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The 2018 PSI Conference will be taking place in Amsterdam. The Scientific Programme will officially start at 9am on Monday 4th June 2018 and run until 3pm on Wednesday 6th June 2018. On Sunday afternoon there will be a Pre-Conference Course.

 

The Venue

This year the PSI Conference will be held in the Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre. The venue is located in the heart of Amsterdam and was formerly a stock exchange building. 

Address: Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam

www.beursvanberlage.com


Accommodation

The PSI Conference will have two HQ hotels, which will be available to book through the Registration site from 1st November 2017. We only have a certain allocation of rooms in each hotel so book early to avoid disappointment, if you would like to be in one of these hotels. Other hotels will also be available to book through the registration site via Expedia.

PSI HQ Hotels:

NH Barbizon which is a 5 minue walk from the Beurs Van Berlage

Radisson Blu which is a 10 minute walk from the Beurs Van Berlage


Travel

    Air Travel to Amsterdam

If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely be flying into Schipol Airport.  Please check Schipol Airport Transport website for the best route of transport to your hotel or to the conference venue.

Transport from Schipol Airport

There are several options to go between AMS and central Amsterdam.

     By Train or Tram
The Schipol Airport train station is located directly below the airport. Trains are available from Schipol airport which go directly to the Central Train Station, with the journey taking about 15 to 20 minutes. 
The Beurs van Berlage is situated only a 5 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Train station. 

     By Car or Taxi
Taxis are also available from Schiphol Airport to provide transportation into the city centre, with the journey taking only 20 minutes (with no traffic). A Taxi rank is located in front of Schiphol Plaza. 
Official taxis in the Netherlands are metered, and many drivers speak English. There are also car rental desks in Schiphol Plaza. 


     By Bus
The Schiphol bus stops are located right outside Schiphol Plaza. There are city and regional bus lines, and also special shuttle buses that can take you directly to your hotel (please click here to check stops available). It takes about 30 minutes to get to Amsterdam city centre using a bus. Please note that buses from Schiphol Airport do not go directly to the Central Train Station.


Things To Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands known for its elaborate canal system, artistic heritage and magnificent architecture. Amsterdam It is an excellent city to explore through canal cruises, city walks or by bicycle. There is never a shortage of activities to do in Amsterdam; we have listed our favourites below. 

Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam is now converted into a museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, where she lived in hiding with her family for more than two years during World War II. Pre-booking is advised. 

Dam Square
The town square in Amsterdam, notable for its buildings and frequent events making it one of the most well-know locations in the city. 

Rijksmuseum
A Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough of Amsterdam South. 

Canal Cruise or Walk
Either walking along one of the many canals or taking a canal cruise is one of the best ways to see the sights of Amsterdam. 

Van Gogh Museum
This art museum is home to the world's largest collection of artwork by Vincent van Gogh. 


General Information

Below you will find a number of useful points to help you plan your trip to Amsterdam. 

Climate 
Amsterdam offers a typical maritime climate with mild summers and cold winters. Wind and rain are common throughout most of the year with July and August being the wettest months.

Currency
The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (EUR or €). Other currencies are normally not accepted, so be sure to change dollars, etc. at one of the currency exchange offices located throughout the city. Most shops and restaurants in Amsterdam will accept credit cards. 

Electricity
The Netherlands have the two-pin plug and 220-240 Volt system; the same as elsewhere in Europe (excluding the UK), Asia, Australia and Africa. If you’re coming from a country with different shaped pins you’ll need to bring a plug converter with you.

Language
The official language is Dutch but most people in Amsterdam speak English.  

Taxation
In the Netherlands the VAT is 21%. Non-EU reseidents are eligible to claim back VAT on purchases in the European Union, by visiting Customs at the Airport before leaving the EU to get a stamp. 

Time Zone
Amsterdam is in Central European Time (CET), the same as in Western and Central Europe, except from the UK. 

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Please be aware starting 15 March 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.


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