General information 

You can find practical information below.

Time zone and language 

Time zone




Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands, but English is widely spoken.

The official symposium language is English and no translation/interpretation services will be offered.

Emergency and health 


In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services bij calling 112.


Medical services

Should you need to see a doctor or a dentist, we recommend contacting your hotel's reception desk who will direct you to the medical professionals assigned to the hotel. If immediate medical attention is required, call the emergency services at 112.


Emergency medical services (including transportation by ambulance) are not free and you will be billed for any services rendered.


Health and immunizations

Vaccination certificates are usually not needed when travelling to the Netherlands, but please check with your local embassy as requirements may change.

Telephones ans electricity 

Telephones International dialing codes

The Netherlands: +(31)



The standard electrical voltage in the Netherlands is 230 volts AC, 50Hz (hotel bathrooms may also have outlets for 100 volts). The electrical outlets in the Netherlands take two-pronged, round-pin plugs. We recommend that you purchase an adaptor for your electrical equipment prior to your arrival.

Water, weather & conversions 


Tap water is safe to drink in Utrecht.



Average temperature for May is 8 - 18 Celsius.



Distances in Utrecht are given in kilometers

1 mile = 1.62 kilometers



Temperature is given in degrees Celsius.

Celsius to fahrenheit = multiply Celsius by 1.8 and add 32

Currency, ATM's & tipping 


The currency used in Utrecht is Euros (€).


ATM's & Credit Cards

ATM's are widely available throughout Utrecht and most are open 24 hours a day. Almost all grocery, clothing and souvenir shops, bars and restaurants accept all major credit cards. However some stores, bars and restaurants will only accept cash.



Alternatively, a 5-10% tip at restaurants and bars is acceptable.


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Early bird registration until April 21st, 2019.

Regular registration from April 22nd, 2019.

Official ESPHM2019 app available from May 6th, 2019.

Start of the ESPHM2019 from May 22nd, 2019.



Vredenburgkade 11

3511 WC Utrecht

The Netherlands

Symposium secretariat

Klinkhamer Group | conferences & events

Maastricht, the Netherlands


T: +31 (0)43-36 27 008