What makes Amsterdam so special? Dozens of answers could be given to this question, but the most obvious is the canals. A web of waterways divides the city centre into about ninety islands linked by the city's distinctive bridges. The famous crescent-shaped ring-canals - the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht - were constructed in the 17th century. Amsterdam was then the most important trading city in the world and the canals were an ideal way of transporting products imported from all corners of the world to the warehouses. However, the oldest canals were originally intended to protect the city against unwanted visitors. Rapid population growth ensured that this line of defence had to be repeatedly moved. The bulwarks disappeared, to be constructed further out. The canals remained, because they were useful for shipping. Amsterdam offers a wealth of first class museums: the National Gallery (Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt), the Van Gogh museum, the Hermitage( an annexe of the St, Petersburg Hermitage), the Jewish Historical Museum and several more. Because the city is relatively small,it is easy to find the different interesting spots.
The conference will be held in the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The institute is part of the Royal Tropical Museum, a prominent anthropological museum dedicated to the tropics. This monumental and historically interested building, constructed in 1926, was designed for research on the tropics, and presently is increasingly used for other activities, including hosting of conferences. The Tropenmuseum is located near the city centre in a beautiful old building in East Amsterdam ("Amsterdam Oost"), near the "Oosterpark" and Artis. A number of public transport services can be used to reach the venue, and there are taxi stands next to the institute as well. The venue's address is Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam, and you can plan your route by following this (link).
Amsterdam offers many hotels, ranging from 5-1 stars. The participants are requested to arrange their own accomodation.
At walking distance from the the hotel, the participants can find: