About Eindhoven and the Netherlands
Welcome to the Netherlands
As you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol Airport, you will get a first impression of the polders, ditches, rivers and cities as seen from the air. The Netherlands is also referred to as Holland. If you continue your journey from Schiphol by train, you will see that urban and industrial areas are alternated by fields, forests and lakes. The country is very flat, which makes the horizon look rather wide. The roads are busy and so are the inland waterways, while there is also a lot of air traffic. Since the Netherlands is a relatively small country (40,000 km2) with an extensive rail network, you can reach all the places of interest quickly and easily. The official language is Dutch but, fortunately, most Dutch people understand and even speak English. The country has a knowledge-based society; its prosperity is primarily based on advanced, global services. That is why there is an attitude of openness towards the rest of the world. It is open to business as well as socially and culturally open-minded. That makes it an ideal environment for students who want to enrich their knowledge abroad.
Eindhoven is unmistakably the most adventurous city in the south of The Netherlands. The country’s fifth-largest city, it offers everything you need to make life enjoyable! A bustling city centre with a huge variety of shops, numerous bars, pubs and restaurants, welcoming terraces, a lively nightlife, an overflowing events calendar and art and culture of the highest quality! But Eindhoven also has a rich historical background; at first sight a young and modern city, it is actually one of the oldest in The Netherlands! Let Eindhoven surprise you….
Old city with a modern face
Walking through the streets of Eindhoven you will see a young, modern city. But looks can be deceiving... Eindhoven is in fact one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands and has a very interesting history! It received city rights back in 1232. A lively cigar and textile industry developed along the Dommel River. In the Villa park (city centre) you can still see the imposing villas and mansions built by industrialists who settled here.
And then there was light....
The creation of the light-bulb in 1891 by Philips and the first DAF truck al little later was the beginning of the development and flourishing of the city. Since then Eindhoven has grown to become one of the most prominent cities of Europe in the fields of technology, knowledge and design.
Many top-class international high-tech companies are now located in Eindhoven. The Technical University, Fontys High Schools and the Design Academy continue to attract students from all over the world.
The old city centre was heavily bombarded during the Second World War and was almost completely destroyed. New buildings rose where old once stood. Much of the city's industrial heritage was luckily been preserved; these old buildings now stand in beautiful contrast to the modern architecture appearing in Eindhoven today.
Dutch Design in Eindhoven
Eindhoven plays a very important role in the world of design. Young designers from home and abroad come here to study at the famous Design Academy. Their final projects can be seen every year in the Graduation Gallery during Dutch Design Week in October, an international event not to be missed!
Situated close to the centre of Eindhoven you will find Genneper Parks. This is an area of natural beauty with many recreational possibilities. Cycling and walking routes will take you past the most beautiful spots. Parking, information & signage: Antoon Coolenlaan, Eindhoven. In addition, there is the well known museum Van Abbe, which collects many interesting works of modern art, and the DAF museum, showing the history of DAF Trucks and automobile industry in the Netherlands.
The conference is hosted on the campus of TU Eindhoven. TU/e is a relatively young and modern university. With 7100 students, 230 professors, 760 doctoral candidates and 3100 employees, TU/e is a medium sized university. TU/e plays a prominent role at both national and international levels through its research and educational programs in the engineering science and technology domain. TU/e has a strong commitment to the valorization of knowledge: translating research results into successful innovations. This may for example take the form of contributions to the development of new products or processes for industry, and the setting up of new enterprises. The university is located in Eindhoven, in South-East Brabant, a region with a strong engineering, technology and innovation profile. At this focal point of engineering and technology TU/e is a source of innovation, which is why the university proudly states “TU/e: Where innovation starts”. TU/e offers 11 Bachelor’s programs, 1 special Bachelor’s track, 21 Master’s programs and 6 special Master’s tracks. The difference between programs and special tracks is in their formal status.
Conference Location: TU Eindhoven
A map ot TU/e can be found here.
Banquet: Castle Henkenshage in Sint Oedenrode (Eindhoven)