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Congress Venue


The ND2016 Conference will take place in the beautiful decor of Bruges (Dutch: Brugge). Bruges is an attractive unique pedestrian medieval town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. It is also called "The Venice of the North" and is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium in the northwest part of the country (approximately 100 kilometres/62 miles from Brussels). The city's total population is more than 117,000, of which around 20,000 live in the historic centre.

Bruges is filled with Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance façades; plenty of art, culture and history; and some fine Belgian cuisine. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city's stirring history. The restaurants in Bruges offer gastronomic cuisine and the excellent hotels are a true feast for those who enjoy the good things in life. And of course a visit to Bruges wouldn’t be complete without a canal or carriage ride, sampling the chocolates, waffles, moules et frites (mussels and French fries), shopping for craft work including Bruges famous lace, visiting museums and art galleries, climbing the 13th century belfry or trying several of the more than 350 Belgian beers.

We will use 2 of the most beautiful buildings of the Historic center of Bruges.

  1. Het Concert Gebouw Brugge (Monday 12 September 2016)
    address: het Zand 34
    8000 Brugge

    The ND2016 Conference will start in the Modern Concert building of the city.
    We use the main hall of the building for the opening session in the morning and the technical sessions of the afternoon.

    09:30 Opening session in the main Hall
    14:00 Technical sessions in the main Hall

  2. Congress venue – Oud St Johns’ Hospital (13 – 16 September 2016)
    Zonnekemeers in Brugge (Bruges).

    The conference centre Oud Sint-Jan is housed in a historical building: a 19th century hospital, one of the first hospitals of Europe that was already located on this site in the middle Ages. For more information enter a presentation of the Congress Venue

    Technical sessions continue on Tuesday Morning 13 September at 08:30 at the Site Oud St Janat just a two minutes walk from the Concertgebouw. Technical sessions continue at this venue until Friday 16 September 13:00.


Social Programme

Sunday 11 September: Welcome Drink

The organizing committee is happy to welcome you on Sunday 11 September in the historical provincial court “Het Provinciaal Hof” on De Grote Markt 3, in Brugge (Bruges) for registration from 15:00 to 19:00 and for a welcome drink with your partner at the reception from 17:00-19:00.

Monday 12 September: Guided walk

On Monday evening at 19:00 you can enjoy a guided tour of Brugge (Bruges), which is open to accompanying persons as well.

Thursday 15 September: Conference banquet

You and your parnter are kindly invited to the conference banquet at the Stadshallen under the Belfort on De Grote Markt 7, on Thursday evening 15 September starting at 20:00.

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