ENCATC CONGRESS

Practical information

Dates: 17-19 October 2022

Cities: Brussels and Antwerp (Belgium)

Venues:

DAY 1 morning in Brussels, afternoon in Antwerp.

DAYS 2 and 3 in Brussels.

(Transport for Brussels-Antwerp, Antwerp-Brussels is arranged by ENCATC).

DAY 1: 17 October 2022

MORNING (Registration and official opening, Keynote session and following panel)
Venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Bruxelles

AFTERNOON (Education and Research Session, Young and Emerging Researchers’ Forum, Research Award Ceremony)
Venue: University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp

Map university of AntwerpClick on the map to see the specific accesses to our sessions in Antwerp

(Please do not book a hotel in Antwerp. Bus transport between Brussels-Antwerp in the afternoon and Antwerp-Brussels in the evening will be arranged by ENCATC)

DAY 2: 18 October 2022 

MORNING AND AFTERNOON
Congress venue for the day: The Representative of the Government of Catalonia to the EU, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat, 227, 1040 Brussels

EVENING (Birthday dinner)
Venue: Stanhope Hotel Brussels, Rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Brussels

DAY 3: 19 October 2022 

MORNING (Study Visits)
Study Visit 1 venue: Royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren
Study Visit 2 venue : Migration Museum, Rue des Ateliers 17, 1080 Sint-Jans Molenbeek
Study Visit 3 venue : Holland House Brussels, Rue d’Arlon 20, 1050 Bruxelles

Members Talk 4 venue: Archive and Museum of Flemish Life in Brussels (AMVB)Quai aux Pierres de Taille, 28, 1000 Brussels


AFTERNOON (Art of Teaching presentations, Policy Debate)
Venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Bruxelles

As of May 2022, travel restrictions have been lifted although the following still applies when travelling to Belgium from abroad:

You are not allowed to travel when in quarantine or isolation. If you are in quarantine or isolation abroad, you must complete the quarantine or isolation before returning to Belgium. Only in exceptional cases and in consultation with the health authorities can this rule be deviated from.

Please consult www.info-coronavirus.be for the latest updates. 

General rules:

The following measures apply: Wearing a mask (that covers both your nose and mouth) is only mandatory in health care facilities and pharmacies. Masks must be worn from the age of 12. There is no obligation in wearing a mask in public transport.

We would like to remind you that these measures are in addition to the 6 golden rules:

  • Respect the health and safety measures;
  • Outdoor activities are preferred to indoor ones;
  • Pay special attention to vulnerable people;
  • Respect 1m50 social distancing;
  • Limit close contact with others;
  • Follow the rules on gatherings.

To find out more, please consult the SPF (Federal Public Services) COVID-19 website.

 

COVID Safe Ticket and COVID certificate

The Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is the variation of the European Covid certificate, intended for travel abroad. The use of the CST is currently suspended. 

More detailed information on the use of the Covid Safe Ticket in Brussels and on the certificates for travellers is available here

Getting tested

You can get tested in Brussels in pharmacies or in one of the two test centres (Pacheco or Molenbeek). You need to make an appointment beforehand.

Please consult the test map of the Covid-test centers in Belgium (Brussels and Antwerp included).

To enter Belgium, you need to be in a possession of an official travel document. Your travel documents (passport, ID card if coming from an EU Member State, or other) need to be valid for the whole stay in Belgium.

Before travelling consult the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs of Belgium if you need a visa to enter.

Brussels is one of the world’s largest seats to diplomatic representations.

In case of emergency or travel recommendations, please check the list of diplomatic representations in Brussels using the search engine of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs of Belgium.

At ENCATC we encourage travels that minimize carbon footprint. There is no genius solution for a sustainable and slow travel but please consider alternatives whenever possible.

In case you travel to Belgium by car you might want to connect with other ENCATC members attending the 2022 Congress from your vicinity for a potential carpool.

Air travel
Brussels is well connected with most of the capitals in Europe and is served with two airports: The Brussels Airport (Zaventem) and Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

From both airport you can take a train, bus, taxi, or a shuttle to reach your destination. Check the timetables, prices, and time estimations via Visit Brussels website.

Train travel
Brussels is well connected to all major capitals and cities in the region. Brussels has five railway stations which are interconnected to SNCB network, Thalys, and Eurostar.

Bus travel
If coming to Brussels by bus you can easily find connections between major European cities and from cities like Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, and London. Two major bus companies servicing Brussels are Flixbus and Eurolines.

By car
Brussels is a low-emission zone (LEZ), and this means that the most polluting vehicles are not allowed to drive here. The regulations apply to most of types of vehicles, be it registered in Belgium or abroad.

If you are not sure if you can enter Brussels without a fine, please check: www.lez.brussels

Most of the parking zones in Brussels and its communes is not free during the day (8:00-18:00). The free parking is usually limited up to 2 hours. We strongly recommend using Park and Ride garages and to come to the city center with a public transport.

The public transport in Brussels is operated by tram, bus and metro. Please consult STIB / MVIB for timetables, prices, and routes.   

As an alternative to walking, you can use one of the transports with the tickets you can purchase at the machines in the stations or at points of sales around the city. If you prefer not to purchase the STIB / MVIB tickets, you can also pay the tickets at the buses and trams using your credit card.

You can use the 24/7 Villo! bike service for free for rides up to 30-minutes that comes with a small registration fee. There are also numerous scooters services and taxis available.

In case you have some time to explore Brussels, you might want to use the Visit Brussels Greeter program. It comes with a free-of-charge greeting tour available in 12 languages under the auspices of volunteers that will show you around the city. Book your greeter well in advance!

2022 ENCATC Congress’s main venue will be located at the Fondation Universitaire, located at the Rue d’Egmont 11 in the city of Brussels.

The main venue is in the walking distance of the metro stations Troon/Trône and Naamsepoort/Porte de Namur. For the third day of the 2022 ENCATC Congress during the study visit program, the venues of the host organization will be spread around the city of Brussels but accessible via the public transport.

We recommend you book your accommodation close the following metro stations:

  • Louiza/Louise – metro, bus and tram station (15-min walk to Fondation Universitaire)
  • Naamsepoort/Porte de Namur – metro and bus station (5-min walk to Fondation Universitaire)
  • Troon/Trône – metro and bus stop (5-min walk to Fondation Universitaire)

In line with the ENCATC Green policy we recommend you book a sustainable accommodation in the walking distance of the main venue. If this is not possible, please use sustainable modes of transportation.

You can find the accommodation using the Ecolabel filter tag when visiting the Visit Brussels’ hotel search engine or by using the Green-key labeled locations in Brussels.

Check your roaming conditions in the EU/Belgium directly with your existing mobile operator.

The international dialing code for Belgium: +32

  • Urgent police assistance: 101
  • Ambulance, fire brigade, police: 112