About Ghent

Ghent is a vibrant and quirky city located in Belgium, at the heart of Europe. Easily reachable from any airport in the neighbour cities and countries, e. g. less than 1 hour by direct train from Brussels Airport, it is also very close to other famous historic cities like Bruges and Antwerp.


Described as “Europe’s best kept secret” (Lonely Planet) and “Most authentic historical city” (National Geographic Traveler Magazine), the undiscovered Flemish jewel of a city boasts an opera house, a handful of museums, even more ancient churches, and countless bridges spanning the two rivers that wind themselves through the city.

Ghent is a city with a small-town feel comprising the largest pedestrianised zone of Belgium and dozens of venues, hotels, restaurants & shops within walking distance from one another, giving the participants the opportunity to network outside the congress venue as well.


The true joy of the town is to be found whiling away an afternoon in an outdoor caf . Whether your wrapped under blankets sipping a coffee in the winter or sunning yourself in the springtime with a cold Belgium brew, you will fit in with the locals if you simply enjoy the great atmosphere this town offers. Ghent is a city of water, the confluence of the rivers Schelde and Leie offering boat tours and bringing a holiday feeling to visitors. If possible, find a seat on the Graslei, a scenic canal spot in the centre of town, with a great view on the many bridges, grand houses and medieval buildings. Alternatively, hop on a bike and explore the nearby Patershol district with a small labyrinth of charming cobblestone streets, the towering Gravensteen Castle (the Congress Center is just across the street) and Unesco recognised bell tower.


The laid back atmosphere of this liveable, lovable city means enjoying some of Belgium’s most famous beers, artisanal chocolatiers and excellent restaurants (“Veggie Capital of Europe”), as well as the vibrant nightlife of a university town (more than 70,000 students) in one of the 6000+ pubs then quaffing cava at the flower market the following morning.

Ghent University is the highest-placed Belgian University and world-renowned, winning the award for the “Most Innovative University of Europe in Internationalization” of the European Association for International Education, for example. The University Hospital UZ Gent is also world-famous for its specialists.