Venue and Accommodation

City of Leuven

The city of Leuven (Belgium) has been a university city since 1425 and hosts the largest university of Belgium, which is also the oldest one of the Low Countries. As a result of this long academic tradition, many university spin-offs are located in Leuven, of which imec is one of the oldest and by far the largest. Leuven is also famous for its long tradition of beer brewing and it is nationally renown for its nightlife. Especially the old market and surrounding area has numerous cafes and restaurants.

Oude Markt Leuven


The 25th workshop of the ETSF will be hosted at imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre) in Leuven. Imec is an R&D hub for nano- and digital technologies that acts as a gateway between over 600 world-leading industry partners and the academic world, and employs more than 5000 scientists, including about 800 PhD. students, from close to a hundred countries.

The workshop will take place in the auditorium of the imec 1 office building. The poster session and breaks will be organized in the entrance hall of imec 1.

imec 1
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Heverlee


Workshop participants can benefit from special rates in three hotels close to the venue or the city center. The number of rooms is limited and they are attributed on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for booking a pre-reserved hotel room is 9 May 2022. After that date, availability cannot be guaranteed anymore. Detailed hotel information is accessible in the tab "Participant Information" upon login.

Travel information

By plane

The closest international airports are Brussels Zaventem and Brussels South Charleroi which serve destinations all over the world. Zaventem is only 15 minutes by train from Leuven.

From the airport, follow the instructions given in the section "By train". If you prefer to rent a car at the airport, follow the instructions in the section "By car".

By train

This is probably the most comfortable and convenient option to reach Leuven for participants from central Europe. The main stations in Brussels are well connected to Leuven and directly serve destinations like Paris, London, and Amsterdam via high-speed trains. Be aware that Leuven is referred to as Louvain in the French-speaking part of Belgium. (Do not confuse Leuven/Louvain with Louvain-la-Neuve which is a different city.) From the train station, imec can be reached by bus.

By bus

From Leuven train station and Zaventem airport, imec can be reached by bus. The bus lines 2, 520, and 616 stop at Heverlee Celestijnenlaan, which is close to the entrance of imec 1. Line 616 runs between Zaventem airport and Leuven main train station. Please use the smartphone app "De Lijn" to check time tables and buy tickets. Under meer/instellingen/taal, the language of the app can be put to English.

By car

Leuven lies directly at the E40 and E314 highways. The main imec buildings are visible almost immediately after taking exit 15 Leuven from the E314 highway.

Parking at imec will be arranged. Details will be provided after registration.

Current corona status

In Flanders, the use of masks has been reduced to hospitals and pharmacies. No further regulations apply.

Traveling to Belgium has restrictions only for people coming from very high risk countries. At present, this is an empty list.