The Conference Venue is the main building of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the VU):

It is situated in the business district of Amsterdam (Zuidas), close to the city center.

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De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

The conference venue can be easily reached by public transport:

  • from Schiphol International Airport and train station, take the intercity service in the direction of Amersfoort or Utrecht Central Station and exit at the Amsterdam Zuid stop (about 10 minutes). From there the venue is a 10 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes by tram 5 or metro 51 to the Boelelaan/VU stop.
  • from Amsterdam Central Train Station, take the metro line 51 which departs every 10 minutes, to the De Boelelaan/VU stop next to the venue entrance (about 25 minutes).
  • from the city center, you can take tram 5, 16, or 24 or metro 51 (10-15 minutes) to the De Boelelaan/VU stop next to the venue entrance


The Conference Language is English

Presentations in French are most welcome; however, no simultaneous translation will be provided. The French presentations will be clustered together in French-speaking workshops.


Public Transport

Public transport (train, metro, bus and tram) in Amsterdam is convenient and safe.

For more information click here. For information and how and where to buy tickets, click here (avaiblable in 5 languages). For prices for a day ticket or Multi-day ticket, click here.

In order to use public transport you can purchase a universal Public Transport Chip Card, valid on train, metro, tram and bus, which can be bought at Schiphol, Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam Zuid and other major public transport  connection points.

Taxi: please be aware that taxis in Amsterdam are very expensive compared to other European and North American capitals. In order to use a taxi you need to either call them or go to a taxi stand. Picking up a taxi by hailing it on the streets is usually not possible and considered unsafe for tourists. We very strongly advise to make use of the offical taxi stand at Schiphol airport (officiële taxistandplaats) and not make use of illegal taxis. The taxi company TCA can be contacted at 0031-(0)20-7777777.



Social events:

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Tuesday 25 July 2017, 16.00 -18.00

In the main building of the VU University Amsterdam next to the AULA

Free of charge for participants and registered accompanied persons


The Boat trip on the Amsterdam canals

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Thursday 27 July 2017, 17:30-19:00

Price is 33 Euro for participants and accompanied persons, including drinks and snacks. The tickets can be booked during the online registration process. The number of places is limited so you are adviced to book early.

Stromma Canal Cruises
Prins Hendrikkade 33A
1012 TM Amsterdam (across from Central Station)

Route from Amsterdam Central Station:

(To Central Station take metro line 51, see directions to conference venue)



Conference Dinner at Restaurant Lieve

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Friday 28 July 2017, 18.30

Price is 50 Euro for participants and accompanied persons. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased during the online registration process. The number of places is limited so book early.

Herengracht 88
1051 BS Amsterdam


Tram 5 from the VU University to the stop ‘Nieuwezijds Kolk’ (direction Central Station), followed by a short walk of 5 – 10 minutes





Museum2 Museum1 Museum3

Amsterdam is famous for its museums, eg. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum en Stedelijk Museum. In order to avoid standing in an endless queue it is advisable to buy tickets beforehand via internet.