Annual RC21 Conference 2011

The struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), July 7-9 2011



By plane

The airport of Amsterdam is Schiphol airport and is located 15km South-West of Amsterdam. Since Amsterdam is rather a busy city, many carriers fly from and to Schiphol the largest being KLM, Air France, Delta, Alitalia, British Airways.

* The university building and conference site is located in the inner city of Amsterdam within walking distance from central station. The easiest and cheapest way to reach the central station (Amsterdam Centraal) from the airport is to catch a train at the Schiphol train station. The station is situated below the airport. Trains from there are direct to Amsterdam.

* Train tickets are available at the ticket offices in the airport, and from the yellow ticket machines as well (you can find them near the platforms). A one-way ticket costs €3.70. The machines accept Dutch bank cards, coins and foreign cards with the Maestro-logo, but not credit cards. There is also a ticket desk open 24 hours. The trip takes about 20 minutes.

During the day time, there are 4 to 5 train departures per hour, and trains are running 1 once per hour between 1am and 5am. Trains to Amsterdam Centraal usually run from platform 3.

* You can reach the center of Amsterdam by taxi as well. Be aware that the costs are quite high. The ride costs about €40-50. Depending on the time of day and traffic levels, it could take only 25 min…or twice the time.

By train

Amsterdam Centraal is a hub in Europe, and is easily and directly reachable from Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne and London.
High speed trains operate from these cities several times a day.

By bus

Eurolines operates from and to Amsterdam, to Berlin, Paris, London and major other European cities. The earlier you book, the better chances you have to find a cheap ticket.

Getting around in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is not a large city. While in the center most destinations can be reached by foot but you can also get around by tram, bus, taxi and in some cases subway. Regular public transport stops running around midnight but there are night services that run every hour.

Amsterdam has switched to an electronic public transport card, a so-called ‘e-purse’. You can buy these cards for single trips in the bus or tram but it is much more economical to buy a card with a pre-loaded amount of credit at one of the ticket machines at central station. These are the blue machines in the basement (subway-station) of the train station. For more information and the tram/bus routes see:

Taxis in Amsterdam are generally expensive and do not offer good service. Don’t use them unless you really need to.

Should you be staying longer, a good way to get around is to rent a bicycle. A good bicycle rent place near the conference location is:
Amsterdam Rent a Bike
Damstraat 20-22
Tel. 020 6255029

Conference location
The conference will be held in the historic Oudemanhuispoort complex of the University of Amsterdam.

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam

You can find a map and directions here:


The hotels below are within walking distance (5-10 minutes) of the conference site. As Amsterdam is a popular tourist destination, please book early to get the lowest rates. As we expect many visitors the hotels below are all larger ones. If you are looking for a more intimate place to stay the center of Amsterdam offers many more hotels. You can find hotels close to the conference site through this link: click here

RHO Hotel ***
Nes 05-23
Tel: + 31 20 6207371
Fax: + 31 20 6207826

Single room: €135
Double room: €140
Breakfast included

The RHO hotel has reserved rooms specifically for conference guests and agreed to apply a 5% discount. If you wish to take this offer please use the booking form attached » download form

IBIS City Stopera ***
      Tel. 31 (0)20.5319135
      Fax. 31(0)20.5319145

Single room: €95
Double room: €114
Breakfast: included depending on the offer

IBIS Central Station ***

Stationsplein 49
Tel.: 31 (0)20.6389999
Fax.: 31 (0)20.5222889
Booking by phone: 31(0)20.5222810
Single room: €109
Double room: €114
Breakfast: included depending on the offer

Hotel Le Coin
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 5
Tel: 31 (0)20.524 6800
Fax: 31 (0)20.524 6801

Single room: €119
Double room: €139
Breakfast available

NH Hotel Doelen ****
Nieuwe Doelenstraat
Tel. 31 (0)20.5540600
Fax: 31 (0)20.6221084

Single room: from 120€
Breakfast available

NH Hotel Carlton ****
Vijzelstraat 4
Tel. +31 20 622 22 66
Fax: + 31205216815
Standard room single/double: €150
Breakfast not included

Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam ****
Rusland 17
Tel. 31 (0)20 6231231
Fax. 31 (0)20 520 8200

Standard room single/double: €180
Breakfast available


Should you wish to make your stay a cheaper one, there are several hostels operated by the StayOkay group. The Amsterdam Stadsdoelen is around the corner from the conference. The hostel in the Indische Buurt is also decent, but it is further away and you will need to take a tram or bike to get to the conference site. The hostel in the Vondelpark is in a nice location but it is also popular with a party crowd.

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21 December 2011
Deadline for abstract submission

10 January 2011
Notification of selected abstracts

16 March 2011
Registration open

15 May 2011
Deadline for early bird registration and for (some) hotel options

31 May 2011
Deadline for paper submission

15 June 2011
Papers online

7-9 July 2011