Brussels, the capital of Belgium and home to many important European institutions such as European Parliament and European Commission and NATO HQ, is conveniently located in the centre of Europe. The city is well known for its diverse and multicultural atmosphere, as well as historical and architectural landmarks, such as Grand Place, Atomium, or Manneken Pis. 

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Getting to Brussels


Brussels is one of the best connected cities in Europe. You can get here by plane, flying to either Brussels-National Airport, located in the nearby Flemish municipality of Zaventem, 12 km east of the capital, or Brussels South Charleroi Airport, located near Charleroi (Wallonia), some 50 km south-west of Brussels.

You can also get here by train, arriving at one of the three main train stations: Brussels-South, Central and North stations. Brussels-South is also served by direct high-speed rail links: to London by Eurostar trains via the Channel Tunnel (1hr 51min); to Amsterdam by Thalys and InterCity connections; to Amsterdam, Paris (1hr 50min and 1hr 25min respectively, and Cologne by Thalys; and to Cologne (1hr 50min) and Frankfurt (2hr 57min) by the German ICE.

To be mindful of the environmental impact of aviation, we encourage colleagues from nearby countries to travel to Brussels by train.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at U-residence, a conference venue at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. VUB campus is well connected with the city centre (20 min by metro), the airport (25 min by train) and other parts of Brussels (by public transport).


Brussels offers a wide range of accommodation near the conference venue. Some examples include:

U-Residence, the conference venue, which offers private rooms with hotel service,

Ibis Brussels Centre Châtelain, a 3-star hotel located 1.5 km from the conference venue, with regular tram connection.