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Meeting Location

The scientific sessions will take place in the Auditorium Maximum of the Veterinary Faculty, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium.

Hotel Information

You should book your hotel by contacting the hotel directly or using the booking agency of your choice. Here are some hotels that are in downtown Ghent and close to the Merelbeke Campus.

Hotels close to Ghent Zuid - Public buses leave from Ghent Zuid to Campus every 20 minutes.
Hotel IBIS Ghent Centrum St Baafs Cathedral (5 min. walk to bus pick up/drop off) - Recommended
Hotel NH Ghent Belfort (12 min. walk to bus pick up/drop off) - Recommended
Hotel Novotel Ghent Centrum (13 min. walk to bus pick up/drop off) - Recommended
Hotel Gravensteen (20 min. walk to bus pick up/drop off) - Recommended
Ghent Marriott Hotel (20 min. walk to bus pick up/drop off)
Hotel IBIS Ghent Centrum Opera (10 min. walk to bus pick up/drop off)
Hotel Onderbergen (15 min. walk to bus pick up/drop off)
Hotel Flandria Centrum (13 min. walk to bus pick up/drop off)

Hotels close to the Campus in Merelbeke - Car needed to travel between hotel and Campus.
Campanile Hotel Ghent
Holiday Inn Express Ghent

Travel Information

Traveling by car: Ghent has several large underground parking garages where you can leave your car for several days, at close proximity to nearby hotels. Check with your hotel, but customer parking is rare in Ghent. Parking at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University is available and it is free.

Traveling by plane: Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) is the main airport. There are trains leaving from the train station situated in the lower level of the airport to Brussels (you will need to then change trains to Ghent St Pieters) or take a direct train to Ghent St Pieters Station. Either way travelling from the airport to Ghent takes between 30-45 min. Some of the low-cost airlines also land in Brussels International Airport (Zaventem). The alternate airport is Brussels Charleroi. This is the low-cost carrier airport. There are special shuttle bus lines (private carriers) directly from Charleroi airport to Ghent St Pieters Station. The journey will take about 2hrs. For more information see the Useful Links section below.

Tourism Information

The meeting will take place on the Veterinary Campus Merelbeke of the University of Ghent, 15 minutes away from the center of Ghent.

Ghent is one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium (view photos, view a short video). There are many historical buildings and museums to visit; the Graslei which is considered the heart of Ghent; plenty of good restaurants, shops and fine hotels and lots of well provided bars where you can taste over 200 different kinds of regional beers. In short, it is the perfect place to relax after two days of intense learning at the ESER Symposium. For more information, take a look at these images.

Contact Information

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