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ECEL 2012
26-27 October, Groningen, The Netherlands
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Venue and Other Useful Information - 11th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL-2012


Central Groningen

University of Groningen




Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope you find the following, more general, information helpful





Conference Location

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen/University of Groningen

Academy Building

Broerstraat 5

9712 CP Groningen

The Netherlands

Click here to see a Googlemap of the conference locations or type ECEL 2012 Groningen into Google Maps


University information

The 2nd oldest university in the Netherlands (after Leiden), founded in 1614 by Ubbo Emmius


Conference Accommodation

Conference accommodation in Groningen is provided by:


§      The University Guesthouse. Located approximately 120 metres from the conference venue it is estimated to be a 2 minute walk.

§      The Martini Hotel. Located approximately 1.0 Km from the conference venue it is estimated to be a 12 minute walk.

§      The Hampshire City Hotel. Located approximately 1.3 Km from the conference venue it is estimated to be a 16 minute walk.

§      NH Hotel de Ville. Located approximately 300 metres from the conference venue it is estimated to be a 4 minute walk.

All distances and walking times are from google maps. Check the conference google map for hotel locations



Conference Dinner venue

The Venue for the Conference dinner is still to be determined. Your conference registration fee includes your place at the conference dinner. If you would like to bring a guest to dinner, please consult the conference registration page.


General information

The City of Groningen

If you were to draw a horizontal line through the centre of the Netherlands, (leaving Amsterdam aside) you would be left with Groningen as the largest city in the top half. This automatically gives Groningen a strategic prominence over a vast area – with all the attendant economic and cultural dynamics that naturally come with that position. The city of Groningen is the capital of the province of Groningen, the north easternmost province of the Netherlands. The largest (185,000 people) urban centre in the area, it is a relatively undiscovered and unspoiled part of the Netherlands that has kept most of its authenticity. Groningen has been awarded the title of Best City Center in the Netherlands.

In this bustling University City, everyone will find some of his liking. The striking Groninger Museum opposite the central station is an absolute eye-catching example of modern architecture. The Universiteitsgebouw, the Town Hall and of course the characteristic tower Martinitoren or 'the Old Grey' are also remarkable city markings. The centre offers a vast supply of very diverse shops.

In 2007, the European Commission carried out research among the residents of 75 larger and medium-sized cities, one of which was Groningen. The result was striking; the residents of Groningen are Europe’s most contented citizens. Since then, a whole new stream of visitors has started looking at our city; all intent on discovering the ‘Groningen Secret’.

Groningen is an attractive city with a level of facilities that can only be found in major cities. Institutions such as the University, the University Medical Centre, the headquarters of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and the Groninger Museum, make Groningen the regional centre for more than half a million people.

The centre of Groningen has been preserved and its attraction lies in a contrast between old and new Groningen.

Founded in the third century, it has one of the oldest universities (1614) in the Netherlands. Its status as a major Dutch educational centre has imbued Groningen with a vibrant arts scene, lively nightlife and a wealth of fascinating museums covering various topics from science to comics, archaeology to modern art, and even tobacco.

Getting to Groningen

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the nearest international airport.

When your flight arrives at Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) the easiest way to travel to Groningen is by train. The time taken is approx. 2,5 hours. Trains to Groningen will depart 2 times per hour. One at h:19 (direct train to Groningen)

and one at h:49 (one transfer at Station Amersfoort).

One way ticket € 23.00


Taxi costs

From Schiphol Airport to Groningen: cost wise not advisable.

From Groningen Station to Academy building or main hotels: approx. € 15.00


Local Transportation

Special offer for conference delegates in Groningen:

Groningen's local public transport company, Qbuzz, has generously offered free public transportation to attendees throughout the City of Groningen. Please make sure to have your Conference Name Badge as it is your ticket to ride. For more information regarding which routes services your requirements, please ask your hotel's front desk.

Local newspaper

This local on-line newspaper can be found at

Climate in conference month

You can expect a daytime average temperature of 12°C in late October. Bring a jacket as evening temperatures will be lower. For up to date weather information click here.

Currency and exchange rates

Click here for up to date currency exchange rates

Time zone


Dialling codes

Click here to find the International Dialing Code

Other useful links



Some pictures courtesy of Wikipedia Commons


Last updated 29 October 2012






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