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Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam
Piet Heinkade 1 
1019 BR Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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The official language of 15th ISAH Conference is English.



Netherlands operates Central European Summer Time (CEST) during summer which is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2)



Participants are requested to check with the Dutch consulate in their home country or with their travel agency for visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa in advance if required.​



​Participants who require a signed and stamped letter are kindly requested to prepare the letter using the online form and send it to  Please make sure to include your full name (as printed in your passport), full postal address and passport number.

Applications for invitation letters from the Secretariat must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the Conference.

Unfortunately, we are unable to send invitation letters directly to consulates. Invitation letters are prepared solely for individuals and are sent directly to them.



By plane

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (IATA: AMS) is 15km southwest of the city. It ranks in the top 15 airports worldwide for passenger traffic, serving more than 60 million passengers per year. KLM is the largest carrier operating at Schiphol and offers flights to many major cities around the world.


To travel between the airport and the city centre:

  • NS Dutch Railways operates trains to/from the lower level of the airport. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes between 5:00AM and 1:00AM and hourly during other hours. There are several train stations in Amsterdam and not every train stops at every station; note which station is closest to your accommodation. The journey to Amsterdam takes 20 minutes and costs €4.20. Tickets can be bought from yellow ticket machines or from the ticket counter, although purchases from the ticket counter incur a €1.00 surcharge. Any purchase paid with Visa or Mastercard will be charged with €0.50 extra (unlike payments with Maestro cards or cash). An Amsterdam Travel Ticket includes a 2nd class return ticket from the airport valid on all trains except Thalys as well as unlimited loal transport in Amsterdam The card costs €16 for 1 day, €21 for 2 days, and €26 for 3 days and is a good deal if you plan on riding the trams often in Amsterdam.

  • Bus #397 / Amsterdam Airport Express operates service between the airport and Museumplein, Rijksmuseum, and Leidseplein. The bus is only worth taking if these stops are closer to your accommodation. The bus costs €4.75/single €9/return if purchased online or €5/single if purchased from the driver. The bus departs from platform B9 every 15 minutes during the day and hourly at night and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes.

  • Taxi rates are €2.89 plus €2.12 per km and €0.35 per minute. The journey to the city centre takes 25-45 minuts, depending on traffic, and costs €40-50.

By train
Train stations in Amsterdam (in orange; centre in bright orange). Black lines: railways. Red lines: metro lines.


Most trains arrive and depart from Amsterdam Centraal Station (with one extra 'a' in Dutch), located on an island between the Amsterdam/Old Centre and the IJ waterfront. Other important train stations are Duivendrecht and Bijlmer-ArenA in the southeast, Amstel and Muiderpoort in the East, RAI and Zuid-WTC in the South, and Lelylaan and Sloterdijk in the West. Schiphol Airport also has its own train station, which functions as a major interchange station. It has at least seven trains an hour to Amsterdam Centraal, with additional trains going to other stations in Amsterdam.


Most international trains run directly to Amsterdam Centraal Station:

  • Thalys is a high-speed train that connects Amsterdam with Paris (3h19), Brussels (1h54), and Antwerp (1h12). Thalys trains run up to ten times a day. The cheapest tickets are sold out early, so book in advance if possible. There is a bar coach available where food, drinks and public transport tickets are sold. When travelling in first class, a meal and all drinks are included in the train fare.

  • ICE International connects Amsterdam up 7 times each day with Düsseldorf (2h16), Cologne (2h41), and Frankfurt (3h46). One ICE-train runs to Basel (6h43). There is a BordBistro-coach available on each ICE-train.

  • The Intercity train to Berlin runs every two hours and connects Amsterdam Central Station with Osnabrück (3h08), Hanover (4h20), and Berlin (6h22). A BordBistro-coach is available on each train to Berlin.

  • Eurostar runs a high speed service from London St Pancras Station to Brussels Zuid/Midi Station. From Brussels you can continue to Amsterdam by Thalys. Tickets are sold on the Eurostar website and (sometimes cheaper) on the NS Hispeed website. 


By bus

Most international bus services are affiliated to Eurolines, which has a terminal at Duivendrecht station (was at Amstel Station) buses 40, 62, 65, 240, 355. One bus per day is usually the maximum frequency on these routes.

  • The British low-budget bus company Megabus operates bus services twice-daily from both London and Paris to Amsterdam via Brussels, terminating at the Zeeburg Park and Ride Coach Park/Zuiderzeeweg tram stop in the east of the city. From there, there are frequent tram and bus services into the city, although the driver will usually advise you to take a tram.

  • OUIBUS operates bus service few times a day from both London and Paris to Amsterdam via Brussels as well as Megabus, terminating at the Sloterdijk Station, metro 50, tram 12.

  • The German low-cost bus company FlixBus operates bus service few times a day from mutiple locations in Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg, terminating at the Sloterdijk Station (Radarweg). It sometimes operates together with Megabus.

  • There are other international bus services, but they are often aimed at very specific markets, e.g. Polish migrant workers. There are almost no long-distance internal bus services in the Netherlands, and none to Amsterdam.


By car

The western part of the Netherlands has a dense (and congested) road network. Coming from the east (Germany), the A1 motorway leads directly to Amsterdam. On the A12 from Arnhem, change at Utrecht to the A2 northbound. From the south (Belgium), the A2 goes directly to Amsterdam: the A16 /A27 from Antwerp via Breda connects to the A2 south of Utrecht. From The Hague, the A4 leads to Amsterdam. All motorways to Amsterdam connect to the ring motorway, the A10. From this motorway, main roads lead radially into Amsterdam (the roads S101 through S118).

In most cases, you'll want to avoid going into the city centre by car: traffic is dense and parking spaces are expensive and nearly impossible to find. Instead, when on the A10, follow the signs to one of the P+R-spots (P+R Zeeburg to the east, P+R ArenA to the southeast, P+R Olympisch Stadion to the south, and P+R Sloterdijk to the west).

The speed limit on Dutch motorways is 130km/h, except where indicated. On the A10 ring motorway around Amsterdam, the maximum speed is 100km/h, and 80km/h on the Western section. These limits are strictly enforced and there are many speed cameras.



The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the Organizing Committee nor the Conference Secretariat assumes any liability.

Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.



Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.



In Amsterdam, the climate is warm and temperate in June. You can expect quite a bit of sunshine, with lots of blue skies and a normal average temperature of 15° C (59° F) — and daytime highs of 19-20° C (66.2-68° F).



In the Netherlands, the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Type C and F power outlets


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Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam
Piet Heinkade 1
1019 BR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Founded in 2005; Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ is the most important stage for contemporary music in the Netherlands. It is located above the IJtunnel, a ten-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. The building was designed by Danish architects 3XN. Spacious modern rooms, parking directly under the building and an unparalleled view: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ has it all in house.

Organization Secretariat

Kenes M+

General Inquiries:
Ms. Merve Tufekci