Flanders Meeting and Convention Center Antwerp
ECTMIH2017 is held at the brand new Flanders Meeting and Convention Center, with the exquisite Queen Elisabeth Concert Hall at its core. It is adjacent to the Antwerp Zoo and ideally located next to the city’s Central Station, one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. The location of this venue offers the delegates the opportunity to sample the pleasures of this wonderful city while reflecting on the future of tropical medicine and international health in an ever-changing world.
With a history that dates back from the 2nd century, Antwerp built a solid reputation as a rich and strategic city at different points in history. The city started developing an ever more modern port infrastructure in the second half of the 20th century and by the 1990s it rebranded itself as worldclass centre of avant-garde fashion and culture, competing with the biggest cities in Europe.
Next to its status as port and fashion city, it has become the world’s diamond centre, with 80% of all the world diamond trade passing through its gateways.
Lifestyle and luxury are an important part of the city’s culture. From its medieval heart, over its 19th century “South” quarter near the Institute for Tropical Medicine, to its modern shopping district, Antwerp is a city that takes care of its buildings, offering its residents a historic core with a thriving contemporary vibe. The city’s elegant streets boast delicate restaurants, fashionable boutiques, designer galleries and welcoming bars and cafés, which add to the wonderful mix of culture and pleasure.
How to get there
Regardless of how you arrive in Antwerp, the centre of the city is always easy to reach. Antwerp Airport offers direct flights to/from London and is only 15 minutes away from the city centre. There is a direct rail connection between Antwerp and Brussels International Airport (+/- 75 airlines and +/- 200 direct destinations), the train journey takes only 34 minutes. Antwerp has high speed rail connections with Paris, Amsterdam, London and Cologne and the city is also easily reachable by car and coach due to its central location on European motorways.
Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre Antwerp is located next to Antwerp’s Central Station, in the heart of the city. There is ample underground parking and the historic city centre is only 10 minutes away by foot. In the direct area you can find lots of pleasant bars and restaurants and there is a wide range of hotels closeby, from international chain hotels to charming boutique hotels. To top it all off: Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre Antwerp is located next to Antwerp’s Zoo, one of the oldest in Europe and with an amazing garden and impressive buildings. A moment of sheer relaxation in the centre of the city.
The Flanders Meeting and Convention Center is entirely wheelchair accessible.