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The ESES Congress 2018, takes place in the KIT – Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, a beautiful Historic building in the heart of Amsterdam

KIT – Koninlijk Instituut voor de Tropen
Mauritskade 63
1092 AD Amsterdam

KIT was founded in 1910 as the ‘Colonial Institute’ to study the tropics and to promote trade and industry in the colonial territories of the Netherlands. It was founded on the initiative of a number of large companies, with government support, making it an early example of a public-private partnership.

Since 1926, KIT has been housed in a historic, neo-renaissance building at the edge of the Oosterpark specially designed by the architect J.J. van Nieukerken and his sons. The building has been designated as a national monument and is richly adorned with decorative features and symbols referring to different cultures of the world and the colonial history of the Netherlands. On the 9th of October 1926, Queen Wilhelmina opened the complex.

The Building
The complex was built in the neo-renaissance style using one colour for the bricks and one type of natural stone for the finish. The main building, housing the main entrance, the main hall and library, and professional departments, is located on the Mauritskade side. The museum and theatre have their own entrance on the Linnaeusstraat. A low building with the shape of a semicircle connects the two buildings. At the corner of the Linnaeusstraat and Mauritskade is a large bell tower. Imposing features include the octagonal Marble Hall, the large Auditorium, and the museum’s Light Hall.
1950 – Royal Tropical Institute
The decolonisation period resulted in a broadening of the Institute’s mission, from studying the ‘Dutch Overseas Territories’, to the tropics in general, covering cultural, economic and hygiene issues.

In 1950 – two years after the independence of Indonesia – the name of the Institute was changed to Royal Tropical Institute (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen – nowadays KIT).

Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam

How to get there?

Public Transport
Tram stops Alexanderplein and Linnaeusstraat are both right outside the KIT building and are easy and
quickly available:

From Amsterdam Central Station: 18 minutes with tram 9, get off at Alexanderplein
From Amsterdam Muiderpoort Station: 2 minutes with tram 3 or 7, get off at Linnaeusstraat
From the centre of Amsterdam: 10 minutes with tram 10 or 14, get off at Alexanderplein

By car
Take the Watergraafsmeer/Diemen (s113) exit from the A10 ring road. At the end of the road choose the exit heading to Centrum/Watergraafsmeer and continue through via the Middenweg, that then turns into the Linnaeusstraat. KIT is at the end of this street at the corner of Mauritskade.
KIT | Meetings & Events have over 50 parking spaces on Linnaeusstraat. These parking spaces are available for a small fee and have to be reserved ahead of time. There are also plenty of paid street parking in the surrounding area.
Car Parks
Q Park Amsterdam Oost/Artis
Polderweg 92 (side street off of Middenweg)
1093 KP Amsterdam

From the car park, using tram 9 will get you to KIT in under 5 minutes.

There’s a taxi terminal 100 meters from KIT, it is located on Linnaeusstraat outside the Amsterdam Tropen Hotel.
There is a mooring spot in front of Mauritskade 63.
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