12th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming
Brussels, Belgium, July 20 - 24, 1998

Useful to Know


You are kindly requested to wear your name badge at all times, as admittance to the sessions and the evening programme is not allowed without your badge. The Conference assistants will be wearing yellow badges for easy recognition.

Conference Venue

The conference venue is Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union.

The conference is held at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), on its campus 'Oefenplein' Etterbeek. The Campus is located to the Southeast of the city centre, about 15 minutes by metro. Please note that this campus houses both the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel (where ECOOP is) and the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

The conference office is located on campus, in building Q "onder de Aula" from Sunday, July 19, 16:00 until the end of the conference on Friday, July 24. All sessions will be held in building Q. The workshops and tutorials are held in the adjacent buildings B and C.

Conference Office and Message Board

The registration and information desk is located "Onder de Aula" in building Q, tel. 629.30.91 (for international calls add 32 2, for calls from outside of Brussels add 02). The office will be open on Sunday 16:00-20:00; on Monday-Friday the office will open an hour before the start of the morning sessions and close in the evening after the sessions are closed. A message board for participants is located near the information desk. Please check the board regularly for messages or possible changes in the programme.


Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be served in the exhibition area "Onder de Aula" during the entire week. On Monday and Tuesday refreshments will also be served in room B407, on the 5th floor of building B, during the morning and afternoon breaks. Refreshments are only served to delegates wearing badges.


On your arrival you will receive tickets which will allow you to have your lunches in the university restaurant. For those who would like to choose their own menu, a large number of restaurants are within less than 15 minutes walking distance from the university campus.

Electronic Mail

Internet access is provided from 9:00 until 17:00 each day in rooms B002, B003, B004, B005a and B005b, on the ground floor of building B. A Web Browser and Telnet are available.

Additional copies of the conference material

Some additional copies of the proceedings and the tutorial notes are on sale at the registration desk. A limited number of ECOOP ’98 T-shirts is also available there at 450 BEF.

Official Carrier

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Sabena has been selected as Official Carrier for ECOOP'98.

Every participant will receive a voucher with which tickets can be ordered in a Sabena Office at the following discount rates:

In addition to these reduced rates, participants will also be able to enjoy the benefits of Sabena's Frequent Flyer Programme.
These conditions are valid from July 16 until July 28, 1998.

Sabena on the Internet: http://www.sabena.com/.

Travel Connections


You can download a file with detailed instructions (Postscript, gzip Postscript, PDF) on how to drive to Brussels and to the conference site by car.

We have maps that show you how to approach Belgium and how to enter Brussels by highway.
The following highways can be used to reach Brussels :

E40 Oostende -> BRUSSELS
Zeebrugge -> Brugge
Brugge -> BRUSSELS
E19 Breda (NL) -> Antwerpen -> BRUSSELS
Aken (D) -> Genk -> Lummen
Lummen -> Leuven
Leuven -> BRUSSELS
E40 Aken (D) -> BRUSSELS
Luxembourgh (L) -> Arlon
E19 Paris (F) -> Mons -> BRUSSELS
Calais (F) -> Lille (F)
Lille (F) -> St-Ghislain
St-Ghislain -> BRUSSEL
Duinkerke (F) -> Veurne
Veurne -> BRUSSELS


Since the Brussels airport is located just outside Brussels, the VUB is very easy to reach. You can take a taxi, which will take you to the VUB in 15 minutes for approximately 1000 BEF. The airport also has a train service three times an hour, taking you directly to the centre of Brussels. This costs approximately 90 BEF. In the centre, where your hotel is located, you can take a taxi, metro or bus towards your hotel or the university. See the section on public transportation in Brussels.


There are several direct connections to Brussels by train :

  • Eurostar: London [3h40] / Ashford [2h40] / Lille [40'] TO Brussels
  • Thalys: Paris [1h30] / Amsterdam [3h] / Köln [2h30] TO Brussels
  • TGV: La France - Brussels

    See the section on public transportation in Brussels to get to your hotel.

    The city of Brussels lies in the middle of Belgium and a train connection to the furthest points takes you only one hour and a half. A map and time schedule will help you to get where ever you want in Belgium.

    Transportation in Brussels

    Each participant will be provided with a public transportation ticket which is valid during the conference days on all busses, streetcars and metros of the M.I.V.B. (the Brussels public transportation company). The nearest station to the conference venue is 'Delta'. Signs will indicate the way from this station to the conference venue. Note that you will first have to cross the campus of the French-speaking university (ULB) and that the conference venue is located on the campus of the Dutch-speaking university (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, VUB).

    You can download a file with detailed instructions (Postscript, gzip Postscript, PDF) on how to reach your hotel and the conference site by public transportation.


    Predicting the weather in Belgium is like predicting a lottery. The temperature varies between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius (around 77 degrees Fahrenheit) and we have an average of 14 days of rain during the month of July. This means some years we have 25 days and other years only 3 days of rain in July. The air is very moist in our summers on the warmer days. During the conference the sun will rise at 5:55 and set at 22:25. In the evening and at night we have 10 degrees C (50 F) on bad days and 25 degrees on warm days.

    Health Regulations

    No vaccinations are required when entering Belgium from any country.


    The conference organizers will not be able to take out any kind of insurance for the participants or accompanying persons. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements concerning insurance.

    Evening Programme

    Normally, the evening programme will run as scheduled, but please check the message board for possible changes. Note that admittance to the evening programme requires wearing your badge. No special transportation has been arranged for the evening programme except for the Conference Banquet at IBM on thursday night. For people who prefer to go by car, descriptions of how to reach IBM will be distributed at the conference site.


    Please note that smoking on the campus is only allowed outdoors.


    A Belgian Franc equals 100 cents, but most prices are rounded. There are banknotes of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 10000 BEF and coins of 1/2, 1, 5, 20 and 50 BEF. Note that 10000 BEF banknotes are not so frequently used, even often refused.

    The exchange rates are approximately (June 26, 1998) : 1 ECU = 40,8 BEF; 1 $ = 37,1 BEF; 1 DEM = 20.6 BEF; 1 GBP = 61,9 BEF; 1 FF = 6,15 BEF, 1 NLG = 18.3 BEF. See here or here for more recent information or for converting other currencies not listed in this hort list.

    All major credit cards are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants. Banks are open on weekdays from 09:00 to 16:00. Automatic teller machines are widely available.


    Belgium is famous for its chocolate, waffles and its cuisine in general. Did you know that Flanders has more Michelin star restaurants per capita than France? Although every region has its special foods, the national dish of Belgium is considered to be mussels and fries. Belgium produces more than 800 different kinds of beers, ranging from lagers and white beers to trappists and seasonal beers. Belgium is also well known for its comic books : Tintin, De Smurfen (the Stroumpfs) and Suske en Wiske (Willy and Wandy). Belgium is also quite famous for its lace and diamond industry.

    Places to Visit

    Since the time that Belgium was still called Belgica by the Romans, up until its independance in 1830, the year of Belgium's independence, our country has successively been part of the Roman Empire, Spain, Austria, France and the Netherlands. We were visited by the Vikings and just about everyone else. Culturally we have been influenced by all of them. You can easily find these influences in our cities like Tongeren, Brugge, Antwerpen and many more. Some famous Belgians are Adolf Sax, Pieter Paul Rubens, René Magritte, Panamarenko, Vesalius, Toots Thielemans and Victor Horta.

    During your stay the Ghent Festivities will take place. In the traffic-free historic centre of Gent, visitors can enjoy a city-wide fair with street entertainment and music. On the 21st of July we celebrate our national holiday. During this public holiday most stores will be closed, but there will be many festivities with extensive fireworks in the evening. The Brussels Royal Palace will be open to the public during the summer months. The coast is only 120 kilometers west of Brussels. Brussels itself has its Grand Place, lots of museums and one of the largest cinema complexes in Europe, Kinepolis.

  • Atomium
  • Belgian Castles
  • Belgian Lace
  • Mini Europe
  • Flanders Tourism
  • Brussels Tourist Information and Brussels by Night (Restaurant Information).


    ECOOP'99 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 14 to 18, 1999.

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