General information

PASSPORT AND VISA

Participants from outside the EU have to possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after your stay. Please check your visa requirements on the website of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation . Upon request, we will send a personal invitation to conference participants. This invitation, however, is meant only to help visitors to raise funds or to obtain a visa, and will not constitute a commitment to provide any financial support.

CURRENCY, EXCHANGE AND CREDIT CARDS

In Belgium, the official currency is Euro (EUR). Exchange facilities are available at the airport, in hotels and at the exchange desks of banks and authorized money changers. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted at ATM’s, in hotels, restaurants and most shops, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service.

LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference is English. No simultaneous translation will be available.

WEATHER

Belgium had a temperate maritime climate. At the time of the conference (beginning of June) the average temperature in Brussels is around 21 °C during the day. It might rain occasionally.

TAXIS

Taxis are available throughout the city and are easily to access. All of them are equipped with a taximeter and you can pay cash or sometimes also by credit card.

PARKING

Parking is available on the VUB campus.

TIPPING

Tipping is not common in Belgium. Restaurant and taxi bills include the service charge. However, if you are very happy with the service you got, leaving a few Euros (or to round up your bill) as a tip is the way forward.

TIME ZONE

The time zone in Brussels/Belgium is Central European Time (CET = UTC + 1 hour). Daylight saving time is used during the summer (CEST = UTC + 2 hours).

DRINKING WATER

In Belgium, you can drink directly from the tap.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz. Round, European-style two-pin plugs are used (power plugs Type E, C and F), different from those used in some other countries, e.g. the USA, the UK and Japan. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120 Volts need a voltage converter and a plug adapter.

SHOPPING HOURS

The usual shopping hours in Brussels are from 10 am to 6 pm. On Sundays, most shops are closed.

SMOKING

Smoking is not permitted inside the conference building. Smokers are required to smoke outdoors. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, restaurants, pubs, public transport and taxis.

INSURANCE

The Organizing Committee cannot assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the conference. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.