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Center Leo Apostel

Deep Interdisciplinarity

The Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) is a transdisciplinary, interfaculty research center at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). CLEA’s mission is to bridge the different scientific, social and cultural disciplines. It was founded in 1995 under the impulse of the Belgian philosopher Leo Apostel (1925-1995). He formulated the goal of CLEA as the integration of the different disciplines into a coherent worldview, so as to counteract the current fragmentation into ever more specialized approaches. Next to worldviews, our research addresses fundamental interdisciplinary issues, including complexity, systems, evolution, quantum entanglement, cognition, artscience and well-being.

We call our research philosophy "thinking beyond boundaries". Thanks to this philosophy, CLEA has attracted and trained a large number of talented researchers from the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering, representing countries from across the globe. CLEA is now internationally recognized as a unique, transdisciplinary research center with a steady output of high-level, innovative publications.

Next to our research, we offer diverse educational programs and activities, including an interdisciplinary PhD, a School of Thinking postgraduate, courses, and public seminars and lecture series.




SoT Year Delta (2021/22): APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN

We are now accepting applications for the third edition of the School of Thinking – regular track (‘Year Delta’ 2021/22). See ‘Admissions‘ in order to apply.


CLEA Open School at WIELS

CLEA OPEN SCHOOL: Transgression, Intelligences and the Noosphere   10 OCT 2020 | 11:00 - 18:00h Van Volxemlaan 316, 1190 Vorst   

mdpi journal entropy

Special Issue "Complexity and Evolution"

We are editing a special issue of the open-access journal "Entropy" (impact factor 2.5) on the subject of "Complexity and Evolution". We invite everyone to...