INFORMATION ON GHENT
Ghent is a historic city and yet a contemporary one. The city’s active inhabitants play out modern daily life against a gorgeous historical backdrop. Stroll through the traffic-free streets of the city center near the conference venue, enjoy the peace of an authentic medieval castle, walk along the distinctive Graslei and cross the ‘golden Lys river’. Dozens of pavement cafes invite you to discover Ghent’s specialties. The city is alive and kicking and bids you a warm welcome.
More information about Ghent is available here.
HET PAND is the culture and congress center of Ghent University. An old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Leie, it was founded in 1201. The cloisters, in which you can wander during the Conference, date back to the 15th and 16th century. All modern conference facilities are contained within this ancient historic building.
Belgium has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. October is usually cool in Ghent, therefore it is a good idea to bring an overcoat for cool evenings and an umbrella in case of showers. Daily weather updates can be found here.
Time zone: CET (Central European Time)
You can check current local time here.
Official currency in Belgium is the Euro.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants. You can find an ATM on nearly every corner.
Belgium works on 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. Plugs are European standard with two round pins.
Post Office | Monday – Friday | 09:30-12:00 & 13:30-17:00
Post Office | Saturday | 09:30-12:00
Banks | Monday – Friday | 09:30-12:00 & 13:30-17:00
Closest bank to the Conference Venue is: VDK spaarbank
Monday – Friday | 09:30-12:00 & 13:30-17:00
Shops | Monday – Saturday 10:00-18:00
Supermarkets | Monday – Saturday 08:00 or 09:00-19:00 or 20:00
All participants are reminded that neither the Organizing Committee nor the Conference Secretariat KALANIS are liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or private property. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements in respect of health and travel insurance.