Congress Venue - The De Doelen

The ECTS-IBMS 2015 will take place at the Congress Centre De Doelen.

Concert and congress centre De Doelen is the ultimate place for this conference. Set in the heart of dynamic Rotterdam this attractive and multifunctional building houses both a concert hall and a congress centre. The building's functional architecture combines a typical 1960s style with a modern congress complex.

The congress centre is opposite the central railway station and is easy to reach via Rotterdam Airport, Schiphol Airport, only forty minutes away, or using the high-speed rail link from Brussels, London or Paris.

Train: Rotterdam CS at 5 minutes walking distance.
Metro: Centraal Station (starting point and terminus).

Postal Address
Congress Centre De Doelen
PO Box 972
3000 AZ Rotterdam
The Netherlands
00 31 (1) 0217 17 00

ECTS-IBMS 2015 Main Entrance address - Great Hall Quarter
Congress Centre De Doelen
Schouwburgplein 50
3012 CL Rotterdam

www.dedoelen.nl

General Information

Rotterdam - the place to be!

Rotterdam is included in the top 10 of the New York Times places to visit and has recently been awarded the Academy of Urbanism top prize of 'European City 2015'.

Weather

Rotterdam is located in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has a maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers, so any time is a good time to visit. Rainfall occurs throughout the year and it can be windy especially in spring and autumn. Spring is the driest season and the summer is wettest. The warmest season is summer with daily highs of 20°C / 68°F on average.

Time Zone

The Netherlands is in the Central European Time Zone (CET):
- GMT+1 during Standard Time
- GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time

Electricity

Electricity in the Netherlands is: 220V, 50 Hz AC

Telephone

Country access code for the Netherlands is: +31
Area code for Rotterdam is: (0)10
To call a number in Rotterdam from abroad: Dail the international access code, followed by 31 (country access code for the Netherlands), then the area code 10 (omit the first zero) and the local number.

Language

Dutch. Most people also speak English.

Visa

For a visit to the Netherlands up 90 days, tourists from nearly 60 countries only need a valid passport (including most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and Japan). Nationals of most other countries need a Schengen visa, named after the Schengen Agreement that eliminated passport controls between 26 EU member states. A Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days is issued by Dutch embassies or consulates . To apply for a Schengen visa, you need a passport valid until at least three months after the visit, and you must be able to prove that you have sufficient funds for your stay. Fees vary depending on your nationality.
More info: www.government.nl

Currency

Like other EU countries, the currency of the Netherlands is the euro. Notes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. There are coins for one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and €1 and €2. The one- and two-cent coins are still in circulation, but most shops now round up or down to the nearest five cents. Note that not all shops will accept notes of €100, €200 or €500.

Payment Methods

The most common means of payment is cash. Most stores and restaurants also accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and sometimes American Express). Travellers cheques are often not accepted. Withdrawing money from an ATM is the cheapest way to exchange your money. You can also exchange money at banks and the GWK offices at Rotterdam Central Station or Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Tipping

In the Netherlands the service charge and value added taxes are included in the price. A tip is seen as a way to compliment the service. It is common to tip 5 to 10% of the bill, except when the service is bad.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in the Netherlands in offices, public buildings, restaurants and bars. Some restaurants and most bars have a special smoking area.

Free Wi-Fi Internet

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in the city centre of Rotterdam. Connect to the Rotterdam Draadloos Wi-Fi network for free internet access. The coverage of this network is best outdoors. In addition, city promotion centre ROTTERDAM.INFO and various hotels and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi internet, including the La Place restaurant in department store V&D (Hoogstraat 185), Bagel & Beans (Hoogstraat 129b), Bagel & Beans in bookstore Selexyz Donner (Lijnbaan 150), The Coffee Company (Eendrachtsplein 2) and McDonald's restaurants.
More info: www.rotterdamdraadloos.nl