The European Research Area and the Framework
Brussels, 11-12-13 November 2002
Dates & Conference Venue
11-12-13 November 2002
Brussels Exhibition Centre ("Palais des Expositions", Heysel)
Halls 7, 11 and 12
Place de Belgique / Belgïeplein
of Brussels and the Heysel exhibition area
How to get there
The Brussels Exhibition Centre ("Brussels expo") is easy to get
to by car, no matter where you set off from. Once you are on the ring road,
take exit 7b or 8 and follow the signs marked 'EXPO'. Brussels Expo also has
a car park.
Access by train
Access by train is equally straightforward. The Eurostar (from London)
and Thalys (from Paris, Amsterdam or Cologne) both stop at the Gare du Midi,
where you must first take the orange Metro 2 line (in the direction of
"Simonis") to "Clemenceau", then the 1A Metro line (in
the direction of "Roi Baudouin") to "Heysel". If you are
starting from the Gare Centrale, all you have to do is take the yellow 1A
Metro line (in the direction of "Roi Baudouin") to "Heysel".
By tram, numbers 23 and 81 stop at Hall 1 ("Heysel" is the name
of the stop), and the number 52 stops at the "Esplanade".
Buses also go to Brussels Expo. Numbers 84 and 89 ("Heysel")
also serve Hall 1.
Brussels International Airport
Finally, if you are arriving by plane, Brussels International Airport (Zaventem)
is no more than 10 minutes away from Brussels Expo by road. You also have
the option of taking a taxi or a train or a bus to the city centre. The
"Airport City Express" train leaves four times an hour (between 6
am and midnight). The journey to the city centre takes only a quarter of an
hour. From there, you can take the tram or the metro. The Airport Bus line
(number 12 run by STIB/MIVB) to the city centre operates between 4.57 am and
11.57 pm, twice per hour in July and August. As from 1 September the
frequency will be increased to 3 or 4 services per hour.
For further information concerning metro, tram or bus you can contact the
Public Transport Company: MIVB/STIB Tel: +32 2 512 20 00 or visit their
The Welcome Desk will be available to participants, on Sunday 10 November
2002 between 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm for pre-registration. From Monday 11
November 2002 until the end of the conference, the Welcome Desk will open at
Lunches and coffee
Lunches and coffee (during the scheduled coffee breaks) are covered by
the conference fee.
Participants are invited to attend a "networking cocktail" on
Monday 11 November at 18.30, and on Wednesday 13 November the closing
session of the conference will also be followed by a cocktail.
Interpretation will be provided during the opening and closing
plenary sessions in German, English and French. For all parallel sessions
the working language will be English.
to the enormous number of registrations already received (see participant
list), and in order to ensure both safety and comfort at the
conference, we regret that registration has now closed. On-site registration will
not be possible
€250 (€80 for participants from countries having applied for EU membership). The conference fee covers documents, meals and coffee during the conference. It will be waived for the press,
and from 14.30 on Wednesday afternoon, 13/11, entrance to the exhibition
will be free for secondary-school teachers and students.
Participants who cancel their registration will not be reimbursed