DARE 2023 will be hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. The VUB combines award-winning research and accredited English and Dutch-taught study programmes (Bachelors, Masters and PhDs) with high impact on social, economic and cultural innovation. VUB originated from the French speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels’ lawyer with Flemish roots, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. It was his intention to create a university independent of church and state at which academic freedom would roam. This is today still reflected in the university’s motto Scientia vincere tenebras. The law of May 28th, 1970 legally confirmed the administrative, legal and scientific division of the old university into a Dutch speaking (VUB) university and French speaking (ULB) university. DARE 2023 will be hosted at the The Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus located in Elsene, on the border with Etterbeek and Oudergem and next to sister university ULB.

Location: VUB Building I. Pleinlaan, 2 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Specific locations of DARE activities inside the campus:

  • Lectures and practical sessions at room I.2.01
  • Registration desk, coffee breaks, posters session, and welcome reception at I.1.Atrium.


Reaching the Conference

The conference can be reached via several public transport lines:

  • Metro 5 (Pétillon station). This metro line travels to the city centre, where most hotels are located. This stop is 10 minutes away from the conference venue.
  • Tram 7 or 25 (VUB or Arsenaal station). These lines travel through the eastern and northern parts of the city and intersect with Metro 1. These two stops are less than 10 minutes away from the conference venue.
  • Bus 95 (Etterbeek station) This bus line also goes to the city centre. The Etterbeek Station stop is 10 minutes away from the conference venue.

Use this link to check the best option via Google Maps.

Reaching Brussels (City center)

Brussels is well-connected via plane; you can arrive from one of the following airports:
  • Brussels airport (BRU), our main airport. From this airport, the city centre can be easily reached with a 20 min. train ride. You can take the (only) train at the airport, and get off at station Brussel Centraal/Bruxelles Central.
  • Brussels South Charleroi airport (CRL) You can take the shuttle bus from CRL airport to the Brussel Zuid/Bruxelles Midi train station. Once there, you can take the train to Brussel Centraal/Bruxelles Central.
  • Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) At the airport, follow the directions towards the Thalys train station. (This includes a 30 min. metro ride.) At the Thalys train station, take the train to Brussel Zuid/Bruxelles Midi (< 1.5 hours). Once there, you can take the train to Brussel Centraal/Bruxelles Central.
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) At the airport, take the Thalys train to Brussel Zuid/Bruxelles Midi (~1.5 hours). Once there, you can take the train to Brussel Centraal/Bruxelles Central.

Brussels can be reached from Germany, France and the Netherlands with a Thalys train. In the UK, you can take a Eurostar train. Both the Thalys and Eurostar trains go to Brussel Zuid/Bruxelles Midi. Once there, you can take the train to Brussel Centraal/Bruxelles Central.

The address of the conference is: Pleinlaan 2 1050 Brussels, Belgium Parking is provided next to/underneath most buildings on our campus. To enter the campus by car, please use entrance 13 (as indicated on the campus map).


Students who register with accommodation will be hosted in a 2-person studio in Aparthotel Adagio Access Brussels Delta. The aparthotel is located a 2-minute walk from the VUB campus. The accommodation covers Sunday, 10 September (check-in from 3 pm) to Friday, 15 September 2023 (check-out by 10 am).

For those who opt out of registration with accommodation, there are different options to find a place to stay in Brussels. Most hotels are located near the city center, where the conference can be easily reached in about 30 minutes by metro, tram or bus. Here are just a few of our recommendations:

Hotel Prices from
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place € 184
Metropole € 123
Ibis Brussels off Grand Place € 130
Opera € 94
Ibis Brussels Centre St. Catherine € 115
Mozart € 80

Food and Drinks

If you are looking for a place to eat or drink, Brussels has many different restaurants, pubs and cafés on offer, both in the city center and close to the conference venue. Feel free to browse through our own well-crafted list of recommendations: