Ghent’s convention centre, was built in the 1970s by the famous Ghent architect Bontinck. Even back then, it was already one of the largest purpose-built convention centres in Belgium, thanks to the conference rooms that provided seating for 975 visitors as well as 4 breakout rooms.
Nowadays, the centre has 15 rooms, good for more than 15 000 m² of meeting space. It is located just outside the historic city centre and next to the famous museum S.M.A.K. All these elements make ICC Gent an excellent location to host the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021.
Ghent is centrally located in Europe, at the crossroads of highways between Amsterdam, Paris, London, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. The city is easily accessible by car, by train and by air.
Ghent is situated at the intersection of two major European highways, the E17 connects Northern Europe with the Southern countries, and the E40 goes from the North Sea up to Eastern Europe.
Ghent is easily accessible from all Belgian and European cities and only half an hour away from Brussels Midi Station. Thanks to the high-speed trains, Eurostar, Thalys and ICE, Ghent is only two hours away from Paris and less than three hours from London, Amsterdam and Cologne.
Ghent is only 45 minutes away from Brussels Airport, which has flights from over 70 international destinations, operated by more than 140 international and regional airline companies. The other Belgian airports (Ostend, Antwerp, Liège and Charleroi) serve several European destinations and have easy and direct connections to Ghent.