On 22 November 2005, Visiting PSC Professor Ron Lesthaeghe received the Ernest-John Solvay prize for the human sciences, out of the hands of HRM King Albert II of Belgium. This is one of the five prestigious prizes the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO - Vlaanderen) awards every five years to eminent scientists who have excelled in their research field and who are acknowledged beyond the Belgian and European borders. Ron Lesthaeghe was awarded this prize for his great expertise and his rigorous scientific approach of population problems, his ability to integrate concepts and theories and his ability to test hypotheses in an empirically, innovative way.
Lesthaeghe receiving the prize from HRM King Albert II
Five 2005 Laureates
Lesthaeghe discussing the new Belgian pension legislation with HRM King Albert II