International Week ‘Designing the future, embracing technology’

March 17th – March 20th 2020

The Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Campus Science & Technology organizes an international week on ‘Designing the future, embracing technology’. We are happy to invite experts and guest speakers to participate in this event that will be held in Antwerp (Hoboken), Belgium from Tuesday March 17th until Friday March 20th 2020.

  • Our international week on Future Creative Technologies will offer you the possibility to share your expertise with our colleagues and international partners from similar study fields.
  • The program covers masterclasses and workshops, networking events, promotion of the home institution and presentations by the KdG and students in Multimedia.
  • The masterclasses will be attended by the participants and our bachelor students in Multimedia and Communication Technologies.
  • Finally, an optional social program will be offered in order to discover the smart city Antwerp!  
International Week ‘Designing the future, embracing technology’


The programme is built upon the following aims:

  • Participate in workshops and discuss future educational programmes
  • Network on an international level
  • Exchange best practices with colleagues from all over the world
  • Give our students a taste of your expertise
  • Promote your institution to our students
  • Explore Antwerp Smart City


Topics for expert classes  

We would like to invite our partners to contribute by a masterclass or workshop on the topics mentioned below. We are open to a diversity of presentation and formats (digital media, film, audio). Bachelor students from multimedia and communication technologies will attend the courses as well as students form other related study fields.

Central theme: ‘Designing the future, embracing technology’ 

The international week will focus on topics that are related to the impact of digitalization and automatization on society.

Sharing experiences and good practices:

  • Gamification as a tool for intercultural/interdisciplinary communication (staff only)
  • Setting up a virtual mobility project (staff only)

Workshops, lectures and masterclasses can be given on the following topics:

  • New Product Development
    New product development process following lean principles Co-creation and open innovation
  • Digital storytelling
  • Managing innovation & disruptive technology
  • Robotics and the benefits for humanity
    From smart prosthetics and hyper-specialized medical surgery to butler droids and on-demand manufacturing. In order to achieve this endless potential we face many challenges on both technical and adaptive. Help students figure out how robotics technology can take their idea into the future.
  • FabLab, sustainability and education
    Expand your knowledges! Do you have a specific workshop that you would like to share in our facilities? we offer our space to tutors that seek to give workshops with technological themes
  • Digital tools for management
    Agile, project management, creative, time management, marketing,... Introduce different tools and share experiences
  • Future creative technologies - changing multimedia?

We are open for, and looking forward to other suggestions as well


Monday 16/3:

  • Arrival in Antwerp

Tuesday 17/3:

  • 9:30 - 10:30: Registration
  • 10:30 - 12:00: Workshop: “Setting up a virtual mobility project – Karlien Rybels KdG Faculty of Science & Technology
  • 12:00 - 13:00: Lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:30: Workshop: “Gamification: a tool for intercultural & interdisciplinary communication” – Karlien Rybels KdG Faculty of Science & Technology

Venue: KdG Campus Zuid

Wednesday 18/3:

  • 9:30 - 11:00: Workshop 1
  • 11:00 - 11:15: Coffee break
  • 11:15 - 12:45: Workshop 2
  • 12:45 - 13:30: Mobility possibilities for KdG Students: partners present their institutions and exchange options
  • Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00: Workshop 3
  • 15:00 - 16:30: Workshop 4

Thursday 19/3:

  • 9:30 - 11:00: Workshop 1
  • 11:00 - 11:15: Coffee break
  • 11:15 - 12:45: Workshop 2
  • 12:45 - 13:30: Erasmus presentation partners  & Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00: Workshop 3
  • 15:00 - 16:30: Workshop 4

Venue: KdG Campus Hoboken

Friday 20/3

Optional programme: Smart City of Antwerp

  • 10:00 - 11:00: Smart City Presentation - Tom Bergmans City of Things IMEC
  • 11:00 - 12:30: Smart City Tour -  Tom Bergmans
  • 12:30 - 14:00: Lunch (offered by KdG)

Venue: KdG Campus Groenplaats

Practical information

Please find here necessary information on venue, hotels, getting here by navigating through the menu structure under 'Practical'. Feel free to contact us in case you have any questions.

Welcome to Antwerp

Getting to Antwerp

By air

  • Antwerp is only 40 minutes by train from the international airport of Zaventem 'Brussel Airport', where flights arrive from and depart to more than 70 destinations. On the lowest level you will find the airport’s own railway station, Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven, accessible by lift and escalator from the arrivals hall. There are several connections per hour to Antwerp Central Station.  
  • Brussels South/Charleroi airport is a 90 minute drive from Antwerp. There are bus connections from the airport to Charleroi-Sud railway station. Trains for Antwerp can be boarded there. A ticket that combines the bus and train services can be purchased at the Airport Ticket Desk. The total trip from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal, takes around 2h30.

By train

Antwerp is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities and is only 40 minutes by train from Brussels Central Station and 40 minutes from the international airport of Zaventem 'Brussel Airport'. The train station Antwerp South is the closest to the venue.

By coach

Eurolines runs daily coach services to more than 500 destinations in Europe. Antwerp is one of them. You can book your journey at their website.

Getting to the venue

The international week is held at Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences, Belgium.

  • On March 17th the programme will take place at Campus Zuid, Brusselstraat 45 Antwerp. This campus is located at walking distance from the train station Antwerp South and many public transport stops (served by tram 1, 4, 10).  
    The KdG parking at Campus Zuid will be closed on this day.
  • On March 18th and 19th the programme will go on at Campus Hoboken, our faculty of Science & Technology at the following address: Salesianenlaan 90, Hoboken. This campus can be reached by tram 10 from Antwerp Central Station. 

By car

Campus Hoboken is accessible by car. A limited number of parking lots has been reserved for visitors. Visitors who would like to make a reservation for a parking lot are invited to contact Cynthia Plette.


We have a corporate fare with the following hotels: (below you will find a list with more tips for some affordable hip, trendy or cozy hotels without agreement)

Hotels with agreement

  • Theater Hotel: near the theatre, Meir: shopping area, in the middle between the train station and KdG. Breakfast included.
    • Standard single room: 102 euro
    • Standard double room: 122euro
    • Superior single room: 117euro
    • City tax: 2.40 euro per person per night
  • Premium Suites: without breakfast. I should recommend this as the rooms are larger and mostly for a longer stay. Hotel is near the central train station.
    • Deluxe room : 99 euro
    • Executive Studio: 99 euro
    • Penthouse Studio: 109 euro
    • Penthouse Apartment: 119 euro
    • City tax: 2.39 euro per night, per person
    • Breakfast: 15 euro
  • De Keyser hotel: also near the train station. Breakfast included.
    • Citytax 2.40 euro per person per night
    • Single standard: 99 euro
    • Double/twin standard:  119 euro
    • Single superior: 114 euro

Hotels without agreement but positively evaluated by our international guests

Some hip and affordable hotels:

In the beautiful historical city centre:

In the trendy and fashionable South Area of Antwerp (close to restaurants and museums and fashion district + easy access by tram to KdG campus):

Very close to the Central station, Movie Theatre and China Town:

Affordable, in a bustling dynamic area:

Mobility agreement/ Letter of Invitation

A session for the singing of mobility agreements will be held on Thursday March 19th.  

Other documents such as an invitation letter can be provided upon request.


Costs and Erasmus

Participation is free of charge. Lunches will be provided as well as two diners. Please note that all participants are responsible for covering their own accommodation and travel costs. Please contact the Erasmus coordinator at your home institution to apply for Erasmus+ funding for participating in this international week.

For the optional programme ‘Discover the Smart City of Antwerp’ we charge a fee of 40 €


The registrations are open from November 5th and close on Monday December 16th, 2019. You will receive further information on the program details and practical matters soon after the registrations.


Karlien Rybels
Coordinator Multimedia and Communication Technology
Faculty of Science and Technology

Cynthia Plette
International Coordinator
Faculty of Science and Technology
+ 32 3502 23 55