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
- 2024 Solvay Professor: Samaya Nissanke
(UvA and Nikhef, The Netherlands)
- 2025 Solvay Professor: Vyacheslav
(IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette, France)
International Solvay Chairs in Chemistry
- 2024 Solvay Professor: Markus Antonietti
(Max Planck Institute, Potsdam, Germany)
- 2025 Solvay Professor: Laura Gagliardi
(University of Chicago)