The conference will be held at the Ibis Styles Meeting Center Louvain-la-Neuve, a modern hotel close to the university campus, 20 minutes from Brussels Airport and half an hour from Brussels city centre. Right on your doorstop there is a beautiful 6-hectare forest and nature reserve. The university sports centre is just a couple of minutes away.
Louvain-la-Neuve is a pedestrian town situated 30 kilometers South-East of Brussels in the French-speaking part of Belgium. NB Do not confuse Louvain-la-Neuve with Louvain / Leuven, situated in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.
You can fly to Brussels Airport (the main airport) or Brussels South Charleroi Airport (regional airport).
If you are coming by car, take exit number 8A on the E411 motorway (Brussels-Luxembourg). To reach the Ibis Styles Meeting Center, turn right at the roundabout and follow the indications Ibis Hôtel (see map here). The venue has a large free car park.
Train and/or taxi
If you take the train, be careful when you buy your ticket: you want to get to Louvain-la-Neuve, not Louvain (French spelling) or Leuven (Dutch spelling). Louvain and Louvain-la-Neuve are two different cities. Your train ticket can be purchased online at the Belgian Railways (SNCB) website or through the SNCB app.
From Brussels airport
You can take a taxi directly to the conference venue. The journey will cost you about 80€.
If your accommodation is in LLN centre (e.g. Martin's City Resort), you can take a train to Louvain-la-Neuve station and walk from there. Louvain-la-Neuve is a pedestrian city.
If you have booked a room at Hotel Ibis Styles (conference venue), you have two options:
- Take a train to Louvain-la-Neuve station and walk to the hotel (15 minutes' walk; see map here). Note that it is better to avoid the route that goes across the Parc de la Source if you have a heavy suitcase or arrive late at night.
- Take a train to Ottignies station and from there a taxi to the Ibis Hotel (8 minutes' ride). If there are no taxis, you can try one of the following companies:
- Taxi Fonsecase: +32 487/377.276 or +32 487/373.401
- Atlantis: +32 498/35.53.43
- Theo Taxi: +32 470/61.83.98
- Demeyer: +32 477/64.21.08
- DriveMeSafely: +32 492/92 09 79 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From Charleroi airport
You can take a taxi directly to the conference venue (click here to check the taxi companies available at the airport). The journey will similarly cost you about 80€.
You can take a bus shuttle (bus A) to Charleroi-Sud train station. From there, you will need to take an L train to Ottignies. L trains run every hour, and the journey to Ottignies takes about an hour as well. From Ottignies, you may take either a taxi or a train to Louvain-la-Neuve.
If you are staying in Brussels, you can take an S8 train directly to Louvain-la-Neuve from Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central, Bruxelles-Nord, Bruxelles-Schuman, and Bruxelles-Luxembourg train stations. The S8 train runs every 30 minutes, and the journey takes about an hour. Once you arrive in Louvain-la-Neuve, you will then need to walk from the train station to the conference venue, as Louvain-la-Neuve is a largely pedestrian town, and there are no permanent taxicab stands. The Ibis Styles Meeting Center is accessible within a 14-minute walk. Click here to see the route.
You can also take an IC train (Directions: Luxembourg or Namur / Liège-Palais) to Louvain-la-Neuve, but you will need to get off the train in Ottignies (25-minute journey, with trains running every 30 minutes). From Ottignies, you can either take a taxi directly to the conference venue or take an S8 train to Louvain-la-Neuve. Here you will find a list of taxi companies operating in Ottignies.
If you are staying in any other city in Belgium, you will need to make a connection in Ottignies.