Ghent, July 7-9
The SED Annual Meeting is hosted by the University of Gent and the Vlerick Leuven Gent School of Management.
this site you will find useful local information regarding the 2011 SED in
Ghent. Check out the Acommodation page for hotel reservations at
favorable rates for SED attendees and their families, and the
Transportation page for transportation to and from the airport.
Ghent is a historic city, at some point the second-largest in the world, yet at the same time a contemporary one. The modern daily life plays itself out against a gorgeous historical backdrop. The Gentenaars are friendly, open-minded and somewhat headstrong. Above all, they enjoy life with great food and beer.
Ghent has a lot to offer, from the gothic St Bavo cathedral with the
famous altarpiece "Lam Gods" by the Flemish Primitives Van Eyck
brothers (New Yorker article), boat rides on the canals, the historic downtown with het
Gravesteen (the Castle of the Counts), de Graslei & Korenlei, de
Korenmarkt, het Belfort (Belfrey), and beautiful churches, to a variety of museums. Check out the Tourism Ghent site for more information. Did you know that Ghent made the Lonely PLanet's top 10 cities of 2011?
Ghent is close to many other beautiful cities in Belgium: Brussel (Brussels), Brugge (Bruges), Antwerpen (Antwerp) are all only half an hour away. Check out the Flanders tourism website for more travel ideas. The French-speaking part of Belgium also has beautiful attractions such as Namen/Namur, Bastogne, Waterloo, etc. Check out the Belgian tourism website for more info. Who is your favorite famous Belgian?
Finally, your SED trip can easily be combined with a visit to neighboring countries: France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Luxembourg.
Hope to see you in Ghent in July! On behalf of the local organizing committee,
Robert Kollman, Gert Peersman and Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh