Club past activities

The University Foundation organizes lots of activities for the members of the Club. Below you can see short reviews of some past activities. A more complete list can be seen on the French or Dutch web pages.

 - (Apr 03 2014)

Reflections on Europe's shared culture and history by Mia Doornaert (De Standaard) and Luc Devoldere (Ons Erfdeel) in a debate, chaired by Prof. Hendrik Vos, (in Dutch and French), followed by a walking cocktail at the University Foundation.

 - (Mar 31 2014)

Debate (in Dutch and French) with Prof. Conny Aerts (Director Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven) and Prof. Véronique Dehant (Royal Observatory of Belgium, UCLouvain, Académicienne) about "Ultrasound of stars thanks to Asteroseismology" + dinner

 - (Mar 26 2014)

Canceled - University Foundation not accessible due to President Obama's visit.

Evening-debate + walking cocktail at the University Foundation.

Chaired by Prof. Jacques Bourgeois (UGent, College of Europe) 

 - (Mar 13 2014)

Guided visit to the exhibition "Zurburán" followed by a dinner at the University Foundation. 

Francisco de Zurbarán was one of the most important painters of the Spanish Baroque, alongside Velázquez and Murillo. For the first time, an overview of his artistic work is being presented in Belgium. His oeuvre (whose subject matter is primarily religious) is striking for its combination of pure naturalism and a modern poetic sensitivity. As a "painter of the Counter-Reformation", he created works that expressed the new attitudes that became dominant after the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and led to a cultural revival in Spain in the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, not only in the visual arts but also in theatre, literature, and music. You can discover those parallel developments in a series of concerts and other events that will take place in connection with the Zurbarán retrospective. This is the first major exhibition to be devoted to this painter in Belgium!

 - (Feb 11 2014)

Debate about Brussels: How can the capital of a federal state be made financially sustainable?  Berlin and Vienna as models for Brussels? + cocktail

 - (Feb 07 2014)

A l'initiative de la Fondation Boghossian, la célèbre Villa Empain a été entièrement restaurée et a ouvert ses portes au public depuis le 23 avril 2010. Lieu de rencontres et de découvertes, d'émotions partagées et d'émerveillement, la Villa Empain est aussi un remarquable témoin de l'architecture Art -Déco.

 - (Jan 30 2014)

During the new year's cocktail on January 30, 2014, attention was given to the newly published book on the hsitory of the Biermans-Lapôtre Foundation, "sister of the University Foundation in Paris" . The book tells the biography of the founder of the House for students from Belgium and Luxemburg in the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris, as well as the history of the house itself. The book entitled "Biermans-Lapôtre:  history of a mecenas and his Foundation" is authored by Serge Jaumain and Pierre Van den Dungen, and is published in French and in Dutch. Speeches were given by Jos Aelvoet, FBL Director, Philippe Mettens, Chairman Federal Science Policy BELSPO, and the authors. In a series of interviews, chaired by Philippe Van Parijs, a number of former residents of the House Biermans Lapôtre in Paris spoke of their recollections on their stay in Paris.


 - (Dec 06 2013)

Santa Claus visits the University Foundation.

Our embers and partners were invited to our New Year's reception on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. During this reception, on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the Academy, an exchange of views was organized on the question: "Does the Academy still have a role in the 21st century? If so, which one? – " Mr. Karel VELLE (KVAB - Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten) and Mr. Michel WILLEM (ARB - Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique) gave their thoughts on this question. The conversation was moderated by Mrs. Dominique WILLEMS.



Our trip to Turkey