Welcome to Rotterdam
It is indeed a pleasure to welcome you to the 2005 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium. It will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from September 18 through September 21, 2005.
The conference will be held in "De Doelen", a conference centre at Rotterdam Central Railway Station, which is a 40-minute train ride from Schiphol, Amsterdam International Airport. It is a modern, very well equipped conference centre that is perfectly suited for conferences around 1000 delegates.
Rotterdam is a multicultural city that has an interesting mixture of traditional and modern architecture. It has many museums, covering art, natural history, cultural anthropology, maritime life and many other topics with art collections ranging from Dutch masters through African sculptures to contemporary art. All museums are within easy walking distance from the conference centre. Rotterdam hosts the largest port in the world and both the river and the harbor create a special atmosphere in the city. The Pilgrim fathers started their journey from the Pilgrims' church in the harbor of Rotterdam and Hotel New York, the cruise terminal of the Holland America Line, the main historic cruise line between the USA and Europe can also be found here.
Other than the museums and historic sites, Rotterdam has an extensive cultural and sports program. At the Doelen the grand finale of the Gergiev festival of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will be given the Saturday night before the IEEE conference. The final of the World Championship Baseball will be on the same evening in the Neptunus stadium, the home of the European champion and since Feyenoord, one of the top 3 soccer teams of the Netherlands plays a home match on Sunday, we will try to arrange tickets for delegates. Please check the conference website for details.
It will be the third visit to Europe for the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, and we trust that the Rotterdam conference in 2005 will be as successful as the Cannes conference in 1994 and the Munich conference in 2002.
Hope to meet you all in Rotterdam,