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13TH INTERNATIONAL CHILD NEUROLOGY CONGRESS 4 – 9 May, 2014 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS


CONTENT WELCOME / INVITATION

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2014 ICNC CONGRESS THEME

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NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

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PROGRAMME

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FINANCES

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AMSTERDAM RAI:

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congress venue / accessibility / floorplan / RAI inhouse services

AMSTERDAM:

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why Amsterdam / visiting sites / other facts / hotels

HOST COUNTRY: THE NETHERLANDS

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why the Netherlands / tours and excursions

MEETING SECRETARIAT / CONGREX

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LETTERS OF SUPPORT

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WELCOME / INVITATION INTERNATIONAL CHILD NEUROLOGY CONGRESS

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It is with great pleasure that we ask

Several well-known Dutch colleagues

research into children’s brains.

Today, Cornelia de Lange’s name

the ICNA board to consider Amster-

have contributed considerably to

De Lange’s clinical and pathological

is also associated with the medal,

dam, the Netherlands, as the venue

major developments in the field of

observations were detailed, su-

with which our society honours

for its 2014 ICNC meeting.

paediatric neurology, among whom

perbly illustrated and clear in their

those who are particularly deserv-

Peter Barth, Fons Gabreels, Linda de

composition. Her morphological

ing in the field of Child Neurology.

The bid committee consists of three

Vries, Marjo van der Knaap, Ritske

studies of malformations, degenera-

The Cornelia de Lange Medal has

representatives of the current board

Le Coultre (the third ICNA president

tion and inflammation of the tender,

become symbolic of the triad of:

of the Dutch Society of Paediatric

1975-1979), Hans Prechtl, and Jaco-

young nervous system extended her

child neurology-neurology-paedi-

Neurology (NVKN), and is strongly

bus Willemse. The latter is one of the

clinical knowledge and, in 1933, she

atrics. Her studies on the central

supported by its members. Since its

founding fathers of the ICNA.

described the syndrome “Typus Am-

nervous system and its pathology

Our society aims to maintain the high-

stelodamensis” syndrome which now

created the climate in which neuro-

est national standard for the care of all

carries her name.

foundation in 1975, our society has

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continuously been active and has

The history of paediatric neurology

paediatrics and child neurology could

paediatric patients with neurological

flourished. With a primary back-

in the Netherlands, however, already

merge and later unify paediatricians

disorders, in close collaboration with

ground in either adult neurology or

started a century ago with another

and neurologists into the Dutch Soci-

our colleagues in genetics and reha-

paediatrics, Dutch paediatric neurolo-

famous paediatrician, Cornelia de

ety of Paediatric Neurology.

bilitative medicine, among others. In

gists are united in one society and

Lange. Born in Alkmaar in 1871, she

addition, the society aims to facilitate

form a well-trained and skilled group

was one of the first women in the

high-level national and international

of colleagues. It would be a tremen-

Netherlands to study medicine. She

paediatric neurology research. Fur-

dous stimulus for our new generation

registered in internal medicine, the

thermore, training in child neurology is

of paediatric neurologists and for all

discipline that included paediatrics in

considered of major importance. Our

researchers who are dealing with top-

those days. Cornelia de Lange was

training programme is approved by the

ics in the broad field of child neurol-

not only a very dedicated doctor, but

national paediatric and neurology so-

ogy, should the 2014 ICNC meeting

she was one of the very first to carry

cieties, and is in accordance with the

be held in the Netherlands.

out systematic, neuropathological

standards of the European Paediatric


The Netherlands is very keen to host the

organisations.

ICNC congress in 2014. We hope that

RAI Convention Centre is within fifteen

to national and international training

minutes reach of Schiphol Airport by

programmes in child neurology. The

train, and close to the heart of historical

Dutch Society of Paediatric Neurol-

Amsterdam. Thousands of hotel rooms

ogy also has ample experience in the

in all possible price categories, ranging

The scientific programme will cover a

It is in the spirit of the ICNA and the

to choose Amsterdam as the venue for

organisation of national and interna-

from luxury hotel chains to low-budget

comprehensive range of neuropaediatric

Netherlands to open the doors of the

the 2014 ICNC meeting.

tional meetings, among which the

accommodation, are available within

topics, from common disorders to rare

2014 ICNC to delegates from all over

1997 EPNS conference in Maastricht,

walking distance from the conference

diseases, including exciting new devel-

the world. To this end, we will offer

On behalf of the Local Organizing and

under the presidency of Onno van

venue.

opments, persisting controversies, and

reduced fees and special grants for par-

Bid Committee,

emerging consensus. We plan to organise

ticipants from resource-poor countries.

Nieuwenhuizen.

Bridging worlds: child neurology from a global perspective

The city of Amsterdam is very keen

the congress in an innovative format that

We propose to have the 2014 ICNC

to host large international congress-

is attractive to participants from different

meeting from 4 to 9 May at the

es. Furthermore, should the ICNC be

countries and professional backgrounds.

Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.

granted to Amsterdam, the city will of-

In addition, we propose to organise tuto-

The RAI has previously hosted nu-

fer a Young Scientists Award of 5,000

rial sessions and case consultations with

merous international meetings, offers

Euro, which the scientific committee

experts in the field.

very high standards of audiovisual and

can award to the most promising, par-

communication services, and can eas-

ticipating young scientist at the confer-

Our candidacy for hosting the ICNC

ily accommodate the expected num-

ence.

2014 is supported by the Dutch

this brief outline reflects our enthousiasm and the wonderful potential of the Dutch initiative, and will convince you

Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport,

ber of delegates. Amsterdam is highly accessible for international travellers.

The general theme of the congress

the Netherlands Board of Tourism &

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has di-

reflects the multicultural background

Conventions, the Amsterdam Tour-

rect connections with most continents

of the Dutch society, with inhabitants

ism & Convention Board, and several

MICHEL WILLEMSEN

CORIENE CATSMAN-BERREVOETS

KEES BRAUN

Chairs

13TH INTERNATIONAL CHILD NEUROLOGY CONGRESS 2014

national and international professional

and many countries. The Amsterdam

neurologists have regularly contributed

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originating from all over the world:

Neurology Society. Dutch paediatric

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WELCOME / INVITATION


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2014 ICNC CONGRESS THEME

An important goal of the 2014 ICNC is to unite child neurologists and neuroscientists from all over the world, by offering a scientific programme that is of global relevance, and by facilitating participation of delegates from all continents, including resource-poor countries.

• Significant reduction (-37.5%) of entrance fees for delegates from low income countries

• Conference topics of global importance, not only focusing on rare diseases or high-tech developments, but including sessions on:

• Grants for young investigators from resource poor countries

- frequent child neurological disorders with an important burden of disease all over the world - screening for treatable diseases

• Educational programme format, allowing the

- preventive medicine

dissemination of scientific and clinical child

- tropical infections

neurological knowledge among participants

- long-term outcome and quality of life

from all different backgrounds:

- boundaries in ethics throughout different

- daily teaching courses

cultures

- invited state-of-the art lectures, covering all

- international multi-centre research networks

major child neurological topics • Interactive meet-the-expert sessions, enabling delegates to discuss pre-submitted and preselected difficult cases with a panel of international experts in the field

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child neurology from a global perspective

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Bridging worlds:


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Oebele Brouwer

Ritske le Coultre

Fons GabreĂŤls

Marjo van der Knaap

Onno van Nieuwenhuizen

Bwee Tien Poll-The

Jan Rotteveel

Hans Vles

Linda de Vries

Jacobus Willemse

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Peter Barth

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Willem Frans Arts

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NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD


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PROGRAMME

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INNOVATIVE FORMAT

developments, anticipating new diagnostic and

Daily breakfast teaching courses will precede

therapeutic advances. Each session will end

the main conference programme. Each day, two

with two award-winning free presentations, se-

lectures will be devoted to a specific neuroana-

lected from the submitted abstracts on the topic

tomical topic and its most relevant disorders,

of the session.

being: grey matter (Monday), white matter (Tues-

The four afternoon parallel platform sessions,

day), cerebellum (Wednesday), peripheral nerve

with the same topic as the morning sessions,

(Thursday), and muscle (Friday).

will enable participants to present their submitted abstracts in nine minutes, with three minutes

Should the ICNA board decide to organise its 2014 meeting in our country, we propose to organize the scientific programme in accordance with a conventional and widely-used conference schedule, but with several innovative aspects in terms of format and scientific content.

The plenary opening lecture of each day will

of discussion. The sessions will start with an

be given by a world expert in child neurology.

invited overview and educational lecture on the

On Monday, the conference will start with an

subject by one of the chairpersons.

overview of the most important highlights of the past two years. On Friday, the last lecturer

After poster-viewing, guided by an expert chair-

will look to the future and discuss the expected

man, each day will end with a plenary meet-the

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developments in the coming two years. Possible

expert session, during which delegates will be

INNOVATIVE CONTENT

In addition, we propose to devote special ses-

topics of the remaining three days will be: child

given the opportunity to share presubmitted and

The scientific programme will cover a compre-

sions to child neurological subjects that are of

neurology in resource-poor countries, inflicted

preselected difficult cases with three experts in

hensive range of neuropaediatric topics, from

global relevance, such as: boundaries in ethics

traumatic brain injury, and translational child

the field, from different continents.

common disorders to rare diseases, including

throughout different cultures, multi-centre stud-

neurology “from bench to bedside”.

exciting new developments, persisting controver-

ies and invitations to participate in international

sies, and emerging consensus.

research projects, prenatal diagnosis and new-

Each of the four parallel morning sessions will

born screening, preventive medicine, transition

be devoted to a specific child neurological topic,

Classical conference topics of the parallel mor-

to adulthood, paediatric neurological diseases

as suggested above, and will consist of three

ning expert sessions and afternoon platform

with very late onset, treatable diseases not to be

different invited lectures with a fixed format: 1)

sessions will include: epilepsy, neuromuscu-

missed, intracranial hypertension, epilepsy sur-

state-of-the art, summarizing current knowledge

lar disorders, metabolic diseases, movement

gery, long-term outcome and quality of life from

and practice, 2) consensus or controversies,

disorders, inflammation and infection, neonatal

the patient’s perspective, and tropical infections.

either presenting emerging consensus, or dis-

neurology, and all other major fields of paediatric neurology.

cussing persisting controversies, and 3) future


7.30 a.m. - 8.30 a.m.

Two breakfast teaching courses

8.45 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.

Plenary / honorary lectures

Mon: Highlights of the past two years

Tue: Child neurology in resource-poor countries

Wed: Inflicted traumatic brain injury

Thu: Translational child neurology; from bench to bedside

Fri:

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DAILY PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

Expected developments in the coming two years

Three invited lectures with fixed format:

1) state-of-the-art,

2) consensus or controversies,

3) future developments,

Two award-winning free presentations

12.00 noon - 1.30 p.m.

Boxed lunches, satellite symposia, special interest groups

1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Four parallel free-communication sessions

invited introductory lecture by chairman, seven free oral presentations

(9+3 min)

4.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Poster viewing ; guided poster tours

5.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Meet-the-expert session

presubmitted and preselected cases

with video presentations, discussed by three experts in the field

SOCIAL PROGRAMME

Sun:

Opening, welcome lecture and reception

Tue:

Board meeting and dinner

Wed:

Afternoon congress outing

Thu:

Congress dinner

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10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon Four parallel expert sessions


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FINANCES

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Amsterdam is a main destination for international

If the Dutch Society for Paediatric Neurology is

scientific conventions. These are meetings that

granted to host ICNC 2014, the Local Organiz-

focus on the exchange of knowledge. The com-

ing Committee will apply for the Prefincancing

bination of stimulating scientific talent and first-

and Guarantee Fund (VGF). This is an initiative

rate convention facilities can yield remarkable

of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Associa-

results. In order to stimulate these results, the

tion of the Dutch Convention Industry (VNC) and

City of Amsterdam and its destination partners

the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

have set up the Amsterdam Young Scientist

(NBTC) and offers organisers of an international

Award. Its aim is to stimulate and develop new

congress in the Netherlands prefinancing as well

talent within a scientific discipline, in the broad-

as a guarantee.

est sense of the word. Should Amsterdam be granted the hosting of the ICNC Congress 2014,

Prefinancing

it will be possible – subject to certain conditions

Interest-free loans are based on a provisional

- for the scientific committee to designate one of

budget and liquidity forecast drawn up or ap-

the most promising, participating scientists the

proved by a Professional Congress Organiser

winner of this EUR 5,000 award. The money is

(PCO), and must be backed by a redemption

to be spent on research, or on attending other

guarantee.

conventions on the same or directly related disciplines. This is Amsterdam’s way to emphasize

Guarantee fund

the city’s pivotal role as a destination for interna-

A guarantee is based on a balanced budget, for-

tional scientific conventions.

mulated or approved by a PCO, its level being determined by the VGF, PCO and the venue. Financial profits, made by the ICNC organizing team, will be shared equally between the local organizing committee and the In-

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ternational

Child

Neurology

Association.

AMSTERDAM YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD The City of Amsterdam is increasingly developing as a centre of knowledge. The many centres of knowledge on a range of disciplines that Amsterdam boasts are an excellent example.


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ESTIMATED BUDGET ICNC 2014 (€) nr. 300 50 50 300 50 50 400 80

20 400

€ € € €

400 135 170 175 50

800

Result * Catering consists of 5 breakfasts, 9 coffee breaks and 4 lunches ** Socials include: Galadinner and 1/2 day tour incl. lunch *** Variable costs include: opening, registration handling, delegate bag

€ € € € € € € € € € € €

180,000 25,000 18,750 202,500 28,750 21,250 50,000 70,000 15,000 68,000 14,000 685,250

€ € € € € € € € € € € € € € €

8,000 134,000 62,000 35,000 20,000 19,500 66,000 108,000 68,000 14,000 60,000 40,000 30,000 15,000 679,500

13,750

1100 nr. 400 90 60 400 90 60 550 110

550

€ € € € € € € € € € € €

240,000 45,000 22,500 270,000 51,750 25,500 50,000 70,000 15,000 93,500 19,250 891,500

€ € € € € € € € € € € € € € €

8,000 134,000 65,000 35,000 23,000 22,500 66,000 148,500 93,500 19,250 63,750 55,000 40,000 20,000 793,500

109,000

1400 nr. 540 100 60 540 100 60 700 140

700

€ 324,000 € 50,000 € 22,500 € 364,500 € 57,500 € 25,500 € 50,000 € 70,000 € 15,000 € 119,000 € 24,500 € 1,108,500

€ € € € € € € € € € € € € € €

8,000 134,000 70,000 35,000 26,000 24,500 66,000 189,000 119,000 24,500 67,500 70,000 55,000 25,000 913,500

209,000

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NUMBER OF DELEGATES per delegate High income countries € 600 Middle income countries € 500 Low income countries € 375 High income countries € 675 Middle income countries € 575 Low income countries € 425 € 170 € 175

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INCOME: Members fee Non-members fee Exhibition Sponsoring & Symposia Subsidies/Grants Socials (Gala dinner & Half Day tour) Partner programme Income: EXPENDITURES Grants ( free reg low income countries) Venue Decoration, set up & AV Marketing & publicity Printed matters Staff (Management, hostess, security) Speakers & non paying participants Catering* Socials** Partner programme Organising secretariat Variable costs per participant*** Miscellaneous Depreciation Costs:


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AMSTERDAM RAI Congress Venue

Europe’s most important international exhibition and conference venues. Each year some 1,000 national and international events are held in the Congress Centre, which is flanked by the RAI’s

• Easy connection between exhibition halls and auditoriums • Many multi-functional meeting rooms for break-out and parallel sessions • State-of-the art IT infrastructure and audiovisual facilities

three exhibition complexes. International con-

• Very good catering facilities

gresses have been hosted with many thousands

• Multilingual staff

of delegates. The auditorium can accommodate

• Excellent public transport; the international

up to approximately 1,800 delegates.

airport, hotels and downtown Amsterdam are very nearby.

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES ORGANISED BY AMSTERDAM RAI 2001 Congress of the International Society of Chemotherapy

3,000

2003 Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine

4,000

2004 European Congress of the European Society of General Practice and Family Medicine 2,100 2004 European Congress of the Society for Therapeutic Radiology 2007 World Congress on Emergency and Disaster Medicine 2008 European Conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers 2009 International Congress of Dento- Maxillo-Facial Radiology 2009 Annual Congress of the European Society of Paediatric Urology

1,500 900 1,000

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Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre is one of

450 750

2009 European Congress on Obesity

2,500

2010 World Congress on IT

3,000

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AMSTERDAM RAI Accessibility EXCELLENT ACCESSIBILITY BY AIR, BY RAIL AND BY ROAD

At this desk, delegates can obtain information on transport to their hotel and/or congress venue.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a very modern,

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uncontested airport. Direct scheduled services

COMPACT LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE

fly non-stop to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol from

The compactness of the city minimises the need

destinations all over the world. These scheduled

for taxis and public transport, as almost every-

services fly from at least 129 destinations within

thing is within walking distance. Nevertheless,

Europe and from 108 non-European destinations

public transport on Amsterdam’s buses, trams

to Schiphol. In addition there are charter flights to

and metro - is most efficient, very modern, reli-

and from Schiphol Airport. As many as 90 airlines

able and inexpensive. Optionally public trans-

fly to Schiphol, conveniently located in the heart

port tickets can be included in the entrance fee,

of western Europe. Moreover, Amsterdam Airport

enabling delegates to travel freely on the Am-

Schiphol enjoys a very special status among its

sterdam’s municipal transport system during the

users, ranking first among the world’s airports in

congress. Naturally, bus shuttle services can be

virtually every poll conducted among frequent in-

provided, as well as a door-to-door service by

ternational travellers.

boat between Amsterdam RAI and many hotels.

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, travellers immediately experience the first sign of Dutch hospitality i.e.: the uncomplicated customs procedure conducted by the friendly and courteous people of the Dutch Customs Service staff. After leaving the baggage reclaim area, you can board a train carrying you directly to Amsterdam RAI

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Station within 7 minutes (10 kilometres), or choose to go to the city centre (10 minutes by train). Approximately 15-20 trains a day depart for destinations such as Brussels, Paris and Frankfurt. It is possible to arrange for a designated congress hospitality desk for delegates at Schiphol Airport.


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Floorplan

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Floorplan


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The RAI Canal Boat enables organizers to make

WIFI AT AMSTERDAM RAI: CONNECTING YOUR WORLD

optimal use of Amsterdam canals. The luxury

Amsterdam RAI provides you with the comfort

party boats bring the delegates in comfort and

of two wireless (Wifi) networks, ensuring that the

style from the jetty harbour of Amsterdam RAI

right choice for your situation is always possi-

to the door of their hotel in comfort and style.

ble and available. One Wifi network is available

No traffic jams, no rush hour...but instead the

for ‘long term use’ during the event and one for

opportunity to enjoy at your leisure the splendid

short, additional Internet access for checking

sights, the attractions of Amsterdam and, natu-

mail or browsing. The hotspots are equipped

rally, the excellent catering which RAI can offer.

with public computers as well. So if you don’t or

Drinks or dinner? For each party or group a suit-

didn’t bring your laptop or PDA, no problem. It is

able package deal is available.

all there for your convenience.

STRAND ZUID

AUDIO VISUAL

From the summer of 2005, Amsterdam RAI

Audiovisual Conference Service (ACS), the pre-

has been where city-dwellers go to the beach!

ferred audiovisual supplier of Amsterdam RAI,

Strand Zuid is Amsterdam RAI’s award-winning,

takes care of the required lighting, images and

child-friendly, fully equipped beach, located on

sound for your event, down to the very last detail.

the harbour side of the RAI, next to the Beatrix

Should the interest for one of the parallel lectures

Park. Strand Zuid has an extra large outdoor café

overflow the room’s capacity, ACS will ensure si-

with an à la carte menu and room for 140 din-

multaneous viewing of the lecture in another room

ers, a boulevard, a beach volleyball court, deck

by large video screens. ACS has state-of-the-art

chairs and hammocks and a lovely Mediterra-

equipment, wide-ranging expertise and a profes-

nean atmosphere. Although intended primarily

sional staff with constructive ideas; everything

for the general public, it is also a unique venue

you need. And equally important, no one knows

for receptions and parties. Two heated outdoor

better than ACS what possiblities Amsterdam RAI

serving areas are protected from the weather by

offers.

a unique parasol system.

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RAI CANAL BOAT

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RAI Inhouse Services


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Let us Welcome you in Amsterdam, Capital of Inspiration. An amazing city, with many facets that will delight you. From the historic heart of the city to the high-tech buildings on the city’s new Zuidas, Amsterdam is a lively city, and it invites you to come over and enjoy its pleasures. It is a place with a creative and informal atmosphere, a metropolis at the size of a village. Amsterdam has a lot to offer, including: some of the greatest works of art in the world, more canals than Venice, more bridges than Paris and 7,000 monumental buildings. No wonder Amsterdam’s ancient centre was nominated for UNESCO’s world heritage list. Amsterdam has many other surprises as well. From world-famous diamond factories, to excellent shopping centres and many bars and clubs. 24 hours a day, Amsterdam will surprise you with its endless possibilities and its free, open spirit, 24 hours a day.

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AMSTERDAM: CAPITAL OF INSPIRATION

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WHY AMSTERDAM?

Amstel. Its true blossoming period was at the beginning of the 17th century, when it became

Ten good reasons to come to Amsterdam! • Accessible & compact

the world’s largest centre of trade and art. Today, the old part of the city, known as the ’Grachtengordel’ (canal ring), is still amazingly intact. But it is by no means an open-air museum. Instead, it is the vibrant heart of the city, only with a decidedly

• Historic heart • Stable economic climate

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• Outstanding culture

more friendly atmosphere than you might have expected.

STABLE ECONOMIC CLIMATE Although recent publications indicate that prices

• Two universities and many laboratories • Exciting nightlife • Marvellous events • Superb surroundings

have considerably increased in the capital (as in the rest of the Netherlands) it seems that this is not completely true. In general, the Amsterdam congress and conference market is steady and the price/quality ratio passes the international comparison test with flying colours.

• Colourful people

OUTSTANDING CULTURE • Business and pleasure

Amsterdam’s unique character is well represented in its cultural life. Where else in the world do

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ACCESSIBLE & COMPACT

you find an outstanding collection of 17th century

It would be an understatement to call Amsterdam

masterpieces of painting, works by Van Gogh, a

an accessible city. The internationally awarded

major museum of comtemporary art and a world-

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is only fifteen min-

famous concert hall all around the square? The

utes from the city centre. And accessibility in Am-

city of Rembrandt has always been a significant

sterdam does not stop at the city limits. Interna-

centre of the art world. But the city does not dwell

tional trains bring you right to the heart of the city.

on its past, it also welcomes new forms of culture,

Within Amsterdam you can travel on the excellent

architecture and music. Along the picturesque

public transport system, by water taxi, or on foot.

banks of the river Amstel, great musicals and

No other city in the world has so many places to

impressive operas are performed side by side in

see, eat in or stay at within such short distances.

the famous Carré theatre and the city hall’s Muziektheater (opera and ballet). A little further down

HISTORIC HEART

the river, the once groundbreaking architecture of

Amsterdam may be a place of importance, but it

De Stijl stands alongside the modern 21st century

is also a city of human dimensions. It was found-

buildings. As you can see, Amsterdam will delight

ed in the Middle Ages near a dam in the river

even the most spoiled of visitors.


the city presenting the finest plays, music and

During the 17th century Amsterdam was a busy

of the weekly events, such as great Ajax football

trading centre, but these days knowledge is also

matches at the futuristic ArenA stadium.

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TWO UNIVERSITIES AND MANY LABORATORIES

dance on display. Don’t miss it! Or enjoy some

one of the city’s core businesses. With two highly developed universities, Amsterdam is now firmly

Only a few days before the start of the congress,

established as a centre of knowledge for impor-

on April 30th, Queen’s Day is celebrated through-

tant scientists, and is an attractive meeting place

out the Netherlands, but in particular in Amster-

for anyone involved in science and research.

dam. This is a typical occasion for ‘orange-craze’

Amsterdam has a great many lively cafes.

concerts, children’s games and of course the

Authentic 19th century pubs and ‘brown cafés’

well-known freemarket, where everybody is al-

can be found all over the city, alongside their more

lowed to sell things in the streets.

contemporary counterparts, like Grand Cafés and hip and happening loungebars. The most

SUPERB SURROUNDINGS

popular bar areas are around the Leidseplein

Most people think of the Netherlands as a land

and Rembrandtplein. Do not leave without hav-

of flowers and windmills. Just fifteen minutes

ing explored the entertaining Amsterdam night-

from the centre of Amsterdam you can experi-

life. There is more than the world-famous Red

ence this side of the country at the village of the

Light District. The city also hosts a great number

Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum with an

of jazz cafés, a large casino and late night bars.

unmatched collection of authentic Dutch houses

Prominent DJ’s play the best new dance music in

and windmills. In springtime, enjoy a tour through

the trendy clubs and discotheques. All nightlife

the world famous flower bulb fields, or visit the

venues are located within less than a few square

Keukenhof Gardens where millions of flowers will

miles of each other, so you can easily hop from

amaze you with their colours. And don’t forget

one venue to another in a pleasurable manner.

the beautiful dunes and fine sandy beaches. In

The city centre is a very safe place to be, even at

the summertime you will be able to find relaxation

night. Always good to know!

here, only 30 minutes away from the city centre!

MARVELLOUS EVENTS

COLOURFUL PEOPLE

Amsterdam also boasts a number of distin-

People make Amsterdam the unique city it is. In

guished festivals. Every summer, the cultural

the ‘Golden Age’ of the 17th century it was a me-

Holland Festival features the best in theatre, op-

tropolis of trade and art, in the sixties it was Eu-

era and ballet, attracting crowds from all over the

rope’s ‘magical centre’. Amsterdam has always

world. As does IDFA, the world’s leading docu-

set itself aside from other European capitals. It

mentary festival. Every year, the theatre season is

still is the place of choice for many young and

opened at the ’Uitmarkt’, with stages troughout

creative companies and associations, all attract-

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Day has become an open-air party with many

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as people dress up in the colour orange. Queen’s

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ed by the city’s possibilities. A cosmopolitan way

are traditionally friendly, tolerant and cosmopoli-

ums and over 140 galleries. The Rijksmuseum

dam North, passes under the IJ River and Central

of life has always come natural to the people of

tan by nature. No other European city can rival

and Vincent van Gogh Museum are high on the

Station, and continues a route via the city cen-

Amsterdam, as something illustrated by the fact

Amsterdam’s 7,000 historic buildings dating from

priority list of many visitors to Amsterdam.

tre and Amsterdam RAI to its final destination at

that everyone speaks more than one language.

as far back as the 14th century. The well-known

Amsterdam truly is a melting pot full of people

symmetrical rings of canals with over 1,000 bridg-

In recent years, the city has been actively looking

only 15 minutes and the metro line will transport

from all over the world. Just go to one of the many

es summon up visions of the country’s Golden

for ways to further enhance its appeal to art lov-

some 200,000 passengers a day directly through

markets where the hundreds of different cultures

Age. Come and explore the narrow old streets.

Amsterdam South/WTC. The journey time will be

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ers. Many of the most renowned museums are

the inner city in a fast, safe and comfortable sys-

of Amsterdam meet in a colourful way. Here you

currently being extensively renovated, and will

tem.

can see clearly that travellers and visitors have

On the cultural front, Amsterdam has 42 museums,

reopen their doors to the public again either at

always been welcomed with openness in Amster-

including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Muse-

the end of 2010 or during the first half of 2011.

dam.

um, the Stedelijk (Municipal) Museum and the Na-

The new Rijksmuseum Amsterdam will present

tional Maritime Museum. It is also the home to the

a representative and chronological overview of

world famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,

Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the

the Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch Opera.

late 20th century, as well as displaying many key

BUSINESS AND PLEASURE Amsterdam is not only the city of the Dutch East Indies Company, the world’s first multinational company, but also of Philips’ new international headquarters. Many other international companies also have their head offices here. And with good reason, as Amsterdam scores consistently well in the European Cities Monitor for companies. International advertising and design companies prefer Amsterdam for its ability in attracting young creative people. Because of its relatively small size and excellent infrastructure, you can easily combine business with pleasure in Amsterdam. Enjoy the assets that are equal to those of many other European capitals, with the ambience of a small town. Come over and experience it for yourself!

AMSTERDAM, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CITY A Fresh Dutch View

Amsterdam, with its 800,000 inhabitants, is a city with a highly individual atmosphere, generated largely by its beautiful canals, its sense of energy and purpose, its cultural treasures and its opportunities for recreation and entertainment. Amsterdam is a lively city, young at heart. The inhabitants

works of European and Asiatic works of art. A unique feature of Amsterdam as a conference city is its infrastructure. It has one of the world’s

In 2005, work was started on transforming the

leading airports, numerous hotels in all catego-

‘Amstelhof’ into a branch of the world-famous

ries, and a large professional conference centre,

Hermitage in St. Petersburg. ‘Hermitage Amster-

all within an exceptionally short distance of one

dam’ opened its doors in 2009. It offers visitors a

another.

superb range of art treasures, supplemented by temporary exhibitions. In addition to these two

The city of Amsterdam ranks among the top 10 of

projects, the following museums will also be fully

the world’s most preferred conference cities.

renovated: The National Maritime Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Film Museum, the Munici-

Amsterdam offers all you want in entertainment

pal Archives and the Amsterdam Public Library

and recreation. It has numerous theatres and

on the Oosterdokseiland.

cinemas, cosy bars and inviting pubs, a casino and a wide variety of superb restaurants and cui-

As well as increasing the emphasis on art and

sines, where one “can eat in every language” at

culture, Amsterdam is making major improve-

prices and levels of comfort to suit everyone.

ments to its accessibility. By 2014, the area around the main train station will have an entirely

AMSTERDAM IN 2014

new appearance. A new metro (the North-South

Amsterdam has been one of the leading cultural

line) will run underneath the central station and

centres of Europe for many centuries. One of

the square in front of it.

the major attractions of this cosmopolitan city is its stimulating, varied and high quality choice of

The new 9.7-kilometre-long metro line (7.1 km

around 60 theatres and concert halls, 40 muse-

of which will be underground) starts in Amster-


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Amsterdam, visiting sites

VAN GOGH MUSEUM

16th century ceramics and impressive portraits.

Some 200 paintings and 500 drawings by Vin-

Currently, the museum is being extensively

cent van Gogh, from sunflowers to significant

renovated and is expected to open its doors

self-portraits. Van Gogh’s development is shown

to the public again in 2012. The ‘new’ Rijks-

from the early, sombre canvasses to the bright,

museum will present a representative and

luminous works of his final years. The museum

chronological

also houses works by other 19th-century paint-

history from the Middle Ages to the late 20th

ers such as Gauguin and Toulouse Lautrec; litho-

century, as well as displaying many key works of

graphs and preliminary sketches by Van Gogh

European and Asiatic works of art.

overview

of

Dutch

art

and

and his important personal collection of Japanese prints.

STEDELIJK MUSEUM (MUNICIPAL MUSEUM)

RIJKSMUSEUM

Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum is a modern art

This is the largest museum of the Netherlands. It

mecca, with international collections from Ma-

is home to a splendid collection of Dutch paint-

tisse to Jeff Coons, as well as contemporary

ings from the Golden Age. These include 20

Dutch artists. These Dutch artists include: Mon-

works by Rembrandt, four by Vermeer and nu-

driaan, Jan Toorop, Breitner, Sluyters and, more

merous other paintings by famous masters such

recently, the COBRA (Copenhagen, Brussels,

as Frans Hals and Jan Steen. Pride of place is

Amsterdam) group of the 1950’s whose main

occupied by Rembrandt’s huge and fascinat-

Dutch exponents are Karel Appel and Corneille.

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An extensive and varied evening and social programme can be organized for delegates and accompanying persons.

treasures well worth admiring include: medieval pictures, the Asian collection, the collection of

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SCHEEPVAART MUSEUM (THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM AMSTERDAM)

MUZIEKTHEATER

CONCERTGEBOUW

The Amsterdam home of the National

Home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

STADSSCHOUWBURG (MUNICIPAL THEATRE)

Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre and the Neth-

Principal Conductor: Mariss Jansons.

The Municipal Theatre is now home to the

In 1990, a replica of a 17th century trading-vessel

erlands Opera Foundation. A beautiful theatre with

The gracious old concert hall is a favourite among

Amsterdam Theatre Group, which gives perform-

was reconstructed as a permanent exhibition.

possibilities for an evening programme and party.

the world’s leading soloists because of its ex-

ances in Dutch. However, also contemporary

cellent acoustics. Orchestras and artists of in-

dance groups perform here, as does the English Speaking Theatre Amsterdam (ESTA).

The original ship, called The Amsterdam, was

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launched here in 1736. It was owned by the Dutch

NETHERLANDS DANCE THEATRE

ternational standing can be heard almost every

East Indies Company. The ship is a part of the Na-

The ‘daring genius of the Netherlands dance thea-

evening. The Concertgebouw building can also be

tional Maritime Museum Amsterdam, which was

tres’, is what the theatre calls itself abroad, and

used as a combined music and party venue.

built in 1656 as the naval arsenal of the Admiralty

the critics (‘one of the most inventive and physi-

Carré presents mostly short seasons by Dutch

of Amsterdam.

cally exciting companies around’) seem to agree.

entertainers and artists. It is the place par excel-

CARRÉ THEATRE

lence for visiting celebrity entertainers to perform. Many musicals, sometimes from abroad, are staged here.


LANGUAGE

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AMSTERDAM: OTHER FACTS ACCESSIBILITY

English is widely spoken in Amsterdam, and many people have a command of several other lan-

AIRPORT

guages.

- 10 km distance from the city centre - 7 minutes travel by train to the Amsterdam RAI - 90 international airlines

summers and cold winters.

- 237 direct international destinations

Rain is spread fairly evenly throughout the year.

(129 European and 108 intercontinental)

Spring is sunny and pleasant, while hot and humid weather can occur from June to September.

INTERNATIONAL TRAINS

October and November are usually quite wet, while

- Thalys (Paris)

December to February are cold, but often sunny.

- ICE International (Frankfurt) - Benelux (Brussels) - IC (Berlin) - CityNightLine (Basel)

MISCELLANEOUS - 10,334 shops (including 165 antique shops) - 24 diamond polishing factories - 14,600 concerts and theatre performances

DRESS CODE

- 45 cinemas

Amsterdam is a casual city, with many city workers

- 1,402 café’s and bars

dressed informally. Restaurants at some smarter

- 36 clubs

hotels may require men to wear a suit and a tie.

- 755 restaurants

Dark suits for men and neat attire for women are

- 42 museums

common in business and banking circles.

- 141 art galleries

Generally, however, the dress code is relaxed, with

- 22 paintings by Rembrandt

T-shirts and jeans as common as black ties at the

- 206 paintings by Van Gogh

opera.

- 165 canals - 1,281 bridges

TIME

- 110 canal boat

Amsterdam is one hour ahead of GMT.

- 6,800 monuments

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Convention Centre

Amsterdam’s climate is quite temperate, with mild

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CLIMATE


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Hotels

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

With the link you will enter the advanced inter-

Amsterdam has more than 300 hotels with

net reservations system of RAI Hotel & Travel

almost 20,000 rooms in all categories. Accom-

Service with detailed information about the

modation ranges from the well-known interna-

various hotels. Delegates can book their hotel

tional hotel chains to low-budget accommoda-

reservation, and, if they wish: flights, rental cars,

tion. Over 2,500 of these hotel rooms are near the

transfers, through this website.

Amsterdam RAI, within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance.

RAI HOTEL & TRAVEL SERVICE Amsterdam RAI Hotel & Travel Service is part of Amsterdam RAI and is highly experienced in arranging travel and accommodation for you and your delegates. This service will save you considerable time, money and effort. Amsterdam RAI Hotel & Travel Service offers hotels in various categories (2 to 5 star hotels), as well as Stayokay hostels and bed & breakfast facilities. In addition, this services ensures that you will get the best deals and top service for flights, transfers, excursions, etc. Should Amsterdam be granted the hosting of ICNC 2014, these services can be booked online via the congress website.

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WEBSITE INFORMATION AND WEBSITE LINK RAI Hotel & Travel Service will easily provide information that will be integrated in the congress website, together with all possible hotel links, and all in the look and feel of ICNC 2014.


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HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN AMSTERDAM The prices listed below are exclusive to RAI Hotel & Travel Service. No rights may be derived from the

5 star 4-star 3-star 0-1-2 star Total

APPROXIMATE NO OF ROOMS

INDICATION OF RAI HOTEL & TRAVEL SERVICE RATES BASED ON A STANDARD ROOM.

947

e 250 - 550

1,307

e 190 - 285

6,179

e 135 - 250

6,394

e 100-165

4,188

e 85 - 120

19,015

Rates based on 2010 price levels. This is the approximate number of hotel rooms available in Amsterdam and in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol region. For students and delegates with a limited budget, Amsterdam offers different kinds of accomodation. Low cost hotels, (youth) hostels, botels and also the campus and other university-related locations of the University of Amsterdam can be obtained for low budget accommodation possibilities During the next five years, a further 1,000 to 2,000 hotels rooms have been planned for Amsterdam and surroundings.

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CATEGORY 5 star deluxe

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prices indicated.


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HOST COUNTRY: THE NETHERLANDS The Netherlands: a great small country

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WHY SHOULD THE NETHERLANDS BE YOUR NEXT DESTINATION? There are many reasons. For instance: • The Netherlands is known as a ‘neutral’ country, everyone likes to go there; • The Dutch economy is stable; • The Netherlands is an internationally orientated country; • Today the Netherlands is a commercial and industrial hub of the European Union; • Excellent accessibility, above all supported by the efficient and award winning Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; • The price/quality ratio is excellent; • Visitors from abroad like the fact that English is spoken practically everywhere;

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• Transport and communications networks are models of efficiency.


Despite its small size, the Netherlands has de-

with its age-old struggle against the sea. They

veloped into an economic powerhouse over the

simply cannot get over the fact that almost half

past decades. The country ranks among the top

of the country lies below sea level. Much of this

exporters of agricultural produce. As you would

low-lying land has been wrested from the sea by

expect, it is even the world’s biggest exporter of

a process of land reclamation dating back to the

flowers and bulbs. The chemical industry, financial

12th century. The Dutch are generally acknowl-

services, manufacturing, tourism, transportation

edged as Masters of Water Management. A visit

(Rotterdam is one of the world’s biggest ports)

to the Low Countries offers a unique opportunity

and trade are also strong pillars of the economy.

to see for yourself how the Dutch have actually pulled it off: from the age-old windmills to the ul-

HOSPITALITY

tramodern sea-defences.

The Netherlands’ open and tolerant character is very much evidenced by its hospitality towards

HISTORY

foreigners. Throughout the centuries, refugees

Of course, the Netherlands, which is also known

from other countries have found a new and safe

as Holland, has much more to offer. After the

homeland here. Although Dutch is the official lan-

country gained its independence from Spain in

guage, most people also speak English, German

the 17th century, it became the leading commer-

or French. As any visitor to this charming land can

cial nation and maritime power in the world. The

attest, the Dutch truly enjoy contact with people

delightful historic streets of Amsterdam and many

from abroad and will make you feel at home in no

other cities are reminders of that glorious period,

time at all.

called the Golden Age. Increasing prosperity in the 17th century resulted in a cultural and intel-

FREE FLOW OF SCIENTISTS

lectual boom, the fruits of which are still enjoyed

Entry to the country is guaranteed to all foreign

today. Every year, tourists from around the world

individuals participating in an congress organized

flock to the Dutch museums to admire paintings

in the Netherlands, regardless of their national-

by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and many

ity. Delegates must, of course, meet the normal

other old Dutch masters.

requirements. They must carry travel documents

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STRONG ECONOMY

Foreigners immediately associate the Netherlands

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STRUGGLE AGAINST THE SEA

GOVERNMENT

cient means of support, and may not considered

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a constitu-

to be a threat to the public peace, public order or

tional monarchy with a parliamentary form of gov-

national safety.

ernment. Prince William of Orange, who founded the House of Orange, played a pivotal role in the country’s struggle for independence. The presentday monarch, Queen Beatrix, is well-loved and respected by the sixteen million Dutch citizens.

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valid for an adequate period of time, have suffi-


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Tours and Excursions Amsterdam and its surroundings offer excellent opportunities for a varied social and evening programme

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DINNER CRUISE

SHOPPING

Combine a tour of the splendid Amsterdam

With everything from multi-level upscale de-

canals with a dinner. The cruise starts along

partment stores to one-of-a kind boutiques,

Amsterdam’s fascinating waterways with a

antiques or contemporary Dutch design,

welcome drink. While the hostess explains

Amsterdam inspires even the most cultivat-

the history of the many interesting sights,

ed shopper. Amsterdam has several different

you can relax in glass-enclosed comfort

shopping quarters, all with a unique atmos-

while a four-course dinner is served.

phere and public. As the city centre is not very large, you may just walk through all the shopping streets in a few days. One of the best ways to soak up authentic culture in a travel destination, is to visit openair markets. Visit one of Amsterdam’s lively markets, some offer food or clothing, while others are specialized in whatever you might be interested in such as organic products, antiques or art .

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AMSTERDAM ORIENTATION TOUR

KEUKENHOF GARDENS

One of the most beautiful cities in the world,

forgettable experience for people of all ages.

Amsterdam, knew its greatest days of glory

The historic park with more than 2,700 trees

during the 17th century. You will become ac-

covering an area of thirty-two hectares, full of

quainted with the capital of the Netherlands

tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and all the other

during an expensive panoramic city tour. You

spring bulbs. The floral displays in the park

will see Amsterdam from the water during a

and the unique flower shows in the various

one-hour canal cruise. While gliding through

pavilions are a glorious visual feast. The best

the old centre of the city and into its harbour,

time of year to see the flowers at Keukenhof

you will be able to admire the beautiful and

Gardens is during April/May. This means that

rich merchants mansions, the churches and

you will have the opportunity to see the flow-

warehouses, all dating back to the 17th cen-

ers at their best while visiting Amsterdam for

tury.

ICNC 2014.

The world’s largest spring garden is an un-


served city centres which we will explore on foot.

Eighth Wonder of the World’. This system of hydrau-

Since the 17th century Delft has acquired a world-

lic engineering works protects Holland against storm

class reputation for its hand-painted Delftware.

surges and improves the water balance. A real tech-

The production process will be explained during

nical tour de force! The waters, in which the danger-

the visit to one of the oldest surviving factories

ous tidal floods have been reduced, are lovely areas

Royal Delft (Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles anno

to explore by boat. Some of the uncovered shores

1653), which will also provide a tour in its museum.

have become recreation parks. Many sandbars and

The Hague, the royal residence, has been the po-

shores, however, especially in the Oosterschelde,

litical heart of the Netherlands for many centuries.

are part of an important nature reserve. Would you

The tour will take you through the stately historic

like to know more about the Delta Works? Visit Wa-

city centre with the parliament buildings on Bin-

terland Neeltje Jans in Burgh Haamstede.

nenhof. This, contrasts hugely with the architecture of modern governmental offices. Included is a visit to the Mesdag Panorama, where you can see the largest circular panoramic painting in Europe.

MARKEN AND VOLENDAM

WINDMILLS AND EDAM

Marken once was an island, but since 1957 it has

The Zaanse Schans is an old Dutch windmill

been connected to the mainland by a dam. It has

village. Strolling around this quaint area you will

kept its atmosphere of days of yore with its wooden

find yourself back in the 17th century. The village

houses and inhabitants who, in the summer season,

boasts typical iconic green Zaan houses - that

wear traditional costumes. For protection against

people actually lived in - and a number of wind-

high tides, the houses are grouped on small mounds

mills.

and built on piles which, before the closing of the

We continue to the medieval town of Edam. In the

‘Zuiderzee’, were left open to the passage of waves.

16th century, Edam was a prosperous trading port,

By boat we continue to Volendam, one of the best

and one of the most prominent cheese markets in

known ports of the old Zuiderzee.

the Netherlands was held here.

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Delft has one of Holland’s most perfectly pre-

structures in the world, thus earning it the title ‘The

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DELFT AND THE HAGUE

The Delta Works is one of the most impressive

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a Professional Congress Organizer by the Dutch Congress and Meeting Association (in Dutch: ‘Ve-

the Dutch Society of Paediatric Neurology has

reniging Nationale Congresbelangen’, VNC).

Amsterdam,

the

Netherlands

is

OCAL TIME selected Congrex as professional congress organiser. Congrex is an independent and profesuring the Congress, Warsaw will be two sional partner, providing advice, supervision and ours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). support to help successfully organise a confer-

MEALS ence or event. With 27 years of experience and offee/tea is included inthroughout the registration offices located the world, thefee Congrex team operates transparently, creatively and nd will be served daily. There is a cafeteria innovatively withwithin enthusiasm respect.ofA broad nd several cash bars theand Palace and flexible range of services, a client-oriented ulture and Science, and in the exhibition working method, a worldwide network and years nnex. of experience with different cultures form the ba-

sis of the added value that Congrex provides. FFICIAL CARRIER

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Congrex is represented as member in the Inter-

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the opportunity to host the 13th ICNC 2014,

If

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LETTERS OF SUPPORT DESTINATION: • Municipality of Amsterdam • Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre • Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT: • British Paediatric Neurology Association • German Society for Neuropediatrics • Paul Casaer, past president ICNA

NETHERLANDS PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES: • Dutch Paediatric Association • Netherlands Society of Neurology • Netherlands Society for Neurosurgery • Dutch Society of Rehabilitation Physicians • Dutch Society of Rehabilitation Medicine – Section Child Rehabilitation • Dutch Society of Clinical Genetics • Netherlands Society of Physicians for People with Intellectual Disabilities

INDUSTRY: • Actelion • Allergan • Biocodex • Cyberonics • Sanofi Aventis • UCB Pharma


EXECUTIVE BOARD

The International Child Neurology Association-ICNAAttn. Prof. Robert Ouvrier, President c/o Paediatrics & Child Health, Children s Hospital, Westmead C29-Children s Hospital Westmead The University of Sydney NSW 2006 Sydney Australia

Date:

10 March 2010

Re:

International Child Neurology Congress 2014

P.O. Box 77777

NL-1070 MS Amsterdam

Europaplein 2-22

NL-1078 GZ Amsterdam

T +31 (0)20 549 12 12

F +31 (0)20 646 44 69 www.rai.nl

Dear Mr. Ouvrier, We have recently been informed that Amsterdam has been invited to bid for the XIIIth Child Neurology Congress (INCN). We would consider it a great honour to cooperate with you in hosting the ICNC 2014. We are convinced that the choice of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre would benefit the event in many ways. For example, in terms of the RAI s accessibility and the attractions of the city of Amsterdam as a tourist and cultural centre. And above all because of the added value of the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre itself. The Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre has been developed into Europe s most enjoyable, innovative and international compact venue the last five years. This has been achieved by a 125 million programme by which we refurbished and upgraded the whole RAI complex. Amsterdam RAI convention Centre is expanded by the addition of an entirely new building. The modern and innovative Elicium enables the RAI to serve its customers better by providing top quality facilities. The Elicium is ideal for large (gala) dinners, parties, exhibitions, congresses, product presentations fashion and road shows and receptions. In fact, we are investing not only in buildings but also in people. All our staff are well-trained and multilingual and have a real passion for hospitality . So you can count on their dedication to you at all times. I sincerely hope that all this assures you that the ICNC delegates will have a truly unforgettable experience, Yours sincerely,

Drs. A.J. Bakker President and CEO


International Child Neurology Association –ICNA– Attn. President Prof. Robert Ouvrier c/o Paediatrics & Child Health, Children’s Hospital, Westmead C29 – Children’s Hospital Westmead The University of Sydney NSW 2006 Sydney Australia

DATE

SUBJECT

International Child Neurology Congress 2014

9 February 2010

TELEPHONE

+31 70 370 53 40

Dear Prof. Ouvrier and members of the Executive Board, E-MAIL

ebakermans@holland.com

The Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions is pleased in extending a most cordial invitation to hold the International Child Neurology Congress in 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions, both through its staff of professionals and its supporting organisations, stands ready to help make your congress the most memorable to date. We are confident that the ‘Destination Holland’ and the beautiful city of Amsterdam will measure up to your most demanding expectations as a congress site and we sincerely hope that you will grant our country the privilege of hosting the International Child Neurology Congress in the year 2014.

Yours sincerely,

Jos Vranken CEO


Letter of support

My contact with Dutch Child Neurology started, after my training Paediatrics in Belgium, with my training in Neurology, Child neurology and research training in Groningen and Zurich. During the period of creating the first department of Child Neurology in Flanders, I had excellent contact with Dutch Child Neurology. I had wonderful collaboration during the years I was board member and President of ICNA and President of ESPN and Editor of the EJPN. This mutual collaboration was awarded with the Cornelia de Lange award of the Dutch society of Child Neurology. The many meetings I attended in the Netherlands, organized by the Dutch Society were excellent as to the scientific content and as to the organization. A magnificent meeting was the congress of the EPNS organized, together with our Dutch colleagues in Maastricht. Without any hesitation I am convinced that the ICNA would largely profit from a collaboration with the Dutch Society for the planning and organization of the ICNA meeting in 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Paul Casaer, Past President ICNA

Leuven 4 March 2010


To the Executive Board of the International Board of the International Child Neurology Association

Dear Board Members, The Dutch Society of Child Neurology has informed us about its intention to bid for the 2014 International Child Neurology Congress in Amsterdam. The section Child Rehabilitation Medicine of the Dutch Society of Rehabilitation Medicine strongly supports the candidature of the Netherlands to host this congress. In a lot of countries, the (re)habilitation of children with developmental limitations, and especially on the field of limitation in mobility, is not well developed. In the Netherlands, there is a very close collaboration between the Child Neurology and Child Rehabilitation, which can serve as an example for other countries. We seriously hope that the board will favourably decide on this application of the Dutch Society of Child Neurology On behalf of the board of the section Child rehabilitation of the Dutch Society of Rehabilitation Physicians,

M.J. van Tol-de Jager, president of the section Child rehabilitation Prof. J.G. Becher, chair of the Dutch academy of Childhood Disabilities (D-ACD)


To the Executive Board of the ICNA t.a.v. het bestuur dr. K.P.J. Braun, afdeling kinderneurologie UMC Utrecht (per mail verzonden)

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Dear Board members, The Dutch Society of Paediatric Neurology has informed us of its intention to bid for the 2014 International Child Neurology Congress in Amsterdam. The Netherlands Society of Physicians for People with Intellectual Disabilities (NVAVG) strongly supports the candidature of the Netherlands to host this congress. We seriously hope that the board will favourably decide on this application of the Dutch Society of Paediatric Neurology. On behalf of the board of the Netherlands Society of Physicians for People with Intellectual Disabilities (NVAVG), Kathleen v.d. Brink.

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The Executive Board of the International Child Neurology Association

Dear Members of the Board, Cyberonics as a medical device company, specialized in the treatment of difficult-to-treat epilepsy and owner of the vagus nerve stimulation, supports the candidature of the Dutch Association of Child Neurology to organize the XIIIe International Child Neurology Congress in May 2014. The Dutch Association of Child Neurology is absolutely competent to organize this Congress and is supported by a very stable and safe country with all facilities you need in order to be very successful. This is very important and absolutely critical when we invite customers from Europe and the ROW. I wish you a lot of wisdom in this process and thank you for your attention. Yours Sincerely,

Geert-Jan Nijs Country Manager for The Netherlands Cyberonics Europe sa/nv Vagus Nerve Stimulation Belgicastraat 9 1930 Zaventem Belgium


To:

Executive Board of the International Child Neurology Association. Breda, February 11, 2010

Subject:

Letter of Support

Dear Board-members, Our company has been made aware of the ambition of the Dutch Association of Child Neurology (NVKN) to enter a bid for the International Child Neurology Congress in 2014. With this letter we would like to inform you that we consider this ambition in accordance with the high standards of both clinical care and scientific research in this country, in the field of paediatric Neurology. As the leading company in the field of epilepsy, we have closely worked together with NVKN on several occasions, including the sponsoring of their scientific meetings. This has always been to full mutuallsatisfaction, both professionally as well as scientifically. Therefore, UCB Pharma B.V. strongly supports the above mentioned bid. We are confident NVKN will be able to make the congress a great success. Your sincerely, UCB Pharma

M.A.J. Berrens-Peijnenburg, M.D. Medical Director


Colophon Dutch Society of Paediatric Neurology c/o Kees P.J. Braun Dept. of Child Neurology

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Hospital 12.52 Wilhelmina Sida Children’s 31 Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience University Medical Center Utrecht PO Box 85090 3508 AB Utrecht The Netherlands

General Information LOCAL TIME During the Congress, Warsaw will be two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

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MEALS Coffee/tea is included in the registration fee and will be served daily. There is a cafeteria and several cash bars within the Palace of Culture and Science, and in the exhibition annex.

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