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Welcome to Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam welcomes the community to the 2016 European User Conference.

Hortus Botanicus AmsterdamShare Your Experience

The focus of this year’s conference is Sharing User Experiences and the main part of the programme will contain presentations from the user community. A session covering new and upcoming features will be presented at the end of the day.


Friday, April 15th 2016

  • 08:00 Coffee / registration
  • 08:15 Introductory training (Training – please register)
  • 09:45 Coffee / registration
  • 10:00 Welcome
    Taeke Kuipers, director of Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
  • 10:15 Working together
    Moderated by Anneleen Kool

    • Inclusive Collection Management. Havard Ostgaard, Botanical Software
    • Freedom by responsibility. Anne-Cathrine Scheen, Stavanger botanic garden
    • 19 collections and counting: the English Heritage plant records team. Christopher Weddell, English Heritage
    • Discussion
  • 11:15 Break
  • 11:30 Efficiency
    Moderated by Havard Ostgaard

    • Using barcodes. Reinout Havinga, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
    • Knowing what you don’t have: using the software for inventories and wish lists. Anneleen Kool, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo
    • The systematic garden: filling in gaps. Ralf Omlor, Botanic Garden, University of Mainz
    • Discussion
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 The proof of the pudding … is in the eating
    Moderated by Reinout Havinga

    • Beyond data: from registration to utility. Dedde Smid, Belmonte Arboretum
    • Knowledge sharing in a multilingual environment. Tami Zigler, Ramat Hanadiv
    • Planning propagation. Cees van Dam, Historical Garden Aalsmeer
    • Discussion
  • 14:30 Break
  • 14:45 Maps and new features
    • Using ArcGIS maps in Iris to manage an alpine garden. Heidi Lie Andersen, Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, University of Bergen
    • Recent features and plans ahead. Havard Ostgaard, Botanical Software
    • Questions & answers
  • 16:00 Drinks – 17:00
  • 18:30 Evening Dinner (Please register)


Amsterdam has a vast amount of hotels to choose from. Below, we have prepared a shortlist of hotels that are nearby.

Price and Registration

Conference : €25 + vat per delegate (Free for presenters)

Evening dinner : 50€ + vat

To register, please fill in the booking form at this end of the page before 15th March 2016. An invoice for the conference will be sent by email after 15th March.

Registration is now closed. However, we have a few places left. If you would like to join, please get in touch with Reinout or Havard as soon as possible.


Pre/Post Conference Suggestions

There are plenty of lovely gardens and sites to visit in and around Amsterdam. Below, we have listed a few that you might find interesting:

  • Intertidal tour (‘wadlopen’) on the mudflats and sandy banks of the Wadden Sea. We will cross the sea on foot during low tide, walking from the north coast of the Netherlands to the island of Ameland. Leaving on Saturday by car from Amsterdam at 8:30 and back at around 21:00. There are few places left, please get in touch with Reinout for more information. For impressions of ‘wadlopen’, see: http://www.wadlopen.net/
  • Hortus Bulborum is a small garden to the north of Amsterdam with a collection of historic bulb varieties. There are several picturesque sites nearby and not too many tourists: http://www.hortus-bulborum.nl/english
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden is the oldest botanic garden in the Netherlands (1590) and the latest Dutch garden to join the IrisBG community: http://www.hortusleiden.nl/
  • Keukenhof is an attractive estate park between Amsterdam and Leiden. This is where all the commercial tulip and other bulb varieties are displayed each year. We advise you to arrive in the morning to avoid queues: http://www.keukenhof.nl/en/
  • Scheepvaartmuseum (National Maritime Museum) lies within walking distance of the Botanic Garden: https://www.hetscheepvaartmuseum.nl/


This event is kindly sponsored by Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Botanical Software Ltd.

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