15th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2013

Noordwijk, The Netherlands - 25th to 27th September, 2013

About Noordwijk

From Wikipedia

Noordwijk is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality covers an area of 51.53 sq. km (of which 16.12 sq km is water) and had a population of 24,707 in May 2006.

Noordwijk's history dates back to 2000 BC when the first traces of inhabitants - most likely fishermen - were recorded. Noordwijk became a seaside resort in the late 1800s when, with the arrival of the steam tram, a visit to the seaside became a possibility for many holiday makers. The unique combination of the beach and the colourful fields of flowers ensured that Noordwijk blossomed into the 'floral seaside resort of Europe'.

Noordwijk is also the location of the headquarters for the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), part of the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA's visitors' centre Space Expo is a permanent space exhibition.


We highly recommend using public transport from Schipol airport to Noordwijk. There are a number of hotels within easy walking distance of the Theatre DeMuze in Noordwijk/Zee.
Find your train at: www.ns.nl.

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esmats Location of ESMATS Schipol Airport
ESA ESA / ESTEC Rotterdam Airport
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Train station Railway Station - Leiden
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Situated on the western shore of The Netherlands, Noordwijk is easily accessible by road, rail or air from most of the countries within Europe. The nearest major airports are Schipol and Rotterdam, both of which are less than an hours drive away from Noordwijk. A rail journey from Schipol to nearby Leiden takes approximately 16 minutes and there are 4 trains per hour. The one way rail fare, 2nd class, is €5.30 (approx. 5.50 USD). The railway station in Leiden is within easy reach of Theatre DeMuze by taxi and the taxi fare from Leiden to Noordwijk is around €35.

A taxi fare from Schipol to Noordwijk is around €70 and from Rotterdam to Noordwijk around €100.
Buses number 40 and 42 run from Leiden Centraal station to Noordwijk. They run twice an hour and take about 30 minutes to make the journey.

Airlines using Schipol International Airport and Rotterdam Airport include most of the major international carriers plus many of Europe's low cost carriers.


The ESTEC Travel Office has block booked a number of hotel rooms in the hotels mentioned below for the participants of the conference. In order to book your hotel, please complete the hotel reservation form and return this to the ESTEC Travel Office (estec@bcdtravel.nl).

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Huis ter Duin***** www.huisterduin.nl Partner Hotels
Oranje Hotel***** www.hotelsvanoranje.nl Partner Hotels
Golden Tulip Noordwijk Beach**** www.goldentulipnoordwijkbeach.nl Partner Hotels
NH Leeuwenhorst**** www.leeuwenhorst.nl Partner Hotels
Hilton Garden Inn Leiden**** www.gardeninn.nl Partner Hotels
Hotel Astoria*** www.hotelastoria.nl Partner Hotels
Prominent Inn www.prominentinn.nl Partner Hotels
Palace Hotel**** www.palacehotel.nl Partner Hotels
Ibis Leiden www.ibis.com Partner Hotels


For its 30 year anniversary the 15th ESMATS will be will be held at the Theater de Muze, Noordwijk, The Netherlands on the 25th to 27th September 2013.

Important Dates:

1st Oct, 2012:

1st announcement, call for papers

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11th Feb, 2013:

Deadline for abstract submission

12th Apr, 2013:

Authors notification, Preliminary Programme & Start of Registration

4th Jun, 2013:

Deadline for Presenter's Registration

14th Jun, 2013:

Second Announcement/ Final Programme

18th Aug, 2013:

Deadline to Submit Full Paper

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23-24th Sep, 2013:

ESTL Space Tribology Course

24th Sep, 2013:

Pre-registration for ESMATS (after 17.00)

25th Sep, 2013:

Registration for ESMATS(8.30am)

25-27th Sep, 2013:

ESMATS 2013 - Symposium and Distribution of Proceedings

27th Sep, 2013:

Departure after lunch or optional visit (TBA)

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