Noncommutative Shapes: A conference in honor of Michel Van den Bergh's 60th birthday

University of Antwerp

September 14–18, 2020

Time and venue

The conference starts on Monday, September 14 in the morning and ends on Friday evening, September 18.

The conference will take place in building G, room MG010, at the Campus Middelheim of the University of Antwerp, located outside town at Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerp.

There is a bus stop right in front of the mathematics building on Floraliƫnlaan, from where bus 32 takes you into town. Alternatively there is bus 21 which stops on the other side of the campus at the bus stop called Lindendreef.

The closest tram stop is "Koninklijkelaan", to reach it from the campus one walks along Koninklijkelaan for less than 10 minutes towards Grote Steenweg (trams number 7 and 15 driving to the left on Grote Steenweg take you into town):

Routes and time tables of public transport in Antwerp can be found at the website of De Lijn.

For invited speakers transport to the Campus will be provided every morning by bus, leaving from the hotel.


For invited speakers rooms including breakfast are booked by the organizers at Hilton Antwerp Old Town.

All other participants, including those that get funding, are asked to contact a hotel directly. We have a list of hotels where a limited number of rooms can be booked at a reduced rate. Please note that rates are only valid for reservations made by e-mail directly to the hotel. Please do not forget to mention the appropriate reservation code.

Other accommodation options are at, Trivago or Airbnb.

Travel to Antwerp

Arriving by train

Antwerp has two main train stations, Antwerpen–Berchem and Antwerpen–Centraal. From both stations, busses 21 and 32 take you to Campus Middelheim. From Berchem it is a 20min ride, from Centraal a 35min ride.

From Antwerpen–Centraal, the historic center of town is within walking distance (10min). It is also possible to take the premetro (tram that goes underground) at the station. Tickets can be bought in the station. Taxi's are available at the station or dial +32 (0)3 238 38 38.

Arriving by plane

If you arrive at Brussels airport in Zaventem, there is a direct train connection to Antwerp that takes only half an hour. At the airport, go to level -1 to reach the train station. You will have to take a train from Brussels Airport–Zaventem with destination Antwerpen–Centraal. You can buy a ticket at the train station of the airport. The time schedule of all trains can be found at the website of Belgian Rail.

Registration fee, lunches and conference dinner

Everyone, with exception of the invited speakers, is required to pay a registration fee of 50 euro in advance. Further details will be provided closer to the conference.

We also offer warm lunch at the campus restaurant at a reduced rate. Lunch coupons will be available during the conference.