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Jean Van Schaftingen

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Jean Van Schaftingen
Marc de Hemptinne building (“Cyclotron”), b.320
Chemin du Cyclotron 2, Louvain-la-Neuve
Université catholique de Louvain
École de Mathématique
Chemin du Cyclotron 2, bte L7.01.02
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
+ 32 10 47 83 07

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Coordinates of the building:
Decimal: 50.665985,4.623591
GPS: N 50 39.959 E 4 37.415
UTM: 31N 614740 5613940

Be aware that Louvain-la-Neuve and Louvain (Leuven in Dutch), are two dinstinct cities. Do not go to Louvain.

My building is building 1 on the Map of Louvain-la-Neuve (“Marc de Hemptinne”, F9). You can buy a townmap in the ”Forum des Halles” in Louvain-la-Neuve, just on the left of the train ticket office.

By train

You should take the train to the station of Louvain-la-Neuve (official name: Louvain-la-Neuve-Université). Beware, Louvain-la-Neuve and Louvain (Leuven in Dutch), are two dinstinct cities. Do not take a train to Louvain. Coming from Brussels, you can either take a direct train (IR, CR and L trains) to Louvain-la-Neuve, or take an IC train in the direction of Namur, and change in Ottignies.

By air

You can fly to the Brussels Airport in Zaventem. From there, it should take you about 1h to get to Louvain-la-Neuve by train. You should first take a train to the station Bruxelles-Nord, and then take another train. The official name of the train station at the aiport is “Brussel-Nat.-Luchthaven”.

There are also flights going to Brussels South Charleroi Airport. From there you can ask a “bulk” ticket to go to Louvain-la-Neuve: it allows you to take a bus to Charleroi station (Charleroi Sud) and you take then a train to Ottignies and then to Louvain-la-Neuve. The train takes about 1h (it rides every second hour in the week-end!). There are also bus shuttles to Brussels (Bruxelles midi).

For those coming from outside of Europe, it is sometimes easier (or cheaper) to reach Brussels by flying to Paris Charles de Gaule (Roissy) and taking a high speed train (TGV) in the airport terminal to Brussels. You then arrive in Brussels South station (“Bruxelles Midi”). Notice that Air France and KLM operate in this way. When flying with these airlines, you can buy a flight ticket to Brussels, choosing Brussels Midi TGV Railway Station (ZYR) as final destination, that already includes the train ticket from Paris.

By car

You should take the motorway E411 that links Brussels to Luxembourg and take the Exit 7 or 8a towards Louvain-la-Neuve.

About my name

My family name “Van Schaftingen” consists of two words. In the Dutch language, “Van” means “of”. My name thus designates people that were coming from a place called Schaftingen. This is probably the place as Saeftinghe, which was inhabited as a polder in the middle ages and was flooded by natural and human causes (Eighty years war) and became the Verdronken land van Saeftinghe🔗 which is nowadays a natural reserve in Zeelandic Flanders (Zeeuws Vlaanderen).

If “Jean Van Schaftingen” is too long, you can abbreviate it as “J. Van Schaftingen“. “Van” is not a middle name. (I have in fact several given names that you may ask me about when you meet me.)

My given name “Jean” is a historically very common male French name, which will not surprise you for a French-speaking Belgian. It corresponds to John in English; it comes from the Hebrew יְהוֹחָנָן, through the Greek Ἰωάννης, the Latin Iohannes and the Old French Jehan.

2018-07-18 08:43.