Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline
7 April 2014

Abstract evaluation deadline
4 June 2014

Early bird registration deadline
18 June 2014

Late registration deadline
15 September 2014

Opening of the congress
8 October 2014

About Amsterdam

City to Build Bridges

Welcome to Amsterdam, a place of many inspiring and surprising faces. No other city mixes cosmopolitan style and relaxed atmosphere quite like Amsterdam, where our hospitable nature attracts an excitingly diverse population. We invite you to join us and make our metropolis your own during your stay.

Whether admiring the Golden Age gabled merchants’ houses of the old city centre or marvelling at the sleek skylines of the new Zuidas and harbour areas, you will see that Amsterdammers pride themselves on the city’s rich history while keeping focused on the future. Creative energy and innovation abound, strengthening and inspiring the established international business community.

Home to some of the world’s most acclaimed works of art, with more canals than Venice, more bridges than Paris and nearly 7,000 monumental buildings, our compact city on stilts offers a variety of historical and cultural treasures. It’s no wonder Amsterdam’s historic canal ring has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Maybe you will visit our world-famous diamond factories, discover the city’s tradition as a jazz hub or simply soak up the local nightlife in a casual café – whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy our vibrant, open spirit. 
    
Why Amsterdam?

Accessible & compact

Amsterdam is a national and international gateway. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is considered one of the best in the world and is just 20 minutes from the city centre. Amsterdam’s compact city centre has an outstanding public transport service and therefore most facilities and sights are within walking distance of each other. The city’s network of canals also offers a unique opportunity to transport your delegates by water.

Historic heart

Amsterdam was founded in the Middle Ages near a dam on the River Amstel. The city truly blossomed in the early 17th century, when it became the world’s largest centre for trade and art. The historic heart of the city known as the ‘Grachtengordel’ (canal ring) has remained beautifully intact to this day. The area is by no means an open-air museum, but rather the warm, friendly and vibrant heart of the city.

Stable economic climate

Though recent publications indicate price increases in the capital and in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam congress and conference market has, in general, remained stable. The relationship between price and quality has passed official international testing with satisfactory results.

Outstanding culture

The Netherlands capital city has been a centre of creativity and culture for centuries. Works by 17th century Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer grace the walls of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh Museum houses several of the artists’ masterpieces. Other cultural treasures include Anne Frank’s House, the baroque Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Rembrandt House. Amsterdam can even satisfy the cultural pallet of the most experienced visitor.

Knowledge centre

During the 17th century Amsterdam was a stockpile of trading goods; today knowledge is also being generated. With two highly developed universities and several laboratories, Amsterdam is now firmly on the world map as a centre of knowledge, building bridges between innovation and experience, from sickness to health. The city attracts many prominent academics and has become an attractive meeting place for those involved in science and research. Due in part to its central location on the edge of Europe, Amsterdam now offers a new ‘market place’ for the free and efficient exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Colourful people

Amsterdam has always set itself apart from other European capitals. During the 17th century ‘Golden Age’ the city was a centre for trade and art. In the 60s it was Europe’s ‘magical centre’. People are what make Amsterdam the unique city it is. The city’s character is highly individual, spirited and young at heart. Its inhabitants are traditionally friendly, tolerant and cosmopolitan by nature: a mindset illustrated by the fact that most speak more than one language. With 174 different cultures, Amsterdam is amongst the most diverse in the world.

Business with pleasure

Home to the world’s first multinational company, the Dutch East India Company, Amsterdam is also the new address for Google and AKZO Nobel headquarters. A consistently high score in the European Cities Monitor for companies may be a reason why several international companies have their head office in Amsterdam. Advertising and design firms prefer Amsterdam for its ability to attract creative people. Because of its compact size and excellent infrastructure, Amsterdam combines and does business on the level with other European capitals, but with the ambience of a small town. The city of Amsterdam is in the top ten of the world’s most preferred conference cities.