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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 (fully booked)

Date: Friday May 19, 2017
Time: 19.00 - 23.30 hrs.
Location: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Mauritskade 63, 1092 AD Amsterdam
Prize: € 105,-
Transport: by canal boat. You will be guided to the boats.

Departure boats from 17.30 hrs. (meeting point registration desk)
Reception from 18.30 – 19.15 hrs.
Dinner 19.15 – 21.15 hrs.
Party 21.15 – 23.30 hrs.
Dress code: none.

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.



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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.

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