"Belgium is a small, highly developed and densely populated country (10 million of inhabitants) at the crossroad of Western Europe. Belgium is one of the founding members of the European Community, and its capital, Brussels, is also the capital of the European Union. It is a federal state, with 3 relatively autonomous regions: Flanders in the North, where the language is Dutch ("Flemish"), Wallonia in the South, where the language is French, and the centrally-located Brussels, which is officially bilingual. Belgium's rich history has left impressive churches, town halls, castles and works of art, dating back to the early Middle Ages, spread around the cities and countryside.

Belgium has possibly the highest "quality of life" in the world, as testified by its excellent food, housing, health care, education and infrastructure, its world records for high productivity and low poverty, and the appreciation of foreigners living in Belgium."

F. Heylighen

To reach us you will have to take the plane and land at Brussels Airport (click here if you land at Charleroi-Brussels South Airport) .

From the airport you can take the train to Mons station (there is a station at the lower level).

Be sure you know the precise destination(s) of your train(s) (click on the timetables to see details) and remind that the airport lies in a Dutch-speaking area. Here are some useful translations:

French Dutch
Mons Bergen
Bruxelles Brussel
Bruxelles-Midi Brussel-Zuid

A 15-minutes walk is needed from the station ("Gare" in French) to our campus called "Campus de la Plaine" (see the detailed maps below). Our department is located in Building 4 (Bat. 4), 2nd floor.

The plenary session will take place in the 'Marie Curie' room (indicated by the red dot below).

For those of you who will come by car:

  • From Brussels (North): take the E19/E42 highway, exit n°23bis (Ath, Ghlin, Nimy)

  • From Liège (East): take the E42 highway, exit n°23bis (Ath, Ghlin, Nimy)

  • From Paris (West): take the E19/A2 highway, exit n°23bis (Nimy, Soignies, SHAPE)

Go straight ahead through the crossroads. You will then cross a channel and enter the town of Nimy. Pass always straight ahead through the traffic lights. The next crossroads is the one indicated on the right-hand side of the last map. Turn right to go to the free parking.

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