The conference will be held in the Salle Dupréel (rue Jeanne 44, 1050) of the Campus du Solbosch, the historical site of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), in the municipality of Ixelles.
ULB and Brussels
The Université libre de Bruxelles was founded in 1834 under the principle of the libre examen and is regularly cited among the top 150 universities in world ranking. Four scientific Nobel prizes (the most recent in 2013), a Fields medal, three Wolf prizes and two Marie-Curie prizes, attributed to researchers or alumni of ULB, are a solid proof of the long history of excellence of the university
Though the creation of the Laboratory of Polymer and Soft Matter Dynamics is rather recent (2013), ULB has a long tradition of studies on dielectric relaxation. Back in the 60’s André Bellemans, inspired by the ideas on nonequiibrium of his thesis advisor Ilya Prigogine (Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 1977), started a new research line at ULB on the microscopic origin of the dielectric relaxation.
Considered by many as the Capital of Europe, Bruxelles/Brussel is a bilingual (FR & NL) city with a vibrant night life. Worldwide known for its chocolate and beer, Brussels offers a rich and variegated cultural offer with more than 100 museums. Trains, European history, comics, René Magritte, city sewer network, comic strips, wardrobe of Manneken Pis (the cute little statue inspiring our conference logo), musical instruments, plastics-based furniture, heart-shaped art pieces, those just a few examples of themes covered by the many museums in town.
International music festivals, traditional parades, and many more events attracts a large number of visitors to Brussels every year, especially in summer. Every two years around mid-August, the Grand’ Place « la plus belle place du monde » l’intolérance et les préjugés » is covered by a Flowered Carpet of more than 600000 begonias. The first weekend of September (the one after our conference!) is traditionally dedicated to the Festival of the Belgian beer and the Comic Strip parade.