HeMiBio Symposium Venue

The International Symposium will be held at the


Naamsestraat 22
3000 Leuven Belgium


Venue collage

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More about Leuven

Leuven is a dynamic and thriving city of about 95,000 inhabitants in Flemish Brabant, Belgium. It's a university town with about 35,000 students every year and home of the oldest Catholic University in the world: KULeuven. Founded in 1425, the multidisciplinary and research-driven University of Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries.


The city has a long and interesting history, being founded probably in the 9th century. It was particularly interesting because of the location, at the river Dijle and close to Brussels. Most of the city was thrashed and burned to the ground by the German invasion in World War I, and was again damaged during World War II. The historic centre, one of the most beautiful in Belgium, however has been preserved and historic buildings like the University Library have been restored, partly with foreign relief funds.

The City of Leuven has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Groot Begijnhof (Grand Beguinage) is part of the Flemish Beguinages. The Belfry on St Peter's Church is a part of the Belfries of Belgium and France. The University buildings and the Historic Centre are also on Belgium's tentative list to become a World Heritage site in its own right.

Groot Begijnhof (Great Beguinage)beguinage

This bit of Unesco world heritage from the 13th century is a bewitching piece of pure relaxation right in the heart of the city.
It has a succession of streets, squares,gardens   and parks, with dozens of houses and convents in traditional sandstone. During the high days in the 17th century around 360 beguines lived there, pious women who didn't have their own conventual order and needed accommodation.

These days students, foreign guest professors and employees from the oldest catholic university in Europe have replaced these
ladies. The old infirmary and the beguinage's communal accommodation - the Chièvres Convent - are now home to a Leuven congress centre. And the picturesque streets are now a favourite area for walkers wanting to bathe in the atmosphere of times gone by.



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he symposium is funded by the European Commission and Cosmetics Europe through the HeMiBio project.
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