The city of Leuven is situated in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium (the region of Flanders), at about 30 km east of the country's capital, Brussels.


Most European and international travelers will arrive in Brussels: either at the Brussels National Airport or at railway station Brussels Midi (station of arrival for international trains, Eurostar or Thalys). In both cases, the cheapest and easiest way to travel from Brussels to Leuven is by direct train line connection (at the airport, the train station is located below the terminal, level -1). Although taxi's are readily available and can be convenient, they are quite expensive. Train connections are reliable and frequent (the trip takes no more than 15 minutes). Tickets can be bought at the station.


For more information, please visit the Belgian railway website where you can consult timetables.


(Note: fill in "Brussels airport" or "Brussels Midi" in the "from"-box, and "Leuven" [or "Louvain" in English] in the "to"-box).



The Arts Faculty lies within easy walking distance of Leuven's railway station (10 minutes on foot).

Follow the Maria-Theresiastraat until it intersects with the Blijde-Inkomststraat, and turn right. You will now find the Faculty on your right side.

the arts faculty is located in the centre of Leuven, near the historical heart of the city. Hence, hotels, shops and restaurants are all within walking distance.

The main building is the erasmushuis (or LETT, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21), where registration, coffee breaks, parallel sessions, and most keynote lectures will take place.

the mgr. sencie-instituut (or MSI, Erasmusplein 2), where parallel sessions will take place, lies opposite the main building.

The Saturday program will take place in the municipal museum of Leuven, museum m, located in Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28 (a street off the central square Ladeuzeplein).

The public debate on Thursday evening will take place in the kardinaal mercierzaal at the Higher Institute for Philosophy (HIW, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2). The Higher institute for Philosophy lies at 2 minutes walking distance from the main conference building, the Erasmushuis.

The performances on Friday evening will take place at the arts centre stuk (Naamsestraat 96), which also lies within walking distance from the Erasmushuis. STUK can be reached by walking through the Vlamingenstraat, which connects the Kardinaal Mercierplein (HIW) with the Naamsestraat or by crossing the city park, which lies alongside the Vlamingenstraat.