Practical Information


The symposium will take place at Paddenhoek 3, in Ghent, Belgium (see map below).

The location of the coffee breaks, lunches and receptions is around the corner in the Paddenhoek, at the “Faculty Council Room” (Facultaire Raadzaal).


There are many hotels, hostels and B&B’s located in Ghent city center where you can stay during the conference, ranging from budget to high end. The following hotels and B&B’s are within walking distance of the conference and the dinner venue.

Hotels near Ghent University:

  • Ibis Gent Centrum Opera
  • Ibis Gent Centrum St Baafs Kathedraal
  • Parkhotel Ghent
  • Hotel Gravensteen
  • Novotel Gent Centrum
  • Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof
  • Ghent Marriott Hotel
  • NH Gent Belfort
  • Ghent River Hotel

Bed&Breakfast accommodation:

  • La Ducale Bed & Breakfast Ghent
  • Breadpoint
  • The House of Edward
  • B&B Lieven Bauwens
  • Bed & Breakfast Boat
  • Faja Lobi Bed & Breakfast
  • Atlas B&B
  • Simon Says
  • B&B Myriam Dolders


Getting to and from Ghent

By car: 

  • Coming from Antwerp or Kortrijk via the E17: follow the direction ‘Gent’ and then ‘Gent Centrum’ (B401). The B401 ends at the Zuidpark in Ghent. Follow the P-route to car park P6, Korte Meer (see map above).
  • Coming from Ostend or Brussels via the E40: follow the direction ‘Gent Antwerpen’ (E17), then ‘Gent’ and then ‘Gent Centrum’ (B401). The B401 ends at the Zuidpark in Ghent. Follow the P-route to car park P6, Korte Meer (see map above).

Public transport:

By train & bus:

  • Ghent is only 45 minutes from the international airport of Zaventem ‘Brussels Airport’, where flights arrive from and depart to more than 70 destinations. From the airport’s own railway station ‘Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven’ are several connections to Ghent per day.
  • Brussels South/Charleroi Airport is 70 minutes from Ghent. There are also more than 20 bus connections from the airport to the capital every day. From there frequent train connections to Ghent are available.

We recommend taking the train to Gent-Sint-Pieters. From the station, you can take tram 1 in the direction of Korenmarkt/Wondelgem/Evergem. Get off at the ‘Korte Meer’ stop. Ghent-Sint-Pieters is easy to reach by trains from all Belgian and European cities and is only half an hour from Brussels South Station, where the Eurostar, Thalys, and ICE high-speed trains can rush you to Paris (1 ½ hours) and London, Amsterdam or Cologne (2 ½ hours). Other art cities Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp are only half an hour away.


The conference will be held in the heart of the historical city of Ghent (in Dutch: Gent). The city of Ghent is located centrally in Flanders, halfway between the cities of Brussels and Bruges. Flanders is the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. In the late Middle Ages, Ghent was the second largest city in Europe (Paris was the largest). Its magnificent medieval city center is still a splendid reminder of those times.

Ghent is much less well-known than its famous neighbours Brussels and Bruges but is considered the most enjoyable city of Flanders. Ghent’s architecture is imposing, particularly along the scenic old Graslei harbor, grand medieval cathedrals and the Gravensteen castle. Just like Bruges and Antwerp, Ghent abounds in culture, art, and world-famous painters. Its single most important work of art undoubtedly is the fifteenth-century painting ‘The Adoration of the Lamb’ (or ‘Ghent Altarpiece’) by The Van Eyck brothers.

The Graslei (left) and Korenlei (right) along the river Leie

According to the September ’09 issue of the tourist guide Lonely Planet, Ghent is ‘Belgium’s best-kept secret’For the Lonely Planet guide to Ghent, see here

For more information about Ghent, please visit


Ghent is also home to Belgium’s biggest and most important film festival, which in 2019 takes place from 8-18 October, thus partly overlapping with the conference (18-19 Ocotober). Please visit for more information on the festival.



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