Ghent – Conference Venue

Ghent – Conference Venue2018-08-06T13:41:09+00:00


The conference activities will be hosted in HET PAND of Ghent University. HET PAND is located in the city center and is within walking distance from the conference hotel.


HET PAND, the culture and congress center of Ghent University, is a former Dominican monastery. It is located in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Leie. Built in 1201, the building first served as a hospital before it became the settlement of the Dominicans. Het Pand has been extended and restyled during five centuries. For example, the cloisters, in which you can wander during the Conference, date back to the 15th and 16th century. Its restoration was completed in 1991.

Address: Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent


Ghent is a medieval city of which the history is still palpable today. At the same time, Ghent also breathes culture and modern city life resulting in an ideal combination of old and new.

The history of Ghent begins in the year 630 when a community of note began to grow near the confluence (‘Ganda’) of the two rivers the Scheldt and the Leie. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Ghent became an important trade center thanks to the local production of cloth, for which they imported wool from England. Between 1000 and 1550, Ghent was one of the most important cities in Europe. It was bigger than London and second only to Paris in size. Its most famous citizen, Charles V, was born in Ghent in 1500. Its 1400 years of history still shapes the city today: a medieval castle surrounded by a moat, an imposing cathedral, a belfry, beguinages, many historic sites, medieval buildings and houses which stood the test of time.

Not only the historical scenes characterize Ghent, but also its many cultural activities (art, theatre, music, concerts, etc.). Ghent is also a great place to shop or simply hang around. The centre is car-free and offers a variety of picturesque terraces where you can enjoy a drink, a delicious snack or get a taste of top gastronomy. On top, the many canals – with thematic guided boat trips – threading through the city offer Ghent a touch of Venice and explains its nickname ‘Venice of the North”.

Ghent is also called… 

“Europe’s best kept secret”
Lonely Planet

“The most authentic historic city in the world”
National Geographic Traveler Magazine


The following 2 minutes movie gives you a
quick impression of what the city of Ghent is about


How to get to Ghent

Ghent is easily accessible by car, train or plane.

  • Brussels Airport (Zaventem) (68km or +/- 45 minutes from Ghent)

You can reach Ghent in approximately 45 minutes from the Belgian National Airport of Zaventem. There is a train station (‘Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven’) underneath the airport with a direct connection to ‘Gent Sint-Pieters’ railway station (duration +/- 60 minutes). You can also take the bus to one of the main stations in Brussels (North, Central, South), where you can switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to ‘Gent Sint-Pieters’. Several rental car services and taxis are also available at the airport.

  • Brussels South Charleroi Airport (112 km or +/- 1h10 from Ghent)

Brussels South is approximately 70 minutes away from Ghent. Nine times a day a shuttle bus travels between Charleroi Airport and Bruges via Ghent, and drops you off near ‘Gent-Sint-Pieters’ railway station (via You can also take a bus to the capital (Brussels), where frequent train connections can bring you to Ghent. A ticket that combines the bus and train services can be purchased at the Airport Ticket Desk.

‘Gent-Sint-Pieters’ 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 ‘Gent-Sint-Pieters’ station, Tram no. 1 on the left side in front of the railway station will take you to the city center. ‘Korenmarkt’ is the closest stop to the conference venue (400m).

For more information on train and tram go to

Ghent is located on the intersection of two major European motorways: the E17 and the E40. The center of the city of Ghent is a car-free zone. Leaving the motorway, the P-route will lead you to various car parks that give access to the city center. P7 ‘Parking Sint-Michiels’ is closest to the conference venue. Go to for an overview of car parks in Ghent.


Accomodation: Conference Hotel and other Hotels

The conference venue is close to many hotels. Hotel Gravensteen will be the conference hotel. Every participant needs to book his/her room in a hotel of his/her choice (e.g.,

If you prefer to stay in the conference hotel, please mention LTAS and cc to get the special conference rates (about 20% lower than the normal price). Note that the number of rooms in the conference hotel reserved for LTAS is limited.

* the price per night typically includes breakfast, but excludes the city tax – 3 EUR/night.