2018 Conference » ISSS 2018: About Brussels

ISSS 2018: About Brussels

The 2018 ISSS Conference will be held June 22nd-23rd. 2018 in Europe's Capital, Brussels.


The 2018 Call For Submissions is NOW OPEN. The submission deadline is February 1st, 2018.

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Brussels is not only the home of the European Union and the center of Europe. It is also a city where you can find the best beer, chocolate and waffles from around the world.  Being at the crossroads of cultures (the Germanic in the North and the Romance in the South) and playing an important role in Europe, Brussels fits the definition of the archetypal "melting pot", but still retains its own unique character. Another great advantage of Brussels are the picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful 19th century houses, cozy pubs, fabulous restaurants, and an active cultural live. From Brussels you can easily visit other Belgian city such as Ghent, Bruges, or Antwerp: they are only a short train ride away (max. 1 hour). And in less than two hours the high-speed train can take you to Paris, Amsterdam or London.

When in Brussels…


Brussels (and all of Belgium) is a foodie's/gourmet paradise, so you better skip your diet when you come to visit Brussels. You don't necessarily have to go into one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants to enjoy delicious meal. You'll also find an incredible variety of local specialties - as well as internationally inspired cuisine - everywhere you go.

There are some different restaurants within walking distance from the conference.

In Quartier Latin they serve some Belgian dishes, for example the famous Belgian meat stew with Belgian fries, stoofvlees met frietjes, is definitely something you have to try when visiting Brussels.

Le Mess’s menu offers a wide range of tasty organic dishes following the rythm of the seasons using only local and healthy products.


In Brussels, where there are some of the most magnificent museums of Belgium, perhaps Europe.

You can learn more about the museum on the site of Visit Brussels 


The Grand Place

The Grand Place in Brussels is hidden away in the centre of the city but when you enter on foot, you are guaranteed to be left awestruck. At the centre of the Grand Place is the beautiful 15th Century city hall but dotted around the square you will also be impressed by the six guild halls and their striking architecture. On certain days there is a flower market in the square and visiting at night is recommended.

Le Botanique

Le Botanique was historically the botanical gardens of the city and still attracts a large number of guests in the modern day. The greenhouse, which dates back to the 19th Century, now regularly plays host to a range of performing arts and makes the place feel like more of a cultural centre than just a garden. However if you are into greenery then the surrounding gardens are still intact and present in all their glory, and make for a welcoming change of pace from the city itself.

Royal Palace

Although the royal family of Belgium now spend their lives at Laeken, the Royal Palace in Brussels remains as their official residence. The palace is open for tourists in the summer months and makes a worthy addition to any itinerary whilst visiting the city. The most notable room in the palace has a ceiling covered in the wings of beetles, forming an oddly beautiful mosaic. The artwork as well as the interior decor is also as splendid as you might expect from a royal palace.

Manneken Pis

This odd statue has risen to fame and is a popular tourist attraction in the city. The name simply translates to “little man pee” and it has been given this name for obvious reasons. The statue takes a little bit of skill in hunting down (unless you see it as part of a tour) but it is worth persevering. You will find it by taking the right lane away from the town hall. The statue is thought to date back to the early 17th Century when it was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy.

The Atomium

The Atomium, located in Heysel Park in the West of the city, is a jaw dropping model of an atom which just happens to be a whopping 100 metres tall. The sculpture was made in 1958 to welcome a new and atomic age to Belgium and is an accurate depiction of an iron molecule except that it is about 165 billion times larger!  .

Learn more about Brussels in 2 minutes.


If you want to sleep in, the university of Brussels offers a unique opportunity, U residence. You will be sleeping in the same building as were the congress takes place.  You can find more information about U-residence here.

Youth Hostel Louise, offers budget accommodation in the student quarter of Brussels, a 10-minute walk from the Vrije universiteit Brussel. Guests can book a bed in a dormitory, a bed in a room or a private triple or quadruple room. More information about Hosel Louise you can find here.

Bed & Breakfast The Flagey Brussels is set in Brussels, within a 15-minute walk of Avenue Louise and European Parliament. Each accommodation at the bed and breakfast has city views and free WiFi. The property is situated in the Elsene, more pictures and info you can find here. The Flagey Brussels is a 25-minute walk from het conference.

Situated in Brussels, 15-min walk from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B&B The Bed To Be features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea from your terrace or patio. The rooms come with a private bathroom. You can book a room, following this link.

Featuring a modern Art Deco façade that includes a stunning atrium, glass dome and a river designed by renowned architect Michel Jaspers, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels is conveniently located in the city center. It offers easy access to the metro and major rail lines and Central Station is just 500 meters away, more information you find here. From the Radison Blu you can easily take a bus, train, metro or tram to get to the conference while you can enjoy your stay in the center he center of Brussels.

Many other hotels/hostels/B&B's can be booked via www.booking.com or www.trivago.be.

For further information regarding discounted lodging, please contact the Conference Organizer, Imke Baetens.