The city of Utrecht is more than 1300 years old and may rightly be called the “Heart of The Netherlands” for its central geographical position in the country. The city of Utrecht is an interesting place to visit. It has a very lively atmosphere due to a large student population (about 30.000 students).
The canals in the city-center of Utrecht form a unique attraction. Many of the cellars along the canals contain restaurants and small shops. One can either take a stroll along the canals or use a boat to navigate them. In the evening this area of Utrecht forms a center of nightlife boasting many pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres, etc.
Probably the most noticeable landmark in Utrecht is the Dom Tower,
the tallest and finest church tower in Holland. The tower was part of the medieval cathedral of Utrecht and was built between 1321
and 1382. It rises 112 meters high and can be climbed using 465 steps.
This edition's conference venue is the Academiegebouw, located at the foot of the Dom-tower in the center of Utrecht. The Academiegebouw is the academic center of Utrecht University, where all its official ceremonies take place. The main room of this building, in which the "Union of Utrecht" was signed in 1579, is of special importance, as the treaty signified the start of The Netherlands as one state.
Some lectures will take place in the Senaatszaal.