Conference ‘Towards a more statistically literate future’

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    On 2 and 3 May, Statistics Belgium will host, in the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a conference “Towards a more statistically literate future”. The event, co-organized by Eurostat, will take place in Bruges at the Beurs-, Meeting- en Congrescentrum (BMCC).

    The conference will focus on enhancing statistical and data literacy among young people by fostering closer collaboration between educational institutions and official statistical institutes and it will provide an opportunity to debate and exchange experiences on enhancing statistical literacy among young people.

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    Practical information


    Information notice

    The meeting will be held at the Beurs-, Meeting- en Congrescentrum (BMCC) located in the heart of Bruges, an enchanting city that has retained its medieval character through the centuries and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main entrance to the meeting venue is located at Beursplein 1, 8000 Bruges. It’s a 10-minute walk from the railway station and within walking and cycling distance of Bruges’ hotels and tourist attractions.


    Travel from the airport to Bruges

    Via Brussels Airport

    • It's easy to travel from Brussels Airport to Bruges by train. 'Brussels-Airport' train station can be found below the departure and arrival hall of the airport. Every day there is a direct hourly service to Bruges. In addition, many other trains from Brussels Airport regularly stop at Brussels-North, Brussels-Central or Brussels-South (Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid) railway stations. From these three stations there are daily three trains an hour stopping at Bruges on their way to Ostend, Knokke or Blankenberge. For more info, a journey planner or fares, check the website of the Belgian Railways (NMBS).
    • Taxi rides to and from Brussels Airport cost around € 200. Consult the contact details of official taxi companies.

    Via Brussels South Charleroi Airport

    • The coach company is offering a direct shuttle bus to and from the station of Bruges with a frequency of 12 trips a day (there and back). Using this service, you will travel more comfortably, it’s cheaper and often also faster than other transport alternatives (train, combination of train and bus). The journey times are aligned as much as possible with arriving and departing flights. The bus stop is at the front of the exit to Terminal 1. The shuttle bus stops in Bruges at the rear of the train station. Booking is cheaper online. You will pay a surcharge on the coach or in the airport. For tickets: & also available at Information Office Station.
    • Taxi rides to and from Brussels South Charleroi Airport cost around € 250. Consult the contact details of official taxi companies.

    Via Ostend-Bruges Airport

    • by public transport: it takes 15 minutes to Ostend railway station by bus. From there, there are at least three trains per hour to Bruges with final stops in Eupen, Welkenraedt, Brussels Airport, Antwerpen-Centraal or Kortrijk between 6.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. Travel time to Bruges is approx. 15 minutes. More info, journey planners or fares can be found on the website of the Belgian Railways (NMBS)
    • by taxi: taxi rides to and from Ostend-Bruges Airport cost around € 70. Consult the contact details of official taxi companies.


    From the train station to the city centre

    On foot

    If you arrive at Bruges train station, the Market Square, in the heart of the city, is a 20-minute walk. On the way, you'll already come across a ton of highlights, museums, sights and attractions.

    By bus

    Every 5 minutes, a public bus runs up and down between the train station and the centre of Bruges. This is a relaxed way to travel to and from the city centre. Buses running to the city centre stop within walking distance of the main shopping streets, historic buildings and museums.

    The stops at the station and ’t Zand Square are both important hubs for public transport in the city. All buses pass by these stops.

    Bus lines 1 and 2 take you to the centre of Bruges.

    • Bus line 1: get off at stop ’t Zand
    • Bus line 2: get off at stop ’t Zand.

    Useful info

    Line 1 connects the city centre via a loop around the district of Sint-Kruis and a loop to the hospital campus AZ Sint-Jan. Line 2 constantly connects with the city centre in an axis that runs from south to north and vice versa.


    With a ticket for € 2.50 (price changes may be applied throughout the year), you can enjoy unlimited travel and change from stop to stop for 60 minutes. This and other travel tickets of De Lijn can be purchased in the ticket shop Lijnwinkel (Stationsplein) or at a vending machine (Stationsplein, bus stop 't Zand Square).

    Timetables may change unexpectedly due to road works or events. The website of De Lijn bus company features a journey planner with the most up-to-date info.



    Social programme

    The first day’s programme will be followed by a guided tour and a visit of brewery De Halve Maan, a chocolate workshop or a boat trip on the canals of Bruges. The social program will start at 17:00. At 19:00 there is an aperitif at the City Hall of Bruges. Afterwards, at 20:00, there will be a dinner at Lio’s, located at Zonnekemeers, 8000 Bruges (Site Oud Sint-Jan).


    As for overnight accommodation in Bruges, there are several hotels within walking distance of the Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC), where the conference will take place. A list of possible hotels can be found on the website of Visit Bruges. The Presidency team has also agreed preferential rates with four hotels: