Rotterdam, The Netherlands
30 April - 4 May 2011

Charles Bridge

Social Programme

Details about the social programme are available below.



ECE 2011 Welcome Reception
Saturday 30 April 2011, 19:45 - 21:00
Congress Centre de Doelen

ESE invite you to a welcome reception for the 2011 congress taking place in the exhibition area of the Congress Centre de Doelen, where drinks and light snacks will be available to all.

ECE 25th Anniversary Evening
Sunday 1 May 2011, 8.30pm
Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam

ECE delegates are invited to attend a 25th Anniversary Evening dinner with light entertainment on Sunday 1 May 2011 at the Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam.

Long before the days of cruise ships, passengers were using Rotterdam as a port of embarkation for faraway places: The Pilgrims departed from Delfshaven (now part of Rotterdam) for the New World by way of Southampton in 1620, Durant's Swiss ancestor left Rotterdam for the New World in 1752, and Holland-Amerika Lijn (in English, Holland America Line) carried hundreds of thousands of immigrants--mostly Eastern Europeans--from Rotterdam to North America from 1880 onwards.

Throughout the first 70 years of the 20th Century, Rotterdam's Holland Amerikakade (Holland America Quay) was the arrival and departure point for ships between the Netherlands and foreign ports--most notably Hoboken, New Jersey, which served the New York market. Holland America Line switched from scheduled passenger service to cruising in 1971, and today, the renovated HAL embarkation and customs hall is the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam.

Cruise Terminal Rotterdam currently welcomes about 20 cruise ships a year but when it is not hosting a cruise ship, it transforms into a beautiful evening venue. The stunning view of Rotterdam that can be enjoyed through 100 metres of windows and the view on the River Meuse is quite breathtaking. ECE’s 25th anniversary dinner will be hosted in this unique location at the foot of the Erasmus bridge.

Transfers will be provided to the anniversary dinner from the Congress centre de Doelen as well as from the main congress hotels (a schedule will be provided on-site). However, as the Rotterdam cruise terminal is directly across the Nieuwe Maas River from the city center, you can reach the terminal by a short walk (about 20 minutes) via the Erasmus Bridge or by taxi, tram lines 20/25/30 or by Metro - exit at Wilhelminaplein and walk a short half-block east to the cruise terminal.

Tickets will include return transport to the Congress centre de Doelen or one of the specified congress hotels , dinner and light entertainment.

For more information about the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam please visit:

Tickets are priced at €75 (Non members) €60 (ESE member), €35 (fellow, student, nurse) and should be booked online when you register for the congress.