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13th International Conference

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

10-13  JULY  2018


We offer a list of suggested hotels for your stay in Amsterdam during our conference.  To view the list, and book your reservation, please click here.  For any questions, please contact the Secretariat.


ISTR has partnered up with Air France and KLM to offer you discounted airfare. Our event ID is 31109AF. Click here to book your flight. Be sure to download this page and carry it with you when you tiavel to Amsterdam vis KLM/AirFrance.


Directions to the Conference 

(download a print version of these instructions here

These are also provided on the conference mobile app)

The conference will be held at VU University Amsterdam, which is located at the South of Amsterdam. The Campus is easily accessible from the center of Amsterdam by various numbers of public transport (metro/tram).

 Address:Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Transit stop: De Boelelaan/VU



From Schiphol Airport to VU (directions from the airport to downtown Amsterdam below)

Take the train to Station Amsterdam Zuid, then follow directions below.

From Station Amsterdam Zuid

Express tram 51 (1 minute), direction Amstelveen Westwijk

Tram 5 (1 minute), direction Amstelveen Binnenhof

It is a 10-minute walk to the VU from Station Amsterdam Zuid. From the Amsterdam South Train station, take exit ‘VU / Parnassusweg’ and follow the signs à From there it is a 600 meter walk to the main entrance of VU Amsterdam. After descending the stairs, go left and walk straight. You will see the tall concrete building just in front of you.

From Central Station to VU

Metro tram 51, direction Amstelveen Westwijk (16 minutes), stop at: De Boelelaan/VU

Tram 5, direction Amstelveen Binnenhof (25 minutes), stop at: De Boelelaan/VU

Tram 16 or 24, direction VUmc, final stop

Tram tickets: The GVB day or multi-day ticket provides you with unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam, both day and night, on the bus, tram, and metro, for the number of days that best fits your plans.

1 hour                               € 3.00

1 day (24 hours)               € 7,50
2 days (48 hours)             € 12,50
3 days (72 hours)             € 17,50
4 days (96 hours)             € 22,50
5 days (120 hours)           € 27,50
6 days (144 hours)           € 31.50
7 days (168 hours)           € 34,50


Buy those tickets at the airport Schiphol (AKO), Holland Tourist Information, yellow ticket vending machines, and GVB Tickets & Info desks at major metro stations.

You can also buy the tickets in advance online: GVB day ticket or multi day ticket

To VU by Car

The A-10 Amsterdam ring road can be reached from all directions.  Follow the A-10 to the Zuid/Amstelveen exit S108.  Turn left at the end of the slip road onto Amstelveenseweg; after three hundred yards (at the VU University hospital building) turn left again onto De Boelelaan.  VU University Amsterdam can be reached via city routes S108 and S109. Parking There is a limited amount of parking space around VU University Amsterdam in De Boelelaan, which has parking bays, and also in Karel Lotsylaan.  There is paid parking on VU Amsterdam parking lot to the right of the Hospital Outpatient Clinic.


From Schiphol Airport to downtown Amsterdam (directions from the airport to VU above)

Amsterdam Airport Express

The Amsterdam Airport Express, bus 397, provides a quick and easy transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city centre of Amsterdam. Departing every 7,5 minutes from bus platforms B15-19, this bus takes you directly to Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein. From there on you can get to many hotels in Amsterdam very easily.

Buy your e-ticket now!

·         (single e-ticket)

·         (return e-ticket)

You can also buy this ticket at the Info & Ticket bus or directly from the bus driver.

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As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. Its name derives from Amstelredamme, from the city's origin as a dam of the river AmstelIt is the country's largest city, with a population of more than 820,000, and the most visited, with over 3,5 million foreign visitors a year.

Amsterdam is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, all legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. Amsterdam is a city of diversity, rich culture, internationalrestaurants, and goodtransport.


To know more about Amsterdam you can read some basic facts and info.


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