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European Research 2002

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Brussels, 11-12-13 November 2002

Practical information

Dates & Conference Venue

11-12-13 November 2002

Brussels Exhibition Centre ("Palais des Expositions", Heysel)

Halls 7, 11 and 12

Place de Belgique / Belgïeplein


Maps 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 website,

Welcome Desk

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 8.00 am.

Lunches and coffee

Lunches and coffee (during the scheduled coffee breaks) are covered by the conference fee.

Conference Cocktails

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.


Due 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

Registration Fees

€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

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