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
2018 Solvay Professor: Bernard Derrida
(Collège de France, Paris)
15 October to 15 November 2018
Inaugural Lecture on 23 October 2018
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2019 Solvay Professor: Gary Gibbons
(DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK)
15 September to 15 October 2019
International Solvay Chairs in Chemistry
2018 Solvay Professor: Ben Feringa
(U. of Groningen, The Netherlands)
24 to 26 September 2018
8 to 12 April 2019
Inaugural Lecture on 24 September 2018
2019 Solvay Professor: Gernot Frenking
(Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany)
1 to 31 March 2019
Inaugural Lecture on 12 March 2019