SB Meeting 5 in Leuven, Belgium [KUL]

Catsense SBM 5 was held on March 9th, 2016 at the Faculty Club in the restored buildings of the Grand Beguinage of Leuven, Belgium.

It will be followed by the Catsense dinner (same location).

This SB meeting will be combined with the ATC7 workshop (March 7th, 8th) and the ATC2 lab course held on March 10th and 11th 2016.


Please find the tentative programme below.


A large number of hotels are within walking distance of the Faculty Club. Begijnhof Congres Hotel is the closest (2 min walk).


Traveling 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 train. There are regular direct trains from Brussel National Airport into Leuven Station (13/15 minutes). Fare is 8.8 Euros. You can find more information about schedules at Belgian Railways (NMBS).

          Direct Flights Arrival at BRU

  • 8h25 from Birmingham: Brussels Airlines SN2050
  • 8h25 from Copenhagen: Brussels Airlines SN2268
  • 8h40 from Milan Malpensa: EasyJet EZYU22795
  • 9h20 from Tel Aviv: Brussels Airlines SN3294


  • 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. You can use the shuttle service  -booking online is recommended - to Brussels-Midi station (50 min every 30 min) and take a direct IC train to Leuven/Louvain (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 and stop in Leuven/Louvain (30 min). For tickets and more info click here.


Local Travel:

From Leuven station (Bus station on your right) or city center take De Lijn city bus Line 2 with direction Heverlee Campus and get off at Sint-Kwintenskerk. All Bus lines from Leuven station stopping at Naamsepoort are also possible choices.

Alternatively you can take a taxi or walk (max 30 min).




Schedule and Participants

Time Description Presenter
Monday March 7th and Tuesday March 8th, 2016
ATC7 - Workshop Research Career Private Sector
Wednesday March 9th
Venue:  Faculty club, Groot Begijnhof, Leuven, Belgium
09:00 - 10:00 Arrival of the partners / Informal discussion
09:30 - 10:00 Welcome Coffee / Tea (Cousture room)
10:00 - 10:10 Welcoming address by the Coordinator (St Barbara room) Peter Lievens
10:10 - 16:00 Catsense Fellows' individual reports (15 min + 5min discussion) All Catsense Fellows
10:10 - 10:30 ESR1 presentation - KUL Ting-Wei Liao
10:30 - 10:50 ESR2 presentation - KUL Anupam Yadav
10:50 - 11:10 ESR3 presentation - UoB Rongsheng Cai
11:10 - 11:30 ESR3A presentation - UoB Yubiao Niu
11:30 - 11:50 ESR4 presentation - DTU Bela Sebok
11:50 - 12:10 ESR5 presentation - UMIB Philomena Schlexer
Lunch at the Faculty Club (Infirmary)
13:30 - 13:50 ESR6 presentation - UMIB Antonio Ruiz
13:50 - 14:10 ESR7 presentation - TAU Giorgia Fiashi
14:10 - 14:30 ER1 presentation - KUL Salvatore Cosentino
14:30 - 14:50 ESR8 presentation - TAU Richa Pandey
14:50 - 15:10 ESR9 presentation - TCL Giuseppe Sanzone
15:10 - 15:30 ESR10 presentation - UMIL Alexandra Raileanu
15:30 - 15:50 ESR11 presentation - UMIL Wondimu Alemu Gebreyes
Coffee/Tea Break
16:30 - 18:15 Supervisory Board Meeting PIs
18:15 - 18:45 Feedback and discussion with ESR/ERs representatives PIs + ER1 and ESR5
Venue: Faculty Club, Bisschopskamer
19:30 - 22:00 Catsense Dinner All
End of SB meeting 5
Thursday March 10th and Friday March 11th, 2016
ATC2 - Single Cluster Optical Spectroscopy
Name Affiliation
Gianfranco Pacchioni Universita' Milano Bicocca
Yosi Shacham Tel Aviv UNiversity
Antonio Ruiz Università di Milano-Bicocca
Ting-Wei Liao KU Leuven
Salvatore Cosentino KU Leuven
Sanzone Giuseppe Teer Coatings Ltd
Giorgia Fiaschi TAU
Rongsheng Cai university of birmingham
Bela Sebok DTU
Jinlong Yin Teer Coatings Ltd, Miba Coating Group
Yubiao Niu University of Birmingham
Alexandra Raileanu University of Milan
Wondimu Alemu Gebreyes University of Milan
Philomena Schlexer UNIMIB
Didier Grandjean KU Leuven - KUL
Richa Pandey Tel Aviv University
Ib Chorkendorff Technical University of Denmark
Paolo Milani University of Milan
Anupam Yadav KU Leuven
Peter Lievens KU Leuven