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Kick-off Meeting Project, Leuven, Belgium

Catchy members (ESRs and Supervisors)

KU Leuven


September 14, 2021 @ 9:00 am 10:30 pm Europe/Brusse

Catchy Project presentation (Day 1) will be held at Martin’s Klooster in Leuven city centre (Kick-off Meeting Project day)
CATCHY project (Day 1)

Presentation of CATCHY’s objectives and proposed methodology followed by presentations of the activities/expertise of all beneficiaries and associate partners (Kick-off Meeting I).

CATCHY Training (Days 2 to 4)

Catchy S&T training (Days 2 & 3) and Skills training (Day 4) will be held at College De Valk in Leuven city centre (Kick-off Meeting II)

Catchy members please register once below for the whole kick-off event (Project day + Training days).


Day one Sept 14Martin’s Klooster
09:00 – 10:00Registration and Welcome
10:00 – 10:30Catchy CoordinatorEwald Janssens
Joost Bakker
10:30 – 12:30Partners Presentation 1
10:30 – 10:45 KU LeuvenEwald Janssens
10:45 – 11:00 BMELaszlo Nyulaszi
11:00 – 11:15 DTUChristian Danvad Damsgaard
11:15 – 11:30 Tear Coatings LtdJinlong Yin
11:30 – 11:45 PSI Olga Safonova Juan Herranz Salaner
11:45 – 12:00 UUSandra Lang
12:00 – 12:15 FETITibor Höltzl 
12:15 – 12:30 UALucian Covaci 
14:00 – 15:00Partners Presentation 2
14:00 – 14:15RU Joost Bakker
14:15 – 14:30 VITOJan Vaes
14:30 – 14:45 Heraeus Precious MetalsChristian Gebauer
14:45 – 15:00 ETH ZurichChristian Coperet
15:00 – 17:30Scientific discussions
15:00 – 15:20 WP1Peter Lievens
15:20 – 15:40 WP2Olga Safonova
15:40 – 16:00 WP3Tibor Höltzl 
16:00 – 16:50Poster Session
Coffee / Tea Break
16:50 – 17:10 WP4Sandra Lang
17:10 – 17:30 WP5 Christian Danvad Damsgaard
19:30 – 22:00Dinner
Day 2-4 Sept 15-17Kick-off Training
College De Valk (01.25)
KU Leuven

Practical Information


Martin’s Klooster

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat 18
Leuven, Belgium
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For incoming visitors in Belgium the passenger locator form is obligatory and CovidSafe proof is sufficient. Non vaccinated people need a PCR test. The current situation is far better in Leuven than in Brussels. For last updates, please check the Belgium official website.


A large number of hotels are within walking distance of Martin’s Klooster and College De Valk. Economic hotels (€ 50 to 70) are generally located close to the train station (Ibis Budget, Hotel Industrie, Hotel Mille Colonnes, Park Inn, etc.), middle-range (€ 90 -100) (Ibis, Hotel De Pastorij, Hotel Ladeuze, etc.) and high-end (€ 120-200) hotels (Pentahotel, Martin’s Klooster, The Fourth, etc.) are located directly in the city center.

Rooms are available directly at Martin’s Klooster with a special fare of € 155 for Catchy participants. Booking should be made by email mentioning that you are participating to Catchy Kick-off.

Travel Guide to Leuven
By Plane
  • Via Brussels National Airport (BRU): The national airport receives flights from over 200 destinations in 66 countries every day. It’s easy to travel from Brussels national airport to Leuven by direct trains (15 min). There are two Intercity trains every hour with final stops in either Landen or Hasselt. You can find more information about schedules and fares at Belgian Railways (NMBS).
  • Via Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL): This airport receives only low-cost flights (Ryanair, Wizz, etc. ) from all over Europe. It is located 50 km south of Brussels but has good bus connections with Brussels and Bruges. You can use the shuttle service to Brussels-Midi station (50 min every 30 min) and take a train to Leuven (not Louvain-la-Neuve).
By Train

The Brussels Midi station is the Belgian hub for international train traffic, receiving multiple high-speed trains per day from Paris (Thalys and TGV), Lille (Eurostar and TGV), London (Eurostar), Amsterdam (Thalys) and Cologne (Thalys and ICE). Every hour, there are several intercity trains that leave Brussels Midi that stop in Leuven (25 min), with final stops in either Genk or Luik/Liege. For tickets and more info click here.

In Leuven

From the railway station of Leuven, best is to walk directly towards your accommodation. You can alternatively take a De Lijn bus or a taxi. A (one-way) bus ticket (€ 2-2.50) is valid for one hour. You can alternatively buy a De Lijn pass from € 7.50. This pass is valid on all buses and trams in Flanders.