Research fields

Mathematics and Statistics

Algebra, analysis, differential geometry, mathematical physics, probabilities, statistics, financial mathematics, solving under-determined problems - this diversity reflects the variety of research conducted these days in mathematics. Even if the public at large might sometimes think that the field of mathematics is "exhausted", this is by no means the case, with it continuing to constitute an extremely active research field, more...



Computer Science and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

The spectacular developments in information technology and telecommunications have led, over the course of the last two or three decades, to a veritable revolution in the global economic system as well as in social relations and daily life, more...



Structure of Matter and Science of the Universe

What are matter, space and time? What are the fundamental forces of nature? Where does our universe come from? How is it going to evolve? How do we explain the emergence of complex systems from simple constituents?, more...



Molecular Synthesis, Materials, Energy Engineering

Contributing to economic development and improving the living conditions of our fellow citizens and mankind in general, working with a view to sustainability, respecting the planet's limited resources and taking care to bequeath to future generations a better-balanced world - these are the challenges that engineering and applied physics and chemistry are increasingly having to face up to, more...



The Environment, Earth Science, Population Science and the Science of Organisms

Preserving biodiversity and fighting the negative effects of climate change are two of the century's major challenges. Free and independent scientific research is essential for tackling the problems and coming up with the right solution, more...



Molecular Biology and Biotechnologies

The ULB has an outstanding tradition of research in the fields of organic chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. Back in the 1940's, Jean Brachet (1909-1988), one of the discoverers of RNA, and with him the whole "Groupe du Rouge-Cloître", played a major global role in the molecular biology revolution, more...



Healthcare

Research aimed at protecting human health is well developed at the ULB. Involving doctors, psychologists, biomechanics, physiotherapists, osteopath, biologists, pharmacists, chemists, engineers, physicists, mathematicians, it revolves around the ULB hospital network in Brussels (the university hospitals Erasmus, Bordet, Brugmann and Huderf, as well as the Iris network) and in Hainaut (Charleroi, La Louviere, Mons), more...



Oncology

Though cancer can be increasingly well detected and increasingly well treated, it remains one of the main causes of death and a major problem for society. To treat it effectively, an in-depth understanding of the disease is required - and there is still a lot of work to do here, more...



Immunology

Faced with a pathogen - whether a virus, a bacterium, a fungus or a physical agent - the body defends itself by mobilising the immune system. In certain cases however, this defence fails and the parasite is able to outwit the immune system response. In other cases, the defence system goes out of control (as in the case of allergies), or leads to undesirable effects (autoimmune diseases, rejection of grafts), more...



Neurosciences

Understanding how the brain functions is undoubtedly one of the most exciting challenges science has to offer, as the brain is not just the most complex structure of the living world, but also plays a major role in what distinguishes us as humans, more...



Culture, Heritage and Society

UNESCO describes culture "as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group. It encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs", more...



Justice, Citizenship and Democracy

Justice and citizenship have a major role to play in contemporary society: how to fairly (re)distribute wealth? What is national identity based on? How can democracy and human rights be defended? Are we at risk of being governed by judges?, more...



Social Challenges and Sustainable Development

Jobs, migration, integration, work-related burn-out, same-sex marriages, patchwork families, surrogate mothers, the moralisation of capitalism, the protection of minorities, urban mobility, social networks, access to education and healthcare, etc. - the challenges facing our societies are countless and the subject of a lot of work done by our research teams, more...



Economics, Finance, Management and Public Policy

Economic development is a core concern for our societies, with finance playing a key role. For their part, public authorities, private-sector decision-makers and other social stakeholders are demanding to be better informed about the issues and mechanisms at work in these fields, more...



European Studies, International Relations and globalisation

The ULB profits from its location at Brussels for studying Europe. Back in 1963, it set up the Institute of European Studies, later to become a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. All facets of European integration - law, the economy, politics, history and culture - are the subject of in-depth analysis, more...