Information for participants



ACCOMMODATIONS, RESTAURANTS, CAFÉ AND BARS



LODGING ?

- U-residence: www.u-residence.be
New housing for students and visitors on the campus of the Free University of Brussels (short/long stays). For booking as long as self-catering apartments are still available use the following link:
http://www.u-residence.be/en/register
The standard rate for a single room ( fits for a couple) is 75EUR per night.

- Brussels Destination: www.brusselsdestination.be
More than 350 short-term stay locations in Brussels (minimum duration 1 week)

- Bed&Brussels: www.bnb-brussels.be
Booking center for Bed & Breakfast in Brussels

- VisitBrussels: www.visit.brussels/en
Tourism information Hotels, B&B, etc.

- Booking.com: www.booking.com
Hotels, apartments, villas, Bed and Breakfast, etc.

- One fairly cheap option is 1 week room rental from 220€ to 400€ in private houses at http://www.brusselsdestination.be/ This is reserved for professional/academic/student for short stay and a letter of invitation from us may be required. We have checked what is available and fairly convenient to reach the campus, the references are: 483-1, 483-2, 195-1, 39-2, 354-1, 209-2, 703-1, 703-2, 567-1, 725-2, 629-1, 259-3, 65-4, 209-4, 347-1, 232-1, 157-1

- Some places with convenient transport access to the Conference center:
Meiser district, Louise avenue, European district, Porte de Namur, and the historical center.


TYPICAL DISHES AND RESTAURANTS?

- Belgium’s culinary culture, that you’ll find served at many local restaurants, bistros and brasseries is especially represented by: Asparagus with Flemish Style, Croquettes, Eel (Paling / Anguilles), Fish Soup, Flemish Carbonades, Game, Gentse Waterzooi, Ham and Endive Gratin, Hutsepot, Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce (Boulettes), Moules Frites, Potjesvlees & Hennepot, Rabbit, Sole Meunière, Stoemp, Tomate Crevette, Trout, Vol-Au-Vent, withouth forgetting Belgian Fries, Sausages, etc. Belgium has one of the highest densities of Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, although many Belgians' top favourite foods are also home-cooked comfort dishes and street-vendor snack foods. Just as the country is divided linguistically, it's also divided food-wise. Flemish cuisine has a strong Dutch influence, while Wallonian cooking is very similar to French foods with lots of rich sauces. From mustard, liquor, vegetables and paté to a billion different kinds of cured meat Belgian food Cured sausages (Jambon d'Ardenne anyone?) and artisan cheeses. In recent years some serious efforts and attention has been invested towards safeguarding this regional legacy. Today many are officially recognized in designation of origin and geographic indication and get protection from the different local governments. When travelling around Belgium it sometimes seems that every village, town or city have their own typical specialty or dish. Most dishes are based around meat or fish, and top Belgian desserts are often rich pastries or decadent chocolates – and everything is usually washed down with wine or the national drink beer.

- Belgian cheese: Belgium has a long tradition of cheese-making going back to the Middle Ages. A lot of cheeses are still named after the abbeys where they are/were manufactured (e.g. Chimay, Maredsous, Passchendaele, Westmalle). Therefore, you will also find several hundred different cheeses, many from artisanal cheese makers: Achelse Blauwe – Grevenbroecker, Bernister Fleuri, Bio Bleu, Blankaart - 'Keiemse Witten', Cabriolait, Chevrin, Chimay à la Bleue, Duvel Cheese, Herve, Keiems Bloempje, Le Petit Lathuy, Li P’tit Rossê, Mamé Vî Bleu, Neteling, Pas de Rouge, Vieux Moinette affiné à la bière, etc.

- Belgian chocolate: Chocolate is of such importance in Belgium that it deserves its own paragraph! Of course, chocolate has many Belgian Chocolate creators, with a passionate and deep-rooted love affair with chocolate. Some say that after beer, chocolate is the country’s international sweetheart. It was in Brussels, in 1912, that Jean Neuhaus, son of a Swiss pharmacist, created Belgium's signature chocolate confection – the praline (a filled chocolate bonbon). Naturally enough, the country has an 'assorted tray' of chocolate museums, the two prominent ones being found in Bruges (called "Choco-Story") and in Brussels (the Belgian Chocolate Village). With such novel and flavour-filled explorations, it seems certain that chocolate will continue to be central to Belgium's gastronomic identity. Belgian chocolatiers are known for their creativity and willingness to experiment with different and rare cocoa varieties combining also chocolate with unusual tastes like curry, green tea, bacon, wasabi and onion. Chocolate is available in Belgium seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

- Belgian desserts and sweets are more than just chocolate. Belgian waffles (gauffres) are internationally known. The Brussels waffle is rectangular, golden brown on the outside, dusted with powdered/icing sugar and then sometimes covered with syrup, slices of fruit, chocolate spread and whipped cream. The denser textured Liege waffle is square and has burnt sugar on the outside. They are sold by street vendors and gourmet restaurants alike, all over Belgium. La Dame Blanche is another Belgian classic dessert, which although simple is extremely delicious: vanilla ice cream topped with melted chocolate sauce, fresh whipped cream and maybe a cherry. You will not be surprised to learn that every town or region has its own type of biscuits – cookies or 'koekje' in Flemish. In Malmédy it’s a 'baiser', in Brugge and Veurne they prefer a 'kletskop' and Poperinge goes for the keikop. Where would Antwerp be without its 'handjes', Dinant without its 'couque', Geraardsbergen without mattentaart or Hasselt deprived of its speculaas? The best-known 'speculaas' is the thin, crispy and spicy biscuit that is often served with a coffee and, it has to be said, has now conquered the world. No funfair is complete without a stand selling 'smoutebollen', 'beignets' or 'laquemant'. No market will be without its pancakes and when we’re at home we like to stick to our 'Limburgse vlaai', rice cake or cheesecake. Figures moulded from marzipan are inseparable from Christmas and Saint Nicholas. Geraardsbergse mattentaarten are small round cakes, made from puff pastry and filled with ‘mattenbrij’, a sort of curd cheese. Pies are more than abundant in Belgium and come in as many varieties as the beer. In summer, the cakes will be adorned with all the colours of the orchard: cherries, apples, plums, rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blueberries make for a spectacular rainbow finish. Deep-frying is in Belgian genes as apple slices are dunked in batter and then dipped into the hot oil. But the un-crowned emperor of the stand at the fun fair is indisputably the 'oliebol' or 'croustillon', also known as the 'smoutebol' in Flanders. 'Neusjes' (cuberdons) look like small, rounded pyramids. These boiled sweets are made with raspberry syrup and gum arabic. They are slightly hard on the outside which prevents the sweets from drying out. And let us not forget about bonbons. Have a 'Napoléon bonbon' from Antwerp for a lemon treat. A 'Mokatine' is made from Arabica coffee mixed with milk and sugar. The most popular sweet in Namur is the 'biétrumé', a toffee caramel based on fresh cream and roast hazelnuts.



- All these typical dishes and products are described in this website: http://belgium.beertourism.com/food/typical-dishes

- Belgian friteries, and notably the best for us: Maison Antoine (Place Jourdan, 1040 Etterbeek = Near the Museum of Natural History; Website: http://www.maisonantoine.be/), Frit Flagey (Place Eugène Flagey, 1050 Ixelles).
Fries are served as a side dish at bistros, brasseries and star restaurants or as a complete meal in one of the thousands of frite shops, locally called 'frituur' or 'friture'. Sometimes they are nothing more than a shack or caravan on a market square others are worthy being called restaurants. Authentic Belgian fries are made from “Bintje” potatoes, fried twice in ox fat on different temperatures. Fries have become an essential part of Belgian heritage as well as a culinary sub-culture celebrated by thousands in Belgium each and every day.

- Districts known for numerous and diversified restaurants: around the Place du Châtelain (near Louise avenue), around the Place Sablon (near the historical centre (more touristic) but very close to a beautiful park and church not far from the Grande Place), around the Ixelles Cemetery and the Flagey place (student districts near Etterbeek and Solbosch campus), around the Namur’s door with the Matongé African district, around Place Jourdan (near the European district). See also: htttp://www.resto.be/restaurant/bruxelles.


DRINKING A FRESH BEER?

It will come as no great surprise to anyone that Belgium is a great place to enjoy a good beer. We may not have the highest number of beers compared to the traditional beer countries but we offer an amazing diversity of beer styles, flavours and aromas. The Belgian beer scene is growing and changing all the time; now and then a beer is withdrawn from the market, more often one or two new beers are added. Some will turn out to be mass-market successes, others will lead closeted lives, only known within the circles of beer adventurers. And which one is best is completely up to you; it is you who chooses your favourite Belgian beer every single time, no-one can do it for you. You have your personal preferences of style, aroma and taste. Enjoy!
Among others, you can visit in the historical center typical Belgian brasseries, even estaminet to discover the diversity of Begian beers: Moeder Lambic Fontainas (8 Place Fontainas and 68 rue de Savoie); the Delirium Café (4 impasse de la Fidélité) and near the Floris Bar; the Poechenellekelder (5 rue du Chêne); A la Mort Subite (7 rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères); the Brasserie Cantillon (56 rue Gheude)… Near the VUB and ULB Campus, around the Ixelles Cemetery district, you can also go to: L’Atelier, Le Tavernier, Café Belga (Flagey place) ...


ORGANIZING YOUR CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION


More details in the abstracts book ...

REGISTRATION DESK?

The registration will be open from Monday, 6th February 10:00 until Friday, 10th February 14:00 in Building D Level 2 (room D2.16, follow the arrows).
Conference fees and additional bookings at the registration desk can be paid in cash and credit card (Master/Visa). Possibility also to buy lunch (VUB restaurant) and STIB/MIVB (bus, tram, metro) tickets.


IT-OFFICE?

The IT-Office will be located nearin the registration desk (Building D, Level 2, room D2.16).


CLOAK ROOM?

You may store your luggage in a room near the registration office. Please be aware that the university cannot take responsibility for any losses (Building D Level 2, room D2.23).


INTERNET ACCESS?

You can access the internet via the wireless networks of the VUB.
Two options are available:
(01) Eduroam: Eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain internet connectivity across campus. For further information visit www.eduroam.org
(02) VUB access: Guest accounts will be provided for conference participants in the IT-Office or the registration desk.

A computers room is available during all the conference, with 18 computers (Windows), in building E, level 1.


MEETING AND WORKING ROOMS?

Two working/meeting rooms have been booked and computers should be available in building D, Level 2.


LUNCH FACILITIES?

At the VUB restaurant (building R) you can have a healthy meal at a very reasonable price, with a wide range of hot and cold meals, while the cafeteria is the place to go for snacks, sandwiches and drinks. The menu of the day, the light menu or the vegetarian dish always includes: soup, main course with chips, potatoes, mashed potatoes or rice, and a sweet of your choice. There are also a grill menu, a large salad bar and cold dishes. The restaurant intends to serve healthy food produced in an ecologically-sound manner, to promote fair trade, to save energy and reduce waste in its daily operation.

VUB restaurant free-flow: from 11:30 am to 1:45 pm.
Cafetaria: from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The restaurant accepts the following payment methods: Cash, Bancontact, Meal vouchers. You can withdraw money or recharge your card at the ING bank (at the Esplanade, near the Conference center). Tickets will be available in the registration desk of the conference.

More information following:
https://my.vub.ac.be/en/restaurant
https://my.vub.ac.be/en/restaurant/sustainability



A WEEK-END IN BRUSSELS


More details to come and in the abstract book

ESPECIALLY IN THE HISTORICAL CENTER...

- Discovery of the historical center of Brussels: Grande Place (UNESCO), Manneken Pis, Saint-Hubert (King and Queen) Galleries, Royal Palace Brussels, Mont of Arts, St Jacques-sur-Coudenberg church, Cathedral, Sablon district, Comic strip walls, St Gery district, Belgian Chocolate Village, Manhattan skyline, Botanique, Centre for the Fine Arts BOZAR...

- Magritte Museum (Royal museums of Fine Arts): http://www.musee-magritte-museum.be/
This museum exhibits for public viewing the surrealist artist's creations belonging to Belgium's Royal Museums of Fine Arts. This multidisciplinary collection is the richest in the world. It comprises more than 200 works consisting of oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects as well as advertising posters, music scores, vintage photographs and films directed by Magritte himself.

- mim - Musical Instruments Museum (MRAH): http://www.mim.be/
As soon as it opened at the end of the 19th century, the luxurious Old England department store earned an excellent reputation for its highly distinctive building (the entrance to the building is a jewel of the Art nouveau style). With a wealth of some 9000 instruments, some 1200 of which are on permanent exhibit, the museum's reputation is mainly built on its extraordinary collections. Once inside, you'll embark on a true tour of the musical world.

- Fin-de-Siècle Museum: http://www.fine-arts-museum.be/
The new Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum presents Brussels as the cultural crossroads of Europe at the turn of the century. This exceptional collection of works by Belgian artists such as James Ensor, Fernand Khnopff, Léon Spilliaert, Victor Horta, Henry Van de Velde or Philippe Wolfers,… and by foreign artists such as Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Emile Gallé, Louis Majorelle and Alphonse Mucha,… places the art scene at the heart of international creativity.

- BELvue museum: http://www.belvue.be/
Belgium is surprising! Chips, beer and chocolates... surely there is more to Belgium than that? Democracy, prosperity, solidarity, pluralism, migration, languages and Europe: these are the themes used by the BELvue Museum to help you to discover Belgium. Each one is developed through present-day testimonials and then traced right through history. This is a modern, original way of gaining a fuller understanding of modern-day Belgium. Have a look at the gallery too: there are more than 200 objects to view, each one forming a tangible memory of Belgium.

- Coudenberg - Former Palace of Brussels: http://www.coudenberg.com/
An underground tour discovering the remains of the palace of Charles V. During your visit, you will discover the Rue Isabelle and the old structures of the main buildings of the former palace of Brussels, which are now the foundations for today’s royal district and the Hoogstraeten House where the most interesting discoveries made during the various archaeological excavations conducted on the Coudenberg are displayed.

- Brussels City Museum: http://www.brusselscitymuseum.be/
The City Museum is devoted to the history of the city: its origins, development and the life of its inhabitants are presented through altarpieces, sculptures, tapestries, pictures, or paintings and scale models of the city. The original version of the most famous inhabitant of Brussels, Manneken-Pis, and his wardrobe of over 930 costumes, are carefully kept in the Museum. A hundred costumes are on permanent display.

- Comics Art Museum: http://www.comicscenter.net/
Located in the heart of Brussels, in a majestic Art Nouveau building, created by Victor Horta in 1906, the Comics Art Museum presents notably permanent exhibitions on the Invention of comic strip, the art of comic strip, the Hergé and Peyo exhibitions.


IN THE LAEKEN DISTRICT...

- Atomium: http://www.atomium.be/
Unmistakable symbol of Brussels and Belgium and unique feat in the history of architecture: the Atomium is shaped on the model of an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. Beyond surreal walks through tubes and spheres, the Atomium houses a permanent exhibition about its history as well temporary exhibitions for a broad public (sciences, design, society). The upper sphere offers unique and spectacular views across the city skyline.

- Mini-Europe: http://www.minieurope.eu/
Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a whistle-stop tour of Europe in a few short hours. Enjoy a stroll taking in the typical atmosphere of the most beautiful towns of the old Continent. The incomparable chimes of Big Ben welcome you to the heart of London. The gondolas and mandolins invite you to discover the charms of Venice. Follow the TGV high-speed train from Paris to the other end of France. You can make the models work yourself: the eruption of Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, a bull-fight in Seville, the take off of the Ariane spaceship and many others. All in all, 350 models and sites with an unequalled level of craftsmanship.
At proximity also: Art & Design Atomium Museum ADAM, the beautiful Laeken park, the Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower, the Royal Palace (not open to visitors)...


IN THE EUROPEAN DISTRICT...

- Parlamentarium: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting/en/visits/parlamentarium.html The European Parliament's Visitor Centre to discover the fascinating world of the European Parliament. This is European politics as you have never seen it before! Children and adults alike can see how decisions are made and how they influence our daily lives in a completely fresh and dynamic way. The Parlamentarium’s attractions include: a vast 3D lighting installation representing a shifting map of Europe, a 360° surround-screen digital projection of the hemicycle (parliamentary chamber), an interactive virtual trip through Europe to discover each Member State, a video wall with messages from Members of the European Parliament

- Cinquantenaire Museum – RMAH: http://www.mrah.be/
The Cinquantenaire Museum is the headquarters of the Royal Museums of Art and History. It was erected at the end of the nineteenth century and is one of the most extensive museums in Belgium. The collections are divided according to four main themes: 1) National Archaeology; 2) Antiquity; 3) European Decorative Art; 4) Non-European Civilizations.

- Royal Museum of Army and Military History: http://www.klm-mra.be/
The museum houses around one hundred thousand items (weapons, uniforms, scale-models, documents), making it one of the world's largest military museums. You'll see: a section weapons and armours from the Middle Ages, a beautiful collection about Napoleon and the French Empire, the Belgian army from 1831 to 1914 with display cases devoted to King Leopold I and Leopold II, the development of weapon technology (up till the mid-twentieth century), the First and Second World Wars (uniforms, equipment, photos and documents), armoured vehicles and warships. The museum's "Air" section includes a complete range of aircrafts, around 80 of which are on display. Spectacular panorama overlooking the city from the arcade. Temporary exhibitions about varied subjects.

- Autoworld Brussels: http://www.autoworld.be/
People often forget that the motor car was one of the brightest stars of Belgian industry prior to the Second World War: Minerva, FN, Imperia, Nagant, Germain and Vivinus were just some of the leading names then. This is the place to relive the history of the motor car from 1886 to the 1970s.
At proximity: All the European district, the Natural Sciences Museum, the Cinquantenaire park, the Tram museum…


WITHOUT FORGETTING..

- And also: Train world, Fantastic Art Museum, MIMA the Millennium Icinoclast Museum of Art, Horta Museum, ULB museums, the Massart Botanical Garden, Jacques Brel Fondation, Brussels museum Geuze Brewery Cantillon (Anderlecht), Cambre abbey, etc.

- And even, take the train to Brugges, Ghent, Anvers, Ostende...