PhD Day 2024

Welcome everybody! The PhD Day 2024 of the BMS will take place on May 24, 2024 at the University of Antwerp on Campus Middelheim in Building G ("Gebouw G") --- precise travel directions are given below.

Registration is now closed. Late registrations are to be done by emailing sonja(dot)hohloch(AT)uantwerpen(dot)be.


  • 09:30-10:00 Welcome coffee and registration [entrance hall of building G].
  • 10:00-10:50 Godeaux lecture [abstract] by Mirna Džamonja (Paris) [auditorium G.010].
  • 10:50-11:20 Questions followed by coffee break [auditorium G.010 and then entrance hall of building G].
  • 11:20-11:45 Poster pitch talks (2 min per person, 1 slide) [auditorium G.010].
  • 11:45-12:15 Poster session part 1 [entrance hall of building G].
  • 12:15-13:15 Lunch break [entrance hall of building G]. [The meeting of the BMS board will take place in G.015.]
  • 13:15-13:45 Poster session part 2 [entrance hall of building G].
  • 13:45-14:45 Parallel sessions of contributed talks by PhD students (schedule). Each parallel session consists of 3 slots of 20min (= 17min talk plus 3min questions) [auditorium G.010, lecture hall G.004, lecture hall G.006].
  • 14:45-15:15 Coffee break (and jury decision for best poster award)
  • 15:15-16:15 Parallel sessions of contributed talks by PhD students (schedule). Each parallel session consists of 3 slots of 20min (= 17min talk plus 3min questions) [auditorium G.010, lecture hall G.004, lecture hall G.006].
  • 16:15-17:00 Talk [abstract] by Sam Mattheus (VUB), the BMS Young Scholar Award winner 2023 [auditorium G.010].
  • 17:00-17:10 Best poster award [auditorium G.010].
  • 17:10-17:25 Pitch presentations by alumni [auditorium G.010].
  • 17:30-18:30 Reception and possibility to discuss with alumni about experience in the work field [entrance hall of building G].

List of participants: click here.

Travel directions:

Easiest option: Google Maps knows the search term Campus Middelheim - Gebouw G (here is the direct link) and then ask Google Maps how to get there :-). The BMS PhD Day 2024 takes place in Building G of Campus Middelheim (referred to as M.G on the campus map with M for Middelheim). The official address of Campus Middelheim is "Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerpen". Otherwise:

1) By train: The train station closest to Campus Middelheim is "Antwerpen-Berchem". From there, it's about 30min by foot to Campus Middelheim or about 15min by bus. From the train station "Antwerpen-Centraal", it's about 50min by foot or 30-40min by public transport.

Google Maps or the app "Slim naar Antwerpen" know best when & where to take which bus/tram. Public transport in Antwerp is provided by the transport company De Lijn (which is not necessarily always on time...). On their webpage, they also describe what kind of tickets exist and how to buy them...​

2) By car: The official address of Campus Middelheim is "Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerpen". Then ask Google Maps or your most favorite GPS how to get there.

Parking directions: Antwerpen has different parking zones. The streets directly next to campus are "2h free parking with parkeerschijf (disque de stationnement)". The Middelheimlaan is between the intersection with the Floralienlaan and the one with the Beukenlaan free parking zone, but usually one has to drive almost to the Beukenlaan for a free slot (= 10min walking back to campus). You may check the precise shape & area of the parking zones HERE. Otherwise, but this is a paying option, there is the underground parking lot of the hospital ZNA Middelheim directly next to our campus.

Remark: Almost everything inside of the highway ring around Antwerp belongs to the so-called "low emission zone" which restricts/forbids certain types of cars to enter the city center. Foreign cars have to register if they want/need to enter the low emission zone. Entering/exiting the low emission zone is surveilled by cameras! Since Campus Middelheim lies outside of the low emmission zone it is possible to get to Campus Middelheim without crossing the low emission zone, but better check in this situation how you have to drive!


This event is financed by the UGent Doctoral School, the UAntwerpen Doctoral School, the Walloon Doctoral School (Section Mathematics), the University of Antwerp, and the Belgian Mathematical Society.