Generative Artificial Intelligence

Holst Memorial Lecture 2023

Thursday November 30, 2023
Blauwe zaal
Eindhoven University of Technology
Philips Research and Signify


Join us on the 30th of November 2023 for an exciting new edition of the Holst Memorial Lectures. The focus of this 45th edition is on Generative Artificial Intelligence. Our keynote speaker, whose name will be announced after the summer, is an internationally renowned inspiring AI-visionary. Our keynote speaker and symposium speakers will share valuable insights about chatGPT, Tech, Industry, GET3D and ethics. Registration opens at 30th of September 2023! So stay tuned, we can’t wait to meet you there!

This year’s Holst Lecture will be the 45th since 1977. The nominated Holst Lecturer will join the ranks of eminent scientists and Nobel laureates like Philippe de Gennes, Hendrik Casimir, Ilya Prigogine, Arno Penzias, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Heeger, J. Craig Venter and Shuji Nakamura.


- To be announced -

Holst Symposium: Generative Artificial Intelligence

45th Holst Memorial Lecture Award

This year’s Holst Lecture will be the 45th since 1977.The nominated Holst Lecturer will join the ranks of eminent scientists and Nobel laureates like Philippe de Gennes, Hendrik Casimir, Ilya Prigogine, Arno Penzias, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Heeger, J. Craig Venter and Shuji Nakamura. The first Holst Memorial Lecture was given in 1977 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of TU/e, Eindhoven University of Technology. With support from Philips Research, and (since 2018) Signify, the Holst Lecture became an annual tradition. Candidates for the Award are selected by a committee under the chairmanship of the Rector Magnificus of the TU/e, Head of Research EU Philips and the Head of Research Signify.

Gilles Holst

The general theme chosen for the Holst Memorial Lecture reflects the important contribution of dr. Gilles Holst (1886-1968) to research and technology in the Netherlands:

"The development of applied sciences, particularly mathematics and the natural sciences, for the benefit of industry on the one side and their implications for society on the other."

In his academic career Holst played an essential part in the discovery of superconductivity by Nobel Laureate H. Kamerlingh Onnes, whilst working at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. However, Gilles Holst will be first and foremost remembered as the founding director of the famous ‘Nat Lab’, the Philips Physics Laboratory in Eindhoven, where he worked between 1914 and 1946. During his lifetime, Gilles Holst was chairman of two committees that were instrumental in the foundation of Eindhoven University of Technology in 1956.

Eindhoven region

The Eindhoven Region, often referred to as Brainport Eindhoven is Europe's leading innovative top technology region and home to Royal Philips, Signify, NXP semiconductors and ASML. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has according to Times Higher Education World University Ranking the highest score for collaboration with industry in the field of academic and scientific research. One of TU/e distinguished emeriti was Edsger W. Dijkstra, one of the most influential members of computing science's founding generation and Turing Award winner 1972.


After the Lecture, the Rector Magnificus will present the Holst Memorial Lecturer with the Holst Memorial Lecture Award, a honorary medal designed by Dutch sculptor Jos Reniers. To honor the laureate, a dinner with speakers, Management of Philips Research and TU/e and the Scientific Committee will be organized.

Directions & Avenue

The Holst Symposium and Holst Memorial Lecture will take place in the Auditorium building of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Auditorium (Building 1), Conference room (Plenary): Blauwe Zaal
5612 AJ Eindhoven

You can drive by car to TU/e. Set your navigation system on the address De Zaale, Eindhoven.
P1 is the nearest parking. Parking rate is € 7,50 for a full day.

After arriving at Eindhoven Central Train Station
You can reach the Auditorium building (number 1 on the map) in 10 minutes by foot from the Eindhoven Central Station.
When arriving at Eindhoven railway (NS) station you leave the platform, turn right at the bottom of the stairs and walk to the exit on the north side of the bus station. Continue 25 meters diagonally to the right and you see TU/e Campus at some eight minutes walking distance. Cross the road at the traffic lights and follow the waving footpath to TU/e Campus. The track on the right side, Prof. Dr. Dorgelolaan, is suited for wheelchair users.
When arriving on TU/e Campus you follow the signposting for pedestrians

When you arrive at the Auditorium building, enter the 'congres ingang' and follow the signs to the conference desk for registration.