Date: 13.06.2022

Nobel laureate Jean-Marie Lehn will visit České Budějovice

The French chemist Jean-Marie Lehn, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987, accepted the invitation of the Director of the Biology Centre CAS (BC CAS), Libor Grubhoffer, and will visit České Budějovice from 26 to 28 June 2022. He will give a lecture and carry on a discussion with doctoral students at the University of South Bohemia (JU) and the Biology Centre. His visit was originally scheduled to take place two years ago but had to be postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic.

Jean-Marie Lehn (* 1939) received the Nobel Prize for discovering and determining the uses of cryptands and crown ethers, thus launching the now flourishing field of supramolecular chemistry. Professor Lehn will arrive in České Budějovice on Sunday, June 26. On Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m., he will present his conceptual considerations on chemistry and science in general in a lecture entitled "From Matter to Life: Chemistry? Chemistry!”, which will be held in lecture room C2 at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia. In the afternoon, professor Lehn will meet and discuss with doctoral students from 1.30 pm in the lobby of building C of the Faculty of Science USB within the newly established School of Doctoral Studies in Natural Sciences of Faculty of Science USB and the Biology Centre CAS.

After the discussion, the Nobel laureate will be received by representatives of the city of České Budějovice at the town hall - 1st Deputy Mayor Juraj Thoma and Deputy Mayor Ivo Moravec.

On the morning of Tuesday, June 28, Libor Grubhoffer will accompany Jean-Marie Lehne to Linz, where he will have another lecture at Johannes Kepler University.


University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and Biology Centre CAS invite you to a lecture

From Matter to Life: Chemistry? Chemistry!

by a Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry (1987)

professor Jean-Marie LEHN

ISIS, University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study

Monday June 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.

Faculty of Science, Branišovská 1645/31a, building C, Lecture room C2


The evolution of the universe has generated more and more complex forms of matter through self-organization, from particles up to living and thinking matter. Animate as well as inanimate matter, living organisms as well as materials, are formed of molecules and of the organized entities resulting from the interaction of molecules with each other. Chemistry provides the bridge between the molecules of inanimate matter and the highly complex molecular architectures and systems which make up living and thinking organisms. Synthetic chemistry has developed a very powerful set of methods for constructing ever more complex molecules. Supramolecular chemistry seeks to control the formation of molecular assemblies by means of the interactions between the partners. The designed generation of organized architectures requires the handling of information at the molecular level in a sort of molecular programming, thus also linking chemistry with information science. The field of chemistry is the universe of all possible structures and transformations of molecular matter, of which those actually realized in nature represent just one world among all the worlds that await to be created! Conceptual considerations on chemistry and science in general will be presented.




Biology Centre CAS
Institute of Parasitology
Branišovská 1160/31
370 05 České Budějovice

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