General Information – IRCOBI Europe

Our next European conference will take place on 13.-15. September 2017 in the historic heart of Antwerp in Belgium.
Antwerp is the economic centre of Belgium thanks to its international port. It is also city on the river Scheldt, city of renowned painter Rubens, of diamonds, of fashion, and, of course, of famous breweries. The sum of all these different aspects is what makes Antwerp a vibrant metropolis, which is relaxing, heart-warming and great fun.


Right in the middle of Antwerp’s medieval city centre lies the fifteenth-century hospice “Elzenveld” that will serve as our conference venue. The magnificent gothic cathedral, the Botanical Gardens, the traditional “bird market” and the Meir with its many shops are all just a stone-throw away from the conference venue.
Celebrate 20 years of Euro NCAP with us! Join IRCOBI in Antwerp in 2017!

Organising Committee

Conference venue

The conference will be held at the Elzenveld Hotel and Seminar Centre, located at Lange Gasthuisstraat 45, 2000 Antwerp.


International airports Brussels (Belgium) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands) are close to Antwerp. A train takes you to Antwerp Centraal, the central station.

Travel Grants

IRCOBI offeres different travel grants to defray travel expenses. Check-out our grant schemes HERE.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel. The hotel is close to Antwerp central station and it is approx. 1.4km from the conference venue. To book online, please click HERE . Select ‘promotional code’ in the ‘rate type’ drop-down menu. Enter the code ‘ENCAP’. Preferred rates: 189 EUR for a single room, 199 EUR for a double room, including breakfast. Alternatively you can also use a booking form and send it to the hotel.

The Elzenveld, the conference venue, is also a small convent hotel. A few rooms have been reserved there at the following preferred rates: 80.39 EUR for a single room, 101.39 EUR for a double room for single occupation. To book a room, please send an email to: and mention the code ‘IRCOBI CONFERENCE’.

Both block bookings above are open until 1st August or until all rooms are sold out.

A list with other hotel suggestions can found HERE. Further information is available at VISIT ANTWERPEN, the tourist information.