The 2017 LTAS Conference will take place at the beautiful City Campus of the University of Antwerp. The conference building will be The Grauwzusters Cloister in Antwerp’s Lange Sint-Annastraat. This building has a great history: long ago, nuns cared for victims of the plague within the cloister’s gloomy, grey walls. But when the last ‘Grey Sister’ left the cloister in 1999, the Flemish Government sought a new purpose for this building. The condition was that the new occupants should continue the building’s great tradition of providing services to society. It was the ideal place for the University of Antwerp, which was looking for premises in the city centre at that time.
The façade of the Grauwzusters Cloister has remained almost unchanged, and its interior has also retained its authentic intimacy. This doesn’t mean, however, that architects Van Broeck and Meuwissen didn’t manage to find a balance between historic and modern architecture: the courtyard, with its glass roof, is now a stylish reception and catering space, and there are some great conference rooms available.
Stadscampus – Building S
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7
Travel to Antwerp
- Brussels Airport (Zaventem) (45km or +/- 30 minutes from Antwerp)
You can reach Antwerp in approximately 30 minutes from the Belgian National Airport of Zaventem. There is a train station (‘Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven’) underneath the airport with a direct connection to ‘Antwerpen-Centraal’ railway station (duration +/- 30 minutes). Several rental car services and taxis are also available at the airport. Travelling by car or taxi will also take about 30 minutes to the city centre of Antwerp.
- Brussels South Charleroi Airport (92 km or +/- 1h10 from Ghent)
Brussels South is approximately 70 minutes away from Antwerp. There are shuttle busses travelling between Charleroi Airport and Antwerp. You can also take a bus to the capital (Brussels), where frequent train connections can bring you to Antwerp. A ticket that combines the bus and train services can be purchased at the Airport Ticket Desk. Taking bus and train will take you about 2 hours to get to Antwerp.
‘Antwerpen-Centraal’ station is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities and is only 30 minutes from Brussels South Station. After arriving in ‘Antwerpen-Centraal’ station, public transport can take you to the city center, or you can go by foot via the shopping street ‘Meir’. The conference venue is located at less than 1km of the station.
For more information on train and tram go to www.belgianrail.be.
During the days of the conference, the center of the city of Antwerp is hard to reach due to traffic works on the main road. It is advised to leave the ring road in the north of Antwerp (follow Centrum-Noord) and park in one of the various car parks in the city center. Q-Park Antwerpen Shopping Meir in the Korte Klarenstraat is the closest one to the conference venue.