The science of destruction and rebirth: World War I - 19 November 2018

19 November 2018

This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a tragic moment for the society at that time, but with a positive impact in the science and technology of the beginning of the 20th century.

Next November 19th, CEBE is organizing an event to commemorate the end of WWI in which we will talk about some very interesting advances that took place during the war on different fields such as medicine or chemistry, among others.


The Sister Brussels Café, Rue Chair et Pain 3, 1000 Brussels



19h00 – Opening doors and presentation of CEBE by our president Beatriz Dominguez

19h15 – First talk: Science and technology during WWI – general overview, by Prof. Kenneth Bertrams

19h45 – Second talk: Radiology in a trench coatby Mr. Renaat Van den Broeck

20h15 – More Q+A and closing debate


Kenneth Bertrams is a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he teaches economic history and the history of science and technique. He is also director of the Mondes Modernes et Contemporains Research Centre. Prof. Bertrams’ research concerns interactions between science, industry and the State, more specifically the circulation of knowledge between Europe and US. In addition, throughout his career he has focused on the study of the developments which have occurred in science and technology during the World War I. He currently works on the origins of educational exchange programmes between Belgium and the US, the history of scholars during WWI, and the history of the AB-InBev brewing company.

Renaat Van den Broeck works at the Belgian Museum of Radiology, where he acts as an education consultant together with Dr. René Van Tiggelen, curator. He is a retired senior lecturer at the UC Odisee, department of Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy, and has gained vast knowledge in the history of medical imaging, in particular concerning the period of WWI.