Workshop on "Cognitive and neural models for automated processing of speech and text"
Ghent, Belgium, July 9-10, 2010

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Conference venue

The conference will be held at Het Pand.
Club Het Pand
Onderbergen 1
9000 Gent
09 264 83 03

Travel information

By air

The main Belgian airport is Brussels-National Airport, located in Zaventem near Brussels, about 60 km from Ghent. The easiest way to travel from the airport to Ghent is by train. For flight details, connections and local transportation from the airport please check the airport's website:

By train

Belgium has an extensive railway system. The majority of the international lines pass through Brussels from which you have good connections to Ghent. Thalys is the high-speed train that takes you to Paris, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, etc. Eurostar is the high-speed train that goes from Brussels to London. For more information please check the Belgian National Railways' website:

How to reach Ghent University by train - Arriving at Brussels airport:

The airport City Express leaves from within the airport building (floor -2) and takes you to one of the main stations in Brussels (subsequently Noord/Nord, Centraal/Central and Zuid/Midi).
Here you can switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via “Gent-Sint-Pieters”, Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent).
Some trains run directly from the airport to “Gent-Sint-Pieters”.

How to reach Ghent University by train - Arriving by train in Brussels:

Switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via “Gent-Sint-Pieters”, Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent).
Ghent is on the crossroads of the international lines "London - Brussel - Köln" and "Paris - Lille - Antwerpen"

Getting to Het Pand from the train station (St-Pieters)

Take tram #22 in the direction of Gentbrugge DC on platform 16 (outside of the train station). After about 10 minutes, get off at Oude Houtlei and walk into the Gebroeders Vandeveldestraat. The second street you encounter is Onderbergen (the first one is Sint Martensstraat). Take a left and keep walking straight. You will find the conference venue on your right, right before the street makes a left turn.

More information on how to get there: (in Dutch), or more specifically, Fill in "Gent" in the first gap of the Vertrek frame and click on 'station'. Then fill in "Station Gent Sint Pieters" in the second gap. In the Aankomst frame fill in "Gent" again in the first gap and leave it specified on 'adres'. Then type "Onderbergen" and "1" and click on Bereken uw route.

Getting around in Ghent

There is a good bus and tram network throughout the city (see Tickets cost 2 euros if you buy them on the bus (you cannot buy them on the tram), but you can also buy your ticket in advance at the train station. A ticket valid for one ride costs 1.60 euros, a ticket valid for 10 rides costs 8 euros (80 cents per ride). You will find the ticket vending machines outside the station, at platform 8 and 9. For a map of the tram and bus platforms, click here.

Ghent is pretty manageable on foot as well, however. All hotels suggested on this website are in the center of town, as is the conference venue. For a map of the city, click here (or many other websites).