European Society for Oceanists 2015 Conference : Venue

Brussels, Belgium
From 24 June 2015 to 27 June 2015

Conference Venue — Flights  — Getting There — General Information


Brussels – The City

A majestic historic heart, a unique atmosphere between city and village, a host of activities for young and old: Brussels surprises around every corner.
Brussels is of course the capital of Belgium, the Atomium and Manneken Pis, but not only. It is also the capital of Europe, the hub and headquarters of many European institutions and international organizations. Among them, the European Commission, the European Council and NATO.

Brussels in figures

The Brussels-Capital Region covers 162 km ² and has 19 municipalities and hosts 1.142.000 inhabitants. The city is one of the world's most cosmopolitan and one of the greenest cities in Europe with 8,000 hectares of green space.

Brussels cultural, gourmet and festive

The capital is known for its authentic architectural heritage. Evidenced by the Grand Place, considered one of the most beautiful in the world, many churches and old houses. The city also hosts the greatest chocolatiers in the country. Among them, Neuhaus who invented the famous small praline box and Pierre Marcolini, Godiva, Corné or Mary Chocolatier. The rich heritage of Brussels, whether architectural, historical, musical, gastronomic is witnessed by its many museums.
Brussels is also a lively and festive city. It offers a range of activities for young and old. Bars and cafes happily serve the many Belgian beers in a friendly atmosphere. For clubbers, the capital of Belgium has dozens of nightclubs, discos and other nightlife venues such as “Fuse” or “Wood”, for example.

In short, Brussels is a welcoming and dynamic city.

Conference Venue


Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre ****
Avenue du Boulevard 17
1210 Bruxelles – Belgium
Hotel website


Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre has undertaken a major refurbishment in the restaurant and lobby area. The formerly classic décor of Thon Hotels Brussels largest property has been updated and the hotel now offers a modern and refreshing look. The new design concept is based on light, serenity, modernity and includes all of the luxury befitting for a 4-star hotel.
Free wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel when you book your stay from our website. Guest PCs with free internet access are available in the reception area.


- Luxury rooms
- Free High-speed Internet for the guests
- Fitness Club
- Sauna
- Excellent conference rooms


- Parking "Rogier" with 509 places : €14,30 per day
- Parking "Manhattan" under the Sheraton: €2,00 per hour.

Your flights

Brussels Airlines is pleased to be your Preferred Carrier for the ESfO 2015 and extends 10% discount on available return economy fares from Europe, Russia, Tel Aviv & Africa to Brussels and vv.
Book until 24 June 2015 andTravel between 20 June and 01 July 2015. 

Getting There

Check the Google Map.

From Brussels International Airport

Taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall at Brussels Airport.
The fare from the airport to the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre is normally around € 45 depending on the traffic.
Licensed taxis have a number plate that contains the letters "TX"

Train & Metro
The Airport Train Station is located below the terminal (basement level -1). Up to 4 trains per hour offer connections from the airport to Brussels North station.
The hotel is located within walking distance (2 minutes) from Brussels North Station. 

International Train Connections

Arriving at Brussels Midi station
From Brussels Midi Station take the underground tram line 3 or 4 (direction North Station) until Rogier Metro Station, which is only 50 meters away from the Thon Hotel Brussels.

Arriving at Brussels North station
The hotel is located within walking distance (2 minutes) from Brussels North Station.

By Car

Address of the conference venue:

Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre ****
Avenue du Boulevard 17
1210 Bruxelles – Belgium

Close to the hotel there is the underground parking "Rogier" with 509 places (€14,30 per day) or the Parking "Manhattan" under the Sheraton at €2,00 per hour.

General information

Passports and Visas
For citizens of the EU or European Economic Area countries or inhabitants of the “Schengen Area” an Identity  Card or passport valid for at least 6 months after date of entry is sufficient. For others, all information regarding  any visa requirements can be found on the website of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Belgium:
If a participant requires a letter of invitation (e.g. to obtain a visa or to satisfy their institution’s requirements), the ESfO Board will provide one on request.
Please contact the conference secretary, Maya Turolla ( in good time. The provision of such a letter does not imply that travel expenses will be covered by ESfO.

The conference organisers do not take responsibility for individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to get their own travel insurance policies.

The official Belgian currency is the Euro.

Telephone Codes
The country code for Belgium is 32. The area code for Brussels is 02. You need to dial the 02 area code from everywhere in Belgium.

For police assistance, dial 101. For an ambulance or the fire department, dial 100.
From a mobile phone dial 112

Electricity is 230 V, 50 Hz. Outlets are CEE7/5 (protruding male earth pin) and accept either CEE 7/5 (Grounded), CEE 7/7 (Grounded) or CEE 7/16 (non-grounded) plugs.

Belgium has a temperate climate from the coastal regions inland to about Brussels-Antwerp. The average daily temperature ranges between 18 to 23 degrees in summer. Belgium has mild winters and cool summers and is rainy, humid and cloudy.

Banks are open from Monday to Friday mostly from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 16.00. ATMs can be found at banks but also in most shopping streets. Many banks have automatic currency exchange machines that also take credit cards. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards.

Useful Weblinks
For information about Brussels:

For information about Belgium and its regions:

Foreign Affairs of Belgium: