Event & Country related information

Congress venue

University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Roetersstraat 10-18, 1018WD

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Congress Registration Counter:

Registration / check-in at the UvA.
All Congress materials and documentation will be available from the Congress registration counter located in the UvA.

Opening Hours:
Wednesday, July 8, 2020                01:00 AM -06:00 PM
Thursday, July 9, 2020                     08:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Friday, July 10, 2020                          08:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Congress organisation by:

The Local Organising Committee (see special button) and the Events & Conferences Department of the University of Amsterdam.

Congress language

The official Congress language is English. All congress material will be in English and all sessions, workshops e.g. will be English spoken. All abstracts submitted for the conference are therefore required to be in English, as well all other congress materials such as audio-visual presentations and posters.

On-Line services – www.mchhandbook.com

Dates to remember:
Early registration ends April 30, 2020
Abstract submission deadline January 31, 2020
Notification on abstract outcome February 28, 2020
Regular registration between May 01 to June 14, 2020
Late registration from June 15, 2020
Late breaker abstract submission deadline June 15, 2020 

To whom

The MCH Handbook conference is of interest to:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Midwifes
  • Child Development Professionals
  • Researchers/Academicians
  • Policy Makers
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Government and NGO officials/representatives

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

An exhibition will be integrated into the Conference. Information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities can be found on this website under the button: Sponsoring and Exhibitions or contact the Conference Secretariat. Set up date for exhibits will be on Wednesday, July 8, 2020,  and dismantle will be on Friday afternoon, July 10, 2020. Full instructions on all aspects of the exhibition will be sent to confirmed exhibitors and will include map, location, shipping instructions, brokerage instructions, etc.

Poster exhibition

Posters will be located near the conference rooms. Information regarding poster format, set-up and dismantling will be sent to the authors along with their notification of acceptance.

What is included in the registration fee?

The registration fee will cover admittance to all Conference events including scientific sessions, commercial exhibits, lunches and the Welcome Reception.


Many participants will require visas for entry into the Netherlands. Please check with your travel agency or airline to determine whether you will require an entry permit/visa. You can also find out through visiting the website of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.minbuza.nl. Citizens of nearly all European countries, as well as citizens of Australia, Canada and the United States of America do not require a visa for a stay of up to three months. A valid passport will suffice.

Invitation letter

Persons requiring an official letter of invitation may write to the Conference secretariat. Such an invitation letter will be provided to assist participants in obtaining a visa or permission from their agencies to attend the Conference and does not cover registration fees or other expenses. Delegates requiring invitations for visa applications for entry into the Netherlands must prepay registration before the invitation letter will be issued. Those requiring invitation letters for visa applications should register at least eight (8) weeks in advance. Requests for visa invitation letters should be sent by e-mail to: congress@uva.nl

Social program / evening events

Reservations for all social program and/or evening events are to be made and if needed paid in advance at the time of registration.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 05:30 PM – 07:30 PM.
Opening Reception – UvA
Costs included in registration fee. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 06:30 PM – 09:30 PM.
Boat tour from the conference venue to restaurant I-Docks– 05:30 PM – 06:30 PM.
Conference Buffet Dinner and Party
Tickets required, cost: € 75,-.

Tour options-partner program

No special tours and/or partner program will be offered. For information on trips in Amsterdam and the Netherlands we refer to the button: Info on Amsterdam on this website and to the website: www.iamsterdam.com

Liability and insurance

The Local Organizing Committee of the MCH Handbook Conference 2020 and the University of Amsterdam do not accept any liability for personal injury, loss or damage of property belonging, or additional expenses incurred to congress participants either during the conference or as a result of delays, strikes or any other causes. We advise that all delegates take their own travel and health insurance before travelling to the conference.

Practical Guide in the Netherlands

Export regulations

As the Netherlands has practically no export restrictions, you should enquire about regulations applicable to duty free import to your country of origin.

Credit cards

All major cards are accepted in most hotels, stores and restaurants.


Electricity in the Netherlands is 220 volts. Some foreign appliances require an adapter for the voltage as well as an adapter for the plug. There are no adapters available at the Conference venues. Speakers who wish to use their laptop computer must bring their own power converter and an adapter for two-prong and round-prong plugs.

Time zone

The Netherlands is in the Central European Time Zone, one hour ahead of GMT.


When calling the Netherlands from abroad dial +31(country code), followed by the area code (omit the first zero!) and the local number.

Important addresses and telephone numbers while in Amsterdam

  • Emergencies: 112
  • Police: 0900-8844
  • iamsterdam.com
  • Public transportation information: 0900-9292
  • Cabs: 020-7777777

Medical care

Visitors who have medical insurance through a health plan in their home country are entitled to medical care in Holland in accordance with the stipulations of the Dutch Health Insurance Act, providing that:

  • they come from a country with which the Netherlands has concluded international agreements regarding health care;
  • treatment cannot be postponed until return to the home country;
  • a copy of an international insurance document can be submitted to the doctor, dispending chemist, hospital, etc.

Visitors from countries with whom the Netherlands have not concluded international agreements are advised to purchase travel insurance in their home countries.

For more information, contact your Health Service.