Register before 25 May!

Register before 25 May 2018

Final programme included — with additional post-workshop excursion

Tips and tricks for travel and hotel bookings


Within the framework of the LIFE+FLANDRE project on the protection and management of a cross-border coastal dune complex between Dunkerque and Westende, the Agency of Nature and Forest (Flemish Authority) and the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale invite you to participate in the international workshop on coastal dunes and sandy beaches management and restoration.


Registration & fee

Register your attendance as soon as possible. Also pre-registered participants should confirm their registration.

Register online

The registration fee for the workshop is 90 EUR. This includes access to all sessions, coffee breaks, two excursions, 3 lunches, walking dinner (12 June), workshop dinner (13 June) and VAT.

You will receive an invoice after registration.

We recommend to book your hotel at your earliest convenience, as rooms are selling out fast.


Dates to remember

  • 25 May 2018: deadline for registration
  • 31 May 2018: deadline for payment of registration fee


Click here for a detailled programme

Tuesday 12 June 2018

  • 09:00   Registration
  • 10:00   Opening session
  • 13:40   Inspiring LIFE projects
  • 15:30   Parallel sessions
    • Climate change & coastal dynamics
    • Ecosystem services from dunes and beaches
    • Spatial fragmentation and ecological connectivity
  • 18:00   Knowledge exchange market (walking dinner)
  • 20:00   End of knowledge market

Wednesday 13 June 2018

  • 09:00   Excursion in the cross-bounder dune complex De Westhoek — Dune du Perroquet — fossil dunes of Ghyvelde and Adinkerke 
  • 20:00   Workshop dinner

Thursday 14 June 2018

  • 09:00 Parallel sessions
    • Climate change & atmospheric nitrogen deposition versus biodiversity
    • Integrating nature development in coastal defense
    • Management planning and monitoring
  • 11:20 Workshop on Atlantic Dune Roadmap
  • 12:30 Conclusions
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Post-workshop excursion “Dune Dewulf”
  • 17:30 Workshop ends

The workshop takes place in the Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale (ULCO) in Dunkirk: 189 B, avenue Maurice Schumann, Bâtiment des Darses à 59140 Dunkirk, France (map).

This map (Google Maps, pdf) locates the principal venues and selected hotels in Dunkerque.

We recommend the following hotels —please see this link for more information. Prices include breakfast and taxes. Book at your earliest convenience as rooms are selling out fast in June.

  • Hotel Borel**** (90 €/night), 1200 m to ULCO
  • Hotel B&B Dunkerque** (65 €/night), 500 m to ULCO
  • Hotel Les Gens de Mer** (85 €/night - ends 10 May), 1000 m to ULCO
  • All Suites Apart Hotel*** (70 €/night), 500 m to ULCO
  • IBIS Dunkerque Centre *** (100 €/night), 1300 m to ULCO
  • Youth Hostel L’Escalle (43 €/night), 1700 m to ULCO

How to get to Dunkirk?

Important notice! French Railways (SNCF) unions announced actions on the 12th and 13th of June. Trains throughout France will be disturbed. Please travel on the 11th of June.

Read our detailled guidelines on how to get to Dunkirk.

By train (station is at walking distance from venue and hotels)

  • From Paris: direct TGV to Dunkirk, or TGV to Lille or Calais and local train (TER) or TGV/TERGV to Dunkirk.
  • From London: Eurostar to Lille, local train to Dunkirk.
  • From any Belgian station: IC to De Panne, local bus (DK’bus line 2 or 2B, 45’, 2.40€) to Dunkirk—bus stop Dunkerque Gare
  • From Brussels—alternative: TGV to Lille, local train to Dunkirk
  • From the Netherlands: Thalys or IC Brussel to Antwerp, IC to De Panne, DK’bus line 2 or 2B to Dunkerque Gare (45 minutes)
  • From the Netherlands—alternative: Thalys or IC Brussel to Brussels, TGV to Lille, TER/TGV to Dunkirk

By car

  • from Antwerp/Netherlands: E17&E40, 165 km, 1h50
  • from Brussels: E40, 160 km, 1h45
  • from Paris: A1&A25, 300 km, 3h00
  • Use free parkings Môle 1 or Dunkerque Gare at 500m from ULCO

By ferry: DFDS Seaways connects Dunkirk with Dover (UK)

By airplane

  • Brussels International airport: by Belgian IC trains to De Panne (2h37, change in Brussels and Gent; 27.60 €), then local DK’Bus (line 2 or 2B, 45 mins, 2.40€) to Dunkirk.
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG): TGV from CDG airport to Lille and local train (TER) to Dunkirk. OR: by RER from airport to Paris Nord station, TGV to Lille or Calais, local TER/TGV train to Dunkirk.
  • Brussels Charleroi airport (Brussels South): FLIBCO bus to Lille, local TER or TGV/TERGV train to Dunkirk.
  • Lille Lesquin airport (85 km): shuttle bus to Lille station, local train (TER) or TGV/TERGV to Dunkirk.

LIFE+FLANDRE - Flemish And North French Dunes Restoration • • LIFE+12 NAT/BE/000631/FLANDRE 
is a joint restoration project of the Agency for Nature and Forests of the Flemish Authority, the Conservatoire de l’Espace littoral et des Rivages lacustres and the Département du Nord that aims at protecting and managing the coastal dunes between Dunkerque (France) and Westende (Belgium) as a cross-border nature park. The project is co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE+ programme.

BOS+ and EUCC France support the Agency for Nature and Forests of the Flemish Authority in organising this workshop.

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