larvi 2017
7th fish & shellfish larviculture symposium
Ghent University, Belgium
4-7 September 2017



The conference takes place in Ghent University's historic Aula complex.

  • Aula:
    • Volderstraat 9
    • 9000 Gent

See the city map for the exact location.


(c) UGent, Hilde Christiaens


Ghent is a popular touristic destination for a city trip, especially in late summer. We recommend to make your hotel reserations well in advance!

A wider selection of hotels can be found at, which also offers online reservation facilities.
Alternatively, you can search for a bed and breakfast via


How to reach Ghent from Brussels airport: by far the easiest way to Ghent is by train, a taxi will cost you at least 100EUR and is prone to delays due to heavy traffic. Once arrived in Brussels airport, the railway station is located under the airport itself at the -2 Floor. Check the website to getting to and from the airport.

  • direct fast trains to Ghent ('Gent Sint-Pieters') at least one every hour. Journey: a little less than an hour.
  • direct stop trains from the airport to Ghent. Journey: about an hour and half.
  • non-direct trains whereby you need to change trains once in Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord. Journey: a little over an hour.

Consult or download the train schedule. A train ticket to Ghent (ask for 'Gent Sint Pieters') currently costs about 15.40EUR. There is no price difference between direct or stop trains. Buy your ticket at the booth or online beforehand.

How to reach Ghent by car: Ghent is at the crossroads of two great European motorways, the E17 connecting Lisbon, Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Cologne, Copenhagen and Stockholm, and the E40 connecting London, Calais, Ghent, Frankfurt, Vienna, Budapest, Sophia and Istanbul.

From Ghent Sint-Pieters train station: The Ghent Sint Pieters station area is currently under drastic reconstruction. The situation changes permanently, for a latest update, check the site (mostly in Dutch).

  • Tram line 1 (red line, direction Korenmarkt, Evergem or Wondelgem) leaves in front of the main entrance of the station, and goes towards the city centre. There is a tram approximately every five minutes
  • Get off at stop 'Korte Meer’. Walk on into the direction of the tram and turn right into Voldersstraat. The Auditorium (Aula) is on your right.

There are also taxis available to the right of the main entrance of the station.


Several restaurants and snack bars can be found in the vicinity of the symposium venue. However for those who prefer to take lunch at the venue itself the organisation offers regular and vegetarian lunches at the price of 15 Euro per lunch. These onsite lunches need to be ordered beforehand (see online registration form).


Situated in the centre of Flanders, Ghent is very well located as a base for several tourist excursions (visit of the historic city centre of Ghent, the medieval city of Bruges, Brussels or a boat trip on the river Leie; for more information visit For more
information and instructions for bookings please contact the symposium secretariat.

Ghent , a famous medieval city, is located at the junction of the rivers Lys and Scheldt, about 50 km from Brussels, the capital of Belgium. More information about Ghent can be retrieved from


Language: English is the official language of the conference. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
The language spoken in Ghent (Flanders) is Flemish, which is a Dutch language. Most people will have (at least) notions of English and/or French
Time zone: The local time in Belgium is Central European Time (GMT+1 hour)
Weather: Belgium has a maritime temperate climate. In september, late summer weather can be expected, that is temperatures between 18°C and 22°C. With climate change, the climate is said to evolve to a warmer (not really noticeable) but mostly wetter (noticeable) climate. Generally, the climate can be described as 'unpredictable'.
Check the website of the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI) for the current weather and predictions for the next days.
  • General emergency number: 112
  • Ghent University Emergency Centre is open 24/7.
    In case of emergency, call 88 (via an internal phone) or +32 9 264 88 88.
Voltage: Electricity in Belgium is supplied at 220/240v and 50 cycles AC.


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