ASCE Conference 2019

3 - 5 October in Ghent

You are kindly invited to the next ASCE Conference in Ghent, Belgium.

The Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe helps public and private organisations to promote European cemeteries and helps to raise awareness of the importance of significant cemeteries. See you in Ghent from 3 to 5 October!

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Use, reuse and shared use

The way we use our cemeteries has evolved drastically over the last several decades. Cemeteries are no longer just places of remembrance and mourning. They’re gradually changing into natural, social and educational sites and spaces, open-air museums and parks designed and redesigned for all kinds of secondary uses and purposes.

The need for heritage preservation, environmental care, green recreation areas, conservation of biodiversity and new forms of commemoration is becoming increasingly important. And so is the user’s point of view. What is the impact of these transitions and which challenges do administrators of cemeteries and heritage caretakers have to face?

The conference will focus on exactly that: the modern role of our burial grounds and the current and future issues that come with use, reuse and shared use of our cemeteries.

Programme & subscriptions

The ASCE Conference in Ghent will include workshops, visits to relevant sites and cemeteries, a walking tour in Ghent, welcome and departure drinks in some of the most prestigious historic venues in the city and so much more.

  • Price for members of ASCE: 25 euro for the whole conference
  • Price for non-members of ASCE: 25 euro/day

The full programme and information about subscriptions will follow. Any questions? Contact us:

Call for papers

Call for papers


Today, cemeteries are being used in very diverse ways. We combine the care for the dead with a focus on new values, such as the care for our funerary heritage, the rising demands for recreation areas and a greener environment, the needs to enhance biodiversity and new ways to commemorate the deceased. All these elements create new challenges and issues for managers of (historic) burial grounds and heritage care takers, such as different ways of use, reuse and shared use. This ASCE conference aims to focus on these complex matters.

The submission date was March 1st, you can no longer submit your abstract now.

Cemetery Ghent

The venue

Conference Venue

The venue

The ASCE conference will take place in the Meeting Center of the Province of East-Flanders. 

  •  Located in the historical centre of Ghent
  •  Right in the vibrant arts quarter ‘Zuid’
  •  Easy accessible by car & public transport
  •  Underground parking available
  •  Nearby city centre hotels
  •  Cosy green area (city park) just outside the facility 

6 reasons why Ghent is worth a visit

  • Ghent is the historical heart of Flanders! You'll find a lot of medieval structures and buildings, like the Gravensteen castle and canals.
  • It's a vibrant city full of fashion, arts and events, from the Film Fest Gent to outlets and art museums like S.M.A.K..
  • Ghent has a compact city centre. It's perfectly manageable on foot and has one of the largest low-traffic pedestrian zones in Europe.
  • It has a quirky but yummy cuisine. Try some ‘waterzooi’ (chicken stew), neuzekes (purple candy nicknamed ‘little nose’) or white-powdered ‘sneeuwballen’ (snowballs). Ghent also is a true vegetarian capital!
  • The city is internationally renowned for its dynamic music scene and music festivals, like the Ghent Jazz Festival and Europe’s largest cultural festival: ‘Gentse Feesten’.
  • Ghent houses 18 cemeteries with 90.000 graves... Some of them date back centuries!

Looking for things to do in Ghent while you're here? To take a look at all the sights and find out what’s up in the city. There are so many must-see attractions to visit... Get ready to be spoilt for choice!

War graves in Ghent
Sint Amandus

How to get to Ghent

Ghent is centrally located in Europe between Paris, Amsterdam and London. The city is easily accessible by air, by car and by train.

By air: travel to Brussels Airport or Brussels South Charleroi Airport. From there, you can use public transportation or rent a car to get to Ghent.

By train: Ghent is only half an hour away from Brussels Midi. The city has 2 main train stations. Ghent Sint-Pieters is the biggest one and provides for trains to Brussels, Antwerp, Ostend, Bruges, and so on. You can also take a high-speed train (Eurostar and Thalys) from a large selection of cities in Europe. For example: it takes 2 hours to get to Ghent from Paris and less than 3 hours from London, Amsterdam or Cologne.

By car or coach: Ghent lies at the intersection of the E17 and the E40, two major European motorways.

Watch the 'How to get to Ghent'-movie on YouTube.