About Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is the nominal capital of the Netherlands, although the government is seated in The Hague. The coat of arms of Amsterdam consists of three x shaped Saint Andrew crosses. Amsterdam is the country's largest city, with a population of more than 750,000 within its city limits, an urban population of more than 1,2 million and a metropolitan population of more than 2,1 million. The city is in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. It comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of approximately 8,1 million according to larger estimates.


Its name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin: A dam in the river Amstel. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds.


The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam (in Dutch: 'Grachtengordel'), located in the heart of Amsterdam, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2010.


The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there. 7 of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2010, Amsterdam was ranked 13th globally on quality of living by Mercer, and previously ranked 3rd in innovation by 2thinknow in the Innovation Cities Index 2009.


The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, is located in the city centre. Amsterdam's main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 3,66 million international visitors annually.


The Netherlands is a country situated in Western Europe, bordering Belgium to the south and Germany to the east. To its north and west is the North Sea. Although the Netherlands is the country's official name, people often call it Holland. The provinces of North Holland and South Holland form only part of the Netherlands.





A variety of cultural events and festivals are held thoughout the year in Amsterdam, some of them with an English-speaking public in mind. For more on events in Amsterdam please visit the web site of Amsterdam Tourist Board: www.visitamsterdam.nl.



Sight-seeing Amsterdam


Amsterdam has a lot to offer: the historic centre along the canals, the museums, churches, arts & craft stores, antique stores, the contemporary architecture in the former harbour areas, and the theaters and concert halls that offer both classic and modern repertoire.


You can explore Amsterdam and its surroundings on foot, by bike, coach or boat. Information is available at the Amsterdam VVV Offices (Tourist Information Office) at Platform 2 of the Amsterdam Central Station, at Stationsplein across the Central Station and at the Holland Information desk at Schiphol Plaza.


For more information about the city’s history and current activities check the following websites: IAmsterdam and Holland.com.



The I amsterdam Card


The I amsterdam Card gives you free admission to the city's main museums, a free canal cruise and free public transportation. The I amsterdam Card also entitles you to 25 percent discount at various attractions and restaurants. The I amsterdam Card is available for 24 hours (EUR 39.00), 48 hours (EUR 49.00) or 72 hours (EUR 59.00).


See www.iamsterdam.com.



Places to visit in Amsterdam


Many visitors of Amsterdam have the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum on their list of  must-see’s.


Some places to go to in Amsterdam below (for highlights of these, please see www.amsterdam.info):


Van Gogh Museum
Rembrandt House
Stedelijk Museum
Amsterdam Historical Museum
Anne Frank House
Royal Palace
Jewish Historical Museum
Hermitage Amsterdam
Hortus Botanicus
Artis Zoo
Heineken Experience
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ
Canal cruises
Diamond factories



Other useful addresses in Amsterdam


You can download a list of other useful addresses in Amsterdam (shops, bars, clubs. restaurants etc.) by clicking here.



... And a few pictures of Amsterdam below (click photos to enlarge)


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Important Dates and Deadlines

Conference Dates:

July 3-5, 2012

July 2, 2012 (Pre-Conference Workshops)



Submissions are now closed since 20 January 2012

Early bird registration has been closed on 15 April 2012


Second announcement of conference:

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