IAP Plastocine-ICHBB meeting


Official retirement of Jacques BALTHAZART, University of Liege

all info can be found here.


Jacques Balthazart will reach the age of 65 next year on June 29, 2014 and according to the Belgian rules will have to retire from all his official functions at the University of Liege, though he is not planning to end his scientific career at this point. On this occasion, we would like to celebrate him and organize for another (last?) time an International Conference on Hormones, Brain and Behavior (ICHBB) in the tradition that he had initiated in the mid-eighties. This conference met in Bielfeld Germany in 1982, in Liege Belgium in 1984 and 1989, in Tours France in 1993, in Torino Italy in 1996, in Madrid Spain in 2000 and again in Torino in 2009. We would like to organize it once more in Liege as a 3-day conference on June 25-27, 2014.

The conference will include 6 symposia  including each 4 invited talks and 3 plenary lectures (See program). In addition, a few shorter contributed talks will be included in the symposia and all participants will be able to present posters describing their recent work.

The conference will be focused on the themes that Jacques studied in his career including sexual differentiation of brain and behavior, role of brain steroid metabolism in particular aromatase in the control of sexual behavior, sexual motivation, seasonal changes and steroid-induced brain plasticity. The invited and plenary talks will thus be essentially concerned with these themes but other topics in behavioral endocrinology can be covered in the posters.

Location and dates

The conference will be held at the University of Liege, Belgium in the Sart Tilman Campus from Wednesday June 25 to Friday June 27, 2014 included. A welcome party will be held on Tuesday June 24 at 17.45 (5.45 pm) In the main Amphitheater of the University located downtown (La Salle Académique, place du 20 Août) that was recenty renovated to its full beauty. The final banquet will take place on June 27 at 20.00 (8.00 pm) at the Colonster Castle.

The Sart Tilman campus is located about 12 km from the city center but can be easily reached by buses (numbers 48 and 58) that run very frequently during the day and early evening. All hotel suggested for housing are located just a few min (1-8) from one of these bus stops.