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14th COLOSS Conference 2018 * Sept. 16-17 * Belgium



Sun., September 16
Mo., September 17




University of Ghent Auditoria
Karel Lodewijk Ledeganckstraat 35
9000 Gent




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International meeting of COLOSS to provide an update on the network’s achievements and future directions, including meetings for COLOSS Core Projects and Task Forces.

Annual General Assembly Meeting

Focus on two new invasive species in Europe – small hive beetles, Aethina tumida and Asian hornets, Vespa velutina


Information about accommodation can be found on the EURBEE website.

Please click here.


How to get there

Ghent is centrally located in Europe, at the crossroads of highways between Amsterdam, Paris, London and the Ruhr Area. The city is easily accessible by car, by train and by air.

By air

The international Brussels National Airport is located ca. 45 minutes from Ghent. Arriving at Brussels/Zaventem airport: The Airport City Express conveniently leaves from within the airport building (floor -1). Direct trains to Ghent run every 30 minutes and take about an hour. Tickets can be purchased through the onsite vending machines and cost between 16 Euro (2nd class) and 21 Euro (first class).

Charleroi Brussels South Airport:

There are two options for travelling between Charleroi (Brussels South) Airport and Ghent:

Option 1: by bus The bus company Flibco is offering a direct shuttle bus to and from the station of Ghent with a frequency of 9 trips a day (there and back). Using this service, you will travel more comfortably; it’s cheaper and often also faster than other transport alternatives (train, combination of train and bus). Booking is mandatory.

Option 2: by train To travel to Ghent by train you first need to take a train to Charleroi Sud Railway Station. A ticket “billet bulk” can be purchased at the bus stop (door n°2) at the airport. From the Charleroi Sud Railway Station you can take a train to Ghent Sint Pieters Station. Train schedules are available here. Note: The journey will take about 2 hours.

Option 3: by taxi Taxi rides to and from Brussels South Charleroi Airport by Ghent taxi firms, with prior reservation, cost EUR 250 (flat rate). Price adjustments are possible throughout the year. Please contact us.

The international Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located ca. 2,5 hours from Ghent. The Thalys and InterCity train services depart from the Airport railway station “Schiphol Plaza”. Thalys to Antwerp Central or Brussels-South (Brussel-Zuid or Bruxelles-Midi) and Inter City train to Brussels (Noord/Nord, Centraal/Central and Zuid/Midi), there you can switch to the Belgian trains that run directly to or via Ghent Sint Pieters railway station. From Antwerp Central Station you switch to the Belgian trains that run to or via Ghent Sint Pieters railway station. For train schedules visit this websites: B-europe and Schiphol.

By high-speed train

The closest international railway station for high-speed trains is Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) railway station (arrival of Thalys, TGV, Eurostar, ICE, etc.). Switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via “Ghent”,

Regular connections by train to Ghent railway station with a journey time of ca. 45 minutes Train schedules are available here.

By car

Ghent is situated at the intersection of two major European highways: the E-17 connects Northern Europe with the Southern countries, and the E-40 goes from the North Sea across to Eastern Europe.

Buses and Trams in Ghent

Ghent has a dense network of bus- and tramlines available between 06:00 and 01:30 am. More information on