STRINGS '97

PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Dates

The conference will begin on Monday June 16, end on Friday June 20. On Saturday the 21st there will be a special program, aimed at a more general audience. Registration will start at 8:30 Monday morning. The Saturday program will end around 16:30.

Addresses

Conference building: Psychology building (University of Amsterdam), Roetersstraat 15. See also the maps below, where the building is marked as `Building A' on Map B. On the first day (Monday June 16) the registration desk can be directly reached under phone number (020) - 525 5955.

Travel

From Schiphol Airport trains run frequently to Amsterdam. The Railway station is situated adjacent to the terminal building, clearly indicated by yellow signs. Useful arrival information can be found here.

Participants staying in the town center are advised to take the train to Amsterdam Central Station (fl. 6.25), and take a tram or taxi from there.

Guests of the Casa 400 hotel are advised to take the train to Amsterdam R.A.I.-station, there change to the (overground running) metro, nr. 51 (direction Central Station), get off at Amstel Station.

In tram, metro and bus one pays via so-called `strippencards', which can be obtained at the railway ticket-counter at Schiphol Plaza or Central Station (fl. 11.25 for 15 strips, most journeys in town will cost 2 strips, unused strips remain valid). Strippencards must be purchased before getting on tram/metro but can sometimes be bought on the tram, which is a lot more expensive and not always possible. Taxis from Schiphol to Amsterdam Town Centre will charge approximately fl. 65,-.

The Strings 97 meeting will take place at the campus of the University of Amsterdam on the Roeterseiland. The lectures will be given in Building A, Roetersstraat 15. This neighbourhood is called `De Plantage' and immediately adjacent to the historic center, in particular Amstel, Rembrandplein, Waterlooplein. It can be reached by public transportation via various trams (9,14,7) and via subway stop Weesperplein or Waterlooplein. It is a 10 minutes subway ride to the Central Station. See map A below for the location of the conference area.

On Monday morning, to get from hotel Casa 400 to the conference building, you can take any metro at Amstel Station in the direction of Central Station, and get off at the stop at Weesperplein. From there it is only a two minute walk to the Psychology Building `A', see map B.

Car rental

Amsterdam is a relatively small city, most of the town center can be reached on foot or by tram/metro. Also due to strict parking regulations and traffic control, it is hard to get around town by car. However, if you do want to rent a car, you can find many addresses and telephone numbers in the arrival lounge at Schiphol, or at your hotel.

Finance

Local currency is the Dutch guilder, 1 US $ = fl. 1.93. Exchange Offices at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam Central Station and Amsterdam Amstel station, and at various places in town. Credit cards (Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express, etc) widely accepted, can also be used in most of the cash-point machines (with the credit card-logos).

Visa

Please make sure that you have all necessary documents to enter the Netherlands. From western countries no visa are required. Please let us know a.s.a.p. if you need an official letter of invitation to obtain a visa.

Accomodation

Information about your hotel accommodation will be provided by:
Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Dam 19, 1012 JS Amsterdam.
Email: agm@keytours.nl
Phone number: ++31 (0)20 - 624 1361, fax number: ++31 (0)20 - 623 5107.

Email and contacts

Email connections will be provided in the conference building, accessible at working hours.

During the conference week participants can be contacted via the conference secretary at phone number ++31 (0)20 - 525 5773, fax number ++31 (0)20 - 525 5778. Urgent messages will be indicated at a central point.

Meals

A list of restaurants and bars will be handed out upon registration at the conference. Special diets (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) are no problem. Lunches will take place in the Mensa of the University, located nearby the conference building, in building E on map B.

Climate

Weather in Amsterdam in June is likely to be good, but quite unpredictable. Temperatures vary between 5-15 degrees Celsius during the nights, and 15-25 degrees Celsius during the day. Rain gear is advisable.

Eurotop '97

In the beginning of the week Amsterdam will be under the spell of the Eurotop, the major European political event this year. European government leaders and ministers will have meetings very nearby our conference area, which may result in temporal road closures, diversions of trams, etc. Many extra cultural events will be organized the weekend before, and during the week of the conference. We will inform you about (special) programs upon arrival.

Hotels

The following hotels are used by the conference travel agency

Hotel Westeuropa
Nassaukade 387-390
tel. 6834935, fax 6184508

Hotel Ibis Centre
Stationsplein 49
tel. 6389999, fax 6200156

Hotel Bridge
Amstel 107-111
tel. 6237068, fax 6241565

Mecure Arth. Frommer
Noorderstraat 46
tel. 6220328, fax 6203208

Hotel Prins Hendrik
Pr. Hendrikkade 53
tel 6237969, fax 6274391

Hotel Owl
R. Visscherstraat 1-3
tel. 6189484, fax 6189441

Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Dam 9
tel. 5549111

Hotel Casa 400
James Wattstraat 75
tel. 6651171, fax 6630379

Mercure Amstel
Johan Muyskenweg 10

Map A

Map B