Social program consists of: Welcome reception, Dinner banquet and Closing reception.

Full registration includes conference proceedings, welcome reception, dinner banquet and closing reception.

Student registration includes conference proceedings and closing reception.

Welcome reception will take place on 9 May 2018 in a historical building in center of Ghent "The Great Butchers' Hall".

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The Great Butchers' Hall dates back to the 15th century, when meat halls were indoor market places with centralised sales to monitor the freshness and quality of the meat.

The building has a remarkable and splendid open wooden truss roof. If you look up, the sight of Ghent's special Ganda Hams hanging there will whet your appetite.

The impressive medieval and covered Great Butchers' hall houses the centre for the promotion of local East Flemish products. The ideal base to discover the East Flanders' cuisine from appetizer to dessert.

Conference banquet will be organized on 10 May 2018 in Brugge * at the "Halve Maan" brewery preceded by a medieval city tour.

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* Transport by bus is provided.

The town directory of Bruges mentions Die Maene brewery at Walplein (wall square) as early as 1564. From 1856 onwards, when Leon Maes (also known as Henri I) acquired the building, we can begin to talk about the modern 'Brouwerij De Halve Maan' ('De Halve Maan Brewery') we know today.

The entire centre of Bruges has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Our historical tour includes a visit to the famous Town Hall of Brugge. Step into a horse-drawn carriage or take a boat trip along the reien (canals) of the Venice of the North and travel back in time more than 500 years.

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Closing reception will take place on 11 may 2018 at Holiday Inn Gent Expo hotel.

During the closing reception a live band will perform.

The Young Authors Award and Student Competition Award will be announced during the closing reception.

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