The main conference location is at Windesheim University Hospitaaldreef 5, Almere, which is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the Almere Centrum train station. Other locations are the Hospital (lunch), the City Hall (welcome reception and diner), both next to Windesheim and the Utopolis cinema, which is 5 minutes’ walk from the university.
From the moment of its establishment in 1976, Almere has been one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
Since its initial development as a suburban area east of Amsterdam, it has grown into the status of Holland ’s most exemplary new town. In just 36 years it has attracted over 197,000 residents and 16,500 businesses.
The very birth of Almere demonstrates its innovative character as a city. At the outset of the 20th century, Almere’s present territory was just a patch of water in the Zuiderzee. Starting in 1932, the majority of the Zuiderzee was closed off from the North Sea and the salt-water inlet changed into a fresh-water lake – the IJsselmeer. In 1975 Almere’s first inhabitants – real pioneers – took up residence on the newly reclaimed land. Since then, Almere has been a city where innovations can thrive, which is essentially what the new town character of Almere is all about.