Louvain4Evolution (L4Evol) is an interdisciplinary research consortium whose projects aim to understand living organisms, their diversity and common characteristics in an evolutionary context. Led by a multidisciplinary team of UCL researchers, the consortium uses an interdisciplinary approach to highlight and synthesize research and ideas centered on evolution-related questions, creating an arena for answering these questions and measuring their impact on society.
From experimental sciences to human sciences, philosophy to theology, engineering to modelling – evolution-related questions cut across all fields of knowledge and engage researchers from UCL’s three sectors, including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, cosmology, medical engineering, bioethics, anthropology, philosophy, theology and neurology.
Currently, evolution-related questions are of major concern to society, because they crystallize misunderstandings, confusion, and even intellectual dishonesty, religious conflict, ideological justification for barbaric political or social programs, and the legitimization of science.
Today’s crucial challenge for a humanist, pluralist society based on respect for knowledge and religious freedom is to properly and plainly distinguish forms of knowledge and language. This means placing science, theology and phenomenology at the heart of their respective fields of knowledge, and doing so by bringing together university actors whose research and expertise span as many fields of knowledge, to communicate both with one another and the world.
Approaches to evolution-related questions suffer from a lack of dialogue, from obscurantism, from epistemological confusion, and are often pitted against one another in a way that instills in society a confrontation far-removed from the necessary dialogue.
L4Evol was initiated to bring together UCLs evolutionary scientists and to allow an open dialogue with the general public. Check us out at