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Ship SS Rotterdam

North Sea Conference 2023

Date: 29/11/2023 10:00am - 30/11/2023 7:30pm
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Ship SS Rotterdam

Please note that the conference is now fully booked. You can enter a waiting list by following the instructions in the section "Registration" below.

We are pleased to announce that you can now register for this year's North Sea Conference. You will find the link for registration at the bottom of this page.

Future focused

This year's agenda is packed with exciting content and inspirational study visits. And of course, in true North Sea spirit you will have plenty of chance to meet and network with other North Sea enthusiasts! The event will kick off with a welcome dinner on the 29 November. 

In the morning of the 30 November, you have the option to join a study visit of your choice in and around Rotterdam. There are seven study visits in total covering a broad range of themes from social innovation, social entrepreneurship to water and energy transition.

Exciting speakers - politicians, experts and project partners - will steer you through the afternoon programme where we will look at emerging trends shaping the next Cohesion Policy. The session will help us to consider how we can best prepare ourselves for the future.

Programme of events


Plenary programme

View the programme in more detail to see how the event unfolds. The programme also includes the venue address and specific timings for each part of the event. 

Speaker bios

You will be guided through the plenary session by the moderators Christian Byrith, Head of Secretariat and Sarah Holsen, Programme and Project Co-ordinator from the North Sea Programme.

Learn more about the speakers who will be presenting during the afternoon plenary session.

Study visits

As part of the event you can choose from one of seven study visits on offer in and around Rotterdam. Check out each one by clicking on the button below. 


Thank you for your interest in the North Sea Conference.

The event is now fully booked.

Waiting List
We can add your name to a waiting list and inform you if a space becomes available (in case of cancellations). If you would like to be added to the waiting list please send a message to outlining your details and which part (s) of the event you would like to attend.
Please do not make any travel or accommodation bookings until your place at the conference has been confirmed.  


Book a cabin?

You can book a room on board the SS Rotterdam here.

Please use the following PROMO CODE: NorthSeaConference to obtain the discounted rate of € 150 (double room with single occupancy).
NB: The code only works for overnight stays on the 29th of November.

Getting to the SS Rotterdam

Address for the SS Rotterdam: Derde Katendrechtsehoofd 25, Feijenoord, 3072 AM Rotterdam.

The SS Rotterdam is fully accessible by public transport.  More information about getting to the ship by public transport can be found on the SS Rotterdam website HERE.

Dynamic Rotterdam

Known for its modern architecture, splendid skyline and impressive harbour, Rotterdam really makes its mark. 

Water plays a big role in Rotterdam; it is Europe’s largest port and has more than 50 moorings for the famous 'Watertaxi', which is a convenient and fast way to get around the city. 

Rotterdam is a green and future orientated city that has countless sustainability initiatives at play. It has a Floating Farm, a unique, circular farm on the water, a vast city park and DakPark which is the largest public roof park in Europe.  It is also home to the BlueCity, a model city for the circular and blue economy and home to 55 entrepreneurs.

Event hosts

This year's conference is jointly hosted by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, City of Rotterdam, The Province of Zuid-Holland, the Straits Committee, the North Sea Commission and supported by the North Sea Programme.