Congress

In the spirit of Ernest Solvay

Founder of the Solvay Schools, Ernest Solvay (1838-1922) was the Belgian industrial chemist and manufacturer who developed in 1861 a new process for making sodium carbonate, the basis of the Solvay company which would become a leading international group.

He also created institutes in natural and social sciences and assisted social progress across the country.

In 1911, he launched a series of international congresses in the fields of physics and chemistry, gathering leading figures -including Nobel Prize winners in these disciplines- and bringing to Brussels scientific stars like Marie Curie and Albert Einstein.

Back in 2005, Gilles Samyn, as President of the Solvay Schools Alumni -a dynamic network counting today some 25,000 graduates from ULB and VUB which extends around the world-, proposed and succeeded to organize on a regular basis this type of high-level scientific meeting in the fields of business.

Since 2010, every two years, this event gathers 1.000+ alumni and personalities from the Belgian business world and society, around a panel of high-level and renown speakers, Nobel Prize laureates, political leaders, economists, personalities from the international business world...

View here the programmes and special issues of the Solvay School's and Alumni magazine dedicated to our past congresses:

CONGRESS 2010: Crisis 2007 - 20xx: What have we learned?

 

- Programme

- Special Issue retrospective

CONGRESS 2012: Flexibility and the Future of Work in Europe

 

- Programme

- Special Issue retrospective

CONGRESS 2014: Sovereign States: The next LBO's?

 

- Programme

- Special Issue retrospective

CONGRESS 2016: Business and Society in the Digital Age

 

- Programme

- Special Issue retrospective