Annual Congress


Aula Magna




President: Philippe Eloy



Dear friends and colleagues,


It is an honor to invite you to the Annual Congress 2017 of the Royal Belgian Society for Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgery, which will take place on the 24th and the 25th November at the Aula Magna in Louvain-la-Neuve.


Louvain-la-Neuve is a planned city in the municipality of Ottignies - Louvain-la-Neuve, situated 30 km southeast of Brussels. It is easily to reach by car.  Moreover, a train extension has been built from the nearby station of Ottignies, which allows passengers to travel to or from Brussels in less than one hour.


This whole new city was built in 1971 to house the Francophone faculties of the Catholic University of Leuven. As a result of the linguistic quarrels that took place in the mid-sixties, the Catholic University was split into the Dutch language Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, which remained in Leuven and the Université Catholique de Louvain. Today the city houses as much as 11 faculties and no less than 20.000 students.


This city is an example of the "automobile under" type of New Pedestrianism. To a great extent, Louvain-la-Neuve still lives following the rhythms of the university. It is a very vivant city. It has cinemas, shops, restaurants, cafés, swimming pool, area for sports, museums (the famous one is the Hergé Museum) and of course several auditorium and rooms for courses, meetings, concerts ....


Louvain-la-Neuve is also known for the Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park, a large area created to develop cooperation between industry and the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Last but not least, on the fourth week of October, there is the “24 heures vélo”  (24-hour bike ride), the largest student party in Belgium.


The annual congress of our society will be organized in the Aula Magna, a very large and convivial area and ideal to welcome such a scientific event. This 2 days meeting will give you the opportunity to meet well-known Belgian speakers as well as foreign speakers, all experts in their fields.


The congress will offer sessions dedicated to ENT education, skull base surgery, the empty nose syndrome, the management of parotid tumors, laryngeal paresis after thyroidectomy, chronic rhinosinusitis, sialendoscopy, endoscopy of the middle ear and a pediatric session.  There will be a session on controversies in otology where a PowerVote system will be used to stimulate the debates.


The sessions on 'ethics and economy' and 'sleep-disorder breathing' have been granted accreditation points in Ethic and economy.


The programme covers an extensive list of topics and will give everybody the change to get information on various actual tricky themes in otorhinolaryngology.


I look forward to welcome you in Louvain-la-Neuve and do hope to see you numerous.


Warmest regards.




Philippe Eloy

President of the Royal Belgian society for ENT, Head and Neck Surgery



Steering Committee

Bernard Ars

Bernard Bertrand, editor in chief

Raymond Boniver, responsible of the website

Frank Declau

Philippe Eloy

Mark Jorissen, president and editor in chief

Rudi Kuhweide, treasurer

Nele Lemkens

Patrick Levie

Thibert Robillard, former president

Philippe Rombaux

Thomas Somers

Paul Van de Heyning

Sébastien Van der Vorst

Jan Verfaillie

Stephan Vlaminck

Jean-Baptiste Watelet, managing director

Jan Wouters


B-Audio Steering Committee

Mark Laureyns

Rudi Kuhweide, treasurer

Nathalie Pisarski

Thibert Robillard

Astrid van Wieringen, webmaster

Patrick Verheyden

Jan Wouters, president


General Information


The annual congress of the Royal Belgian Society for Ear, Nose, Throat and Head and Neck surgery will take place on 24 and 25 November 2017 at the Aula Magna in Louvain-la-Neuve.


Address: Place Raymond Lemaire 1, 1348 Louvain-le-Neuve


GPS location:       Boulevard Andre OLEFFE




By car


              • From Brussels take highway E411 (direction of Namur-Luxembourg). Exit n° 8a (Louvain-la-Neuve Centre). At the Round about located on the road N4,

                follow the signs 'Aula Magna'.


              • From Namur take highway E411. Exit 9 (Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve). Direction Nivelles N25. Exit Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve follow direction Centre and

                 the signs 'Aula Magna'.


Where to park?


               6.000 parking spots are available under the pedestrian center, but you will have to pay for them (approx. 15€/day).


               Free parking is available at parking Aula Magna (120 places) and 24/7 in the periphery.


               The nearest paying parking is Parking Grand'Place or Parking Grand Rue, which you can access from the underground ring.


               Once on the Grand'Place (main square), face the clock tower and take the street on the left of the clock tower and continue on 200 meters till you arrive

               at the congress venue.


By train


               Station is called 'Louvain-la-Neuve University' which is linked to Ottigines station. Ottignies station is located on the line Brussels-Namur (2 trains per

               hour). Louvain-La-Neuve is 30 min away from Brussels. You’ll need to change train in Ottignies to take another train to 'Louvain-la-Neuve' (8 min).

               There are direct trains to Louvain-La-Neuve from Brussels, but these take more time.


               All trains to Ottignies go trough the stations Brussels North station (the best) and Brussels Midi station. Schedules are available at


               Once at the “Louvain-la-Neuve University” train station:

              Cross the Place de l'Université (main square) diagonally to the main street Rue Charlemagne on the right hand side of the square. Walk down the main

              street to the Grand'Place.

              Cross the Grand'Place diagonally heading to the left and continue on 200 meters till you arrive at the congress venue.


By bus


              From Brussels, there are special bus lines. Schedules are available on the TEC website (éraire.aspx).

                         o Starting from Metro station 'Roodebeek' passing via the Metro Station Crainhem/Kraainem. (Line is called Cbis or Conforto Bis).

                         o Starting from Etterbeek train station passing via Metro station Delta. (Line is called C or Conforto).


              On Friday evening 24 November 2017, we like to welcome you for the congress dinner in the Loungeatude.


              The chef, Pascal Marcin, who was awarded the Delta d'Or 2016, is the very embodiment of the latest generation of new chefs who respect the bounty of

               the local land (the famous ‘terroir’ in French), the produce of which he crafts into pure, spontaneous gourmet wonders.


               And where does the name ‘Loungeatude’ come from? If you look carefully, you will see the words ‘lounge’ and ‘eat’ – which are self-explanatory.

               Then the ‘eatude’ at the end is almost the French word ‘étude’, which reflects the study of the great food and conversation we want you to enjoy…

               It is entirely up to you!


Social Programme

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Cancellation of registration

Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail to: For any refund after 4 November an administration cost of 25€ will be deduced. No refund is possible as of 18 November or if the participant fails to attend.



In the case of government intervention or regulation, military activity, strikes or any other circumstances that make it impossible or inadvisable for the congress to take place at the time and place provided, the participant shall waive any claim for damages or compensation and there shall be no future liability on the part of either party.



Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind, nor force majeure or any other reason, nor medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), nor loss or damage to personal property, nor additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered.

Neither the RBS ENT HNS, nor the congress organizers can take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.


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