureate in

Physics, Santa Barbara (USA)

2009: Valery Rubakov, Moscow (Russia)

2010: Serge Haroche, 2012 Nobel Laureate

in Physics, Paris (France)

2011: Nathan Seiberg, Princeton (USA)

2012: Jan Zaanen, Leiden (The Netherlands)

2013: Gian Giudice, CERN (Switzerland)

2014: Viatcheslav Mukhanov, LMU (Germany)

2015: Peter Zoller, Innsbruck (Austria)

2016: Dam Thanh Son, Chicago (USA)




2011 Solvay Centenary Chair

David Gross - 2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Santa Barbara (USA)

International Solvay Chairs in Chemistry

2008: Richard Saykally, Berkeley (USA)

2009: Alexander Mikhailov, Berlin (Germany)

2010: Weitao Yang, Durham (USA)

2011: Jean-Luc Brédas, Atlanta (USA)

2012: Viola Vogel, Zurich (Switzerland)

2013: Egbert Meijer, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)

2014: Richard Royce Schrock, 2005 Nobel
Laureate in Chemistry, MIT (USA)

2015: Andreas Manz (Saarbrücken, Germany)

2016: Raymond Kapral, Toronto (Canada)

2017: Richard Henderson, Cambridge (UK)