The Solvay Science Project is the fruit of the long-term labours of an interdisciplinary team made up of archivists, chemists, historians, physicists, computer scientists, translators and many other specialists. This project began in November 2015 with an inventory of the archives of the Solvay international Institutes of Physics and Chemistry, which were lodged with the Archives of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 1976, 1989 and 2016.
It was in June 2016 that the idea arose of presenting part of the archives of the Solvay Institutes in a database that was accessible online, thereby creating a virtual exhibition. This exhibition was designed in the form of eight topics, divided into subtopics, covering the key moments in the history of the Solvay Institutes and Conferences.
In May 2018, the trilingual virtual exhibition ‘The Solvay Science Project’ was born. This project is the fruit of the collaboration of the Department of libraries and scientific information of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry (ISIPC).