Travel & accommodation
Travel to Amsterdam
VU encourages sustainable travel. If possible, we hope you will travel by train or bus rather than plane to visit the conference. On this page you will find some information to help plan your trip.
Venue address: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), main building, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Google Maps)
Nearest international train station: Amsterdam Central Station & Schiphol Airport
Nearest domestic train station: Amsterdam Zuid
Nearest bus/tram stop: De Boelelaan/VU
Nearest international airport: Schiphol Airport
Transportation within AmsterdamThe VU campus is easily accessible, both by bike and public transport. On the VU website, you will find detailed route descriptions.
Bike The most enjoyable way to move around in Amsterdam, including getting to the conference, is by bike. You can rent a bike at VU Campus via the Donkey Republic app and at Station Amsterdam Zuid station via Black Bikes. Another bike rental in Amsterdam is MacBike.
Public transport There is a wide local bus, tram, metro and rail network in Amsterdam. To pay for your travel cost you need an OV-chipkaart. With this smart card you can pay for your trip in the Netherlands using all forms of public transport: bus, train, tram or metro.
You can purchase a disposable OV-chipkaart at a ticket vending machine at the station, at the service counter of any public transport company, at a newsagent or at a supermarket.
Find the best public transport connection from your location via 9292 travel planner, or take a look at the most common travel routes below.
From Amsterdam Central Station
Metro 52 direction Station Zuid (10 min.) à Exit: Station Amsterdam Zuid (see further directions below)
Metro 51 direction Isolatorweg (15 min.) à Exit: Station Amsterdam Zuid (see further directions below)
Tram 24 direction VUmc (35 min.) à Exit: De Boelelaan/VU
From Station Amsterdam Zuid
It is a 10-minute walk to VU Amsterdam from station Amsterdam Zuid.
Via public transport it will take 2 to 4 minutes. For example: tram 5 (direction Amstelveen Stadshart) or bus 62 (direction Haarlemmermeerstation). Stop at ‘De Boelelaan/VU’.
From Schiphol Airport
Train to Station Amsterdam Zuid (7 min.) See further directions above.
Bus 341 direction Station Amsterdam Zuid (25 min.) à Exit: De Boelelaan/VU
Find here more information on transportation from Schiphol to your destination
Taxi Taxis are widely available across Amsterdam. Contact TCA (taxi central Amsterdam) via tel. +31 20 777 7777 or book a taxi online.
All delegates must arrange their own accommodation. The Organizing committee has obtained some exclusive discounted hotel rates, (use Firefox if link does not open in Safari). Booking via this link is optional, so feel free to also look on other platforms. Please book early if you can, possibly with a cancellation option, as summer is peak season in Amsterdam.
At the VU campus
The conference will take place in the Main building (HG) and the New University Building (NU) of VU Amsterdam.
At the entrances of the university buildings you will find hosts who will help you find your way. You can also watch this virtual tour of the main building. At the campus, all buildings, hallways and rooms have codes, which follow this structure: if your room is HG-A105, you read this as:
So: HG is the main building (HoofdGebouw), hallway A, on the first floor, and room 05.
There are many things to see and do in Amsterdam. You can enjoy the canals by (electric) boat tour, visit one of the many museums, or just take a stroll around the city. The most popular highlights can be found at the website of I amsterdam.
Below you will find some personal tips by members of the local organizing committee.
Beautiful botanic Tip from Evelyne Griffioen, management assistant
Right next to the VU campus, you will find a green and peaceful hidden gem amongst the tall buildings of the Amsterdam Zuidas. The Botanical Garden Zuidas houses a rich plant collection with more than 6.000 species. The exceptional cactus and succulent greenhouse, houses the largest collection in the Netherlands. Some of these plants are more than a century old. The garden is very close to VU, and therefore you could even go here if you just have half an hour in between sessions.
Phenomenally veggie Tip from Laura Paschedag, communications advisor
Amsterdam offers many places where you can enjoy a delicious vegetarian or fully plant-based brunch, lunch or dinner. Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Neni is close to VU and offers a vegetarian Balagan menu, meaning ‘sympathetic chaos’. Food court Market 33 is also very close and is the place to go for a quick bite. If you have time, I would also highly recommend Yerba, at Museum Square.
Mesmerizing Micropia Tip from Lotte Snellenburg, management assistant
Micropia is the first microbe museum in the world, and it is my favorite place in the city. I find it mesmerizing how microbiology can help solve global problems. From water purification to the production of energy, food and bio-plastics. Fun fact: even the building that houses the museum was made in a sustainable way.
Spots to recharge Tip from Makoto Takahashi
Need to recharge? Choose from a range of coffee roasts at Uncommon and enjoy their excellent Kimchi toastie or banana bread. For a touch of class, consider catching a film at Pathe Tuschinski. This lavish cinema boasts a gorgeous bar with Art Deco and Art Nouvaeu flourishes.
Morning jog Tip from Michiel van Oudheusden, vice-chair
If you enjoy a relaxing early morning jog (or walk) without too many people around (but plenty of ducks), head to the Amstelpark, located along the river Amstel. There’s lots of paths and plants to discover, a fountain, and other things. The scenery and scents offer a nice change of pace from the conference and the city itself.
Cultural immersion Tip from Pim Klaassen
Amsterdam is a hub for music and art. On (typically Dutch) rainy days, my favorite thing is to see a film at cult cinema Lab111. More into music? Jazz lovers can indulge their passion at Zaal 100 (experimental jazz), and at Bimhuis. De Ceuvel is the artistic place where arts meet science, meets bar and more. Looking for a bite to eat? De Sering TestTafel offers an awesome seven-course experimental all-vegan menu!
Canal kayaking Tip from Teun Zuiderent-Jerak, chair
There is simply no better way to experience Amsterdam than by kayaking through the canals and on the Amstel River. If you roughly know how to handle a kayak, I recommend you take a few hours to explore Mokum as seen from the water. Rent a kayak here and if you’re up for it, paddle down to the Willem II rowing club on the Amstel river. They have a lovely jetty that is perfect for going for a swim. Beware: ‘hand over sail over engine’ does apply on the canals, but this does not include professional commercial vessels, so those canal tour boats will not give way (and tourists on rented boats often don’t have a clue they should make way)!
Illuminated Utrecht Tip from Carina Pittens
On a 30-minute train ride from Amsterdam, you will find my beautiful hometown: Utrecht. Dive into the city’s history at the museum underneath the landmark ‘The Dom’, explore light artworks with Utrecht Lumen, or go stargazing in an old fortress at observatory Sonnenborgh.