Tuesday, 27 September, 2022 - 15:00 until 18:00
Rue Ropsy Chaudron 24 24
1070 Kuregem (Anderlecht)
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In the impressive setting of the iconic halls, Jan Danckaert will make a plea for science as a public good in his first academic opening speech as rector of the VUB.

Several social associations from the neighbourhood are involved in organising the opening. During the session, we pay tribute to our late honorary rectors Paul De Knop and Caroline Pauwels.

The ceremony is traditionally followed by a convivial reception


Please find below the programme for the academic opening, which starts at 15:00 sharp. Do not miss it, for it will be an animated multimedia event! 

  • Welcome by the Mayor of Anderlecht Fabrice Cumps
  • Introduction by Chair of the Board of VUB Karsten De Clerck
  • About the venue: Elke Tiebout, CEO Abattoir
  • Speech by students
  • Homage to honorary rectors Paul De Knop and Caroline Pauwels
  • Opening speech VUB Rector Jan Danckaert: Science as a public good
  • Closure: Lied Van Geen Taal
  • Reception


With the public transport

The market hall of Abattoir is located in Rue Ropsy Chaudronstraat 24, 1070 Brussels.

Public transport still is the best way to get here, certainly the subway (metro. You take metro line 2 and leave station Clemenceau or Delacroix. You can also take bus line 46 to  stop Clemenceau. 

With the car, coming from the main ringroad around Brussels

Take exit 13, Dilbeek-Ninove-Molenbeek. 

Coming from Ghent-Antwerp: turn left, chaussée de Ninove and drive to the 9th traffic light. Coming from Mons-Paris: turn right, chaussée de Ninove and drive to the 8th traffic light. At the traffic light turn right and follow the rails of the tram, cross the Charleroi canal bridge. The rue Jules Ruhl is at your right hand side, a bit further down the canal. The Delacroix car-park is about halfway this street.

With the car, coming from the inner ringroad of Brussels

At the gare du Midi take the direction of "place Bara" and continue along the avenue Clémenceau. At the crossroads with the chaussée de Mons you carry straight on and follow the rue Ropsy Chaudron. On your left you will see our entrance marked by two huge bronze bulls' statues. The rue Jules Ruhl is 50m further down. The Delacroix carpark is about halfway this street.