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The conference centre

The Researchers’ Careers: Multiple Pathways conference will be held at the Wallonia Conference Center in Mons (WCCM) on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April 2024.

The conference centre was built in 2012 following plans drawn by the New York architect Daniel Libeskind who designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Ontario Museum in Toronto.

The WCCM, which is less than two minutes away from the station by foot, is currently near completion and was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, knownamong others for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York, the Liège-Guillemins station and a number of university buildings in Europe.


Mons, founded in the 7th century, is the fourth-largest city in Wallonia, with a population of around 96,000 (260,000 including its surroundings).
The town has been under Spanish, Austrian, French and Dutch dominance over the years. It is now the capital of the Province of Hainaut.

Within its city centre walls, which are rooted in a long history, the historic city boasts some of Wallonia’s most important heritage buildings, including the cathedral-like collegiate church of Sainte-Waudru, a Gothic town hall dating back to the golden age of the Dukes of Burgundy, and an 87-metre high Baroque belfry, the only one of its kind in Belgium and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Numerous other buildings, the oldest dating from the 11th century, illustrate its civil, religious and military architecture.

A large number of museums, including the Fine Arts Museum and the Decorative Arts Museum, complete the city’s extensive cultural offeri.
The Mons Polytechnic Faculty, founded in 1836 as the École des Mines, is the city’s oldest university institution. In 2009, it merged with the University of Mons, founded in 1889. The University hosts around 10,000 students, a quarter of whom are international students of 75 different nationalities.
Mons has been home to SHAPE, NATO’s headquarters, since 1967.

In 2015, the city was named European Capital of Culture. Five new museums were inaugurated to celebrate the occasion!

How to reach the conference centre?

✈️ By plane

From Brussels airport, then by train to Mons/Bergen (in Dutch)

1 h 13 🚆

From Charleroi airport, by bus to Charleroi-Central station, then by train to Mons

1 h 04 🚌🚆

From Lille airport (FR), by bus to Lille-Flandres station then by train with a stop at Mouscron to Mons

Plan my route from the airport and my train journey

2 h 02 🚌🚆

From Aachen-Maastricht airport (NL), by bus to Maastricht station, then by train to Liège Guillemins station, then by train to Mons

0 h 33 🚌🚆

2 h 15🚆

A private taxi service is available from the airports. Taxi prices vary according to the distance covered, transport company and pick-up time. It will probably cost between €150 and €300.

2 h 02 🚌🚆

From Brussels-Midi station (direct trains 2 x/hr)

Arrival station for Eurostar trains from Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Schiphol, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Aachen

47 min 🚆

WCCM, Avenue Mélina Mercouri, 9 – BE 7000 Mons (motorway E19/E42, exit 24 “Mons”)

Flixbus serves Mons. The bus station is 500 metres from the conference centre.


Three hotels have been reserved for conference participants

Hôtel VanderValk

156 € (breakfast included) /person/night

Reservation only by phone or email

1 minute walk🚶

Hôtel Ibis

109 € (breakfast included) /person/night (excluding tourist tax)

When booking, enter the promotional code ***, valid until 18 February 2024

3 minute walk 🚶

Hotel Lido

124 € (breakfast included) /person/night (excluding tourist tax)

Reservation only by phone or email

When booking, enter the promotional code POLONIUM, valid until 2 April 2024

20 minute walk 🚶