SEMANTiCS 2017 is hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The SEMANTiCS conference will take place at the Meervaart Theatre in Amsterdam.

The Meervaart is one of the best known venues in the Netherlands and offers facilities for groups from 12 to 800 people. The Meervaart is a conference centre and theatre that hosts over 100 conferences per year. It is uniquely located on the banks of a city lake, the Sloterplas. Almost exactly in the middle between Schiphol airport and the Amsterdam city centre, the venue is easily accessible to visitors from near and far. Multiple public transport options are available on the doorstep, as well as ample, low-cost parking. The National Congress and Meeting Classification classifies the Meervaart as a venue with a luxury business atmosphere, that measures up to the strictest technical requirements for meetings and conferences. 

De Meervaart 
Meer en Vaart 300
1068 LE Amsterdam



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