Ghent is the fourth largest city of Belgium. It is a bustling place with modern amenities, a port and a university, while it has managed to preserve its medieval features and wealth. Life of its inhabitants, students and visitors is set against this gorgeous historical backdrop. Dozens of pavement cafes and restaurants invite to discover Ghent's specialities. As the sun fades over the waterways and buildings are illuminated, students prepare for a night on the town. By day and by night, the city is alive and bids you welcome.  Belgium is ranked number 8 in Lonely Planet's best in travel places in the world in 2014.


The venue of the Summer School will take place at the offices of iMinds which is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government. The iMinds team offers companies and organizations active support in research and development. It joins various forces on research projects. Both technical and non-technical issues are addressed within each of these projects.  
The conference dinner will take place in Brasserie Pakhuis located in a cosy alley with the towers of Ghent in the background. On entering, you are overwhelmed by the enormous space that still reflects the atmosphere of this former warehouse. Portuguese architect Antoine Pinto gave the building its distinctive warm character. The unique combination of a 600 square meters storage space with the specifically designed interior is what distinguishes Brasserie Pakhuis from any other restaurant.
And even more so, the restaurant's fresh, contemporary tinted French-Italian cuisine. Brasserie Pakhuis also serves royal oyster and seafood dishes, which can be accompanied by a French classic or a glass of excellent wine from the New World.

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