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Ghent Colloquium


The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law will be holding its Eighth Annual Colloquium in Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium, September 13 - 17, 2010. The theme of this event is Linkages between Biodiversity and Climate Change. The colloquium theme builds on the work of the Academy on issues related to climate change and recognizes the importance of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.


Garden of the Faculty of Law, with access to the separate sessions rooms


The Aula of Ghent University for the plenary sessions

Please note that your will find information on this page on the Colloquium, the Academy's 2010 Scholarship Prizes, the fees and registration for the Colloquium, hotel arrangements and the program for a conference on EU-China Environmental Law issues, taking place just after the Colloquium in Ghent.

The Call for Papers is now available, and details the proposed subthemes for the Colloquium. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 17 May 2010.

The Colloquium will be hosted by the Centre of Environmental Law and Energy Law at the Faculty of Law, Ghent University in Belgium, under the leadership of Prof dr. Frank Maes.

IUCN Academy Scholarship Prizes
The 2010 Scholarship Prizes (Second Annual) will be announced at the Colloquium. Nominations for this year's award winners can be made by accessing the Nomination Form as well as a description of the Prize Guidelines.

Program Schedule
The overall schedule for the Colloquium week is as follows:
Monday, September 13, 2010 -- Meeting of the Governing Board of the IUCN Academy;
Colloquium Registration on September 13, from 3 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday, September 14 - 16, 2010 -- Colloquium Sessions
Friday, September 17, 2010 - Guided tours (see below) and closing events

Please note that the EU-China Conference on Environmental Law (not directly connected with the IUCN Academy) will also be taking place September 20 -21, 2010 at Ghent University. This event may be of interest to participants at the Academy's Colloquium. The link to the program agenda and overall conference information is provided further down on this page.

Our hosts in Ghent have provided ample information about accommodation. There are a number of choices, with details about prices, number of rooms available and locations. We encourage you to make your own arrangements, once you have determined your intention to attend the events, as September is a busy time of year in this location. You will find detailed information on this webpage.

The fees for the Colloquium event are as follows:

IUCN Academy Members:

From OECD: € 320
From non-OECD: € 200
Students: € 160

Non-IUCN Academy Members:

From OECD: € 400
From non-OECD: € 280
Students: € 220

The fees include attendance at the conference, conference material, three walking lunches and drinks, all coffee and tea breaks, the conference dinner (drinks included) on 14 September, and two receptions.

Field trips/tours
There will be a choice of visits on 17 September, including a biofuels refinery (max. 50 persons); a steel plant (50 persons); or a boat trip in the Port of Ghent (50 persons) . Delegates opting for a visit inside the biofuels refinery will be subject to a security screening. The owners reserve the right to reject visitors on their own discretion.

Accompanying persons to conference participants can join the conference dinner on 14 September and the receptions, with separate payment of € 100. They can further participate in a visit (with the exclusion of the biofuel refinery) upon payment of € 25.

The conference dinner will take place in the Club of Flanders in the St Peter’s Abbey (7th century) at St Peter’s square (see photo below)


For credit card payment use . Please note that this automated payment system is being managed by the University of Ghent. It is important that you select the appropriate code, based on the fee schedule.

Payments can also be cash, wire transfer or money order. There are further details on the registration form. Please note that it is vital to use the following reference code -- G/00192/01-IUCN2010 and your name -- for a wire transfer so that the University can track payments.

You can access the Registration Form for the Colloquium. Please provide your detailed information and return it to

The following list provides a range of hotels and prices. When making your arrangements, please note that each has arranged a special rate for Colloquium attendees. All hotels are within walking distance of the University.

1) IBIS Opera
Nederkouter 24-26
9000 Gent
Tel. + 32 9 225 07 07
Fax + 32 9 223 59 07

Single: 101,50 € per night incl. breakfast and city tax
Double: 118 € per night incl. breakfast and city tax
10 to 30 rooms reserved until 1 month before the conference.
Reference code for special rate: IUCN conference

2) IBIS Kathedraal
Limburgstraat 2
9000 Gent
Tel. + 32 9 233 00 00
Fax +32 9 233 10 00

Single: 110,50 € per night incl. breakfast and city tax
Double: 127 € per night incl. breakfast and city tax
30 to 40 rooms reserved until 1 month before the conference.
Reference code for special rate: IUCN conference

3) Novotel
Goudenleeuwplein 5
9000 Gent
Tel. + 32 9 224 22 30
Fax +32 9 220 16 05

Single: 147,50 € per night incl. breakfast and city tax
40 rooms reserved until 4 months before the conference.
Reference code for special rate: IUCN

4) Gravensteen
Jan Breydelstraat 35
9000 Gent
Tel. + 32 9 225 11 50
Fax + 32 9 225 18 50

Single: 101,50 € per night incl. breakfast and citytax
Double: 121,50 € per night incl. breakfast and citytax
Reduction of 10 € per room per night if min. 3 nights are booked.
Reference code for special rate: IUCN2010

5) Aparthotel Castelnou
Kasteellaan 51
9000 Gent
Tel. +32 9 235 04 11
Fax +32 9 23504 04

Single: 87,50 € per night incl. citytax
Double: 105,50 € per night incl. citytax
30 to 40 rooms reserved until 1 august 2010.
Reference code for special rate: IUCN

6) Hotel de Flandre
Poel 1-2
9000 Gent
Tel. + 32 9 266 06 000

Single: 127,5 € per night (incl. beakfast and city tax)
Double 147,5 € per night (incl. beakfast and city tax)
Reference code for special rate: IUCN2010

Youth Hostels in Ghent

Hostel 'De Draecke'
Sint-Widostraat 11
B 9000 Ghent
T: +32 9 233 70 50 / F: +32 9 233 80 01

From € 17,80/night Breakfast, sheets and taxes included

106 beds in 27 rooms:
• 6 rooms with 2 beds
• 3 rooms with 3 beds
• 10 rooms with 4 beds
• 3 rooms with 5 beds
• 5 rooms with 6 beds
Every room has its own bathroom.
No reservation procedure for the colloquium -- "first come, first served" policy.

There are additional, more expensive hotels available in the city.
Please consult for more information about hotels and the city of Ghent


Other Events of Interest to Ghent Colloquium Delegates

There are two major conferences taking place at Ghent University immediately following the IUCN Academy Colloquium. We have provided a link to these two sessions below:

ELNI-VMR-VVOR Congress, 17 September 2010

This one-day congress, Talking about the environmental effects of industrial installations: the European Directives on Industrial Emissions, will be held at Ghent University. More information abotu the agenda and registration can be accessed at:

EU-China Conference on Environmental Law, 20 - 22 September, 2010
While in Ghent, participants may wish to attend the EU-China Conference on Environmental Law. Registration is separate from the IUCN Academy colloquium.

Venue: Ghent University, Het Pand
Registration: 19 September from 18:00 - 20:00
20 September to 21 September: Conference academic program
22 September: Visit Ghent – boat trip on the river Lys

The full program can be accessed at:

Full information about the venue, registration and accommodation is available