LIAS has been presented to the general public on 2 November 2021. This event included a lecture by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a short speech by KU Leuven Rector Luc Sels, and by Joost Van Meerbeeck on behalf of the Board of LIAS and LIAS Foundation.
This has been followed by a debate moderated by Isabel Albers (editor-in-chief of De Tijd/L'Echo) with Bruno Holthof (CEO Oxford University Hospitals), Geert Meyfroidt (Clinical Director UZ Leuven), and Corinne Vandermeulen (Senior Clinical Research and Development Lead, GSK) on what the pandemic teaches us about vaccination strategies and about the organization of intensive care.
With this debate and on behalf of LIAS we want to demonstrate how important it is to discuss societal problems beyond disciplinary boundaries.
For complex challenges an interdisciplinary synthesis can be more important and more relevant than technical and disciplinary expertise. Global problems require an international synthesis.