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Welcome reception

Date: Wednesday May 17, 2017
Time: 18.00 - 20.00 hrs.
Location: Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre

After the pre-conference symposia the welcome reception takes place in the Forum lounge of Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre. The welcome reception is included in the conference fee. Those wishing to attend the reception should ‘tick the box’ on the online conference registration form.

Dinner event

Date: Friday May 19, 2017
Time: 18.00 - 00.00 hrs.
Location: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Prize: € 105,-

In 1926, after eleven years of building, the monumental building of KIT | Meetings & Events was completed. It is situated at Oosterpark and designed in neo-renaissance style by father and son Johannes Jacobus and Marie Adrianus van Nieukerken, upon instruction from the Colonial Institute that was founded in 1910 by private individuals and authorities. This is one of the first collaborations between private individuals and the public sector. From here, research was conducted in the area of trade, anthropology and health care in the former Dutch colonies.

The entire building was richly decorates with symbolic elements that refer to the various cultures of the world and the colonial history of the Netherlands. More than ten artists worked endlessly on sculptures, woodcarving and wrought iron to portray the trade, industry, foreign affairs, founders of the institute and the work done by it. The Marble Hall is the centre piece; the reception hall with its amazing twelve types of marble.


Further information, please see www.kit.nl.



Although Amsterdam is one of Europe’s leading capitals, it still has the charm of a village. No other European city can rival Amsterdam’s 7,000 historic buildings, some of which date back to the 14th century. The well-known symmetrical rings of canals with over 1,000 bridges summon up visions of Holland’s Golden Age. Amsterdam has a dazzling array of cultural attractions with something for everyone. Virtually all points of interest are well within walking distance.

There are 42 museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk (Municipal) Museum, the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum), and the Anne Frank House. The city is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch Opera.

Moreover, the Dutch are multilingual, which makes getting around so much easier. Amsterdam will welcome you warmly and you will feel at home in one of the most interesting cities of Europe.

Official portal website of the city of Amsterdam

Discover Historic Dutch Maritime Past

God created the earth, the Dutch created Holland. At least that’s what you often hear. This is because in the past the Dutch often had to fight the water to survive. And in doing so they also learned how to use the water to their benefit. So the history of the country is mainly based on water. Not only Amsterdam, but the whole country is infested with water. Rivers, canals, lakes, inland seas, water works you name it. So, what better way to discover the low country than by boat! It takes you back to the past.  

Special for our guests of the EACD Conference we made two special boating arrangements. A one day experience in a small cruise boat  and a two day arrangement for the more adventurous people who like to experience sailing on a traditional Barge.  
In the One day Experience you visit a typical manmade lake district where you will get explained how it has been developed. In the Two day arrangement you will embark a traditional Dutch sailing barge which brings you over the former Southern Sea to a historic harbour town. You eat and sleep on the barge.  

If you are interested in using your visit of the EACD-Conference to get some idea of the maritime Dutch past than this is your opportunity. Book in time because places are not unlimited.

Bike rental and cycling in Amsterdam

Cycling in Amsterdam