» The Netherlands

General Information

The Netherlands share the temperate maritime climate common to much of Northern and Western Europe. The average day temperature in July is 21° – 25° Celsius.

Crime levels are low in Amsterdam. However, we strongly advise you to watch out for cunning pickpockets, especially when on the train from and to Schiphol Airport, on crowded trams, buses or metros and while watching street performers.


Hi / Hello

Hoi or Hallo (hoy / hah-loh )

Yes / No

Ja / Nee (yah / nay)

Good morning

Goedemorgen (khoo-duh-mawr-ghu)h

Good evening

Goedenavond (khoo-duh-nah-fohnt)

Good afternoon

Goedemiddag (khoo-duh-mih-dahkh)

Good night

Goedenacht (khoo-duh-nahkht)

How are you?

Hoe gaat het met u? (= formal) (hoo khaht ut meht ew)

Hoe gaat het? (= informal) (hoo khaht ut?)

Fine / Very good

Goed or heel goed (khoot / hayl khoot)

See you later (in the same day)

Tot straks (toht straks)

See you soon

Tot zo (toht zoh)

Thank you

Dank u wel (= formal) (dahnk-ew-vehl)

Dank je wel (= informal) (dahnk-yuh-vehl)


Alstublieft (=formal) (ahlst-ew-bleeft)

Alsjeblieft (= informal) (ahl-shuh-bleeft)

The voltage in the Netherlands is 220-240V. USA, English and some other foreign appliances require an adapter for the voltage as well as an adapter for the plug. Please bring your own adapter as there are no adapters available at the congress venue.

Delegates are advised to arrange adequate travel, health and other insurance before they leave their home country.

Opening hours shops
In the city centre most shops are open 7 days a week.
Opening hours: 09.30 until 18.00 hrs (Monday to Saturday); 12.00-17.00 hrs. (Sunday in the city center only). On Thursday evening shops are open until 21.00 hrs. Supermarkets are open 7 days a week.

Passports and visa
All visitors travelling to the Netherlands must be in possession of a valid passport. Participants should check with their local travel agents whether they require an entry visa for the Netherlands.

Time zone
The Netherlands and Amsterdam are in the Central European Time Zone, one hour ahead of GMT.

Service is always included. However, it is customary to tip in restaurants, bars and when paying for taxi’s. As a general rule tipping between 5-10% should be adequate.

Amsterdam is a very compact city where your destination will usually not be at a great distance. The city is therefore ideal for getting around by foot, bicycle or public transport. Amsterdam has a very dense public transport system and tram, metro or bus stops are usually around the corner. Website to plan your route: ov9292.nl

Cars are less suited for getting around in Amsterdam because the city can be considered rather car-unfriendly. Parking has to be paid for in almost the entire city and the rates can be substantial.

Disclaimer / Liability
In the unlikely case of cancellation of the IVBM2024 meeting, the organizers (committee and conference organization) and service providers cannot accept liability for any consequential loss and shall have no liability to reimburse any other costs that may have been incurred, including transport costs, accommodation etc. Delegates are encouraged to take out travel insurance when making travel and accommodation arrangements.