Ghent is Belgium's fourth-largest city, it is home to a quarter of a million people and it offers many accomodation and entertainment options. When planning your visit to Ghent we recommend you visit VisitGent tourism website. 

Getting to the conference venue

The GUM is located around the corner from the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.) and Museum of Fine Arts (MSK), next to Citadel Park in Ghent. This is a short 10-minute walk from Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station, 5 to 10 minutes by bike from the Belfort and 5 minutes from the E40 and E17 (Gent Centrum exit).

On foot
It is a 10-minute walk from Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station to the GUM. Follow Koningin Astridlaan to Citadel Park. Walk through or along the edge of Citadel Park to the ICC. When you get there, cross over Emile Clauslaan. On your right, you will find the entrance to the Botanical Garden where the museum is located. If you would rather not walk through Citadel Park, you can also walk around it by turning into Fortlaan at the end of Koningin Astridlaan. The Botanical Garden path will take you to the entrance of the museum.

Tip: Plan your route using Google Maps.

By bicycle
Cycling to the museum will make your intellectually challenging day a lot healthier for you and the climate as well. Plan your route using or Google Maps. At the museum, you can use the bicycle parking facilities in Ledeganckstraat. The Botanical Garden itself is not accessible to bicycles.

By public transport
The GUM is easy to reach by train or bus. If you are coming by train, you can plan your route using The nearest station is Gent-Sint-Pieters.

You can plan your journey to the museum by bus at

The nearest bus stop is Gent Ledeganckstraat (2 min.) that is served by bus lines 34, 35, 36, 55, 57, 58, 65, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77 and 78. You can also use Google Maps to plan your entire route.



The Astoria Hotel in Ghent is our conference accommodation partner. The hotel is within walking and cycling distance of the conference venue, various museums and attractions, the historic center and Ghent Sint-Pieters Station. They will offer a special discount rate when booking as a registered conference attendee.

Note – room numbers are limited, so attendees are advised to book early! 

How to book? (Reduction is only valid if you book directly at the hotel website)
a. Go to
b. Offer valid for the period 04/01-15/01/2023, for the room categories: Cozy – Comfy – Sweet – Wonderful – Marvelous – Brilliant
c. Please fill in in the field “discount code” the following code: Ocean@Astoria (this allows you to see the rates, including the discount)