With the first Solvay Conference for Biology, the International Solvay Institutes are continuing a major and important scientific tradition

On 15 June 1911, 20 leading physicists received an "invitation to an International Scientific Conference to clarify current questions of molecular and kinetic theory". The invitation was confidential and signed "E. Solvay". The conference that took place in Brussels from 30 October to 3 November 1911 is today considered the first international conference on physics, and its significance in the progress of science is recognised worldwide. A second committee began organising the Solvay Conferences on Chemistry in 1922, after the First World War. This year, the first Solvay Conference for Biology will take place from 18-20 April, culminating in a public event at Flagey on 21 April.
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