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

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


Online Lectures on:

5 October 2021 at 4 p.m.

12 October 2021 at 4 p.m.

19 October 2021 at 4 p.m.


- 2021 Lecturer: Ying Diao from
University of Illinois, USA


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


New Horizons Lectures in Physics

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


Online Lectures on:

8 June 2021 at 4 p.m.

11 June 2021 at 4 p.m. - POSTPONED

15 June 2021 at 4 p.m. - POSTPONED


Please click here to view the abstracts


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


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


- 2022 Lecturer: Nir Navon from Yale University, USA




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



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