Practical Information

GBSN Beyond can be accessed both virtually and in-person. The in-person portion will be hosted in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Leading academic faculty, leaders and administrators, professionals from industry and civil society are invited to join us in-person in The Netherlands. The virtual components will be hosted on the Whova event platform. Once registration is complete, individuals will be provided access to the virtual platform.

To help you prepare, we have provided a variety of practical information below.

In-Person Participation


Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character.


Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum’s vintage ships and exhibits trace the city’s seafaring history. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood is home to canalside shopping and Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for bold, modern architecture.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Kralingse Zoom 91, 3063 ND; Rotterdam, Netherlands

Monday, 7 November 13:00 – 17:00


Raderstoomboot De Majesteit

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Monday, 7 November 17:30 – 20:00



Groote Museum Building, Koningszaal Room

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tuesday, 8 November

Gala Dinner

Het West-Indisch Huis

Herenmarkt 99, 1013 EC

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tuesday, 8 November 19:00 – 22:00


Luiss Business School Amsterdam Hub

Nieuwe Herengracht 103, 1011 RZ

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wednesday, 9 November 7:30 – 9:00

Impact walk & scavenger hunt


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Monday, 7 November 8:30 – 10:00


GBSN recommends staying at one of the following hotels. Each hotel is within walking distance from the bus pick-up point, the Artis Zoo and the LUISS Business School Amsterdam campus.

Quentin Zoo Hotel

Plantage Middenlaan 33, 1018 DB Amsterdam

Price: Between EUR 94 – 129 / night

Proximity to
Luiss Amsterdam Hub: 5 minutes walking
Artis: 2 minutes walking

Wondering where to stay in Amsterdam close to everything? Our hotel is located right next Artis Zoo! The hotel is located in the area called ‘Plantage Buurt’ it is close to all Amsterdam attractions and has public transportation at the front door. Lots of restaurants, bars and shops around.

The Lancaster Hotel Amsterdam

Plantage Middenlaan 48, 1018 DH Amsterdam

Price: Between EUR 140 – 180 / night

Proximity to
Luiss Amsterdam Hub: 7 minutes walking
Artis: 7 minutes walking

An impressive monumental building that is full of special details. The Lancaster Hotel Amsterdam is located in the Plantage neighborhood. A green part of central Amsterdam, where the hotspots just keep popping up. The Amsterdam zoo Artis is located right across the street. All rooms are equipped with comfortable beds that have a wonderful mattress and excellent quality pillows – everything you need to completely relax during a weekend break or night away.

Hotel Park Plantage

Plantage Middenlaan 26, 1018 DE Amsterdam

Price: EUR 110 – 150 / night

Proximity to
Luiss Amsterdam Hub: 7 minutes walking
Artis: 6 minutes walking

Park Plantage is located in one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The hotel is a blend of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of timeless elegance, with comfortable and stylish rooms. Hotel Park Plantage prides itself on giving each guest personal attention. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, a TV, free high-speed wifi, an en-suite bathroom, and more.

Physical Activity in Amsterdam

Sign up for our IMPACT Walk & Scavenger Hunt in Amsterdam, starting Monday morning on November 7th!

Rain or shine, it will be an enjoyable time. Please prepare for inclement weather (raincoat, umbrella, etc).

If you prefer a slower-paced morning, join us for a leisure walk through Amsterdam, led by the GBSN team. The walk will begin at the Lancaster Hotel and end at Oosterpark. As the first large public park established in Amsterdam, Oosterpark is full of greenery, trees, a large pond and walkways to enjoy. Total walk time will be about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Date & Time: Monday 7 November at 8:30am

Destination: Oosterpark

Visa Information for The Netherlands

For traveling to the Netherlands, foreign nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland are exempt from the visa requirement. For some nationalities outside the EU there is no visa requirement either. 

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland

Outside EU/Schengen Area

If you want to stay in the Netherlands for less than 90 days, you may need a short-stay Schengen visa. Whether you need a visa to visit the Netherlands depends on your nationality. If you are not a national of one of the countries listed above, then you may need a short-stay Schengen visa. This allows you to stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.  You can use the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Schengen Visa Advisor to see whether you need a visa or not. Even if you do not need a visa, you must still meet certain conditions in order to visit the Netherlands. These can be found on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Please contact Emma Martens at if you need any conference documentation for a visa application.

Covid-19 Information and Requirements for The Netherlands

EU/Schengen Area

​​There are no coronavirus-related restrictions for entering the Netherlands for travelers who live in the EU/Schengen area or in a country participating in the EU travel rules scheme. The EU entry ban applies to other travelers who live outside the EU/Schengen area, but there are some exceptions.  The following countries are considered EU/Schenden area:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland

Outside EU/Schengen Area

An EU entry ban applies to residents of countries outside the EU/Schengen area. There are some exemptions, for example for people with proof of vaccination. This proof of vaccination must meet certain requirements.

Fully vaccinated means: the vaccination schedule consists of a single dose and this single dose has been administered (Janssen); OR the vaccination schedule consists of 2 doses and: Both doses have been administered, or 1 dose has been administered and it has been confirmed that the person vaccinated had previously been infected with the virus SARS-CoV-2.

Booster vaccination means: a booster vaccination is an additional dose you received after completing your primary vaccination. Validity begins immediately after booster vaccination – proof of vaccination is valid immediately after receiving a booster dose. No end date for validity after booster vaccination – proof of vaccination is valid indefinitely after you receive your booster vaccination.

Vaccination certificate means: If you do not live in the EU, you are subject to the EU entry ban and cannot travel to the Netherlands, unless:

  • You can show a valid, paper vaccination certificate, or
  • You can show a digital vaccination certificate issued by a country taking part in the EU Digital COVID Certificate system (

*Note: Proof of vaccination is valid for 270 days after you received the final dose of your primary vaccination. After you receive your booster vaccination, your proof of vaccination is valid indefinitely.


Travel By Air
The major airport in Amsterdam is Schiphol (AMS). The airport is approximately 30 minutes from the conference venue by taxi and approximately 40 minutes via public transport. 

Travel By Train 
If you are traveling by regional train, the main station in Amsterdam is Amsterdam Central. This station is approximately 10 minutes from the venue via public transport or 15 minutes via taxi.

Public Transport in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses, metros and trains. You purchase a card that can be reused and recharged with credit at any time. Cards are available at GVB ticket vending machines, GVB Tickets & Info locations, and select newsstands and supermarkets.

Dress Code

The dress code for the conference is business casual. The dress code for the Gala Dinner is national dress.

Please note, residents in Amsterdam and Rotterdam typically get around by biking or walking. Packing comfortable shoes to be able to get around by walking and/or biking is recommended.

Weather in Amsterdam in November 

Temperatures in The Netherlands in November are mild-to-cold and you should expect some rain. The Dutch climate is quite cool and wet year-round but is unlikely to feel exceptionally cold to travelers from northern parts of similar climate countries. Average daytime temperatures in November are around 45°F (7°C) with highs around 50°F (10°C) and lows of 42°F (5°C). We recommend packing a warm jacket and an umbrella or raincoat.

Additional Logistics Questions

If you have any additional questions please reach out to the GBSN Beyond team at