The main conference facility is Het Pand, Gent University's 13th century conference facility. Het Pand is behind St Michiel's church at:
+32 9 264 8305
However, please note that the opening plenaries on Thursday 21 April will be held at the Aula which is just a short walk around the corner from Het Pand. This is also where you will pick up your conference packets on the first day:
Directions to Gent
Arriving by air, you will most likely land at Belgium's national airport in Zaventem (outside Brussels). You'll find a train station inside the airport with direct connections to Gent St Pieters. There is a fast train at 48 minutes past each hour (final destination DE PANNE), which gets you into Gent one hour later. A slow train with destination GENT SINT-PIETERS leaves at 03 minutes past each hour, but this takes one hour and 25 minutes to Gent. If you end up on the slow train, you may prefer to change trains in BRUSSELS NORD for the express train to KNOKKE-BLANKENBERGE (departing at 28 past) which gets into Gent St Pieters 35 minutes later. See the Belgian railways website for more details.
From Antwerp or Lille take the E17. From Brussels, the E40. Once you are in Gent, follow the "Parkeerroute" signs to P7, the St Michiel's parking garage which is just a short step from Het Pand. For the opening plenary in the Aula, continue walking past Het Pand and turn the first left on Hoornstraat. After a couple of blocks, Hoornstraat changes its name to Volderstraat. The Aula will be on your right at Volderstraat 9.
For timetables and reservations for high speed connections from Paris try the Thalys website. London also has a high speed connection with information available from the Eurostar website. Other European rail connections can be found at the Eurail website.
Gent has two stations: GENT SINT-PIETERS and GENT DAMPOORT. Gent Sint-Pieters will most likely be your station. From there, take tram number 1 into the city center, getting off at the Korenmarkt (ring the bell when the tram turns a sharp left beside the large grey cathedral). There is also a taxi stand at the station.
Directions to the Aula from the Korenmarkt
If you have just arrived at the Korenmarkt by tram coming from the train station, head in the opposite direction from the tram and walk down the main shopping street Veldstraat. Volderstraat is the second on your left. Walk a block and a half. Youíll find the Aula on your right hand side at Volderstraat 9.
Directions to Het Pand from the Aula
Leaving the Aula, turn left and walk three blocks, crossing the bridge. After the bridge, turn right. Het Pand is on your right hand side, just before St Michielís church.
Directions to Het Pand from the Korenmarkt
From the Korenmarkt, walk across the bridge towards St Michiel's church. Just past the church, turn left sharply and walk a short way around the bend. Het Pand will be on your left.
Public Transport inside Gent
More detailed information about Gent's public transport system can be found at De Lijn's website (Dutch only).
Tram and bus tickets cost 1 euro and are good for 1 hour within the city center. Day passes are also available for 3, as are 3-day passes for 7.50. Much that you will want to see in Gent, however, is within walking distance of the conference.
Taxis can be contacted at V-Taxi (09) 225 2525
Eurojet Airport taxi: 0478 802 901 (70 Gent-Brussels Airport)