Social events

Welcome Reception


When: Sunday October 16
Time: 18:00 – 21:00 hours
Location: Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, Wilhelminakade 699, 3072 AP Rotterdam

Transport will be arranged. There are busses departing between 17.30 – 18.00 hours from the congress venue De Doelen.
Note: public transport is also very well organized to the Cruise Terminal.

Cruise Terminal Rotterdam is the ultimate venue in several aspects. The building has a rich history, offers a breathtaking view over the skyline of Rotterdam, is surrounded by the Maas and is easily and quickly accessible by all forms of transportation by land and water. Above all, the terminal is nice and beautiful again! A landmark in Rotterdam.


From 1873 until the 1970’s Rotterdam’s Wilhelminakade was the thriving hub of the Holland America Line (HAL). Steamships whose names were familiar to all, such as the ‘Rotterdam’, the ‘Nieuw Amsterdam’ and the ‘Statendam’, carried hundreds of thousands of passengers from Rotterdam to New York. At the time the company headquarters were situated at the site of the present hotel New York, and the current Cruise Terminal Rotterdam (architects Bakema en Van de Broek) was the passenger terminal for both arrivals and departures. Shortly after 1970, Rotterdam stopped being a passenger hub. However, nowadays the spacious building on the banks of the river Maas, defined by the distinctive, six-arched roof and 120-m long glass facade is proud to receive cruiseships


With regard to sustainability the caterer, MaGuise Party Catering BV, finds this a priority. MaGuise Party Catering BV invests, together with its suppliers, intensive continuous sustainability of the production and the product range. They find the world around them very important. That’s why they work with less energy consumption (by using other cooking techniques, energy saving, green aggregates), minimizing the use of water and logistical efficiency (one shared kitchen, one truck per event with food, drinks, decor and kitchen infrastructure) at all events. In addition, all disposables are biodegradable and spans MaGuise Party Catering BV in order to reduce food waste.


Gala Dinner 


When: Wednesday October 19
Time: 20:00 – 24:00 hours
Location: Van Nelle Fabriek, Van Nelleweg 1, 3044 BC Rotterdam

Transport will be arranged. There are busses departing between 19.00 – 19.30 hours from the congress venue De Doelen.

The Van Nelle Factory is industrial property listed in the national register of historic monuments and proud to be an UNESCO World Heritage site. Energy and inspiration. Glass and steel. History and future.


For 64 years coffee, tea and tobacco were produced. In 1923, Van Nelle’s progressive managing director Kees van der Leeuw commissioned the construction of an ingenious, cutting-edge factory complex that would incorporate a comprehensive range of employee facilities. The factory not only included showers, it also had to be built entirely above ground to let in light and air and create space. Until the year 1995 coffee, tea, and tobacco were produced here. After 64 years it all stopped.

In 1998, Sara Lee/DE endorsed the ambitious renovation plans of an enthusiastic group of developers. The building was adapted to the new preferences and demands of modern society so it could once again be used as a high-powered and dynamic hub, this time for creative professionals.


The green factory

The factory’s ecological footprint is kept as small as possible. All the sanitary facilities are flushed with ‘grey’ water, and the entire factory runs on electricity from renewable sources. There is LED lighting in all the event rooms and separate waste collection. We also encourage travel by public transport and only use environmentally friendly cleaning products. In fact, it would not be overstating the matter to say that the renovation of this gorgeous former factory is essentially the ultimate form of recycling. The sustainability policies were rewarded with the A-label for sustainable monument management, presented by the Ministry of Public Works and Water Management, as well as the Golden Green Key, awarded for attaining the very highest standard of environmental care in the recreation and leisure sector.