Welcome to Cancer Stem Cells 2020 Conference which will be held at Amsterdam, Netherlands . The city has large number of canals and many tourist attractions.
ABOUT THE CITY:
Amsterdam's name has been derived from Amstelredamme, which indicates the city's origin around a dam in the river Amstel. Many large institutions have established their headquarters, which includes Philips, Tom Tom, ING and etc.; many of the world's largest companies which are located in Amsterdam have their European headquarters in the city, such as leading technology companies like Uber, Netflix and Tesla.
The tourist places include the city’s historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Concertgebouw, the Anne Frank House, the Amsterdam Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Natura Artis Magistra, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, NEMO and many cannabis coffee shops. They draw about 5 million international visitors annually.
In the 17th and 18th century, Amsterdam was a city where immigrants made the majority. Most immigrants were Lutheran Protestant Germans, French Huguenots, or Spanish Jews. There was also an inflow of Flemish refugees following the fall of Antwerp.
It is a city of technological prowess; it is a home for approx. 578 ICT companies. The city is ranked 4th globally in app invention and developments. Various Silicon Valley companies have been set up including Salesforce, DoubleDutch and Cisco.
Amsterdam is trying to increase its tech talent pool, the city’s start-up’s received funding of €194m last year – a whopping 76% of the Netherlands’ total start-up funding, with tech companies.
By the end of the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution extended in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam-Rijn kanaal was mined to give Amsterdam a direct connection to the Rhine and the Noordzee kanaal to give connection with the North Sea. Both the projects improved communication with the rest of Europe and the world intensely. They gave the economy a big lift.
During 1995, the national government planned the creation of a 'city province', comprising of Amsterdam and neighbouring towns. This proposal was forbidden by the people in a referendum. The opposition was not against creating the city province as it was against the splitting of the city into parts. Opposers feared this would abolish the city's cohesion. After the referendum, the city province proposal was dropped. Since 1995, city parts have gradually become more autonomous, and neighbouring towns have been drawn into the city, politically and economically. The city province has attained in the form of 'Greater Amsterdam'.
In the early ages of the twenty-first century, the Amsterdam city centre successfully fascinated large numbers of tourists by means of campaigns such as I Amsterdam. Between 2012 and 2015, 3000 hotel rooms were built; Airbnb further brought another 11.000 accommodations and the annual number of tourists rose from 10 million to 17 million. Real estate prices have increased, making the centre high-priced for the city's inhabitants, while local shops are making way for tourist-oriented ones. These developments have induced comparisons with Venice, a city already astounded by the tourist influx.
One thing is for sure: by 2020, when people talk about technology, scientific innovation and start-ups, Amsterdam’s accomplishments will come up just as much as Silicon Valley’s.