The dg.o 2018 will be held in Aula Conference Centre of Delft University of Technology
Address: Mekelweg 5, 2628 CC, Delft. The Netherlands
Established 1842 by King Willem II, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has a rich tradition reaching back for 175 years. Initially, the university focused predominantly on civil engineering but today there are many faculties and programs. TU Delft is the largest and most comprehensive university of engineering sciences in the Netherlands.
AULA CONFERENCE CENTRE
The Aula Conference Centre of the Delft University of Technology is located relatively close to the old city (10 to 15 minutes walking distance). The Aula Conference Centre is a modern building although it is approximately 45 years old. It has 7 rooms varying in size from 12 to 1100 seats as well as open spaces suitable for technical exhibitions, posters, but also coffee and tea breaks and lunches. In addition, there are 4 lecture halls for parallel sessions. All technical- and catering facilities are available at the Aula Conference Centre
All the conference sessions will be held at Aula Conference Centre which is easily accessible by foot, cab, or by public transportation. Should you plan your trip by public transportation, please use the provided link and choose the address of the Delft Central Station: Stationsplein, Delft, and consequently Mekelweg 5, Delft for the TU – Aula.
Further information about Aula Conference Centre of TU Delft can be found on the University website
City of Delft
Delft is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and was established as early as 1246. The city is well-known for its ties with the Dutch Royal family and the famous painter Vermeer. Delft is considered as top 10 must visit cities in the Netherlands according to tripadvisor and touropia.
William of Orange, the first in the Dutch royal line, held court in Delft in the 16th century and was assassinated and buried in Delft. In the museum “Het Prinsenhof” you can still see the bullet holes in the wall where William of Orange was killed.
Delft is also world renowned for its Delft Blue Porcelain and its lovely canals. Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. The world famous Royal Delftware is still entirely hand-painted according to centuries-old tradition and is located very near the Faculty of TPM (Building 31). Delft is sometimes named ‘small Amsterdam’ as it has cannels, historical buildings but on a smaller scale. Other famous historical figures who lived and worked in Delft are the painter the inventor of the microscope, Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek.
Delft is located between the larger cities of The Hague and Rotterdam, the former being the seat of the Dutch government and the latter, with its one of the largest ports in the world. Delft has a pleasant, well-preserved and lively historical centre, with characteristic canals, ancient merchant houses, old churches and a magnificent city hall, which makes it a popular tourist attraction throughout the year. Visitors can choose from a variety of high quality accommodations. Most of the information about the city can be found on the municipality website.
How to reach Delft?
The biggest airport in the Netherlands is Schiphol (IATA code: AMS); it takes about 50 minutes by train from Schipol station to Delft Station. The airport of Rotterdam (IATA code RTM) is also a possibility; it is very close to Delft but with no direct train connections.
1. From the Schiphol airport (AMS):
TRAIN: There is a direct train every 30 minutes to Delft from the Schiphol Airport. One-way train tickets cost €9.80 (€16.70 for first class). Schiphol railway station can be entered in the main hall of the airport. After clearing customs, you have to go through two rows of shops to get to the main hall. Depending on the train you take to Delft, you will need to go to track 5 or 6. There are ticket windows in the main hall on the side of track 1. Machines accept credit and debit card, but preference for cash (coins). Alternatively, you can use the yellow ticket machines in the baggage claim area or the main hall, which (only at Schiphol Airport) take credit cards. The train schedule can be found at http://www.ns.nl/reisplanner/.
Beware: Please, go to Delft (Central Station), do not take the train to Delft-Zuid. Also, please, don’t take the “Fyra”. This train is not so faster as the regular, bacause goes via Rotterdam. We strongly suggest taking the regular trains from Schiphol airport to Delft.
TAXIS AMS to Delft: A taxi from Schiphol (AMS) to Delft will cost anywhere between € 79,00 and € 95,00 (prices vary, and these are approximate prices). You can book a taxi with the Schiphol Travel Taxi service.
2. From the Rotterdam Airport (RTM):
TAXIS: Less cheap, but the most convenient and easy way to reach Delft. We strongly recommend this option if You are flying via ROT. The fare would be around € 25,00 and normally the taxis accept credit and debit card, but preference for payment in cash. The telephone number to call a taxi is +31 (0)102 620 406.
BUSES AND TRAINS: If you prefer to travel to Delft by public transportion, you will first need to take bus #33 to Rotterdam Central Station, which takes about 20 minutes. From there, you can take a direct train to Delft. The trains from Rotterdam station to Delft run every 15 minutes. See also the website of the RET (local Rotterdam transportation, in Dutch) and Dutch Rail (NS).
If you plan to come to Delft by car we advise you to have a look at a website such as Mappy to help you plan your route.
- Parking your car in Delft
Delft is a small and historical city. Some places cannot receive cars and there is no parking places. We strongly suggest to use the official car parks, such as the one in Zuidpoort (see parkingdelft), just a few minutes from the old city center and the central station. The rates are €2.00 per hour and €12.00 per day. The parking fee has to be paid when you collect your car.
- Parking at TU Delft
The parking spaces in the streets of Delft are clearly marked. Find a parking metre and get a ticket after parking your car. The cheapest option is to park your car in the University area. You might have to search for a space, but since the University is outside the city center, parking there is free.