International Solvay Institutes


New Horizons Solvay Lectures

The "New Horizons Solvay Lectures" are given by brilliant young scientists with already high visibility and well established stature. They deliver one broad lecture at the Solvay Institutes on their current research and the challenges they see for their discipline. A second, complementary lecture is given in another Belgian university. More lectures are encouraged whenever possible.


There are each year "New Horizons Solvay Lectures in Chemistry" and

"New Horizons Solvay Lectures in Physics".



New Horizons Lectures in Chemistry

- 2024 Lecturer: Alexis Komor from University of California, San Diego, USA


- 2025 Lecturer: Todd Gingrich from Northwestern University, USA


- 2026 Lecturer: Ghislaine Vantomme from Eindhoven University, The Netherlands

New Horizons Lectures in Physics

- 2025 Lecturer: Kareem J. El-Badry from
Caltech, USA


- 2026 Lecturer: Lauriane Chomaz from Heidelberg University, Germany






New Horizons Lectures in Chemistry

2018 Lecturer: Alexandre Tkatchenko
from U. of Luxemburg

30 May at ULB - view abstract

31 May at Mons University

1 June at Ghent University - view abstract

View video clip filmed at Ghent University


- 2019 Lecturer: Rafal Klajn from
Weizmann Institute, Israel


27 March at ULB - View abstract

29 March at Ghent University


- 2020 Lecturer: Hans Jakob Wörner from
ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Lectures online

Final lecture on 14 June 2022


Please click here to view the abstracts


- 2022 Lecturer: Cornelia Meinert from
University Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

21 - 25 February 2022


Lecture on 24 February at 4 p.m. (Solvay Room - ULB) - View abstract


- 2021 Lecturer: Ying Diao from
University of Illinois, USA (Postponed in 2023)


Lecture on 2 May 2023 at 4:00 pm
(ULB - Campus Plaine) View abstract


- 2023 Lecturer: Danna Freedman (MIT, USA)

Lecture on 12 December - View abstract

New Horizons Lectures in Physics

2018 Lecturer: Zohar Komargodski from Weizmann Institute, Israel & Simons
Center U. of NY, Stony Brook, USA

15 - 19 October 2018

16 October at ULB - View abstract

17 October at KU Leuven


2019 Lecturer: Aleksandra Walczak from LPT ENS, Paris, France

29 April - 3 May 2019


Lecture on 29 April 2019 at KU Leuven


Lecture on 30 April 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Salle Solvay (ULB): View abstract


- 2020 Lecturer: Douglas Stanford from Stanford University, California, USA


Online Lectures: View abstracts


- 2021 Lecturer: Maria Bergemann from Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg, Germany


18 October 2021 at 4 p.m. (Solvay Room)


Please click here to view the abstract


- 2022 Lecturer: Nir Navon from Yale University, USA


Lecture on 20 March 2023 at 4:00 pm
(ULB - Campus Plaine)


Lecture on 23 March at 2:00 pm

(Fondation Universitaire, Brussels)


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- 2023 Lecturer: Alexander Zhiboedov from CERN, Switzerland


Lecture on 23 May 2023 at 4:00 pm
(ULB - Campus Plaine)

View abstract


Workshop on 25 May2023 at UMONS

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- 2024 Lecturer: Netta Engelhardt from


Lecture on 11 June 2024 at 4:00 pm
(Salle Solvay, ULB) - view abstract


Lecture on 12 June 2024 at 11:00 (UGent, Auditorium 1 Valère Billiet, S8, Campus Sterre)


Science & Cocktails Lecture on 13 June 2024 at 19:30 (Atelier 210, Brussels)

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