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Opening reception

Wednesday June 5th, 17:00-19:00 hours

University Hall, Domplein 29, Utrecht

Utrecht University’s University Hall is the historic venue for the ECIS2013 conference welcome reception. Drinks, delicious finger food and other tasty refreshments will be served as we celebrate the start of the conference. Weather permitting, we will enjoy the beautiful walled garden, located between the Dom church and University Hall. In the event of poor weather, the reception will take place indoors, in  the aula of the University Hall. The aula is a historic place. Initially it was the Chapter house of the Dom Church, built in 1462, and it is where the first lecture of Utrecht University was delivered in 1636. Today the old Chapter house is the aula of the University Hall, built in 1891 as a (late) gift in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Utrecht University. The style of the University Hall is best described as Neo-Renaissance. The aula is also noteworthy as the place where the Union of Utrecht was signed in 1579, an event considered to be the first step in the founding of the Dutch Republic in 1588. The statue in front of the University Hall honors the founder of the Union of Utrecht: Jan van Nassau, younger brother of William of Orange-Nassau who is the ancestor of the monarchy of the Netherlands. Nowadays, the University Hall is mainly employed for university ceremonies  such as PhD defenses and professors’ inaugural speeches.

IS Women’s Networking Event

Wednesday June 5th, 19:00-20:30 hours
University Hall, Domplein 29, Utrecht
Sponsored by AIS and ECIS2013

Our objective - to network, enjoy ourselves, and discuss how we can build up the IS Women's Network in AIS Region 2. Please register for the event on

Conference dinner

Friday June7th, 19:00-22:00 hours
Jans Church, Janskerkhof 26, Utrecht

The conference dinner will take the form of a walking dinner to be held in Jans Church, located in the historic city center of Utrecht. We will be offering a variety of international cuisines, naturally including the local Dutch cuisine! Jans Church is a so-called “cruciform” church.  Its origin dates back to the year 1040 when it was established by bishop Bernold and devoted to John the Baptist. Originally the church was built in the Roman style. While the nave remains in this style, following the reformation in the Middle Ages a number of Gothic features were added, such as the choir. These days the church is utilized every Sunday for Ecumenist services for students. If you would like to visit other significant churches in Utrecht during your stay, please see: