Helmholtz-Institute Ulm

Frequently Asked Question

Travel information
VISA requirements
How to travel from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to The Hague
How to travel from Rotterdam The Hague Airport to The Hague
Electric Power Plugs and Voltage

Conference Information

Payment Information
Presentation Instructions for Speakers and Posters
Conference Venue Address and Map
Can I park near the conference center?
How to get to the conference center from the The Hague train stations
Public transport in The Hague
Internet access

Travel information


It is the traveler's responsibility to obtain the necessary passport and visa for entry to The Netherlands
A invitation letter can be obtained from the conference website


Schiphol Amsterdam Airport


Rotterdam The Hague Airport

From Rotterdam The Hague Airport, you fly quickly and comfortably to more than 40 destinations in and beyond Europe.

How to travel from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to The Hague

The best and quickest way to travel from Schiphol to The Hague is by train to “Den Haag Centraal”. Schiphol train station is situated at Schiphol Plaza directly next to the Arrivals hall, on the same ground level. You can pick up a free baggage trolley from the platform. The ticket machines are located near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza. The platforms themselves are located down the escalators, one level below ground level. Tickets are also available from the Ticket and Service desks. A one-way ticket (2nd class) to The Hague (“Den Haag Centraal”) costs €8.30. Unlike most other NS Self service ticket vending machines in The Netherlands, the vending machines at Schiphol accept VISA or MasterCard. The travel time from Schiphol to The Hague (“Den Haag Centraal”) is approx. 30 minutes. Trains to The Hague leave from platform 5 and 6. Don’t forget to check-in with your ticket at one of the check-in card readers before you board the train.

How to travel from Rotterdam The Hague Airport to The Hague

The Hague city center can be easily reached by public transportation from Rotterdam – The Hague Airport. The buses stop right next to the arrival hall. Take the RET bus 33 which runs frequently from Rotterdam airport to the nearby Meijersplein metro station - this takes 10 minutes. From Meijersplein you can travel by Metroline E (“Randstadrail”) within 30 minutes to the Den Haag Centraal train station, meaning a total travel time from the airport of about 45 minutes. Buying an RET 1 hour ticket (€3) should suffice.

Single-use tickets

Most visitors to the Netherlands and infrequent resident travellers can make do using these single-use tickets. They carry a €1 surcharge in addition to the standard fare. They are made from card, are printed with the date and route and can only be purchased on the day of travel. To validate the ticket passengers must check-in and check-out using the card readers near the platforms or at the gate barriers. The card is disposed after use - it cannot be used again.

OV-chip card

Visitors can buy an 'empty' anonymous OV-chip card for €7.50 (non-refundable, made from plastic and lasts 4-5 years) and then load it with credit up to a maximum of €150. Cards purchased at NS stations are automatically activated for train travel. Cards bought elsewhere (eg other transportation providers, newsagents, supermarkets) need to be activated for 'pre-paid travel with NS' (“reizen op saldo”) at a train station machine or desk. OV stands for “Openbaar Vervoer” (“Public Transportation”).

Single-use or OV-chip ?

If you are here for a short visit and do not plan to use public transport very much then stick with the single-use disposable tickets. If you need to make a number of rail trips and use other forms of public transport it may be worth investing €7.50 for the anonymous OV-chip card. Make an estimation of the credit you will use and load this onto the card when you purchase it. For the convenience factor alone it will save you time not having to queue up for tickets.


Schiphol Taxi Service
Schiphol Taxi Service offers very clear and fixed rates from and to the Schiphol airport. You can book your taxi via the internet.

• Private taxi
• 24-7 service
• Prices per Taxi, not per person!
• Fixed price (the price you see is the price you pay)
• Neat Mercedes E Class Taxi, Sedan & Estate.
• € 5 discount on return journey.
Rate from Schiphol to Den Haag €59.-.
Alternatively, you may book through the Schiphol website:
Low rates refer to pre-booked taxis only. Ordering a taxi at Schiphol will be much more expensive. Train travel is convenient, and cheaper and faster than a taxi.
Rotterdam The Hague Taxi Service
With the taxi, getting to and from Rotterdam The Hague Airport is no problem at all. The taxi stand is located directly in front of the entrance/exit of the airport terminal. Rotterdam Airport Taxi is specialized in trips to and from Rotterdam The Hague Airport with comfortable vehicles.
Telephone: +31 (0)10 – 262 04 06 www.rotterdam-airport-taxi.nl
Rate from Rotterdam The Hague to Den Haag approx. €56.-

The Hague in the Dutch language

The Hague has two names in the Dutch language: “Den Haag” is the most usual form, and is an abbreviation of the formal name “ ‘s-Gravenhage”. Both names refer to exactly the same city. In some written documents or road signs, the formal name is used. In spoken Dutch, “Den Haag” is used exclusively.


By law, all restaurants, pubs, cafés, night clubs, sightseeing companies, hotels and similar establishments in the Netherlands must include BTW (value added tax) and tips in their published prices.
If you feel the service was exceptional, you can leave a tip (10%) in addition to the price on the bill. In bars and cafes, it is usual to round off or leave some small change. Taxis in most towns have tips included in the rates. Still, it is customary to generously round off to the next $5 or $10 amount.

Phone Calls

The country code is 31, Area code of The Hague is 70.


The currency of The Netherlands is Euro (€).

Electrical Power Plugs and Voltage

Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Power sockets: type C / F
Type F: This socket also works with plug C and E
Type C: This socket also works with plug E and F

VAT in The Netherlands

The general VAT rate is 21%. For certain products and services the lower rate of 6% is applicable. This includes the basic needs of life like food.

Conference Information

Payment Information

Bank transfer payments - only until 17 May 2016.
Bank transfers can be accepted if the following instructions are followed exactly. (Bank transfer payment guidelines)
If you do not follow these instructions and we receive a bank transfer notification with no mention of the participant ID, it is impossible to assign the payment to a person. No bank charges should be charged to ISE.

Presentation Instructions for Speakers and Posters

• Keynote presentations will be 40 minutes, including time for questions
• Invited Oral presentations will be 20 minutes, including time for questions
• Oral presentations will be 20 minutes, including time for questions
• Poster presentation size: (vertical): width 90 cm, height 110 cm
• Presentations must be set up prior to the beginning of the session
• Preferred: Bring your presentation on a memory stick compatible with a PC computer

Alternatively: Personal laptop computers may be used, but you must ensure compatibility with the LCD projector prior to the start of the session. Also bring a memory stick as a backup.
Overhead projectors will not be supplied except upon special request at least one month before the conference and at the speaker's expense.

Conference Venue Address

World Forum
Churchillplein 10
2517 JW Den Haag
The Nederland

T +31 (0)70 306 63 66
F +31 (0)70 306 64 43
E info@worldforum.nl
I www.worldforum.nl



Can I park near the conference center?

The World Forum is easily accessible and has its own parking facilities. Exit tickets can be purchased at the machines in the parking garage (payment per hour). No cash payments possible. PIN or credit card only.
The height of the parking garage is 2.00 meters.
Parking charges
1 hour ticket : € 3,50 (including VAT)
12 hour ticket : € 13,00 (including VAT)

How to get to the conference center from the The Hague train stations

From Schiphol Amsterdam Airport :
If you travel by train you will arrive at one of the two international and well-equipped train stations of The Hague, Den Haag Centraal (CS) or Den Haag Hollands Spoor (HS).

From Den Haag Holland Spoor (HS) take tram no. 1 in the direction of “Scheveningen Noorderstrand” and get off at World Forum stop.

From Den Haag Centraal (CS) take tram no. 16 to “Statenkwartier”. Get off at the Statenplein stop (5 minute walk to World Forum). Tramline 16 also goes from and stops at Den Haag HS train station.

Public transport in The Hague

The Hague boasts an excellent public transport system. Over 30 bus and tram lines will quickly and safely take you to your destinations in and around The Hague. There is also a night bus, so you can get home safely after a night out.

If you want to take a taxi, these are available in abundance at both train stations.


Free wireless internet access will be provided in the foyers of the conference center.