General information

We will start the conference on Wednesday evening with an official welcome reception at the beautiful City Hall of Rotterdam at the Coolsingel. 

After this reception, you will have plenty of time to enjoy a nice dinner at one of many fine restaurants in the city center. And maybe afterwards you will join us at our Conference Café ‘Dudok’ where you will find the most famous apple pie of Holland. Here you can meet other participants of the conference.  This café will be the meeting point for the duration of the conference.


Thursday afternoon : a tour on a historic tram

At the end of an, no doubt, interesting conference day, we will take you for a tram ride through the city of Rotterdam.

Lijn 10 keeps the history of the tram of Rotterdam alive and kicking. Trams from 1931 take you on a tour along ultramodern buildings, the exuberant city centre and historic parts of town.  During the 80 minutes tour you will get a good picture of the present and past of Rotterdam.

Information needed?

Whenever you need information on events in the city, museums, restaurants or anything else for yourself or your partner, don’t hesitate to ask the organizing committee. They are always prepared to help you with your questions and maybe give you some ideas.

Conference dinner on Friday evening at the Zalmhuis

The conference dinner is optional and you need to sign in and payfor it through the registration form.

On Friday evening we would like to invite you to the conference dinner in Restaurant the Zalmhuis which is situated directly at the river Maas.

Instead of going to the Zalmhuis by bus, we will take you there by boat so that you get the chance to see something of what Rotterdam is all about and famous for; the water, the architecture, the bridges and it’s harbour!

We will board at Leuvehaven and welcome you aboard one of the ships of the Spido line. While enjoying your drink, you will have the opportunity to discover and admire the old and the new of the city of Rotterdam. It offers you a unique chance to see Rotterdam from the waterside and to get acquainted with the rich architecture of the city of Rotterdam.

We will sail to Hotel New York, the former head office of the ‘Holland-Amerika lijn’ and the Northern Island. Off course you will see the Swann, the most famous and beautiful bridge of the Netherlands and the Willems Bridge….

After about an hour we will sail underneath the Van Brienenoord bridge and tie up at the Zalmhuis.

At the Zalmhuis we will have a wonderful evening in the Grand Salle, which is situated on the highest floor of the building, so that you will have a splendid view of the river Maas and on the Van Brienenoord bridge.

After an enjoyable evening with a delicious dinner and music we will take you back to your hotel by bus. The bus drives along 5 hotels in the centre of Rotterdam to drop you off.

Dresscode for the evening is smart

The Zalmhuis: A rich history – a magnificent future

Thinking of Holland…
When you think of Holland, you probably do not think of salmon. However, not that long ago, times were very different. Then this beautiful fish could still be found in the Dutch rivers in huge quantities. They were swarming with it! Until deep into the twentieth century, salmon fishing was the main source of income in villages such as Woudrichem, Ammerstol, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, IJsselmonde, Geertruidenberg and Kralingseveer. The Zalmhuis (The Salmon House), built on the very spot where once hundreds of thousands of salmon was traded, is a monumental reminder of that illustrious period in the history of the Dutch river area.  

The rise and fall of the salmon fishing business
The Golden Age of art nouveau largely coincided with the heydays of salmon fishing and the salmon auction in Kralingseveer. Halfway the nineteenth century, the fishing business became more and more professional and profits were rising. In 1885 all salmon records were broken. In Kralingseveer alone, fishers offered 104,422 salmon up for auction. The total proceeds amounted to 2 million guilders! The flourishing salmon fishing business provided a lot of work for fishers as well as for other businesses. Basket makers, rope makers, cleaners, smokehouses, salteries, cooperages, traders and shipyards took full advantage of the salmon.

When in 1906 the Zalmhuis opened its doors, the salmon population in the rivers was already shrinking fast. Many causes which contributed to the downfall of salmon fishing can be identified. Locks and dams in the upper course of the rivers, dug-up ballasts, excessive fishing and pollution all caused the salmon to disappear from the rivers Maas, the Lek, the IJssel and the Rhine. The last salmon was professionally caught in the Maas near Woudrichem in 1954.

1953: a disaster for the Zalmhuis
The flood disaster of 1953 left a trail of devastation of an unimaginable scale in the South-West of the Netherlands. The floods also meant the beginning of the end for the Zalmhuis. That end was further advanced due to the booming industrialisation and the construction of the Van Brienenoordbrug (bridge). The ferry became superfluous and when Kralingseveer was transformed due to the reconstructions of the dikes, it was a lost case altogether. In 1955, the Zalmhuis, and with that its rich history, was demolished. But it is far from over yet.

The resurrection of the Zalmhuis.
In 1990, project developer Johan Rolloos purchased a plot on the border of Rotterdam and Capelle aan den IJssel. He did so, not to build another flashy office giant, but to fulfil an old dream: rebuilding the legendary Zalmhuis. Rolloos was thorough in his approach and received some well-appreciated support from Maarten Visser, the grandson of the former salmon driver Maarten Visscher. Due to a lack of floor plans, amateur historian Visser (the ‘ch’ part in his surname has disappeared without trace, as have the salmon) conducted meetings with numerous peoples who could still remember the old building or who still had pictures of it. On the basis of that information and a load of old documents, the architect was ready to start work. In 1999, thefoundation stone was laid and three years later the Zalmhuis was back again.

Where rivers unite and people gather
Through the years, the role of our rivers has changed considerably. Shipping and fishing are still here, but these days the river also provides entertainment. The success of cruise ships and party boats are clear examples thereof. In addition, the waterways are rediscovered as efficient transport routes; this includes the use of water taxis and fast ferries. However, through the centuries one thing never changed: people meet in places where rivers do the same. With the comeback of the Zalmhuis, that tradition too has returned to Kralingseveer. The Zalmhuis is the ideal place to enjoy an excellent dinner or a fine cup of coffee. You can come here to gaze across the water and dream of times gone by or to discuss groundbreaking new future plans. The Zalmhuis is a historic location where young and old, rich and poor, trendy and traditional people meet and enjoy the dynamic views and everything else the Zalmhuis has to offer.