The congress will be held in Leuven (Louvain), the oldest university city of the Low Countries. The availability of theological and other libraries (over 5 million volumes), most of them belonging to the KU Leuven, makes Leuven one of the most attractive places for study and research. Erasmus, Vesalius, Mercator, Justus Lipsius and many more great minds and artists studied and lived in Leuven. Counting over 60,000 students today, the city of Leuven remains an important hub of knowledge and ideas. Located close to Brussels, the heart of Europe, and the international airport in Zaventem, Leuven is easily accessible to an international audience.
About ETF Leuven
The Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (ETF) in Leuven, Belgium, has developed into an important European education and research center for Christian theology that seeks relevance to the contemporary world and its concerns. In ETF’s international master’s and doctoral program, students and professors from a wide variety of cultural and denominational backgrounds come from all over the world to engage in stimulating dialogue.
Conveniently located just outside of Brussels, Belgium, the Leuven Center for Christian Studies (LCCS) offers a venue for individuals or groups desiring to revive Christian roots in Europe, either through research, discussion and training. LCCS is a part of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (ETF). The facilities are ideally suited for seminars and conferences, vision trips, prayer retreats, planning and strategy meetings, research groups, scholars desiring to do long-term research, round-table discussions. The facilities consist of conference rooms, guestrooms, catering, theological library, chapel. Have a look at the website: lccs.eu
Accommodations are not provided at the conference venue. You will need to arrange your own accommodations.
If you would like to book a hotel, B&B or hostel in Leuven, you can find a list on the website visitleuven.be or tripadvisor.
Download a printable pdf here.
Leuven is at the junction of two major motorways: the E40 and the E314.
- From East Flanders, Antwerp, Breda
Take the E19 towards Brussels; take the Ring around Brussels (R0) towards Namen/Luik/Luchthaven Zaventem/Brussel; take the E40 direction Liège/Luik; exit onto the E314 (Leuven-Hasselt-Genk) but immediately take the first exit on the E314 (Leuven); turn left at the first traffic lights. The building of the ETF will be on your right after about 600 meters.
- From Maastricht, Genk, Aken
Take the E314 towards Leuven; take exit 15; turn left at the first traffic lights. The building of the ETF will be on your right after about 600 meters.
There is ample parking available.
From the railway station in Leuven, bus lines 7-8-9 to Egenhoven – Bertem or line 395 to Overijse – Groenendaal, bus stop ‘Groeneweg’ (not Groeneveld). The bus stop is right in front of the ETF. Ask the bus driver to stop across from the ‘old Jesuit Seminary’ if you feel you need to.
To use the bus while you are in Leuven, you can purchase a 10-journey ticket (10 one way trips) for €17.
For more information: delijn.be
A taxi ride from Brussels Airport to ETF will cost about €50, from Brussels South Charleroi Airport tot ETF about €135, and from the train station in Leuven to ETF about €22.
- Within Belgium
Leuven is a 20-minute train ride from Brussels, 30 minutes from Liège and 55 minutes from Antwerp. From Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent and Liège there are direct connections to Leuven every hour, seven days a week.
For more information: belgiantrain.be
- Within Europe
A train journey from Leuven to the station Brussel-Zuid (Bruxelles-Midi) takes just half an hour. The high-speed trains Eurostar or Thalys can take you from there to Paris (1½ hours) and London, Amsterdam or Cologne (2½ hours).
For more information: b-europe.com
- Brussels Airport (28 km)
Brussels Airport has its own train station with direct trains to Leuven. The station (Brussels National Airport) is underneath the airport and is accessible via elevators and escalators in the arrivals hall.
Bus 616 has a direct route from Brussels National Airport to a bus stop close to ETF (bus stop Heverlee Veldstraat – 302926). There is a bus every 60 minutes in both directions and the trip is about 45 minutes. The bus terminal is underneath the airport, platform A (bus stop ‘Zaventem Luchthaven Perron A’ – 305558).
- Brussels South Charleroi Airport (90 km)
Brussels Charleroi South airport is a one hour drive from Leuven. You can take the bus to the railway station Charleroi-Sud (Charleroi-Zuid) and take a train from there to Leuven. Via the website belgiantrain.be you can buy a ticket for train and bus.