Socio-Cultural Activities

On Thursday, the scientific part will stop around 5:00 PM and all workshop participants are free to visit the nice city of Leuven until dinner time.

For those who are interested, optional activities are organized.

If you want to participate to one of these activities, please indicate so at registration.

Independently which activity is chosen, all workshop participants will join together afterwards for dinner in a nice down-town restaurant.

Participants registered for Museum M or the City Walking Tour will be guided to the start location or museum. Those registered for the sportive squash session will be driven to the squash venue by the organizers.

All workshop participants will meet together again at 19:30 at ‘t Oud Gasthuys for dinner.

Museum M

In 2004, the city of Leuven commissioned a new museum for its art collections. The new museum building (called Museum M) was designed by the famous Belgian architect Stéphane Beel. In his new design, Beel integrated two old and two new buildings in a highly successful way.
Groups of maximum 15 persons can join a 90 minutes guided visit through the art collection, visit the museum and appreciate the spectacular view over the city from the roof terrace.

cost: 20 euro / person

City Walking Tour option 1: Aperowalk

We propose to check out the must sees of Leuven but also tastes a few beers which we combine with a few surprising foodpairings.  2 beer tastings and 3 appetizers are included in the tour.  Organized by Leuven Inside Out.  The walking tour will take about 2.5 hours.  20 people/group

cost: 33 euro / person

City Walking Tour option 2: Leuven in a Nutshell

For a first introduction to our city, this is the ideal walk. You will discover well-known monuments and attractions: the Grand Place with the Town Hall and the St. Peter’s Church, the University Hall, the university colleges and the pubs of the Old Market. But we also take you to small streets and alleys, parks and courtyard gardens and we tell you stories and anecdotes about the famous and less famous people who have left their mark on our town. Afterwards, you will understand why Leuven can still rightly call itself ‘the best city in Brabant’.   This tour is organized by Leuven+ and will take about 2 hours.  25 people/group

Cost: 10 euro

Squash Session

Attendees who wish to have a sportive break with other participants of the meeting can join a one and a half hour session at Lovanium.

Cost : 10 euro

2-3 courts available

2 courts for 1,5 hours and 1 court for 1 hour to be used by meeting attendees.  We strive to have a maximum of 3 people per court.  Therefore only about 9 people can register for this event.  We request that you only register if you are absolutely sure you will join.

How to get there

2 cars will be available to drive attendees to the venue.  Each car will accommodate 4 persons.  If needed we will drive participants over to Lovanium in 2 shifts.

What to bring with you

At the day of the social event please remember to already bring your sportswear to the meeting.  You are required to wear shoes for indoor sports (no black soles). 

There will not be time for you to go to your hotel and pick up your stuff.  You can always bring your own racket if you want to.  We will provide each court with 2 rackets and squash balls.

The venue has seperate dressing rooms for both men and woman, including communal shower facilities.  

After the squash session we will immediately go to the restaurant for dinner, you won’t have time to go to your hotel to change.

Party at Barvista

The last day of the workshop there will be a party with D.J. at Barvista in the evening.  See program for starting time.  

Workshop attendees should indicate during registration if they are attending this event.  The admission price will include 2 free drinks and pizza.  All other drinks are to be paid on your own costs.

The price for attending this event:  25 euro / person