General Information

Symposium Venues

Exhibition, Poster Sessions, Break-out Sessions, Coffee Breaks and Lunches
The 31st International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants – Dioxin 2011 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace, located right next to the botanical gardens and close to the Brussels Midi train station, terminal of the Eurostar train and Thalys train. The hotel is also conveniently located just a short walking distance from Brussels North Station.

Dating back to 1908, the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace has a long and distinguished history and has been at the heart of Brussels daily life since the day it opened. Last year the hotel has been fully refurbished. The architect turned to the Art Nouveau lines and curls of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) for inspiration, echoing Le Palace’s (1908) original turn-of-the-century style.

With 18 totally new restyled meeting rooms the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace is one of the best Conference Hotels in Brussels.

Plenary Sessions
All morning plenary sessions will take place in Le Plaza Theatre. It is located at only 5 minutes walking distance from the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace
Formerly a cinema, Le Plaza theatre offers a unique setting. The theatre is listed as a national historic monument by Royal Decree and has been entirely restored, out of respect of its original character and Hispanic-Arab-Moorish style.


Distance between Brussels and other main European cities:

Cities By train By plane
Amsterdam 2h40’ 45'
Berlin 9h30' 1h40'
Copenhagen 14h00' 1h30'
Düsseldorf 3h00' 50'
Lille 40' 40'
Lisbon 16h00' 2h45'
London 2h15' 1h00'
Luxembourg 1h50' 45'
Madrid 15h00' 2h30'
Paris 1h25' 55'
Rome 17h00' 2h10'
Stockholm 23h00' 2h15'

Source Eurostar

How to get there:

Zaventem Brussels International Airport (BRU)
The Brussels international airport is located 13 kilometers (8 miles) northeast of the city centre.

Airport Train
The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level-1). Up to 4 trains an hour connect the airport to Brussels North, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi stations. Moreover there are direct train services to the East, South and West of Belgium. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes and takes approximately 20 minutes. It operates between 05:30-00:20 from the airport to the city and from 04:45-23:10 from the city to the airport. The cost for a one-way ticket is +/- EUR 5.20. Buy your ticket before getting on the train to avoid a surcharge fee.

Airport Taxis
Taxi service from the airport to the city centre is approximately EUR 30.00. Taxis are available 24 hours a day. Discount round-trip rates are available upon request.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL)
Located 1 hour from Brussels, mainly for charter flights going from and to Brussels.

Antwerp Airport (ANR)
Located 1 hour from Brussels, flights from and to England, The Netherlands and Germany.

Official Language

The official language of the symposium is English. There will be no simultaneous translation at the symposium.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that participants take out adequate cover for health, travel and private liability insurance. The organisers cannot accept responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage to private property belonging to the symposium participants and accompanying persons.

Official Letters of Invitation

Official letters of invitation can be requested and will be issued by the symposium secretariat upon request. The Visa invitation letters will not imply any obligation or financial engagement from the symposium organisers.

Mobile Phones

In Belgium, mobile phones use the frequency bands GSM-900 and GSM-1800. An overview of the available networks can be found at www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/cou_be.shtml

Visa

Participants from countries requiring a visa should obtain documentation from the Belgian Embassy or consulate in their own country. A valid passport is required for entry into Belgium.

Currency

The currency in Belgium is the Euro (EUR - €). Euro notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Coins come in denominations of 2 & 1 Euro, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent pieces.

Climate

The climate in Belgium is moderate maritime, it is seldom too hot or too cold. Summer temperatures average from 13°C/54°F - 21°C/72°F and winter temperatures averages from 0°C/32°F - 6°C/43°F. In Brussels, the average temperature in August to September is between minimum 10-11°C / 50-52°F and maximum 19-21°C / 66-70°F.

Electricity

The electricity power supply in Belgium is 220 Volt with a European standard plug.

Useful telephone numbers

  • Fire brigade and emergency medical care, Tel: 100
  • Federal Police, Tel: 101
  • European Emergency call, Tel: 112
  • Anti Poison Center, Tel: 070 245 245
  • Red Cross, Tel: 105
  • Information:
    • national, Tel: 1307 and 1234 (automatic)
    • international, Tel: 1304

Safety

Brussels is as safe as any other European tourist city. Participants are advised to take the usual prudent precautions.