Congress Amsterdam 2023

IVR Congress 2023 – Amsterdam

From 24 to 26 May 2023, the 36th edition of the IVR Congress will take place in Amsterdam. The IVR Congress has been a great success among our members for many years and, in addition to a substantively strong programme, offers a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted and network with our members from different countries and sectors in an informal way.

Beautiful locations and inspiring speakers
The 36th edition of the IVR Congress will take place in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, with a rich history and a strong link to the inland navigation sector. The congress once again offers a wide range of activities and networking opportunities.

Board and committees
The congress will start on Wednesday 24 May with the meetings of the members of the Executive Committee, the Board of Management, the Advisory Council and the Loss Prevention Committee. Afterwards there will be an Executive Dinner (on invitation only).

Workshop and dinner 
After the meeting of the Legal Committee on Thursday morning, May 25, the day program for members will start in the afternoon with registration, lunch and workshop. The evening program for all participants includes a boat trip to the next location for a cocktail hour and delicious 4-course dinner.
General Assembly
Traditionally, on Friday 26 May, the General Assembly will take place for the members at a beautiful location. Simultaneously, an activity is organised for the partners. After the meeting, the group reunites for a closing lunch.

This page is regularly updated with more information. Keep a close eye on this page, our monthly newsletter and social media channels. Registration will be possible from mid-February via this page.

Given the positive experiences in recent years, we are once again opening congress participation to non-members, not least in order to offer all congress participants a broader network. Non-members can participate in an IVR congress once, after which they are offered the opportunity to join as a member.


Workshop “Changing Landscapes”


We can already announce the first location. Keep an eye on this page, our newsletter and social media posts for more updates on the different locations.

Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam

Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam is the ‘greenest’ and one of the first energy-neutral hotels in the Netherlands and is built with sustainable and recyclable materials.

In addition, many energy-saving measures are used, such as collecting rainwater to water the indoor garden and converting solar energy to heat the shower water.

Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam is located on the tip of the Java island, with a beautiful view of the water and about a 20-minute walk from Central Station.

The day program for all participants will start in Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam. After registration and collection of the personalized batch, a delicious lunch will be served and the conference will be opened with the workshop “Changing Landscapes”. During the workshop, speakers from different European countries and disciplines will discuss a topic related to the central theme.

The element of water cannot be missed during an inland navigation oriented congress in a city like Amsterdam, so after the workshop we will take a boat ride to the next location.

Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam also offers rooms with a discount especially for our guests, see ‘Hotel’ on this page for more information.


After a cruise where we sail from the panoramic view of the IJ to the historic canals of Amsterdam’s city center, we moor at the beautiful 17th-century Koepelkerk.

The Round Lutheran Church was built in 1668-1671 as the second and thus “new” Lutheran Church, after the Old Lutheran Church had become too small due to the many Lutheran immigrants.

The architect was Adriaan Dortsman. Because the Lutherans were forbidden to build a church tower, they built a domed church. In the small turret on the dome, called lantern, the Lutheran swan was depicted.

The Lutherans left the church in 1935, after which the building was used for various purposes, including a concert hall and a sailmaker’s workshop. The adjacent Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel now uses the church and operates it as an event location.

After a cocktail hour in the Koepelkerk we will enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner in the historic dome hall.

Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)

Traditionally, the General Assembly will take place on the Friday, once again at a beautiful location: at the Royal Tropical Institute.

This multidisciplinary knowledge institute for international, economic and intercultural cooperation (also known as KIT or Tropeninstituut) collaborates with governments, the business community and multilateral organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank.

The institute is a continuation of the Colonial Museum in Haarlem, which was founded in 1864. In 1910, on the initiative of private individuals, governments and companies, it was decided to move the museum to Amsterdam and to expand it with an institute. The name was changed to Royal Tropical Institute in the 1950s.

KIT is a non-profit organisation. Income comes from project financing by the Dutch government and international organizations, and from projects for the private sector. It focuses on themes such as: stimulation of sustainable production chains, promotion of female entrepreneurship, quality improvement of medical services and infrastructure, culture preservation and exchange, especially in developing countries.

The general assembly takes place in the Queen Máxima Hall. A separate activity will be organized during the meeting for partners and non-members. After the meeting, a joint closing lunch will take place in the marble hall of KIT.


Important information about hotel accommodation

Participants of the IVR Congress 2023 can decide for themselves whether to book a hotel stay. If you are planning to visit the IVR Congress 2023, we strongly recommend that you book a room as soon as possible. Accommodations in Amsterdam are very popular and fill up quickly. Many hotels have flexible cancellation policies.

Guests are solely responsible for reserving and paying for a hotel room. Please check the cancellation policy carefully before booking a hotel room.

IVR has no insight into the booking systems of the hotels and if you have any questions about your reservation, you must therefore contact the relevant hotel yourself.

IVR has made agreements with a number of hotels in Amsterdam about a reduced rate especially for guests of the IVR Congress 2023. IVR is not liable for any errors and/or price changes. The recommended hotels are just a suggestion due to its convenient location. Of course, the participants are completely free to arrange other accommodation, if any.

Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam by WestCord (congresshotel)
Javakade 766, 1019 SH Amsterdam 

Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam (where the day program will take place on Thursday 25 May) offers a 10% discount on the room rate that applies at the time of booking, especially for guests of the IVR Congress 2023. When booking, use the following promo code to get a 10% discount: IVR Congress 2023

Book your room at Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam here


Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, 1012 AD Amsterdam

NH offers the following reduced room rates for this hotel for visitors to the IVR Congress 2023:

Superior Double – Single use
Check in 24-05: € 340,15* 
Check in 25-05: € 356,30*  *incl. VAT and breakfast, excl. city taxBook your room at NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace here. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station
Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK AmsterdamEspecially for guests of the IVR Congress 2023 at the DoubleTree Hotel Central Station, Hilton offers a 10% discount on the room rate at the time of booking.Book your room at DoubleTree by Hilton here.   
Hotel NH City Centre Amsterdam
Spuistraat 288-292, 1012 VX AmsterdamNH offers the following reduced room rates for this hotel for visitors to the IVR Congress 2023:Superior Double – Single use
Check in 24-05: € 346,30* 
Check in 25-05: € 304,00*  *incl. VAT and breakfast, excl. city taxBook your room at NH City Centre Amsterdam here.

Registration IVR Congress 2023

Registration for the IVR Congress 2023 is officially closed. Not registered yet? Contact the IVR secretariat for the possibilities at

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Annual participation in the IVR Congress is possible with an IVR membership.

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Want to become a sponsor too?

For the IVR Congress 2023 we have reached the maximum amount of sponsors, but upcoming autumn you have the opportunity to register as a sponsor for the 10th IVR Colloquium in Vienna, Austria. For more information, please contact our secretariat.

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