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Darwin’s Drink: Join the celebration on February 12

The Future Leadership Institute celebrates the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin: 12 February 1809 – 12 February 2020


The Zoological Institute at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium


Charles Deberiotstraat 40, 3000 Leuven, Belgium


12 February 2020, 19.00h


Mr. Filip Volckaert

Mr. Geert Vanpaemel


You are free to donate an appreciation fee.


If you are interested to join the drink, please send an email to before 10 February 2020.

We will confirm your attendance by e-mail.


Our daily stress and struggle tend to focus us on the future all the time. Rarely do we take a moment to reflect upon our origin. Therefore, we thought it would be kind of fun to just come together on Darwin’s birthday for a drink, an ‘aperitif’ and an explanatory toast.

If you feel in anyway connected to Darwin or his ideas, or you just want to look back in the past while thinking about the future, join us at the Zoological Institute from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Wednesday 12-2-2020, 19h.

Don’t hesitate to forward this invitation to people who you know might be interested to join the drink.


The audience will be an interesting mix of students, professors and people from the industry with a heart for science and Darwin. Bring a business card if available to be put in an empty business card jacket that we will provide.

Parking facilities:

Parking in general is difficult in Leuven. It is best to come by bike or foot.

There are 2 parking facilities nearby:

1. Parking Ladeuze under “Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein, Ladeuzeplein 20, 3000 Leuven”: 10 min walk

2. Parking of the “Heilig Hart Kliniek”: Naamsestraat 102c, 3000 Leuven: 10 min walk

Contact the Future Leadership Institute:

Ekaterina Jouravleva
V.I.P. Program Manager
Tel: +32 472 39 05 73

About The Future Leadership Institute:

The Future Leadership Institute* bridges University and Industry. The adage of The Future Leadership Institute says it all: “Inquirere et Immutare” or “To Study and Reform”. We believe in lifelong learning as a way to grow ourselves from birth ‘til death, not only to acquire knowledge and skills, but to continuously improve our personal environment and hence society by our actions.

*Between 2007 and 2012 The Future Leadership Institute was part of The Wall Street Journal.


Unable to join us?

Do not be disappointed if you are unable to join us at the Zoological Institute at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Go to a Darwin related location in your own neighborhood to raise a glass at the occasion of Darwin’s birthday and follow our live stream of the professors and historians that were invited to give a speech at the event online. If you send us some pictures of your celebration, we will post a selection of them afterwards on our Facebook.

You can send the pictures to

Please keep in mind that the live stream will proceed according to Belgian Time (GMT + 1) and will approximately start at 7h30 pm.


Dutch poster Darwin’s Drink

2 replies »

  1. Dear friends,

    Thank you so much for your invitation.
    I will be very happy to toast with you on Darwin on 12th February.
    I am a Spanish researcher on the teaching of Darwinism in Spain and England. I also am the author of books on Darwin and other publications.
    I have been the curator of several exhibitions on Darwin. Precisely, I am going to inaugurate the exhibition “Darwin. A glance that changed the world” at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN). Of course, you are invited to visit it as the exhibition in the cited Museum is permanent.

    All the best wishes.
    Dr. Margarita Hernández-Laille

    PhD on Philosophy and Sciences of Education.
    MSc on History of Education.
    Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
    Representative in Spain for the Society for the History of Natural History (SHNH)
    Researcher of Centre MANES (UNED)
    Member of the Spanish Society for the History of Education (SEDHE)
    Member of the Artistic-Scientific Committee of ECOARTE
    Founding partner and member of the Advisory Council of the Spanish Association for Science Advancement (AEAC)
    Member of the Society of Friends of the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN)


    • Dear Mrs. Hernández-Laille,

      We are happy to hear that you will toast on Darwin as well on 12th February.
      We congratulate you on the upcoming inauguration of the exhibition “Darwin. A glance that changed the world” at the National Museum of Natural Sciences.
      Our team-members were excited to hear about this exhibition and will definitely visit the MNCN, when visiting Spain.

      All the best wishes to you,
      The FLI-team


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