Social Events

During the Congress there will be many opportunities to meet up with colleagues.



WHEN? Monday 6th February 2017 from 06.30 pm
WHERE? VUB Etterbeek campus – Building D
WHAT? A welcome cocktail to break the ice between participants and discover some Belgian specialties



WHEN? Wednesday 8th February 2017 from 01.00 pm
WHERE? Around Brussels: Meise, European district, and Tervuren. Departure from Building D (transports and visits organized).
WHAT? 2-3h guided tours in one of the following institutions should be proposed.

(01) Botanic Garden in Meise
Guided tours will include:
- The magnificent castle with the view in the tower of the whole domain,
- The public greenhouses coupled with the breeding greenhouse with the coffee collection,
- The seedbank,
- The herbaria collections.
- A good way also to freely discover the most beautiful Belgian botanical garden…

Something is growing in Meise! The total area of the Botanic Garden is 92 hectares and holds 18.000 kinds of plants. In the Plant Palace, you can experience plants from around the world no matter what the weather is; from carnivorous plants to succulents... The Castle regularly houses exhibitions that can be viewed at no extra cost. A stroll trough the northwest part of the domain will reveal our enchanting oak, conifers, magnolia, hydrangea, rhododendron, maple and wild rose collections.


(02) Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren
Even if the Museum will be again closed in 2017 for restoration, it will be possible to explore:
- The wonderful park and the Colony Palace,
- The wood (one of the most important in the world), taxonomic, and geological collections,
- The human sciences and ethnology collections (on request),
- A good way also to use one of the most beautiful tram lines between Brussels and Tervuren…

The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) is known for being one of the world’s most beautiful and impressive museums devoted to Africa. Since its founding in 1898, its task has been to preserve and manage collections, carry out scientific research, and disseminate knowledge to a wide audience through its scientific, educational, and museological activities. The RMCA plays an active role in the sustainable development of Africa, and aspires to be a centre for collaboration and reflection on today's Africa and the challenges it faces. Our collections, noted for their diversity, are of enormous scientific value and are unique in many ways. Large portions have now been digitised and made available to researchers the world over.


(03) Royal Belgian Natural history Museum in Brussels
The collections can be roughly divided up into six categories: entomology, recent invertebrates, recent vertebrates, anthropology, palaeontology and geology.

The Museum galleries only display a fraction of the 37 million specimens conserved. That makes us one of the ten most important natural history collections in the world, as well as the largest in Europe after Paris and London. Treasures such as the Bernissart Iguanodons, the Spy Neanderthals, the Dautzenberg shell collection, the four fragments of moon rock, the thylacine (Tasmanian wolf), and Baron De Selys Longchamps’ insect collections are unique in the world. These collections, which are the result of many decades of exploration and research, help us to better understand the history of life on Earth and biodiversity, and to come up with better ways of protecting the environment. Today, with the aid of modern technology, scientists are making new discoveries about this natural heritage.




WHEN? Thursday 9th February 2017 from 7.30 pm
WHERE? In the VUB Etterbeek Campus Restaurant
WHAT? We try to have got everything you need to throw a party unlike any other! Belgian and more exotic specialties in a very good atmosphere punctuated by animations, music and several surprises… Another opportunity to meet all your new colleagues!