Thanks to all participants we look back on an inspiring conference with a great atmosphere.

We cordially invite you to join the 2018 WDPI Conference. We will inform you on the conference city in due time.

Welcome Reception

The welcome reception for conference delegates will be held on Sunday, September 25 at Casa 400. Those wishing to attend the reception should ‘tick the box’ on the on-line conference registration form.


Conference dinner

We invite you to join the conference dinner at the West-Indisch Huis ("West India House"). The House is located in the center of Amsterdam.

The building was constructed in 1617 as a meat market (on the ground floor) and waiting room for the local militia (on the upper floor). The West India House owes its name to the West India Company, which was headquartered here between 1623 and 1647. Here the Dutch West India Company's governors ordered the construction of a fort on the island of  Manhattan, laying the foundations for New York City. The statue of Peter Stuyvesant, governor-general of this post, still graces the courtyard of the building to this day.

Some other Dutch towns also had (or still have) a West-Indisch Huis. These served as headquarters for the local chambers of the Dutch West India Company. In addition to the West-Indisch Huis, Amsterdam also has an Oost-Indisch Huis ("East India House") which served as headquarters for the Dutch East India Company.

Currently, the West-Indisch Huis has municipal monument status and is in use as office space and venue for conferences, weddings and other events. The John Adams Institute, which aims to further cultural exchange between The Netherlands and the U.S., is housed in the building.

Delegates wishing to join the conference dinner, should register in advance. Only a limited amount of dinner tickets will be available on site.