Venue and date of the Workshop
The Workshop will take place at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium, from 27 to 29 June 2012. The Workshop will be held in the Arenberg Room starting at 9:00 a.m. Registered participants are requested to come in the hall outside the conference room on 27 June 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
Egmont Palace, Petit Sablon 8, 1000 Brussels
Arrival in Brussels and local transportation
There is a direct rail link with Brussels' main railway stations (Brussels Nord, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi). You can take any train to Brussels from level -1 at the airport. The train ride takes twenty minutes. Brussels Central is connected to the underground railway network and is within walking distance of most of the hotels. You can buy tickets for the train at the ticket desk or one of the grey ticket machines located in the station concourse.
Brussels Midi is Brussels' international railway station. All Thalys (Netherlands, France and Germany), ICE (Germany) and Eurostar (United Kingdom) services to Brussels terminate there. It is possible to reach the conference venue and most of the hotels by underground from Brussels Midi (line 2 or 6 – direction Simonis – Elisabeth, getting off at Louise or Porte de Namur). It is also possible to change to a train to Brussels Central at Brussels Midi. The journey takes five minutes.
Taxis are available outside the arrivals lounge. A taxi ride to central Brussels is expensive.
STIB is the Brussels company responsible for the city's public transport. The conference venue and all the hotels are within walking distance of one another, however. A ticket, which must be purchased in the underground stations, costs EUR 1.70. A five-journey ticket (which may be used by different people) costs EUR 7.30. A ticket entitles the holder to one journey, with changes if necessary, anywhere in the STIB network (underground, tram and bus).
Egmont Palace (access via Passage de Milan) is two minutes' walk away from both the Louise and the Porte de Namur underground stations, which are on lines 2 and 6. From Brussels Central, it is most convenient to travel by underground (line 1 direction Stockel or line 5 direction Hermann-Debroux, changing at Arts-Loi to line 2 or 6, direction Simonis – Leopold II or Roi Baudouin).
Climate and clothing
Brussels has a maritime temperate climate, characterised by warm summers and mild winters. The city has a high average annual rainfall, and visitors can expect a downpour any time of year. Temperatures range from highs of around 80°F (27°C) in summer to 45°F (7°C) during the middle of winter.
Brussels operates on 220 volts, 50 hertz. Travelers with computers, shavers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug adapter kit.
The monetary unit in Belgium is the Euro (€). The currency exchange rates listed below are only for reference
Currency Exchange Rates (14 March 2012) €100
The following list includes other hotels available in the area. Participants to the Workshop are responsible for their own reservations.
Best Western Premier ‘Carrefour de l’Europe’ Rue Marché aux Herbes 110, Brussels
Chambord Rue de Namur 82, Brussels
Eurostars Hotel Sablon Rue de la Paille 8, Brussels
Hilton Boulevard de Waterloo 38, Brussels
Ibis ‘Off Grand Place’ Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100, Brussels
NH Brussels Centre Chaussée De Charleroi 17, Brussels
NH Grand Sablon Rue Bodenbroek 2/4, Brussels
Novotel ‘Off Grand Place’ Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 120, Brussels
Sofitel ‘Le Louise’ Avenue de la Toison d Or 40, Brussels
Thon Bristol Stephanie Avenue Louise 91-93, Brussels
Thon Stanhope Rue du Commerce 9, Brussels
First aid and health services
A medical service from the Belgian Red Cross will be available at the Workshop venue to participants requiring first aid medical assistance.
The closest local hospital is 2,5 km from the Workshop premises. All costs incurred in the hospital or for other medical care will be the responsibility of each individuall participant.
Phone: +32 (0)2 221 91 11
Address: Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 32, 1000 Brussels
Phone for Emergency Treatment: +32 (0)2 221 91 00