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

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)

Inaugural Lecture on 24 September 2018

Lecture 1 on 25 September 2018

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Lectures from 9 to 11 April 2019 at ULB

Click here to view the programLecture on 10 April 2019 at KU Leuven


2019 Solvay Professor: Gernot Frenking

(Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany)

1 to 31 March 2019


Inaugural Lecture on 12 March 2019

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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)

2017: Uri Alon, Weizmann Inst. of Science (Israel)



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, 2017 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Cambridge (UK)